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          The Internet Anti-Fascist: Tuesday, 29 January 2002
                          Vol. 6, Number 10 (#645)
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Latest Readings Updated
    01) Anti-fascist readings
    02) Technical readings
Announcements:
    03) Source of Hitler Quote
Web Sites of Interest:
    04) Aryan Nations: Fighting Jewish Takeover For Over 25 Years
Book/Movie Reviews:
    05) Uki Goņi, "The Real Odessa: How Perón Brought the Nazi War Criminals
        to Argentina," reviewed by Richard Gott ([London] Guardian). 26 Jan
        02
British Medicine Responds to Racist Patients
    06) Editorial: [London] Guardian, "A political casualty: Conservatives
        must take the medicine," 25 Jan 02
    07) John Carvel and Jeevan Vasagar ([London] Guardian), "Plan to
        withdraw treatment from racist patients: Zero tolerance of abuse
        under new guidelines," 25 Jan 02
Fascist Web In the News
    08) BBC, "'Farmbelt Fuehrer' loses web case," 25 Jan 02
    09) Bill Gladstone  (JTA), "In 'historic' step, tribunal rules Shoah
        denier canīt run Web site," 22 Jan 02
Rightwing Quote of the Week:
    10) Nick Griffin (BNP), "Comments On 'The BNP is right wing'," 24 Jan 02
Real Political Correctness:
    11) AP, "Police department in Pennsylvania town accuses YMCA of
        promoting witchcraft," 24 Jan 02
Contra Pierce:
    12) William Pierce: Cultural Injustice

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LATEST READINGS UPDATED

01) Anti-Fascist Readings
     via <http://www.anti-fascism.org/page-read-af.html>

ACLU Newsfeed: 29 January 2002
News from the American Civil Liberties Union

Antifa Info-Bulletin: 27 January 2002
Tom Burghardt's publication from the U.S. west coast.

AntiRacismNet News: 24 January 2002
The info-bulletin from antifa.net

Evil Austria: December 2001
online info-bulletin about today's fascism in Austria

GLAAD News Pop: 28 January 2002
The regular online activation tool from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation

Midwest Action Report: January 2002
Newsletter of the Center For New Community

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02) Technical Readings
     via <http://www.anti-fascism.org/page-read-tech.html>

NetAction Notes: 29 January 2002

CDT Policy Post: 29 January 2002
Center for Democracy and Technology -- Policy Post

Net Future: 10 January 2002

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

03) Source of Hitler Quote

Several readers wrote asking for the source of the Hitler quote from TINAF
#643. The quote was:

      "One thing has to be prevented that anybody on our own side gets any
      wrong ideas. We have to draw a clear distinction between the
      propaganda we broadcast to the other side and what we really propose
      to do."

            --  Adolf Hitler
                8 June 1943

The source was:

Reinhard Gehlen (General: Wehrmacht), trans. David Irving [yes, that David
Irving --  tallpaul], "The Service: The Memoirs of General Reinhard Gehlen"
(World Publishing / Times Mirror: New York, 1972), pp. 89-90.

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WEB SITES OF INTEREST:

04) Aryan Nations: Fighting Jewish Takeover For Over 25 Years
     <http://aryan-nations.org/>

"28 Jan 02 -- We, the present members and or associates
and future members of the Church of Jesus Christ Christian - Aryan Nations,
represented by the website <http://Aryan-nations.org> , as of this date,
are no longer answerable or accountable to, nor will be held responsible
for, the actions, directives or initiatives of  Richard G. Butler and
associates located in Hayden, Idaho."

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BOOK/MOVIE REVIEWS:

05) Open door to evil -- Richard Gott on a dreary version of Argentina's
        welcome to wanted men in Uki Goņi's The Real Odessa: How Peron
        Brought the Nazi War Criminals to Argentina
     Richard Gott (]London] Guardian)
     26 Jan 02

The Real Odessa: How Perón Brought the Nazi War Criminals to Argentina  Uki
Goņi
393pp, Granta, Ģ20

When I lived in Israel at the time of Adolf Eichmann's execution in 1962, I
told Aviva, my Hebrew teacher, that I had been opposed to his capture and
trial. I thought then that more attention should have been paid to the
presence of Nazi criminals within West Germany's government and judiciary
than to pursuing isolated individuals who had made harmless new lives for
themselves in distant lands. Aviva argued that it would be wrong to single
out Germany, which had made amends by paying reparations to Israel, but I
was not convinced. Later, when I was reporting from South America, I made a
mental note not to write about the frequent sightings of former Nazis, the
staple diet of many foreign correspondents. The subject seemed to provide
no assistance in understanding the continent, whose ingrained racism and
intolerance long predated the Nazi era.

Uki Goņi, a deracinated Argentine journalist from a diplomatic family, has
made no such self-denying ordinance. He graduated from writing the
inevitable non-stories requested by the Sunday Times about possible Martin
Bormann passports found in southern Chile to spending five years
researching a book about the postwar Nazi escape routes to Argentina, a
story more readably and imaginatively reconstructed in fictional form by
Frederick Forsyth in The Odessa File.

So I came to The Real Odessa with a slightly jaundiced sense of déjā vu. Is
this excitable footnote to history necessary, and does it add to our
understanding of Argentina's development in the 20th century? While the
story's outline is familiar, Goņi's obsessive research and interviewing has
produced a huge amount of new material, some of it interesting. Yet the
answer to both questions has to be no.

General Perón opened up a highway for ex-Nazis in the years after 1945,
outdoing all other countries (including the US) in his eagerness to capture
new immigrants from Europe with technical qualifications. Perón was an
enthusiast, and believed in what he was doing. He did not relish the
outcome of the war, was opposed to the Nuremberg trials, and enjoyed
hobnobbing with the powerful German-Argentine community, which supported
his regime. Goņi does not have much of a feel for the politics of the first
Perónist era, and has little notion of what motivated the populist general.
But his reporter's eye winkles out a number of unsavoury individuals who
played a significant role in ensuring that many of Europe's ex-Nazis - from
Belgium and Croatia as well as Germany -received a safe passage and a happy
landing courtesy of the presidential palace. Even more enthusiastic than
Perón were the prelates of the Catholic church in Argentina, Spain, France,
Belgium, and the Vatican itself. Nazi criminals and collaborators from all
over Europe, survivors of Catholicism's flirtation with the far right in
the 1930s, were privileged recipients of Vatican support, and provided with
flights to Buenos Aires.

All this is grist to Goņi's mill, but the final product is a dreary, badly
written and poorly edited book, a blot on the reputation of Granta, its
publisher. Goņi is so obsessed with his pursuit of Nazis that he fails to
fill in the historical background, to explain the nature of the existing
German society in Argentina, or to examine the causes of the triumph of
Perón. Characters are introduced carelessly and then disappear without
trace. No attempt is made to measure the impact on Argentina, or on the ex-
Nazis themselves, of this distinctive immigration. Some became prosperous;
others, like Eichmann, lived rather modestly.

Goņi touches on Argentine anti-semitism and the campaign to prevent Jewish
immigration, but fails to do justice to the subject. He has a tendency to
tar everyone with the same brush. José María de Areilza, Franco's
ambassador to Buenos Aires in the postwar years, was a close friend of the
Belgian fascist Pierre Daye, and gave a helping hand to many Catholic
collaborators. Yet later - from a progressive Christian Democrat
perspective - he was to be one of the architects of the post-Franco
apertura in Spain.

Goņi's interest in the Nazi immigrants, and the political purpose behind
his book, was generated during Argentina's "dirty war" of the 1970s and its
disillusioning aftermath. He came to believe that Argentina suffered from
its long history of "turning a blind eye to evil", and that it had failed
to come to terms with the horror of its own recent past. He felt that his
country had been damaged by its inability to recognise the role played by
its Perónist government and the Catholic church in channelling Nazi
criminals to the country. If his fellow citizens knew more about what had
been done in their name, they might be able to begin the long process of
reconstruction.

These were noble intentions, but far beyond Goņi's capacity as a writer to
realise. There is no suggestion in this book that he has much inkling of
the real nature of the settler society to which he belongs. Argentina had
its very own holocaust in the 19th century, still unrecognised as such by
the present population. The slaughter of Indians, and their removal from
the land, made room for new settlers, Jews and Nazis alike. It is not
really surprising that successive Argentine governments should have taken
so little interest in a distant holocaust in Europe.

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BRITISH MEDICINE RESPONDS TO RACIST PATIENTS

06) A political casualty: Conservatives must take the medicine
     Editorial: [London] Guardian
     25 Jan 02

There is one clear casualty in the latest political storm rocking the
National Health Service. Iain Duncan Smith has been a complete fool. He
deserves neither sympathy nor compassion, and nothing but good should come
from his embarrassing and extremely public come-uppance. Always quick to
denigrate the NHS, he made a serious attack on the treatment of a 94-year-
old woman by doctors and nurses at London's Whittington hospital without
even the most basic check of the facts.

An opposition leader has the right to raise bad hospital practice suffered
by a constituent with government ministers, but he must do so subject to
three important caveats. First, he must check the allegations - whether
from families or the media - with hospital authorities before making a
fuss. Second, he should raise it in a more appropriate forum than the
bearpit of prime minister's question time, where the aim quite blatantly is
to score political points. Third, he ought not to use poor practice
involving one patient to denigrate the entire work of 1m NHS workers by
implying it is typical of the treatment suffered by the 1m patients treated
every day. Mr Duncan Smith failed every one of these tests.

No amount of wriggling yesterday by the Tory leader and his hapless health
spokesman, Liam Fox, hides the blunt truth that, by failing to check his
facts, Mr Duncan Smith did himself serious damage. Challenging Downing
Street's right to release patient details correcting his assault was an
obvious diversion, which allowed the rightwing media to switch their focus,
but the code which applies to hospitals should apply to politicians too. If
a patient runs to the media with allegations against a hospital, NHS
guidance issued in 1996 rightly allows medics and managers to correct any
misleading comment. This is what the Whittington did - and Downing Street
repeated in its daily briefing. Indeed, Downing Street did not even get
into the racial dimension of the row.

Late on Wednesday, the Whittington's clinical director implied that the
reason why the patient's clothes had not been changed for 48 hours was
because she did not want to be treated by ethnic minority nurses. Patient
racism is an old NHS problem. New guidelines are rightly being drawn up to
ensure patients cannot use racist attitudes to achieve a change of medical
staff. This is a vitally important principle, although when the patient is
a confused 94-year-old, a skilled medical team should have been able to
resolve this conflict. As for the complainants, maybe there are some
lessons for Mrs Addis's family too. The grandson is regretting the
political row that has followed his complaints to the media and the
granddaughter in her letter to this paper, concedes the right of the
hospital to respond to criticism. The fuss has certainly not helped them.

Tory tactics have been clear for some time: they are to seize every
opportunity which allows them to imply the NHS is failing. It is not. It is
improving, as this month's detailed report from the independent modernising
agency, demonstrated. Indeed, as this month's Gallup poll in the Telegraph
showed, 86% of people recently treated by the NHS expressed satisfaction.
Yet public faith in the NHS continues to fall, not least because of Tory
and media attacks. Robust denials, like those from the Whittington, are
needed. But there is a lesson for Labour too. Ministers have become much
too involved in management. Why get involved in such flak? They need to let
managers manage, as yesterday's King's Fund report sensibly suggested.

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07) Plan to withdraw treatment from racist patients: Zero tolerance of
        abuse under new guidelines
    John Carvel and Jeevan Vasagar ([London] Guardian)
    25 Jan 02

Racist hospital patients who persistently refuse care from doctors and
nurses of a different ethnic origin will lose their right to treatment
under the NHS, according to guidelines being prepared by the Department of
Health.

Plans to change the rules were disclosed yesterday as an argument raged
over whether the treatment of Rose Addis at the Whittington hospital in
north London was affected by her alleged refusal to be undressed by black
nurses.

While avoiding comment on Mrs Addis's racial attitudes, a department source
said officials had been working for several months on guidelines to
implement the government's policy of zero tolerance of racism.

They propose a two-stage process for dealing with racist abuse. Under the
first, informal stage, nurses, doctors, therapists, porters and other
frontline NHS staff will be advised to tell the perpetrator that racist
behaviour is unacceptable. If healthcare workers are too upset to confront
the patient in this way, they will be encouraged to ask another member of
staff to do it for them.

If patients ignore informal warnings, the draft guidelines propose formal
procedures, including a written warning setting out types of behaviour that
would no longer be tolerated.

"Bluntly, the patient would be told that refusal of treatment from any
individual on racial grounds would be regarded as refusing to be treated
altogether. Ultimately a decision would be made by a doctor as to whether
it would be appropriate to withdraw NHS services completely," the source
said.

The department has not yet decided how the guidelines should deal with
racist patients with life-threatening conditions who might suffer if
treatment was withdrawn.

Last year it published research showing nearly half the ethnic minority
staff in the NHS experienced racial harassment over the previous 12 months.

James Malone-Lee, the Whittington's medical director, said: "The NHS
employs a large number of staff from ethnic minorities and it's very sad
that we run into problems with people expressing very racist views.

"These can often become more overt among elderly people when they are
confused or when suffering from diseases that affect their inhibitions, so
they can become uninhibited."
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FASCIST WEB IN THE NEWS

08) 'Farmbelt Fuehrer' loses web case
     BBC
     25 Jan 02

An US-based neo-Nazi known as the "Farmbelt Fuehrer" for his racist views
has been ordered by a UN body to stop using the German name for Interior
Ministry in his dot.com address.

The German Government applied to the World Intellectual Property
Organisation (WIPO) to gain an injunction against Gary Lauck, saying he was
using the addresses - confusingly similar to the web address of the
ministry - to his neo-Nazi website.

WIPO agreed that Mr Lauck, who is based in Nebraska, had no legitimate
interests in the names and that the word for Interior Ministry could be
considered a trademark.

Mr Lauck had not submitted any information in his defence, WIPO said in the
case papers.

But the neo-Nazi had reportedly been preparing for his domain names to be
blocked, warning visitors that the hyperlink could soon be blocked and
advising them to note down the real address of his website.

Second victory

German Interior Minister Otto Schily had already managed to wrest control
of an internet address for Germany's Federal Office for the Protection of
the Constitution from Mr Lauck without recourse to WIPO.

That address had been used by Mr Lauck's for one of his websites since
March last year.

However, Mr Schily put pressure on Mr Lauck's internet service provider to
hand control back to the German Government.

Mr Lauck is no stranger to the German authorities. In 1996 he was convicted
by a German court for inciting racial hatred, and was deported to the US in
1999.

Expansion

The incident is the latest in a series of high-profile legal battles
concerning neo-Nazi activity on the web.

In December 2000, German legal authorities ruled that websites aiming
racist propaganda at German audiences could be prosecuted under German law.

And in early 2001, internet service provider Yahoo banned the sale of Nazi
memorabilia on its pages, following a court case brought by French civil
liberties groups.

In some countries, particularly the United States, any attempt at
prosecuting websites for neo-Nazi content is hampered by free speech laws.

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09) In 'historic' step, tribunal rules Shoah denier can't run Web site
     Bill Gladstone  (JTA)
     22 Jan 02

TORONTO -- Jewish officials are praising a decision that will force
Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel to close down a Web site.

Officials of the Canadian Jewish Congress hailed the 110-page decision by
the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal as a "historic victory."

The Tribunal ruled that Zundel was breaking the law through his armīs-
length operation of a California- based Web site.

Ed Morgan, a law professor at the University of Toronto and chair of
Congressī Ontario region, said the Tribunalīs clear acceptance of Holocaust
denial as a form of hate propaganda could have significant implications
internationally.

"A judicial finding of this nature will have an educative effect worldwide,
as Holocaust denial can no longer hide under the cloak of scholarly debate
or legitimate discourse," he said.

Morgan also asserted that the Tribunalīs cease-and-desist order against
Zundel will be "a strong deterrent against anyone who aspires to set up a
hate site in" Canada.

"The Tribunal has in effect declared that Canada will not be a base for the
transmission of hate via the Internet," Morgan said.

Michelle Falardeau-Ramsay, chief commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights
Commission, also welcomed the ruling, which came after six years of
hearings and deliberations.

"Hate messaging and propaganda have no place in Canadian society," she
said. "The Tribunal has confirmed that this Internet activity is against
the law and Canadians will not tolerate it."

The ruling demonstrates that the Internet "is not a lawless zone and cannot
be used to promote hate," Falardeau-Ramsay said. "This is all the more
important in light of the tensions that have emerged since last Septemberīs
terrorist activity."

The lengthy case began after the Commission received complaints in 1996
from the mayor of Torontoīs Committee on Community and Race Relations and
from a private citizen, Paula Citron, a Holocaust survivor. Both alleged
that Zundelīs Web site would expose Jews to hatred or contempt.

Eight motions and various appeals by Zundel delayed the case substantially.
More than 50 days of hearings were held, and closing arguments were
presented in February 2001.

Jewish officials acknowledge that the Tribunalīs order against Zundel is
not likely to have an effect, since he moved to the Smoky Mountains region
of Tennessee about a year ago.

A German citizen who has been banned from setting foot in Germany, Zundel
had lived in Toronto since the 1950s, for much of that time pamphleteering
against Jews.

Reached by a Canadian reporter at his new home in Tennessee, Zundel
described the Tribunalīs ruling as tiresome and irrelevant.

"Youīre talking to the new Ernst Zundel," he told the Globe and Mail
newspaper. "They used to accuse me of Holocaust denial. Well, now Iīm in
Canada-denial. I have put Canada behind me."

Zundel sent an e-mail to his supporters lambasting the ruling and
indicating that his "position is unchanged."

Despite the Tribunalīs apparent inability to keep Zundelīs hate material
off the Internet now that he has left Canada, the ruling sets an important
precedent, according to Joel Richler, a lawyer who advised Congress in its
capacity as intervener.

The Tribunalīs "findings can be used as a guide for any future cases as a
means of protecting any identifiable minorities in this country who may be
exposed to hate through the use of Canadian-based Internet sites," Richler
said.

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RIGHTWING QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
For those who believe that fascism is only a thing of the past

10) Comments On "The BNP is right wing"
     Nick Griffin (BNP)
     24 Jan 02

It may have been once, but if you compare the wording of the Objectives
section of our current (post-1999) constitution with the reactionary tone
of the earlier version, you'll see this label just won't do now. We're the
only consistent anti-Globalists in British politics, and that on account of
the social impact of globalisation on ordinary people (aka the working
class) not just because of its implication for national sovereignty.

Favouring tougher sentences for criminals, opposing multiracial genocide,
wanting a higher white birthrate, etc, etc are not 'right-wing' per se.
Supporting capitalism is. The BNP is broadly a Distributist party, not a
pro-capitalist one.

It's true that there's a lot more work to be done developing our ideology
and policies in this regard, but Rome wasn't built in a day and the last
year or so have been rather too busy for long debates on the number of
workers co-ops you can get on a pinhead. Further, there is the problem that
when one presents radical ideas in measured terms, rather than by parroting
purist slogans as is the wont of most self-styled 'National
Revolutionaries', not everyone has the brains to work out straight away
what you're really saying, and those whose Big Fish status rests on
remaining in their small but ideologically perfect puddles use the lack of
simplistic extreme soundbites to convince their little groups of followers
to stay with them and guard the One True Faith.

It would be far better if they'd get a grip on reality and become the quiet
consciences and cadre-builders of the serious Euro-Nationalist parties (as
has largely happened in France) instead of screeching "sell-out" at every
opportunity at individuals and parties who have recruited many times more
fresh people to the Cause than their OTT brands of nationalist Sparticism
ever will.

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REAL POLITICAL CORRECTNESS:
It's from the rightwing authoritarians and always has been

11) Police department in Pennsylvania town accuses YMCA of promoting
        witchcraft
     AP
     24 Jan 02

PENRYN, Pa.-- The police department has refused to direct traffic at a YMCA
triathlon because it says the club promotes witchcraft by reading Harry
Potter books to children.

Penryn Fire Police Capt. Robert Fichthorn said the eight-member force voted
unanimously to boycott the 20th running of the triathlon, scheduled for
Sept. 7.

"I don't feel right taking our children's minds and teaching them
(witchcraft)," Fichthorn said. "As long as we don't stand up, it won't
stop. It's unfortunate that this is the way it has to be."

The Lancaster Family YMCA began reading chapters of the Harry Potter books
to children enrolled in an after-school program in November.

In a letter to the township and the YMCA, Fichthorn challenged the
religious integrity of the YMCA, and questioned whether it was "serving the
will of God" in using the books.

The wildly popular children's books by J.K. Rowling chronicle the fictional
adventures of the young Harry Potter as he attends a boarding school for
wizards and battles his nemesis, the evil sorcerer Voldemort.

The YMCA's executive director, Michael Carr, said he was disappointed by
the department's decision, but doesn't expect it to stop about 600
triathletes from participating in the race.

Township Supervisor Ronald Krause said the YMCA may have to hire police
from another community to direct traffic for the race.

The course includes a one-mile swim, a 25-mile bicycle route and a 6.2-mile
run. About 200 volunteers are needed to run the event, which passes through
Penryn, a small community about 66 miles west of Philadelphia.

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Contra-Pierce

12) William Pierce: Cultural Injustice

In his essay "Multicultural Justice"* William Pierce, fuhrer of the
National Alliance, writes of his opposition to torture, at least when
advocated by Jews like Alan Dershowitz, and at least when it isn't directed
against Jews.

Pierce roots his opposition to torture in the views of the Founding
Fathers. "... the people who founded this country and wrote our
Constitution thought the government should be prohibited from torturing
prisoners under any circumstances. They forbade it absolutely. They were
willing to sacrifice lives, including their own, to uphold that and the
other provisions of the Constitution. They believed that certain principles
are even more important than saving lives."

Pierce concludes "But, hey, what did they know?"

What did they know indeed, especially given Pierce's deep hostility to the
system they in deed established. Pierce, as he explains, doesn't like the
system he references at least to use against the Jews. He wants it
fundamentally changed. It is hostile to the society he wishes to create.

When people like Pierce write of the new society of the future we remember
the old society of the past. It was a society were torture was not merely a
concept hawked by publicity-hungry Harvard poo-bahs. It was a system where
torture was an ingrained reality, torture with tar and feathers, torture
with castration, torture via rape, and torture with whips and chains and
the lynch mob's rope.

Pierce says he "guarantee[s] you that Dershowitz would be singing quite a
different tune if the people we needed to torture in order to find out
where the bomb is hidden were Jews."

Pierce may rant about his mystical knowledge that he maintains goes on in
the heads of others. But when Pierce writes we hear the old tune of the
Nazi death camps and the basement jails of the Gestapo.

Remember that Pierce does not come from the unimportant and uneducated
lunatic wing of U.S. politics; he comes from the important and educated
lunatic wing.

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* Radio broadcast, 26 January 2001

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