Monday, June 18, 2018

Edson mosque set on fire; Islamophobes celebrate

A small mosque serving 15 families was the target of an arsonist on June 16 not long after evening prayers:
The three people who were praying inside had left the mosque and were still in the parking lot when a fire started at the building's south entrance at around 11 p.m. on June 16. 
Surveillance footage recorded by the mosque's security cameras captured the flames as well as a person in a dark hoodie leaving the property with what appears to be a red jerrycan shortly after 11 p.m.
"It was quite brazen," Baterdouk said. "Typically you would think that someone who wants to commit arson or vandalism, if they see people ... they probably would change their mind. But this individual, it does not seem to be a concern for him.
"That makes it a little bit more scary to see the fact that the individual knows that there's people on the property, whether they're inside or not, and he still went ahead with it."
The mosque is working with RCMP to investigate the fire, said Edson Islamic Society board member Jocelyn Pettitt.
The society is not treating the fire as a hate crime until police share more information, she said. 
"Our doors are always open," Pettitt said. "If there is any concern or feelings of malice or confusion about our faith and our religion, come talk to us or any member of the Muslim community at the mosque. We have plenty of information and they're always willing to answer questions."
The incident has been condemned by a number of politicians including but not limited to the premier, leader of the UCP and Alberta Party, and the mayor of Edson:

These are the reactions that one would hope to see from everyone.

Of course, this blog covers people who wallow in hatred and their reactions were quite different and included congratulatory statements directed to the suspect, wishes the the building had been occupied, threats that more such attacks will occur in the future, and claims that it was a "false flag" or committed by Muslims:

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Homophobe Bill Whatcott Charged Under Sec. 319 of the Criminal Code

Looks like Bill Whatcott is having some legal problems:

Whatcott provides more details on his own web forum regarding the charges:

The response from Whatcott's supporters was as to be expected:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Far Right Continues to Embrace Anti-Democratic Ethnic Nationalism and Authoritarianism (With Northern Alliance Cameo)

It has been an interesting week in the news. Donald Trump attacks traditional allies including Canada (specifically the Canadian prime minister) and his supporters in this country eat it up. Some of them have openly advocated for the invasion of the country to remove the Liberal government by force. Others "merely" want him to impose punitive tariffs on the country so that Canadians are made to suffer for the folly of electing the Liberals. Most of those self-described "patriots" ARC keeps an eye on unironically continue to refer to Justin Trudeau as a traitor. In the meantime these same "patriots" celebrate when Trump refers to a man who inherited his dictatorship from his father and grandfather and who's government is responsible mass execution of dissidents and the imprisonment of anyone who is believed to oppose the regime as being "tough" but who still "loves his people."

Really though, none of this is at all surprising as these elements of the far right in Canada, the United States, and many other countries have openly embraced ethnic nationalism and authoritarianism despite still claiming to favor democratic freedoms.... so long as those democratic freedoms are only afforded to people who look and think like they do.

I recently read a very interesting article that discussed the phenomenon in the United States. Research indicates that intolerance of minorities cause much of the majority population (white) to reject the principles of democracy when it is seen as benefiting otherwise marginalized peoples and results in a willingness to embrace authoritarian forms of control that will maintain their dominance even in the face of demographic changes:
A new study, however, suggests that the main threat to our democracy may not be the hardening of political ideology, but rather the hardening of one particular political ideology. Political scientists Steven V. Miller of Clemson and Nicholas T. Davis of Texas A&M have released a working paper titled "White Outgroup Intolerance and Declining Support for American Democracy." Their study finds a correlation between white American's intolerance, and support for authoritarian rule. In other words, when intolerant white people fear democracy may benefit marginalized people, they abandon their commitment to democracy. 
Miller and Davis used information from the World Values Survey, a research project organized by a worldwide network of social scientists which polls individuals in numerous countries on a wide range of beliefs and values. Based on surveys from the United States, the authors found that white people who did not want to have immigrants or people of different races living next door to them were more likely to be supportive of authoritarianism. For instance, people who said they did not want to live next door to immigrants or to people of another race were more supportive of the idea of military rule, or of a strongman-type leader who could ignore legislatures and election results. 
The World Values Survey data used is from the period 1995 to 2011 — well before Donald Trump's 2016 run for president. It suggests, though, that Trump's bigotry and his authoritarianism are not separate problems, but are intertwined. When Trump calls Mexicans "rapists," and when he praises authoritarian leaders, he is appealing to the same voters.
Given demographic changes, the far right find themselves in a bit of a bottle-neck so they have had to be much more creative in maintaining control, and this often means subverting the most basic of democratic practices, the vote:
White people continue to decrease as a percentage of the U.S. population; at some point, it's going to be impossible to win a national, democratic American election with a platform that alienates people of color. The GOP, seeing their coming demographic apocalypse, has pushed voter ID laws and other barriers to voting to try to prevent black and other minority voters from getting to the polls. In Wisconsin, Republican Governor Scott Walker even attempted to delay elections for state seats that he believed Democrats would win.
There are, of course, even more extreme positions:
Miller and Davis' paper quotes alt right, neo-fascist leader Richard Spencer, who in a 2013 speech declared: "We need an ethno-state so that our people can ‘come home again’… We must give up the false dreams of equality and democracy." Ethnic cleansing is impossible as long as marginalized people have enough votes to stop it. But this roadblock disappears if you get rid of democracy. Spencer understands that white rule in the current era essentially requires totalitarianism. That's the logic of fascism.
We've been hearing more and more about the desire to create an "ethno-state" here in Canada from a number of groups and individuals including Faith Goldy and Ronny Cameron. The patently undemocratic attitudes that would deny certain Canadians their democratic rights and create a tiered system of citizenship was also proposed by Steven Myatt recently:

Yeah, I know the last few articles have been a bit Myatt-centric. Just hear me out on this one. 

We can laugh (and I did) about the clumsiness of Myatt talking about running "in politics" as well as the fact that this is a position that is so patently unconstitutional the courts would strike such a law down immediately (this assuming that Myatt would ever find himself in a position to enact such a law which seems less likely than me beating Justify in a footrace). It would also ironically disallow the first two prime ministers of the country from being involved in politics as well as numerous other Canadians who have emigrated from somewhere else.

But let's be honest here. Myatt is NOT talking about someone who looks like this:

Conservative MP Tom Kmiec, July 31, 1981 in Gdańsk, Poland
Myatt IS talking about someone who looks like this:

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, born January 2, 1979 in Scarborough, ON
The truth of this can be seen in one of Myatt's responses:

Well, when it comes to the House of Commons and the Senate federally, there were a total of 56 who are citizens of Canada through naturalization. However it is more clear that Myatt thinks that some people "look" Canadian and others don't. Considering he had 46 people seemingly agreeing with him, it seems that there are others who feel the same way.

One of those people is someone we haven't seen in a long, long, time:

That would be Tyler Chilcott, formerly of the now defunct neo-Nazi Northern Alliance based out of London, ON:

Tomas SZYMANSKI at Zundel demo in front of Metro West
On the archived website, Chitcott had published articles with titles such as "Wholistic Racialism", "Please Rise and Sing", and "The Native Conflict" as well as some really horrible poetry.

Congratulations Steven. Tyler Chilcott likes the cut of your jib.

The first person who posted "Blood and Earth" hearkens to the "Blood and Soil" ethnic nationalism heard at the Charlottesville rally last summer and, even more prescient,  was a slogan used by the Nazis (Blut und Boden).

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Steven Myatt Slams Northern Guard's Nick Gallant

First, I would be remiss if I didn't post Gallant's second video in which he spends a little over eight minutes complaining about anti-racists and how ARC treats him while at the same time claiming he never thinks about us:

Yeah, I know. I sort of beat a dead horse at the end with all the video clips. I had a little too much fun with it, but it did serve as a reminder of the awesomeness of Fatboy Slim.

In any case, this was the second of two videos Gallant posted on the same day. ARC posted that first video in the article detailing the Northern Guard's falling out with Steven Myatt; Gallant was very blunt, specific, and kind comically over the top in describing his beef with Myatt while also strongly implying that others who have been critical of Gallant are also leaving what is increasingly looking like a shrinking ship.

Yesterday, Myatt responded though initially he didn't name the Northern Guard by name:

He was later asked specifically about the Northern Guard. His rationale for rejecting them was most enlightening:

I can only imagine that Myatt read about the KKK link to the Northern Guard through ARC's article on the subject. This, and all the other times that these far-right dotards provide links to ARC articles (including the Canadian Combat Coalition, La Meute, and many others) in order to inform their membership sort of hurts their claim that ARC is "fake news."

Myatt's broadside also calls into question his relationships with Georges Massaad who appeared to be involved with the Northern Guard at least as of last week as well as Ronny Cameron who seems to be close to the hate group as well. In fact there are some posting on Myatt's profile who have expressed their concern about Cameron:

Next I expect Gallant to post a video warning Myatt that he's going to be put on notice.... but not actually do anything because Nick Gallant is sort of a weak leader.

You know who isn't weak though?

That's right. Christopher Walken:

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Steven Myatt and Northern Guard: Friends Off!

You know, it really is funny how quickly the individuals and groups we cover on the blog fall out with each other often over incredibly petty things.

Case in point, back in October, Steven Myatt and a number of Northern Guard members from New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario traveled to Toronto to attend an event billed as an anti-Trudeau protest (which was in fact a cover as the event was nakedly racist in nature) organized by Ronny Cameron at Nathan Phillips Square:

Later Myatt, Cameron, members of La Meute, and Northern Guard members joined the JDL to attend a presentation by Islamophobe and conspiracy nutter Pamela Geller and Ezra Levant. It was around this time that he received a patch from the Northern Guard which he seemed quite proud of for some inexplicable reason:

Oh, but he wasn't simply a newly patched member of the Northern Guard. Myatt, along with his friend Georges Massaad who is still active with the hate group, were given a position of some responsibility promoting the hate group:

Yeah, you do have to be on the page to see it.

Funny that, eh?

Anyways, since then I hadn't really seen a lot of activity by Myatt on the Northern Guard group, though I didn't really give it a great deal of thought either. However at the end of May something interesting occurred on Ronny Cameron's page:

Much of the discussion focused on Cameron's divisiveness which has sort of become par for the course the past several months:

FYI, "the disease... the cure" line is just as corny as it was in the
 movie "Cobra"
starring Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen 

There was one part that caught my attention though:

That was rather interesting to say the least.

On a whim I decided to contact Chris Maybee (listed as the VP of the National group) and the other two members, sending them both this message though not necessarily expecting a response:

There was no response from any of the three posting on Cameron's board, however just a few days ago Nick Gallant decided come out of his hole after not seeing his shadow and respond to the question.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Ronny Cameron At June 3 Border Protest. Spoiler Alert, But He's Pretty Much Gone Full Nazi

I spent part of Sunday watching Ronny Cameron's live feed of the protest by a collection of racists and xenophobes in Quebec near the Lacolle border crossing that was organized by Faith Goldy:

Long story short, with references to the "14 words," "1488," the "JQ," and referring to First Nations' peoples as savages and "wagon burners," I think it is fair to state that Ronny Cameron isn't even bothering to hide his white supremacist views and neither are all the other people he spoke to during the protest:

Others following the performance have made similar obsevations:

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Neo-Nazi Flyers found in In the St.Clair-Bathurst area of Toronto

On May 27, we learned that these had been found in Wells Hills Park:

CBC reported on this a few days later. These stickers were also found in the same area:

We have some leads as to who might be responsible, but nothing we can pin down definitively.

If anyone has any information, please consider sharing it with ARC.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Updates on Proud Boys Brandon Vaughan and Robert Jones, Meir Weinstein, Faith Goldy, and Doug Ford

We certainly weren't the first to report that Brandon Vaughan, a member of the Proud Boys, had been indicted for assaulting a Palestinian-American last spring in Washington D.C., but he was on our radar first for his participation in a number of Islamophobic protests, including one in Calgary organized by the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam:

Vaughan was one of three men (two of whom were Canadians) who are alleged to have assaulted Kamal Nayfeh, 55-year-old community college professor from North Carolina. Vaughan had been with the JDL outside the annual meeting the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference when he, Yosef Steynovitz of Thornhill, ON and Rami Lubranicki of Howell, N.J. when the incident occurred. Vaughan had been indicted by a grand jury and when he failed to appear a bench warrant was issued for his arrest:
The charge of assault with significant bodily injured while armed carries a statutory maximum of 30 years in prison, and if convicted of the hate-crime enhancement, the penalty would increase to 1.5 times that amount, or 45 years.
Vaughan has been pretty quite since April. I wonder why?

On this blog ARC has noted Vaughan's fondness for Faith Goldy with whom he has taken more than a few "selfies" with:

As a supporter of the JDL, one has to wonder if Vaughan's support for Goldy will continue or, if like his fellow Proud Boy member Robert Jones, he'll reject the JDL since Meir Weinstein has finally noticed that Goldy has a penchant for Nazis:

Now Goldy recommended the book back in April so Meir is a little late to this, but better late than never I suppose. It should be noted that Goldy worked with Gavin McInnes, the founder of the Proud Boys who himself went on an antisemitic rant while employed by "Rebel Media"; Weinstein appears to have rationalized this though, as did the Proud Boys who attacked anyone who commented unfavorabley on their founder:

Speaking of Proud Boys, let's keep this thread going:

I also mentioned Robert Jones who despite having had supported the JDL in the past, broke off his relationship because the alpha male's widdle feeling were hurt. Well he's now now back to his old self and is busily advocating for the murder of police officers, magistrates, politicians, and the Queen because Tommy Robinson is an idiot and violated his court conditions and was arrested:

Sunday, May 27, 2018

JDL Denounces Ronny Cameron; Proud Boy Robert Jones Breaks With JDL

I've stated both on ARC and elsewhere that when one scratches the surface of the "alt-right" xenophobic movement, one can find an antisemite just under that surface.

When I wrote about Ronny Cameron's video with Devon Mannix and Proud Boy member Andrew Zokvic, I asked the question, "why is Meir [Weinstein] and the JDL so friendly with Ronny Cameron?" Given Cameron's own growing comfort with antisemitic stereotypes and his association with people like Mannix and Zokvic, the former who has praised Nazism and the latter who self-identifies as a fascist and who defended Hitler's actions which ultimately culminated in the Holocaust, it was difficult to square this with Meir's own history of opposing Nazis. I figured that in his targeting of Muslim-Canadians, that he may have decided to subscribe to the maxim, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend."

Not satisfied with this, I decided to send Meir a link to the article published on ARC. I didn't think he would respond given our mutual antagonism, but I was surprised to receive the following message a few days later:

Following the link, I found the following posted to Meir's profile:

Many of Meir's supporters posted their view of Cameron, the consensus being that he is antisemite. Cameron replied in what I guess was an effort to defend himself.... by posting a bunch of antisemitic conspiracy theories and stereotypes:

Not surprisingly, Ron Banerjee, who has an intense hatred towards Cameron, was eager to join in:

Jennifer Bush also chimed in:

Meir's was not the only Facebook profile that this discussion went down. There was another that was ultimately nuked, but which also involved Ronny Cameron's middle-aged Proud Boy friend Robert Jones:

There are some screen shots from that discussion that have survived. In those screen shots a British Columbia member of the JDL and Jones appeared to have it out:

They all seem like very nice people, don't they?

Now this dispute is interesting because while Proud Boy Jones is friends with Cameron, he has also attended a number of JDL events:

Because someone said something mean to alpha male Robert Jones, he has decided that Jews are just a bunch of meanies!