Sunday, May 20, 2018

"White Nationalist" Ronny Cameron, His National Socialist Friends, and the Jewish Defence League

For the life of me, I don't understand why Meir Weinstein of the Canadian Jewish Defence League has such an amicable relationship with Ronny Cameron:


In an article published last week, I commented Ronny Cameron, a self-professed "white nationalist" and "alt-right" proponent as well as a supporter of Richard Spencer, and his relationship with the Canadian JDL. After the video Cameron went on to skirt the edges of antisemitic conspiracy theories and the rather ugly stereotypes leveled at the Jewish people. Since Meir routinely accuses progressives who make even the most tepid criticisms of Israeli government policies as being antisemites, I found it curious that he would give Cameron a pass for considerably more provocative claims.

While Cameron claims to be quite fond of the JDL who he considers an ally, but he suggests they are an anomaly in the Jewish community and it appeared that his "alliance" with the JDL was a means to an end. ARC published three brief excerpts from more than two hour video published by Cameron featuring overt antisemite and white supremacist Devon Mannix and Proud Boy member Andrew Zokvic. The remainder of the video was certainly a telling:


FYI, and a shameless plug here, but if anyone is interested in supporting the work of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (which, in what will disappoint Mannix, is not comprised totally or even primarily of Jewish-Canadians), please click here.

Much of the following excerpts consists of Cameron nodding in agreement as his guests advocate for National Socialism and fascism, engage in antisemitic stereotypes conspiracy theories regarding the years in Germany prior to World War II and justifying the actions of Hitler in targeting Jewish Germans, and discussing multiculturalism and "race realism" using pseudo-science (much of it debunked decades ago) claiming racial superiority regarding intellect. I'll provide some broad categories for the excerpts:

Whether the name "alt-right" is appropriate followed by an antisemitic joke:


A discussion of religion with references to "blood and soil":


Whether or not mainstream conservatives will eventually embrace National Socialism and fascism (the consensus among the three seems to be "yes"):


With that in mind after Cameron says that Israel is a "distraction" though he supports the existence of Israel as what he believes to be an "ethnostate", Zokvic speaks about how Jews "are not white" and justifies Hitler's rise to power by claiming Jewish-Germans were the cause of the hardships in Germany during the interwar period:


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Anti-Fascists Face Off Against Storm Alliance, III%ers, and Others On Quebec Border

There are a number of people who are covering this event. I'll see what I can do to provide up-to-date information:




Friday, May 18, 2018

Well That Didn't Last Long. Vancouver Island Northern Guard Chapter Breaks With Alberta Chapter and National "Organization".

Last weekend I wrote about the bigots who protest a conference discussing white privilege that too place at Ryerson University. I primarily used Ronny Cameron's video of the event interspersed with some of my own observations:

Not long after Shree Paradkar wrote about the protest in the context of the founding of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (which a shout out directed at ARC) for the "Toronto Star":
The activities of these white supremacists — as evinced in the gathering outside Ryerson’s University’s White Privilege conference last week — often fly below the radar of mainstream media that are ill equipped to monitor and report on such obscure ideologies.
Because the extreme right-wing is not ideologically coherent and is dotted across Canada, tracking its growth is a task undertaken piecemeal by anti-fascists, anti-racism activists and a few academics. For years, the anti-racist Canada (ARC) collective fought bigotry one blog at a time, existing as a resource for journalists and law enforcement. 
Earlier this month it got some company. 
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network (CAN) was launched after a group of 16 Canadians — including an ARC operator — came together to close the data gap in researching and reporting on far-right violence.
The usual assortment of trolls attacked Ms. Paradkar using rhetoric that further confirmed the veracity of her article highlighting their bigotry, but I personally was most amused when Ronny Cameron, along with Devon Mannix and Andrew Zokvic (who is referred to here, here, and here in previous articles) learned about the article.

They are going to be SO happy that I'm using this!


Well ya'll got your wish, though if I may I would like to make two observations:
  1. You three share a rather specific sexual fantasy. Hey, I'm not here to judge anyone's kink. You guys do you (though I can't help wondering how Cameron's black girlfriend -- he continually reminds everyone of this fact -- feels about this).
  2. While you may be excited to see your name printed on these pages, it has been my experience over the past ten and a half years that the novelty does wear off and on inclusion on the ARC blog has a tendency to make one's life much more difficult over the long term.
Cameron, Mannix, and Zokvic are correct that there is indeed a lot a material that they've provided ARC to work with and I will get to it eventually, but I would like to first focus on what Mannix is up to:


Yes, Devon Mannix has looked factionalization and fracturing of the far-right groups in Canada and has decided that the solution to their problem of disunity and backbiting is yet another group.

Genius I tells ya!

And it isn't just that he is starting a new group. He and his two friends are breaking off another and making sure they are burning bridges in the process:


It hasn't even been a month since the Northern Guard announced the establishment of a chapter in British Columbia. Some of the members, including the leader, even headed over to Alberta to share bread and salt with that provinces Northern Guard chapter:


Devon Mannix had expressed his own strong approval of the Vancouver Island chapter, largely due to the unabashed antisemitism and white supremacist orientation of the tiny membership. Mannic also made nice with the Alberta Northern Guard chapter, including attending the Artur Pawlowski's protest outside City Hall in Calgary on April 14:


Oh, those were halcyon days of yore!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Bad Times For Canadian Alt-Right Podcasters: This Hour Has 88 Minutes Co-Host Exposed

Congratulations to those who spent months pouring through online messages and hours of podcast material to be able to publish this story:















Evan Balgord is the Executive Director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, an organization I'm proud to have been able to co-found with a lot of very good people. His efforts as well as those of the incredible Alheli PicazoMartin Patriquin, and Mack Lamoureux in identifying Thomas White as “League of the North" who was one of the co-hosts of the neo-Nazi podcast "This Hour Has 88 Minutes" is a blow to the "white nationalist" movement in Canada and internationally. It also shows the importance of a group like the Canadian Anti-Hate Network in tracking down and identifying these people.

If anyone is interested in supporting more investigative work such as this, I invite them to visit this site.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Alberta III%ers Aren't Racist If Only You Ignore All Of Their Racism

That's right, don't you believe your lying eyes!

Annyyyyways, it seems that the threepers are starting to catch on to the reality that they are being watched:


First, it would be accurate to write "has" access. Hi Jerry!

Second, I'm not quite sure what Jerry Morgan thinks he would do if were to get his hands on me, but I hope it involves an offer of a neat, though slightly chilled, Glencairn scotch.

Third, lies? Really?

Challenge accepted!

Last week when news emerged that a woman had verbally attacked a group of men in a Lethbridge Denny's whom she assumed were Syrian, berating them for speaking a language other than English and telling them to, "go back where they came from" among other things, most Canadians were disgusted. However the people ARC covers celebrated and hoped to see more of the same. I didn't post an article on it because really it was what we've all come to expect. Bigots like Kevin Johnston devoted two videos to claiming the men were really the racists and that the woman was the victim. Others claimed that she said, "what everyone is thinking" or that she was set up or that they started it or George Soros other explanations to excuse and justify her behavior.

Oh, and they are certain that Justin Trudeau is ultimately to blame.

While I didn't talk about the story much here, I did post the comments by Alberta threepers in another article which really are representative of both their views and that of other paranoid racist Islamophobes in the country:




Pretty standard by this point.

Today threepers posted an article referring to the Lethbridge story from "Debate Post" which sometimes twists real news into something of a caricature of the original story or provides incredibly biased material as if it is legitimate:


Truth be told, if this "Muslim leader" did say this, I would agree with him. In fact I believe that all schools should be open to discussing racism in Canada as a means of creating a more equal and equitable society. The article I found certainly wasn't at all controversial:
An Islamic leader in Southern Alberta is calling for education and dialogue following the video of a woman spouting racist remarks at a group of men at the Lethbridge Denny’s restaurant. 
Imam Aslam Piprawala welcomed dozens as the Lethbridge Muslim Association opened the doors to its new mosque and Islamic centre on Saturday. 
“We hope that through what we are teaching in this new centre, through our explanation of the religion … we will explain to people that we are human and we are nothing but human.


But the threepers sort of take things personally and interpreted the story, which was likely an intention of the folks at "Debate Post", to paint all Canadians and themselves personally as racists.

They proceeded to engage in an histrionic fit about how they aren't racist.... by basically being the racists that we've seen them to consistently be throughout their existence as a group:

Monday, May 14, 2018

Alt-Right Ronny Cameron and the JDL: Strange Bedfellow

This is the second of two articles focusing on events in Toronto on May 12, 2018. Click here to see the first article.

For some time observers have noted that far right Jewish groups such as the Jewish Defence League have formed an alliance with white nationalists groups. In Canada, those groups include overtly Islamophobic hate groups such as the Soldiers of Odin as well as self-proclaimed western chauvinists the Proud Boys, a group founded by a man formerly employed by "Rebel Media" who spoke about his trip to Israel making him more anti-Semitic and who appears to have questioned the historicity of the Holocaust; he later posted a video of the 10 things he hates about Jews (which was later changed to things he hates about Israel):


None of this is a surprise as the JDL has been appearing to turn a blind eye to Trump supporting neo-Nazi harassment of Jews because the JDL too supports Donald Trump. In this country Meir Weinstein who heads the JDL gave Gavin McInnes a pass, though in another interview he was quick to claim the Canadian JDL would certainly defend Jews in Whitefish, Montana:
The Canadian branch of the Jewish Defense League is prepared to mobilize in Whitefish, Montana, where neo-Nazis are planning an anti-Jewish march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day — and do whatever it takes to “smash the Nazis.”  
“We would be more than wiling to help in any way,” said Meir Weinstein, national director of Canada’s JDL. The FBI has designated the U.S. branch of the movement a terrorist organization. 
Weinstein, who calls himself a “loyal disciple” of the JDL’s founder, the firebrand Jewish nationalist Meir Kahane, called “alt-right” figurehead Richard Spencer a Nazi.  
“That guy’s going to get his head kicked in. He’s a Nazi, this guy’s a Nazi,” Weinstein said of Spencer in a phone interview.  
Spencer does not call himself a Nazi and has publicly sought to distinguish himself from a previous generation of white nationalists — by using terms like “alt-right” and calling himself a white “identitarian.” 
It should be noted that neither Weinstein nor the rest of the Canadian JDL wento Whitefish and no heads were kicked in. But I guess saying so made him feel good about himself.

But then as in the case of McInnes, there are other reasons to doubt that the JDL under Meir is the Nazi smashing group it was once known as in the 1970s and 80s.

On Saturday, members of the JDL counter-protested a rally condemning the American government's decision to move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Prior to this event, self-proclaimed white nationalist and alt-right supporter Ronny Cameron had been participating in a protest at Ryerson University. Cameron first spoke to the JDL contingent where he was very well received.... perhaps because he was also wearing a Trump mask but also because he has become known in that particular community. He eventually made his way to Meir Weinstein who greeted Cameron warmly.

However later on in the video, Cameron made some statements concerning Israel that might cause Meir some concern:



Or perhaps they won't cause Meir any concern?

After all, he seems to have made a bit of a devil's bargain.

Ryerson Far Right Protest, May 12, 2018: Ronny Cameron Interviews Faith Goldy Pushing "Dark Enlightenment" Views

This is the first of two articles focusing on events in Toronto on May 12, 2018. Click here to see the second article.

ARC hasn't written about Ronny Cameron much, at least not in detail since his antics in Hamilton where even some of is supporters called him out for his behavior as well as that of the Proud Boys who were with him. Well today you get a double serving of Cameron which sounds about unappetizing as it should.

On Saturday Cameron attended a small protest organized by Laura Lee and Mary Forest which he began promoting on May 9:


He showed up earlier before the group moved on to Ryerson University where the conference was taking place, posting this short video:







The main event was relatively sparsely attended. Cameron was there as was a contingent of Soldiers of Odin members from Hamilton. At least one member or supporter of the III% militia was attending too. Other known individuals present included Mary Forest, Laura Lee, Kevin Johnston, the man who organized the anti-Muslim hate protest on Parliament Hill, and Faith Goldy.

We'll get to her in a moment.

Cameron posted a video of the speeches that were as tone deaf and bigoted as you might expect. I took the liberty of adding a few pithy, and some more serious, observations. The edit on this particular video is terrible as my editing software was driving me up the wall so please bare with me:



The comments were also as one would expect:







Still, it was the interview with Faith Goldy that I found to be of particular interest as she dropped some neoreactionary, or "Dark Enlightenment" rhetoric throughout the conversation:

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Hate Has Consequences: More Fallout From Gabriel Sohier Chaput and Discord "Montreal Storm" Leaks

The news that "Zieger", a prominent neo-Nazi active on the "Daily Stormer" and second to hate site founder Andrew Anglin, was a Montreal IT consultant named Gabriel Sohier Chaput has been a huge story and one that continues to reverberate. Likely at least in part as a result of this outing, Canada's largest neo-Nazi podcast was shut down and all the content removed from YouTube:


The pressure on Sohier Chaput and those associated with him has been further increased by the efforts of the folks at Monteral Counter-Information who are are asking for help to identify others in "Zieger's" circle:
A Canada-Wide Callout to Track Down the Alt-Right Nazi Scumbags Next Door 
Anonymous submission to MTL Counter-info 
The Montreal Storm leaks constitute the largest single reveal of activities of the neo-Nazi wing of the alt-right in Canada. What’s more, it looks like Montreal’s (pathetically small and inept) Daily Stormer “book club” may be the largest in Canada. That said, we know that it’s not the only one. 
Prior to the Daily Stormer closing its book club forum down, it was clear that there were attempts to start similar neo-Nazi cells across Canada, from Atlantic Canada to British Columbia. Neo-nazis from across Canada attended the “Leafensraum” meet-up organizer by Gabriel Sohier-Chaput and others in 2017. Quebeckers were not the only Canadians to attend the Unite the Right hatefest in Charlottesville in August 2017. Fliers, posters, and stickers with identical design and wording have appeared in different cities and provinces. 
If you have knowledge of neo-Nazi activities in your area, specifically connected to the Daily Stormer and alt-right, please get in touch with us at doxxlesnazis@riseup.net.
ARC has identified at least on member of the "Montreal Storm" Discord group. The user "FriendlyFash" is Shawn Beauvais-MacDonald:


Someone at Monteral Counter-Information also connected Beauvais-MacDonald as well explaining how they were able to identify "Zieger" as Gabriel Sohier Chaput  in this detailed article which begins as such:
Over the past year, Montreal antifascists have identified individuals, and finally a small and pathetic scene, of men in their 20s and 30s, active online but trying to establish an “in real life” presence for neo-Nazism in our city. Occasionally operating as “Alt-Right Montreal” or ARM, or Arm and Hammer, these individuals are also linked to Generation Identity (rebranded as ID Canada), the phantom Northern Order, and other “groups” in the city. 
This is the first of a series of reports on this milieu. It includes screenshots from the neo-nazis’ private chatroom, including many that we ourselves find traumatic.
Others have also been identified.

So if you can help identify more, feel free to give these folks a helping hand.

UPDATE 1: Looks like Shawn isn't happy being famous.


UPDATE 2: Looks like he'll have a lot of work to take down all the posters that have been put up.




These ones were found everywhere in Monkland:



Then there's this:


And isn't this interesting?





Friday, May 11, 2018

Steven Myatt, Like Most Authoritarian Personalities, Doesn't Think His Motives Should Be Questioned By Mere Plebs

A couple of days ago ARC came into possession of Steven Myatt's petition that outlines rationale (such that it is) for having Justin Trudeau charged with treason because, you know, that's how he thinks this works. In what will come as absolutely no surprise, it is for all intents and purposes, a cobbling together of far right memes, outright lies and xenophobic fear mongering pretending to be a serious legal challenge:



There's a lot here to pick on. For example, the claim that Trudeau said "[he] will be personally responsible for harm that may come to any citizen of Canada. Any harm, from any refugee, brought into Canada by my government, [he will] stand personally responsible" can be found on memes all over social media and is being shared by Islamophobic and xenophobic groups and individuals.... but it isn't actually something that Trudeau said. And of the now over 45,000 refugees, Myatt can find examples of only two assholes who were both arrested and tried as evidence for his claim that we are all in danger? Holy hell! If that's the case, the crime rate among refugees is so much lower than that of other Canadians that maybe we really should consider replacing Canadians with refugees?

And the far-right will take my sarcastic comment out of context in

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Anyways, I'm not going to bother dissecting this any further because it is sort of low hanging fruit. Still, though he has been lionized by his increasingly cult-like followers, it appears that not everyone has consumed the Flavor Aid:


"Canada Matters" is another anti-government and Islamophobic Facebook group claiming the status of "patriots." In a word, they are just as ridiculous and xenophobic as Myatt and his followers. There are quite a few ego-stroking comments, but these two are the ones I thought to be the most interesting:


My goodness, these people are so bloody sensitive! And why is it that I can't help but thinking of this when I read both Myatt's pouting and Kelly Elizabeth's response to a reasonable question?



Myatt and his followers have themselves a little bit of an authoritarian streak going.

This is what resulted in Myatt getting all hot and bothered:

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Alpha Male Alberta III Militia Hide From The Meanies Who Aren't Nice To Them

UPDATE: In what will not be a surprise to anyone, the threepers are celebrating the racist rant that occurred last month in a Lethbridge Denny's restaurant:


Remember this later on when you read the Alberta III% leader "Beau" Welling say there is no hate in their group.

When CBC did a story of the Canadian III% militia, with a special focus on the Alberta chapter, ARC published screen shots of their reaction and it was bloody hilarious!




Beau Welling, leader of the Alberta chapter, claims to have been slandered as a result of CBC posting screen shots of his own words as well as the racist and violent garbage routinely posted to the III% Alberta Facebook group, which further confirms my own hypothesis that Beau Welling is both a liar (he claimed he had been hacked which is bull shit) and dumber than a sack of hammers. In the ARC article more such screen shots were posted to prove he's a liar and his group are filled with violent racists, or at least racists who talk a big game.

Not long after the ARC article was published, the Alberta III% group's name was changed and the following explanation posted:


Hmmmm.

Was it something we said?


Yep. Definitely something we said.

And fyi Ron, the vast majority of you weekend soldiers are civilians and most of you would wash out of basic training in half an hour.






Later Beau Welling continued a thread to feel sorry for himself and his toy soldier militia for all the mean things the media have said about them by posting actual things that Welling and other threepers wrote because, how the hell is that fair?!?!


Wow.

Just wow.

Dude, I've given people rides as well. I don't expect a story about it in the national media.

Also nobody, and I mean NOBODY, believes that you have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to anyone Beau. In an article published today in VICE by Mack Lamoureux regarding the threeper recovery house initiative (ARC had published a story earlier here and here), he also notes how full of shit you are
As Welling didn’t answer follow up questions, how much of this is real and how much of it just bullshit is not clear (Welling is known to exaggerate). During its initial push though, it’s clear from posts in a closed Facebook group that while Welling talked a lot about helping people, positive media attention for his group was very important to him.
How did that fundraising go?


Beau Welling has to be one of the neediest men I've come across in the close to twenty years I've been monitoring hate groups. I don't think I've come across someone so desperate for affirmation and praise.

It is also really interesting to contrast the pity party with posts such as this:


Right. Let's put this in perspective, shall we?

One group is fleeing a civil war that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, leaving everything they've known in the hope of providing safety for their families.

The other group acts tough online but feel aggrieved by a negative, though completely accurate, news story. They have mostly never had to struggle for anything in their pampered lives and have never experienced the trauma of an armed conflict are criticizing refugees for not "fighting for their country" because they've watched "Red Dawn" once and know that they would definitely be one of the Wolverines.

Yeah. The threepers sure are hard.

I almost feel sorry for Welling.... almost.

And wait a moment. Welling actually wrote, "there's no hate here"????

Most of these were posted today!