Posts Tagged ‘BNP’

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Daily International News 11.08.10

November 8, 2010

Daily International News
November 8, 2010

POTUS Asia Trip
Obama’s almost empty promise to India
[FP]
Obama supports adding India as a permanent member of U.N. Security Council
[WaPo]
Obama, Singh Pledge Deeper Economic Ties, Differ on Pakistan
[Bloomberg]
Obama skips Peace Prize winners’ meeting in Japan
[AP]
Obama’s China Ambush
[Daily Beast]

Northeast Asia
Clinton back on US soil after marathon Asia tour
[AP]
China/Taiwan
US drops call for trade surplus target amid dollar spat with China
[BBC]
UK government and business in push for China trade
[BBC]
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in UK rights plea
[BBC]
Samuelson Op-ed: As G-20 summit nears, China is unlikely to budge on currency
[WaPo]
China maintains pressure over QE
[FT]
Taiwan judges on corruption charges
[BBC]
Koreas
North Korea’s premier travels to Chinese port city of Dalian: sources
[Yonhap]
N. Korea confirms death of sailor in last year’s naval gunfight with S. Korea
[Yonhap]
SKorean police arrest 4 people over G-20 protests
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Burma
What’s Next for Burma Opposition After Elections?
[Time]
Myanmar army-backed parties set to sweep rare poll
[Reuters]
10,000 refugees flee Myanmar post-vote fighting
[AP]
Burmese election monitored by North Korean diplomats
[FP]
Indonesia
Many flee Indonesia volcano amid fears of eruption
[AP]
Australia
U.S. to Increase Asia Military Presence, Australia Defense Ties
[Bloomberg]
Qantas makes more checks over A380 engine ‘anomalies’
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Taliban Seek to Sway U.S. Congress With ‘Open Letter’
[WSJ]

Middle East
Iraq Leaders Meet in Erbil in Bid to Break Eight-Month Deadlock
[Bloomberg]
Israel moves ahead with new east Jerusalem housing
[AP]
Netanyahu Asks Biden to Press Iran on Nuclear Program
[Bloomberg]
Radical Yemeni cleric calls for killing Americans
[AP]
White House considers Yemen drone strikes, officials say
[LAT]

Africa
Nigerian militants seize workers from oil rig
[BBC]
Moroccan police dismantle W.Sahara camp
[AFP]

Europe
EU visits Dublin as worries mount
[BBC]
Italian Leader Urged to Resign by Former Ally
[NYT]
Second Russian reporter attacked
[BBC]
Cameron hails ‘revolutionary’ Whitehall data website
[BBC]
BNP constitution battle returns to court
[BBC]
Former UK MP Woolas makes fresh effort to overturn ban from politics
[BBC]
UK Catholics say 5 Anglican bishops converting
[AP]
Hostages taken at BMW offices in France – police
[BBC]

Americas
Cuban dissident backs off hunger strike threat
[AP]
Cholera may have reached Haitian capital, says doctor
[BBC]
20 killed over weekend in Mexican border city
[AP]

Domestic
Republicans May Increase U.S. House Lead in Undecided Races
[Bloomberg]
Obama opens door for talks with GOP on tax-cut extension
[WaPo]
Are hopes dimming on repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’?
[WaPo]
MSNBC ends suspension of host Keith Olbermann
[WaPo]
Cheney angered by Bush decision on Scooter Libby pardon
[BBC]
Chile miner Edison Pena completes New York City Marathon
[BBC]

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Daily International News 07.22.10

July 22, 2010

Daily International News
July 22, 2010

Northeast Asia
Chinese Backing Sought by U.S. for New North Korea Sanctions
[Bloomberg] and ANALYSIS: Chinese help is key to pressuring NKorea [AP]
North Korea anger at US-South Korea war games
[BBC]
North Korea to stage massive dance spectacle
[AP]
China accused of excessive force over Tibet unrest
[BBC]
Foreign companies in China sound off on business policies
[WaPo]
FIFA praises Japan’s 2022 World Cup bid
[AP]
Wife questions Japan PM Naoto Kan’s ability to govern
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Clinton warns Myanmar on NKorea cooperation
[AP]
In Hanoi, Clinton Criticizes Vietnam on Rights
[NYT]
Fiji’s Bainimarama holds replacement Pacific meeting
[BBC]
US drops training ban on Indonesian special forces
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Kyrgyz ex-leader’s brother held over ethnic riots
[BBC]
India state-run banks ‘turn away Muslims’
[BBC]
Petraeus Sharpens Afghan Strategy
[WSJ]
Republicans Are Turning Against the Afghanistan War
[US News]
2 Americans killed in copter crash in Afghanistan
[AP]

Middle East
Kidnapped Scholar Provides Tehran with Valuable Information on CIA
[Fars]
Gaza smugglers cut underground Egyptian steel wall
[AP]

Africa
U.S envoy to Sudan says Bashir indictment will make his job harder
[WaPo]
Archbishop Desmond Tutu to withdraw from public life
[BBC]
Kenya torture victims get compensation payment
[BBC]
AU troops harming Somali civilians
[AP]

Europe
World court says Kosovo’s independence is legal
[AP]
Spain takes in 3rd inmate from Guantanamo Bay
[AP]
Beleaguered Merkel faces press one last time before summer break
[DW]
Judge orders Demjanjuk to appear in court
[AP]

UK
Pinching Pennies, U.K.’s Cameron Goes Commercial on U.S. Trip
[Bloomberg]
London buses to carry female ordination advert during pope’s visit
[Guardian]
BNP leader Nick Griffin barred from Queen’s garden party
[Guardian]
David Cameron unveils national service pilot
[Guardian]
No charges against officer over G20 protest death
[AFP]

Domestic
Sherrod offered new job, but says she is not so sure
[CNN]
Tropical depression halts work on BP’s leaky well
[AP]
Workers on Doomed Rig Voiced Concern About Safety
[NYT]

Americas/Caribbean
IMF cancels $268 million Haiti debt
[AP]
Gunbattles paralyze Mexican city across from Texas
[AP]
Colombia recalls envoy from Venezuela amid rebel row
[BBC]
Brazil enacts racial discrimination law, but some say it’s not needed
[CNN]

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Times of London: BNP still racist, membership list closed

March 12, 2010
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From Times Online
March 12, 2010

Revised BNP membership rules ‘still racist’

A BNP badge

Nico Hines

The British National Party faced a serious set back in its bid for legitimacy today when a judge ruled that its new membership rules were still likely to discriminate against non-white people.

The far-right party will be forced to close its membership list until it complies with race discrimination legislation.

BNP officials voted to abolish its whites-only policy at a heated meeting last month after the threat of a possible court injunction from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

But today at Central London County Court, Judge Paul Collins ruled that the party was still likely to discriminate on racial grounds.

“I hold that the BNP are likely to commit unlawful acts of discrimination within section 1b Race Relations Act 1976 in the terms on which they are prepared to admit persons to membership under the 12th addition of their constitution,” he said. “The membership list will have to be closed.”

Nick Griffin, the party leader, was confronted by a small group of protesters outside the court. They chanted “Nazi scum” as he entered the building.

Speaking before the ruling, Mr Griffin said: “The constitution was always legal.”

Last month, the group scrapped its whites only policy following the threat of a possible court injunction from the EHRC.

The BNP said it had a “waiting list” of black and Asian people. Millionaire Asian businessman Mo Chaudry said he would apply to join the party to “fight them from the inside”.

But he was told his application would be blocked. Speaking earlier, Mr Chaudry, 49, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, said: “I’m hoping the court will take a robust approach and question the real intent of the change in the constitution.

“They have no real intention of allowing people like me into the fold. It is just a camouflage to appease the system.”

Pakistan-born Mr Chaudry, who is worth £60 million, runs a string of businesses around Stoke-on-Trent, which has eight BNP members on the city council.

The decision to change the BNP constitution came after the far-right party held an extraordinary general meeting in Essex on February 14.

A reporter for The Times, Dominic Kennedy, was violently ejected from the meeting despite having been invited to attend.

Following the meeting, Mr Griffin said he soon expected to welcome the party’s first non-white member, Sikh Rajinder Singh.

Lawyers from the EHRC were considering the precise wording of the new rules to decide whether they believed the constitution was still discriminatory.

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Labour’s ‘Victory’ over Racism: A Premature Pat on the Back?

January 14, 2010

Today, in an unusually proud statement by Communities Secretary John Denham, Labour proclaimed its near victory over racism, making the point that the United Kingdom not enjoys the most culturally-aware and accepting population ever seen on the island. The statement, coupled with the release of a report entitled “Tackling race inequality: A statement on race” was intended to not only highlight the multitude of efforts by Labour MPs over the years to recognised these problems” and “legislate against racism” but also as a way to erode away the racist platform upon which UK’s nationalist parties stand, particularly the BNP.

However, this pat on the back might be a little premature. Although the UK is more exposed on a wider-scale to some Caribbean, African, and South Asian cultures, incidents of ethnic violence grew in the 1990s – between 1994 and 1998 there were around 5000 reported racist incidents in the Metropolitan police area. Compare that to over 23,000 between 1999 and 2000 (Institute of Race Relations). Additionally, racist terms continue to be employed by youth as well as adults in the cities, to refer to those of immigrant backgrounds especially South Asian and East Asian descent. Take into account as well that less than 2% of the population in London is of East Asian descent (UK ethnicity cards denote either ‘Chinese’ or ‘other’ for East Asians) and NOT a new immigrant, which means exposure to East Asian cultures and peoples is extremely low.

Mr. Denham was making the case that in the UK today, class is the first impediment to education, job acquisition or housing, not race. The steps that Labour have encouraged to bring the UK system to this place are good steps, but they are only preliminary. Additionally, attitudes towards different cultures in the cities centers are in stark contrast to those in the countryside (as is true of most countries). More needs to be done and the small steps over the past few years cannot create a sense of complacency in the issue. But if Labour is going to the lengths it is in to push the publication of this new paper to the detriment of the BNP, it seems action is on the minds of the government, and hopefully it stays there.

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NEWS: Morning Int’l News Roundup 10.20.09

October 20, 2009

Morning International News Roundup 10.20.09 – get some!

East Asia

N. Korean diplomat arrives in Beijing en route to U.S. [Yonhap]
“Ri Gun, director general of the North American affairs bureau at North Korea’s foreign ministry, is reportedly scheduled to meet Sung Kim, the U.S. special envoy on the six-way nuclear talks, in San Diego on the sidelines of an academic seminar slated for Oct. 26-27.”

Ri Gun - NK Nuclear Negotiator

Ri Gun - NK Nuclear Negotiator

North Koreans quit Danish embassy in Hanoi for South Korea [Reuters]
“Nine North Koreans who took refuge in Denmark’s embassy in Hanoi nearly four weeks ago have left the mission and are on their way to South Korea, a Danish consular official said Tuesday.”

Gates: Disputed US airfield should stay on Okinawa [AP]
“Pentagon chief Robert Gates did not specifically mention the controversy over the Futenma base…during brief public remarks with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada. But he made clear that the Obama administration would frown on any action by Tokyo to block a new runway at another base on Okinawa when Futenma is closed.”

Central/South Asia
Battle intensifies as Taliban retake Pakistani town
[Reuters]

Karzai Expected to Agree to Runoff [WP]
“Obama administration officials said they expect Afghan President Hamid Karzai to announce Tuesday that he will accept a runoff in his country’s disputed election, after the invalidation of nearly a million of his votes by the commission investigating fraud in the Aug. 20 race.”

Middle East
Iran honors Guards killed in attack, blames U.S
[Reuters]
Iran‘s military accused the United States and Israel of terrorism as it held a funeral on Tuesday for high-ranking commanders killed in the deadliest attack in the Islamic Republic since the 1980s.”

Obama’s Secret  Iran Talks [TIME]
“President Barack Obama has a personal stake in the outcome of Monday’s meeting in Vienna between Western and Iranian nuclear experts on the future of Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium. That’s because, Administration sources tell TIME, Obama personally weighed in three times during secret, multiparty negotiations with the Iranians over the last four months.”

Abbas says to issue decree for Palestinian vote [Reuters]
“Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday he would issue a decree on Sunday to hold elections by January 24, a move that could raise pressure on Hamas to sign an Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal.”

Europe/UK
Pope Approves Plan to Oversee Anglican Conversions
[NYT]
“A new canonical entity will allow Anglicans “to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of the distinctive Anglican spiritual and liturgical patrimony.”

Berlusconi sparks feminist backlash in Italy [Reuters]
“Silvio Berlusconi’s cutting remark about a female rival’s lack of beauty has stirred a rare public backlash from thousands of Italian women who had largely kept silent about the prime minister’s womanizing and sex scandals.
About 97,000 Italian women have signed the “Women offended by the premier” appeal after Berlusconi told the matronly, bespectacled leftist Rosy Bindi that she was “more beautiful than intelligent” in a swipe at both her looks and brains.”

UK govt in uproar over exposure given far right [AP]
“To the outrage of many Britons, a white-supremacist fringe party riding a wave of electoral success has been invited to participate in a BBC prime-time TV show on politics.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour Party government says it is appalled that the far right British National Party will get such high-profile exposure to millions of viewers. The BBC, however, says as a publicly funded broadcaster it must cover all political parties that have a national presence.”

BNP membership list appears on Wikileaks [Guardian]
“Nick Griffin says list of thousands of names, plus addresses and phone numbers, is ‘malicious forgery’.”

The Americas
Honduras de facto government scolds Zelaya, talks stall
[Reuters]
“The de facto Honduran government relaxed curbs on protests and media on Monday but toughened criticism of ousted President Manuel Zelaya as talks to end a three-month political crisis stalled.”

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The BNP: If you can’t change their minds, change their constitution

October 16, 2009

Surprisingly absent from the major non-British news outlets yesterday and today has been the revelatory news that the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission has moved to force the British National Party to revamp their constitution to allow non-white, non-Anglican membership.

For those Americans not familiarized with this small, yet frighteningly burgeoning movement, a few minutes on their website should tell you all that you need to know. Staunchly anti-immigration, fiercely and dogmatically  “moral”, and with the innate ability to distort and deflect the causes of all domestic problems to “foreign scoundrels” –  including welfare abuse, environmental damage, and war – the BNP has supported such policies as excluding Turkey from the European Union due to the threat of British “Islamification.”

But the real reason the world should sit up and keep an eye on the BNP are its two new members of the EU parliament – two men whose sheer presence, on the continent-wide governing body which they morally abhore, is a contradiction in terms. This newfound celebrity has caused the Equality and Human Rights Commission to review the BNP outdated constitution, one which still states that “membership of the BNP is strictly defined within the terms of, and our members also self define themselves within, the legal ambit of a defined ‘racial group’ this being ‘Indigenous Caucasian’ and defined ‘ethnic groups’ emanating from that Race as specified in law in the House of Lords case of
Mandla V Dowell Lee (1983) 1 ALL ER 1062, HL.”

The BNP’s agreement to change membership requirements to include all regardless of race, gender, and religion will be monitored by the EHRC over the coming months. The BNP eastern regional spokesman, Chris Roberts, said this of the ruling, “I just believe its another obstacle thrown into our way by the Lib-Lab-Con elite that now we are taking votes from them they are trying to put us out of business.” In a statement released yesterday, the party went onto state that the EHRC’s actions were “highly malicious and clearly politically motivated.”

Individual members of the party even went out of their way to show their “support” of the changes, giving ethnic minorities a little taste of how it would be to apply for membership. On one anti-BNP website called “Nothing British,” BNP activists have already posted comments calling the EHRC “Nazis.”

Who says the BNP spouts racist sentiment?

Who says the BNP spouts racist sentiment?

Pundits in the UK and around the world have taken this opportunity to air their complaints with the BNP’s many inflammatory statements and policies – and also to question the true ability of the EHRC’s ruling to affect any real change within the party.  George Pitcher, Religion Editor of Telegraph Media, commentated that “the BNP will still have its racist policies, even with smiling Sikhs, Muslims and Rastafarians in its membership” and “the EHRC hasn’t thought this through.”

Although I can agree with Pitcher on the fact that the ENRC’s plan might be unrealistic, Pitcher’s flouting of its efficacy in the face of BNP racist propaganda is inappropriate. I doubt, in the first place, that “smiling Sikhs, Muslims and Rastafarians” will be lining up to join the BNP. What American non-Caucasian would apply for KKK membership simply because the charter is changed to tolerate their mere presence? Also, in principle the EHRC must and should address issues like racist and xenophobic language in political party membership charters. It’s the Commission’s job. Although it probably won’t change the composition of the Party in the short or long-term, the verbal thrashing this ruling gives to the deleterious effects of home-grown, domestic facism is one that should be praised.

Perhaps the bottom-line truly is, I will stand behind an organization that champions a “fairer Britain” by “providing advice and guidance, working to implement an effective legislative framework and raising awareness of your rights” against any whose leader proudly states, “We are 100 per cent racist, yes.”