Posts Tagged ‘British National Party’

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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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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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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.”