ANI 98 Spring 2021

AUSTRALIAN

 

NATIONAL INDEPENDENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE AUSTRALIAN FAMILY

                        BRAINWASHING IN SCHOOLS

                        SCIENCE – Early Americans

                        DENISOVANS

                        HISTORY: Slavery – A Short History

                        BOOK REVIEWS: Marx Engels Lenin Trotsky Genocide Quotes

                                                       Among the Mosques

                                                         Restless Continent

                                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUMBER NINETY EIGHT                                                                            SPRING 2021

THE ASSAULT ON THE AUSTRALIAN FAMILY

 

            A basic human right is to marry and raise a family, something people all over the world have been doing for millennia. These rights are even included in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (1) However nowadays there are many obstacles to forming a family, some financial but others societal.

            Housing, especially in our big cities is getting prohibitively expensive, and increased in cost, well above the general level in inflation, even during the Covid 19 crisis. Many people are priced out of the housing market. (2) Measures like the first home buyers grant help some people but also raise demand and hence prices. Those who do manage to buy a home can be paying off a mortgage for decades to come.

            For the lower income groups social housing involves a long wait, maybe for years or decades. Nationwide the waiting lists for social housing runs to about 430,000 people. (3) No wonder homelessness is a problem with thousands affected.

Meanwhile spending to reduce homelessness by the Federal government has been cut by a billion dollars while house prices rose by 50% and rents by 31%. Since 2013 the number presenting to homeless services went up 15% to 290,462. (4)

            For those starting a family there are some welfare benefits such as the New Born Payment and Family Tax Benefit. There are income limits on these however, those who have a very low income get the most, while those on better incomes get less. (5) Those on good incomes miss out but still have to pay taxes so that others get the benefits. In fact in some cases family men, or women, lose out if they get a good paying job as they pay increased income tax but lose welfare benefits.

            Another problem with welfare benefits like the Jobseeker Payment or Old Age Pension is that a married couple will not get the same as two individuals not, or claiming not, to be married. This would not only be a disincentive to getting married but an incentive for married people on welfare to get divorced.

            Societal problems such as those associated with the “permissive society” and loosening of sexual morals no doubt has a negative effect on the formation of serious and committed relationships leading to marriage.

            Then there is the problem of unemployment. Back in the 1950s and 1960s when we enjoyed the post-war baby boom, unemployment never rose above 3.2% and more often than not it was 2% or under. (6) In August this year unemployment fell to 4.5% and this is now considered a good figure – but does not take into account underemployment of 9.3% and a falling participation rate. (7) Having no job, or a casual job you may lose anytime, is hardly likely to be encouragement to buy a home or start a family.

            Easier divorce laws than existed in the sixties have probably had a part in raising divorce rates although whether this would affect a person’s decision to start a family is debateable. (8) There are horror stories about men not only losing their house and car but businesses and livelihoods as well. In the long run men don’t seem to suffer too bad economically.

            What can be done to help families? One idea would be to ease or remove the income test for Family Tax Benefits and give each partner, where both are on Disability or Aged Pensions, or Jobseeker Payment, an amount equivalent to that given to single people. Creating more social and affordable housing would also help. Politically making the welfare of all families an issue in elections would be good but none of the main political parties seem too interested.

 

(1) United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 16, https://www.un.org/

(2) Aidan Devine, “A $300k Jump in Price of a House”, Daily Telegraph, 2 October 2021

(3) https://www.gtlaw.com.au/insights/social-affordable-housing-response-australias-growing-crisis 14 April 2021

(4) https://homelessnessaustralia.org.au

(5) https://www.dss.gov.au/families-and-children

(6) R. Maddock & I. W. McLean, “The Australian Economy in the Long Run”, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1987

(7) Australian Bureau of Statistics, “Labour Force Australia”, https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics

(8) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_family_law

BRAINWASHING IN SCHOOLS, CANCEL CULTURE, CENSORSHIP

 

            Bias in the media and manipulating how we and our children think continues. Take for instance a recent program on ABC television “The School That Tried to End Racism”, shown over three weeks in September and October. Needless to say it is not without bias.

            In the first program young white children are told they have “White Privilege”. Apart from the fact that southwest Sydney, where the program was made, hardly boasts the wealthy socioeconomic status of Vaucluse or Toorak where is the evidence of any special privilege? Go into any post office or government department and do we see only white people? Mostly we see a surprising number of non-white migrants, some in supervisory or managerial positions. Would it be as easy to sack an incompetent non-white as it would be to sack a white person? Census figures indicate a number of Asian migrant nationalities have higher average incomes than people born in Australia. And when asked what being white means the children appear perplexed indicating they haven’t thought much about race let alone have much sense of racial identity.

            The minority children are asked about harassment such as being called names or hearing politically incorrect comments. Some give examples but it appears these are few and far between. The implication of course is that those doing the name calling are white Anglo, or at least European although no evidence of this is shown. The children are asked to look through magazines and disapprovingly notice that most of the people featured in them are white. They also see old television material featuring unflattering stereotypes of minorities such as Mark Mitchell’s Con the Fruiterer of the Comedy Company series. One wonders why there was no mention of all the negative stereotypes of white people – remember Kylie Mole of the same series. Or for that matter the surprisingly number of black faces we see in advertisements nowadays.

            Overall The School That Tried to End racism is hardly without bias. There was no mention of the sometimes violent interactions between minorities and that schools with practically no Anglo children are often ethnic battlegrounds. The program pushes the line that white Australians exhibit racial prejudice and harass minorities while these minorities are the only victims of prejudice and harassment. White people bad, non-whites good? Which of course makes one wonder why so many people are trying to enter white countries like Australia as migrants or refugees, in some cases dying while trying to enter illegally. And who gives anyone the right to brainwash our children and tell them how to think or feel? (1)

 

            Swastikas and flying Nazi-style flags may be made illegal, at least in Victoria as their anti-vilification laws are strengthened. Dvir Abramovich of the Anti-Defamation Commission has applauded the legislation. (2) As Nazi Germany collapsed over 75 years ago exactly why Victoria needs this law is hard to fathom, especially in a state where one of their own police stations not so long ago put up the flag of Communist China. The Queensland government has also been called on to criminalise the sale of Nazi memorabilia by Dr Abramovich of after a number of nationwide auctions of Nazi era antiques. (3)

 

            Meanwhile the persecution of so-called neo-Nazis like the Nationalist Socialist Network (NSN) continues. In August police in South Australia raided most of the alleged neo-Nazis in that state. Mike Burgess, director-general of ASIO, who apparently has not got enough to keep himself busy, warns of a white-power race war. Reporters from the Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes have infiltrated the NSN although they don’t appear to have found any evidence of terrorist planning, just some politically incorrect comments. The results of this Nosy-Parker behaviour was that at least one person lost their job and members of NSN were thrown out of the home they were renting. It also showed an arrogance and indifference to privacy as much of the snooping was in a private home. (4) It’s also been suggested that neo-Nazis are joining the Australian Defence Force. Conor Sretenovic who had served in the army for 18 months has had his passport cancelled. He is said to have links to white supremacists and was planning to fight with the Ukrainian neo-Nazi Azov Battalion. Tom Sewell, who founded the Nationalist Socialist Network also served in the army at one time. (5)

 

            Georgia Love, a reporter with Channel 7 and reality star has been pulled from the air following a social media post featuring a cat in an Asian restaurant and the caption “Shop attendant or lunch?” Love retorted with more political incorrectness in an Instagram post that mentioned Islamic rape gangs in Britain, the decline in America’s white population, the imprisonment of Thomas Sewell, Jewish Bolsheviks and obsession over the Holocaust. (6)

 

            Supanova, a sort of comic convention in Sydney, drew criticism over the appearance of a booth which had an item with a swastika, used the term “pink fascism” and featured ultra-nationalist iconography. It also featured a Eureka flag as used by the Australia First Party. (7) The person who set up the booth is a member of that party.

 

            Daniel Repacholi, a possible candidate for Labor in the NSW seat of Hunter was found to have put messages on Facebook claimed to be racist and sexist. Back in 2010 after returning from India he described the area he stayed as a “shit hole” and later linked his page to a blog titled “The best amateur tits ever”. Repacholi is also a member of the NSW Amateur Pistol Association which has criticised proposed amendments to the Firearms Act. (8)

 

            The NSW Department of Education has come under criticism for its anti-racism lessons, (some provided by third parties linked to the department’s website) by state and federal education ministers. The lessons attack Australia’s institutions and symbols like our flag, and claim to support Aboriginals. Australia Day is attacked and is said to “celebrate colonisation and erases the colonisers’ violent history towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples”. Critics point out that government has no place promoting radical race theory to Australian children. (9)

 

            School pupils at Kegworth Public in the inner-Sydney suburb of Leichhardt have produced posters about “stolen land” and “Apologising for all we’ve done” in relation to Aboriginals and the settlement of Australia. One Nation MP Mark Latham has criticised the posters, their intensely political messages and the indoctrination of young primary schoolers, suggesting that they were actually produced by teachers. The Education Department claims the posters were produced by school students in the interest of reconciliation. (10)

 

            It appears the time of practical and objective education is over while ideology and indoctrination has taken over – and in the wider society much the same applies. The regulations on registration of political parties running in federal elections have been tightened so that some smaller parties will be deregistered. The bias appear to be against nationalist and white groups. They are not the sole victims however as it appears The Australian newspaper recruited a journalist of Palestinian origin but after approaches from the Israeli embassy the journalist left her job. (11) Some types of diversity are not tolerated.

 

Notes:

(1) The program first aired on ABC Channel 2 on 28 September and was criticised early by Kevin Donnelly, “Teaching Self-Hatred”, Daily Telegraph, 23 September 2021 

(2) C. Testa and A. Darling, “Victoria to Ban Swastikas as Anti-Vilification Laws Strengthened”, https://www.abc.net.au/news/  2 September 2021

(3) “Nazi Antiques for Sale”, Sunday Telegraph, 15 August 2021

(4) N. McKenzie & J. Tozer, “Nazis Next Door”, Sydney Morning Herald, 16 August 2021

(5) N. McKenzie & J. Tozer, “Fears of Neo-Nazis in Military”, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 August 2021

(6) David Hiscox, https://XYZ.net.au/2021/09/grorgia-love-makes-racist-joke-about-cat-re... 10 September 2021

(7) Alex Walker, https://www.kotaku.com.au/2021/06/supanova-under-fire-after-vendor...

(8) Yoni Bashan, “ALP Recoils at Racist, Sexist Slurs”, The Australian, 17 September 2021

(9) James Morrow, “Flagging Radical Lessons on Hate”, Daily Telegraph, 14 September 2021

(10) Clarissa Bye, “Signs of ‘Exploitation’”, Daily Telegraph, 22 September 2021

(11) John Lyons, “Dateline Jerusalem: Journalism’s Toughest Assignment”, Monash University Publishing, 202   

 

 

SCIENCE

           

EARLY AMERICANS: The indigenous peoples of the Americas appear to be descended from different peoples who survived the bitter cold of the Last Glacial Maximum of 26,000 to 20,000 years ago. Based on the dating of artefacts from the Clovis site it was thought they arrived in North America 13,000 years ago but later research indicates a much earlier date. Ancient North Siberians (apparently the people David Reich  calls Ancient North Eurasians) occupied sites in Siberia known as Mal’ta and Yana Rhinoceros Horn 24,000 and 31,600 years ago. They converged with an isolated group known as Ancient East Asians, possibly in East Eurasia, Alaska or the area known as Beringia, now submerged, that connected Asia and North America in the Ice Ages. Their mixed descendants were the Ancient Beringians, who appear to have no descendants left but may have once occupied sites in Alaska known as Upward Sun River and Trail Creek Cave, and the Ancestral Native Americans whose descendants are Indigenous Americans. They split into three branches, one only evidenced by a single genome from the Fraser Plateau in British Columbia date to 5,600 years old, the others being the Northern Native Americans branch and the Southern Native Americans branch which includes the natives of South and Central America, and parts of North America.

            Curiously there is genetic evidence of some ancestry from a group related to indigenous Australians, referred to as Population Y, in some people in the Amazon. Traces of the same ancestry were found in a 40,000 year old individual in Tianyuan Cave in China.

            The oldest accepted evidence of people in the Americas comes from the Swan Point site in Alaska and dated as 14,100 years old. They appear to be similar to the people of Clovis in New Mexico and Anzick in Montana 12,700 to 12,600 years ago. More controversially it’s been suggested that people boated down the west coast of North America about 17,000 or even 30,000 years ago. A figure of 130,000 has been suggested based on what appear to be butchered Mastodon bones found at the Cerutti site in California. Most scholars reject this claim as it would indicate Homo erectus arrived in the Americas before Homo sapiens.

Jennifer Raff, “Journey into the Americas”, Scientific American, May 2021

 

DENISOVANS: Modern humans are believed to have originated in Africa and migrated out 50 to 70 thousands years ago. Europe at the time was home to the Neanderthals, whose DNA differs from modern humans by only 0.14%, compared to a 0.1% difference in the DNA between any two humans nowadays. The two groups intermixed and modern humans, with the exception of Africans carry on average about 2% Neanderthal DNA. Remains found in the Denisova Cave in Siberia turned out to be another human species, different from both the Neanderthals and modern humans. They were named Denisovans after the cave. More remains were found in Baishaya Karst Cave in Tibet, dated to about 160,000 years old. Denisovan DNA has been found in modern humans indicating some intermixing. Research indicates that Denisovans migrated and some reached what is now China about 363,000 years ago and their DNA is found in modern Chinese. Another offshoot reached Sahul, that ancient land that became New Guinea and Australia. Our indigenous people and Papuans carry around 4% Denisovan DNA possibly the highest percentage of any modern people. Some island populations, particularly the Mamanwa of the Philippines also carry a noticeable amount of this ancestry, as do populations in the eastern islands of Indonesia. There is not much in the way of fossil evidence of Denisovans in Southeast Asia but it has been suggested that skulls found in Java thought to have been Homo erectus were in fact Denisovans.

The modern ancestry in New Guinea is mainly Papuan with a small amount of Asian, the eastern islands of Indonesia are mixed, some over half Papuan and others mostly Asian. Traces of Papuan ancestry appear in parts of Asia including Philippines and possibly Taiwan.

Elizabeth Finkel, “The Curious Case of the Missing Ancestor”, Cosmos, Issue 91, Winter 2021

 

ARABIAN ORIGINS: While it appears that Africa was the place modern humans originated it now seems that Arabia was important in our evolution. Researchers have found evidence that millennia ago there were many rivers and lakes in what is now desert. Stone tools dated as 75,000 years old have been found at the Jebel Qattar 1 site in the Nefud desert of Saudi Arabia. Even older tools dated to 80,000 to 100,000 old have been found at Mundafan Al-Buhayrah, a flat region that was once a lake. The only bone found is of a finger, dated as 85,000 years old and identified as modern human, Homo sapiens. Footprints dated up to 121,000 years old indicate even earlier human occupation. Animal remains that appear to have been butchered indicating humans were eating them, could be 500,000 years old but are more likely to be Neanderthals than modern humans. Prehistoric rock art, both paintings and carvings have been discovered and dated as early as 10,000 years old. Mustafils, large stone monuments in which low walls surround a central courtyard have been found in the north-west of Arabia. They are dated to 7,000 years ago and hence are older than Stonehenge or the pyramids of Egypt.

Further north in Israel a previously unknown species of hominin, the Nesher Ramla Homo, was first described in 2021 and may have been an ancestor of Neanderthals.

Michael Marshall, “The Other Cradle of Humanity”, New Scientist, 21 August 2021

           

HISTORY

 

SLAVERY – A Short History

 

            During the Atlantic slave trade about 12 million, and possibly more, Africans were transported from Africa to the America’s. Although this is the most well-known slave trade, it was by no means the first, as slavery goes back millennia in history and has existed in many if not most parts of the world.

            Slavery occurred in Ancient Egypt and the Middle East from the third millennium BC and in the Eastern Mediterranean from the second millennium BC. Many slaves were those captured in warfare, others were traded from Sudan, the Levant and Anatolia.

            There is evidence of slavery in Bronze Age Europe. In Ancient Greece slavery was practised and rationalised in the writings of philosophers like Aristotle. In the Iliad and the Odyssey slaves were mainly women, generally spoils of war and used as servants and concubines. Many slaves were captured in warfare, others were traded from Sudan, the Levant and Anatolia.

            Slavery was on a considerable scale in antiquity. On the island of Delos, 10,000 slaves could be sold in a day. Ironically in 88 BC the island was invaded and many of its inhabitants were enslaved. An attack by pirates in 69 BC led to so many of its remaining population being enslaved that the island was left almost uninhabited.

                In the ancient Greek territory of Attica there were as many slaves as free men and free men often worked alongside slaves. The only industry where all the work was done by slaves was silver mining, the conditions being such that no free man would do this work. Many of the slaves appear to have been children.

            Ancient Rome also practised slavery, many of the slaves were captured in war. After the battle of Pydna in northern Greece, 150,000 in habitants were sold off as slaves. Gallic chiefs exchanged slaves for wine.

            While the Romans appear to have depended on slaves more than did the Greeks, large numbers of slaves were often freed. Once given their freedom they became citizens.

            There were at times large slave revolts in the Roman Empire. The most famous was that led by the Thracian-born Spartacus in 73 BC, which for a time involved an army of 90,000. The revolt ended when Spartacus was killed in 71 BC. Another slave revolt in 139 BC lasted for seven years. When they surrendered 20,000 of the slaves were slaughtered.

            Slavery occurred in East Asia, including Imperial China, Korea and Japan. It was also practised by indigenous people in the Americas and New Zealand. Among the Maori slaves could also be subject to cannibalism.

            The rise of Islam saw a new force in slavery as Muslims conquered lands from Spain to the Indus River. Following a battle in 627 the Quraiza tribe of Jews were destroyed, the men slaughtered, the women and children enslaved.

            Generally Muslims only enslaved non-Muslims, although slaves who converted to Islam were not necessarily given their freedom. Muslim armies were often made up of slaves, the most famous being the janissaries used by the Ottoman Turks and drawn mainly from their Christian subjects.

            Muslims developed an extensive trade in black African slaves involving millions of victims. About eight million were brought from East Africa via the trans-Saharan route to Morocco or Egypt. Another nine million went to places on the Red Sea or Indian Ocean. It’s estimated that three out of four slaves died of hunger, illness or exhaustion enroute. The island of Zanzibar became a major centre of the slave trade. Many of those sent to the Middle East became field workers while some unfortunates became guards in harems after being castrated.

            For a number of centuries there was a thriving slave trade in North Africa involving white Christians who had been captured in raids on Europe or on ships.

            In one day three small English ships, the Francis, the George and the Southwark were captured by Barbary corsairs, their crews enslaved and taken to the imperial city of Meknes in Morocco.

            Others were captured when slavers raided parts of Europe including Ireland, Greece, Spain, and as far away as Iceland. Some of these expeditions were led by renegade Europeans such as the Dutchman, Jan Janszoon, also known as Murad Rais, who in 1622 landed in Reykjavik, Iceland and carried off 400 men, women and children. In 1631 he raided Baltimore in Ireland, carrying off 237 to become slaves in Algiers. Spain suffered particularly badly with whole villages enslaved.

            Some European powers held enclaves and fortified settlements in Morocco such as Ceuta under Spanish control and Tangier under the British. It had been hoped that these settlements could be used to stop the slave trade but they were attacked and in the case of Tangier, abandoned.

            The European slaves were cruelly treated, poorly fed, accommodated in vermin-infested dungeons, and forced to do arduous and dangerous work for fifteen hours a day. Any slackening off was severely punished with beatings, or worse, carried out by the sultan’s black guards. The guards themselves were actually slaves having been captured in warfare or traded from Guinea. A few of the white slaves tried to mitigate their plight by converting to Islam but most found they were then little better off and most remained slaves.

            At various times the English government tried to enter into treaties to stop the enslavement of their people but these were broken in a very short time. Nevertheless at times a mixture of diplomacy and bribes led to some slaves being freed. A few brave souls managed to escape and make their way home.

            Eventually force was used. In 1816, the British decided to disperse with debate, bribes and concessions, and sent a large fleet under the command of Sir Edward Pellew. In August of 1816, eighteen British men-of-war, some with 100 guns, supported by six Dutch vessels opened up a thunderous attack on Algiers. The defenders retaliated with both cannon and sniper fire, killing many on the British ships. Over 50,000 cannon balls hit the city and firebombs and shells hit the fleet of corsairs. By next morning much of the city was in ruins, 2,000 of its population were dead and many fatally wounded. The British suffered 141 dead and 74 wounded.

            The local leader, dey Omar Bashaw, surrendered, freed all his Christian slaves numbering 1,642, and abolished Christian slavery. Shortly afterwards, Tunis, Tripoli and Morocco also renounced slavery.

            During the time of the North African slave trade an estimated one million Europeans had been captured. This however was much fewer than the number of victims of the Atlantic slave trade that involved something like 15 million Africans being shipped to the Americas.

            The European trade in African slaves started in the year 1444 when 235 were shipped back to Lagos in Portugal. They included Azanaghi, from a Tuareg tribe, and much darker people who had been slaves of the Azanaghi. By 1448 about 1,000 slaves had been carried back to Portugal by sea.

            When Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic he may, or may not, have had slaves with him, but in 1496 he returned to Spain with 30 Indians captives he intended to sell as slaves. The Spanish Queen Isabella was not in favour of enslaving the Indians, except for those she thought were cannibals, but small numbers of blacks were soon being sent to the Spanish colonies along with a few “whites” (actually Muslims), mainly to work in the newly established sugar plantations.

            As other parts of the Americas were settled by the Spanish and other Europeans a demand for labour was often met by slavery. In the early days of Brazil, native Indians became slaves or poorly paid workers to provide labour in the sugar plantations. There were however concerns about the exploitation of the natives and this seems to have accelerated the trade in Africans. Many were captured by Europeans but most were traded from African leaders who had captured other Africans in warfare.

            More countries became involved in the Atlantic slave trade including the Portuguese, English, French and Dutch. Even Denmark and Sweden were involved at one time.

            Also engaged in the trade were “Conversos”, Jewish people who had converted to Christianity to avoid persecution by the Inquisition. In fact Fernao de Noronha, a Portuguese Converso obtained a monopoly on the trade to Elmina in West Africa and Jose Rodrigues Mascarenhas, another Converso held a monopoly of slaves from the River Gambia.

            Nevertheless the Inquisition was still looking for victims and some conversos were jailed and lost their businesses. Added to humiliation and the loss of their fortunes some of them were burnt to death.

            The voyage across the Atlantic was dangerous for the slaves and the crews of the ships that carried them. More often than not a fifth or more of them died on the voyage. In 1769 the Marie-Gabrielle lost 31 out of 39 sailors. An analyses of the Dutch slave trade showed that about 18% of the crews died compared to 12% of the slaves.

            Other estimates of the slave deaths indicate higher rates. In one particular case in 1625, 583 slaves out of 1,211 carried on five ships from Angola to Brazil dies enrooted while another 68 died shortly after disembarkation. Estimates of the average who died range from 3% to 24%.

            The English and French settlements in North America also became dependent on slavery. In the early days two sources of slave labour were captured Native Americans and indentured white servants who could be bought and sold between masters. In 1618 street children were seized in England and sent to work in Virginia.

            For a time Britain was one of the most highly involved in the Atlantic slave trade. It was however also the nation that led the fight against slavery. Not that others were not against slavery. The Enlightenment thinkers of France such as Voltaire spoke against the practice.

            In 1807 the use of British ships in the slave trade was made illegal. This hampered the trade and it was expected that the treatment of slaves would improve. Finally the British ended slavery in their colonies with the Emancipation Act of 1833.

            The French abolished slavery in 1848 as did the Danes. The American Civil War saw the slaves in that country emancipated. In1888 Brazil abolished slavery, bringing an end to slavery in the Americas. For a time parts of the non-white world still practised slavery. Eventually it was banned in Korea in 1894, Zanzibar in 1909, and China between 1906 and 1910. Ethiopia was only allowed to join the League of Rights in 1923 when it agreed to ban slavery and the slave trade.

            In 1926 the League of Nations passed a convention abolishing slavery. After World War II the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights also prohibited slavery. Unfortunately slavery continued in some countries such as Mauritania and Sudan right into the 21st century.

 

Main sources:

Black Jeremy, “Slavery: A New Global History”, Constable and Robinson, London, 2011 (ISBN 978-1-84901-689-6)

Boardman, John (ed.), “The Oxford History of the Classical World”, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1986 (ISBN 0-19-285236-1)

Milton, Giles, “White Gold”, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 2004 (ISBN 0 340 83494 3)

Thomas Hugh, “The Slave Trade”, Picador, London, 1997 (ISBN 0 330 35437X)

Ugo, Ada, “The Forgotten Horrifying Arab Slave Trade in East Africa”, https://mbbaglobal.com/the-forgotten-horrifying-arab-slave-trade-in-ea  28 July 2021

BOOK REVIEWS

 

“MARX ENGELS LENIN TROTSKY: Genocide Quotes” by James De Meo, Natural Energy Works, Ashland, Oregon, 2016 (ISBN: 978-0-9974057-0-5)

 

            Despite what leftists like to think the founding fathers of communism, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, often showed contempt for the poor, workers and farmers, and favoured violence, slavery and genocide. Both showed racist and anti-Semitic sentiments even though Marx himself was from a Jewish family.

            For instance Marx once wrote: “What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money…..Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist. Money degrades all the gods of man – and turns them into commodities….The bill of exchange is the real god of the Jew. His god is only an illusory exchange….The chimerical nationality of the Jew is the nationality of the merchant, of the man of money in general.”

            Engels wrote to Marx’s daughter Laura who married a coloured man: “Being in his quality as a nigger, a degree nearer to the rest of the animal kingdom than the rest of us, he is undoubtedly the most appropriate representative of that district.” The district included the Paris Zoo.

            Engels also advocated exterminating certain nationalities he described as “racial trash”. These included Scottish Highlanders, Bretons, Basques and Southern Slavs.

            The leaders of the revolution in the Soviet Union were no more merciful. Vladimir Lenin, who was originally known as Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, wrote in 1918: “carry out merciless mass terror against kulaks, priests, and White Guards as well as to lock up unreliable elements in a concentration camp outside of town.”

            Leon Trotsky, originally named Lev Davidovich Bronstein and born to prosperous Jewish farmers was no friend of the Don Cossacks, who he referred to as Cains: “Those Cains must be annihilated, no mercy must be shown to any settlement that gives resistance.”

            De Meo’s little book gives many more quotes. It also gives a timeline on early Communism from the birth of Marx in1818 up to the assassination of Trotsky in 1940. The book is a short but hopefully effective antidote for anyone attracted by Communist ideas.

 

“AMONG THE MOSQUES: A Journey across Muslim Britain”, by Ed Hussain, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2021 (ISBN: 978-1-5266-1865-8)

           

Ed Hussein, a Muslim British writer travelled through much of Britain, visiting nine towns and cities, looking at how Muslims have settled in much of the country, their impact and how they are received by native white Britons.

A hundred years ago there were only two mosques in England but now there are 2,000. Between 2001 and 2016 the population of England grew by 10.9% while its Muslim population grew by 107.3%. In 2016 out of a total population of 54,516,822, in England 3,161,629 were Muslim. The Muslim population of Britain is expected to be thirteen million by 2050.

Britain’s Muslims originate from many different parts of the world and include Turks, Arabs, Pakistanis and Indians. Each nationality wants its own mosques, there is a certain level of sectarianism and division among Muslims.

Needless to say there are also divisions between Muslims and native white Britons, especially in areas where they have been displaced by the newcomers. Hussein admits there are areas where he can walk for hours and not see a white person. When he does meet a white person in Blackburn he is told of a white boy, 12, who has been jumped by “Asians” five times – and the Asians were much older than him. Large parts of the town are no-go areas for whites. They are not even allowed to fly the English flag. Many of the pubs are closed and the buildings become shops or even mosques.

Hussein proceeds to Bradford, a town notorious for grooming gangs, youth unemployment and high crime rates. It was also the scene of race riots in 1995 and 2001. On almost every corner is a mosque. Again, most of the whites have left and nearly all the pubs have closed. There is however a Baptist church, run by blacks and mixed race people who complain about Muslim shops and businesses that only employ Muslims. Surprisingly there is still a synagogue in Bradford and the city’s Muslims actually raised fund to save it from disrepair. Hussein does not tell us what happened to the Jewish community once prominent in the city.

While in Cardiff, Wales, Hussein notices more integration. About 100 years ago there were violent race riots in the city where white ex-servicemen fought with Arab and West African Muslims and three people were killed. In Cardiff he noticed how three flags were flying: The Union Jack, the Welsh flag, and the rainbow Gay Pride Flag.

Hussein then travelled to Belfast where he again sees three flags: The Union Jack, the Scottish flag and a purple flag he doesn’t recognise. It turns out to be the flag of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) which he thought was outlawed as a terrorist organisation. Hussein asks what would happen if al-Qaeda, ISIS or Hezbollah flew their flag and is told that the UVF would kill them. Obviously Muslims are not dominant in Northern Ireland but they are there and include white converts. Not that the converts are liked by their countrymen, some have been forced at gunpoint to leave their homes, been shot at with guns, or their homes firebombed.

Hussein sees the Muslims as under siege in 99% white Northern Ireland. It’s claimed that 320 hate crimes have occurred in Belfast over the last five years although there is no specific hate crime legislation in Northern Ireland. In 2018 men in Ku Klux Klan outfits and holding wooden crosses protested outside a mosque in County Down and a year earlier a pigs head was left outside the mosque.

An enduring division in Northern Ireland is that between Protestants and Catholics and there are still “peace walls” between the two communities. The walls have gates but most are closed by 6 p.m. Murals supporting the Irish Republican Army, the Protestants, the Palestinians and Israel prominent. The IRA is sympathetic to the Palestinians but the Protestants support Israel. The Protestants seem to have a fondness for Poles – they are Catholic but white – and were on the same side as the British in World War II.

Hussain next travels to Scotland where he hears complaints about Islamophobia but the craziest event he writes about was when a Muslim from the English city of Bradford travelled all the way to Glasgow to murder two people. The victims were of the Ahmadi sect and had posted things on Facebook that contradicted orthodox Sunni Muslim thought.

Hussein is optimistic about things in Britain and its future and praises what he sees as a respect for liberty, equality, openness and racial parity. However when religious disputes lead to murder, when Muslims wail about events that occurred in the 7th century and native Britons have to avoid certain areas for fear of being attacked, it would seem the religious and racial changes in Britain over the last 70 years have caused problems that will last for decades to come.

 

“RESTLESS CONTINENT: Wealth, Rivalry and Asia’s New Geopolitics” by Michael Wesley, Black Inc., Collingwood, 2015 (ISBN: 9781863956840)

 

            Wesley’s book claims to be an integrated account of the economic, political and strategic trends across Asia and a guide to thinking about that continent’s future.

            Questions of race and ethnicity are important in Asia. Even before India gained its independence, Jawaharlal Nehru, an important Indian nationalist, spoke of the importance of Indian cultural influence over much of Asia from Afghanistan to Japan and the countries of Southeast Asia. Nehru’s cultural chauvinism called forth a competitive response from Chinese and other Asians.

            Wesley notes that an important aspect of Asian societies is hierarchy. This is reflected in cultural and social patterns of privilege and deference. An important part of Chinese identity was a sense of cultural superiority to surrounding “barbarian” peoples. Deference was demanded and if not given it could lead to tensions and warfare.

            In more recent years, prejudices and antagonisms have been heightened by bursts of economic activity that pushes one nation ahead of its neighbours. Singapore, where Chinese are the majority, unlike its neighbours, and which has performed economically better, has been subject of jealousy and suspicion. Singapore was expelled from Malaysia in 1965.

            The rise of China and Han nationalism has raised concerns in Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. In 2004, anti-Chinese riots broke out in South Korea over claims about the ancient kingdom of Koguryo which the Chinese claimed as theirs but which the Koreans consider part of their heritage. Asians it would seem take their history more seriously than Westerners.

            A number of Asian countries such as Korea, Mongolia and Japan are ethnically and religiously homogenous, but others are quite heterogeneous and this can lead to problems. Some have tried to tie the identity of the state to the language and religion of the core ethnicity such as the Malay in Malaysia or the Burman in Myanmar. Some like India or Indonesia opted for an ideology of diversity but ran into problems when their dominant religious communities vented their frustrations on minorities.

            The violence between Hindus and Muslims that accompanied the partition of India in 1947 burst out again in the Gujarat riots of 2002. Ethnic Chinese fled Vietnam after the conquest of the South by Hanoi. Vietnamese minorities fled the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. A military coup in Indonesia was accompanied by a deadly pogrom against the Chinese minority. No so long after communal violence broke out in Malaysia. A brutal civil war in Sri Lanka lasted for decades killing thousands. Tibet and Xinjiang were convulsed with violent protests about Beijing’s rule and the influx of Han Chinese migrants.

            Following Indonesia’s coup the use of Chinese language or writing was banned and Chinese festivals likewise. Thailand forced its Chinese and Muslim minorities to adopt Thai names and Thai language. Malaysia made changes to deflate all hope of political equality for its Chinese and Indian minorities while increasing affirmative action for ethnic Malays. Singapore developed an immigration policy aimed at keeping the majority of its population Chinese. Worried about dissent Asian militaries turned their guns inwards. Myanmar was almost always fighting with its ethnic minorities.

            Wesley’s book was published six years ago and things have changed since then but ethnic tensions still exist. In China the suppression of minorities has increased. In Myanmar the military is now repressing the democratic rights of the majority.

            Fortunately Australia has avoided ethnic unrest at the level experienced in Asia. However with our multi-racial immigration policy this situation could change in the future.

 

NOTABLE QUOTES

 

            “By 2020, the prevailing popular media depiction of the West with is inherent propensity to violence and overt and covert racism placed it on a lower ethical plane than the terrorist whose resistance on behalf of the victimised deserved critical recognition.”

            David Martin Jones, “Terrorism and the Western Mind”, Quadrant, October 2021

 

            “It would seem that most of the people eaten by the Aborigines had already died, and their bodies were cooked and eaten rather than buried. There are dozens of contemporary reports about this practice.”

            William D. Rubenstein, “The Incidence of Cannibalism in Aboriginal Society”, Quadrant, September 2021

 

            “Khalik, meanwhile, continued to be targeted by the pro-Israel lobby. She was also coming under pressure from elements of Sydney’s Islamic leadership…It was clear to the editors and to Khalik herself that the pressure would continue to be intense while she was reporting the sorts of news stories she was.”

            John Lyons, “Dateline Jerusalem: Journalism’s Toughest Assignment”, 2021

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS SUMMARY

 

 

 

AUSTRALIA’S POPULATION growth fell to 0.1% in the twelve months ending March 2021 due to people leaving and net overseas migration down to minus 95,300. In the same period our natural increase was 131,000. Our population reached 25,704,340 at 31 March 2021 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 16/09/21).

 

AUSTRALIA’S ECONOMY grew by 0.7% in the June 2021 quarter but for the twelve months ending June 2021 it grew 9.6%. In June our foreign debt grew 1.94% (ABS).

 

AUSTRALIA has joined a boycott of the UN anti-racism conference after concerns about “anti-Semitic” statements made at previous conferences in Durban South Africa (Sunday Telegraph, 15/08/21).

 

MOHAMMED SKAF, notorious for his involvement in a number of gang rapes has been released on parole after 22 years in jail. In one incident a woman was raped 25 times by 14 males who called her an “Aussie pig” during a six-hour ordeal. In another case two girls were approached by eight men, including Bilal Skaf who lured them to a toilet block, beat and forced them to perform oral sex on each of the men (E. Dudley & L. Mendes, The Australian, 7/10/21).

 

A BRAWL involving 40 men with bats and poles in Runcorn in Brisbane’s south led to eight people being taken to hospital, one with serious head injuries and eight being arrested (www.abc.net.au 14/09/21). Those involved appear to have all been Indians.

 

286 CONVICTED foreigners have been deported and had their visas cancelled due to criminal convictions in Australia. They include Dr Obiyo Chigozie Nwigwe, from Nigeria, who was convicted over the sexual penetration of a 13-year-old girl and a British man sentenced to 16 years when convicted on a number of child sex offences (David Hurley, ST, 29/08/21).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A BRITISH MP, Conservative David Amess, 69, was stabbed to death in a church in Leigh-on-Sea east of London. The attacker, 25, is thought to be a British national of Somali origin and the case is being investigated as a potential act of Islamic extremism (Sunday Telegraph, 17/10/21). The suspect was later named as Ali Harbi Ali (Washington Post).

 

IN NORWAY, a convert to Islam was suspected of killing five people with a bow and arrow. The incident occurred in the town of Kongsberg and is the country’s deadliest terrorist attack since Anders Breivik killed 77 in 2011 (Daily Telegraph, 15/10/21). Later reports indicate the man may have actually used a knife in the killing (ABC News, 19/10/21).

 

SEVEN MEMBERS of a Kurdish family were killed in central Turkey when armed assailants tried to burn their house. The family suffered a similar attack in May and both cases appear to have been racially motivated (ST, 1/08/21).

 

THE NEW ZEALAND government has apologised over “racist” raids on illegal immigrants in the mid-1970s. The raids on people who had overstayed their visas focussed on people from Pacific Islands like Tonga rather than people from Europe and the United States (AP, Stuff.co.nz/ Sydney Morning Herald, 2/08/21).

 

THE TALIBAN has taken over Afghanistan with little resistance by the Kabul government or the United States. The former president, Ashraf Ghani fled to Tajikistan, allegedly with carloads full of cash. Reports of atrocities followed with accusations of the beheadings of prisoners, gouging out of eyes, hundreds of executions and young girls kidnapped as sex slaves. More than a million people are displaced and many left on US aircraft, a few dying as they desperately clung to these planes (The Australian, 19/08/21). While almost 100,000 were evacuated by the US a suicide bombing nearby killed many including 13 members of the US armed forces (DT). Retaliation by the US led to 10 innocents, seven of them children being accidentally killed (DT, 21/09/21). A bomb attack on a Shiite mosque, blamed on the Islamic State, killed 55 in the city of Kunduz (ST, 10/10/21).

 

A MASSACRE in the African nation of Niger saw 15 farm workers killed only two weeks after another 33 were killed. The killings were attributed to jihadists trying to instil fear (DT, 13/08/21).

 

LIBYA HAS suffered a cesspool of horror including war crimes and crimes against humanity since 2016, according to a mission set up by the UN Human Rights Council. Migrants face abuse in detention centres while detainees in jail suffer horrific conditions including torture. Prominent women have been murdered or disappeared. Children have been recruited as mercenaries, something Turkey has facilitated (DT, 6/10/21).

 

A CHINESE DETECTIVE turned whistle-blower has spoken of his involvement in the torture of Uighur Muslims interned in camps in the province of Xinjiang. He was ordered to hang men, women and children from the ceiling, and beat, sexually assault and electrocute them. Waterboarding was used to force confessions of terrorist acts although none had committed a crime. China’s detention of almost two million Uighurs is committed a violation of human rights (TA, 7/10/21).

 

A WHITE couple in the US, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who were prosecuted for pointing their guns at Black Lives Matters protestors walking past their home, have been pardoned by the governor of Missouri (DT, 6/08/21).

 

IRMGARD FURCHNER, a 96-years-old woman, has been arrested in Germany after several hours on the run. It’s claimed she was a secretary at a Nazi concentration camp and was complicit in the killing of 10,000 people.

 

CANADA HAS marked a century of injustice against its indigenous people with its first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. This followed the discovery of over 1,200 unmarked graves at former schools where indigenous students were resident. Gatherings and marches were held across the nation to mark what is said to be “cultural suicide” (DT, 2/10/21).

 

R. KELLY a former black American R&B singer has faced allegations of kidnapping, sexual abuse and violence against under age black girls and young women over a period of two decades. Kelly, 54, was found guilty on nine charges of racketeering and sex trafficking in a New York court and could face between 10 years and life in prison (Kathy McCabe, “Music Predator”, DT, 2/10/21).

 

AN AUSTRALIAN woman, Lisa-Marie Cunningham, married to a black American, could face the death penalty over the death of her seven-year-old stepdaughter. The woman worked as a prison officer in Phoenix. The Cunninghams are accused of causing the girl’s death by abuse and neglect. When the child arrived at hospital she had 60 scars and 100 cuts and bruises, as well as multiple ulcers and abscesses (Megan Palin, DT, 19/09/21).

 

LIFE EXPECTANCY for white women in Britain was 83.1 over the period 2011-2014, but for black women it was 88.9 years. For men the figures were 79.7 and 83.8. Apparently black Britons drink less alcohol and smoke less hence tend to live longer (The Guardian, 27/07/21).

 

HOMICIDE RATES for whites in Britain in the three years ending March 2020, averaged 9.4 for whites but 49.5 per million for blacks. Of those convicted of murder, 67% were white but 21% were black (TG, 26/02/21). Blacks constitute about 3% of Britain’s population but 10% of the prison population (Institute of Race Relations, 2014).

 

INFANT MORTALITY rates in Britain in 2019 averaged 3.7 per thousand live births but for whites the figure was 3.00, for mixed race it was 3.5, for Asian 5.5 and for blacks 6.4 (Office for National Statistics).

 

HOMICIDES IN the United States saw a big increase last year with 4,901 more murders than in 2019. The total number killed was 21,500 with at least 9,913 victims being black and 7,029 white. In New York killings rose from 319 in 2019 to 500 last year (Nicholas Morgan, International Business Times, 27/09/21).

 

THE UNITED STATES has seen an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. There is said to be at least 9,000 cases but this includes verbal harassment that generally does not qualify as a hate crime (Ben Scheffer, IBT, 12/08/21).

 

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