Tag: Violence

‘Death to Christians’: Violence steps up under new Israeli gov’t | Religion | Al Jazeera

Jerusalem – Nothing about the attack or what happened since surprised Miran Krikorian. The Armenian owner of Taboon and Wine Bar in the Old City of Jerusalem was not surprised to receive a call the night of January 26 that a mob of Israeli settlers was attacking his bar in the Christian Quarter and shouting “Death to Arabs … Death to Christians.”

Source: ‘Death to Christians’: Violence steps up under new Israeli gov’t | Religion | Al Jazeera

The Trump-Republican Violence Machine | The Smirking Chimp

Robert Pape, a professor at the University of Chicago who studies political violence, has conducted half a dozen nationwide polls since the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and repeatedly found that between 15 million and 20 million American adults believe that violence would be justified to return Trump to office.

Trump’s claim that America has become more violent and dangerous over the last year and a half is true. But this is not because of Biden and the Democrats. It is largely because of Trump — and the Republican violence machine he has created.

The Trump-Republican Violence Machine | The Smirking Chimp

Unvaccinated Terror: Proud Boys Push the Anti-vaccination Movement into a Violent Threat | The Smirking Chimp


The irony of all this is that the best way to make this problem go away is to do the very thing that the anti-vaxxers hate most: Impose as many vaccine mandates as possible, in every way possible.

Source: Unvaccinated Terror: Proud Boys Push the Anti-vaccination Movement into a Violent Threat | The Smirking Chimp

Yes, Speech can Incite Violence: What Decades of Research Show about Trump’s Impeachment Trial

However, decades of research on social influence, persuasion and psychology show that the messages that people encounter heavily influence their decisions to engage in certain behaviors.

Yes, Speech can Incite Violence: What Decades of Research Show about Trump’s Impeachment Trial

Trump’s Nationalism Advances on a Trajectory to Violence


With the GOP in death-cult mode, steady destruction of checks and balances previously imagined to be fail-safe, the jelly-spined leadership of the Democratic Party, and the Soviet-grade purging of any disloyalty or disobedience in the federal systems, Trump has effectively destroyed American politics.

What the actual resolution might look like, I fear to envision, but I know it will not resemble anything Americans can remember or dare to imagine.

via Trump’s Nationalism Advances on a Trajectory to Violence

Trump is cornered, with violence on his mind. We must be on red alert | Robert Reich | US news | The Guardian

Trump vetoes Congress, surrounded by law enforcement officials.

Trump sounds like Brenton Tarrant in NZ (ODT)

In an interview with Breitbart News published on Wednesday, Trump noted: “I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough – until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”

In case you missed it, “they” are Trump’s political opponents, including House Democrats and the mainstream media. And the “certain point” could be impeachment but is more likely to be reached if the House investigations reveal crimes Trump committed both before and after he became president.

Trump has given cover to some of the most vile bigots in America. As he grows desperate, he is giving them encouragement

“I actually think that the people on the right are tougher,” Trump warned in the same interview. “But the left plays it cuter and tougher. Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress … with all this invest[igations] – that’s all they want to do is – you know, they do things that are nasty.”

Here we have it, in a nutshell. In Trump’s mind, congressional investigations that could cause him shame and humiliation, and quite possibly result in a prison sentence, will be countered by forces loyal to him: the police, the military, and vigilante groups like Bikers for Trump.

via Trump is cornered, with violence on his mind. We must be on red alert | Robert Reich | US news | The Guardian

Trump’s Love Affair With Violence

He is not refiguring the character of democracy, he is destroying it, and in doing so, resurrecting all the elements of a fascist politics that many people thought would never re-emerge after the horrors and death inflicted on millions by fascist dictators. As Gil Scott-Heron once noted in the title of his studio album, it is “Winter in America.” Actually, it is worse: It is winter in fascist America.

Trump’s Love Affair With Violence

Greg Gianforte sentenced to community service for assaulting Guardian reporter | US news | The Guardian

Montana Republican fined $385 and spared jail after pleading guilty to assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs on the eve of Gianforte’s election

Source: Greg Gianforte sentenced to community service for assaulting Guardian reporter | US news | The Guardian

Behind the left-wing Antifa movement that attacked Andrew Bolt

Andy Fleming, a blogger broadly connected to the Antifa movement, said he did not advocate the assault of Andrew Bolt, though he believed that was not the protesters’ original intention.He agreed with Bolt on the principle of free speech but said it was reasonable for demonstrators to heckle and disrupt public meetings and events – particularly as fringe right-wing ideas encroached further on mainstream politics.”Which doesn’t necessarily mean glitter-bombing Andrew Bolt,” Mr Fleming said.But conservatives feel they are under unjust siege. Chris Berg, research fellow at the libertarian Institute of Public Affairs and now attached to RMIT, echoed Bolt’s concerns about anti-fascists increasingly using violence against mainstream conservatives.

Source: Behind the left-wing Antifa movement that attacked Andrew Bolt

Andrew Bolt says he ‘wasn’t going to be humiliated’ during unprovoked attack – ABC News | Bolt did everything Security advises not to do. He attacked

George Colombaris was charged for a less violent reaction than Andrew Bolt’s. Police and all Security advice is  to remove yourself from the situation. Yes Bolt was glittered however he attacked and did everything opposite to what is advised he attacked violently. Moreover he’s now proud of what he did and is celebrating his reaction. Police are investigating the incident. (Olddogthought)

New footage of an attack on Andrew Bolt after a book launch in Melbourne shows a hooded man run at the conservative newspaper and television commentator and throw glitter in his face without provocation.

Source: Andrew Bolt says he ‘wasn’t going to be humiliated’ during unprovoked attack – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Man held in Belgium after driving towards pedestrians at high speed on Antwerp shopping street

Police in the northern Belgian city of Antwerp said on Thursday they had detained a man who tried to enter the main pedestrianised shopping street in a car at high speed, adding security in the city would be stepped up.

Source: Man held in Belgium after driving towards pedestrians at high speed on Antwerp shopping street

Economist Has Convincing Theory on How Extreme Inequality Creates Extremist Violence | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Influential French economist Thomas Piketty is raising important questions this week after positing a theory that the rise of the Islamic State (or ISIS) can be attributed, at least in part, to extreme regional inequality in the Middle East fueled largely by oil wealth.

Source: Economist Has Convincing Theory on How Extreme Inequality Creates Extremist Violence | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

‘No fences, bullets, knives can stop Israeli-Palestinian violence’ — RT Op-Edge

Violence by both Israelis and Palestinians cannot be stopped by involving more police and army; it can only be done through peaceful negotiations, Ofer Cassif, from the Department of Political Sciences at the Hebrew University told RT.

Source: ‘No fences, bullets, knives can stop Israeli-Palestinian violence’ — RT Op-Edge

Violence in Indigenous communities is distressing, but we must talk about it – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Violence in Aboriginal communities is one issue that many do not wish to talk about. But if we don’t acknowledge the problem, we won’t be able to address it.

Source: Violence in Indigenous communities is distressing, but we must talk about it – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Christians are Terrorists too. Bolt’s hypocrisy un veiled


  • November 5, 2014
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  • It’s a good thing that most Christians don’t believe everything the Bible teaches. If they did then wholesale slaughter and gratuitous violence would be the order of the day. Take Luke 12:51-53 for example, “Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother;

    Christians believe that the Bible is the Word of God and that Jesus is the Son of God. So, here we have Jesus promoting family division.

    In the Old Testament (which is part of the same Bible), it’s much worse. Take Exodus 21; 15, 17, And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death. And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.

    So, children who curse their parents should be killed.

    Finally, the pick of the day is in Proverbs 20:30, “Blows and wounds scrub away evil,
        and beatings purge the inmost being.

    So, a good thrashing cleanses us of evil, it says. Is this not a great endorsement for family violence?

    boltWhy am I, an Atheist, writing this? Well, it occurred to me while reading an article in New Matilda by Michael Brull this week concerning Andrew Bolt’s apparent obsession with things Islamic, that with all the anti-Muslim sentiment that seems to be the fashion these days, it’s worth pointing out that the Qur’an is not the only Word of God and yes, the Bible advocates violence and terrorism too.

    The similarities between what Christianity teaches and what radical Muslims believe should be discussed and compared more frequently. If that happened, those who profess to be Christian might want to think twice before they agree with Bolt when he says, “… Muslim clerics should open a debate on reforming Islam so fewer followers believe it preaches that nonbelievers should submit — or risk death.

    Reforming Islam! How about reforming Christianity. Christians believe that salvation is possible only through accepting Jesus as their Saviour and fundamentalist Christians believe it just as passionately as jihadists believe the teachings in the Qur’an.

    In the article, Bolt makes mention of recent jihadist attacks on soldiers in Canada, on police in the US and civilians in Israel and goes on to say, “In the end, we must actually stop the production of jihadists. That means reforming the creed they say licenses their violence. It means destroying the Islamic State, now inspiring such losers. It means preaching pride in this country.”

    Reform the creed, really? Perhaps we should ask the same of Catholic Bishops. Would they be prepared to reform (I presume that means rewrite) the gospel that says it is okay to engage in family violence? While we deplore jihadist terrorism, might we ask the question, “How many good Christian women and children have died at the hands of a good Christian father, or brother or son? How many Christian men actually believe that it is okay to bash and brutalise their spouse and their children?

    violenceI’m sure Andrew Bolt would agree with my sentiments about family violence and he may well have written about it. But I would be surprised if he advocated limiting the number of Christian immigrants to this country. Or, limiting the number of Christians living in particular suburbs the way he does with Muslims.

    He writes, “It also means slashing Muslim immigration (already being done) until we better integrate those here. And it means ending the enclaves that inhibit integration. It is dangerous to have suburbs such as Lakemba in Sydney and Dallas in Melbourne where half the residents are Muslim.”

    Dangerous to have suburbs where half the residents are Muslim? Really? What would be the alternative? Does Andrew seriously think that separating Muslims and limiting their numbers in some areas would reduce the number of jihadists? And what exactly does he mean by ‘integration’? Should we also separate Christians and integrate them with Atheists?

    I don’t normally read Andrew Bolt’s column although I have regularly contributed comments to his blog. Perhaps I should read him. He’s a man on a mission and has a very large following. But I wonder how many of his followers are Christian and engage in anti-Muslim ‘hate speech’.

    I wonder how many Christians abuse Muslim women for doing nothing more than wear the hijab, chador or niqab in public places. I wonder how many protagonists of family violence are Christian.

    qur'anIt is a bit rich advocating reforming of one particular group to eliminate terrorist activities, when another group is just as prone to violence and their actions just as evil.

Three families how many more were effected by this

Melbourne shooting: Person ‘who made threats against PM’ shot dead, two officers stabbed in Endeavour Hills

Updated 19 minutes agoTue 23 Sep 2014, 10:08pm

A person, who reportedly made threats against the Prime Minister, has been shot dead and two police officers from the joint counter terrorism team have been stabbed in Melbourne’s outer south-east.

The incident occurred near a police station on Heatherton Road in Endeavour Hills about 7:40pm (AEST).

One of the officers who was stabbed is an Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer and the other is a Victoria Police member.

They have both been rushed to hospital and it is understood one is in a critical condition.

The AFP are expected to issue a statement shortly.

Paramedics confirmed they attended the scene but would not comment on the condition of the stabbing victims.

Abbott’ up there on humanitarian war. But when it comes to women he wishes they were more like him

Tony Abbott’s silence on violence towards women is deafening


Tony Abbott, is very quiet about VicHealth’s latest report on violence to women. Should we be surprised about a man whose misogyny record went viral globally and who can’t talk to women without being creepy? Senior correspondent, Barry Everingham reports.

In Melbourne in the past few days, the Police Commissioner, Ken Lay, has been out in public getting stuck into men who are violent towards women. His message is clear to all men:

“Don’t do it”

“NO does not mean YES”!

There’s something sad and sick in a community when leaders need to be so frank about sexism, rape and misogyny. To underscore this, a nationwide VicHealth survey found a sizeable portion of those polled believed there are circumstances in which violence and rape could be excused.

Many of the statistics revealed that violence against women could be eliminated if attitudes shifted but VicHealth chief, Jerril Rechter, said:

‘On the whole we haven’t improved much since the first survey was completed (1995). But what we’re seeing is more people who now understand that violence is more than a bruised eye or broken bones.’

Rechter went on:

‘People need empathy and education to understand how difficult for a woman in a violent relationship to leave

However, more than half agreed that women often fabricated cases of domestic violence to improve their prospects in family law cases.

(image by John Graham)

In this latest survey, it is surprising that people were not asked why the country’s leadership if basically silent about this scourge.

Who will ever forget his silence when his good friend, the egregious Alan Jones, barked that Julia Gillard should be put into a chaff bag and drowned at sea?

Or his amusement at the vile sexist slogans calling Gillard ”Brown’s Bitch” and “ditch the witch”.


And even worse, he refused to comment on Jones’s statement that the then Prime Minister’s father died of shame.

Verbal violence that escaped the man who even said to Gillard that:

“if she wanted to make an honest woman of herself ….”

As Julia Gillard said at the time:

“something he would never have said to a man”.

Abbott is quick to jump to judgement on many social issues but for a man known to be short-tempered towards woman he is silent on these issues.

He really summed up his real attitude towards women with the following gem when minister for health:

“Abortion is the easy way out”.

Or this one from Gillard’s famous misogyny speech, quoting Abbott:

”Men have more power generally speaking than women, is that a bad thing?”

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