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January 31, 2012 Off

Racists and Bigots to Descend on CPAC Conference in Washington, DC

The Feb­ru­ary 2012 Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Action Con­fer­ence (CPAC), an annual event that fea­tures a wide vari­ety of speak­ers from con­ser­v­a­tive cir­cles, will host a ses­sion on “the fail­ure of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism” that will include racist Peter Brimelow as a speaker. Brimelow runs the racist and anti-immigrant Web site VDARE and has spo­ken at racist gath­er­ings, includ­ing the Sep­tem­ber 2011 national con­fer­ence of the National Pol­icy Insti­tute (NPI), a white suprema­cist think tank, as well as the 2009 Bal­ti­more, Mary­land, con­fer­ence “Pre­serv­ing West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion.”  He is also a con­tribut­ing edi­tor of the Web site Alter­na­tive Right, which is edited by white suprema­cist Richard Spencer, who also heads NPI.

Also appear­ing at this year’s CPAC event are sev­eral anti-Muslim big­ots and activists, among them the lead­ers and founders of the anti-Muslim orga­ni­za­tion Stop Islamiza­tion of Amer­ica (SIOA), Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. Together with Tea Party nation, SIOA will host a ses­sion titled “Islamic Law in Amer­ica: How the Obama Jus­tice Depart­ment is Sell­ing Us Out.” In addi­tion to speeches by Geller and Spencer, the ses­sion will include appear­ances by David Yerushalmi, one of the dri­ving forces behind the anti-Shariah movement.

This is not the first time Geller has appeared at CPAC pro­mot­ing her anti-Muslim con­spir­a­cies. In 2009, Geller attended the con­fer­ence with rad­i­cal anti-Muslim Dutch par­lia­men­tar­ian Geert Wilders.

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January 31, 2012 Off

Academic Department Co-Sponsors Farrakhan Appearance at Chicago State University

The African-American Stud­ies Pro­gram at Chicago State Uni­ver­sity (CSU) spon­sored a lec­ture by Louis Far­rakhan, the anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI), at the University’s Jacoby Dick­ens Cen­ter on Jan­u­ary 25. Accord­ing to the NOI, Farrakhan’s son-in-law and long­time aide Leonard Muham­mad “worked closely” with CSU fac­ulty and staff to make Farrakhan’s address on edu­ca­tion in the African-American com­mu­nity hap­pen.

In an inter­view last fall, Far­rakhan described a grow­ing will­ing­ness among uni­ver­sity admin­is­tra­tors to invite him to their cam­puses despite the nefar­i­ous influ­ence of “forces that have seen me as anti-Semitic or anti-White or racist or how­ever they wish to describe me.” In 2011, Far­rakhan spoke at Howard Uni­ver­sity, Jack­son State Uni­ver­sity and Prairie View A&M University—though unlike the CSU event, none of those appear­ances were spon­sored by aca­d­e­mic departments.
Farrakhan’s address at CSU comes within weeks of the NOI’s annual Sav­iours’ Day con­ven­tion, which is tak­ing place in Rose­mont and Chicago, Illi­nois, from Feb­ru­ary 24–26, 2012.

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Four Days to the Penn BDS Conference

In advance of this weekend’s BDS con­fer­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, we are high­light­ing five of the most anti-Israel indi­vid­u­als sched­uled to speak at the conference.

Num­ber 4: Helena Cobban
Today we pro­file Helena Cob­ban, an anti-Israel writer, pub­lisher and the for­mer exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Coun­cil for the National Inter­est, an orga­ni­za­tion that reg­u­larly sends del­e­ga­tions of its sup­port­ers to meet with Hamas and Hezbol­lah rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Mid­dle East.
Cob­ban con­sis­tently tries to por­tray Israel as the only guilty party in the con­flict and has alleged that Israel’s mil­i­tary engages in “vol­un­tary eth­nic cleans­ing” of the Pales­tini­ans. In Jan­u­ary 2009, shortly after the Gaza War ended, Cob­ban spoke at an event at George­town Uni­ver­sity where she harshly crit­i­cized Israel and Israelis, say­ing she can’t believe “how stu­pid Israelis are” and claimed that Israelis are “inca­pable of empa­thy and com­pas­sion for other people.”


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