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May 28, 2013 1

New Black Panther Head Malik Zulu Shabazz Promotes Anti-Semitism On Campus

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Malik Zulu Shabazz at Geor­gia State

New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP) chair­man Malik Zulu Shabazz has resorted once again to pro­mot­ing anti-Semitic con­spir­a­cies; this time dur­ing his recent vis­its to two Geor­gia uni­ver­sity campuses.

Dur­ing his “Role and Respon­si­bil­ity of the Black Stu­dent col­lege tour,” which con­sisted of an April 25 lec­ture at Clark Atlanta Uni­ver­sity and an April 26 talk at Geor­gia State Uni­ver­sity, Shabazz invoked anti-Semitic themes of Jew­ish finan­cial con­trol and manip­u­la­tion, claim­ing that Blacks have “been cheated out of [their] divine des­tiny by a cheat­ing sys­tem, and a cheat­ing peo­ple who have cheated us.”

Shabazz claimed that he had “shock­ing and reveal­ing infor­ma­tion” regard­ing “white Jew­ish enter­tain­ment firms who con­trol our artists… Oprah Win­frey and Michael Jack­son and Bey­once and all of them.” He also dis­cussed “pulling a cover off of the so-called Jews who are exploit­ing our peo­ple,” imply­ing Jew­ish and white con­trol of Howard Uni­ver­sity, refer­ring to “pup­pet mas­ters” that set up tra­di­tion­ally Black col­leges “to pro­duce a sub­servient student.”

In a digres­sion about fash­ion designer Marc Jacobs, who Shabazz mis­char­ac­ter­izes as a dia­mond mer­chant, Shabazz asked the audi­ence for “the big Jew­ish guy’s name that sells the dia­monds” and then admon­ished rap­pers, refer­ring to them as “high paid slaves,” to “stop jock­ing Jacob and come to Africa and get your own dia­mond mine.”

Shabazz also used his plat­form to deny Jew­ish his­tory say­ing, “The orig­i­nal Jew is not Shi­mon Peres. The orig­i­nal Jew is not Bibi Netanyahu. He is an imposter. The Jew and so-called Israel is an imposter…I guess they’ll say that’s anti-Semitic, but truth is truth.”

Dur­ing the cam­pus vis­its, Shabazz, along with NBPP Atlanta Chair­woman Nadia Assata Shakur, pitched the stu­dent audi­ences to become more involved with the NBPP and encour­aged them to stay in touch by tex­ting their infor­ma­tion to the party in order to learn about the “ben­e­fits to being part of us” such as orga­nized trips to Africa. There appeared to have about a dozen or fewer stu­dents in atten­dance at each visit.

On that note, Shabazz also announced the for­ma­tion of a “new Black travel agency” which he hopes to use to take “at least one thou­sand” NBPP mem­bers to visit Africa start­ing in June 2014. This announce­ment comes after a del­e­ga­tion of NBPP lead­ers returned from South Africa and Zim­babwe in March with plans to expand NBPP’s inter­na­tional activ­ity and outreach.

Accord­ing to Shabazz, the tour was par­tially spon­sored by Hip Hop Enquirer Mag­a­zine.

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May 23, 2013 1

Two AMIA Bombing Suspects Run For Iran Presidency

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Ali Akbar Velay­ati and Mohsen Rezai

As the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in Iran approaches in June, it is note­wor­thy that two can­di­dates with links to the 1994 attack on a Jew­ish cen­ter in Argentina passed the regime’s vet­ting process and are stand­ing as can­di­dates for pres­i­dent of Iran.

The two indi­vid­u­als, Mohsen Rezai and Ali Akbar Velay­ati, have been accused of plan­ning the Argen­tine Jew­ish Mutual Asso­ci­a­tion (AMIA) Jew­ish cen­ter bomb­ing in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 peo­ple and injured over 250.

Rezai, a for­mer com­man­der of the Iran­ian Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard Corps (IRGC), is sought by Inter­pol for his alleged involve­ment in the case. He is cur­rently the Sec­re­tary of the Expe­di­ency Council.

In 2006, when Velay­ati was Iran’s For­eign Min­is­ter, Argen­tin­ian author­i­ties accused him of approv­ing the AMIA bomb­ing. He has also been accused by Ger­man author­i­ties of plan­ning the 1992 “Mykonos Assas­si­na­tion” attacks in Berlin that killed sev­eral Iran­ian Kur­dish leaders.

This is not the first time sus­pected indi­vid­u­als linked to the AMIA bomb­ing have run for pres­i­dent of Iran. In 2009, Rezai ran against cur­rent Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad and lost.

Under the pres­i­dency of Ahmadine­jad, Ahmad Vahidi, who is also on Interpol’s Most Wanted List, was named Iran’s defense min­is­ter in 2009. Vahidi has been accused by Argen­tin­ian offi­cials of help­ing plan the July 1994 attack.

In early 2013, the Iran­ian and Argen­tine gov­ern­ments signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Under­stand­ing (MOU) that would bypass Argentina’s judi­cial sys­tem and set up an inter­na­tional Truth Com­mis­sion to inves­ti­gate the bomb­ings. While the Argen­tine Sen­ate gave its approval in Feb­ru­ary, Pres­i­dent Ahmadine­jad only approved the mea­sure on May 19 by side­step­ping a vote in the Iran­ian par­lia­ment. The MOU stip­u­lates that the agree­ment must be sub­mit­ted to each country’s respec­tive legal bod­ies for approval.

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May 22, 2013 0

In Vancouver, Washington, a Cluster of Luysters

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Brent Luys­ter

Mem­bers of the Clark County, Wash­ing­ton, SWAT team arrested three men this past week, at least two of them known white suprema­cists, in con­nec­tion with a pos­si­ble hate crime at a Van­cou­ver bar in March 2013.  Arrested at their sep­a­rate res­i­dences were Brent Ward Luys­ter, Robert Arlen Luys­ter, and Don­ald H. McElfish. 

The three men allegedly attacked a 45-year-old black man at a bar in Rose Vil­lage, punch­ing, kick­ing and beat­ing the vic­tim while using racial slurs and threat­en­ing to kill him.  Police have charged the three sus­pects with second-degree felony assault and racially moti­vated mali­cious harassment.

The two Luys­ter broth­ers have a long his­tory of white supremacy and crim­i­nal activ­ity, dat­ing back to at least 2000.  That sum­mer, as racist skin­heads, the two men (and two oth­ers) attacked an African-American man in a racially-motivated assault.  They pleaded guilty to assault charges in 2001.  Three years later, police arrested Brent W. Luys­ter again, this time for vio­lat­ing parole by asso­ci­at­ing with another white suprema­cist.  In July 2005, Van­cou­ver police arrested Brent W. Luys­ter and another white suprema­cist on alle­ga­tions of mali­cious harassment.

Brent W. and Robert A. Luys­ter have not, how­ever, been the only Luys­ters to have got­ten in trou­ble in this fash­ion.  In late 2004, another Brent Luys­ter, Brent D. Luys­ter (iden­ti­fi­able by the “white pride” tat­toos on his upper arms), briefly escaped from the Larch Cor­rec­tions Cen­ter in east­ern Clark County.  He may be the father of Brent W. and Robert.

In early 2005, Port­land, Ore­gon, police arrested a fourth white suprema­cist Luys­ter, Michael Lee Luys­ter, for not hav­ing a driver’s license while trans­port­ing a car­load of white suprema­cists to protest at a local com­mu­nity cen­ter.  Port­land is just south of Vancouver.

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