February 2009

Thanks to Vagabondish: Riot Tourism…2009’s Best International Hotbeds of Anarchy & Dissent

France and Italy

France’s infamous 2005-2006 uprising against the First Employment Contract (which allowed employers to end job contracts for anyone under 26 at any time during a two-year period without explanation or warning) has led speculators to believe that social welfare cuts and economic reform in the wake of the credit crisis could lead to another spirited reaction from the French people. Italy is in a similar predicament, and still feels the effects of 2001’s anti-G8 riots in Genoa which left a protester dead in the street.

In many European countries, where so much of a country’s infrastructure depends on government programs, changes and cuts aren’t received well by the people. Unhappy situations are rapidly escalated by political rhetoric and radicalized community organizing. With every government tightening belts in attempts to balance their budgets, the people will probably feel the repercussions of their government’s mismanagement soon. And that could lead to violent reactions in volatile countries like France and Italy.


Denmark’s extremely militant squatting network in otherwise affluent Copenhagen makes it another country to get lucky in if you’re traveling to find a riot. In 2008 we saw violent repelling of the police around the “Free State of Christiania,” as cops and local politicians continued to put pressure on the squatter community that has operated semi-autonomously since the 1970s. Police were pelted with firebombs, stones, and bottles while attempting to navigate blockaded roads to deal with increasingly successful attacks by youth. As 2009 sets in, Denmark’s resistance community will be ready to oppose another forcible eviction. Like most of Europe, the motorcycle helmet is an unbelievably popular accessory during uprisings in Denmark, as is the gas mask, so dress accordingly.


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Geert Wilders is coming to the US. Although I’m not a fan, this is good news for free speech in America.

If anyone is wondering why I’m not a fan, here’s the short version:

The best way to win a war is to know your enemy.

We are currently fighting a war against a well-organized paramilitary/terrorist infrastructure that is funded by Islamist countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan. The financial and ideological foundations of this infrastructure are managed by Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood and branch organizations like Hizb-ut-Tahrir, Hamas, CAIR, Fatah and the Muslim American society.

Military training is provided by Iranian, Pakistani and Libyan intelligence agencies. While most of this organization’s riches come from wealthy oil ticks, supplemental income is provided by criminal activity like drug and cigarette smuggling.

Most nations around the world are allied with terrorism’s state supporters and most ally with their branch organizations like Hizb-ut-Tahrir and the Muslim Brotherhood. Without this political support, this organization could not survive.

That’s who the enemy is, and that’s how the enemy works. The best way to fight it is to attack the enemy’s intelligence agencies and their alliances.

A short list of who the enemy is not:

  • annoying moonbats

  • Democrats

  • Republicans

  • Charles Johnson, or any anti-Islamists who question the idea that Muslim immigrants should be deported from European countries because they’re Muslims.

  • the Koran

  • Muslims

  • atheists

  • Jews

  • the MSM

  • Kosovo

Like some anti-Islamists, Wilders doesn’t correctly identify the enemy. I’m not a fan of anyone who proposes poor or losing strategies during wartime, so I can’t claim to be a fan. I have the same problem with moonbats and the MSM.

However, I support free speech whether I agree with the speech or not, so his arrival in America is worth celebrating.

Via Photojojo:

First your phone went wireless, then your laptop, now finally, your camera!

Never scrounge around for a USB cable again! Eye-fi is a magical orange SD memory card that will not only store 2GB worth of pictures, it’ll upload them to your computer (All Eye-Fis), and to Flickr, Facebook, Picasa (or 14 others) (Eye-Fi Explore and Eye-Fi Share), even geo-tag them so you can see exactly where in the world you took the photo (Eye-Fi Explore) wirelessly, invisibly, automatically!

This little guy looks like a normal 2GB memory card and works with nearly any camera that takes SD memory. There are no antennas, no protrusions, no subscription fees, and no cables.
How it works!

You set up the card once with the included USB card reader, choose a photo sharing service of your choice then slip the card in your camera.

From then on, you never have to touch anything. Just take photos. Whenever your cameras near the wireless network you selected and idle, Eye-fi will upload all your photos (JPEGs only) to your computer and/or online photo sharing service.

Paul Stamatiou has a review -

The SSNP and me: Christopher Hitchens talks Lebanon, louts and the Left:

Whatever one’s view on his politics, Hitchens’ talk was an astonishing performance by a combative master of the English language. He barks, and he bites. Did he regret his sharpness with one young girl, to whom he directed a purring, “don’t go pissing me off, now?” No, indeed. “She was a brat. Possibly a nasty brat – who wouldn’t take yes for an answer.”

Left wing questioners and – peaceful – SSNP protestors at the talk who presented him with a poster inscribed “You are a fascist,” were two of the many facets of Lebanese politics displayed during Hitchens’ visit. On February 14, he saw a crowd of tens of thousands massing in Martyrs’ Square in the sunshine. They commemorated the fourth anniversary of the death of assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, led by the March 14 leaders who also celebrated the uprising that saw the end of Syrian hegemony in Lebanon. And on Monday he went to Dahiyeh in the dark and rain for the Hezbollah commemoration of the first anniversary of military commander Imad Mughniyah’s death. What did he take away from this? “I’m very impressed,” he said, “by what you might call the spirit, the courage and humor of [March 14's members].

“The contrast between the rally on February 14 and the Hezbollah commemoration was as good a contrast as you could want,”


The only decent dialogue-ing I ever heard on race was in “White Men Can’t Jump.” So, if I say “shut your anorexic malnutrition tapeworm-having overdose on Dick Gregory Bohemian diet-drinking ass up”, will that make Eric Holder happy?

Otherwise, I can’t think of what to say…

Ace, who was traveling with the group of journalists, describes “What Happened with Hitchens”

I wasn’t there. I was there, however, for the immediate after-action report, and have heard it told ten times by now, including most of it from Hitchens. Although I didn’t really bother asking much, as I’d already heard it.

Hitch and two others were out on some or such errand. One guy was just telling Hitchens that the Syrian Nazi party had little support in the country but was paid by Syria to kill people, and that he’d been told they’re the one party you don’t fuck with.

So five minutes later they come across the poster for the Syrian Nazi Party on an abandoned bagel shop — abandoned, if I had this right, after Hezballah had attacked it last year due to the overly Jewish connotations of bagelry.

So Hitchens immediately takes out a pen and writes “No, no, Fuck You” on the poster. I don’t know if he’d digested the story and decided to fuck with them anyway, or else he was just reacting to the modified swastika on the poster.

Now, the Syrian Nazis are not popular and neighborhoods have tried to get their posters taken down. But then they threaten people and cause problems.

So the state leaves them up. To avoid getting their posters defaced or torn down, they post a paid Nazi watcher to keep an eye on their posters.

Well, when this Syrian Nazi goon saw Hitch do this, he confronted him and kinda-sorta attacked him. I say kinda sorta attacked, because what his main intent was was to delay Hitchens from leaving — until the ten Nazi goons he had just texted on his cell phone could arrive…

I first saw the SSNP’s swastika-based flag when I was in Beirut photographing Hezbollah’s rally in Dec. 2006. Since I had taken a picture of every other group and flag, I was going to take a picture of theirs too, but I stopped when I noticed how all the other Lebanese reacted to this group. They moved away from them, they glared at them – they hated them. The Christians in the neighborhood openly showed their hatred, but the were even, more subtly, treated as dangerous pariahs by their fellow Syria/Hezbollah supporters.


It’s generally assumed that they are responsible for the car bombings that terrorized most of Beirut and targeted Lebanese politicians and journalists. When police found explosives in one of their lairs, one SSNP member said “we are a resistance force, and we use different methods of resisting, among which is using explosives.”

The group was banned for a while but unfortunately, Hezbollah and concurrent Syrian influence have gotten more powerful lately. The SSNP is coming out of the shadows. I was there last August and saw that their swastika emblems are painted all over West Beirut. Their flags are on display on the road to Baalbeck.


Although most Lebanese hate this group, they usually don’t paint over the symbol or tear down these flags because they know how dangerous this group is. Since Hitchens knows the area, I assume he did too. Given the way they drive, I’d guess that many Lebanese admire this kind of crazy bravery. A lot of people would probably like to buy him a beer.

Allahpundit has more

Gene at Harry’s Place says:

“Coincidentally or not, Hitchens’s old nemesis, George Galloway, addressed a 2006 celebration in Canada commemorating the 74th anniversary of the founding of– yes– the Syrian Social Nationalist Party…So once again we gaze in bewilderment upon a world in which someone who confronted and physically fought fascists is routinely accused of selling out to the Right, while someone who celebrated with their Canadian fellow fascists is viewed by some as a hero of the Left.

Charles at LGF says:

Apparently it’s not popular to say it, but I applaud Hitchens for flipping the bird to those creeps. If more people had the guts to do things like this (and a few drinks in them to loosen them up) skinhead punks like the SSNP might not have so much power.

I wrote about growing SSNP influence in Lebanon after my last visit, but the issue didn’t get much attention. I should have started a fight -

When I downloaded some videos I’d taken with the new HD Flip camcorder onto my (Windows) computer, they were a little choppy and slow. I wonder if it plays better on a Mac..?

However, when they’re uploaded onto Flickr, YouTube and FaceBook, the videos looked much better. They also play very well when you watch them directly on TV.

Here’s a video of a Christmastime crowd/gridlock just outside of Radio City Music hall. People visiting Rockefeller Center converged with people coming out of the Music hall, and we all managed to temporarily congeal into an immobile, dense mass.

I hope so. Via the Telegraph:

Israel has launched a covert war against Iran as an alternative to direct military strikes against Tehran’s nuclear programme, US intelligence sources have revealed.

It is using hitmen, sabotage, front companies and double agents to disrupt the regime’s illicit weapons project, the experts say…

…“Without military strikes, there is still considerable scope for disrupting and damaging the Iranian programme and this has been done with some success,” said Yossi Melman, a prominent Israeli journalist who covers security and intelligence issues for the Haaretz newspaper.

Mossad and Western intelligence operations have also infiltrated the Iranian nuclear programme and “bought” information from prominent atomic scientists. Israel has later selectively leaked some details to its allies, the media and United Nations atomic agency inspectors.

While I still think that the nuclear issue is best discussed directly with the primary supporter of Iran’s nuclear program, Russia, it’s good news that Israel is using these precise tactics to weaken (but not destroy) Iran’s government. America should also consider using covert action against other terror-supporting nations like Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen.

[Link thanks to Gene at Harry's Place, who says "And good luck to them"]

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