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Ear to the Ground

British Political Rebel Makes Triumphant Return

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“Gorgeous” George Galloway.

George Galloway, the British politician remanded to all but oblivion after being expelled from the Labour Party in 2003 and losing office in 2010, made an unexpected comeback Friday when he upset Britain’s major political party candidates to win a parliamentary by-election.

Victory by a large margin indicates public support for Galloway is strong. Labour members of the House of Commons and others in Britain’s political establishment are no doubt dreading the return of the confrontational style of “Gorgeous” George, as he came to be called, to parliamentary debate.

Galloway is famous in part for his testimony before a U.S. Senate committee in 2005, where he gave a withering rebuttal to charges that he illegally profited from the United Nations’ Iraqi Oil-for-Food program. See video of that hearing below.

Guardian reporter Helen Pidd was present at the election count and explains the circumstances of Galloway’s surprise return here. —ARK

The Guardian:

It appeared that the seat’s Muslim community had decamped from Labour en masse to Galloway’s call for an immediate British troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and a fightback against the job crisis.

On a turnout of 50.78%, Labour’s shellshocked candidate Imran Hussain was crushed by a 36.59% swing from Labour to Respect that saw Galloway take the seat with a majority of 10,140.

Labour had held the seat in 2010 with a majority of 5,763. It marks an extraordinary personal and political comeback for the controversial politician who lost in the UK general election in 2010, and in the Scottish parliament in 2011, appearing to confirm that the remainder of his career would lie in broadcasting and celebrity programmes.

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By moonraven, April 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment

Sodium:

Your apology is accepted.

If more folks beyond us native folks prayed in the form you have quoted, our species (especially the dominant white minority) would not be bringing all life forms on this planet to the brink of extinction.

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By Sodium-Na, April 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm Link to this comment

For moonraven:

moonraven,

If I sounded condescending,I certainly did not mean to be. Absolutely not.

I have apologized to you in my last post addressed to you for a mistake I un-intentionally made with regard to misunderstanding one of your posts I did not even remember what was that post all about. I have no intention to apologize again,since you sounded to me to be so touchy and sensitive for every word I write.

Rest assured,moonraven,I have no intent to get involved in argument with you,or with anybody else. I detest arguments that would lead to no where. They are waste of time. Period. I post only if I feel I can help the interested readers at this website and at other websites I occasionally visit.

Off-Topic(with my apology for doing so to all readers):

I have received today the following beautiful prayer from Father Stephen Huffstetter,Director of the St.Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain,South Dakota. The following prayer is not a Catholic prayer,but a Native American’s prayer. I do so to show you the profound respect and admiration I hold for my fellow human beings,the Native Americans and their culture,including their beautiful prayers:

            “An Indian Prayer”

“O’GREAT SPIRIT,whose voice I hear in the wind and whose breath gives life to all the world,hear me! I am small and weak,I need your strength and wisdom.”

“LET ME WALK IN BEAUTY,and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.”

“MAKE MY HANDS RESPECT the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.”

“MAKE ME WISE so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.”

“LET ME LEARN the lesson you have hidden in every leaf and rock.”

“I SEEK STRENGTH,not to be greater than my brother,but to fight my greatest enemy-myself.”

“MAKE ME ALWAYS READY to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes. So when life fades,as the fading sunset,my spirit may come to you without shame.”

moonraven,

please notice that every paragraph quoted above could be considered a prayer by itself. That is why I quoted every paragraph separately.

Although I was raised to parents who were devotees to the Greek Orthodox Church. Both are deceased. They expected me to follow in their foot-steps. I did in my younger years and memorized many church prayers,but at the end I became an agnostic. I am also quite familiar with some Catholic and many other protestant,and Jewish,and Islamic prayers,in addition to the Greek Orthodox prayers. I will be less than an honest man if I failed to declare publicly that the above quoted prayers of the Native Americans are the most beautiful and moving prayers I came across in my life time. You do know my exact age. Do you not?

Am I now condescendingng again,moonraven,or trying to be just as honest as I possibly can with you,as a fellow human being?

Please do not expect me to dwell any further upon this misunderstanding I have tried hard,here,to overcome with all of the foregoing presentation to you.

I am still an Agnostic,but appreciate beauty when I see one or detect one,as I read between the lines.

Cheers…...

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By moonraven, April 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment

As always, just another pathetic personal attack.

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By heterochromatic, April 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm Link to this comment

then there’s little reason to do anything with Hamas’ leadership other than to
winnow through it until the extra space promotes greater flexibolity.

back to your moon, base one and we’ll employ carrion-eaters other that the little
bird to consume the trash and offal.

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By moonraven, April 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment

There is no reason for Hamas to modify anything.

THEY are the representatives of the VICTIMS.

Israel OFF the planet now!

And take your boring little shills with you.

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By heterochromatic, April 4, 2012 at 11:50 am Link to this comment

when Hamas was voted in, they were offered chances to modify their actions and
positions…. they would not.

the blockade of Gaza started YEARS after Hamas won that election.


moonie—- you’re an opinion without a fact.

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By moonraven, April 4, 2012 at 10:41 am Link to this comment

The action of voting Hamas into power is the correct response.

Hettie is wrong again.

he has never been right on this site.

Maybe in another lifetime, which he should be preparing for right now, he will be right.

But, you know, I really doubt it.

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By moonraven, April 4, 2012 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

I am always happy, Sodium, therefore your condescnding to me does not make me either unhappy or happy.

In fact, you owed me an apology for misinterpreting my comment about your taking everything with a grain of salt (critical thinking) and subsequently jumping on my ass and condescending to me.

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By heterochromatic, April 4, 2012 at 7:21 am Link to this comment

—-.... 1.5 million Gaza citizen under Israeli seige for voting Islamic Resistance
Hamas into power. “—-


the blockade of Gaza isn’t about voting Hamas into power, it’s about the actions of
Hamas.

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By Sodium-Na, April 4, 2012 at 1:55 am Link to this comment

For rehmat:

rehmat,

You have presented a very informative post about George Galloway. I have much appreciated reading it. Thank you.

I do pay visits to your website whenever my time allows me to do so. Your expose’about the prime minister who was a “furniture salesman”;and his former connections with organizations whose deeds were evil,or at least morally questionable,was impressive indeed. The link you had provided was great. Keep it up and never permit the dwarfs of the blogsphere to intimidate you. Just ignore them and keep doing the honest things you have been doing. Good luck….....

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By David J. Cyr, April 3, 2012 at 8:07 am Link to this comment

George Galloway, writing back in November… accurately predicting what would be happening now:

“It’s bombs away again, folks. We can’t keep our pensioners warm in the winter. But we can sure set fire to other people’s countries.”

Syria plot is clear as Qatar sky:

http://blogs.dailyrecord.co.uk/georgegalloway/2011/11/syria-plot-is-clear-as-qatar-sky.html

Voter Consent Wastes Dissent:

http://chenangogreens.org/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=498&Itemid=1

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By Rehmat, April 3, 2012 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

Thanks to Pakistani majority in Bradford West – George Galloway, Britain’s most loathed and loved politicians returns to the House of Commons. The founder of Respect Party, took the Bradford West seat with a majority of more than 10,000 votes, beating Labour councillor Imran Hussain in one of the most Muslim – and Labour – constituencies in the country.

The British powerful pro-Israel Jewish lobby groups threw George Galloway out of his Labour Party and British politics for criticizing British and Israeli policies in the Muslim world. He voted against Tony Blair’s war on Iraq in 2003. As a result, the Zionist controlled mainstream media ran a smear campaign against Galloway – accusing him receiving money from Saddam Hussein which his accusers failed to prove in a court of law.

George Galloway’s stunning victory is good news for Labour Party’s London Mayrol candidate Ken Livingstone, occupied Palestine, Hizbullah, Iran, Syria and Afghanistan. Galloway’s support for Hizbullah had angered Israel-Firsters in the West so much that he was banned to enter Canada for a lecture tour by Stephen Harper’s Zionist-controlled government – for supporting Hizbullah and Hamas.

George Galloway was the driving force behind the Viva Palestina convoy of 550 people from 17 different countries – which carried civilian aid to 1.5 million Gaza citizen under Israeli seige for voting Islamic Resistance Hamas into power. However, Egyptian police deported Galloway under orders from western poodle Hosny Mubbarak.

George Galloway has also worked with Iranian Press TV which was banned by David Cameron’s pro-Israel government in January 2012.

Galloway is a practicing Roman Catholic but doesn’t drink alcohol. Due to some of his personal ‘anti-modern habits’ and his support for anti-Israel resistance groups – some Zionist think tanks have called Galloway “Islamist backed” candidate.

http://rehmat2.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/galloways-victory-a-slap-on-israel-lobbys-face/

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By Sodium-Na, April 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment

moonraven,

If an apology makes you happy,I do apologize for misinterpreting the content of your post at other spread;I do not even remember what was that all about.

Cheers…....

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By moonraven, April 2, 2012 at 9:11 am Link to this comment

Sodium:  I am still waiting for your apology, but you were spot on with this post.

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By Sodium-Na, April 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm Link to this comment

There is only one George Galloway in this world.

He is one of a kind in his ability to make you look like a pile of shit,if you are one of his accusers of wrong doings,as former Senator Coleman tried to do in the Senate Hearing,I just finished watching.

No one cared more for the children and people of Iraq,as Iraq was destroyed as a functioning human society,than George Galloway. His efforts were phenomenal. I do recall reading about two caravans,full of medicines and foods,he led all the way from England through North Africa to Jordan and finally to Iraq. He is a humanist, with distinction.

Therefore,I have found it silly to accuse him of wrong doings by some Senators of a country that has waged illegal and immoral wars against Iraq-wars that were based on a pile of lies.

The neoconservatives had what they wanted under the two Bushes-father and son. All those people are the ones who should be under interrogation,not George Galloway.

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By Michael Cavlan RN, April 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment

Michael Cavlan RN
Candidate US Senate 2012
Minnesota Open Progressives

Here is why I have endorsed Rocky Anderson for president.

http://my.firedoglake.com/jest/2012/04/01/video-rocky-anderson-forcefully-dismantles-the-logic-of-2-party-system-apologists/

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By moonraven, April 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment

You just blew it out of yours.

I don’t have to.

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By moonraven, April 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm Link to this comment

Pat:

What hettie the hateful racist seems to forget is that his government, as well as that of its butt-buddy Israel, regularly puts out contracts against folks just because they LOOK like they might be muslims.

Even if they are US or Israeli citizens….

What never fails to amaze me is not hettie’s mean-spirited whites-uber-alles propaganda, but the fact that he continues to post here for peanuts 24/7 under both of his aliases with both feet in his mouth.

Must make typing difficult—which may account for his multiple assaults on English grammar, syntax and spelling….

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By moonraven, April 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm Link to this comment

Ah, hettie the literary critic (sic):  Bad prose exempts the content of its writer from racism and anti-muslim intentions?

Give us a break here.

Rushdie is just another capitalist piglet trying to make a buck by sensationalizing geopolitics.

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By moonraven, April 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment

jimmy:  No white person could possibly understand the native position because no white guy wants to—all that white guy wants to do is kill more non-whites.

The hubris is yours, my enemy:  You are the white guy who thinks he is special and that if he commits a crime, it is not a crime. 

Nixon said that—and he was not the only white guy who has said it.

Nixon has been dead awhile, but you just said it again for him.

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By Lorette C. Luzajic, April 1, 2012 at 11:24 am Link to this comment
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“Truth dig”??? The truth is this man is a defender of Assad and called Saddam “courageous.” He clearly does not give a flick about Muslims and this magazine does not give a flick about truth. Wow.

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By PatrickHenry, April 1, 2012 at 10:43 am Link to this comment

tic, you’re a fucking idiot, I can care less about Rushdie, Khomeini or any other idiots over there so don’t try the straw man tactics.  How about commenting on some of those radical rabbis who condone killing of non-jews?  I don’t think you will as you avoid any critical discussion of israel or those jews who support it, in your posts it’s only the muslims who are the problem….pathetic.

It’s all about cause and effect and if your too stupid to recognize that then there is no hope for you as if there was in the first place.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cause_and_Effect

While you may state ‘fuck this’ and ‘fuck that’ in the anonymous world of the internet, try and do it in person at a forum of those you are disrespecting and see what happens.

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By PatrickHenry, April 1, 2012 at 8:19 am Link to this comment

Rushdie being a novelist is a matter of opinion, many others including myself see him as being a sensationalist whose aim it was to slander a belief system in order to make money, whether it was fiction or not he has envoked the law of unintended consequences.

In the real world if you disrespect some people you better be armed and ready to defend yourself.

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By heterochromatic, April 1, 2012 at 7:59 am Link to this comment

PH—- fuck that “disrespected” noise. Rushdie is a
novelsit.


and I would have to say that your pretty much nuts if
you imply that he deserved the death sentence
pronounced on him by the head of state for Iran, the
vile Khomeini… and still talk about freedom of
expression as if it was a good thing.

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By PatrickHenry, April 1, 2012 at 7:31 am Link to this comment

Yes, jimmmmmys post reminds me of one of these racist zionist sockpuppets who frequent this site around the clock with boiler room monitoring. Likely one or two posters with multiple user names.

Rushdie disrespected a large segment of the worlds population, if you mess with the bull you get the horns. 

Don’t think for a moment that leaders of ‘free’ governments, religions, corporations and NGO’s won’t do the same just quieter.  Hat’s off to the Iranians, they at least let him know they were coming for his head.

http://www.opinion-maker.org/2012/03/stratfor-leak-assassination-of-obama/

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By vector56, April 1, 2012 at 7:07 am Link to this comment

“He’s a fiery orator. I watched in glee as he put it too a couple of junior senators or congressmen a few years back. His debates with Chris Hitchens were classic. Other than that he’s a religious fanatic , political hack ,and Muslim sympathizer “

“Other than that he’s a religious fanatic , political hack ,and Muslim sympathizer “

“Muslim sympathizer”

In jimmmmmy’s comments above he forgot to call Brother Galloway a “Ni*ger Lover” as well.

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By balkas, April 1, 2012 at 3:52 am Link to this comment

i deeply respect all arabs save their ulema, amirs, princes, kings. and, of
course, i respect people of afgh’n, iran, and other peoples who have
accepted islam in their lives.
however, i only have deep abhorance for their muftis, begs, aghas, beys,
deys, and quran.
in some aspects, quran [and also bible, torah, talmud, mishna, etc.] their
‘teachings’ or thinking is as bad as Mein Kampf’s [my campaign or my
fight/struggle] ‘teachings’.
i respect deeply what galloway does and says. thanks

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By Briar, April 1, 2012 at 3:03 am Link to this comment
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It’s a mistake (but one perpetuated by the politically aligned British media) to assign Galloway’s victory to the muslim vote.  Muslims number no more than a quarter of the Bradford electorate, and muslim leaders were calling on people to back Labour.  The staggering majority Galloway scored came from across the racial boundaries - it was a mass working class vote for a genuine left wing voice opposing war and the cuts/deficit agenda.  No wonder the hate-machine has been cranked up against Galloway once again - he threatens the cosy across the board alliance of mainstream parties and commentators who support the free market and its marginalisation of the employee in favour of the employer.

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By Robespierre115, March 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm Link to this comment

@ jimmmmmy, Ali and Rushdie are neocon clowns who condemn Islam but never say a word against foreign wars and interventions in the Middle East which have been the main cause of populations radicalizing. In fact Rushdie has a disturbing habit of supporting the useless drone attacks in Pakistan and the occupation of Afghanistan. Where are Rushdie and Ali condemning the recent massacre in Kandahar? Where are Rushdie and Ali speaking out against the Israeli occupation and the barbaric attacks on Gaza? Where are Rusdhie and Ali condemning the dictatorships in the Gulf?

You will find violence and terror in every society and every state, you speak of Sharia law and the fate of women, the same women that US drones bomb to pieces? Women are raped, acid-attacked and abused plenty in countries without Islam as their main religion, just visit South America or the most downtrodden corners of the USA.

Galloway speaks out against blood and land cults, the insane capitalist abuses now being imposed all over Europe which are destroying working class communities and the paranoid racism the right-wing is using to manipulate the angry, the confused and the ignorant.

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By jimmmmmy, March 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment

Moonraven. What if you don’t sympathize with either side? My motto has been for many years “I’m not here to judge but to mock” I find all this highly entertaining even the childish insults.Ain’t the interweb grand.

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By jimmmmmy, March 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment

Moonraven. I once had a conversation with a native activist .She was determined to believe that no white guy could understand the native position on her issues, Sometimes you don’t get a choice in which side your on. you sound a bit like her. Its called Hubris.

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By diamond, March 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm Link to this comment

And the cat came back the very next day! Go, George. Slay the dragon of untruth and injustice. And keep on smiling. They hate it when you smile at them.

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By jimmmmmy, March 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment

Robes. Its because there fanatics,hiding behind religion. There was a rumor during the Clinton Bush eras that he was a front man for various muslim groups and being paid handsomely,in oil shares. Be that as it may are you aware of how regressive sharia is , especially for women. Genital mutalation not withstanding. I suggest Ayan Hirzi alis excellent books on the problems of Islam in the west. As well as Salman Rushdies books. He currently under a fatwah [kill and get paid sentence] that Mr Galloway did not object to

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By moonraven, March 31, 2012 at 3:45 pm Link to this comment

The intelligent and informed one on this board posts under—surprise—moonraven.

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By heterochromatic, March 31, 2012 at 3:30 pm Link to this comment

moonie—- you should let the intelligent speak for themselves .... you can self-
nominate for some group that you’re more evidently qualified to represent.

such as the reflexive bigot community…..anti-European division.

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By moonraven, March 31, 2012 at 3:22 pm Link to this comment

jimbo:

If it comes down to sympathasizing with gringos or with muslims, the intelligent among us will go with the majority, muslims.

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By Robespierre115, March 31, 2012 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment

@jimmmmy “Other than that he’s a religious fanatic , political hack ,and Muslim sympathizer”

So if you happen to sympathize with Muslims (or any community for that matter) it’s bad because…?

It’s a good thing to have politicians like Galloway around when the excrement of fascism is again making its stench present:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2012/03/2012331142352883844.html

An anti-Islamic gathering in Denmark’s second city has attracted fewer than 200 supporters compared with thousands of counter demonstrators of whom 83 were arrested.

The far-right activists later had to be escorted away from the rally on two buses by police on Saturday.

The rally was held in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, 200km northwest of Copenhagen, the capital, drawing participants from several European countries, including Britain, Germany, Poland and Sweden.

The “European Counter-Jihad Meeting” started with a moment of silence for the seven people who were killed by an al-Qaeda-inspired gunman in France.

“There are 150 or 200 people, but I have the impression that there are not even 100 people really taking part in the demonstration,” a police officer at the far right rally in eastern Aarhus told AFP news agency.

Counter demonstration

Police were forced to intervene after some of the counter protesters shouted slogans in Arabic and tried to attack the far-right demonstrators.

Two police officers were wounded, one by a projectile, possibly a bottle, while the other suffered an eye injury as a result of a tear gas canister or a firecracker, local police chief Mogens Broendum said.

The demonstration was organised by the Danish Defence League which earlier said it hoped up to 1,000 people would take part. A spokesman for the league was not available for comment.

Police said between 4,000 and 5,000 people attended the counter demonstration, under the banner “Aarhus For Diversity”.

Last week, several thousand people turned out for an open-air concert in Aarhus organised to protest against the far-right rally.

A statement issued by city officials said the concert was organised because “Aarhus does not want to be associated with extremist groups” that represent “everything we want to distance ourselves from”.

‘No Breivik ties’

The far-right rally took place a few weeks before the start of the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, the far-right extremist who murdered 77 people in Norway last July.

Breivik claimed to have had contact with the English Defence League (EDL) ahead of the attacks, adding that he had “spoken with tens of EDL members and leaders”.

In response to the killings, the league condemned the killings and added that it had no contact with Breivik.

In a statement on its website, the EDL said it would not associate with any individual or group who did not reject “extremism” and said “racists, neo-Nazis and any other extremists” were not welcome.

It said it had called on participating groups to sign a memorandum declaring that they were “anti-extremist, anti-fascist, and anti-racist”.

“We will protest peacefully, but we will defend ourselves if need be. We will be loud, and we will not back down,” the memorandum states.

EDL leader Stephen Lennon said: “We hope it [the rally] will be the start of a European movement that will continue to grow.”

Various far-right groups have been in Aarhus since Wednesday where they have had a chance to hold meetings and discuss ideas.

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By jimmmmmy, March 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment

PH He was right about Iraq, but hes still a demagogue. Go to Lancashire and walk through his riding , if your white do it in daylight. Its “Orrible” as the cockneys say.

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By heterochromatic, March 31, 2012 at 1:10 pm Link to this comment

PH—- you were right. I was wrong to think that he was
unelectable.

point to you.

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By jimmmmmy, March 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment

He’s a fiery orator. I watched in glee as he put it too a couple of junior senators or congressmen a few years back. His debates with Chris Hitchens were classic. Other than that he’s a religious fanatic , political hack ,and Muslim sympathizer

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By Robespierre115, March 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment

A good lesson for activists everywhere: Radical ideas can still win votes, it’s time to dump timid, “centrist” rhetoric.

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By moonraven, March 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment

Gee Pat, I had no idea you were a brit.

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By PatrickHenry, March 31, 2012 at 9:56 am Link to this comment

He’s back and rightfully so, we need more leaders like Galloway in this country willing to stand up for what is right versus what the prevailing political winds dictate.

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