The last time we posted an article
asking a similar question back in 2012, it resulted in a fair amount of msm attention
, though to be fair that was mainly because Warren Kinsella published the following image
we forwarded to a mutual friend before we did and he’s sort of a bigger deal than we are:
We should mention that despite our feelings about the late Rob Ford’s tenure as mayor of Toronto, we were not suggesting that he was sympathetic towards neo-Nazis (the explanation provided by his office did a good job of putting this to bed), but that his handlers should have been more diligent in preventing Latvis from being photographed with Mr. Ford. In any case, Latvis himself denied his entire history of being involved in the biggest White Power bands of the 1990s and suggested he would sue Mr. Kinsella for defamation.
Considering that the Internet exists which documented his active and enthusiastic involvement in the neo-Nazi movement, as well as the following post made on his own Facebook profile explaining to his friends why he publicly denied his involvement, it would have been a very difficult case for him to make which is probably why he didn’t sue:
Now, fast forward a few years.
Last weekend, the Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival took place in Toronto. It is an event, like other similar festivals, that celebrates Ukrainian culture including food (we loves us our perogies), dance, and music. As this writer also has connections to Ukraine, it sounds like a good time and a blast to attend.
But based on what the good folks at the Left Chapter observed while watching a video of the parade, there was a bit of a fly in the ointment:
|The portrait on the side of the banner closest |
to the viewer is that of Stepan Bandera.
Yeah, those are members of the Canadian chapter of Right Sector.
And who are Right Sector?
Glad you asked:
Critics at home say the party’s inflammatory rhetoric and violence is helping Russian media to depict Ukraine as overrun with “neo-Nazis” who threaten the Russian-speaking population.
Activists claiming to be Right Sector members were involved in Kiev’s Maidan protests from late November, but the group did not attract much attention until violent clashes with police in central Kiev on 19 January, in which it played a leading role.
A leading figure in the Right Sector, Andriy Tarasenko, says it aims not for closer ties with Europe but rather to “build a nationalist Ukrainian state and stage a nationalist revolution”.
Dmytro Yarosh calls himself a follower of Stepan Bandera, a nationalist leader who fought Polish and Soviet rule in the 1930s and 1940s but is seen in Russia and eastern Ukraine as a Nazi collaborator.
Some far-right activists interviewed by the BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse in Kiev in early March made it clear that they wanted a Ukraine “just for Ukrainians”.
Other articles on Right Sector are equally enlightening:
Now, much like Rob Ford who was pictured with Jon Latvis, we don’t believe the organizers intended on having a far-right ultranationalist group join in on their parade, however we would apply the same criticism as we did in Mr. Ford’s case when we suggest they should have done a more thorough job checking into the groups participating.
But it might be of interested to our readers to know that Latvis actually has a bit of a connection here as well:
Yep, he’s a supporter of Right Sector:
Read more » . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: What’s Jon Latvis Up To These Days?
So PEGIDA Canada held another rally today without telling anyone. The results were as sad as the previous effort despite the spin they placed on it: In related news, we're still following the aftermath of our recent article detailing the often vio… . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: February 2016 Bits and Bites
Right now the Ukraine Presidential election is underway. The vote has been disrupted in the Eastern part of the country where pro-Russia separatists have vowed not to let the election take place in the part of the country they control.
Here's the thing though. We know that the situation in Ukraine is not black and . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Jon Latvis: Fan of Right Sector and Hitler (Not So Much A Fan Of Himmler)
It seems like only yesterday that former Rahowa lead guitar and songwriter Jon Latvis gave mayor Ford a bit of indigestion:
When this picture was made public, Latvis tried to disavow his Nazi past and even threatened to sue Warren Kinsella which would have been awesome!
Because, you know, we would have been able to . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Jon Latvis: "I Saved Your Life Man!"
We're currently waiting for some information regarding a couple of upcoming articles, but we thought that we would revisit our project concerning documenting the history of the Canadian racist movement. The primary focus of our research has been on the years 1989 to 1994 under the leadership of Wolfgang Droege which coincided with the rise . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Old Haunts of the Heritage Front
We noted yesterday that the big "Occupy South African Embassies" protest in Toronto was sort of a bust. However Paulie, needing to polish yet another turd, begs to differ:
Yes, that's right. Close to three dozen.Uhm…..
We have other photos as well. In no photo is there a number that even approached 36 people. Really, . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: "Shoot the Boer" and Bonehead Hypocrisy
Suffice it to say, Rob Ford has not had a pleasant week. Two weeks almost. In fact we dare say that the past two weeks has fucking sucked. And things really don’t really look to be improving any time soon.
But on this, Rob Ford’s birthday, at least one person wants to show him some . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Jon Latvis…. You Aren’t Helping
Remember this photo?
It recently appeared on "The Daily Show" earlier this week. This is Toronto mayor Rob Ford with Jon Latvis, founding member of the racist band RaHoWa with ties to the Heritage Front, Creativity Movement, and violent racists. We found this photo and sent it to Warren Kinsella by way of a friend, . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Ford Family Member Connected to KKK in 1980s
First, let us begin by stating if the boneheads in London, ON wish to hold another march and rally in the same manner that they did yesterday, we unreservedly support their efforts.
We will explain, but first we should note that Paulie provides his account of the march yesterday:
Why don't we first . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Paul Fromm, the London March, and the Fine Art of Turd Polishing
Information has been coming out concerning the murder of 7 Sikhs at a Wisconsin temple. The alleged murderer, Wade Michael Phillips, was a former member of the American military who was discharged in 1998 (evidently his discharge was under less than favorable circumstances). He later joined a number of neo-Nazi bands before founding his own . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Photos of Wade Michael Page
We noted in our last article that Jon Latvis spoke to a reporter from "The Sun" in an effort to extricate himself from the unpleasant notoriety as a result of Warren Kinsella's recent article.
Or, as Latvis himself puts it:
Latvis has taken a not so novel approach to dealing with his past.
He . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Jon Latvis Doesn’t Understand How the Internet Works
Last week we witnessed what might be termed a feeding frenzy as the msm wrote a few stories about a simple little picture posted first on Warren Kinsella's website (and thank you Warren for crediting us with tracking it down).
Mayor Ford did offer a credible explanation which we accept without reservation, though our criticism . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: July 2012 Bits and Bites
Our Ford, the (Lord) Mayor of Toronto is rabidly right-wing. No doubt about that. After all, he recently proposed exiling Toronto’s convicted criminals, most of whom tend to be persons of color. Fellow Conservative and immigrant-bashing minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Jason Kenney, endorsed the idea. Still, I would never have imagined the Mayor of . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s Official White Supremacist Portrait: PHOTO
You know, the lead guitar player for the White supremacist band RaHoWa who later went on to who went on to what we might generously call a solo career:
Hanging out with Toronto mayor Rob Ford apparently.
Uhm, is that an SS uniform, Jon?
Man, the years have NOT been kind . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Whatever Happened to Jon Latvis?