[Marxism] [SUSPICIOUS MESSAGE] Re: Fwd: Journalist Paul Antonopoulos outed for racist slurs

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed May 3 07:35:06 MDT 2017


The Australian
May 2, 2017 Tuesday
BYLINE: Jennine Khalik

A Sydney-based deputy editor of an influential pro-Syrian government 
news site has been outed for posting racial slurs on notorious neo-Nazi 
white supremacist website Stormfront.

Paul Antonopoulos, who was also employed by Charles Sturt University as 
a lecturer, has resigned from Al-Masdar News following revelations he 
used an alias on online forums, including Stormfront, railing against 
interracial relationships and advocating white supremacy.
The Beirut-based Al-Masdar News, which is offered in Arabic and Spanish, 
suspended Mr -Antonopoulos with pay for "hate speech" late Friday before 
he quit at the weekend.

"It was recently brought to our attention that one of our journalists 
was engaging in abusive behaviour on a public forum before and during 
the time he was working with Al-Masdar News," Al-Masdar's board of 
directors said, "Al-Masdar was unaware of the individual's abusive 
history on this forum that included hate speech with derogatory remarks 
about certain gender, ethnic and racial groups." In posts made between 
2007 and 2017 under the username "Minimalistix," Antonopoulos allegedly 
called Arabs "sand niggers", black people "negro trash", Hispanics 
"spics", Brazilians "favella monkeys" and Asians "gooks".

In one post, he stated "we beautiful Europeans" did not "descend from 
negro trash", and quoted a rant by a Norwegian neo-Nazi who claimed 
white -Europeans were "not even of the same species as the other human 
races".

Charles Sturt University yesterday confirmed Antonopoulos was "no longer 
employed by the university" and his views "did not reflect" the views of 
CSU.

Antonopoulos, whose online accounts state that he is 27, worked for 
Al-Masdar News since 2015. The media outlet, founded in 2014, has an 
inter-national audience and provides news, opinion and analysis that is 
supportive of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's government.

Antonopoulos was a sessional lecturer at CSU's Bathurst campus and is a 
Western Sydney University research student. He has stated online that he 
has qualifications in international relations.

He has also co-written a book with WSU academic Drew Cottle on the 
Syrian conflict, published by Vij Books, expected to be released this month.

In a post on the anniversary of the Sydney siege in December 2015, 
Antonopoulos used a gay slur to refer to slain victim Tori Johnson, who 
was killed along with Katrina Dawson by gunman Man Haron Monis.
In April last year, after appearing live on Iranian state news, PressTV, 
in his capacity as deputy editor, Antonopoulos posted in a football 
forum he had to "rush home (for the interview), those dumb Persians only 
gave me 25 minutes' notice."Antonopoulos initially agreed to speak to 
The Australian but has subsequently failed to respond to questions.




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