David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, who has very close personal and “business” ties to the anti-gay hate group the Family Research Council’ and its President Tony Perkins was kicked out of Italy last week after authorities deemed him as “socially dangerous” for his plans to start a pan-European neo-Nazi group.
A court in Venice upheld a decision to deny a permit of residence renewal to the former Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representative and holocaust denier, who was found living under false pretenses near the northern town of Belluno.
“Official reliable sources have revealed [Duke] plans to establish an organization aiming to exterminate the black and Jewish races in Europe,” the sentence read.
Duke, who served as Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s, appealed against the decision, which was however upheld by Venice administrative court.
Duke has also previously arrested and expelled from the Czech Republic as suspected of promoting the launch of a movement for the suppression of human rights and fundamental freedoms and was banned from Switzerland over his activities related to the white supremacist movement in 2009.
In 1996, while managing the U.S. Senate campaign of Woody Jenkins against Mary Landrieu, Duke’s good friend and fellow Louisianian the one and only Tony Perkins of the anti-gay hate group the Family Research Council paid him $82,500 to use the mailing list. The campaign was fined $3,000 (reduced from $82,500) after Perkins and Jenkins filed false disclosure forms in a bid to hide their link to Duke.
In 2012 Duke claimed thousands Tea Party activists urged him to run for president.
The Anti-Defamation League has described David Duke as “America’s most well-known racist and anti-Semite”.
*EXCLUSIVE – Openly Gay Chilean Exchange Student At Columbia University Loses Fellowship and Threatened With Deportation After Reporting Professor For Sexual Harassment
Alberto Leguina an openly gay Chilean exchange student and Fellow at the prestigious Columbia University in New York City had his ruined and his Fellowship terminated after lodging a sexual harassment complaint against Professor Qais Al-Awqati Professor of Medicine and Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.
Alberto claims that during his first week of work at Columbia University under Professor I Al-Awqati that he sexually propositioned him in an instant messages that asked if he would “date” an older man. After rejecting his advances Qais Al-Awqati told Alberto “You are out!” but later apologized to Alberto and presented him with a new Macbook that he bought with University funds. Upset by what was happening Alberto went through proper channels and made a complaint with Columbia University’s Human Resources which promised that a full investigation would be made,.
Three months later not only Columbia’s Human Resource Department NOT investigated Alberto’s sexual harrasment report against Al-Awquati. Unbeknownst to him Al-Awqati had sent a false progress report to the director of the PhD program at his home school of the Universidad Catolica in Chile claiming that Alberto’s performance in the lab was not “up to the expectations of a Columbia Fellow” and that “he was lazy”. A few days later Columbia University and the Universidad Catolica cancelled Alberto’s Fellowship and he was petitioned to return home to his native Chile and threatened with deportation.
With no other options left Alberto represented by the law firm of Philip’s and Philip’s and with the help of New York City’s Anti-Violence Project has filed a lawsuit against Qais Al-Awqati and the Board of Trustee’s of Columbia University for restitution and to also raise awareness of the Latino, LGBT, and scientific community about the discriminatory, unethical practices used by Columbia University and the whitewash that has been perpetrated upon him by to protect Professor Qais Al-Awqati
Mr. President I need your help. I am calling on you to stop the deportation of my husband. Not with vague references to a deportation policy that has been reformed to keep families together, but with explicit written directives to stop deportations of couples like, who but for DOMA, would have access to a green card. I deserve to see that in writing. It is an outrage that the administration hides behind general language, and leaves it up to local ICE officials to implement “prosecutorial discretion” guidelines. I have filed a green card petition for Alfonso on the basis of our marriage.
Back in August we reported on A story about how the U.S. Goverment was denying immigration rights to Bradford Wells & Anthony John Makk. Wells & Makk were legally married in Massachusetts in 2004, but thanks to DOMA their marriage is not federally recognized. Makk, who is a native of Australia, is Wells’ primary care-giver; Wells suffers from AIDS and has been ordered to leave the country.
But now thanks to the personal intervention of their representative, House leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif (and no thanks to the Obama Administration) Wells and Makk, have won a two year stay against the threat of deportation.
“We’re still dizzy from the news,” said Makk. “We are elated.”
“I’m relieved, really excited and relieved,” Wells said. “I am so grateful I don’t have to worry about Anthony being taken out of the country.”
According to the letter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Makk today saying he was granted “deferred action” on his case for two years because of “an exercise of prosecutorial discretion” that allows the agency not to pursue deportation for a specific period.
Pelosi broke the news to the couple herself and issued a statement calling the resolution of the case “a personal victory for Bradford and Anthony” that “keeps this loving couple together.” She said she would continue to fight for repeal of DOMA.
Great news for Bradford Wells & Anthony John Makk but lets not forget that there are thousands of married gay couples who face the same haunting problems and more due to DOMA and who don’t have such powerful people step forward on their behalf.