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ADDED 07/21/2018

Loser Lauren Southern and her man-baby bros flee to Somerton. Sad!

FROM 07/21/2018 | RedFlag

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“Fascists like things to run smoothly, they like their trains to run on time. Well, tonight, we made sure that things did not run smoothly for them.” – A Melbourne anti-fascist activist last night. Far right activist Lauren Southern did not expect to host the Melbourne leg of her Australian speaking tour in a reception […]

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ADDED 07/21/2018

Authoritarians used to be scared of social media, now they rule it

FROM 07/21/2018 | Boing Boing

BY CORY DOCTOROW

A new report from the Institute For the Future on “state-sponsored trolling” documents the rise and rise of government-backed troll armies who terrorize journalists and opposition figures with seemingly endless waves of individuals who bombard their targets with vile vitriol, from racial slurs to rape threats. The report traces the origin of the phenomenon to a series […]

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ADDED 07/21/2018

Authoritarian aggression and group-based dominance distinguished Trump supporters from other Republicans in 2016

FROM 07/21/2018 | PsyPost

BY ERIC W. DOLAN

Results from four scientific surveys indicate that supporters of Donald Trump in 2016 were more likely than supporters of other Republican candidates to exhibit signs of authoritarian aggression and endorse group-based dominance. The research was published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. “Trump’s success in the early primary season was surprising to many people, […]

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ADDED 07/20/2018

Europe’s Fascists Are Back. But They Never Really Died.

FROM 07/20/2018 | Daily Beast

BY CLIVE IRVING

Spain’s prime minister wants to exorcise the spirit of Franco. But the spirit of the dictators is not that easy to eradicate. Take a look at Germany and, more worryingly, Italy. There’s enough of the whiff of fascism in the air without having to worry about the ghosts of its principal twentieth century practitioners. Or […]

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ADDED 07/20/2018

Netanyahu and Orban meet in summit of illiberal nationalists

FROM 07/20/2018 | Washington Post

BY Ishaan Tharoor

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, as readers of Today’s WorldView well know, is perhaps Europe’s most outspoken illiberal leader. He’s reviled by many in the Western establishment for his demonization of migrants and his steady undermining of democracy at home. He has also seemingly courted his country’s right-wing anti-Semites: A key plank of his successful April reelection […]

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ADDED 07/18/2018

Authoritarian rule shedding its populist skin in rural Cambodia

FROM 07/18/2018 | Open Democracy

BY ALICE BEBAN and LAURA SCHOENBERGER

We won’t know until the July 2018 elections whether this radical redrawing of the Cambodian political landscape is a ‘new normal’ of naked authoritarianism. What is happening is truly bad. In Cambodia, political violence in the run-up to the 2018 general election signals a move away from an explicitly populist authoritarianism towards a deeper authoritarianism. […]

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ADDED 07/15/2018

‘Fascist Tommy Robinson supporters’ attack RMT union boss after pro-Donald Trump march

FROM 07/15/2018 | Daily Record

BY Sam Blewett

A union chief was left bloodied and beaten in an “unprovoked attack” by supporters of jailed far-right leader Tommy Robinson and US president Donald Trump as tempers flared following a day of protests. Steve Hedley, senior assistant general secretary of the RMT, addressed a counter-protest to a rally in support of Trump and Robinson on Saturday. But […]

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ADDED 07/14/2018

Son of Jair Bolsonaro, Fascist Leading Brazil’s Presidential Polls, Tweets Fake Poster Linking LGBTs to Pedophiles

FROM 07/14/2018 | The Intercept

BY Glenn Greenwald

THE SON OF Jair Bolsonaro – the proto-fascist Congressman leading Brazil’s 2018 presidential polls if Lula (as expected) is barred from running – used Twitter on Friday night to post a fabricated poster in order to claim that LGBT groups are now explicitly advocating pedophilia. Carlos Bolsonaro (pictured, above), a Rio de Janeiro City Councilman with the Social Christian Party (PSC), is one of […]

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ADDED 07/13/2018

India turning into an illiberal, majoritarian democracy: Hamid Ansari

FROM  | The News Minute

BY Hamid Ansari

Former Vice President M. Hamid Ansari has said that India is feared to be turned into an illiberal, majoritarian democracy where religious minorities would not be equal citizens but “on sufferance” and underlined that democratic institutions have been “eroded very seriously” in the country. “The basic concept that I have used is what is a […]

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ADDED 07/11/2018

What does a middle-class democracy look like when it comes apart?

FROM 07/11/2018 | Letters and Politics - KPFA

BY Mitch Jeserich

Today, Mitch Jeserich is in conversation with Thomas Frank on US History and Politics. Guest: Thomas Frank is a historian and columnist and the author of such books as  What’s the Matter with Kansas and Listen Liberal.  His latest book is a collection of essays called Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society.

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ADDED 07/09/2018

Higher Court Orders Lula’s Release. Moro Tries to Ignore Orders.

FROM 07/08/2018 | Brasil Wire

BY Brian Mier

Today, on July 8th, 2018, Brazil’s 4th Regional Federal Court Chief Judge Rogerio Favreto ordered ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s immediate release from prison, ruling on a motion filed by Workers’ Party Congressmen Paulo Pimenta and Wadir Damous Filho. Judge Sergio Moro, a lower court judge and hero to the Brazilian far right who has been working […]

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ADDED 07/07/2018

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Steamrolls his way to this month’s elections

FROM 07/06/2018 | Niddei Asian Review

BY ATSUSHI TOMIYAMA

HANOI — A crowded field of 20 political parties will compete in Cambodia’s general election later this month, but Prime Minister Hun Sen is on course to retain his grip on power after eliminating the one that posed a real threat to his three-decade rule. Most Cambodians have watched in silence as the authoritarian government has […]

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