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ADDED 03/08/2018

Women of ‘new’ Turkey: dystopian sacralised mothers and everyday feminists

FROM 03/08/2018 | Open Democracy

BY Bilge Yabanci

Not a single International Women’s Day or Mother’s Day can pass by without reasserting women’s main duty as child-bearers and men’s responsibility to ‘protect’ and ‘rekindle’ fragile mothers. Last January, shortly after Turkey’s military operation started in Afrin, I was at a women’s event held by a pro-government civil society organisation in a working-class suburban […]

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ADDED 03/07/2018

Revolution at the polls: How Italy made Steve Bannon’s “ultimate dream” come true

FROM 03/06/2018 | Quartz

BY Annalisa Merelli

Steve Bannon’s “ultimate dream” came true last night in Italy: Anti-establishmentarianism, isolationism, xenophobia and populism won the country’s general elections on March 4. On March 4, populist party Movimento Cinque Stelle (Five Star Movement) won the most votes. Meanwhile, radically xenophobic Lega Nord(Northern League) overtook center-right party Forza Italia. More than half of the parliament is now in the […]

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ADDED 03/06/2018

The Unique Vapidity of the Bibi-ist Right

FROM  | Ha'aretz

BY Uri Misgav

The Netanyahu regime is a populist, Peronist right. It’s doubtful it can even be called fascist; fascism is an ideology with core values that can be challenged. How do they look at themselves in the mirror, the new right-wingers? The prime minister is suspected of receiving a million shekels’ worth of “gifts” and of bribery […]

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ADDED 03/06/2018

Notes on Italy’s Election

FROM 03/05/2018 | Jacobin

BY DAVID BRODER

After yesterday’s Italian election, the old is dying and something superficially different but not altogether new has been born.   The Italian election results, which produced a hung parliament, are surprising but not exactly shocking. While the campaign was mostly lifeless, the Five Star Movement (M5S) achieved far greater support than expected. It won around 31 percent of votes, […]

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ADDED 03/06/2018

The Strike Against Fear

FROM 03/05/2018 | Jacobin

BY DAVID BRODER

The strike that began in Turin on March 5, 1943, was the first blow by Italian workers against fascism. As the clock struck ten, workers at FIAT’s Mirafiori plant started to down tools, walking out of the factory. News of their defiant stand soon helped spread the action to Milan and other smaller centers of […]

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ADDED 03/05/2018

FashMaps website tracks neo-Nazis in the US

FROM 02/12/2018 | Al Jazeera

BY Patrick Strickland

As Daily Stormer struggles to keep an online home, a new anti-fascist site aims to track neo-Nazis’ meetings in the US. A new anti-fascist website tracks the location and activities of people affiliated with Daily Stormer, one of the largest neo-Nazi websites in the United States. Launched on January 28, FashMaps is an activist-run initiative that seeks to […]

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ADDED 03/05/2018

Time After Capitalism

FROM 02/28/2018 | Jacobin

BY MIYA TOKUMITSU

A hundred years ago, the United States adopted daylight savings time in order to extract more profit from labor. How would we organize time differently if we were free from the demands of capitalism? Forget Karl Marx’s old saw about hunting in the morning, fishing in the afternoon, and criticizing after dinner — for many, […]

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ADDED 03/05/2018

The unwelcome revival of ‘race science’

FROM  | The Guardian

BY Gavin Evans

Its defenders claim to be standing up for uncomfortable truths, but race science is still as bogus as ever. One of the strangest ironies of our time is that a body of thoroughly debunked “science” is being revived by people who claim to be defending truth against a rising tide of ignorance. The idea that […]

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ADDED 03/05/2018

Taxpayers — not Big Pharma — have funded the research behind every new drug since 2010

FROM 03/02/2018 | Other 98%

BY Alexander Zaitchik

A sweeping study of drug R&D funding shows the public pays for the crucial foundations of medical breakthroughs. So why not let the public have access to them? Something odd happened when the Trump administration submitted the original version of its latest pro-corporate budget: Big Pharma didn’t like it. The problem wasn’t a tax hike […]

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ADDED 03/05/2018

What is the Precariat | Guy Standing | TEDxPrague

FROM 02/16/2017 | TEDxPrague

BY Guy Standing

We’d better have nightmares about the future of milions of people who stand on the brim of unsustainable debt. Guy Standing pracuje na School of Oriental and African Studies – SOAS na University of London. Je autorem mnohých knih, z nichž nejznámnější je asi „Prekariát: Nová nebezpečná společenská třída“, která byla přeložena do 16 jazyků. […]

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ADDED 03/05/2018

Will the ‘Uzbek Gorbachev’ Succeed-or Be Allowed To?

FROM 02/27/2018 | Jamestown Foundation

BY Paul Goble

Since becoming president of Uzbekistan in September 2016, following the death of longtime authoritarian leader Islam Karimov, Shavkat Mirziyaev has taken steps to dramatically improve relations with his country’s neighbors and to eliminate some of the most noxious and repressive policies of his predecessor at home (see EDM, January 17, 19, February 8). Some of his critics say […]

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