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ADDED 10/21/2018

Psyops: Images from Bolsonaro’s illegal WhatsApp campaign

FROM 10/21/2018 | BrasilWire

BY Brian Wier

Bolsonaro’s illegal slush-fund financed social media campaign appears too sophisticated for his tiny political party to be doing on its own.   On the Friday before the October 7 Brazilian presidential elections, Brasil Wire ran two articles that proved to be prophetic. In the first I warned that the integrity of the election was being compromised by presidential […]

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ADDED 10/19/2018

The Activists Waging a War to Make The Far Right Go Broke

FROM 10/19/2018 | Splinter

BY Elizabeth King

It wasn’t so long ago that white nationalist “intellectual” Richard Spencer was the toast of the so-called “alt-right” and was even generously profiled by liberal and mainstream news outlets. His speaking engagements at various public universities attracted headlines for months throughout the 2017-2018 academic year as he faced massive blowback for organizing and attending the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville […]

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ADDED 10/18/2018

What went wrong in eastern Europe?

FROM 10/18/2018 | Open Democracy

BY Tom Junes

A review of John Feffer’s Aftershock: A Journey into Eastern Europe’s Broken Dreams. On the eve of the 30th anniversary of 1989, one could be forgiven succumbing to pessimism following the news coming out of Eastern Europe. Apart from the alarmism about a resurgent and aggressive Russia, it is the “rise of illiberalism”, for instance, in […]

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ADDED 10/18/2018

Thy Will Be Done: Brasil’s Holy War

FROM 10/18/2018 | BrasilWire

BY BrasilWire

A fifty year foreign battle to combat Catholic Liberation Theology in Brazil promises rich rewards for the vested interests which initiated it, at great human cost. “Brazil is at the vanguard of the global trend of the Pentecostalization of Christianity,” as well as “the epicenter of world Christianity, with the largest Pentecostal population” says Andrew […]

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ADDED 10/18/2018

Historian Christopher Browning on the Trump regime: We’re “close to the point of no return”

FROM 10/18/2018 | Salon

BY Chauncey Devega

History can teach us many lessons about Donald Trump and his rise to power. As shown by his deeds, words and policies, Trump is an authoritarian and a demagogue who has, so far, been restrained by America’s weakened democratic institutions and norms. Trump has repeatedly shown contempt for America’s cosmopolitan, pluralistic multiracial democracy. He and […]

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ADDED 10/18/2018

The Proud Boys Have Revived Far-Right Gang Terror With GOP Support

FROM 10/18/2018 | Truthout

BY EMILY MOLLI

Shaky video footage of screaming “alt-right” members has become so familiar at this point that journalist Sandi Bachom’s video footage of a group of Proud Boys’ violent assault in New York City last week might easily have been ignored as it surfaced. Instead, it has gone viral in what has become another flashpoint in recent white […]

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ADDED 10/17/2018

UN must declare Cambodia’s authoritarianism Illegal

FROM 10/17/2018 | Asia Times

BY SAWATHEY EK

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been met recently with a wave of protests by Cambodia’s diaspora communities living abroad, urging the international community to condemn his government as fake and illegal. These relentless and coordinated protests, starting from Australia, the US, South Korea and Japan, followed the July national election that the US government […]

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ADDED 10/16/2018

Book Review: Gord Hill tackles some difficult topics with The Antifa Comic Book

FROM 10/12/2018 | The London Free Press

BY STUART DERDEYN

Fighting Nazis is the right thing to do. At least, that was the perceived and often-broadcast consensus across the Western World following the Second World War. Or was it? In this informative and fascinating graphic novel history of fascism and those who fought it, Kwakwaka’wakw writer, artist and activist author Gord Hill (The 500 Years […]

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ADDED 10/16/2018

In Brasil’s Semiotic War, Truth Was The First Casualty

FROM 10/16/2018 | BrasilWire

BY Bruno De Oliveira

Fake news and its propagation via social media has created a suspension of critical thinking. We have people simply believing everything and nothing; accepting the absurd whilst disregarding factual information as fake news. In Brazil, this wave of fake news is creating a state of collective paranoia where ordinary people cannot distinguish between socio-economic and […]

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ADDED 10/16/2018

ISRAEL DOESN’T SHOW US HOW TO FIGHT FASCISM—BUT THE DIASPORA CAN

FROM 10/16/2018 | Pacific Standard

BY Noah Berlatzky

Is it really wrong to have ties to a community based in a shared vision of God, justice, and hope, rather than in land and blood? As a child, I was expected to donate 20 cents to Hebrew school every week. The money, we knew, didn’t go to charity in our community, or to our […]

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ADDED 10/15/2018

Then They Came For Me: Martin Niemöller, the Pastor Who Defied the Nazis

FROM 10/15/2018 | KPFA

BY Mitch Jeserich

A conversation with Matthew D. Hockenos about the controversial German pastor Martin Niemöller’s evolution from a Nazi supporter to a determined opponent of Hitler. Niemöller is well remembered for his quotation: First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and […]

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ADDED 10/15/2018

Members Of The Proud Boys Violently Beat Up Protesters And Weren’t Arrested. New York Police Won’t Say Why.

FROM 10/15/2018 | BuzzFeed

BY Julia Reinstein, Stephanie K. Baer

The far-right men’s organization “Proud Boys” violently beat two or three apparent protesters Friday night following a Republican event in Manhattan. About 30 members of the group — who describe themselves as “Western chauvinists” and have frequently aligned themselves with avowed neo-Nazis — participated in the beating, some screaming threats and slurs at the individuals, […]

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