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ADDED 09/11/2018

E.U.’s Leadership Seeks to Contain Hungary’s Orban

FROM 09/11/2018 | New York Times

BY Patrick Kingsley

BRUSSELS — As Prime Minister Viktor Orban steadily established an “illiberal state” in Hungary, dismantling the country’s checks and balances, stacking its constitutional court with loyalists and creating a template for other far-right leaders, a powerful group of European politicians took note. And said little. Mr. Orban is now seen as a threat to Europe’s mainstream leadership, […]

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ADDED 09/08/2018

America, The Farewell Tour – Chris Hedges Speaks

FROM 09/05/2018 | Rising Up with Sonali

BY Sonali Kolhatkar

Pulitzer prize winning reporter and veteran foreign correspondent Chris Hedges has just released his newest book America, the Farewell Tour. Hedges is the author of numerous best-selling books including War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Empire of Illusion, Death of the Liberal Class, and Days of Destruction Days of Revolt which he co-wrote […]

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ADDED 09/06/2018

Michael Moore Plays His Trump Card: A New Movie, Modern Fascism and a 2020 Prediction

FROM  | Hollywood Reporter

BY Gregg Kilday

He’s America’s most successful documentarian and one of the few on the left who predicted the 2016 election upset. Now, as Moore readies his anticipated polemic ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ for its Toronto film festival debut, he takes aim at Trump (and Nancy Pelosi … and Harvey Weinstein …) and those actually responsible for the president’s rapid […]

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ADDED 09/01/2018

Are the politics of “incivility” paving the road to an American fascism?

FROM 09/01/2018 | Salon

BY Henry Giroux

In the face of a nauseating and poisonous election cycle that ended with Donald Trump’s presidential victory, many commentators are quick to argue that Americans have fallen prey to a culture of incivility. This is the discourse of “bad manners” parading as insight, while working, regardless of intention, to hide the effects of power, politics, […]

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ADDED 08/24/2018

China’s race to the bottom in Africa

FROM 08/24/2018 | The Hill

BY REP. CHRIS SMITH (R-N.J.)

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently began a multi-country tour of sub-Saharan Africa looking to expand his country’s influence on the continent. The trip came amidst increasing concerns about shoddy construction of infrastructure, rapidly rising levels of debt of African countries, and corrupt autocrats benefitting from foreign investment. These seemingly separated developments are in fact interrelated, […]

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ADDED 08/21/2018

This isn’t just a culture war – we need a radical anti-fascist movement right now

FROM 08/21/2018 | The Guardian

BY Ash Sarkar

the National Front in Newham, Wood Green and New Cross; she helped organise marches after the murder of Altab Ali in Whitechapel; she participated in neighbourhood police-monitoring groups, at a time when the Metropolitan police faced intense criticism from black and Asian community groups for its failure to adequately investigate racist murders, its protection of the […]

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ADDED 08/15/2018

The ‘Gig Economy’ Is the New Term for Serfdom

FROM 08/12/2018 | TruthDig

BY Chris Hedges

A 65-year-old New York City cab driver from Queens, Nicanor Ochisor, hanged himself in his garage March 16, saying in a note he left behind that the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft had made it impossible for him to make a living. It was the fourth suicide by a cab driver in New York in […]

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ADDED 08/15/2018

Towards a Progressive Political Economy in the Aftermath of Neoliberalism’s “Creative Destruction”

FROM 08/12/2018 | Global Policy

BY C.J. Polychroniou

The article argues that, after 45 years of ‘neoliberal destruction’, the time is ripe for moving forward with the adoption of a new set of progressive economic policies (beyond those usually associated with classical Keynesianism) that will reshape advanced societies and the global economy on the whole by bringing back the social state, doing away […]

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ADDED 08/10/2018

The Rise of Hindu Fascism with Activist Shehla Rashid

FROM 02/22/2018 | TruthDig

BY Chris Hedges

In a recent episode of “On Contact,” host Chris Hedges and activist Shehla Rashid Shora discuss Hindutva fascism in India and draw parallels to the current situation in the United States. “Caste slavery is fascism,” says Rashid Shora, the face of the student movement in India, in conversation with the Truthdig columnist. “It is not […]

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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 07/15/2018

‘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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