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ADDED 02/09/2019

Authoritarianism 2.0: How Saudi Arabia and the UAE are silencing dissent

FROM 02/08/2019 | Middle East Eye

BY Andreas Krieg

The self-immolation of a street vendor in Tunisia in December 2010 broke a barrier of fear for Arabs, long muted and intimidated by authoritarian autocrats across the region. Mohamed Bouazizi’s desperate act of protest set in motion a wave of civil societal activism, disobedience, protest and eventually revolution that would ultimately overthrow some of the […]

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ADDED 02/09/2019

Meet Fellow Worker Gritty, the Anti-Fascist Mascot

FROM 02/08/2019 | Truthout

BY Drew Hallowell

By now you have probably heard about Gritty, the mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team who has become nothing less than a phenomenon since debuting last September. Gritty has quickly become an NHL all-star and symbol of everything Philly, but there is much more to the orange, wide-eyed monster. Look no further than a resolution introduced by members […]

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ADDED 02/04/2019

Nativist Nationalism and the Specter of Fascism in Italy

FROM 02/04/2019 | EuropeNow

BY EuropeNow

Lombard League, Northern League, League: in recent years the regionalist formation, which had emerged in Lombardy in the 1980s as the vocal representative of autonomist and anti-southern sentiment in the rich northern region, has converted into a nativist Italian nationalist party and solidified an alliance with Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France (recently renamed […]

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ADDED 02/04/2019

India’s Digital Path: Leaning Democratic or Authoritarian?

FROM 02/04/2019 | Just Security

BY Justin Sherman

Digital authoritarianism, defined broadly as wielding technology to enhance or enable authoritarian governance, is spreading around the world. While the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Democracy Index found that, on a global level, “democracy stopped declining in 2018” for the first time in three years, the researchers cautioned that it may be merely a “pause.” In 2019, the […]

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ADDED 01/31/2019

The World to Come

FROM 01/28/2019 | Truthdig

BY Chris Hedges

The ruling elites are painfully aware that the foundations of American power are rotting. The outsourcing of manufacturing in the United States and the plunging of over half the population into poverty will, they know, not be reversed. The self-destructive government shutdown has been only one of numerous assaults on the efficiency of the administrative […]

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ADDED 01/31/2019

U.S. Far Right Figures Flew to Russia to Party with Oligarchs and Fascists

FROM 01/30/2019 | Hill Reporter

BY Ollie Ward

A cache of hacked emails revealed that a senior figure in the Bradley Foundation, a prominent financier of right-wing groups in the US, attended a gala alongside Russian oligarchs and officials shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2014. The Daily Beast reported that a new leak site called Distributed Denial of Secrets hacked the […]

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ADDED 01/31/2019

Global alt-right exploiting SA’s divisions and history

FROM 01/28/2019 | Daily Maverick

BY Marianne Thamm

A steady stream of transnational right-wing populists and nationalists has trekked to South Africa in recent years hoping to leverage the country’s fraught racial history for their own global aims. They have found local friends who appear willing to allow these grifters to exploit South Africa’s past and its current high rate of crime and […]

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ADDED 01/28/2019

Netanyahu Forms Alliances with Far-Right Authoritarian Leaders

FROM 01/26/2019 | Real News Network

BY Marc Steiner

Shir Hever says Netanyahu is abusing his image as a protector of the Jewish people, and cuts deals with far-right and anti-Semitic heads of state, absolving them of their racism towards Jews in exchange for their superficial support for the State of Israel. All this, to win the upcoming Israeli elections. MARC STEINER: Welcome to The […]

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ADDED 01/23/2019

Blackshirt bedroom fascist plots to infiltrate Scottish local councils

FROM 01/19/2019 | Daily Record

BY Billy Briggs

Meet Scotland’s self-styled heir to bygone Blackshirt Oswald Mosley. Gary Raikes loves dressing up in the style of the 30s leader of the British Union of Fascists. And he’s a proper comedy turn as he belts out right-wing rhetoric from an amateurish podium set against a grubby background of neo-Nazi flags. Pathetic Raikes’s address is […]

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ADDED 01/14/2019

Authoritarians, THE ANGLE, and Evangelism Apps

FROM 01/13/2019 | Patheos

BY Captain Cassidy

Hi and welcome to our new series on authoritarians! Last time we met up, we explored the fear that drives people into authoritarian personalities and groups. This time, we examine the main tool authoritarians use to soothe that fear: obedience. We’ll dive into a new breed of mobile apps that take advantage of authoritarians’ need for rules […]

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ADDED 01/14/2019

‘America First’ and the Origin of the Modern Jewish Conspiracy

FROM 01/09/2019 | Religion Dispatches

BY Eric C. Miller

Historian Paul Hanebrink discusses the origin and uses of the Judeo-Bolshevik myth as a grand conspiracy that inspired the Holocaust and how crucial parts of it survived under the umbrella of “Judeo-Christian civilization.” Among other concerning changes, the Donald Trump era has played host to a rise in white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and increasing incidences of […]

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ADDED 01/14/2019

Five Forces Driving the Rise of Fascism in 2019

FROM 01/13/2019 | Truthout

BY Michael I. Niman

The New Year’s Day inauguration of avowed authoritarian strongman Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil signaled an ominous start to 2019. Brazil, as the fifth-largest country by landmass (larger than the Australian continent), the sixth-largest by population (larger than Russia) and the ninth-largest economy (larger than Canada), represents global fascism’s biggest gain in recent history. The rise […]

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