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ADDED 03/30/2019

Revealed: dozens of European politicians linked to US ‘incubator for extremism’

FROM 03/27/2019 | Open Democracy

BY Claire Provost, Nandini Archer

A controversial network of ultra-conservatives that has been called an anti-LGBT ‘hate group’ in the US has forged increasing links with senior European politicians including heads of state, cabinet ministers and MPs, openDemocracy can reveal. The World Congress of Families (WCF) – a global network of US, Russian and other ultra-conservative activists – is next […]

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ADDED 03/30/2019

A Real-Life Game of Risk: Why Civilizationism Is Biggest Threat to Human Rights in the 21st Century

FROM 03/27/2019 | MInt Press

BY Dr. James M. Dorsey

Many have framed the battle lines in the geopolitics of the emerging new world order as the 21st century’s Great Game. It’s a game that aims to shape the creation of a new Eurasia-centred world, built on the likely fusion of Europe and Asia into what former Portuguese Europe minister Bruno Macaes calls a “supercontinent.” […]

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ADDED 03/23/2019

The road to global debt supremacy: How finance swallowed democracy.

FROM 03/16/2019 | This is Hell

BY Chuck Mertz, Jerome Roos

Debt repayment is a crucial lever in the process of empowering technocrats at finance ministries and central banks, giving them more authority to act as a ‘responsible debtor.’ In the process, we see that lack of democratic responsiveness, that growing power of technocrats and marginalization of those who seek to respond to more popular demands […]

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ADDED 03/23/2019

Macron’s plan to use troops in Paris protests sparks anger

FROM 03/22/2019 | Financial Times

BY Victor Mallet

French president Emmanuel Macron’s decision to use anti-terrorist troops to help police control any violent demonstrations in Paris this weekend has triggered fierce criticism from both sides of the political divide as well as security analysts. Mr Macron decided to deploy soldiers of the Sentinelle unit to relieve the police of some of their guard […]

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ADDED 03/09/2019

Russell Brand, Henry Giroux and Brad Evans on Fighting Fascism

FROM 03/03/2019 | Truthdig

BY Russell Brand

In this interview between actor, activist and comedian Russell Brand and Henry Giroux and Brad Evans, there is a wide-ranging and robust discussion about the meaning and the rise of fascism in the United States, the necessity of the left to address it, what it takes to move from a demonstration to a movement, whether […]

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ADDED 02/21/2019

Heavy Metal Confronts Its Nazi Problem

FROM 02/19/2019 | The New Yorker

BY Colin Moynihan

The world is on fire,” Ben Hutcherson told an audience in Brooklyn, last month, before a set by his band, Glacial Tomb. He added, “At least we can all burn together.” Over the next thirty minutes, the band, which Hutcherson describes as playing “blackened, sludgy death metal,” roared through a half-dozen songs, replete with thundering drums […]

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ADDED 02/13/2019

Manchester: Yellow Vest protesters face off with anti fascism and anti racism protesters

FROM 02/10/2019 | Manchester Evening News

BY Helen Johnson

James Goddard(Image: M.E.N.)1 of 12 A Stand up to Racism supporter sticks two fingers up to a Yellow Vest protest in Piccadilly Gardens(Image: Joel Goodman)2 of 12 Anti-fascists block a Yellow Vest protest on Market Street(Image: Joel Goodman)3 of 12 A man flashes a TRUMP 2020 shirt at anti-fascists during a ‘Yellow Vest’ protest in Manchester City Centre(Image: Joel Goodman)4 of 12 A […]

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ADDED 02/09/2019

Not one more drop of blood spilled

FROM 02/02/2019 | BrasilWire

BY Brian Meier

Indigenous people and their supporters protest in 51 cities around the World against the neo-fascist Bolsonaro administration’s dismantling of reservations, cultural and land rights and his supporters’ genocidal threats. January 31 was marked by protests for Brazilian Indigenous rights in cities across Brazil as people took to the streets to protest a new wave of […]

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ADDED 02/09/2019

Autocracies that look like democracies are a threat across the globe

FROM 02/05/2019 | The Conversation

BY Richard Carney

Russia’s successful interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election may inspire other countries to do the same. These other countries don’t look threatening. They look like democracies. But they’re not. They’re a special kind of autocratic regime that masquerades as a democracy. And what looks like benevolent conduct by these countries can quickly change into aggressive, […]

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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

Selfishness Is Killing Liberalism

FROM 02/19/2018 | The Atlantic

BY JAMES TRAUB

The death of liberalism constitutes the publishing world’s biggest mass funeral since the death of God half a century ago. Some authors, like conservative philosopher Patrick Deneen, of Why Liberalism Failed, have come to bury yesterday’s dogma. Others, like Edward Luce (The Retreat of Western Liberalism), Mark Lilla (The Once and Future Liberal), and Steven Levitsky […]

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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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