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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 09/11/2018

Fascist fight clubs: how white nationalists use MMA as a recruiting tool

FROM 09/11/2018 | The Guardian

BY Karim Zidan

Far-right groups across Europe and North America are using mixed martial arts to swell their numbers, spread their ideology and fight their enemies. “You will not replace us.” This was one of the slogans chanted during a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on the night of 11 August 2017. Approximately 100 young white men – most of […]

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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 09/06/2018

Neoliberal Fascism and the Twilight of the Social

FROM 09/05/2018 | Truthout

BY Henry Giroux

Donald Trump’s increasingly dangerous, incendiary attacks on the media, his willingness to separate children from their parents at the southern border, his efforts to strip citizenship from naturalized citizens and deport US citizens on the groundless claim that they have fraudulent birth certificates, and his relentless attempts to pressure Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others to obstruct the rule of […]

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ADDED 09/06/2018

Around 10,000 turn out in Hamburg for anti-fascist rally

FROM 09/06/2018 | EuroNews

BY John Paul Ging

An estimated ten thousand people turned out in Hamburg for an anti-fascist rally last night. The gathering was to counter a Far Right demonstration in the city – which was overwhelmingly outnumbered. One anti-fascist protester, Dr. Martin Buchwald said: “Fascism is getting a grip on this country and the civil society needs to act now […]

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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 08/30/2018

This Is Fascism, Pure and Simple

FROM 08/30/2018 | Esquire

BY CHARLES P. PIERCE

The Trump administration is now denying passports to American citizens. This sounds terrifying familiar. We begin Thursday on the general theme of What In The Unholy Fck Is Going On And What In The Unholy Fck Is Wrong With These People? From The Washington Post: His official American birth certificate shows he was delivered by a midwife in Brownsville, […]

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ADDED 08/26/2018

Labour front benchers back national demo against racism and fascism on 17 November

FROM 08/26/2018 | Socialist Worker UK

BY Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Labour shadow ministers Diane Abbott and John McDonnell have backed a call for a national demonstration against fascism and racism in London on 17 November. Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) has called the demonstration in response to the resurgent threat of the British far right and rising racism against Muslims and migrants. It is a major opportunity […]

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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 08/24/2018

What Is Illiberal Civil Society?

FROM 08/24/2018 | Open Society Foundation

BY Adam Hug

It will come as no surprise that the post-Soviet space is facing the same challenges around the rise of populism and nationalism that are taking place across the world, nor that it faces some particular issues of its own. In its recent report The Rise of Illiberal Civil Society in the Former Soviet Union?, the Foreign Policy Centre brought […]

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ADDED 08/23/2018

False Concepts of Liberty

FROM 08/23/2018 | New Republic

BY WIN MCCORMACK

A few years ago, at a panel discussion I attended among labor leaders about the condition of unionism in America, one of the speakers launched into a diatribe against the Koch brothers and their funding of anti-union “right to work” laws. The brothers’ arguments in favor of them, he said, were predicated on a phony […]

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