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ADDED 01/23/2019

Confronting the Culture of Death

FROM 01/21/2019 | Truthdig

BY Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges, an ordained Presbyterian minister, gave this sermon Jan. 20 at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, British Columbia, in Canada. The issue before us is death. Not only our individual death, which is more imminent for some of us this morning than others, but our collective death. We have begun the sixth great mass extinction, […]

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ADDED 01/17/2019

The self is capital: Seeing life within, and beyond, the neoliberal frame.

FROM 03/10/2018 | This is Hell!

BY Julie Wilson

People acquiesce to neoliberalism, but they’re completely disaffected from it. They don’t like it, they’re disciplined into it by debt, and by the norms of competition and the kind of social Darwinism that it promotes – but at the same time, that disaffective consent is a tenuous thing to build a society on. So the […]

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ADDED 01/16/2019

When the Nazis were beaten, ‘never again’ was the cry. But here we are again

FROM 01/15/2019 | iNews

BY Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Among the agitating gilets jaunes in Paris were known anti-Semites. One banner described President Emmanuel Macron as a “whore of the Jews”. Others abused the Jewish billionaires, the Rothschilds. Ukip now has official links with those with similar views. Among them is Paul Joseph Watson, an editor of Infowars, a website that promulgates Jewish conspiracy theories. […]

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ADDED 01/14/2019

The ‘Private Governments’ That Subjugate U.S. Workers

FROM 01/14/2019 | Truthdig

BY Chris Hedges

Corporate dictatorships—which strip employees of fundamental constitutional rights, including free speech, and which increasingly rely on temp or contract employees who receive no benefits and have no job security—rule the lives of perhaps 80 percent of working Americans. These corporations, with little or no oversight, surveil and monitor their workforces. They conduct random drug testing, […]

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ADDED 01/14/2019

Report: Nigeria’s democracy just a step above authoritarianism

FROM 01/12/2019 | Today Nigeria

BY Brendan Umoren

Nigeria’s democracy has been ranked 108 out of the 167-country-and-colony in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy index. The country, which is Africa’s biggest democracy, has a slight improvement as it moved upward from 109 it was ranked in 2017 and 2016. The country was also ranked 108 in 2015. Nigeria was listed among 39 countries […]

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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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ADDED 01/09/2019

What is the Precariat | Guy Standing | TEDxPrague

FROM 02/16/2017 | Youtube

BY Guy Standing

We’d better have nightmares about the future of milions of people who stand on the brim of unsustainable debt. Guy Standing pracuje na School of Oriental and African Studies – SOAS na University of London. Je autorem mnohých knih, z nichž nejznámnější je asi „Prekariát: Nová nebezpečná společenská třída“, která byla přeložena do 16 jazyků. […]

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ADDED 01/09/2019

Are ‘authoritarian’ governments ‘backing’ each other up?

FROM 01/09/2019 | The Online Citizen

BY TOC

American citizen William Nguyen of Vietnamese descent, is 33 years old this year. In the middle of last year, Nguyen hogged media headlines when he was beaten, dragged and arrested by plainclothes Vietnamese policemen in Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam on 10 June. (Video of Nguyen being manhandled by Vietnamese authorities) Born and raised […]

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ADDED 01/09/2019

Authoritarian Regimes Pay Millions to K Street Lobbyists

FROM 01/09/2019 | Bloomberg Government

BY Megan R. Wilson

Countries on human rights abuse list tap DC spinmeisters More than 60 firms represented counties with lowest ratings (Bloomberg Government) — Saudi Arabia and other countries with records of human rights abuses spend tens of millions of dollars every year to put their best faces forward in Washington. They hire lobbying firms whose rosters include former […]

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ADDED 01/03/2019

Nicaragua’s Ortega pushes ahead with crackdowns on dissent

FROM 12/23/2018 | The Republic

BY CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — In barely a week’s time, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has cemented the authoritarian reputation of his government by shuttering the offices some of the few remaining resonant voices of dissent and expelling the international monitors documenting his government’s alleged crimes. The heavy-handed raids on the country’s most prominent nongovernmental organizations and the […]

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ADDED 12/17/2018

How The US Left Failed Brasil

FROM 12/10/2018 | Brasilwire

BY Brian Mier, Sean T. Mitchell, and Bryan Pitts

On November 29, 2018, the socialist magazine and news site Jacobin co-sponsored a public interview with Fernando Haddad, the 2018 presidential candidate of Brazil’s Workers’ Party (PT). The former São Paulo mayor and federal education minister was introduced at Manhattan’s People’s Forum by Jacobin’s founding editor, Bhaskar Sunkara. To a packed house, Sunkara praised Haddad and the governments he […]

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ADDED 12/17/2018

Turning tyranny into a client: How McKinsey is helping the rise of authoritarian regimes like China & Russia

FROM 12/17/2018 | Economic Times

BY Walt Bogdanich

This year’s McKinsey & Co. retreat in China was one to remember. Hundreds of the company’s consultants frolicked in the desert, riding camels over sand dunes and mingling in tents linked by red carpets. Meetings took place in a cavernous banquet hall that resembled a sultan’s ornate court, with a sign overhead to capture the […]

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