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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

The Heresy of White Christianity

FROM 12/10/2018 | Truthdig

BY Chris Hedges

There are, as Cornel West has pointed out, only two African-Americans who rose from dirt-poor poverty to the highest levels of American intellectual life—the writer Richard Wright and the radical theologian James H. Cone. Cone, who died in April, grew up in segregated Bearden, Ark., the impoverished son of a woodcutter who had only a sixth-grade education. With […]

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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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ADDED 12/17/2018

Heated protests against overtime, court reform

FROM  | Budapest Business Journal

BY BBJ

Anti-government protesters took to the streets of Budapest after Wednesdayʼs uproarious parliamentary session, protesting the passing of new laws governing overtime and the establishment of administrative courts, with more demonstrations planned today, according to multiple reports. Demonstrations started almost immediately after the completion of voting on the laws. Initially a few hundred protesters closed down Margaret […]

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ADDED 12/12/2018

An estimated 15,000 have marched to counter a far right rally in London

FROM 12/09/2018 | DAZED

BY Thom Waite

Counter-protesters have gathered today to oppose a Tommy Robinson-led, Brexit-based Ukip march in London. Groups opposing the far right, such as Unite Against Fascism and Momentum, are leading the opposition march with backing from figures such as Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell. In a Twitter video, political commentator Owen Jones pointed out that the number of counter-protesters […]

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ADDED 12/12/2018

Fascists Find Fertile Recruitment Ground in Anti-Choice Movement

FROM 12/11/2018 | Rewire.News

BY Elizabeth King & Erin Corbett

Some anti-choice activists know they’re attracting neo-Nazis and white supremacists, brushing off the phenomenon as a left-wing conspiracy to smear abortion rights foes. Those on the far right who have long discussed and acted upon their desire to dominate women’s sexual and reproductive rights are pushing that agenda into the political mainstream with help from […]

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ADDED 12/12/2018

Our Enemy Is Still Fascism: Understanding Fascist Politics & How Best To Confront Its Growing Power

FROM 12/11/2018 | The Aerogram

BY Sudip Bhattacharya

By the 1920s, fascism’s rise garnered a wide range of reactions from political and economic elites. Business leaders viewed Benito Mussolini’s fascism in Italy as necessary for “preserving” economic growth. Others, including some socialists, believed fascism would simply fade away. Clara Zetkin, the founder of International Women’s Day, was a veteran German revolutionary socialist by the […]

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ADDED 11/30/2018

Chile-Brazil: A New Laboratory For The Far-Right

FROM  | BrasilWire

BY Joana Salém Vasconcelos and Rejane Carolina Hoeveler

The Neoliberal model implemented in Chile after the 1973 Military Coup gives us hints as to what will happen in Brazil under a future Jair Bolsonaro Government. The resemblance is no mere coincidence. Still shocked by the electoral results in Brazil, many Brazilians are asking how an avalanche of votes for Jair Bolsonaro and General […]

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ADDED 11/30/2018

Malaysia truly racial, the triumph of fascism

FROM 11/25/2018 | Free Malaysia Today

BY Kua Kia Soong

The decision by the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government to give in to the falsely framed arguments and fascist threats of a ‘May 13’ repeat if ICERD was to be ratified is a clear message that the PH government a) lacks the political will to eradicate racism and racial discrimination and b) supports the blatant […]

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ADDED 11/30/2018

Fascism: Deep in the Soil of the United States

FROM 11/28/2018 | Atlanta Daily News

BY Dr. Lenore Daniels

He knew what those jubilant crowds did not know but could have learned from books: that the plague bacillus never dies or disappears for good; that it can lie dormant for years and years in furniture and linen-chests; that it bides its time in bedrooms, cellars, trunks, and bookshelves” perhaps the day would come when, […]

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ADDED 11/26/2018

This Is How We Radicalized The World

FROM  | BuzzFeed

BY Ryan Broderick

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — From the balcony of BuzzFeed’s São Paulo office right now, you can hear screams of “Ele Não” echoing through the city’s winding avenues. It’s the same phrase I’ve seen graffitied all over the city this month. The same one I heard chanted from restaurants and bars all afternoon. It means “not […]

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ADDED 11/26/2018

The American civil war didn’t end. And Trump is a Confederate president

FROM 11/04/2018 | The Guardian

BY Rebecca Solnit

His supporters hark back to an 1860s fantasy of white male dominance. But the Confederacy won’t win in the long run. In the 158th year of the American civil war, also known as 2018, the Confederacy continues its recent resurgence. Its victims include black people, of course, but also immigrants, Jews, Muslims, Latinos, trans people, gay […]

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