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ADDED 10/19/2018

The Activists Waging a War to Make The Far Right Go Broke

FROM 10/19/2018 | Splinter

BY Elizabeth King

It wasn’t so long ago that white nationalist “intellectual” Richard Spencer was the toast of the so-called “alt-right” and was even generously profiled by liberal and mainstream news outlets. His speaking engagements at various public universities attracted headlines for months throughout the 2017-2018 academic year as he faced massive blowback for organizing and attending the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville […]

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ADDED 10/18/2018

What went wrong in eastern Europe?

FROM 10/18/2018 | Open Democracy

BY Tom Junes

A review of John Feffer’s Aftershock: A Journey into Eastern Europe’s Broken Dreams. On the eve of the 30th anniversary of 1989, one could be forgiven succumbing to pessimism following the news coming out of Eastern Europe. Apart from the alarmism about a resurgent and aggressive Russia, it is the “rise of illiberalism”, for instance, in […]

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ADDED 10/18/2018

Historian Christopher Browning on the Trump regime: We’re “close to the point of no return”

FROM 10/18/2018 | Salon

BY Chauncey Devega

History can teach us many lessons about Donald Trump and his rise to power. As shown by his deeds, words and policies, Trump is an authoritarian and a demagogue who has, so far, been restrained by America’s weakened democratic institutions and norms. Trump has repeatedly shown contempt for America’s cosmopolitan, pluralistic multiracial democracy. He and […]

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ADDED 10/18/2018

The Proud Boys Have Revived Far-Right Gang Terror With GOP Support

FROM 10/18/2018 | Truthout

BY EMILY MOLLI

Shaky video footage of screaming “alt-right” members has become so familiar at this point that journalist Sandi Bachom’s video footage of a group of Proud Boys’ violent assault in New York City last week might easily have been ignored as it surfaced. Instead, it has gone viral in what has become another flashpoint in recent white […]

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ADDED 10/17/2018

UN must declare Cambodia’s authoritarianism Illegal

FROM 10/17/2018 | Asia Times

BY SAWATHEY EK

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been met recently with a wave of protests by Cambodia’s diaspora communities living abroad, urging the international community to condemn his government as fake and illegal. These relentless and coordinated protests, starting from Australia, the US, South Korea and Japan, followed the July national election that the US government […]

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ADDED 10/16/2018

Book Review: Gord Hill tackles some difficult topics with The Antifa Comic Book

FROM 10/12/2018 | The London Free Press

BY STUART DERDEYN

Fighting Nazis is the right thing to do. At least, that was the perceived and often-broadcast consensus across the Western World following the Second World War. Or was it? In this informative and fascinating graphic novel history of fascism and those who fought it, Kwakwaka’wakw writer, artist and activist author Gord Hill (The 500 Years […]

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ADDED 10/15/2018

Then They Came For Me: Martin Niemöller, the Pastor Who Defied the Nazis

FROM 10/15/2018 | KPFA

BY Mitch Jeserich

A conversation with Matthew D. Hockenos about the controversial German pastor Martin Niemöller’s evolution from a Nazi supporter to a determined opponent of Hitler. Niemöller is well remembered for his quotation: First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and […]

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ADDED 10/15/2018

This New Feminist Antifa Group Is Taking on the Far-Right

FROM 10/15/2018 | Broadly

BY Bex Wade

When a right-wing group decided to march through London, the Feminist Anti-Fascism Assembly were there to hold them back. When a British far-right group announced its plans to march in London on Saturday, women on the left knew they had to push back. Enter: Feminist Anti-Fascism Assembly (FAF), a new feminist antifascist bloc made up of […]

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ADDED 10/14/2018

IOWA NEWSPAPER SAYS GOP CONGRESSMAN SPENDS ALL HIS TIME WITH ‘NEO-NAZIS’ AND ‘FASCISTS’, ENDORSES DEMOCRATS INSTEAD

FROM 10/14/2018 | Newsweek

BY Tim Marcin

Iowa’s largest and most influential newspaper, The Des Moines Register, slammed Representative Steve King (Republican – Iowa) in a scathing editorial that went also after the GOP as a whole. The Register‘s editorial board on Saturday endorsed voting for Democrats down the line, arguing that Republicans had failed to get anything good done despite controlling both chambers […]

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ADDED 10/12/2018

Brazil’s Neo-Liberal Fascist Road to Power

FROM 10/12/2018 | Dissident Voice

BY James Petras

The decisive electoral victory of far-right Brazilian presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro startled politicians and analysts of the traditional parties of the left and right. The possible implications for the present and near future raises a number of fundamental questions whether it represents a ‘model’ for other countries or is the result of the specific circumstances […]

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ADDED 10/12/2018

Protests Outside The White House Could Soon Be Limited & Experts Are Sounding The Alarm

FROM 10/12/2018 | Bustle

BY MADHURI SATHISH

Back in August, the Trump administration proposed a rule that would limit protesters’ right to assemble outside the White House and on the National Mall, prompting outrage from the ACLU and other civil rights groups. This rule would also allow the National Park Service to charge “event management” costs for protesting in these areas, which critics have described […]

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ADDED 10/12/2018

AN ITALIAN STREET ARTIST IS TRANSFORMING FASCIST GRAFFITI INTO FOOD

FROM 10/12/2018 | Quartz

BY Ephrat Livni

Italy’s rich history has something for everyone. The country that brought the world fine artists like Michelangelo and Sandro Botticelli, and gastronomical treasures like mozzarella cheese and tortellini, is also where Benito Mussolini’s fascism was born in the early 20th century, an ultranationalism exported across Europe. Neo-fascists still thrive in Italy today, with a strong resurgence […]

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