Viewing Fascism

ADDED 05/16/2018

Neo-Nazis and Nuns: Photos of Europe’s ‘Largest Fascist Rally’

FROM 05/15/2018 | Vice News

BY Roman Möseneder

Ten thousand Croatians gathered in a field in Austria to mourn the fall of a former Nazi-affiliated army. On Saturday, May 12, around 10,000 Croatians—including neo-Nazis and Catholic officials—gathered in a field in the southern Austrian town of Bleiburg to commemorate the defeat of the Ustaše army in May 1945. This former Nazi-affiliated fascist movement […]

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ADDED 05/11/2018

With Lula in jail, the future of democracy in Brazil is at stake

FROM 04/28/2018 | Red Pepper

BY Alfredo Saad-Filho

As the Brazilian Election looms, Alfredo Saad-Filho examines what Lula da Silva’s prosecution means for the future of democracy. Former President Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, the most popular politician in Brazil, has been jailed for 12 years and 1 month for corruption. This was the outcome of an unprecedented judicial persecution already lasting four years: the most […]

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The surprising continuation of history. Gasp!

Twenty-eight years ago some goofball named Francis Fukuyama mistook the ever-decaying Soviet Union’s imminent demise as proof that St. Ronnie’s shining city on a hill would be the final, and finest, expression of humanity’s potential.

With all the glee they could muster, the paid propagandists at the Heritage Foundation AND Brookings Institution rallied together to move Fukuyama’s proclamation of the End of History from theory to fact.

In the intervening period, humanity did not build a liberal capitalist utopia. Instead, it immediately began devolving into a slave population in the service of a minuscule, corrupt, kleptocratic, global oligarchy. The erosion of actual self-determination is masked by the fetishization of low prices and the celebration of conspicuous wealth. The underlying theft of the 20th-century public commonwealth begun under Thatcher and Reagan has metastasized into a global race to monetize the essentials of human life itself.

Fukuyama’s back making the case that his original thesis is still valid. History is over and unfettered markets are the only way that humanity will allow humans to fulfill their potential. Timothy Snyder disagrees and explains the current historical phase as Sadopopulism – which sure sounds a lot like the preparations for a return of monarchical empires, this time with unregulated corporations wearing the warring crowns.

ADDED 05/07/2018

Marx the Journalist

FROM 05/05/2018 | Jacobin Magazine

BY James Ledbetter

Marx is often remembered as a political economist or philosopher. But he made his mark as a journalist. Political economist. Philosopher. Journalist? Two hundred years after his birth, Marx is remembered as many things — but not often as a member of the Fourth Estate.James Ledbetter sees that as a mistake. The editor of a […]

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ADDED 05/06/2018

Why the fearful, the vulnerable and the confused are attracted to ‘illiberal’ politics?

FROM 05/06/2018 | The Arab Weekly

BY Oussama Romdhani

Jihadist terrorism, in particular, can lower citizens’ expectations in Western democracies and make all kinds of concessions palatable. While hopeful voters headed to the ballot boxes in a number of Arab countries, politicians and pundits around the world, especially in the West, voiced concern that liberal democratic ideals are under assault. Alluding to the growing […]

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ADDED 05/04/2018

African American Anti-Fascists in the Spanish Civil War

FROM 05/01/2018 | BlackPast.org

BY Peter Carroll

Approximately 90 African Americans fought in Spain during the civil war that engulfed that nation between 1936 and 1939.  The war became a proxy war for the European great powers as the Soviet Union supported the newly established Second Spanish Republic while Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy supported the anti-Republic conservatives led by General Francisco […]

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ADDED 05/02/2018

Man Picks Fight With Protest Sign and Loses

FROM 05/02/2018 | SPIN

BY Andy Cush

Yesterday was May Day, which meant that groups of left-leaning demonstrators took to the streets across the world in support of workers’ rights. In Seattle, according to local media, the May Day march attracted hundreds of people, including a faction of “Proud Boys,” the far-right men’s group that Gavin McInnes founded after he was triggered by a […]

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ADDED 05/01/2018

Opinion: Under Cover of Iran, Netanyahu Just Took Three New Steps Toward Fascism

FROM 05/01/2018 | Ha'aretz

BY Bradley Burston

“Now, darkness and secrets are everywhere.  Now there has to be an Us. Because now, there is a Them.” All eyes were on Israel’s military headquarters in Tel Aviv Monday night, as Benjamin Netanyahu literally unveiled his magician’s cabinets, the glittering CDs and snaggle-toothed binders holding what he said were 55,000 pages and 183 discs […]

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ADDED 04/27/2018

How Russian security services are targeting Russian anarchists and anti-fascists

FROM  | Kyiv Post

BY Open Democracy

Since autumn 2017, the Russian security services have been arresting anarchists and anti-fascists across the country. They’re suspected of being part of a terrorist organisation called “The Network”. Detainees complain that they have been tortured, and rights advocates believe the case is fabricated. The FSB’s version According to the investigation’s case, the FSB foiled the activities of “The Network” terrorist […]

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ADDED 04/20/2018

My family has a Nazi past. I see that ideology returning across Europe

FROM 04/18/2018 | The Guardian

BY Géraldine Schwarz

In Germany and elsewhere, younger generations are becoming indifferent to the history of fascism. This is how the far right thrives. In Aistersheim, a village in north-west Austria, a pale yellow castle towers over a frozen lake, as if out of a fairy tale. It looks like it might be awaiting royal guests. But the […]

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ADDED 04/17/2018

What is the future of Greece’s neo-fascist Golden Dawn?

FROM 04/17/2018 | Al Jazeera

BY Patrick Strickland

Far-right groups have surged across Europe. Why hasn’t Golden Dawn been able to grow? Athens, Greece – While far-right, populist and often neo-fascist parties across Europe have successfully broadened their bases since the massive influx of refugee arrivals started in 2015, that has not been the case in Greece. In January 2015, the neo-fascist Golden Dawn became the […]

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ADDED 04/12/2018

White supremacists Generation Identity plan to hold a secret conference in London. Anti-fascists aim to stop them

FROM 04/12/2018 | Independent

BY May Bulman

Hundreds of people are set to rally against a “new breed” of white supremacism in London this weekend as racist group Generation Identity (GI) prepares to hold its first official conference on British soil. The “Identitarian” movement, which propagates the far-right conspiracy theory that white people are becoming a minority, is hosting what it has branded […]

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