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ADDED 06/22/2019

Crossing Hong Kong: Defiance in the face of authoritarian control

FROM 06/21/2019 | Asia Pacific Foundation

BY Jeremy Chan

On June 4th, the world commemorated the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre. In Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, 180,000 people held a vigil, the largest gathering since the 25th anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising. This year’s Tiananmen anniversary took on a politically poignant tone for the people of […]

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ADDED 05/04/2019

A Far-Right Party Turned This Lil’ Gay Ghost Into An LGBT Icon

FROM 05/03/2019 | BuzzFeed

BY Lauren Strapagiel

He’s here, he’s queer, he’s a friendly ghost. While trying to speak out against LGBT activism, a far-right political party in Spain accidentally made a star out of a little rainbow ghost. It all started with this tweet from Vox, a party known for opposing immigration, abortion, same-sex marriage, and Islam, among other things. View […]

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ADDED 05/04/2019

Fascism is on the minds of book buyers — and publishers are taking notice

FROM 05/03/2019 | Los Angeles Times

BY Scott Timberg

Remember “The End of History?” Elizabeth Drummond, who spent the 1990s studying at Georgetown University, recalls Francis Fukuyama’s groundbreaking essay well, which announced “an unabashed victory of economic and political liberalism.” The Soviet Union had just collapsed in a peaceful devolution, Germany was reunified as Champagne popped alongside the crumbling Berlin Wall and democracy seemed […]

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ADDED 05/04/2019

A Summer Vacation in China’s Muslim Gulag

FROM 02/28/2019 | Foreign Policy

BY Special Correspondent

How one university student was almost buried by the “people’s war on terror.” ince announcing a “people’s war on terror” in 2014, the Chinese Communist Party has created an unprecedented network of re-education camps in the autonomous Xinjiang region that are essentially ethnic gulags. Unlike the surgical “strike hard” campaigns of the recent past, the […]

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ADDED 05/04/2019

People take to the streets of Bratislava to protest against fascism

FROM 05/02/2019 | Spektator

BY Staff

Several hundred people participated in the protest against the recent Supreme Court decision. Following the Supreme Court decision not to dissolve the far-right People’s Party – Our Slovakia (ĽSNS), a protest was organised at SNP Square in Bratislava on May 2. Several hundred people took part in the Antifascist Mobilisation 2019 protest, according to the estimates. “We […]

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ADDED 04/21/2019

Only the Struggle Matters

FROM 04/01/2019 | Truthdig

BY Chris Hedges

PARIS—In the small chapel to the right at the entrance of the neoclassical Church of Saint-Sulpice is a large mural by Eugène Delacroix. The painter, at the end of his career and suffering from the tuberculous laryngitis that would soon kill him, depicted a story from Genesis. “Jacob is travelling with the flocks and other gifts he is […]

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ADDED 04/21/2019

Democracy is decaying around the world, one law at a time

FROM 04/07/2019 | Scroll.IN

BY Chrystie Flournoy Swiney

From India to Poland to America, even historically strong democracies are passing legislation that makes it harder and riskier to engage in peaceful protests. Democracy seemed ascendant after the rivalry between communist and democratic states subsided in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991. As elected governments replaced many toppled totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, the […]

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ADDED 04/01/2019

Europe bans one of America’s most prominent white supremacists

FROM 03/31/2019 | Think Progress

BY Casey Michel

Jared Taylor, one of the most prominent white supremacists in the U.S., claimed on his website on Friday that he’d been “banned from Europe” until 2021. The ban came as Taylor attempted to transfer in Switzerland for a flight to Finland. According to Taylor, Swiss police informed him that Polish authorities had barred Taylor from […]

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ADDED 03/30/2019

Revealed: dozens of European politicians linked to US ‘incubator for extremism’

FROM 03/27/2019 | Open Democracy

BY Claire Provost, Nandini Archer

A controversial network of ultra-conservatives that has been called an anti-LGBT ‘hate group’ in the US has forged increasing links with senior European politicians including heads of state, cabinet ministers and MPs, openDemocracy can reveal. The World Congress of Families (WCF) – a global network of US, Russian and other ultra-conservative activists – is next […]

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ADDED 03/30/2019

A Real-Life Game of Risk: Why Civilizationism Is Biggest Threat to Human Rights in the 21st Century

FROM 03/27/2019 | MInt Press

BY Dr. James M. Dorsey

Many have framed the battle lines in the geopolitics of the emerging new world order as the 21st century’s Great Game. It’s a game that aims to shape the creation of a new Eurasia-centred world, built on the likely fusion of Europe and Asia into what former Portuguese Europe minister Bruno Macaes calls a “supercontinent.” […]

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ADDED 03/09/2019

Russell Brand, Henry Giroux and Brad Evans on Fighting Fascism

FROM 03/03/2019 | Truthdig

BY Russell Brand

In this interview between actor, activist and comedian Russell Brand and Henry Giroux and Brad Evans, there is a wide-ranging and robust discussion about the meaning and the rise of fascism in the United States, the necessity of the left to address it, what it takes to move from a demonstration to a movement, whether […]

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ADDED 02/21/2019

Netanyahu Now Endorses Jewish Fascism. U.S. Jews, Cut Your Ties With Him Now

FROM 02/21/2019 | HAARETZ

BY Etan Nechin

Netanyahu lost his moral compass years ago, but his electoral deal with Israel’s most extreme racists is a moment of crisis, and a test, for American Jews. Don’t fail it. Benjamin Netanyahu faced media criticism this week for hosting the right-wing prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary who have been accused of being anti-immigrant […]

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