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ADDED 10/05/2018

The Hate Report: The alt-right’s newest target is kosher products

FROM 09/23/2018 | Reveal News

BY Will Carless

The podcast ad starts breathlessly: What I’m about to introduce you to is a segment of our food culture that has been kept so low profile to the American public that virtually no one is aware of how dominant it is on our refrigerator and cupboard shelves. The mysterious culprit? Products certified as kosher. This […]

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ADDED 10/05/2018

What’s up, Fascism? Phone app delivers probable Bolsonaro victory

FROM  | Brasil Wire

BY Brian Mier

As Mark Zuckerberg jumps through hoops to show he can limit the damage to democracy caused by fake news on Facebook, his WhatsApp platform has been used to convince a large segment of the Brazilian electorate that out of control gays are about to force homosexuality on their children unless they elect an actual fascist. […]

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ADDED 10/05/2018

Historian of Nazism explains why GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell is the ‘gravedigger of American Democracy’

FROM 10/05/2018 | Raw Story

BY CODY FENWICK

In a new piece for the New York Review of Books, historian Christopher Browning warns that there are troubling parallels between the present-day United States and the days of fascism’s rise in Europe. Browning, a specialist in the areas of the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, and world war-era Europe, isn’t arguing that President Donald Trump is a modern Adolf […]

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ADDED 10/04/2018

Anti-Fascists Plan Potluck Blitz to Raise ‘Millions’ to ‘Compel Removal of the Trump/Pence Regime’

FROM 10/04/2018 | PJ Media

BY Bridget Johnson

Anti-fascist activists are planning a weekend “blitz” including potlucks around the country in a “mass fundraising and organizing blitz to prepare for the kind of struggle needed to drive out the Trump/Pence regime.” Refuse Fascism was launched in December 2016 by the Revolutionary Communist Party under chairman Bob Avakian in response to the election of Donald […]

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ADDED 10/04/2018

Kolkata’s Queer Walk ‘Down With Fascism’: Where Celebration Meets Dissent

FROM 10/04/2018 | Feminism in India

BY FII

“লড়াই, লড়াই, লড়াই চাই/ লড়াই করে বাঁচতে চাই” Let us fight for our rights and live our life. You do not get to hear such slogans on the streets of my city very often. You do not get to see the entire city street getting decked up to celebrate something which millions have longed for years. You do not get to […]

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ADDED 10/03/2018

The Culture of Hate

FROM 09/17/2018 | Truthdib

BY Chris Hedges

This is an excerpt from the chapter titled “Hate” in Chris Hedges’ new book, “America: The Farewell Tour,” published by Simon & Schuster.   IT WAS A SWELTERING JULY afternoon when fifty protesters, many dressed in fatigues and wearing shirts that identified them with groups such as Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Bikers for Trump, the […]

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ADDED 10/03/2018

Guns, fascism, infighting and couch-surfing: Researcher Serena Tarr recounts a year studying the alt-right

FROM 10/03/2018 | Little Village Magazine

BY EMMA MCCLATCHEY

On March 4, 2018, after following around Richard Spencer and his alt-right entourage for months, Serena Tarr found herself in Michigan for the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas conference, organized by Kyle Bristow, the white nationalist attorney who used to sue colleges that rejected requests for Spencer to speak. But due to public pressure and possibly […]

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ADDED 10/03/2018

How the left enabled fascism

FROM 10/03/2018 | New Statesman

BY David Winner

Ernst Thälmann, leader of Germany’s radical left in the last years of the Weimar Republic, thought the centre left was a greater danger than the right. We should remember his miscalculation. The leader of the left, adored for his “authenticity” and destined for cult status, saw himself as a fighter for radical change. His transformed […]

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ADDED 10/03/2018

Living in the shadow of Breivik: why 22 July could be the anti-fascist movie of our times

FROM 10/03/2018 | New Statesman

BY Paul Mason

In Paul Greengrass’s new film, the Anders Breivik trial becomes a metaphor for how the far right today is using and undermining the rule of law. KEYSTONEUSA-ZUMA/REX Malign world view: the extreme-right terrorist Anders Breivik, who murdered 77 fellow Norwegians on 22 July 2011 On 22 July 2011 the fascist activist Anders Breivik shot to […]

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ADDED 10/02/2018

I JUST VISITED LULA, THE WORLD’S MOST PROMINENT POLITICAL PRISONER. A “SOFT COUP” IN BRAZIL’S ELECTION WILL HAVE GLOBAL CONSEQUENCES.

FROM 10/02/2018 | The Intercept

BY Noam Chomsky

PRISONS ARE REMINISCENT of Tolstoy’s famous observation about unhappy families: Each “is unhappy in its own way,” though there are some common features — for prisons, the grim and stifling recognition that someone else has total authority over your life. My wife Valeria and I have just visited a prison to see arguably the most prominent […]

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ADDED 09/28/2018

‘Far right’ groups may be diverse – but here’s what they all have in commo

FROM 09/27/2018 | The Conversation

BY Daphne Halikiopoulou

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Far right parties and groups have been enjoying increasing support across Europe. Such parties have performed well in recent domestic elections, often occupying second or third place – and in some cases joining governing coalitions. Examples include the French Front National (FN, now Rassemblement National), the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV), the Austrian Party for Freedom (FPÖ), the […]

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ADDED 09/27/2018

Supreme Court disenfranchises 3.3 million voters, 11 days before election

FROM 09/27/2018 | BrasilWire

BY Brian Wier

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On September 26, the Federal Supreme Court upheld the exclusion of 3.3 million registered voters who did not attend a special electoral review between before a deadline of May 2018. Most of those canceled did not register their biometrics, which became mandatory in 1,248 cities, unevenly distributed around the country, and concentrated in the traditionally left voting North East. The move has […]

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