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ADDED 09/01/2018

Are the politics of “incivility” paving the road to an American fascism?

FROM 09/01/2018 | Salon

BY Henry Giroux

In the face of a nauseating and poisonous election cycle that ended with Donald Trump’s presidential victory, many commentators are quick to argue that Americans have fallen prey to a culture of incivility. This is the discourse of “bad manners” parading as insight, while working, regardless of intention, to hide the effects of power, politics, […]

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ADDED 08/31/2018

The march of the populist right: Is Sweden next?

FROM 08/31/2018 | European Council on Foreign Relations

BY Pawel Zerka

The Sweden Democrats are set to lose the election – but win the power of kingmaker. On 9 September Swedes will go to the polls in a general election that politicians across Europe ought to pay attention to – there is certainly no doubt that xenophobic populists everywhere will be hoping for their Swedish counterparts […]

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ADDED 08/31/2018

Fear in Chemnitz: ‘I’m used to neo-Nazis, but not my neighbour mixing with them in broad daylight’

FROM 08/31/2018 | The Guardian

BY Kate Connolly

Packing away her metal trays of breads and biscuits in Chemnitz’s Peukert bakery, famous for its century-old recipes, the shop assistant says she is glad it is closing time. Outside, police and protesters are gathering ahead of the latest far-right rally. “We’ve been here before,” she says, pulling down the window blinds and shrugging, saying […]

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ADDED 08/31/2018

Viktor Orban’s Illiberal State Declares War on the Liberal Arts in Hungary

FROM 08/31/2018 | Slate

BY JOSHUA KEATING

Hungary’s right-wing prime minister, Viktor Orban, has boasted of his intention to create an “illiberal” state, and this week took two major steps toward wiping out liberal arts education. The Budapest-based Central European University has announced that it will suspend its pioneering Open Learning Initiative, a program that offered free non-degree courses to refugees and asylum-seekers. It will be the […]

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ADDED 08/30/2018

This Is Fascism, Pure and Simple

FROM 08/30/2018 | Esquire

BY CHARLES P. PIERCE

The Trump administration is now denying passports to American citizens. This sounds terrifying familiar. We begin Thursday on the general theme of What In The Unholy Fck Is Going On And What In The Unholy Fck Is Wrong With These People? From The Washington Post: His official American birth certificate shows he was delivered by a midwife in Brownsville, […]

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ADDED 08/30/2018

Clapton Community Football Club’s away kit goes viral in Spain over its anti-fascist message

FROM 08/30/2018 | Newham Recorder

BY Jon King

An amateur football club’s new away strip has scooped £75,000 worth of orders after its anti-fascist message spread to Spain. Clapton Community Football Club (CFC) – formed by fans boycotting Forest Gate based Clapton FC over its ownership – launched its away strip at a friendly against Wanderers FC on Saturday. The kit uses the […]

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ADDED 08/29/2018

HOW GERMANY’S MANTAR CONFRONT FASCISM WITH “CRUDE MUSIC,” CONTROVERSIAL ART

FROM 08/29/2018 | Revolver

BY GREGORY ADAMS

When Hanno Klänhard was a child growing up in Bremen, Germany, he and his friends were fascinated by a massive gold-colored sculpture that hung over a walkway in their town. “It’s a freaking angel with a sword fighting dragons!” the guitarist/singer of metal duo Mantar describes of the excitement he felt when he first came across the fantastical art piece. […]

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ADDED 08/26/2018

Labour front benchers back national demo against racism and fascism on 17 November

FROM 08/26/2018 | Socialist Worker UK

BY Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Labour shadow ministers Diane Abbott and John McDonnell have backed a call for a national demonstration against fascism and racism in London on 17 November. Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) has called the demonstration in response to the resurgent threat of the British far right and rising racism against Muslims and migrants. It is a major opportunity […]

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ADDED 08/24/2018

China’s race to the bottom in Africa

FROM 08/24/2018 | The Hill

BY REP. CHRIS SMITH (R-N.J.)

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently began a multi-country tour of sub-Saharan Africa looking to expand his country’s influence on the continent. The trip came amidst increasing concerns about shoddy construction of infrastructure, rapidly rising levels of debt of African countries, and corrupt autocrats benefitting from foreign investment. These seemingly separated developments are in fact interrelated, […]

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ADDED 08/24/2018

What Is Illiberal Civil Society?

FROM 08/24/2018 | Open Society Foundation

BY Adam Hug

It will come as no surprise that the post-Soviet space is facing the same challenges around the rise of populism and nationalism that are taking place across the world, nor that it faces some particular issues of its own. In its recent report The Rise of Illiberal Civil Society in the Former Soviet Union?, the Foreign Policy Centre brought […]

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ADDED 08/23/2018

False Concepts of Liberty

FROM 08/23/2018 | New Republic

BY WIN MCCORMACK

A few years ago, at a panel discussion I attended among labor leaders about the condition of unionism in America, one of the speakers launched into a diatribe against the Koch brothers and their funding of anti-union “right to work” laws. The brothers’ arguments in favor of them, he said, were predicated on a phony […]

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ADDED 08/22/2018

Violent Fascism in Nicaragua and Venezuela: Interview with Fernando Bossi

FROM 08/22/2018 | Venezuelanalysis

BY Fernando Bossi and Cira Pascual Marquina

Political analyst and advisor to President Chavez, Fernando Bossi, looks at the striking parallels between the reactionary offensives in two Latin American countries. Argentinian internationalist Fernando Bossi has a lifelong commitment to Latin American unification that has expressed itself in diverse educational and political projects. Among these were the People’s Amphictyonic Congresses that took place […]

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