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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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ADDED 08/22/2018

Unmasking Gaylord, Black Metal’s Latest Anti-Fascist Enigma

FROM 08/21/2018 | Noisey

BY Kim Kelly

A chat with the mastermind behind a Nazi-punching new black metal album that’s burning up the Bandcamp metal charts. I never thought I’d be typing these words, but, it’s been a big year for anti-fascist black metal. British anarchists Dawn Ray’d led the initial charge with their 2017 opus, The Unlawful Assembly, which found a new home and a […]

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ADDED 08/21/2018

Republican Senator Michael Williams Proves Why White Supremacy Will Never Die

FROM 08/21/2018 | The Root

BY Michael Harriot

“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” -Ras Tafari Makkonen Perhaps no quote better captures the worldwide indifference to the […]

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ADDED 08/21/2018

This isn’t just a culture war – we need a radical anti-fascist movement right now

FROM 08/21/2018 | The Guardian

BY Ash Sarkar

the National Front in Newham, Wood Green and New Cross; she helped organise marches after the murder of Altab Ali in Whitechapel; she participated in neighbourhood police-monitoring groups, at a time when the Metropolitan police faced intense criticism from black and Asian community groups for its failure to adequately investigate racist murders, its protection of the […]

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ADDED 08/20/2018

For journalists of colour in Italy, remaining impartial in the face of rising fascism helps no one

FROM 08/19/2018 | The Independent

BY Angelo Boccato

While there are many white Italians in the media who are tackling racist and fascist discourse, second generations of Italians and migrant voices are not heard enough, which arguably plays a role in failing to ease current tensions. I was born to an Italian father and a Dominican mother in Santiago de Los Caballeros, and raised by my […]

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ADDED 08/20/2018

Trump Exploited the Authoritarianism of White Evangelicals

FROM 08/17/2018 | Washington Monthly

BY Nancy LeTourneau

One of the most challenging things I faced as I began to question the fundamentalist Christian worldview in which I had been raised was to learn to think for myself. That is because it was an authoritarian system based on fear. John Fea documented the history of the connection between evangelicalism and fear in this country and Sara […]

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ADDED 08/17/2018

‘An Eternal Night of Persecution and Death’: Activists Speak Out About Nicaragua’s Crackdown

FROM 08/17/2018 | The Nation

BY Maia Hibbett

From late April through early July, thousands of Nicaraguans marched in the streets, barricaded roadways, and occupied universities. All the while, they chanted their movement’s ubiquitous slogan: “Ortega y Somoza son la misma cosa.” In English, and without the clever rhyme, it means: “Ortega and Somoza are the same thing.” It draws a parallel between […]

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ADDED 08/15/2018

The Use of the Classical World to Defend White Supremacy

FROM  | Letters and Politics - KPFA

BY Mitch Jeserich

A conversation on how white supremacists throughout history and now appropriated the classical world to promote their own ideology.  We speak to classicist Sarah Teets. Guest: Sarah Teets is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, her focus is on the classical world. Her article Classical Slavery and Jeffersonian […]

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ADDED 08/15/2018

The ‘Gig Economy’ Is the New Term for Serfdom

FROM 08/12/2018 | TruthDig

BY Chris Hedges

A 65-year-old New York City cab driver from Queens, Nicanor Ochisor, hanged himself in his garage March 16, saying in a note he left behind that the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft had made it impossible for him to make a living. It was the fourth suicide by a cab driver in New York in […]

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