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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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ADDED 08/15/2018

Towards a Progressive Political Economy in the Aftermath of Neoliberalism’s “Creative Destruction”

FROM 08/12/2018 | Global Policy

BY C.J. Polychroniou

The article argues that, after 45 years of ‘neoliberal destruction’, the time is ripe for moving forward with the adoption of a new set of progressive economic policies (beyond those usually associated with classical Keynesianism) that will reshape advanced societies and the global economy on the whole by bringing back the social state, doing away […]

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ADDED 08/13/2018

Observer Boris Johnson ‘Morally empty’ Johnson is courting fascism, says peer as Tory crisis mounts

FROM 08/12/2018 | The Guardian

BY Mark Townsend and Toby Helm

Ex-Cameron aide and Muslim leaders join condemnation over the former foreign secretary’s burqa comments. A Tory peer and former aide to David Cameron accused Boris Johnson of “moral emptiness”, casual racism and “courting fascism” as division over the former foreign secretary’s comments about Muslim women threatened to develop into a full-blown crisis for Theresa May and her […]

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ADDED 08/13/2018

The neo-fascist moment of neoliberalism

FROM 08/12/2018 | New Age - Bangladesh

BY Éric Fassin

How can we understand the simultaneous rise of the far right and the authoritarian evolution of neoliberalism? We need an anti-fascism that can highlight the latter’s role in this ‘neo-fascist moment’. ‘Hello, dictator!’ The president of the European commission thus welcomed the Hungarian prime minister to the Riga summit in 2015. If Senator John McCain […]

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ADDED 08/11/2018

The Rise of Illiberal Artificial Intelligence

FROM 08/10/2018 | National Review

BY RYAN KHURANA

Chinese AI technology provides a blueprint for autocracies around the world. Chinese artificial-intelligence startup CloudWalk Technology signed a deal in March with the Zimbabwean government, providing the authoritarian regime an advanced facial-recognition system that it can use to identify, track, and monitor citizens. In exchange, CloudWalk gains access to the facial data of the demographically […]

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