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ADDED 05/19/2018

The fascist philosopher behind Vladimir Putin’s information warfare

FROM 05/19/2018 | Big Think

BY Timothy Snyder

Some ideas lie dormant for decades, and such is the case with Russian philosopher Ivan Ilyin, whose anti-communist stance got him—along with about 160 other intellectuals—expelled from Soviet Russia in 1922 aboard the ‘philosopher’s ship’. So who was Ilyin, and why has Russia’s President Vladimir Putin breathed new life into his writings more than 60 […]

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ADDED 05/18/2018

The Economy Is Too Important to Leave to the Economists

FROM 05/18/2018 | Truthdig

BY Elaine Margolin

“Talking to My Daughter About the Economy, Or, How Capitalism Works—And How It Fails” A book by Yanis Varoufakis. Translated from the Greek by Jacob Moe and Yanis Varoufakis Over the course of several books, Yanis Varoufakis has attempted to explain his progression from a “self-described erratic Marxist” to someone who now places his faith […]

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ADDED 05/18/2018

Erdoğan’s Sarajevo rally and his relations with the West

FROM 05/18/2018 | Ahval News

BY Doğa Ulaş Eralp

I have been a keen follower of Turkey’s policies in Western Balkans for more than 15 years. I have lived and worked in different countries across the region in a period in which Turkey managed to develop its foreign policy tools to bolster its peacemaking capacity between former enemies in the region. Turkey long emphasised […]

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ADDED 05/18/2018

Illiberalism Is Rising. Here’s How We Can Turn That Tide and Renew Our Democracy.

FROM 05/18/2018 | The Daily Beast

BY John Trumbull

“I didn’t leave the Democratic Party,” Ronald Reagan famously quipped. “The Democratic Party left me.” At a moment when our main political parties are looking unrecognizable, large numbers of Americans are feeling politically homeless. Even the Gipper would likely be thrown out of today’s Republican Party as an apostate. Reagan was, after all, the president […]

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ADDED 05/17/2018

Activists, American Unions Protest Award for Brazilian Judge

FROM 05/15/2018 | Brasil Wire

BY Brasil Wire

May 15, New York City, NY – American unions joined the Defend Democracy in Brazil Committee in Manhattan, to protest commemoration of the judge who investigated, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced popular former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known as Lula. Lula is appealing the conviction and 12-year jail sentence. Despite his imprisonment, he is seeking the presidency […]

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ADDED 05/17/2018

My Europe: Stop glorifying fascists!

FROM 05/15/2018 | Deutsche Weille

BY Krsto Lazarevic

Europe needs a common culture of remembrance that rejects the fascist crimes of the past. That means Croatian, Hungarian and Latvian Nazi collaborators should not be glorified, says journalist Krsto Lazarevic. Last Saturday, some 10,000 people gathered in the Austrian town of Bleiburg to commemorate the deaths of 45,000 Ustasha soldiers. The Croatian fascist organization […]

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ADDED 05/17/2018

Why the very DNA of most modern democracies is authoritarian in nature

FROM 05/17/2018 | Daily Maverick

BY Richard Poplak

The South African Constitution has long been considered something of a political miracle – a symbol of racial reconciliation; a road map for a progressive and socially inclusive democracy. An essential new book, called ‘Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy’, can help South Africans think their way through current assaults on the bedrock of […]

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ADDED 05/16/2018

Will Election Upheaval Influence Malaysia’s Illiberal Neighbors?

FROM 05/15/2018 | The News Lens

BY Morley J Weston

The night of May 9 was a sleepless one in Malaysia. Long, hot polling station queues gave way to long, anxious waits for official counts and winners. Then, at around 3 a.m., the Election Commission at last confirmed that the opposition Pakatan Harapan (PH, Alliance for Hope) coalition had bested the heretofore unshakeable Barisan Nasional […]

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ADDED 05/16/2018

Neo-Nazis and Nuns: Photos of Europe’s ‘Largest Fascist Rally’

FROM 05/15/2018 | Vice News

BY Roman Möseneder

Ten thousand Croatians gathered in a field in Austria to mourn the fall of a former Nazi-affiliated army. On Saturday, May 12, around 10,000 Croatians—including neo-Nazis and Catholic officials—gathered in a field in the southern Austrian town of Bleiburg to commemorate the defeat of the Ustaše army in May 1945. This former Nazi-affiliated fascist movement […]

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ADDED 05/15/2018

Exclusive: how rightwing groups wield secret ‘toolkit’ to plot against US unions

FROM 05/14/2018 | The Guardian

BY Ed Pilkington

Internal documents obtained by the Guardian reveal a nationwide drive to persuade union members to quit and stop paying dues. Rightwing activists are launching a nationwide drive to persuade public-sector trade union members to tear up their membership cards and stop paying dues, posing a direct threat to the progressive movement in America. Documents obtained […]

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ADDED 05/15/2018

Democracy’s Critics

FROM 06/26/2017 | Jacobin

BY COLIN GORDON

The malevolent incompetence of the Trump White House packs a certain entertainment value, but it is also a distraction; a bumbling misdirection in a long confidence game. At stake, as historian Nancy MacLean underscores in her new book, , is not just political power, not just the final dismantling of the New Deal order, but the […]

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ADDED 05/14/2018

The Slow and Fast Assault on Public Education

FROM 05/14/2018 | Boston Review

BY Henry A. Giroux

Since Donald Trump’s election in November 2016, there have been few occasions to feel hopeful about politics. But now we are witnessing a proliferation of causes for hope, as brave students from Parkland, Florida, and equally courageous teachers throughout the United States lead movements of mass demonstrations, walkouts, and strikes. The United States is in […]

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