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ADDED 04/10/2018

African refugees get no reprieve from Israel’s racist rage

FROM 04/10/2018 | THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

BY David Sheen

The fortunes of the African refugee community targeted by the Israeli government for deportation have swung wildly in recent days. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu first announced a United Nations-backed deal to resettle some of them in the West, but then quickly retracted the plan after right-wing Israelis complained that the deal was too generous to […]

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ADDED 04/10/2018

White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy

FROM 04/09/2018 | Letters and Politics - KPFA

BY Mitch Jeserich

We talk to Elizabeth Gillespie McRae about her new book: Mother of Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy which examines the grassroots workers who maintained the system of racial segregation and Jim Crow.  Elizabeth Gillespie McRae is a professor of history and director of graduate social science education programs at Western Carolina University.

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ADDED 04/08/2018

France: Unions, Left Confront Macron’s Attacks on Rail Services and Jobs

FROM  | Socialist Project

BY Dick Nichols

France is once again on the brink of an all-out industrial war – and its outcome could transform the country’s political landscape. The showdown is over the plans that President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe have for the state-owned National Railway Company (SNCF), which have been described by Le Monde as “the biggest change […]

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ADDED 04/06/2018

Have Christian nationalists staged a “soft coup,” with Trump as their figurehead?

FROM 04/05/2018 | Salon

BY Chauncey Devega

Scholar Andrew Whitehead: Right-wing evangelicals think Trump can make “their vision of a Christian nation” real y the standards of any of the world’s major religions Donald Trump is an ungodly person, an enthusiastic and unrepentant sinner who revels in his misdeeds. Trump is a serial liar and apparent narcissist. He is a greedy, crude […]

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ADDED 04/06/2018

The right’s Parkland problem: A symptom of authoritarian parenting

FROM 04/04/2018 | Salon

BY Chauncey Devega

Conservatives see the Parkland students as disrespectful and dangerous — and those feelings stem from primal fears The health of a society is measured in large part by how it treats its children. Republicans and other members of the right wing have reacted with a wide range of emotions to the survivors of the Parkland […]

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ADDED 04/04/2018

The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism

FROM 04/01/2018 | Monthly Review

BY Gerald Horne

The years between 1603 and 1714 were perhaps the most decisive in English history. At the onset of the seventeenth century, the sceptered isle was a second-class power, but the Great Britain that emerged by the beginning of the eighteenth century was, in many ways, the planet’s reigning superpower.1 It then passed the baton to its […]

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ADDED 04/03/2018

America’s Political Tribalism

FROM 03/28/2018 | Letters and Politics - KPFA

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In Political Tribes, Chua argues that humans are tribal and that we need to belong to groups. In many parts of the world, the group identities that matter most – the ones that people will kill and die for – are ethnic, religious, sectarian, or clan-based. [responsivevoice_button] But because America tends to see the world […]

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ADDED 04/03/2018

Israeli parliament endorses ‘nation-state bill’ for first reading

FROM 03/15/2018 | Al Jazeera

BY Jonathan Cook

Nazareth, Israel – After seven years of delays, the Israeli governing parties have agreed the final terms of controversial new legislation that would define Israel exclusively as “the nation-state of the Jewish people”. The bill is now expected to be fast-tracked through the Israeli parliament and on to the statute books in the coming weeks. Approval by […]

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ADDED 03/29/2018

Letters and Politics: Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Trump and Twitter

FROM 03/28/2018 | Letters and Politics - KPFA

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Today we are in conversation with professor Christian Fuchs to examine the right-wing authoritarian use of social media and the capitalist models that allow growing such issues as the one concerning Cambridge Analitica.  Christian Fuchs is a professor of social media at the University of Westminster, Director of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies & Communication and Media Research Institute, United Kingdom.  […]

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ADDED 03/28/2018

AUTHORITARIANISM: THE TERRIFYING TRAIT THAT TRUMP TRIGGERS

FROM 03/26/2018 | Pacific Standard

BY Tom Jacobs

Can It Happen Here?, a new collection of essays that ask whether America is susceptible to creeping authoritarianism, includes a startling assertion by psychologists Karen Stenner and Jonathan Haidt. “Western liberal democracies,” they write, “have now exceeded many people’s capacity to tolerate them.” Their analysis of a survey conducted at the end of 2016 found “about a third of white responders across […]

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ADDED 03/28/2018

The Elite Charade of Changing the World

FROM 03/28/2018 | Slate

BY Slate

Anand Giridharadas on why many rich people do harm—even when they think they’re doing good. Yascha Mounk discusses the limits of philanthropy, how the hopey-changey narrative of the affluent cloaks the power they exercise, and how they can do better with author of the forthcoming book Winners Take All and former New York Times and current NBC […]

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ADDED 03/24/2018

Punks are not dead in Indonesia, they’ve turned to Islam

FROM 03/23/2018 | The Conversation

BY The Conversation

The punk movement is notable for its anti-establishment stance and distinct music and fashion style. Starting in the 1970s in the UK and US, the subculture became global and took different forms in each local setting. In Indonesia, punk bands started to emerge in the 1990s. They were central in nurturing leftist activism during the […]

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