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ADDED 05/06/2018

Why the fearful, the vulnerable and the confused are attracted to ‘illiberal’ politics?

FROM 05/06/2018 | The Arab Weekly

BY Oussama Romdhani

Jihadist terrorism, in particular, can lower citizens’ expectations in Western democracies and make all kinds of concessions palatable. While hopeful voters headed to the ballot boxes in a number of Arab countries, politicians and pundits around the world, especially in the West, voiced concern that liberal democratic ideals are under assault. Alluding to the growing […]

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ADDED 05/06/2018

Armenian ‘Velvet Revolution’ on the Verge of a Victory

FROM 05/05/2018 | News Click

BY Pavan Kulkarni

After rallying tens of thousands to force the ex-Prime Minister to resign, Nikol Pashinyan is now likely to take power as the interim PM on May 8. The uprising that has been ongoing in Armenia since last month seems to be on the verge of clinching a victory, after the ruling Republican Party of Armenia […]

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ADDED 05/05/2018

China’s social credit system fuels authoritarian regime

FROM 05/05/2018 | Asia Times

BY Sonika Gupta

China implemented its social credit system on a nationwide scale starting May 1. Social Credit, a harmless sounding phrase is the unholy marriage of big data with the proverbial ‘Big Brother’ under which, the state grades citizens as ‘trustworthy’ or not. Ostensibly the system is intended to address the trust deficit in the Chinese business […]

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ADDED 05/05/2018

Top Republican Plans to Use Fossil Fuels to Make Puerto Rico “the Energy Hub of the Entire Caribbean”

FROM 05/05/2018 | The Intercept

BY Kate Aronoff

PUERTO RICO COULD become “the energy hub of the entire Caribbean area” under a vision laid out by Rob Bishop, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, who visited the island. Bishop is not thinking of wind or solar. In a press conference held in San Juan on Friday, with Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón […]

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ADDED 05/04/2018

Chile: A Return to ‘Guardian Democracy’?

FROM 04/17/2018 | NACLA.org

BY J. Patrice McSherry

How Sebastián Piñera’s right-wing government is undermining democratic institutions  Sebastián Piñera, a conservative billionaire, assumed the presidency of Chile for the second time on March 11 after an election in which abstention was the biggest winner. In only a few weeks he and right-wing allies engineered changes to key reforms enacted by previous socialist president […]

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ADDED 05/04/2018

The Comrade In Punjab – Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

FROM 03/05/2018 | Punjab Today

BY Kamjaat Singh

AT A TIME when Punjab is in the throes of a massive social upheaval and there is a complete disconnect between its farmers, farm labourers and those dependent on rural economy and others in towns and cities who are more cued into structures of political power, one would have thought that vast swathes of political […]

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ADDED 05/04/2018

African American Anti-Fascists in the Spanish Civil War

FROM 05/01/2018 | BlackPast.org

BY Peter Carroll

Approximately 90 African Americans fought in Spain during the civil war that engulfed that nation between 1936 and 1939.  The war became a proxy war for the European great powers as the Soviet Union supported the newly established Second Spanish Republic while Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy supported the anti-Republic conservatives led by General Francisco […]

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ADDED 05/03/2018

New Eugene Debs Film Does the Socialist Proud

FROM 04/26/2018 | The Indypendent

BY Michael Hirsch

A charismatic and militant labor leader, five-time Socialist Party presidential candidate, class-war prisoner jailed by the ostensibly liberal Woodrow Wilson administration for opposing U.S entry into World War 1 and a fiery, moral force in a corrupted era — Eugene Victor Debs was among the greatest orators this nation ever produced, yet no recording of his […]

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ADDED 05/03/2018

Media Silent On Brasil’s Growing Public Debt Under Temer

FROM 05/03/2018 | Brasil Wire

BY Marcio Pochmann

During the lead up to the 2016 Coup, a series of alarmist articles in the Brazilian and international media warned of Brazil’s spiraling public debt. In January, 2016, for example, the Economist wrote, “public debt is worryingly large for a middle-income country and rising fast. Because of high interest rates, the cost of servicing it is a […]

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ADDED 05/02/2018

Man Picks Fight With Protest Sign and Loses

FROM 05/02/2018 | SPIN

BY Andy Cush

Yesterday was May Day, which meant that groups of left-leaning demonstrators took to the streets across the world in support of workers’ rights. In Seattle, according to local media, the May Day march attracted hundreds of people, including a faction of “Proud Boys,” the far-right men’s group that Gavin McInnes founded after he was triggered by a […]

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ADDED 05/01/2018

Opinion: Under Cover of Iran, Netanyahu Just Took Three New Steps Toward Fascism

FROM 05/01/2018 | Ha'aretz

BY Bradley Burston

“Now, darkness and secrets are everywhere.  Now there has to be an Us. Because now, there is a Them.” All eyes were on Israel’s military headquarters in Tel Aviv Monday night, as Benjamin Netanyahu literally unveiled his magician’s cabinets, the glittering CDs and snaggle-toothed binders holding what he said were 55,000 pages and 183 discs […]

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ADDED 04/27/2018

How Russian security services are targeting Russian anarchists and anti-fascists

FROM  | Kyiv Post

BY Open Democracy

Since autumn 2017, the Russian security services have been arresting anarchists and anti-fascists across the country. They’re suspected of being part of a terrorist organisation called “The Network”. Detainees complain that they have been tortured, and rights advocates believe the case is fabricated. The FSB’s version According to the investigation’s case, the FSB foiled the activities of “The Network” terrorist […]

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