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ADDED 03/08/2018

It could happen in Britain

FROM  | The Economist

BY Bagehot

British institutions may not withstand the authoritarian-populist wave. IN HIS dystopian novel of 1935, “It Can’t Happen Here”, Sinclair Lewis described the rise of an American Caesar, Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip. Buzz easily defeats Franklin Roosevelt for the presidency by promising to make America great again. He then sets about destroying the country’s system of checks […]

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ADDED 03/08/2018

Women of ‘new’ Turkey: dystopian sacralised mothers and everyday feminists

FROM 03/08/2018 | Open Democracy

BY Bilge Yabanci

Not a single International Women’s Day or Mother’s Day can pass by without reasserting women’s main duty as child-bearers and men’s responsibility to ‘protect’ and ‘rekindle’ fragile mothers. Last January, shortly after Turkey’s military operation started in Afrin, I was at a women’s event held by a pro-government civil society organisation in a working-class suburban […]

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ADDED 03/06/2018

The Unique Vapidity of the Bibi-ist Right

FROM  | Ha'aretz

BY Uri Misgav

The Netanyahu regime is a populist, Peronist right. It’s doubtful it can even be called fascist; fascism is an ideology with core values that can be challenged. How do they look at themselves in the mirror, the new right-wingers? The prime minister is suspected of receiving a million shekels’ worth of “gifts” and of bribery […]

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ADDED 03/05/2018

FashMaps website tracks neo-Nazis in the US

FROM 02/12/2018 | Al Jazeera

BY Patrick Strickland

As Daily Stormer struggles to keep an online home, a new anti-fascist site aims to track neo-Nazis’ meetings in the US. A new anti-fascist website tracks the location and activities of people affiliated with Daily Stormer, one of the largest neo-Nazi websites in the United States. Launched on January 28, FashMaps is an activist-run initiative that seeks to […]

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ADDED 03/05/2018

Time After Capitalism

FROM 02/28/2018 | Jacobin

BY MIYA TOKUMITSU

A hundred years ago, the United States adopted daylight savings time in order to extract more profit from labor. How would we organize time differently if we were free from the demands of capitalism? Forget Karl Marx’s old saw about hunting in the morning, fishing in the afternoon, and criticizing after dinner — for many, […]

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ADDED 03/05/2018

The unwelcome revival of ‘race science’

FROM  | The Guardian

BY Gavin Evans

Its defenders claim to be standing up for uncomfortable truths, but race science is still as bogus as ever. One of the strangest ironies of our time is that a body of thoroughly debunked “science” is being revived by people who claim to be defending truth against a rising tide of ignorance. The idea that […]

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ADDED 03/05/2018

Taxpayers — not Big Pharma — have funded the research behind every new drug since 2010

FROM 03/02/2018 | Other 98%

BY Alexander Zaitchik

A sweeping study of drug R&D funding shows the public pays for the crucial foundations of medical breakthroughs. So why not let the public have access to them? Something odd happened when the Trump administration submitted the original version of its latest pro-corporate budget: Big Pharma didn’t like it. The problem wasn’t a tax hike […]

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ADDED 03/05/2018

What is the Precariat | Guy Standing | TEDxPrague

FROM 02/16/2017 | TEDxPrague

BY Guy Standing

We’d better have nightmares about the future of milions of people who stand on the brim of unsustainable debt. Guy Standing pracuje na School of Oriental and African Studies – SOAS na University of London. Je autorem mnohých knih, z nichž nejznámnější je asi „Prekariát: Nová nebezpečná společenská třída“, která byla přeložena do 16 jazyků. […]

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ADDED 03/05/2018

Will the ‘Uzbek Gorbachev’ Succeed-or Be Allowed To?

FROM 02/27/2018 | Jamestown Foundation

BY Paul Goble

Since becoming president of Uzbekistan in September 2016, following the death of longtime authoritarian leader Islam Karimov, Shavkat Mirziyaev has taken steps to dramatically improve relations with his country’s neighbors and to eliminate some of the most noxious and repressive policies of his predecessor at home (see EDM, January 17, 19, February 8). Some of his critics say […]

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ADDED 03/05/2018

The day Irish and Jewish joined forces against British fascists

FROM  | Irish Times

BY Martin McNamara

The Battle of Cable Street in 1936 was a seminal moment in the history of the Jewish community in England, and for British socialism. It was a genuine example of literal people power, when ordinary working class men and women of the East End came out on the streets in their thousands to stop Oswald Mosley […]

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ADDED 03/05/2018

Oleg Sukhov: Tent camp crackdown is moving Ukraine back to Yanukovych era

FROM 03/05/2018 | Kyiv Post

BY Oleg Sukhov

Welcome back to 2013. The destruction of the protest tent camp in front of the Verkhovna Rada on March 3 was the latest sign that Ukraine is undergoing a counter-revolution, led by President Petro Poroshenko and Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. The events of March 3 recalled the era of the authoritarian kleptocrat Viktor Yanukovych. Freedom of assembly, […]

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