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ADDED 03/04/2018

Iraqi Communists and Shia Sadrists unite to tackle corruption and sectarianism

FROM  | Middle East Eye

BY Alex MacDonald

Iraqi Communist party leaders hail possibility of end of sectarian and ethnic coalitions in war-ravaged country. It is perhaps the most unlikely of political alliances, even for a country where electoral rules encourage strange bedfellows. As Iraq prepares for its first post-Islamic State elections, the Communists have thrown their lot in with the Shia conservatives […]

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ADDED 03/02/2018

Italy’s Messy Politics Are No Longer Local

FROM  | The Atlantic

BY Rachel Donadio

MILAN—The same day that left-wing groups and parties held an anti-fascist rally in Rome, protesting the apparent rise of the hard-right in Italy, the piazza in front of the Milan cathedral was filled with energized supporters of Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s League party. The party is best known for its xenophobia and its flirtation with […]

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ADDED 02/28/2018

Uncertain certainties

FROM 02/22/2018 | Visegrad Insight

BY GALAN DALL

Political landscapes in Central Europe (CE) seem to be shifting in expected directions, which is somehow still surprising to the public at large This week saw several revelations in CE. Starting with the largest economy of the group, Poland has been struggling for years with their reputation of xenophobic conservatism both within the EU and […]

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ADDED 02/27/2018

Neo-Nazis Attack Greek Anti-Fascist Center, Injure 5

FROM 02/26/2018 | Greek Reporter

BY Tasos Kokkinidis

Five people were injured, three hospitalized, when a gang of suspected neo-Nazis attacked an anti-fascist center in the Greek port of Piraeus on Sunday. The attackers stormed the Favela Free Social Center in the Piraeus suburb of Keratsini, wielding iron bars and setting off flares. Eye-witnesses say that the eight-strong group were chanting support for Greece’s Golden […]

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ADDED 02/27/2018

The Far-Right Book Every Russian General Reads

FROM 02/26/2018 | The Daily Beast

BY ALAN GILBERT

In his native Russia, he is a prominent author and activist famous for promoting fascism at home and advocating for a vast Eurasian empire—a dark mirror of American “Globalism.” Outside of Russia, very few people have heard of Alexander Dugin, the 56-year-old political philosopher and analyst whose views are so extreme that he has been […]

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ADDED 02/27/2018

Top official: Armenia’s fascist leadership must not forget that justice will prevail sooner or later

FROM 02/26/2018 | Trend News Agency

BY Trend

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 26 Trend: Armenia’s fascist leadership must not forget that justice will prevail sooner or later, Novruz Mammadov, assistant of the president for foreign policy issues, head of department, tweeted on Feb. 26. ” Each year grows the number of countries that condemn the genocide and the atrocities committed in Khojaly in 1992, […]

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ADDED 02/27/2018

Recession and Renewal in European Democracy

FROM 02/26/2018 | Carnegie Europe

BY RICHARD YOUNGS, SARAH MANNEY

This is the first article of the Reshaping European Democracy Project, an initiative of Carnegie’s Democracy and Rule of Law Program and Carnegie Europe. There is widespread agreement that liberal democracy is in fragile health in its European heartlands. Freedom House’s recently published 2018 report, “Democracy in Crisis,” suggests liberal democratic values are now at serious […]

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ADDED 02/27/2018

Hungary: Could election upset spell end for illiberal Orban?

FROM 02/26/2018 | Aljazeera

BY Creede Newton

Hungary’s ruling party Fidesz suffered a surprise loss in a mayoral race in an election that some viewed as a sign the ruling party could be defeated in April elections. Peter Marki-Zay, an independent candidate endorsed by the majority of Hungary’s opposition parties, handily won Sunday’s election in southern Hodmezovasarhely against Fidesz candidate Zoltan Hegedus, garnering 57 […]

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