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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 03/24/2018

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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ADDED 03/22/2018

ALT FIGHT: Jason Jorjani Fancied Himself an Intellectual Leader of a White Supremacist Movement — Then It Came Crashing Down

FROM 03/18/2018 | The Intercept

BY Carol Schaeffer

A WEEK AND A HALF after Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election, Jason Reza Jorjani took the stage at a white supremacist conference in Washington, D.C. Richard Spencer gave him an awkward hug and pat on the back before he shuffled to the podium and spoke into the microphone. “In light of the outcome […]

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ADDED 03/08/2018

Hungary by now is no longer a democracy, says Rutgers’ R. Daniel Kelemen

FROM 03/08/2018 | Budapest Beacon

BY Staff

“If you don’t have a free and pluralistic press that is conveying messages on different sides of issues and which is actively critical of the government and its policies, then democracy starts to be meaningless. If people are just fed a steady diet of pro-government propaganda by media sources either controlled by the government or […]

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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 03/04/2018

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 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

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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