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ADDED 09/06/2018

Around 10,000 turn out in Hamburg for anti-fascist rally

FROM 09/06/2018 | EuroNews

BY John Paul Ging

An estimated ten thousand people turned out in Hamburg for an anti-fascist rally last night. The gathering was to counter a Far Right demonstration in the city – which was overwhelmingly outnumbered. One anti-fascist protester, Dr. Martin Buchwald said: “Fascism is getting a grip on this country and the civil society needs to act now […]

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ADDED 09/05/2018

Chemnitz: 60,000 people turn out for anti-racism concert in German city shouting ‘Nazis out’

FROM 09/05/2018 | The Independent

BY Chris Baynes

Tens of thousands of people attended an anti-racism concert held to counter far-right protests and violence in the German city of Chemnitz. Well-known punk and hip-hop bands performed in front of a banner reading #WirSindMehr (“we are more”), a hashtag which has been used in response to the neo-nazi slogan “we are the people”. Organisers had […]

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ADDED 09/01/2018

Are the politics of “incivility” paving the road to an American fascism?

FROM 09/01/2018 | Salon

BY Henry Giroux

In the face of a nauseating and poisonous election cycle that ended with Donald Trump’s presidential victory, many commentators are quick to argue that Americans have fallen prey to a culture of incivility. This is the discourse of “bad manners” parading as insight, while working, regardless of intention, to hide the effects of power, politics, […]

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ADDED 08/31/2018

Fear in Chemnitz: ‘I’m used to neo-Nazis, but not my neighbour mixing with them in broad daylight’

FROM 08/31/2018 | The Guardian

BY Kate Connolly

Packing away her metal trays of breads and biscuits in Chemnitz’s Peukert bakery, famous for its century-old recipes, the shop assistant says she is glad it is closing time. Outside, police and protesters are gathering ahead of the latest far-right rally. “We’ve been here before,” she says, pulling down the window blinds and shrugging, saying […]

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ADDED 08/31/2018

Viktor Orban’s Illiberal State Declares War on the Liberal Arts in Hungary

FROM 08/31/2018 | Slate

BY JOSHUA KEATING

Hungary’s right-wing prime minister, Viktor Orban, has boasted of his intention to create an “illiberal” state, and this week took two major steps toward wiping out liberal arts education. The Budapest-based Central European University has announced that it will suspend its pioneering Open Learning Initiative, a program that offered free non-degree courses to refugees and asylum-seekers. It will be the […]

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ADDED 08/29/2018

HOW GERMANY’S MANTAR CONFRONT FASCISM WITH “CRUDE MUSIC,” CONTROVERSIAL ART

FROM 08/29/2018 | Revolver

BY GREGORY ADAMS

When Hanno Klänhard was a child growing up in Bremen, Germany, he and his friends were fascinated by a massive gold-colored sculpture that hung over a walkway in their town. “It’s a freaking angel with a sword fighting dragons!” the guitarist/singer of metal duo Mantar describes of the excitement he felt when he first came across the fantastical art piece. […]

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ADDED 08/26/2018

Labour front benchers back national demo against racism and fascism on 17 November

FROM 08/26/2018 | Socialist Worker UK

BY Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Labour shadow ministers Diane Abbott and John McDonnell have backed a call for a national demonstration against fascism and racism in London on 17 November. Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) has called the demonstration in response to the resurgent threat of the British far right and rising racism against Muslims and migrants. It is a major opportunity […]

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ADDED 08/24/2018

What Is Illiberal Civil Society?

FROM 08/24/2018 | Open Society Foundation

BY Adam Hug

It will come as no surprise that the post-Soviet space is facing the same challenges around the rise of populism and nationalism that are taking place across the world, nor that it faces some particular issues of its own. In its recent report The Rise of Illiberal Civil Society in the Former Soviet Union?, the Foreign Policy Centre brought […]

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ADDED 08/23/2018

False Concepts of Liberty

FROM 08/23/2018 | New Republic

BY WIN MCCORMACK

A few years ago, at a panel discussion I attended among labor leaders about the condition of unionism in America, one of the speakers launched into a diatribe against the Koch brothers and their funding of anti-union “right to work” laws. The brothers’ arguments in favor of them, he said, were predicated on a phony […]

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ADDED 08/21/2018

Republican Senator Michael Williams Proves Why White Supremacy Will Never Die

FROM 08/21/2018 | The Root

BY Michael Harriot

“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” -Ras Tafari Makkonen Perhaps no quote better captures the worldwide indifference to the […]

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ADDED 08/20/2018

Trump Exploited the Authoritarianism of White Evangelicals

FROM 08/17/2018 | Washington Monthly

BY Nancy LeTourneau

One of the most challenging things I faced as I began to question the fundamentalist Christian worldview in which I had been raised was to learn to think for myself. That is because it was an authoritarian system based on fear. John Fea documented the history of the connection between evangelicalism and fear in this country and Sara […]

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ADDED 08/13/2018

The neo-fascist moment of neoliberalism

FROM 08/12/2018 | New Age - Bangladesh

BY Éric Fassin

How can we understand the simultaneous rise of the far right and the authoritarian evolution of neoliberalism? We need an anti-fascism that can highlight the latter’s role in this ‘neo-fascist moment’. ‘Hello, dictator!’ The president of the European commission thus welcomed the Hungarian prime minister to the Riga summit in 2015. If Senator John McCain […]

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