From this anxiety of imitation, it is a short step to seeking authenticity in texts from the past, even if one of those texts is itself a modern imitation. The effect is further magnified by a narrowly instrumental education, the shrinking of public debate, the subservience of media to business interests, the proliferation of social media, and an influential but alienated diaspora, especially in the United States, that seeks to find a glorious Hindu past that can be seen to have exceeded the very West upon which India’s recent success depends so heavily. When this past does not exist, it (Read more…)
A weakness of large parts of the “left” opposition and the radical Left becomes apparent: after the pogroms of the early ’90s many abandoned the working class as a revolutionary force. They could therefore only turn to “civil society” and thus ultimately the state as an ally against the Nazis. This ally supported fascist structures and helped to establish them, while at the same time it gave the left-wing opposition the opportunity to turn itself into a force supportive of the state. This fact paralyses many Antifa and other leftwing groups. Instead of naming the state’s role in the NSU (Read more…)
Remember in 2013, I wrote a rather lengthy post explaining the parallels between the Harper Government and fascism?
In the last week or so, the Harper Government has passed Bill C-51, which more or less turns the entire RCMP-CSIS-CSEC establishment into the PMO’s private police force. It grants the state extraordinary powers of surveillance, arrest and detention with virtually no oversight except for that of the Minister responsible for national security. There is so much wrong with Bill C-51 and the structures it creates that I could rant about it all day. If Harper creating a politically (Read more…)
If the Public Security Committee's hearings into Bill C-51 had ended today, some no doubt would have called it just another bad April Fool's joke.But Stephen Harper is so desperate to beat the drums of war and fear, and use the bill to go after his political enemies, he couldn't wait that long.So he rammed the bill through yesterday, and although it was no joke, the hearings were in every possible way a ghastly fascist farce. Read more »
When we last left Stephen Harper yesterday afternoon, he was in his Terror Command Bunker, also known as the Fear Centre, trying to block out the sights and the sounds of yesterday's massive Day of Action.And no doubt shocked by the sight of all those demonstrators, all those Stop Harper signs.And of course, his failure to scare them into submission, or muzzle them, like he has so many other decent Canadians.Still, you might think he would tell his grotesque Con committee members, who are "studying" the bill, to back off a bit. And listen to the experts (Read more…)
It was cold wet and miserable across most of Canada today. A day to stay at home if ever there was one.But that didn't stop tens of thousands of Canadians from turning out to send a message to Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime.
We are not afraid, and Bill C-51 must be KILLED. Read more »
For months Stephen Harper has been working day and night to try to create a climate of fear.He has fanned the flames of paranoia and xenophobia, appealed to the beasts that dwell within us.He is using the armed forces to help him portray the world as a dark and threatening place, with videos like this one…
Which is designed to dovetail with his own party propaganda, is full of the hollow words he uses every day, like "values" and "freedoms." And is being played over and over again on Canadian TV. So not surprisingly he is (Read more…)
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John Pilger’s thorough examination of fascism from the German Nazis Holocaust through to the US led attacks on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Kosovo,Vietnam, and the sorry list goes on.
Read about President Obama’s Tuesday ‘CIA’ kill list, the tie in with the evolution of US backed radical groups culminating in todays murderous thugs known as ISIS.
by JOHN PILGER
The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography is embedded in our consciousness. Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping (Read more…)
You could tell by just looking at him that Stephen Harper hated the very idea. He was angry he was vicious. He went after the opposition like a rabid hyena for daring to criticize his flawed and dangerous anti-terrorism bill.He accused the NDP of "attacking the police and the security services."But in the end he folded like cheap suit, and was forced to surrender some ground. Read more »
There’s a form of fascism that’s flourishing today and it’s even considered pretty respectable. Then again, old school fascism prior to WWII was also considered respectable in some pretty high places.
Journalist, documentary filmmaker, social critic John Pilger sees the face of fascism in much of Western foreign policy. An important essay published in Asia Times Online. If what Pilger claims is remotely accurate, we have been well and truly had – by our own governments.
“To initiate a war of aggression…,” said the Nuremberg Tribunal judges in 1946, “is not only an international crime, it is the supreme (Read more…)
I always knew he was a political thug. I wouldn't have fought him so hard and so long if I didn't think he was the worst Prime Minister this country has ever known.But now of course he is even worse.For as Jeffrey Simpson points out, now he is exploiting personal tragedy and making terror his monstrous mantra.Read more »
He didn't bother to attend the parliamentary debate on his dangerously flawed anti-terrorist bill C-51. He shut down that debate after only a few hours.And now he's making sure that even the experts won't have a chance to explain why the bill is such a threat. Read more »
Even by the low standards of Peter Dumbo MacKay, I thought it was bizarre when he claimed that a plot to commit a mass slaughter in Halifax was not linked to terrorism. "What I can tell you is that this appeared to be a group of murderous misfits that were coming here or were living here and prepared to wreak havoc and mayhem on our community," he asserted at a news conference."The attack does not appear to have been culturally motivated, therefore not linked to terrorism," he said.Especially since the Criminal Code states that terrorism is “politically, (Read more…)
He couldn't have had a better excuse to miss the return of Parliament, and dodge all those questions about his catastrophic economic record.For there he was at the funeral of a dead Mountie.Looking suitable sorrowful, and posing as a Great Crime Busting Leader.Which like everything he did today was choreographed to the max. And accompanied by the distant beat of a fascist drum.Read more »
It's not going to be easy to write this post, because the anger I felt earlier today, has been replaced by sadness and shock.Sadness for those who were killed, and those who loved them. Shock at the bestiality of those who would murder others for the "crime" of wielding a pencil.For as you might have guessed, while I have no time for crazy religion, and I hate bullies with a passion.I do admire cartoonists a lot…
For telling the truth that so many others dare not speak. Read more »
Canada’s position on the world stage continues to embarrass and disturb.
On Nov. 4, Canada, along with Ukraine and United States, voted against a draft resolution entitled “Combating glorification of Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”
It’s a lengthy document, but worth the time it takes to read. As you read through the resolution, ask yourself why any decent human being would oppose it. Surely, only racists, bigots and nazis could find this resolution offensive.
In this instance, it seems likely that the US and Canada chose (Read more…)
Trudeau the Lesser’s Liberals did backflips to support Israel’s brutal outrage against Gaza’s civilian population this summer. It was as though no one had ever heard the Israeli military’s term, Dahiyeh. Of course you didn’t need any fancy terms to see that Israel was brutally – and quite illegally – targeting Gaza’s Palestinian population completely in flagrant violation of human rights laws and the laws of war. That much is obvious when the side with strike jets takes down the public’s water and sewage plants and then moves on to hit schools and hospitals, even clearly designated UN refuge sites. (Read more…)
It's hard to believe that it's been more than four years since the G20 Summit in Toronto, and my neighbourhood became a police state.A dark sinister place where more than a thousand people were arrested, and caged like animals.
For no good reason.And yes, the wheels of justice grind slowly.Read more »
There is an old internet adage called Godwin's Law, that dictates that among other things, one can't call Stephen Harper and his Cons Nazis.And I don't, because it also wouldn't be decent. It would diminish the deaths and the suffering of Hitler's many victims. And of course, because it's not strictly accurate eh?You really can't compare our bumbling Con fascists to those genocidal Nazi maniacs.But Harper is a maniac, and he is killing our country. So I'm really glad to see that at least it's now OK to compare him to Benito Mussolini. Read more »
I always knew he'd lead this country to a very dark place, from the day he came to office.And the very first thing he did was order the removal of the words "women's rights" from thousands of government documents.I knew then that he was an alien beast like we had never seen before. And now of course it's even worse. The country is bleeding from a thousand wounds, and he's crazy desperate, and trying to scare us into submission.Read more »
Front National wins seats in French senate for first time | World news | The Guardian.
Marine le Pen hailed her party’s success as ‘an absolutely historic victory’ and a ‘breath of fresh air in a rather sleepy chamber’. Photograph: Phililppe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images
The far-right Front National (FN) scored a historic victory in elections to the French senate on Sunday, winning its first ever seats in the upper chamber as the ruling Socialists and their leftwing allies lost their majority to rightwing parties.
The shock victory of Stéphane Ravier from Marseilles and David Rachline from Fréjus confirmed the party’s political (Read more…)
Russian president Vladimir Putin is on record as saying that the collapse of the Soviet Union was one of the 20th century’s major geopolitical disasters. Some might say this suggests he is an unregenerate communist but that, I suspect, is not the case. He was comfortable enough in the USSR, serving the state as a member of the infamous KGB, but I doubt he misses communism very much. The empire,
During the Haiti earthquake relief mission, columnist Carol Goar wrote of a disturbing practice by the Harper government, when it came to charitable organizations.
We had already seen funding slashed to KAIROS, a Religious organization that advocated for the poor and disenfranchised, because they spoke out against Israeli aggression in Palestine.
But they were not the only group in Stephen Harper’s crosshairs, brought to light during the Haiti crisis. Said Goar: A shadow hangs over Canada’s exemplary earthquake relief mission in Haiti. Several of the charities working heroically to deliver food, clean water, health care and shelter to (Read more…)
Below left: Hero of Ukrainian hardline nationalists – Stepan Bandera Below right: Bandera in Nazi uniform
In order to get some background on the crisis in Ukraine, it’s important to take the historical record into account – both recent and long standing. This is especially important given slanted western media coverage, with Russia being painted as the chief instigator and aggressor. In actual fact a close look at the sequence of events leading up to the Kiev coup in February of this year tells quite a different story with respect to who was behind the crisis.
In an article (Read more…)
While I have never been one to use the term fascist profligately, the creeping authoritarianism that has been the hallmark of the Harper regime gives pause for reconsideration. As the above graphic shows, and as any well-informed citizen knows, the cabal has been intent for many years on tearing down confidence in some institutions while exalting others. The nuances, variety and diversity of a healthy society are discouraged, even suppressed. Cultivating a black-and-white mentality within the population makes it easier to maintain and further control.
Perhaps the most recent and egregious examples of institutional attack has been Harper’s attempt to (Read more…)