“Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law. At the time, advocates painted a rosy picture of booming U.S. exports creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and economic development in Mexico, which would bring the struggling country in line with its wealthier northern neighbors. Two decades later, those […]
The left in Greece must rise up against Golden Dawn | Costas Lapavitsas | Comment is free | theguardian.com.
Greece – and the rise of Golden Dawn – is an extreme parable of what has happened to many developed countries since the global crisis broke out in 2007. The policies of the Greek “rescue” – where the Greek people had no inkling what was afoot until the agreement was signed in 2010, leading to a tremendous spasm of anger – are instantly recognisable, if exceptionally severe. Wages, salaries and pensions have been cut; austerity has been imposed on the (Read more…)
Costas Lapavitsas on why the state crackdown on Golden Dawn fails to address the basis of their popular support.
Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Extreme Right, Fascism, Greece
Norway’s disturbing lurch to the right | Alf Gunvald Nilsen | Comment is free | theguardian.com.
The results from today’s Norwegian elections are more or less clear: with some 26.8% of the vote, the Conservative party (Høyre) is poised to head Norway’s next coalition government. The first thing to note about Norway’s unsettling rightward turn is the fact that the Progress party (Fremskrittspartiet) is set to join as junior partner in a coalition government. Disturbingy, a political party whose platform is marked above all else by an ardent anti-immigration agenda is capable of making such headway (Read more…)
I’m not sure what to make of the hoopla going on in the US right now. I’m inclined to think it’s all just political theatre, as Gerald Celente calls it, designed to distract the people from the real issues – the central one being, who controls the government and the nation? Wall Street, the big […]
There is a deeper reason for the war on drugs, which is the central reason for the policy, even outweighing profits from private prisons and seizure of property by law enforcement officers, both of which no doubt are also significant and strong motivations for keeping the “war on drugs” going. Nearly thirty years ago, Chomsky […]
Athens riot police fire tear gas at an anti-fascist protest calling for action against the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party following a rapper’s murder. Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty
No country has displayed more of a “backslide in democracy” than Greece, the British thinktank Demos has said in a study highlighting the crisis-plagued country’s slide into economic, social and political disarray.
Released on the same day that judicial authorities ordered an investigation into a blog posting by a group of reservists in the elite special forces calling for a coup d’etat, the study singled out Greece and Hungary for being “the most significant (Read more…)
When Europe sank into depression in the 1930s, politics polarized. The far right became more appealing to some, the far left to others. One reassured people by harking back to tribal values, the other by insisting nothing would do but to overthrow the system and start afresh.
In hard times, people become frightened and angry, and look for easy answers. Demagogues are ever ready to prey on their
Richard Hughes Political Blogger
Make no mistake folks the genie is out of the bottle and fascism is staring us right in the face. Many people do not want to hear that or deal with that unwelcome reality but it is undeniably the reality of Canada today.
This video is brought to us from ‘Operation Maple‘ whose clearly stated goal is to take Canada back.
Do your best to take care of yourselves and your families. There is not much if any help available from any of our political party’s as they are all singing of the same (Read more…)
Ed Snowden’s leaks that reveal the NSA’s borderless metadata trawling and massive invasion of Americans’ privacy is further evidence that something is rotten in the heart of empire. Equally disturbing is the shrug and compliance of the Fourth Estate. No matter how far their idol Obama strays from the principles some of us once believed he stood for, there are any number of pundits ready and willing to defend his betrayals and secretive abuse of power.
Violations of executive power that cast Cheney as a villain play differently with Obama who on the heels of recent revelations was quick to (Read more…)
“The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself.
That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.”
US President Franklin Deleanor Roosvelt-April 1938
The AP reports that 5,000 Golden Dawn supporters marched past the US Embassy in Athens, chanting anti-Turkish, anti-US and anti-immigrant slogans. The anti-US feeling was prompted by memories of a 1996 territorial dispute between Greece and Turkey that only ended peacefully after the intervention of the US, and led to three Greek navy officers dying in a helicopter crash.
Related: The Indy: How Golden Dawn is nurturing the next generation; Der Spiegel: ‘Golden Dawn’ Fosters Ties with German Neo-Nazis
Filed under: fascism Tagged: Athens, fascism, Golden Dawn, Greece, right-wing, Turkey, US
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan 15, 2013: Ontario Superior Court Justice Harriet Sachs says police behaviour during the Toronto G20 protests had “the eerie overtones of the worst sort of abuse orchestrated by fascist states.” She passed the harsh verdict while ruling on the case of Eva Marie Botten, an activist whose Charter READ MORE
I had a discussion on Facebook today, with someone who disagreed with socialism, yet supported clearly socialist ideas and policies, as I find so often. A reply by someone to the original Facebook post stated fascism and socialism were wrong, as well as all monopolies (as monopolies were assumed to be fascist in nature).
Below is my reply to posts regarding media near-monopolies, specifically how many newspapers, radio and TV stations were owned by just three corporations. I make no attempt to justify the actions or views of any media company in this blog post, but I did defend monopolies
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The Honourable Charlie Angus, New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay, recognizes the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion’s contribution to the fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s.
The Mac-Paps volunteered to fight the fascist forces of Spain, Italy and Germany as part of the International Brigades, without any support from Canada’s government. The Liberal Party government of the time literally treated them like criminals instead of the heroes that they actually were.
If Canada and the other western democratic nations had put their full support behind the anti-fascists in Spain, perhaps the Holocaust and
Richard Hughes- Political Blogger
The corporate forces have controlled our Conservative and Liberal political parties for many years. They funded their elections and been there at the ready with their people to write the desired legislation for their now bought and paid for obedient elected servants.
Sad truth is that today the NDP are ever increasingly “corporate-friendly’ as well. There was the day when the ‘Social Democrats’ would not accept money from the corporate community, but no more.
That was in the good old days. Now the corporate forces control the whole shooting match through so called free trade deals that
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Top federal bureaucrats stayed mum during discussion about silencing of scientists What the Canadian “Environment” [read>oil shil] Minister Peter Kent calls “communications management” the rest of us would call #censorship and&nb… . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Canadian Scientist Continue to be Muzzled
I downloaded this image from Facebook, so thanks to the person who created it. To anyone not familiar with the skinhead subculture (other than the racist, far right fringe that the sensationalist media presents as representative of the entire subcultur… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: I downloaded this image from Facebook, so thanks to the person…
Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety [Book Trailer] (by BTLbooks) And you thought things were a bit frightening in Canada. Take a good look if you really want to be traumatized with fear as we continue our… . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Politics and Entertainment 2012-11-28 14:40:00
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
Generally speaking Canadians have pretty much thrived in a democratic society where the ‘Rule of Law’ is observed along with respect for parliamentary traditions and practices. It is the civilized way to live and we have done well by it.
Today the governance of our country has been reduced to ‘Arithmetic.’ Processes go begging under PM Steve Harper. He has the numbers and as he had previously stated, he is going to change Canada and it will be unrecognizable. He is a man of his word, well about that anyway.
We do not have the votes
. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Authoritarian Rule Comes To Canada. Harper Is Out Of Control!
Its flag looks eerily like Hitler’s swastika. “It” is the far-right Golden Dawn party that has risen out of the turmoil of Greece’s economic collapse.
And another eerie echo from the past is that Greek police, hard hit by government austerity, are reported to be sending crime victims to Golden Dawn for protection.
…Athenians are being openly directed by police to seek help from the neo-Nazi group, analysts, activists and lawyers say.
In return, a growing number of Greek crime victims have come to see the party, whose symbol bears an uncanny resemblance to the swastika, as a “protector”.
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