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Troubles with Identity

Everyone who is troubled by new anti-immigrant populism should make the effort to watch Europa – the Last Battle (Tobias Bratt, Sweden 2017), a 10-episode documentary. It presents in extenso the neo-Nazi version of the last hundred years of European history. According to the series, this history was dominated by Jewish bankers who controlled our entire financial system; from the beginning, Judaism stood behind Communism, and the wealthy Jews directly financed the October Revolution to deal a mortal blow to Russia, a staunch defender of Christianity; Hitler was a peaceful German patriot who, after being democratically elected, changed Germany from a devastated land to a welfare country with the highest living standard in the world by withdrawing from international banking controlled by the Jews; international Jewry declared war on him, though Hitler desperately strived for peace; after the failure of the European Communist revolutions in the 1920s, the Communist center realized that one had first to destroy the moral foundations of the West (religion, ethnic identity, family values), so it founded the Frankfurt School whose aim was to pronounce family and authority as pathological tools of domination and to undermine every ethnic identity as oppressive.

http://thephilosophicalsalon.com/troubles-with-identity/

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Posted by on July 17, 2018 in European Union, Reportages

 

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No Brexit for a Eurozone Britain?

“You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.” Prior to the 2016 Brexit referendum, I borrowed this line from the Eagles’ 1976 hit “Hotel California” as an argument against Britain exiting the European Union. I told audiences up and down Britain that if they voted to leave the EU, they would end up more entangled with the EU Commission than ever before.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/no-brexit-if-britain-had-adopted-euro-by-yanis-varoufakis-2018-04

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2018 in Europe, European Union

 

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The fascist movement that has brought Mussolini back to the mainstream

On the night of 27 December 2003, five men broke into a huge, empty office complex in Rome, just south of the city’s main railway station, Roma Termini. A few days earlier, the men had put up fake fliers, appealing to the public for help to find a lost black cat called “Pound”. It was a way to avoid suspicion as they surveyed the building before breaking in.

Nothing was left to chance: the date, between Christmas and New Year, was chosen because there wouldn’t be many people around. Even the name and colour of the cat wasn’t casual: “Pound” was a nod to the American poet and fascist evangelist Ezra Pound. And black was the colour associated with their hero, Benito Mussolini. They planned to start a radio station from inside their new building called Radio Bandiera Nera – “Black Flag Radio”.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/feb/22/casapound-italy-mussolini-fascism-mainstream

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2018 in European Union

 

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Călătorie la Bașpunar, satul dobrogean care depinde de un singur izvor: “Dacă apă nu e, nimic nu e”

– În chestiunea racordării la rețeaua publică de apă, România prezintă toate datele unei țări subdezvoltate. O treime dintre români nu beneficiază de așa ceva (iar în ceea ce privește canalizarea situația este și mai gravă: doar jumătate dintre gospodăriile din țara noastră sunt conectate la sisteme de canalizare).

https://recorder.ro/calatorie-la-baspunar-satul-dobrogean-care-depinde-de-un-singur-izvor-daca-apa-nu-e-nimic-nu-e/

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2018 in European Union

 

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Europe’s future now rests on who owns the story of its past

Europe seems awash with historical hang-ups. And they are important ones. They may define the continent’s future as much as the outcome of Germany’s current political convulsions, or the state of Italy’s banks, or whether Brexit Britain manages to cobble a transition deal. Large crowds of Greek people recently protested against the use of the name Macedonia by the neighbouring former Yugoslav republic.

In Paris, there is intense debate about whether the writer Charles Maurras, a leading intellectual figure of French early 20th-century ultranationalism and antisemitism and a prominent supporter of the Vichy regime, should be listed among the names to be officially “commemorated” this year (he was born in 1868). Poland’s new law aimed at curtailing any discussion of the role some Poles played in the Holocaust led to a spat with Israel and the US. In Germany, where the far-right AfD holds 94 seats in the Bundestag, a local Berlin politician (of Palestinian family background) last month called for newly arrived migrants to be sent on mandatory visits to concentration camp memorials to assist their “integration courses”.

 

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2018 in European Union

 

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In the cases of two separate holocausts, Israel and Poland find it difficult to acknowledge the facts of history

The Israelis have been mighty pissed off with the Polish government these past few days. I don’t blame them. In fact – and I’m not referring to the racist, extremist military occupation government of Benjamin Netanyahu – the Israeli people and Jews around the world are quite right to be enraged at Poland’s latest Holocaust denialism.

The Polish decision to criminalise any accusation of Polish complicity in the Holocaust, passing a law which effectively prevents any Pole from acknowledging that Poles themselves assisted in the genocide of six million European Jews, is iniquitous. Its purpose is not to elicit the truth, but to bury it. It certainly constitutes part of the denialism of the Jewish Holocaust.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/holocaust-israel-poland-history-difficult-acknowledge-netanyahu-jewish-polish-government-a8212071.html

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2018 in European Union, Middle East

 

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Een verkapte Europese coup

NIETS IS SURREËLER dan door Athene te dwalen met de rapporten van de trojka in gedachten. Al vanuit de verte zie je voor Evangelismos, het grootste Griekse ziekenhuis, de rij bij de eerste hulp. Het is dertig graden en binnen wacht men vijf à zes uur in een bedompt vertrek, zichzelf koelte toewuivend. Oude ambulances rijden af en aan. Meermaals schreef de trojka (van EU, imf en ecb) in de memoranda: ‘We beschermen de kwetsbaren.’ Maar de begroting van dit hospitaal is in deze jaren meer dan gehalveerd. Er is een tekort aan alles en vooral aan verplegers – in heel het land zijn er dertigduizend méér nodig, zei het ministerie van Volksgezondheid onlangs. Iedere zuster verzorgt nu zo’n vijftig zieken, ’s nachts tachtig, en velen worden ziek van de lange werkweken.

In de gangen passeren bezwete Albanese mannen met buideltasjes. Elke bezoeker krijgt een visitekaartje: bij hen kan de patiënt een televisie of een privé-ambulance huren. Of een privé-zuster, ‘altijd ervaren, toegewijd en Grieks’. Ze staat je voor vijftig euro een half etmaal bij, of helpt met douchen voor twintig. In werkelijkheid zijn het Georgische of Bulgaarse dames, die hier in de jaren van voorspoed als au pair werkten en nu zwart en zonder diploma inspringen.

https://www.groene.nl/artikel/een-verkapte-europese-coup

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2018 in European Union

 

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Poland’s new Holocaust law is just the latest attempt to officially redefine its history

The Polish Parliament’s upper house approved Thursday a controversial bill that aimed, according to its backers, “to protect Poland’s reputation and ensure historians recognize that Poles as well as Jews perished under the Nazis.” Widely interpreted as criminalizing any mention that some Poles committed crimes during the Holocaust, the law was swiftly condemned by a wide range of Holocaust commemoration bodies, survivors and historians. The United States asked Poland to rethink the legislation. Israel countered with a bill that criminalizes denying or minimizing the role of Nazi collaborators.

But few in the Western media read Polish, and the law’s actual scope is actually broader than has been reported. Behind it lies a long-standing government policy of “not leaving history to the historians” — and promoting a narrative of Polish martyrdom.

Here’s what you need to know.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/02/03/polands-new-holocaust-law-is-just-the-latest-attempt-to-officially-redefine-its-history/

 

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2018 in European Union

 

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Italy’s bigoted election, and the banality of race war

The blight of right wing nationalism is hard to escape at the best of times in Italy, a country which despite taking great pride in its historic democratic traditions has never really faced up to the legacy of its twentieth century crimes. In recent weeks, in a climate of growing xenophobia across Europe, and with the added trigger of hotly contested elections that as elsewhere have been dominated by the ascendency of the far-right, the nation’s most reactionary energies have been boiling over, with eugenics-inspired policy proposals, explicitly fascist policy proposals and, now, bloodshed.

http://politicalcritique.org/world/eu/2018/italys-bigoted-election-and-the-banality-of-race-war/

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2018 in European Union

 

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A gruesome murder. A hate-filled shooting rampage. And a reckoning with immigration before Italy votes.

The sound was at once distressingly familiar and jarringly out of place.

Kofi Wilson had heard gunfire every day of the 15 months he spent in Libya during a harrowing journey to Europe — but never in more than a year since he arrived in Macerata, a tranquil little city of cobblestone streets and handsome blond-brick plazas nestled in the craggy central Italian hills.

“It’s not a gunshot, not here,” Wilson told a friend after hearing the first crack.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/a-gruesome-murder-a-hate-filled-shooting-spree-and-a-reckoning-with-immigration-before-italy-votes/2018/02/06/d34f8598-0aa7-11e8-998c-96deb18cca19_story.html?utm_term=.7794941b35d8

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2018 in European Union

 

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