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A Lesbo finisce l’Europa

È il “lunedì puro” a Lesbo, la fine del carnevale per gli ortodossi: è festa, non si lavora, si organizzano dei picnic con la famiglia, si mangia pane azzimo e si fanno volare degli aquiloni colorati. Ai bordi delle strade di Mitilene, il capoluogo dell’isola, gli ambulanti vendono pesci volanti di carta, soli colorati con le code, ma a fianco dei venditori camminano dei militari in mimetica con i mitra spianati e i cani al guinzaglio che pattugliano le strade e le spiagge. Sull’isola, che nel 2015 ha accolto migliaia di profughi siriani, l’atmosfera è cupa.

Le auto della polizia sono ferme a ogni angolo e gruppi di autoproclamati vigilantes bloccano le auto dirette al centro di detenzione di Moria. Gruppi di uomini vestiti di nero prendono a sassate gli operatori umanitari e i giornalisti, distruggono le loro macchine prese a noleggio che riconoscono dalla targa, aggrediscono i profughi che si muovono ormai solo in gruppo. Secondo gli attivisti, si tratta di militanti vicini ad Alba dorata, la formazione di estrema destra che insieme agli abitanti dell’isola da settimane protesta contro la costruzione di nuovi centri di detenzione a Lesbo.

https://www.internazionale.it/reportage/annalisa-camilli/2020/03/03/lesbo-naufragio-migranti-turchia

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2020 in European Union

 

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‘Zolang je ons ziet, verandert Nederland’

Jerry Afriyie zit continu te bellen. Sinds een jaar bewegen hij en de andere vier kernleden van de beweging Kick Out Zwarte Piet (kozp) zich uit veiligheidsoverwegingen nauwelijks meer met de trein. Dus zit hij op een donkere achterbank van een auto met een laptop op schoot, zijn hand in een zak chips en met een telefoon aan zijn oor. Grappend en snel pratend spoort Afriyie tijdens een drie uur durende rit naar Maastricht mensen aan. Soms zakt hij heel even weg in zijn stoel, maar altijd met zijn blik op zijn scherm. Hij kauwt snel op wat chips of een winegum, om het volgende telefoontje alweer te beantwoorden.

Hij suggereert wijzigingen in een brief aan Mark Rutte, die een paar dagen later in de NRC verschijnt. Hij bedenkt een line-up voor een manifestatie in Eindhoven – ‘ik vraag Fresku en Kempi!’ – en hij belt met Maastricht om aan te kondigen dat hij later zal zijn. ‘Sorry, het spijt me écht: file.’ Wanneer iemand uit Heerhugowaard afbeeldingen doorstuurt van mogelijke demonstratielocaties wordt hij heel even boos. ‘Ze zetten ons gewoon in de achtertuin!’ zegt hij in zijn telefoon. ‘Dat is een stukje gras waar niemand ons ziet. Echt onacceptabel. Schrijf het niet zo op hè, blijf in gesprek, maar ga niet akkoord.’ Over ‘Heerhugowaard’ is het laatste woord nog niet gesproken.

https://www.groene.nl/artikel/zolang-je-ons-ziet-verandert-nederland

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2019 in European Union

 

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Trump’s Racist Ban on Anti-Semitism

US President Donald Trump thinks that anti-Semitism is a serious problem in America. But Trump is not so much concerned about neo-Nazis who scream that Jews and other minorities “will not replace us,” for he thinks that many white supremacists are “very fine people.” No, Trump is more worried about US college campuses, where students call for boycotts of Israel in support of the Palestinians.

Trump just signed an executive order requiring that federal money be withheld from educational institutions that fail to combat anti-Semitism. Since Jews are identified in this order as a discriminated group on the grounds of ethnic, racial, or national characteristics, an attack on Israel would be anti-Semitic by definition. This is indeed the position of Jared Kushner, Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, who believes that “anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.”

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/traump-racist-ban-on-anti-semitism-by-ian-buruma-2019-12

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2019 in North America

 

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The myth of Eurabia: how a far-right conspiracy theory went mainstream

In July 2011, a quiet European capital was shaken by a terrorist car bomb, followed by confused reports suggesting many deaths. When the first news of the murders came through, one small group of online commentators reacted immediately, even though the media had cautiously declined to identify the attackers. They knew at once what had happened – and who was to blame.

“This was inevitable,” explained one of the anonymous commenters. And it was just the beginning: “Only a matter of time before other European nations get a taste of their multicultural tolerance that they’ve been cooking for decades.”

“Europe has been infested with venomous parasitic vermin,” explained another. “Anything and everything is fine as long as they rape the natives and destroy the country, which they do,” said a third.

As the news grew worse, the group became more joyful and confident. The car bomb had been followed by reports of a mass shooting at a nearby camp for teenagers. One commenter was “almost crying of happiness” to be proved right about the dangers of Islam. “The massacre at the children’s camp,” another noted, “is a sickening reminder of just how evil and satanic the cult of Islam is.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/16/the-myth-of-eurabia-how-a-far-right-conspiracy-theory-went-mainstream

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2019 in European Union

 

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Che paese è quello che deve mettere sotto scorta una sopravvissuta ai campi di sterminio?

Che paese è quel paese in cui si deve mettere sotto scorta una donna di 89 anni sopravvissuta ai campi di sterminio nazisti? Un paese che in fondo non è mai cambiato, nostalgicamente legato al ventennio fascista, più in generale all’uomo forte e alla tranquillità appiccicosa garantita dal conformismo razzista; un paese mai sbocciato davvero e tornato a tuffarsi nell’ignoranza, che un po’ di benessere ha reso tronfio e superficiale, vittima di avvelenamenti continui del politicamente scorretto, e in cui la memoria e il ricordo sono ormai esauriti; un paese che sta fallendo ogni appuntamento col futuro, compreso quello che passa dall’onorare e rispettare il passato.

https://www.wired.it/attualita/politica/2019/11/07/scorta-liliana-segre-razzismo/?refresh_ce=

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2019 in European Union

 

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America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One

My dad always flew an American flag in our front yard. The blue paint on our two-story house was perennially chipping; the fence, or the rail by the stairs, or the front door, existed in a perpetual state of disrepair, but that flag always flew pristine. Our corner lot, which had been redlined by the federal government, was along the river that divided the black side from the white side of our Iowa town. At the edge of our lawn, high on an aluminum pole, soared the flag, which my dad would replace as soon as it showed the slightest tatter.

My dad was born into a family of sharecroppers on a white plantation in Greenwood, Miss., where black people bent over cotton from can’t-see-in-the-morning to can’t-see-at-night, just as their enslaved ancestors had done not long before. The Mississippi of my dad’s youth was an apartheid state that subjugated its near-majority black population through breathtaking acts of violence. White residents in Mississippi lynched more black people than those in any other state in the country, and the white people in my dad’s home county lynched more black residents than those in any other county in Mississippi, often for such “crimes” as entering a room occupied by white women, bumping into a white girl or trying to start a sharecroppers union. My dad’s mother, like all the black people in Greenwood, could not vote, use the public library or find work other than toiling in the cotton fields or toiling in white people’s houses. So in the 1940s, she packed up her few belongings and her three small children and joined the flood of black Southerners fleeing North. She got off the Illinois Central Railroad in Waterloo, Iowa, only to have her hopes of the mythical Promised Land shattered when she learned that Jim Crow did not end at the Mason-Dixon line.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2019 in North America, Reportages

 

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For the first time in my life, I’m frightened to be Jewish

I am 58 years old, and for the first time in my life, I am frightened to be Jewish.

We live in a time when racism is being normalized, when Nazis parade in the streets in Europe and America; Jew baiters like Hungary’s Orban are treated as respectable players on the international scene, “white nationalist” propagandist Steve Bannon can openly coordinate scare-mongering tactics with Boris Johnson in London at the same time as in Pittsburg, murderers deluded by white nationalist propaganda are literally mowing Jews down with automatic weapons. How is it, then, that our political class has come to a consensus that the greatest threat to Britain’s Jewish community is a lifelong anti-racist accused of not being assiduous enough in disciplining party members who make offensive comments on the internet?

For almost all my Jewish friends, this is what is currently creating the greatest and most immediate sense of trepidation, even more than the actual Nazis: the apparently endless campaign by politicians like Margaret Hodge, Wes Streeting, and Tom Watson to weaponize antisemitism accusations against the current leadership of the Labour party. It is a campaign – which however it started, has been sustained primarily by people who are not themselves Jewish – so cynical and irresponsible that I genuinely believe it to be a form of antisemitism in itself. And it is a clear and present danger to Jewish people.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/first-time-my-life-im-frightened-be-jewish/

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2019 in Europe, Uncategorized

 

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Trump Plays the Race Card. So What?

This week witnessed outrage over racism at the highest levels of government in Britain and U.S. The day after the U.S. Congress voted to condemn President Donald Trump’s attacks on four congresswomen of color, British Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn accused each other of tolerating racism in their parties.

Such moral indignation might make racism seem a taboo and Trump a pariah. But this would ignore both the insidious nature of racism and its tenacity, not to mention the hypocrisy of those ostentatiously recoiling from it.

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-07-19/donald-trump-s-send-her-back-racism-is-american-tradition

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2019 in North America

 

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The Race Card in America

Donald Trump has racialized American politics more than any US president in living memory, and many are blaming him for acts of racist violence, like the recent mass shooting in El Paso. But, given that what makes politics in the United States so complicated is the conflation of race, class, and culture, his opponents should not follow his example.

LONDON – The recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, carried out by a young white man who had posted a hate-filled anti-immigrant screed shortly beforehand, has called attention to US President Donald Trump’s own rhetorical affinity for white supremacy. Trump has consistently insulted Mexicans, African Americans, and other people of color. He referred to Haitian and African immigrants as coming from “shithole countries.” Last month, he told four new members of Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar, to “go back” to where they came from. All four Congresswomen are, of course, American citizens. All but one (Omar) were born in the United States.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/racial-politics-in-america-2020-presidential-election-by-ian-buruma-2019-08

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2019 in North America

 

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The Weaponization of National Belonging, from Nazi Germany to Trump

This past week I found myself in Stuttgart, an industrial city in southwest Germany. As I usually do in a European city I haven’t visited before, I went to the local history museum to see how the story of the Second World War is presented. Stuttgart’s museum opened just last year, and its handling of the Nazi era is more circumspect than that of older German memorials. The period from 1933 to 1945 comprises a small set of displays, perhaps ten per cent of the entire exhibition. The tone is neutral.

“After 1933, National Socialism pursued Hitler’s anti-Semitic, racist, and imperialistic ends in Shtuttgart, too,” a caption explains in English. “Despite their Social Democratic past, many citizens endorsed and profited from the new policies.” Only a third of Stuttgart’s residents voted for the Nationalist Socialists, but this was enough to make the party dominant in the city. “In 1933 began the marginalization, persecution, and murder of Jews, political opponents (social democrats and communists), and other groups,” another caption states, using an impersonal construction that makes marginalization, persecution, and murder sound like forces of nature rather than acts of man. Members of Hitler’s party defaced the entrances to Jewish shops and then rallied in the town square.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-weaponization-of-national-belonging-from-nazi-germany-to-trump

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2019 in North America

 

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