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2015: The year of blatant and unapologetic Israeli fascism

It was a year in which there wasn’t even a semblance of peace talks or a diplomatic process, but that’s probably a good thing; enough with the charade. GIDEON LEVY in Haaretz.

Palestinians look at a house that was demolished by the Israeli army, in the Qalandia refugee camp on the outskirts of Ramallah last week | AP

Palestinians look at a house that was demolished by the Israeli army, in the Qalandia refugee camp on the outskirts of Ramallah last week | AP

(December 31) – Thursday night will mark the end of a pretty awful year. There weren’t any wars for a change, leaving Israel free to deal with itself. There are times when launching a decent war, as Israel knows and loves, seems to be the best thing to do. Dealing with itself does Israel no good. When it cannot hide behind the routine “unavoidable war,” all its wounds and scars are revealed. Continue reading

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Why the rise of fascism is again the issue

Red Army doctor attends to Auschwitz prisoner after its liberation In January, 1945

Red Army doctor attends to Auschwitz prisoner after its liberation In January, 1945

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 blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal societies, whose war-making elites urge us never to forget, the accelerating danger of a modern kind of fascism is suppressed; for it is their fascism. Continue reading

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France: The real implications for people and their rights after attack on Charlie Hebdo

Whether or not the French state and/or “far right” are implicated in the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7, it bears certain similarities to the 9/11 terrorist attack on the U.S. World Trade Centre in 2001. As in the United States in 2001, the French monopoly capitalists and sections of the financial oligarchy (as well as those of the U.S and Canada) are taking full advantage of the attack on the magazine to obfuscate things. They have been at least partially successful so far in mobilizing people on a racist basis to support their agenda of interference and aggression in the Middle East; to escalate racist attacks against specific members of the population at home; and to intensify surveillance and control of the population as a whole. All the while, diverting attention from the increasingly severe economic and political crisis in which they are mired, in the hopes that they can make the people pay for the crises that they alone are responsible for.

It is informative to look at the history of the Charlie Hebdo (summarized by Wikipedia), in order to better clarify what its role has been — intentionally or otherwise — in promoting the above agenda. Continue reading

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Germany: Ramifications of the ‘war on terror’

On the assault on democratic rights

We are publishing information from Germany on PEGIDA, a German group, which includes organized neo-Nazis in its marches under slogans against the so-called ‘Islamisation’ of Europe. It is no accident that the states of the European Union abstained on the recent UN Anti Nazi resolution adopted by the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly November 21, 2014. It called for ‘Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.’ The abstention by the EU states gave the green light directly to the fascists to go into action. No one can be taken in by the crocodile tears for ‘tolerance’ issued by Angela Merkel and other leaders. Our stand is embodied in the slogan of CPC(M-L) ‘Our Security Lies in the Fight for the Rights of All’, which is in direct opposition to the fascization of society. – TS

Pegida supporters were outnumbered at the Berlin march

Pegida supporters were outnumbered at the Berlin march

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Sighting. Anti-fascist rallies throughout Germany – in pictures

Mass demonstrations against the so-called ‘pinstripe Nazis’ – Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident, or Pegida – have taken place in several cities in Germany. In Cologne, thousands of people stopped a fascist demonstration. (Click to enlarge photographs)

People hold a banner reading: ‘Refugees welcome’ as they take part in a protest against a rally by Pegida in Rostock, Germany | Bernd Wuestneck/AFP/Getty Images

People hold a banner reading: ‘Refugees welcome’ as they take part in a protest against a rally by Pegida in Rostock, Germany | Bernd Wuestneck/AFP/Getty Images

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Reality check: Windsor family – the admirers of fascism

Charles Windsor, the heir to the British throne, told an individual at the Canadian Immigration Museum in Halifax on Monday May 19th that, “Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler,” ostensibly relating to the accession of Crimea to Russia in March. The venue was a meeting with World War II veterans organized by the Harper government. His press entourage was quick to sensationalize the seeming “private” comment.
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UKRAINE: German disinformation on the Odessa massacre – a crisis of credibiity

Trade union building in Odessa where dozens of workers were murdered on May 2nd in a fire set by the U.S. and Harper-financed Ukrainian junta, and its neo-nazi Right Sector. Numbers of dissidents were also killed by gunfire. The atrocity occurred as Barrack Obama was extolling his Kiev junta in democratic colours before a Washington press conference held with Angela Merkel of Germany. The day before, the working class of Odessa had resolutely marched en masse on May First, International Labour Day.

UPDATE – Since the publication of this article, a second atrocity – the burning of local civilians who had taken refuge in a building – occurred yesterday on May 9 (the day celebrated as the victory over fascism in WWII) in the city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, also a key maritime port city like Odessa.

The regime’s “National Guard” – were dispatched to a police station that had been seized by anti-coup dissidents, possibly including police officers who rejected a new Kiev-appointed chief. Again, the deployment of the “National Guard” was followed by burning the building and killing a significant but still-undetermined number of people inside. (Early estimates of the dead range from seven to 20.)  Continue reading

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Hollywood: How the US collaborated with the Hitlerite Nazis

HollywoodReporter-US-NazisThe 1930s was marked by a devastating crisis of the world capitalist system and the rise of the movement of the working class and oppressed nations and the establishment of socialism in one sixth of the globe in the former Soviet Union. Big or finance capital turned to fascism to strengthen the “democratic” state, suppress resistance and enrich themselves. The Hitlerite Nazis and their allies, the Italian fascists and Japanese militarists, the reactionary tool of the ruling circles, were successful. The Western powers initially collaborated and colluded with Nazi Germany with the hopes that it would wipe out the Soviet Union, while they also wanted to crush Germany, because it threatened their economic and political interests. The German Nazis wanted to crush everyone, especially the Soviet Union and, even as World War II progressed, they hoped for Western assistance to do so. After WWII, the U.S. imperialists took up the mantle of the Nazis, including the Nazi plan to rule the world, by implementing their own holocausts in Greece, Korea, Guatemala, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Argentina, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Libya and so many other countries. Aggression in the field of culture, propaganda and ideology has been and is today an integral instrument of these broad plans.

In devastating detail, an excerpt from a controversial new book published in the Hollywood Reporter reveals the nefarious actions of the U.S. ruling circles during the 1930s in the sphere of culture and propaganda – how the big American Hollywood studios, desperate to protect German business and U.S. interests, let Nazis covertly censor film scripts, promote fascist Aryan themes, remove credits from Jews, suppress anti-fascist scripts, and get movies stopped. The excerpt is reproduced below.

Cultural aggression did not end with the defeat of the Nazis. After WWII, the U.S. state centralized this ideological and cultural offensive under the control of its intelligence services to which it devoted unlimited financial resources. This was thoroughly documented by Frances Stonor Saunders in her book, Who Paid the Piper: The CIA and the Cultural Cold War (Granta, 1999), exposing the creation of a massive apparatus of cultural propaganda (e.g., Congress of Cultural Freedom, Ford Foundation, institutes, magazines, perpetrated by seemingly disparate “dissidents” and “socialists” composing a “democratic left” or a “non Communist left,” etc.), one of whose main purposes “was to advance the claim that it did not exist.” The issue is especially relevant for all Canadians, for our country has always had a “privileged” position when it comes to these matters. Cultural aggression did not cease with the end of the Cold War. Not only does it still exist, but it has steadily increased. Not only has it steadily increased, it is no longer exclusively clandestine and covert but open and shamelessly public. The infamous memorialization by the Harper government of the defeated Nazis and fascist collaborators in the Baltics and the Ukraine and its brazen villification of the anti-fascist communists evidences this reaction. – Tony Seed (Published August 6, slightly revised August 8)

Hollywood Reporter – THE 1930s are celebrated as one of Hollywood’s golden ages, but in an exclusive excerpt from his controversial new book, The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler (Harvard University Press, on sale September 9), Harvard post-doctoral fellow Ben Urwand uncovers a darker side to Hollywood’s past. Continue reading

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