By Peter Walker and Matthew Taylor - Sunday 6 November 2011
The far right is on the rise across Europe as a new generation of young, web-based supporters embrace hard-line nationalist and anti-immigrant groups, a study has revealed ahead of a meeting of politicians and academics in Brussels to examine the phenomenon..."In five years' time we will either see an increase in the forces of hatred and division in society, including ultra-nationalism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-semitism, or we will be able to fight this horrific tendency."
By Graham Beverly - WSWS
As the Canadian capitalist class has ever more vigorously asserted its imperialist interests abroad...its servants in the Harper government have contemptuously discarded the “peaceful” and “liberal-social democratic” Canadian nationalism promoted by the Liberal governments of the 1960s and 1970s and sought to promote the military and the Crown as sacrosanct elements of “what it means to be Canadian.”
By Tony Iltis - Green Left Weekly
[Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] is a progressive, anti-racist movement. The struggle for rights for Palestinians is no more aimed at persecuting Jews than the struggle for non-white South Africans’ freedom from Apartheid was aimed at persecuting whites...For 60 years, Palestinians have been punished for an event in European history that they played no part in.
By Dave Zirin - September 6, 2011
Ten years ago, on the first Sunday after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the [National Football League] did something truly heroic and generous: nothing...As 9/11 morphed into a decade-long “Global War on Terror,” the league has, to put it mildly, failed to show similar restraint. From the now ubiquitous presence of military flyovers and honor guards at every game, to the armed forces recruitment stations set up outside pre-season contests...the league has treated our era of endless war as an odious exercise in corporate branding.
By Max Blumenthal - August 2, 2011
Breivik may have developed his destructive sensibility in the stark political environment of a European continent riveted by mass immigration from the Muslim world, but his conceptualization of the changes he was witnessing reflect the influence of a cadre of far-right bloggers and activists from across the Atlantic Ocean. He not only mimicked their terminology and emulated their language, he substantially adopted their political world-view.
By Hector Mondragon - Znet
...[T]he reduction of the state that the Right trumpets and the neo-fascists try to impose by way of intimidation seems to only affect social programs. It is related, however, to the unbelievable growth of military budgets and of wars, that grow the public debt and fiscal deficit. A greater insanity than that of one lunatic terrorist.
By Stefan Steinberg - WSWS
...[T]here has been a concerted campaign by the bourgeois establishment in Europe to deny that the murderous rampage conducted by Anders Behring Breivik was motivated by anti-Islamist prejudices with deep roots in mainstream politics...[L]eading politicians and media commentators have gone to extraordinary lengths to play down their own role in encouraging the climate of xenophobic hatred which provided the background to Breivik’s attack.
By URI AVNERY - July 29-31, 2011
[Accused right-wing terrorist Anders Breivik] is the prototype of a Nazi anti-Semite of the new wave. His creed consists of white supremacy, Christian fundamentalism, hatred of democracy and European chauvinism, mixed with a virulent hatred of Muslims...This creed is now sprouting offshoots all over Europe. Small radical groups of the ultra-Right are turning into dynamic political parties, take their seats in Parliaments and even become king-makers...
By Peter Schwarz - WSWS
...[T]here is a definite link between the campaign of incitement against Muslims, which has been supported by all of the parties of the US and European bourgeois establishment and by the media, and the political motives of the fascist who murdered 76 people...It was only a matter of time before the incessant promotion of racial hatred, national and anti-immigrant chauvinism and militarism engendered an act like that which occurred in Oslo.
By Junge Linke - Libcom
...Pol Pot and his alleged ‘stone-age communism’ is always invoked as a counter-‘argument’...[to] show what happens if people attempt to change society radically. [The Khmer Rouge] seems to be made for this purpose: a group of left-wing students in Paris encounter what passes at the time for Marxism; they later join the Communist Party, return to their home country, go underground...come to power through a guerrilla army, and then set up a regime of terror...Bourgeois common sense has always pictured communism like this, hence the outrage is great and there is little interest in finding out why the Khmer Rouge did what they did.
By BORIS KAGARLITSKY - May 27-29, 2011
Whenever free market policy fails, the only salvation offered is even higher doses of the same policy....As a result, [European voters] are searching for an alternative. Not finding one in the political left, they are turning to nationalist parties that promise their voters measures for combating unemployment, government regulation of the market and...the willingness to challenge the ruling structures of the European Union.
Monday, May 16, 2011 - Common Dreams
"It has been less than 12 months since this crisis began...The city full of homeless people looking for food in dustbins; friends fired without compensation, or accepting wage cuts; police officers beating up citizens who protest, schools and hospitals shutting; teachers and doctors losing their jobs; journalists censored; trade unionists persecuted; racist attacks downtown."
- Xara Kouki, Greek social researcher with the ELIAMEP Institute.
By ALLEN MENDENHALL - May 13-15, 2011
...[O]ne can see Dershowitz's "argument" for what it is: a collection of red herrings and other fallacies cloaked in inflammatory and nationalist rhetoric. At a time when the Middle East is in turmoil...the last thing we need is Dershowitz's loud, self-righteous, and not-so-subtle warmongering to influence public discourse about Osama bin Laden.
By Richard Fidler - May 8, 2011
The NDP’s Quebec candidates surfed into office on a wave of popular disenchantment with the Tories, Liberals and Bloc [Quebecois]...[T]he uppermost concern among Quebec voters...was to find some way to block the Conservative government...The NDP was perceived as the one party that offered some prospect of change. At the same time, NDP voters indicated that the potential for constitutional change was not a major factor in their decision. The Québécois have largely abandoned any expectation of constitutional change coming from Ottawa...which does not mean they have abandoned their desire for...independence.
By Dave Zirin - May 2, 2011
Since 9/11, the sports arena has been an organizer of patriotism, a recruiter for the US armed forces, and at times a fun-house mirror, reflecting the principles of freedom in a manner so misshapen and distorted as to rise to the level of farce.