Different Shades of Black: The Anatomy of the Far Right in the European Parliament

Ellen Rivera and Masha P. Davis Protesters of right-wing and far-right Flemish associations take part in a protest against Marrakesh Migration Pact in Brussels, Belgium on Dec. 16, 2018. [Credit: Alexandros Michailidis / Shutter-stock.com] [Of all the European elections, the one scheduled for May 23-26, 2019 that will decide the composition of the 9th European…

Brazil: Political Mafia Suspected in Marielle Franco Murder

Only two people have been arrested in the March, 2018 assassination of Marielle Franco, the Black activist and city councilwoman in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “Everyone believes this was carried out by militias” which “operate in Rio very much like classic mafias,” said Stephanie Reist, a Rio-based writer and researcher. “Many militia members are current…

Nicaragua in the Shadow of Western Fascism

Stephen Sefton In her Sorbonne University exam results, French philosopher Simone Weil scored better than Simone de Beauvoir or Jean Paul Sartre. She well understood the varieties of Western fascism and imperialism. So it’s worth paying attention to her remark that Europeans were shocked by Nazi crimes because the Nazis did to them what Europeans…

Fascism and Dictatorship: The Third International and the Problem of Fascism

Fabian Van Onzen Nicos Poulantzas Fascism and Dictatorship: The Third International and the Problem of Fascism Verso, London, 2019. 240pp., £12.99 pb ISBN9781786635815 Around the world, fascism and the extreme right have made significant gains. In Hungary, Viktor Orban has established a fiercely xenophobic, anti-immigrant government, with participation of the fascist Jobbik party. In the…

Imagined Geographies of Central and Eastern Europe: The Concept of Intermarium

Marlene Laruelle and Ellen Rivera This article—originally published as a paper for the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES)—is the first in our series of in-depth analyses focusing on the activities of the far-right and its various contemporaneous and historical liaisons with intelligence agencies. The presidency of Donald Trump has accelerated an ambiguous…

Finding Marielle Franco’s Killers

Stephanie Reist Just two days before the March 14 one-year anniversary of Marielle Franco’s assassination, civil police arrested two men alleged to be directly involved in the murder of the black, favela-born, bisexual city councilor for the Radical Left Party of Socialism and Liberty (PSOL) and her driver Anderson Gomes. Marcelo Freixo, Franco’s fellow PSOL…

Prosur, Plan Condor II: Latin America Under Threat

María Luisa Ramos Urzagaste The political changes in Latin America and the Caribbean in recent years have been reflected in a serious weakening of regional multilateral organizations. The nefarious and retrograde OAS was revived, which, symbolically, is a serious antecedent against regional sovereignty, and perhaps we are now witnessing the emergence of Plan Condor II….

The Decline of the United States

Mauricio Escuela Part I When you write about the end of the American empire, you will necessarily have to go back to September 11, 2001. Several of the theorists who discuss the rise and fall of the great powers agree on this point, a date that shattered the neoliberal utopia that was the “end of…

Venezuela: How Fascism Uses the Pemón People

José Roberto Duque The south of Bolivar state has been the scene of violent confrontations between the Pemón and GNB (Photo: BBC) If anyone was doing their ” intervention ” well on February 23rd, it was the mayor of the municipality of Gran Sabana, south of Bolívar: the man warmed the ears of members of…

The Global Networks of Neofascism

Phil Hearse explores the worldwide allegiances which bind rising fascist movements across the world into a coordinated force. In June last year fascist and hard right forces staged their biggest demonstration in Britain since the 1930s, as 15,000 people called for the release from prison of Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon), incarcerated for contempt…

Maria Zakharova: Russia, Nazis, Ukraine, Fascism, Nationalism, Europe

New anti-Russia initiatives in Kiev We have noted yet more anti-Russia initiatives prompted by the current Ukrainian leadership. In addition to the recent resolution approved by the Verkhovna Rada on including Stepan Bandera’s birthday in the list of 2019 public holidays, President of Ukraine Petr Poroshenko has decided to once again cater to Ukrainian nationalists….