Category: Repression

Allan Nairn: Indonesian General Plots to Arrest Critics If He Wins Presidency

According to minutes of a campaign strategy session obtained by Nairn, Prabowo has made plans to stage mass arrests of political opponents and his current allies

Robert Fisk: Egypt’s Brutal Crackdown on Workers’ Rights

Khaled Abol Naga – an outspoken critic of the Egyptian government – stands accused of treason ( AFP )It was comical, farcical, droll. An actor’s dream if you were going to put the drama on stage or screen – but the three principal characters were actors themselves. The lead player, as usual in Egypt, was His Excellency Read more…

Mark Bray: Is Trump’s National Emergency a Step Toward Fascism?

President Trump has now declared a national emergency to fund his long-sought border wall. It is no surprise that when a fascistic president like Trump starts throwing around the idea of a national emergency, media outlets like Esquire start asking whether “it might be time to start fireproofing the Reichstag,” a clear allusion to Hitler’s Read more…

Robert Weissman: National Emergency Declaration Paves Way for Sweeping Authoritarianism

The real big issue is going to be whether people turn out in droves to protest this and say, “Not only do we not want a wall, but we don’t want the president declaring emergencies to get around the will of Congress.”

Ignasi Bernat: Criminalising political opposition in Catalonia

It is nothing short of remarkable that the justice system in a modern European state can proceed in this way, with lists of political opponents who are lined up for arrest and immediate imprisonment

Mark Harris: Trauma: A Tool of Social Oppression

The experience of trauma can also spark rebellion in the human spirit. In the fires of injustice and despair, rebels and revolutionaries are also made

Dilar Dirik: Kurdish MP on hunger strike prepared to “protest to the death”

Imprisoned HDP MP Leyla Güven is in critical condition after 68 days of hunger strike to demand an end to the isolation of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan

Paul Street: Bordering on Fascism

Scholars Reflect on Dangerous Times

J.P. Linstroth: Preventing Brazilian Indigenous Genocide and Protecting the Amazon

One of Bolsonaro’s first official acts as a newly inaugurated president was doing away with demarcation of indigenous territories in Brazil. All of us living on this planet should be fearful of this act

Fernando Haddad: Brazil: Opponents Warn of Regressive Policies & Dictatorship

Bolsonaro’s election marks the most radical political shift in the country since military rule ended more than 30 years ago

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