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We are witnessing the rise of global authoritarianism on a chilling scale
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We are witnessing the end of Robert Mugabe. He has been asked to step down. And road to Inkomo barracks has been closed. The end is here now.

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Promise Chadamoyo‏ @Pchada101
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More on the situation in Harare. They say these guys are surrounding Mugabe's residence.

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Khadar Nouh‏ @Kadarnouh
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BREAKING: International observers of Somaliland's presidential election congratulate the Somaliland people on a peaceful poll.

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The global neonazi movement wants a death match with democracy

On 11 November 1926 Josef Goebbels began the Nazi takeover of Berlin. As a gesture of intent, he led 300 of the party’s brownshirt stormtroopers into what was then a stronghold of the left: “Four seriously injured, four slightly hurt, but we’re on the march,” recorded the future war criminal in his diary.

Today, Neukölln is Berlin’s main venue for Nazi attacks – this time anonymous. Out of 45 recorded cases of racist violence in Berlin this year, 35 took place in Neukölln. They involve arson, swastika graffiti, bricks through shop windows and threatening notes sent to migrant shopkeepers.

According to the Mobile Counsel Against Rightwing Extremism, an anti-fascist monitoring group, the attacks have changed – from the torching of the cars of leftwing politicians to the targeting of migrants and the NGOs helping them. The attackers originally operated in a Facebook group, but it was taken down after it published a Berlin-wide map of Jewish institutions.

In Poland this weekend 60,000 neo-Nazis staged a march celebrating the country’s independence day, chanting: “Refugees out!” and carrying banners calling for an “Islamic holocaust”. The interior minister, Mariusz Błaszczak, called the march a “beautiful sight”; the pro-government TV news called it “a great march of patriots”. Tommy Robinson, the British far-right campaigner, tweeted that he had “an amazing trip to Poland and was shown great hospitality”, adding: “Poland is fortress Europe.”

The massive vote for the far-right FPO in Austria, and its potential entry into a coalition government, cast a dark shadow over the political mainstream, and Saturday’s march in Warsaw will do the same.

This is happening when Europe’s economy is growing faster than at any time since the 2008 crisis. Poland’s unemployment rate is 5.3%, a record low. In the late 1920s, fascism was driven by economic desperation. In Poland, it is being driven by a white, Christian supremacist ideology that political and social elites seem unwilling to challenge. Its core message is: no more social change.

Modern fascism is no longer a response to single events: it is – as the outpourings of people such as Tommy Robinson repeatedly remind us – about Islam and white identity. It is the headscarf, the mosque and the Qur’an that the fascists marching through Warsaw care about, not the economic strain brought about by refugees. Poland has dealt with a grand total of 1,474 asylum claims this year, just 18 of them from Syria; the rest mostly from white, Christian Russia and Ukraine.

In the places where fascism was stopped, as in France in 1934, the left and the liberal centre achieved tactical unity and created a narrative of hope. Centre-left and leftwing governments in power delivered radical change; the fascist media was counteracted by a vibrant liberal media; the massive social power of the labour movements, the churches and the synagogues was mobilised.

Probably the biggest difference is the high level of theory and consciousness you find in the online groups of the new far right. It is an international movement, fuelled by dollars and airtime both from the pro-Trump right and, in some cases, by Russian intelligence.

In the US, the entire narrative of the pro-Trump news media feeds the paranoias of the far right.

The far right across Europe has challenged progressive politics to a death match. Anybody who thinks this is going away without a fight is displaying an irrational appetite for political risk.


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Nathan J Hunt‏ @ISNJH
4 minutes ago

Current reports from Zimbabwe local accounts are that military has taken control of state TV and is continuing to deploy to key area's, also report indicate presidential house is surrounded.


Loïs Roumestan‏ @lois_roumestan
28 minutes ago

Zimbabwe I am in Harare at the moment. 2 big explosions heard. Some gunshots and lots of military vehicles can be heard driving around. We do not know what is happening for sure. It is tense.


Illia Djadi‏ @idjadi
36 minutes ago

Mugabe sems to be under army siege at his blue roof residence. Heavily armed men can be seen around his residence. A road that leads to his house is completely shut down.
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Australians decisively support same-sex marriage

Australians have overwhelmingly voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic poll.

The non-binding postal vote showed 61.6% of people favour allowing same-sex couples to wed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said.

Jubilant supporters have been celebrating in public spaces, waving rainbow flags and singing and dancing.

A bill to change the law was introduced into the Senate late on Wednesday. It will now be debated for amendments.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said his government would aim to pass legislation in parliament by Christmas.

More than 12.7 million people - about 79.5% of eligible voters - took part in the eight-week poll, which asked one question: "Should the marriage law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-41992344


Why NSW had the largest opposition to same-sex marriage

What has people scratching their heads, at least in the first hours of processing the postal survey results, is why the state recorded a No vote of 42 per cent, the highest in the country.

Perhaps most striking is that of the 17 electorates in Australia to return a majority No vote, 12 are located in western Sydney.

ABC election analyst Antony Green said these results indicated that so-called "conscience" issues in Australia tend to move along cultural and religious lines rather than the class-based issues which tend to define national politics.

He pointed to the high proportion of the population in NSW born in non-English-speaking countries as an indication of the cultural differences.


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A lesson from Syria: it’s crucial not to fuel far-right conspiracy theories

Without informed choice, democracy is meaningless. This is why dictators and billionaires invest so heavily in fake news. Our only defence is constant vigilance, rigour and scepticism. But when some of the world’s most famous crusaders against propaganda appear to give credence to conspiracy theories, you wonder where to turn.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) last month published its investigation into the chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun, which killed almost 100 people on 4 April and injured around 200. After examining the competing theories and conducting wide-ranging interviews, laboratory tests and forensic analysis of videos and photos, it concluded that the atrocity was caused by a bomb filled with sarin, dropped by the government of Syria.

But a major propaganda effort has sought to discredit such testimony, and characterise the atrocity as a “false-flag attack”.

This effort began with an article published on the website Al-Masdar news, run by the Syrian government loyalist Leith Abou Fadel. It suggested that either the attack had been staged by “terrorist forces”, or chemicals stored in a missile factory had inadvertently been released when the Syrian government bombed it.

The story was then embellished on Infowars – the notorious far-right conspiracy forum. The Infowars article claimed that the attack was staged by the Syrian first responder group, the White Helmets. This is a reiteration of a repeatedly discredited conspiracy theory, casting these rescuers in the role of perpetrators.

It suggested that the victims were people who had been kidnapped by al-Qaida from a nearby city, brought to Khan Shaykhun and murdered, perhaps with the help of the UK and French governments, “to lay blame on the Syrian government”. The author of this article was Mimi Al-Laham, also known as Maram Susli, PartisanGirl, Syrian Girl and Syrian Sister. She is a loyalist of the Assad government who has appeared on podcasts hosted by David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

On 26 April Noam Chomsky, interviewed on Democracy Now, claimed that Postol, whom Chomsky called “a highly regarded strategic analyst and intelligence analyst”, had produced a “pretty devastating critique” of a White House report that maintained the Syrian government was responsible.

We know from Iraq not to take any such claims on trust. But I also believe there is a difference between scepticism and denial. While in the fog of war, there will always be some doubt, as the OPCW’s report acknowledges, there is no evidence to support the competing theories of what happened at Khan Shaykhun. Propaganda by one side does not justify propaganda by another.

In Vox earlier this month, the writer David Roberts suggested that America is facing “an epistemic crisis” caused by the conservative rejection of all forms of expertise and knowledge. Politics in the US and elsewhere is now dominated by wild conspiracy theories and paranoia – the narrative platform from which fascism arises.


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Roland Oliphant‏ @RolandOliphant
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Zanu PF official tells me Mugabe's position "untenable". Army will try to hand things with 'dignity', but it's a question of whether he steps down voluntarily or faces impeachment if he refuses to.
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Martin Mycielski ‏Verified account @mycielski
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Polish government-backed militias in training.


Political Soldier - Field Exercises

Next field exercises of the nationalists in Mazovia - this time training in the field of Green Tactics and shooting grounds and rules of handling weapons.

http://www.nop.org.pl/2017/08/03/mazowsz...-terenowe/

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James Felton‏ Verified account @JimMFelton

Leave voters are more likely to:
- approve of Donald Trump
- approve of golliwogs
- want to ban abortions
- want to leave Paris agreement
- want to leave Eurovision


BREXIT: Views that show remainers and leavers are worlds apart

Since June 2016, YouGov’s surveys have consistently shown that leave voters and remain voters are likely to argue about just about everything. Here are some of the things that set them apart.

Leave voters are twice as likely to want to ban the burqa

Seventy percent of leave voters told YouGov they supported “a law against wearing a full body and face veil” aimed at Muslim women. Only 32% of remain voters felt the same way.

And half as likely to think that gollies are offensive

Asked “Do you think it is or is not acceptable to sell or display a golliwog doll?”, 71% of leave voters said “acceptable”. Remain voters scored 37%.

More leave voters thought Donald Trump would be a good president

Asked on the weekend of his inauguration whether Trump would make a “great” or “good” president of the US, 30% of leave voters said they believed he would.

Zero percent of remain voters said they thought Trump would be a “great” president. Three pecent said he would be “good”.

They are more likely to want to leave the Paris climate change agreement

Pulling out of the Paris accord would mean the UK joining the US as the only major nations outside the global agreement. That’s where 26% of leave voters would prefer to be. Only 5% of remain voters want to quit.

Leave voters also want out of Eurovision

Forty-one percent of leave voters say they have made their mind up that the UK should permanently exit the Eurovision song contest.

They are sure Gibraltar is British

Seventy-one percent of leave voters believe Gibraltar should “remain a self-governing British territory”. Just over half of remain voters, 54%, share this view.

They are keener on reducing time limits on abortions, or banning them altogether

In September 2015 YouGov surveyed members of the Conservative party
There was a lead (30% to 25%) among leave voters in preferring there to be a reduction in the abortion time limit, to below 24 weeks. And twice as many leave-voting Tories (8%) as remain-voting Tories (4%) wanted to see a total ban on abortions.

Attitudes to terrorism and privacy

In the context of terrorism, “more should be done to help the security forces combat terrorism, even if this means the privacy of ordinary people suffer” was a statement that 64% of leave voters could agree with, compared with 44% of remain voters.

Almost half of leave voters consider gay sex unnatural

Asked “personally speaking, do you think gay sex is or is not natural?” just under a half of leave voters – 47% – say they believe gay sex is unnatural. Twenty-one percent of remain voters agree with them.


https://www.theguardian.com/politics/201...t?CMP=fb_g
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Assaults against Muslims in U.S. surpass 2001 level

The number of assaults against Muslims in the United States rose significantly between 2015 and 2016, easily surpassing the modern peak reached in 2001, the year of the September 11 terrorist attacks, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new hate crimes statistics from the FBI. In 2016, there were 127 reported victims of aggravated or simple assault, compared with 91 the year before and 93 in 2001.

Certain types of crimes that damage or destroy property, including vandalism, also have risen, from 70 cases against Muslims in 2015 to 92 last year.

As in previous years, the largest number of all types of hate crime incidents against religious groups targeted Jews. In 2016, there were 684 anti-Jewish hate crime incidents, marking a slight increase from 664 in 2015.


http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/201...001-level/
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Last Year, Social Media Was Used to Influence Elections in at Least 18 Countries

Russian meddling in last year’s U.S. presidential election and the Brexit vote is by now well-documented, but the Freedom House report found that it wasn’t just foreign forces that were trying to sway elections.

Turkey, Venezuela, the Philippines, and more than two dozen other countries employed “opinion shapers” that spread government talking points and shut down critics within their own borders. The number of countries trying to shape online discussions in this way has risen every year since Freedom House began tracking it in 2009.

While countries like China and Russia have employed online armies to spread propaganda or shut down sites for at least a decade, automated systems like bots and algorithms are increasingly creating new ways of disrupting democracy that are harder to track, and yet to be fully understood.

Somaliland, the self-declared republic in northwest Somalia, is blocking a dozen social-media sites during its upcoming election. Human Rights Watch has cautioned that social media is necessary for a free and fair election—but Somaliland believes the tactic is necessary after a rash of fake stories spread virally online.


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3,000 form chain of light against far right in Austrian government

At least 3,000 people formed a chain of light in Vienna on Wednesday to protest against the formation of a government that includes the far-right Freedom Party.

Demonstrators holding flickering candles, torches and bicycle lamps encircled the capital’s government district.

“Our republic’s most powerful political offices should be exclusively reserved for trustworthy people who are not in the slightest connected to right-wing extremists,” said Alexander Pollak, spokesman for SOS Mitmensch, one of several human rights groups which organized the demonstration.

It was the biggest protest in Austria since coalition talks between the conservative People’s Party (OVP) and the Freedom Party (FPO) started two weeks ago.


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End of Mugabe's 37-year rule opens door to freedom

The power of the Zimbabwean President, according to most assumptions, had been total and complete. Yet, in the end, his authority crumbled like a house of cards. His supporters abandoned him. He remained the President, but in name only.

It was unclear whether Mr. Mugabe would remain as a figurehead in Zimbabwe, or whether he and his family would seek refuge in a foreign country, perhaps Singapore or Malaysia where he has spent many months for medical treatment in recent years.

The military takeover was astonishingly smooth and almost entirely bloodless. A few gunshots, a couple of explosions, a few arrests, and the Mugabe faction within the ruling party was essentially finished. It didn't mean a victory by the opposition parties – since power is still controlled by authoritarian military officers – but there was at least a possibility that Zimbabwe's government could move into the modern age.

The Zimbabwean military needed only a few armoured vehicles to secure the streets of the capital, Harare, because there were no crowds of Mugabe loyalists to suppress.

The disappearance of the police and intelligence agents was highly significant, since they were the main weapons of the Mugabe faction.

A senior military official, Major-General Sibusiso Moyo, gave a televised address to the country in full camouflage uniform from a studio at the state broadcaster. He said Mr. Mugabe and his family were "safe and sound" and their security was guaranteed.

"We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country, in order to bring them to justice," he said.

Obert Gutu, a spokesman for the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, said he was impressed by the bloodless nature of the military intervention. People are anxious about the crisis, but they remain committed to non-violence, he said. "There's calm, there's peace, there's no looting," he told The Globe and Mail on Wednesday night.


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/wor...e36998437/
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Egypt singer faces trial for 'provocative' Nile remarks

A famous Egyptian singer faces trial for "spreading provocative publicity" after she suggested that drinking from the River Nile could make someone ill.

On Tuesday, the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate announced that it banned the 37 year old from performing over her "unjustified mockery of our dear Egypt".

The union said it had opened an investigation and would not grant Abdel Wahab the necessary permits until she appeared before officials to answer questions.

Abdel Wahab later apologised for her "foolish joke."

"My beloved country Egypt and sons of my country Egypt, I apologise to you with all my heart for any pain I may have caused you," she added.

But on Wednesday, state newspaper al-Ahram reported that Abdel Wahab would face trial on 23 December at a Cairo misdemeanours court on the charge of "spreading provocative publicity". A lawsuit accused her of insulting the Egyptian state and undermining efforts to produce tourism, it said.

State television would also no longer play her songs, according to al-Ahram.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41995932
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The Price of Campaigning for the Opposition in Russia

In August, when 23-year-old Ksenia Pakhomova became head of the Kemerovo regional campaign office for leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny, she had no idea the price she would pay.

Her 70-year-old grandmother threatened at work. Her mother losing her job. Her boyfriend expelled from university – all linked to her work on Navalny’s campaign.

Ksenia Pakhomova, head of the Kemerovo Navalny campaign office.
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Ksenia Pakhomova, head of the Kemerovo Navalny campaign office. © 2017 Ksenia Pakhomova

The problems began in early October, when the supervisor at a local museum, where Pakhomova’s grandmother worked, twice-threatened to fire her if she didn’t convince her granddaughter to, “stop participating in politics.” The supervisor implied that the management of the museum, run by municipal authorities, was under pressure and had no choice.

A few days later, the Kuzbass State Technical University expelled Pakhomova’s boyfriend, Aleksandr Stepantsov, supposedly for his failure to complete an assignment of which he and his classmates had been previously unaware. Stepantsov was studying for his Master’s degree on an academic merit scholarship. With the help of a petition from the All-Russian Student Union, the university later rescinded their decision.

Next, Natalia Pakhomova, Ksenia’s mother, was suddenly fired from her job as director of a local arts school, a position she had held for only two-and-a-half weeks. A city official cited, “numerous complaints from parents,” but according to Ksenia, a school administration representative told her mother in a private conversation she was dismissed because of her involvement in Navalny’s campaign. Natalia Pakhomova has since filed a court case for wrongful dismissal.


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