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We are witnessing the rise of global authoritarianism on a chilling scale
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'More girls, fewer skinheads': Poland's far right wrestles with changing image

Far-right insiders described a movement that has changed substantially in recent years – “more girls, fewer skinheads,” said one – with a marked increase in middle-aged and highly educated recruits. “A decade ago if you saw us in a bar you would know we were from the far right, but if you saw us now you would have no idea,” said one insider.

One factor in this change, they noted, was the influence on Polish society of young people returning from working in countries such as Britain. “So many young people travelled to work in western countries, and then came back and told their friends and families what was going on in western Europe,” said Krzysztof Bosak, of the ultra-nationalist organisation National Movement.

“They told them about the process of exchange of population, by which people of European origin are replaced by people from Africa and Asia, and about Islamisation.”

Aleks Szczerbiak, a professor of politics at the University of Sussex, said: “It was long assumed that young Poles would come to the west and become more secular, multicultural and liberal, and that they would re-export those things back to Poland. But instead their experience of the west seems to have reinforced their social conservatism and traditionalism in many ways.”

The march’s organisers included the National-Radical Camp (ONR), the successor to a pre-war Polish fascist movement; All-Polish Youth, a far-right youth organisation that has run social media campaigns condemned as racist; and the National Movement.

Despite their involvement, and the participation in the march of even more hardline white supremacist groups such as the National-Socialist Congress and the so-called Szturmowcy (Stormtroopers), the march also attracted thousands of people with little to no affiliation to nationalist or far-right groups.

Speaking to the Guardian, nationalist and far-right leaders distanced themselves from charges of racism, insisting their movements were dedicated to the preservation of Polish-Catholic culture and moral values, and not white supremacy.

“Faith is very important to us, the Catholic religion is part of Polish national identity,” said Bosak, who served as an MP between 2005 and 2007. “We want Catholic morality and the social teachings of the church to be the base for the state policy, for the law, for a new constitution.”


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Jonah Fisher‏Verified account @JonahFisherBBC
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Four years ago today Ukraine’s Maidan demonstrations began. At the square tonight candles, a couple of tents and a small gathering/rally.

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Russia moves against chemical weapons watchdog

After blocking U.N. Security Council action against Syria, Russia has proposed changing the rules for inspectors at the world’s chemical weapons body in The Hague, a move Western diplomats and experts said would undermine its work.

At the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a draft Russian-Iranian decision circulated among the 41 members of the body’s executive council, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters, sought to overturn procedures on how OPCW inspectors work and how their findings are shared.

The proposal was to be discussed by the OPCW’s decision-making executive council, which was meeting on Tuesday, but had little chance of obtaining sufficient support to pass.

The Russian draft says the OPCW should withhold “findings that are not based on the results of on-site investigations”, but experts said this was an attempt to scupper the investigations.

Last Friday, Moscow blocked a proposal to extend the mandate of a joint investigation by the United Nations and the OPCW, saying it was seriously flawed.

Sweden and Uruguay are pushing for the U.N. Security Council to revive an international inquiry, but without the support of Russia, which holds a veto, there can be no further U.N.-backed inquiries.


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In the delivery of their verdict so far, ICTY judges have found Ratko Mladic responsible for genocide in Srebrenica, crimes against humanity and deportation and forcible transfer of population during war in Bosnia.


Bosnian Serb warlord Ratko Mladić expected to be found guilty of genocide

Ratko Mladić, the Serb warlord who terrorised Bosnia in the 1990s, is widely expected to be convicted on Wednesday for the last genocide committed in Europe.


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/n...war-crimes


Matthew Price‏Verified account @BBCMatthewPrice
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25 years ago Fikret Alic was photographed in a concentration camp in Bosnia. Today he’s in The Hague awaiting the verdict on his tormentor, Ratko Mladic.

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But both groups then take the unwarranted step of belittling the acts of genocide committed by opponents of the western powers.
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Left and libertarian right cohabit in the weird world of the genocide belittlers

The massacre of Bosnians at Srebrenica in 1995 and the slaughter of Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994 are two of the best-documented acts of genocide in history. Both cases are supported by overwhelming evidence: remains of the victims and vast dossiers of testimony from survivors and observers.

In Rwanda, Hutu forces systematically murdered between half a million and a million Tutsis. The most commonly accepted estimate is 800,000. A wealth of evidence shows that much of this killing was pre-planned. But the quality of the evidence has little influence over those who are determined to dismiss it.

From 1988 until 2000, Mick Hume was editor of a magazine called Living Marxism. The title was misleading: it was a hard-right libertarian paper.

In 2000 the magazine closed after losing a libel case: LM had made false claims about ITN's footage from the Trnopolje camp, in which Bosnian prisoners were held by Serb forces.

In 1996, LM maintained that the figure of 8,000 killed at Srebrenica was the result of "manipulation" and "misrepresentations". But, the article concluded, 8,000 is "a more useful number for propaganda purposes than 800." In 1997 it carried a sympathetic interview with Radovan Karadzic, former president of the Bosnian Serb republic.

Of the Sarajevo marketplace massacre of May 1992, he said: "It is quite obvious to anyone objective that Muslims have done it."

When Ratko Mladic was arrested last month, Hume, writing for Spiked, insisted that the concept of a war crime is a "highly questionable notion", as are both the numbers of people killed at Srebrenica and the circumstances of their deaths.

LM also mocked and belittled the genocide in Rwanda. In 1995, for example, Fiona Fox, who is now the director of the Science Media Centre, wrote a piece for the magazine in which she repeatedly put the Rwandan genocide in inverted commas, and claimed that "this was not a pre-planned genocide of one tribe by another. Those targeted by government militia were Tutsis and Hutus suspected of supporting the RPA invasion."

But genocide denial is just as embarrassing to the left as it is to the libertarian right. Last week Edward Herman, an American professor of finance best known for co-authoring Manufacturing Consent with Noam Chomsky, published a new book called The Srebrenica Massacre. It claims that the 8,000 deaths at Srebrenica are "an unsupportable exaggeration. The true figure may be closer to 800."

Like Karadzic, the book claims that the market massacres in Sarajevo were carried out by Bosnian Muslim provocateurs.

These are not the first such claims that Herman has made. Last year, with David Peterson, he published a book called The Politics of Genocide. He places the Rwandan genocide in inverted commas throughout the text and maintains that "the great majority of deaths were Hutu, with some estimates as high as two million", and that the story of 800,000 "largely Tutsi deaths" caused by genocide "appears to have no basis in any facts".

But here's where it gets really weird. The cover carries the following endorsement by John Pilger. "In this brilliant exposé of great power's lethal industry of lies, Edward Herman and David Peterson defend the right of us all to a truthful historical memory." The foreword was written by Noam Chomsky.

Both the LM network and Herman's supporters oppose western intervention in the affairs of other nations. Herman rightly maintains that far more attention is paid to atrocities committed by US enemies than to those committed by the US and its allies. But both groups then take the unwarranted step of belittling the acts of genocide committed by opponents of the western powers.


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People are living longer than ever before, global poverty has plummeted, war is on the decline

By several metrics, people around the world are living better, healthier, happier lives.

For much of human existence, life was miserable — full of laborious work, only to end relatively quickly. It’s only recently that this has changed across the world, with global life expectancy rapidly increasing from below age 30 prior to the 1870s to more than 71 in 2015. There are a lot of reasons for this shift, including shrinking poverty, fewer big wars, and enormous medical advances that have exterminated killer diseases.

As people are living longer, they’re also much less likely to live in poverty. In 1990, about 37 percent of the world lived in extreme poverty, meaning they made less than $1.90 a day (in inflation-adjusted terms). In 2015, less than 10 percent did. This has been driven by the incredible economic growth the world has seen in the past few decades, particularly in giant countries like China and India.

The number of people going hungry has also dramatically fallen since the 1990s. In 1991, the global undernourishment prevalence rate was 18.6 percent, according to the World Bank. In 2015, it was 10.8 percent.

Another reason people are living longer: Many deadly diseases are slowly going extinct. This is in large part thanks to the advent of vaccines, which gave us a much-needed way to fight previously untreatable or hard-to-treat diseases. Polio is one example, with no new cases of polio occurring over the past few years in all but a handful of countries. But it’s not just polio; vaccines also helped entirely wipe out smallpox and rinderpest around the world and nearly eradicated diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, and tetanus, among others.

Much of the world used to be filled with the constant threat of war. Today those kinds of threats are vanishingly rare. As my colleague Zack Beauchamp explained, much of that has to do with the spread of democracy, nuclear weapons creating deterrents to conventional war, and increased respect for nations’ sovereignty discouraging wars of conquest.

Meanwhile, crime in America and many other wealthy nations has plummeted over the past couple of decades.

These broad measures show the world is generally getting better. We are not only living longer, but our lives are less likely to be hampered by poverty, hunger, disease, war, and crime than before.


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The story that highlights an ugly American tribalism

Roy Moore is now 70 years old and running to be the next US senator for the state of Alabama. Some polls suggest he could win.

There is also a report in the New Yorker magazine that Mr Moore was banned from visiting a local shopping mall because of his tendency to badger teenage girls there. It takes quite a bit to be banned from a shopping mall.

But the story of Judge Roy Moore in Alabama has revealed something else that has nothing to do with sex and harassment. It's a story of tribalism.

Over the past few days Mr Moore has been widely condemned by many top Republican politicians in Washington who say he should drop out of the Senate race.

They say they believe the accusers' stories over Mr Moore's denials. But the reaction in Alabama itself has been quite different.

There, several state Republican officials and local Republican party committees have come to Judge Moore's defence.

Ed Henry, a Republican state representative, suggested it's the women who accused Mr Moore who should be prosecuted, for not coming forward with their stories sooner and so allowing an accused predator to roam free.

And Jerry Pow, the Republican chairman of Bibb County, Alabama, told a reporter he'd vote for Roy Moore even if the allegations are true, and he did commit a sex crime against a teenager.

What's so revealing in the context of tribalism is Mr Pow's reasoning. He'd vote for Moore, he says, because he can't bring himself to vote for the Democrat in the race.

Jerry Pow believes any Democrat is de facto worse than any Republican - even if that Republican molested girls and then lied about it.

The Republican Governor of Alabama has added her voice to those saying she believes the women but will vote for Mr Moore nonetheless, to get another Republican in the Senate.

And here's the kicker. According to researchers, we are all prone to doing just that. You, me, our friends, our kids, our news editors, and yes, the good people of Alabama.

Political scientists have known this about us for years. In 2010, a landmark study by two psychologists showed that facts fail to sway our opinions. Indeed, Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler argued that fact-checking can actually make us more entrenched in our political biases.

When someone presents us with evidence contrary to our beliefs, we feel under siege and dig in our heels. That is what seems to be happening this week in Alabama.

This is getting more extreme because politics has become not just polarised but tribal. We hunker down in groups of like-minded people and then we fight to protect that group.

That means relentlessly attacking the opposing camp and refusing to budge from our opinions in the face of inconvenient truths, like the possibility that someone we support is actually a child molester.


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Palestinian factions agree to hold 2018 general election

Palestinian factions, including rival groups Hamas and Fatah, have agreed to hold a general election by the end of 2018, a joint statement by several groups said on Wednesday following talks in Cairo.

Azzam Al-Ahmed, head of Fatah’s delegation to the Cairo talks, said his group insisted Hamas completes full handover of Gaza control to the government by Dec 1. He added that another meeting with Hamas will be held later in December to evaluate further reconciliation steps.

http://www.france24.com/en/20171122-pale...l-election
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Mary Fitzgerald ‏Verified account @MaryFitzger
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Reports of 'slave auctions' in Libya have prompted outrage but 'slavery' is not an isolated phenomenon on the continent. Estimated 6.2m 'enslaved' in sub-Saharan Africa acc to Global Slavery Index.

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