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Hillary and Other Assorted Barbarians at Russia’s Gate [Black Agenda Report]

Posted in Anti-Arab / Antisemitism, Anti-communism, Anti-fascism, Fascism, Genocide, Germany, Guatemala, Hillary Clinton, Libya, NATO, Russia, Ukraine, US - Nazi connection, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War, USSR on March 15, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

“Americans sound like southern white fascists, with their reflexive assumptions of supremacy, global privilege, and ordained national mission.”

March 5, 2014

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The United States is more than just an ally to fascists in Ukraine and everywhere else; the American South provided an historical model for fascism. “The fascist order of the pre-Sixties Solid South was simply a domestic expression of U.S. Manifest Destiny – the national religion.” The fascists – both local and imperial – have laid siege to Russia.

Hillary Clinton is a walking profanity – and, thereby, a prime candidate to be the next president of the United States. The fiend who played Julius Caesar when U.S.-employed jihadists butchered Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi (“We came, we saw, he died”) now likens Russia’s response to the U.S.-backed fascist putsch in the Ukraine to Hitler’s quest for a Greater Germany. It is like spitting on the graves of the 25 million Russians and other Soviet nationalities slaughtered in Hitler’s racist jihad – the people who actually defeated the Nazis while the U.S. and Britain loitered off Europe’s shores. At war’s end, the United States imported thousands of Nazis to construct the nuclear/chemical/biological military juggernaut that would usher in an “American Century” – while confiscating Paul Robeson and W.E.B. Dubois’ passports.

Thanks to the Americans, West German denazification never happened but, by the mid-Seventies, Washington had implanted fascist military regimes throughout Latin America – one of which exterminated 200,000 Guatemalan Mayas.

When John Kerry praises the “brave Ukrainians” that “took to the streets to stand against tyranny and demand democracy,” he makes common cause with the direct political heirs of the Ukrainian Waffen SS units and concentration camp guards that eagerly joined Hitler’s genocidal rampage in the mid-20th century. The Ukrainian fascists, who command 40 percent of the electorate in some western regions of the country, return the compliment, hoisting the Confederate flag in Kiev’s city hall. They see, correctly, that the epicenter of their ideology is not Berlin, but Washington.

“Ethnic purity was the organizing principle of one-party Democratic rule in Dixie from the mid-1870s to the mid-1960s.”

The trans-Atlantic affinity is more fundamental and deep-rooted than the $5 billion that Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland brags the U.S. has invested in developing “democratic institutions” in Ukraine – resulting in the overthrow of the elected government and its replacement by ethnic-based mob rule. This is the model that held sway in the southern United States for nearly a century, following the death of Reconstruction. Ethnic purity was the organizing principle of one-party Democratic rule in Dixie from the mid-1870s to the mid-1960s. Race and Nation were One, ordained by God, Science and History, obligating every white man to break and burn the bodies of all Negroes, mongrels and race-mixing whites that might challenge the political order. Mob rule – lynch law – buttressed the political and economic supremacy of the most exploitative sectors of industry and agribusiness. The American “Solid South” not only fits the “classic” definition of fascism, it provided a template for future fascists. The apartheid order in Dixie predates the establishment of fascist regimes in Europe and, in terms of its racial component, has more in common with the Nazi strain than Mussolini’s Italy.

The ideological unity of the White South empowered Democrat/Fascists to exercise outsized influence over the national government. The Dixie-born Ku Klux Klan became a national phenomenon, and the emerging U.S. empire swaggered about the globe with a decidedly southern accent. Pre-Civil War white southern dreams of building a slave empire throughout the Americas meshed nicely with Teddy Roosevelt’s imperial ambitions. Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, Roosevelt violated all the rules of naval warfare in favor of racial pageantry, painting U.S. naval vessels white for a world tour of “The Great White Fleet.” Both Europe and the non-white world understood his meaning.

“The American ‘Solid South’ not only fits the ‘classic’ definition of fascism, it provided a template for future fascists.”

When the Black Freedom Movement forced a split in the national Democratic Party, in the early Sixities [sic], southern whites bolted to the Republicans, transforming the Party of Lincoln into the national White Man’s Party. With Dixie the bedrock of Republican electoral college strength, the coded language of race came to dominate general U.S. political discourse. In a very real sense, Americans sound like southern white fascists, with their reflexive assumptions of supremacy, global privilege, and ordained national mission – including lots of Black Americans. After all, the fascist order of the pre-Sixties Solid South was simply a domestic expression of U.S. Manifest Destiny – the national religion.

Fascists all over the world – not just Ukraine – know they have tens of millions of soul mates in the United States, including the leadership of both major parties. That’s why they flashed the white supremacist gang-sign from Kiev. In turn, the American political class and corporate media prove they are also fascists, by pretending that their Ukrainian allies are democrats.

With the U.S. and NATO now poised at Russia’s door, as was Germany in 1941, Hillary Clinton attempts to flip the clear historical parallel by ranting that it is President Putin who seeks a “Greater Russia.” The Kremlin has every reason to believe the barbarians are at the gate.

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Aso’s Nazi remarks alarm Asian nations: FM spokesman [People’s Daily]

Posted in Anti-fascism, China, Germany, Japan, Nazism on August 1, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhua) — A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso’s Nazi remarks have alarmed Japan’s neighbors and the international community about the country’s development direction.

On Monday, Aso said in a lecture that Japan should learn how Germany’s constitution under the Weimar Republic was transformed by the Nazis in the early 1930s before anybody knew what was happening.

Aso also said it is natural to visit the war-linked Yasukuni shrine to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for the country.

The shrine to the 2.5 million Japanese war dead, including 14 convicted Class-A war criminals, is seen as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism.

Japan’s neighbors in Asia and the international community have to heighten their vigilance over the country’s development direction, since a major Japanese leader spoke openly to amend the pacifist Constitution following an example set by the Nazis, spokesman Hong Lei said in a press release.

The Yasukuni shrine issue concerning how Japan views its history of aggression and whether it respects the feelings of people of war-victim countries in Asia, said Hong.

“We demand the Japanese side reflect on its history, fulfill its commitments on historical issues and win the trust of Asian neighbors and the international community through concrete actions,” he said.

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“City of Life and Death” 《南京!南京!》(2009) — exclusive Sweet & Sour Cinema review; includes trailers with English subs [Sweet & Sour Cinema / Sweet & Sour Cinema Exclusive Review]

Posted in Anti-fascism, China, Fascism, Japan, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Sweet & Sour Cinema exclusive flim review, World War II on May 14, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Still from "City of Life and Death". Photo credits: Kino International

“City of Life and Death” (2009)  —  Review by Zuo Shou 左手

Chinese title:  《南京!南京!》 [Translation:  Nanjing!  Nanjing!]

Written and Directed by Lu Chuan

Starring Liu Ye, Guo Yuanyuan, Fan Wei

TRAILERS:  From, U.S. trailer with English subtitles; Hong Kong trailer with Chinese and English subtitles and different format (I like the HK trailer better, but the video resolution is a little poorer)

May 13, 2011

I’m publishing a review of this film now, about 2 years after it originally appeared in Chinese cinemas, as it’s just gone into limited release in the US in mid-May 2011.  The only location I know it’s showing at this time is New York City.

In the several years that I’ve been in China, this is not only the best film that I’ve seen in a Chinese cinema, it’s best film I’ve seen period.  It’s not only a classic Chinese film, it’s a classic of world cinema.  While I’m not familiar with director/writer Lu Chuan’s highly-regarded Mountain Patrol:  Kekexili, I find that he has shot right to the top of world’s most prestigious film directors’ list with this 4-years-in-the-making masterpiece.

The infamous rampage of Japanese Imperial Army soldiers in the (former) Chinese capital of Nanjing in 1937 is considered one of the most heinous and concentrated incidents of genocide in the 20th century.  Just as many Nazi sympathizers and other falsifiers of history attempt to deny the Nazi genocide of the Jews, to this day Japanese ultra-rightists and -nationalists try to dismiss the reality of the Nanjing Massacre (as well as other WWII atrocities in China) as an elaborate Chinese hoax.

First off, I will qualify that given the subject matter, this film contains strong stuff and it’s unrated in the US for a reason.  Besides a cinematic cataloging of violence against both Chinese soldiers and civilians, it depicts the literal “Rape of Nanking”, which involved the kidnapping of Chinese females to serve as “comfort women” or sexual slaves to Japanese soldiers.  The film is one-of-its-kind in China in that despite the strong images of physical and sexual violence shown, government censors allowed it to be shown in Chinese cinemas, presumably because of the vital subject matter and overall superior craftsmanship.  (Chinese mainland cinemas basically have a “one-size-fits-all” censorship policy, under the rationale that if it’s not suitable for all ages, it shouldn’t be publicly screened.  This puts Chinese theaters’ typical content threshold around what would be rated “PG-13” in the USA.)

“City of Life and Death” should be termed as “based on a true story”, mainly as presented through the eyes of a wide-eyed Japanese conscript named Kadokawa.  Using an episodic format, it weaves together authentic testaments to Japanese war crimes from multi-national witnesses to create an altogether compelling and unforgettable documentary-style re-creation of history.

The film draws comparisons to Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” for many reasons.  Both depict genocide to varying degrees of graphic-ness.  Both are shot in luminous, masterly black & white, which perhaps on the one hand heightens the sense of witnessing a documentary from a pre-Techincolor era and on the other takes the edge off the blood-spilling.  Both feature pivotal representations of historical German Nazi businessmen (in this film, Siemens’ AG China representative John Rabe, whose wartime diaries constitute a major documentation of Japanese crimes in Nanjing) who came to protect people whom their fascist ideology would otherwise direct them to despise or destroy.  What’s more, a sequence of urban warfare in “City of Life and Death” owes an obvious debt to the standard-setting hyper-realistic combat cinematography featured in Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan”.

It is to Lu Chuan’s credit that his film unequivocally surpasses the template of “Schindler”.  Despite its seminal photo-realistic exploration of Nazi anti-Semitic genocide, “Schindler” is saddled with glaring political and creative flaws:  e.g. the sentimental stereotyping of Jewish people as saintly sacrificial lambs to the fascist slaughter, or the Zionism that permeates the project.  In the final analysis, “Schindler” is a prequel, unwitting or not, which sets the stage for a new oppressive and criminal historical cycle of fascistic Israeli atrocities and dehumanizations.

Reviewers pick up on the fact that Lu Chuan “humanizes” the Japanese Imperial Army soldiers and their culture, presenting them as something more than the “Japanese devils” of yore  —  although the devils are certainly there running amok.  However, this is no “Das Boot”, Wolfgang Petersen’s “German Nazis are people too” reactionary cinematic watershed of the ’80s.  What Western reviewers are universally missing that is so essential to the dramatic success of “City of Life and Death” is the humanization of the Chinese, who are not merely stock propaganda victims.  The citizens of Nanjing behave in gradients along the full spectrum of humanity:  with both strength and weakness, resistance and collaborationism, self-sacrifice and mass abject cowardliness.  The last aspect is shown in a remarkably directed early confrontation between a stampede of Chinese Nationalist Army deserters and loyal Chinese troops trying to block them at the city gates, before the Japanese enter the besieged city.

“City of Life and Death” is a must-see, a virtuosic cinematic rendering of stunningly rich panoply of human experience within a WWII crucible of fascist aggression.  See it on the big screen if you can, but do see it; otherwise you’re depriving yourself of a chance to grasp a critical event in the history of China  —  by that I mean both the film itself and the undeniable “Nanjing Massacre” it dramatizes  —  an anti-fascist siren of warning for the ages.

Victory Day military parade held on Red Square [Xinhua]

Posted in Anti-fascism, Russia, Stalin, USSR on May 10, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

May 9, 2011

People hold portraits of the Soviet leader Josef Stalin during the celebrations for the Victory Day in the Siberian town of Divnogorsk near Krasnoyarsk May 9, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

A Russian military tank moves along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

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Former Yugoslav president Tito commemorated in Croatia – PHOTOS [People’s Daily]

Posted in Anti-fascism, Croatia, Yugoslavia - former FRY on May 9, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

May 5, 2011

People gather at the statue of the former Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito at his birthplace in Kumrovec, Croatia, May 4, 2011.  An estimated 150 anti-fascist veterans gathered here Wednesday to commemorate the 31st anniversary of Tito’s death. (Xinhua/Miso Lisanin)

A girl lays a bunch of flowers at the statue of the former Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito at his birthplace in Kumrovec, Croatia, May 4, 2011. (Xinhua/Miso Lisanin)

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The Tragic Failure of "Post-Communism" in Eastern Europe []

Posted in Albania, Anti-Arab / Antisemitism, Anti-communism, Anti-fascism, Bourgeois parliamentary democracy, Bulgaria, Czech Republic / Czechoslovakia, Egypt, EU, European Union, Fascism, GDR / East Germany, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, IMF - International Monetary Fund, Latvia, Libya, Poland, Police State, Roma people, Romania, Russia, Tunisia, USSR on March 16, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Dr. Rossen Vassilev

(Note:  the writer generally uses the term “democracy” in its limited bourgeois sense, failing to distinguish between [Western] bourgeois democracy, aka oligarchy; and centralized socialist democracy, aka socialism / communism. – Zuo Shou 左手)

Just before Christmas Day in 2010, a distraught public-television engineer protesting the government’s controversial economic policies hurled himself off a balcony in the Rumanian parliament during a speech by the country’s prime minister.  The man, who survived the suicide attempt, reportedly shouted before jumping: “You took the bread away from the mouths of our children!  You killed the future of our children!”  The hospitalized protester, dressed in a t-shirt declaring “You have killed our future!”, was later identified as 41-year-old Adrian Sobaru, whose autistic teenage son had recently lost government assistance as part of Bucharest’s latest budget-cutting steps. His attempted suicide was broadcast live on Rumania’s public TV as Prime Minister Emil Boc spoke ahead of an unsuccessful no-confidence vote against his conservative cabinet.  The fiscal and wage austerity measures that Mr. Sobaru was protesting included a 25% pay cut for all civil servants like him as well as severe reductions in social-assistance payments to parents with disabled children, which he had also been receiving until recently.  According to Rumania’s Agerpres news agency, the man’s desperate cries in the parliamentary hall were painfully echoing those heard during the 1989 anti-Communist revolution that toppled Rumania’s maverick and generally pro-Western regime of Nicolae Ceauşescu.

Economic turmoil

Mr. Sobaru’s tragic leap, later telecast all over the world, struck a sympathetic chord with many Rumanians who saw it as a symbol of the savage inequities and injustices of the post-Communist period.  Rumania is mired in a severe recession and its battered economy is expected to decline by at least 2% in 2010, after contracting by 7.1% the previous year.  Instead of trying to assist the unemployed and the socially weak, the Bucharest government, which is reportedly riddled with corruption, cronyism and nepotism, has slashed public-sector pay by one-quarter and trimmed all social expenditures, including heating subsidies for the poor as well as unemployment, maternity, and disability benefits.  At the same time, the national sales tax was hiked from 19% to 24%, as the authorities are striving to hold the national deficit down to 6.8% in order to meet the stringent fiscal requirements of the European Union (EU), which Rumania had joined in January 2007.

These harsh austerity policies have angered millions of Rumanians who are barely making ends meet in a nation where the average monthly per capita income is about $400.  Angry street protests that have gathered tens of thousands of Rumanians reflect the deep dissatisfaction with mass poverty and the continuing economic crisis, which took Rumania to the edge of bankruptcy.  “This isn’t capitalism, in capitalist countries you have a middle class,” one Bucharest-based convenience store manager told an Associated Press reporter.  But Rumanian society, she complained, is divided between a tiny minority of very rich people and a vast impoverished underclass.[1]

While the human tragedy witnessed in the Rumanian Parliament on that pre-Christmas day is quite symptomatic of the Balkan country’s pervasive misery and crushed hopes for a better life, it could have easily taken place in any other of the crisis nations of the ex-Communist world who are equally suffering from high unemployment, massive poverty, declining wages, and severe cuts in public spending and living standards.  At about the time of Mr. Sobaru’s desperate suicide attempt, many of the Czech Republic’s 20,000 hospital doctors were quitting their jobs en masse to protest the decision of Prime Minister Petr Necas’s cabinet to cut all public expenditures, including healthcare spending, by at least 10% in order to keep the country’s troubled finances afloat.  These mass resignations were part of the “Thanks, We Are Leaving” campaign launched by disgruntled physicians across the country aimed at putting pressure on the Prague authorities to increase their low wages and provide better working conditions for all medical workers.  Confronted with the worst healthcare crisis in the ex-Communist country’s history which was endangering the lives of many patients, the Czech government threatened to impose a state of emergency which would force doctors either to get back to work or face harsh legal and financial penalties.

One may also recall the largely unreported 2009 food riots in Latvia, the much lauded “Baltic miracle” darling of the mainstream Western media, where the deeply unpopular incumbent Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis was re-elected in 2010 despite having severely cut public expenditures and Latvians’ already meager living standards (the election campaign focused instead on the nasty clash between Latvian nationalists and the country’s sizeable and restive Russian-speaking minority).  According to Professor Michael Hudson, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, as sharp government cutbacks in social welfare, education, healthcare, public transportation, and other basic social-infrastructure spending threaten to undermine economic security, long-term development, and political stability across the ex-Soviet bloc countries, young people are emigrating in droves to better their lives rather than suffer in an economy without any employment opportunities.  For example, more than 12% of the total population of Latvia (and a much larger percentage of its labor force) now works abroad.

When the “neo-liberal bubble” burst in 2008, Professor Hudson writes, Latvia’s conservative government borrowed heavily from the EU and IMF on punishing repayment terms that have imposed such harsh austerity policies that the Latvian economy shrank by 25% (neighboring Estonia and Lithuania have experienced an equally steep economic decline) and unemployment, currently running at 22%, is still rising.  With well over a tenth of its population now working abroad, Latvia’s guest-workers send home whatever they can spare to help their destitute families survive.  Latvian children (what few of them there are as the Baltic country’s marriage and birth rates are plunging) have been thus “left orphaned behind,” prompting social scientists to wonder how this small nation of 2.3 million people can survive demographically.[2]  These are the results of post-Communist austerity budgets that have cut ordinary people off at the knees while international creditors and local bankers are bailed out.

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Searchlight poll finds huge support for far right ‘if they gave up violence’ – Fascistization of U.K. [Guardian]

Posted in Anti-Arab / Antisemitism, Anti-fascism, Fascism, Islamophobia, U.K. on March 1, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Mark Townsend

26 Feburay 2011


Huge numbers of Britons would support an anti-immigration English nationalist party if it was not associated with violence and fascist imagery, according to the largest survey into identity and extremism conducted in the UK.

A Populus poll found that 48% of the population would consider supporting a new anti-immigration party committed to challenging Islamist extremism [sic], and would support policies to make it statutory for all public buildings to fly the flag of St George or the union flag…

…Anti-fascist groups said the poll’s findings challenged the belief that Britons were more tolerant than other Europeans. "This is not because British people are more moderate, but simply because their views have not found a political articulation," said a report by the Searchlight Educational Trust, the anti-fascist charity that commissioned the poll…

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