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From Yellow Vests to the Green New Deal

Joseph E. Stiglitz Project Syndicate
The grassroots movement behind the Green New Deal offers a ray of hope to the badly battered establishment: they should embrace it - make it part of the progressive agenda. We need something positive to save us from ugly wave of populism, nativism...

books

Against the Normal

Scott McLemee Inside Higher Ed
December 10 was International Human Rights Day, making the book under review a timely, sobering take on the uphill struggle for human rights at home and abroad in the face of rising nativism, racism, xenophobia - paeans to alleged traditional values.

Israel Adopts Controversial Jewish 'Nation State' Law

Reuters; Jewish Voice for Peace The Guardian
Israel passed a law on today to declare that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country, something members of the Arab minority called racist and verging on apartheid. Racist and discriminatory practices against non-Jews are legal.

tv

‘Babylon Berlin’ Is A Big-Budget Cautionary Tale Against Bigotry and Excess

Tess Cagle Daily Dot
Aside from the sheer entertainment of the series, Babylon Berlin offers its new American audience the warning it needs in 2018. As the plot progresses, Rath must choose between his morals and nationalism—something Americans struggle with often in the 21st century. But Babylon Berlin shows us how a progressive nation can crumble when it allows bigotry and intolerance to fester.

We Can't Let Hindu Nationalists Rewrite India's History

Teesta Setalvad Alternet
The absence of institutional memory when it comes to dealing with communal conflict is glaring. After independence and partition, while report after report of officially appointed judicial commissions has analyzed and indicted certain discernible trends behind escalating violence and pogroms, the formal judiciary and courts appear not to have internalized these findings and recommendations. The very fact that a significant part of the 1998-Justice B.N.

What is Happening in Catalonia and Spain

Vicente Navarro Social Europe
Two visions of Spain have always existed. One sees Spain as a uni-national state, centered in the capital of the Spanish Kingdom, Madrid. This vision denies the existence of other nations in Spain. It is the vision of the Bourbon Monarchic State, including the armed forces and the Catholic Church; it is the conservative version of Spain. Another vision of Spain, however, is plurinational, recognizing other nations in Spain, including Catalonia, the Basque Country, and Galicia.
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