[Marxism] Ukraine news on Dec 30, 2014
lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Dec 30 14:11:26 MST 2014
On 12/30/14 4:00 PM, Roger Annis via Marxism wrote:
> Also on the New Cold War.org website are reports of how fascism in
> Ukraine is creeping into the mainstream of respectability in France
> and Canada, via the weekly fashion magazine Elle and the Toronto
> Star, Canada's largest circulation daily newspaper.
Yeah, we really need to worry more about fashion magazines than the
fascist parties that the Kremlin is aligned with:
But, please, Mr. Putin, stop with the talk about Ukraine being run by
“Nazis” and “fascists”—at least as long as you’re in league with actual
pro-fascist parties in Europe.
This isn’t exactly new, and of course Russia’s alliance with Europe’s
Nazi-like far right takes second place to Moscow’s enormous business
ties with Europe’s oil and gas consumers and Germany’s corporate elite.
Still, it’s getting new attention lately, and it’s more than troubling
that Moscow is in bed with Hungary’s Jobbik party, Geert Wilders’ Party
of Freedom in the Netherlands, Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France
and other anti-European Union extremists.
Part of it is pragmatic. That is, Russia wants to exploit the anti-EU
sentiment of Europe’s anti-immigrant, fascist-leaning right wing. And
the rightists in Europe, who include traditional, pro-family,
pro-religion types and would-be strongmen and mini-Mussolinis, are
attracted to Putin’s penchant for putting down dissent, suppressing the
Internet, building up the Orthodox Church and its rightist priesthood
and inflaming Russia’s own “exceptionalist,” nationalist constituents.
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