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The Liberal Inequality Fighters

Byron Williams | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Byron Williams

Liberals love to bemoan the extreme right -- seeing them as allergic to critical thinking, representing the fortress that blocks enlightenment. But this conversation is not only arrogant; it is shortsighted in that it can blind liberals to the shortcomings on its own side.

Ukraine's Far-Right: Sifting Facts From Fiction

Samuel Ramani | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

While it is essential not to underestimate the power of far-right movements in Ukraine and their political influence, it is equally important to emphasize that far-right movements have limited public support in contemporary Ukraine.

Europe's Far-Right Parties Form Group In EU Parliament

AP | RAF CASERT | Posted 06.16.2015 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — A coalition of far-right, anti-immigrant parties in the European Parliament announced Tuesday they are uniting to form a political g...

Rightist Critics of Pope Francis

Martin Marty | Posted 05.22.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

So predictable are the Pope's critics on the Right that we seldom engage in sighting them or commenting on them in Sightings. But never to notice them does a disservice to those who would like a full accounting of the Pope-in-public, the Pontiff-in-the media, etc.

What Europe Should Learn From Bosnia

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Akbar Ahmed

Europe today is witnessing a major crisis concerning its Muslim communities, one which is already beginning to reveal its troubling global implications. Bosnians have lessons for our troubled world.

Le Pen and Le Pen, Enough, Already!

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Enough of the indecent psychodrama surrounding Marine Le Pen and her father. Enough of the indulgent, sentimental, and voyeuristic commentary about the daughter "sacrificing" a poor King Lear, leaving him to rave on his moor in St. Cloud. And most of all, enough of the obscene political whitewashing that the entire affair has enabled. Because, after all, what is the reality?

America's Islamophobia Problem

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 04.25.2015 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

If in fact groups like ISIS are the true face of Islam, and if the propaganda that Muslim Americans engage in "stealth Jihad" to take over the country is true, why should my neighbor not look at me with suspicion and disgust?

Limiting Hate Speech Is Important, Even After Charlie Hebdo

Erik Bleich | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Erik Bleich

Freedom of speech is vital, but it is not the only value we have. We can defend Charlie Hebdo's right to offend, understand the social reasons why the New York Times did not publish their cartoons, and support legal restrictions on far right attempts to incite hatred and violence.

Lessons of the Berlin Wall's Forgotten Aftermath

Tim Stone | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
Tim Stone

Though the Wende, or "Change," freed the East German people from over forty years of Stalinist dictatorship, remembering the forgotten side of German unification -- when right-wing hooligans waged thousands of attacks on defenseless foreigners -- provides a cautionary tale of failed leadership.

Halloween Is A 'Demonic' Holiday, According To Pat Robertson

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion

For most, Halloween is a fun, festive holiday filled with costumes and candy, but conservative Christian media personality Pat Robertson has another o...

Is Common Ground Possible Anymore on Global Climate Change?

William S. Becker | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

The danger in conceding that political gridlock is here to stay is that the concession is a form of acceptance, and we simply cannot accept inaction against a threat as serious and irreversible as global warming. Some contemporary issues may indeed defy bipartisan solutions, but evidence suggests that climate action and a clean energy revolution need not be among them.

'Our Soldiers Are The Only Innocents In Gaza': Here's What Israel's Far-Right Is Saying

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 07.26.2014 | World

Want to understand the political mood in an increasingly militant Israel? Meet Moshe Feiglin, a West Bank settler who is one of eight deputy speakers ...

Suddenly Europe's Far Right Loves Human Rights Courts

Andrew Guzman | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Andrew Guzman

Human rights advocates place great faith in international treaties and the courts designed to enforce them, but the right wing of the political spectrum tends to be less enthusiastic about these institutions.

Where's the Ukrainian Far Right Now?

Brian Dooley | Posted 09.06.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

Ukraine's far right has sunk to virtual electoral oblivion, and it's hard to know where or if it will reappear. Its role in defending protestors against the Yanukovych government, overthrown in February this year, didn't translate into widespread support in either the presidential election in May or in Kyiv's municipal elections.

Europe: The Sky's Not Falling

Conn Hallinan | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

The neo-Nazis and immigrant bashers will make a lot of noise, but they offer nothing but hate as an economic solution. The left has a better one, and they are back.

The Tea Party May Be Losing Races, But It's Tugging The GOP Rightward

AP | By CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tuesday's high-profile primary elections may extend a streak of sorts for tea party Republicans: losing individual races but winni...

There Is No Meaningful Difference Between Tea Party and 'Establishment' Republicans

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Whether Thom Tillis or Marco Rubio calls himself establishment or tea party makes little substantive difference. They are either committed ideological extremists or cynical ones. The consequences for America of their election are, in either case, exactly the same.

Becoming a Leader

John Feffer | Posted 03.27.2014 | World
John Feffer

Bela Racz grew up in a small village in Hungary with a mixed Roma and non-Roma population. In 2009, far-right-wing groups targeted his village. "We blocked the village with cars so that they couldn't enter."

50 Years of Hysteria: Heathen Communist Presidents, Then and Now, in the Minds of the Far Right

Kevin Goodman | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Kevin Goodman

It's obvious that socialism, Marxism, and communism are words with derogatory connotations in the collective mind of the United States; the evil United Socialist Soviet Republic did, after all, influence the bulk of 20th century U.S. rhetoric.

What Europe's Far-Right Parties Can Learn From Islam

Craig Considine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Craig Considine

Members of Europe's far-right parties can look to the great Muslim leaders for guidance in how to treat Muslims in their societies.

Can a Third Political Party bring America back to Center?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The United States cannot afford extremism or bitter partisanship any longer, which is why it is time for a third, and centrist, political party to enter the arena. Long considered pure fantasy, there are several reasons why it may not be far-fetched this time.

The Return of the Blood Libel: Can Art Stop the Hemorrhaging of Hate?

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

You might shake your head at this grim piece of history and then be comforted that those hate-driven persecutions were rooted in a primitive bygone era. But think again.

The Mask of Marine Le Pen

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

For months, if not years, people in France and abroad have been trying to prove that Marine Le Pen has not changed as much as she would have us believe. Now, in a mere 20 seconds, she herself has torn away the veil and shot herself in the foot.

Fear and Loathing in La France: Marine Le Pen Injects Islamophobia Into the Release of Four French Hostages

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Elizabeth Nicholas

As the National Front's ranks continue to swell, thanks in part to dissatisfaction with alternatives on the center-left or center-right, it remains to be seen how far Le Pen will go to placate her fringe constituency while trying to appear mainstream enough for disaffected moderates.

In France: Marine Le Pen, the National Front, and the "Extreme Right"

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 10.17.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

These are just a few examples. Dozens more could be cited. I offer them to those of my readers who, for lack of information, run the risk of falling into the trap set by the crudest political marketing operation France has seen in recent years.