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Cinema's Hidden Pearls -- Part II

Alex Simon | Posted 06.29.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

Hidden pearls exist in the world of movies, as well: films that, in spite of being brilliantly crafted and executed, never got the audience they deserved beyond a cult following. Here are a few more of our favorite hidden pearls in the world of film.

Something Rotten (And Fascistic) In Denmark

Paul Gordon | Posted 06.23.2015 | World
Paul Gordon

I see a giant chasm between the incomprehensible American stereotypes of life in Denmark versus the reality here. I think this comes from a wish for easy fixes to the screwed up American system.

Why Does Everyone Hate Libertarians?

Druce Vertes, CFA | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Druce Vertes, CFA

We need libertarians to defend freedom. They should be constructive in their skepticism of anything that threatens liberty, whether it's government or private interests, and mindful of the tradeoffs. There aren't enough libertarians like that.

How Putin Used VE Day to Equate the Victory Over Fascism With the Fight in Ukraine

Alexander Golts | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Alexander Golts

MOSCOW -- Putin's goal was to convince average Russians to equate the nearly holy war against fascism with the regime's current escapade in Ukraine. Kremlin spin doctors have been reinforcing that association for months with a constant torrent of claims that Ukraine is besieged with "fascist sentiment," which is attempting to justify Hitler's atrocities.

The Italian Resistance: Lessons and Legacies

Ruth Ben-Ghiat | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Ruth Ben-Ghiat

The anniversary of Italian Resistance (active September 1943-April 1945) offers an opportunity to consider the relevance of Resistance movements today, and the long political, military, and cultural reach of Italy's in particular.

In Conversation With Principal Dancer Davit Karapetyan -- San Francisco Ballet's 'Shostakovich'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.08.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Since joining San Francisco Ballet, Davit has danced all the leading roles in the major story ballets and a vast number of modern works.

The Case Against Political Dynasties in American Politics

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

What does history teach us about the wisdom of going the 'easy' route and voting for candidates from political dynasties? Does being part of such a dynasty impart one with greater political wisdom or a higher level of achievement?

The State of Romanian Extremism

John Feffer | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
John Feffer

Relations between ethnic Hungarians and ethnic Romanians have improved to a degree. There are still tensions, particularly around the top of regionalization, which would provide greater autonomy to different parts of the country, including the area with a Hungarian majority.

The Retreat From Universalism: How Identity Politics and Old Time Religion Corrode Human Rights Progress

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Amid the ashes of World War II, with the stench of industrial-scale genocide in their nostrils, the nations of the world pledged to do better. They signed onto the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Is Ukraine Fascist?

Alexander Motyl | Posted 04.05.2015 | World
Alexander Motyl

Ukraine ousted Yanukovych in order to avoid becoming fully authoritarian. The war Putin unleashed against Ukraine is his way of telling Ukraine that fascism and democracy are incompatible.

Note to Ukraine: Stop Whitewashing the Political Record

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Listen too much to Kremlin pronouncements, and one might get the impression that the Ukrainian government in Kiev is comprised of nothing less than a malevolent and sinister fascist junta.

Ukraine: Nationalist Flags, Insignia and Curious Symbolism

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

On weekends, impromptu rallies may elicit the occasional interest of passers-by. At one point, I came upon a group of nationalists in Maidan square flanked by Ukrainian blue and yellow banners and a rather sinister-looking bunch of men in sunglasses.

Specter Of Fascist Past Haunts European Nationalism

Reuters | Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 01.13.2015 | World

When up to a dozen world leaders and roughly 1.5 million people gathered in Paris on Sunday to mourn the murder of 10 editors and cartoonists of the s...

Ukraine: Still Failing on World War II

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 02.24.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Enmeshed in a deadly struggle with Russian separatists, many Ukrainians are seeking to fashion their own nationalist ethos. While that is somewhat understandable, Bandera is a poor model. Seventy years after the end of World War II, Ukrainians must eschew such symbols and look elsewhere in the search for a national identity.

Mad About the '60s... Fearful Fail-Safes, Then and Now

William Bradley | Posted 10.27.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

The popular sense of the early 1960s is that it was mostly a time of light and celebration which came to an abrupt end with the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But the reality, as most Mad Men viewers know, is much more complex.

Big White Face

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 12.09.2014 | Arts
Jasmina Tesanovic

Song performed with Arduino http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/38176 Big White Face from Jasmina Tesanovic on Vimeo....

Only Fascist and Communist Dictatorships Alter History to Promote 'Patriotism.' Conservative Attacks on Curriculum Are Dangerous

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Young Americans can decide for themselves, based on every aspect of U.S. history, whether or not to protest, or vote Tea Party, or carry a gun or become a fur-hating vegan. They need all of our history in an honest manner, not just the "patriotic" version.

Why Does NATO Still Exist?

Eric Zuesse | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

NATO was formed in 1949 because of the threat from the communist bloc, especially the Soviet Union. All of that is ended now. Why, then, has NATO not ...

The Forgotten Fight Against Fascism

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

Today's texts acknowledge "blemishes" like the internment of Japanese Americans, but the texts either ignore or gloss over the fact that for almost a decade, during the earliest fascist invasions of Asia, Africa, and Europe, the Western democracies encouraged rather than fought Hitler and Mussolini, and sometimes gave them material aid.

The Recurring Myth About Nietzsche and Fascism

Brian Leiter | Posted 08.06.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

Freedom of inquiry and thought must surely encompass the right of students to discuss and think about ideas, including illiberal ideas. The idea that a "Nietzsche Club," in particular, is not appropriate for a serious university (one with several Nietzsche scholars on its faculty, ironically enough) is astonishing.

No, France Is Not Becoming Fascist

Scott Gunther | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Scott Gunther

On Sunday, May 25, the National Front, surprised the world by coming in first place in European parliament elections with 25 percent of the vote. Despite what you might read in the underbelly of the Internet, it is not a sign that France is turning "fascist" for several reasons.

The Road to Euro-Fascism

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The European economic crisis with its high unemployment only stimulates more migration, which puts pressure on local labor markets and pushes the local working class further into the arms of the nationalist far-right.

Russia's Lurch Toward Fascism

Stephen Blank | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Stephen Blank

Putin's Russia again resembles its fascist predecessors. By starting this war, Putin has ensured that the fate of those regimes will be his and Russia's, too.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Putin, Religion and the Second Coming of Fascism

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

It is tempting. But let's dodge a violation of Godwin's Law and instead look at what really matters: the alarming resurgence of religious fascism around the globe.

Brown Is the New Black in Russia

John Feffer | Posted 05.27.2014 | World
John Feffer

The new spring season is just around the corner, and it looks as though the new "in" color is brown. That's brown as in "brown shirts." Perhaps you thought that fascism went out of fashion in the 20th century. But there's nothing like a lingering economic crisis to bring out the vintage ideologies.