Non-UK political happenings thread

@imaperv

have been reading about fascism in india this week, and am struck by how it has definitely evolved into something a little more diffuse and decentralized than what we think of as traditional fascism. you see this same phenomenon replicated in south america, the USA, europe and the UK, where daily repression becomes normalised and occasionally explodes into violent acts that (very, very) occasionally make headlines. was particularly horrified by this quote from an indian communist party member:

In 2015, a mob in Dadri (Uttar Pradesh) alleged that Mohammed Akhlaq slaughtered a cow, so they killed him. This crime was justified by the RSS-BJP. It was a sign of what was to come. The frequency of mob lynching has made the crime almost normal. You can be lynched for what you eat, for what you are, for what you say and for whom you want to marry. The RSS-BJP seem to suggest that some lynching is good, that those who participate in this kind of lynching are not criminals but heroes. BJP ministers go to events and garland the criminals who lynched our fellow citizens. This is a very dangerous shocking and reprehensible situation.

What do they say is a good lynching? If a mob kills a Muslim man who dares to marry a Hindu girl–what the BJP sensationally calls Love Jihad–that is seen as a good lynching. If a mob attacks Muslims for offering prayers in a public space, that is seen as a good lynching. If a mob attacks young couples for celebrating Valentine’s Day, that is seen as a good lynching. In each case, the mob is defended by the RSS-BJP.

It is equally disturbing that the police in many cases and sometimes also the judiciary have been protective towards these men. False charges are made against the families of those who are killed by the mob, and the courts have taken these charges seriously. Mohammad Akhlaq’s family has been threatened with arrest for cow slaughter–which never happened. It is a totally false case. Meanwhile, the killers of Mohammed Akhlaq walk the streets. Junaid Khan–killed on a local train in 2017–is unlikely to get justice. The First Information Report of the police suggests that Junaid Khan’s killers did so in self-defence. Once you accept that there is ‘good lynching’, there is no end to this nightmare.

this article in jacobin is a decentish overview

Macrlol

The party’s victory is the third for the Nordic centre-left in the past year: Finland’s Social Democrats narrowly won elections in April on a promise to raise taxes to increase social spending levels, while Sweden’s centre-left party held on to power last year by pledging welfare reforms.

Dodgy on immigration, though, seeing the party lose more votes to those on the left than it gained from parties to the right.

But overall, taken alongside the EU results showing a shift away from the right, and the Istanbul result, this shows there’s cause for some positivity that all the Rainy Fascist Island and Drumpf shite isn’t necessarily the prevailing trend, right?

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has just announced his resignation, blaming far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for sparking a political crisis in the economically fragile country.

The collapse of the coalition between Salvini’s anti-immigration League and the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement is likely to lead to snap elections, unless the 5 Star party can agree on a new governing pact with its longtime foes, the centre-left Democratic Party.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella is expected to sound out party leaders in coming days to see whether a new governing majority can be assembled in Parliament. If not, snap elections could take place as early as late October or early November.

Ooh. I regret not having followed this more - 5 Star seem particularly weird as far as political parties go (I can’t even really get a handle on what they’re about from Wikipedia). What’s caused the coalition breakdown?

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PM Conte is not affiliated with either party, and he is a lawyer with no previous political experience. He was the clear choice of 5 Star when the government was formed last year.

Salvini, as interior minister, has led a crackdown on migrants, in particular those who arrive by boat. As a result, his League party has soared in popularity in the recent EU parliamentary elections, as well as in current opinion polls.

Salvini has called for a vote of no confidence in Conte, so that new elections will crown him as the next Prime Minister.

I never post in here but do lurk, you are doing great work @aboynamedgoo, thanks

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This is good (and scathing!) about Five Star Movement’s time in office and now they’ve basically capitulated to Lega Nord on everything

BUT THERE’S A TWIST!

That was always one of the possible outcomes:

It looks like Salvini’s gamble is not paying off.

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General Election in Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz are deadlocked with nearly all votes from the country’s general election counted.

Various Israeli media are reporting that Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party and Gantz’s liberal Blue and White party have 32 seats each of parliament’s 120 with more than 90% of the vote counted.

The results give no obvious path for either to form a coalition, raising the possibility of negotiations towards a unity government. Ex-defence minister Avigdor Lieberman could prove to be kingmaker, with the reported results showing his nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party with 9 seats.

The mainly Arab Joint List alliance is set to become the third-largest force in parliament with 12 seats. Traditionally, they will not endorse any government coalition.

Was just going to post about next month’s Canadian elections, how everything seems relatively normal and it should be another win for Justin Trudeauuuuuuuuuuuuuu my god what’s this?

Been reading about Andrew Scheer and Maxime Bernier.
Canada need to stop recycling Trumps.

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The current official results according to the Israeli Election Board (CEC), with nearly all votes counted:

Blue and White: 25.92% (33)
Likud: 25.14% (31)
The Joint List: 10.50% (13)
Shas: 7.46% (9)
Yisrael Beytenu: 6.99% (8)
UTJ: 6.08% (8)
Yemina: 5.88% (7)
Labor-Gesher: 4.80% (6)
Democratic Union: 4.34% (5)
Otzma Yehudit: 1.88% (did not pass the electoral threshold of 3.25%)

PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s gamble to hold fresh elections has not paid off, and today he called for his rival Benny Gantz to form a unity government. Given their political differences, this will be extremely difficult, as Gantz has pledged before this election that he would not sit in the same government as Netanyahu, as the long-serving Israeli leader is expected to face indictment in a slew of corruption scandals…

There will now be a 42 day period to try and form a new government. If that fails, there can be another 28 days for someone else to try and find a working coalition. If that fails too, Israel will face an unprecedented third General Election.

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Not so sure. The current polls show the following:

Conservative - 37%
Liberal - 36%
NDP - 14%
Green - 7%
Bloc - 4%
People’s - 2%

This is a poll from Tuesday, before the Trudeau brown face scandal broke.

Trudeau has had 3 separate instances outed of him wearing blackface this week. I think he might be fucked

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I feel you could write a long blog post about his mask slipping over the course of his premiership and revealing the terrible human he really is, but I don’t really know enough about it

An update

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