What induces men to imitate the Christchurch massacre? | Jeff Sparrow

After Christchurch and El Paso we need an open discussion without euphemisms and evasions about what fascism is and how it works In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto. Thats how 8chan. The atrocity comes in the wake of a murderous attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California on 27 April. The man detained for that crime also posted a manifesto to 8chan and also described the Christchurch shooter as a catalyst, saying: He showed me that it could be done. What might induce people to imitate the Christchurch massacre, an atrocity in which a self-identified fascist allegedly murdered 51 innocents in cold blood? To answer that question, we must grasp the historical evolution of …

Mussolinis birthplace cashes in on the surge of far-right tourism

Thousands of curious visitors and fascists descend on the Apennine town Dressed in black T-shirts, their arms inked with tattoos, Fabrizio and Mameli Gamberini are on their yearly homage trip to Predappio, the birth town and burial place of Benito Mussolini. Were fascists, Mameli proudly admits as she leaves Predappio Tricolore, a souvenir shop teeming with Mussolini memorabilia, on Friday morning. We come every year at the end of July to buy a few new keepsakes, visit his tomb and leave some flowers in his honour. The couple, from Varese, are in Predappio, a town nestled among the hills of the Appenines in the Emilia-Romagna region, to celebrate the 136th anniversary of the Italian dictators birth on 29 July. Interactive …

Macron’s vision for Europe faces test in French EU elections

Campaign is being dominated by power struggle between far right and presidents centrist agenda In a restaurant in northern Paris with European flags pinned to the walls, the former French Europe minister Marine Le Pen just met an Estonian interior minister who believes that childless women over 27 are a waste for society, she said. Gasps of horror spread through the crowd. Abortion rights, she warned, could not yet be taken for granted in Europe: Abortion is banned in Malta and restricted in Poland and the UK. More gasps came in response to Northern Irelands an existential fight between pro-European progressives and Eurosceptic, far-right nationalists. But womens rights are the centrists latest battleground in a bid to persuade millions of …