according to the BBC, matteo salvini, leader of italy’s far right pary the league (previously known as the northern league) and italy’s current interior minister, has shut italy’s ports to a migrant Rescue ship run by a non profit organization. the ship, carrying more than 600 people is primarily filled with children who have been rescued at sea. the spanish government has offered to accept the migrants to avoid a humanitarian crisis.
the usa’s ambassador took little time in cozying up to the far right in germany. within the span of 6 weeks richard grenell has created 2 huge diplomatic incidences. now there is a call by the left parties in the german government to expel the usa’s ambassador. and he should be kicked out along with his happy boyfriend. who both apparently both have woodies for sebastian kurz, the austrian prime minister who is meeting the couple for dinner next week. given that kurz is not the head of state of germany –unless grenell is trying to push for an anschluss, this is also unprecedented. so. let us think. was it hitler’s SA or SS the ones filled with happy homeboys? which brings us to the adage, just because you’re gay doesn’t mean you’re not a nazi. just look at joerg haider–the austrian far-right leader who died 10 years ago in a car accident after having a few rounds at a transvestite bar.
ambassadorships are non-political positions that are the result of political patronage. it is unheard of for an american diplomat to enter germany and proceed to wave the flag of the far right. it is, dare we say, unprecedented. his previous infraction was tweeting the directive that german companies should wind down their business in iran. which again was unprecedented.
it is like 1929 all over again. nationalism is sweping the globe, and a herbert hoover type president with business experience but zero governing experience is in the white house. there is a theory that biz people and those with MBAs make poor diplomats and even worse politicians. american biz people especially. american business is about crushing the competition not about creating win-win scenarios–except in silicon valley when companies try to depress wages. the end result in 1929 was the great depression. the end run this time will be inflation. higher prices for americans. as china pivots to a consumer-driven service economy the usa is lost in the 1950s when people of color had to sing* behind curtains at funerals for white prople. the manufacturing era is over. **updated typo from sign to sing**
the new government will be sworn in on friday. now march on rome. but does italy follow greece with its populist government and right wing thugs in the streets?
steve bannon, former strategist for donald trump, and former publisher of the self-proclaimed platform for the alt-right, has been flying around europe since at least march, stoking the flames of racism and nationalism. richard spencer, who claims to have invented the term alt-right, has been banned from flying in the EU (reportedly). but somehow bannon is off the hook.
the us-based blog the daily beast has the answer. telling the italians how to think. apparently his crowds in italy are much smaller than in radical switzerland. in the former he attracted 50 biz people, in the latter 1500. given that steve bannon the ex-trump adviser is unemployed and borderline homeless, we suspect he and his booking agent are getting hefty fees.
in brandenburg, the state surrounding berlin, football hooligans march through the state in klu klux klan masks. with the help of bing babbelfish or goggle translator you can read the article here. recently brandenburg has been the location of mass anti-democratic demonstrations against foreigners and refugers in towns such as cottbus ans bautzen.
the proposed prime minister giuseppe conte put forward by the far right party the league and the 5 star movement in italy has resigned. last week, conte was accused of embellishing his resume by claiming amongst many things of having studied at new york university, when apparently he had only had written permission to use their library. president sergio matterella has vetoed the 2 party’s choice for finance minister–a euroseceptic who advocates italy leaving the euro. it looks like new elections might be on the horizon.
is bannon trying to place himself in the driving seat to encourage the diaster that is now called italy?
from interviews with channel 4 to this long interview on the bbc. bannon continues his public relations tour of the european union by stopping off in the uk. the question is why is alt-righter richard spencer (or whatever his name is) banned from visiting the UK and not bannon–who once famously declared his former blog as the platform for the alt-right? https://youtu.be/TGJZQPARAIc