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Protesters Smash Windows as Far-Right Leader Biondini Launches Presidential Campaign in Argentina

Argentine far-right nationalist leader Alejandro Biondini, founder of the banned New Triumph Party, announced he was running in the 2019 Argentine presidential elections, in a rally in Buenos Aires on Friday.

“This candidacy is for the presidency of the nation of Argentina,” Biondini said. “We’re not calling on you just for an election; we’re calling on you to take part in the start, in the uprising of a national revolution.”

Police gathered in front of the event as masked protesters threw rocks at the front door, breaking windows.

Biondini, the leader of the nationalist Bandera Vecinal party, which he founded after the New Triumph Party was banned by Argentina’s supreme court in 2009 on the grounds that it incited hatred, is running as the candidate of the Patriotic Front, an alliance of nationalist political groups.

Biondini says that his policies are inspired by those of former Argentinian President Juan Peron, while he, and groups he has been affiliated with, has been repeatedly criticised for alleged neo-Nazism by the media and the courts in Argentina.

The Patriotic Front proposes ending diplomatic relations with both the UK and Israel, as well as bringing back conscription and outlawing abortion.

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The New Faces of Fascism: Populism and the Far Right 

By Enzo Traverso

What does Fascism mean at the beginning of the twenty-first century? When we pronounce this word, our memory goes back to the years between the two world wars and envisions a dark landscape of violence, dictatorships, and genocide. These images spontaneously surface in the face of the rise of radical right, racism, xenophobia, islamophobia and terrorism, the last of which is often depicted as a form of Islamic fascism. Beyond some superficial analogies, however, all these contemporary tendencies reveal many differences from historical fascism, probably greater than their affinities. Paradoxically, the fear of terrorism nourishes the populist and racist rights, with Marine Le Pen in France or Donald Trump in the US claiming to be the most effective ramparts against ‘Jihadist fascism’. But since fascism was a product of imperialism, can we define as fascist a terrorist movement whose main target is Western domination? Disentangling these contradictory threads, Enzo Traversos historical gaze helps to decipher the enigmas of the present. He suggests the concept of post-fascisma hybrid phenomenon, neither the reproduction of old fascism nor something completely differentto define a set of heterogeneous and transitional movements, suspended between an accomplished past still haunting our memories and an unknown future.


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