Friday’s news links – May 20, 2022

Biden can stop White supremacist violence. Or he can support the police unconditionally. He can’t do both. Nia T. Evans

Like, Share, Recruit: How a White-Supremacist Militia Uses Facebook to Radicalize and Train New Members Time [from last year]

The Azov movement is a Ukrainian militant group that has trained and inspired white supremacists from around the world…. Its fighters resemble the other para-military units—and there are dozens of them—that have helped defend Ukraine against the Russian military over the past six years.

But Azov is much more than a militia. It has its own political party; two publishing houses; summer camps for children; and a vigilante force known as the National Militia, which patrols the streets of Ukrainian cities alongside the police. Unlike its ideological peers in the U.S. and Europe, it also has a military wing with at least two training bases and a vast arsenal of weapons, from drones and armored vehicles to artillery pieces.

Outside Ukraine, Azov occupies a central role in a network of extremist groups stretching from California across Europe to New Zealand, according to law enforcement officials on three continents…. The main recruitment center for Azov, known as the Cossack House, stands in the center of Kyiv, a four-story brick building on loan from Ukraine’s Defense Ministry.

In the courtyard is a cinema and a boxing club. The top floor hosts a lecture hall and a library, full of books by authors who supported German fascism, like Ezra Pound and Martin Heidegger, or whose works were co-opted by Nazi propaganda, like Friedrich Nietzsche and Ernst Jünger. On the ground floor is a shop called Militant Zone, which sells clothes and key chains with stylized swastikas and other neo-Nazi merchandise. ‘It could be described as a small state within a state,’ says Olena Semenyaka, the head of international outreach for the Azov movement. On a tour of the Cossack House in 2019, she told TIME that Azov’s mission was to form a coalition of far-right groups across the Western world, with the ultimate aim of taking power throughout Europe.

Redefining the Working Class The Baffler

Beyond white men in hard hats

The United States, however, is much closer now than it was in the era of the Reagan Democrats to a transformation, a point at which the working class will no longer be predominantly white. According to Census Bureau projections, we are still about twenty years away from the tipping point when the population as a whole is more than 50 percent non-white. But we are about ten years away from the point where people of color will represent a majority of the working class, according to a 2016 report by Valerie Rawlston Wilson of the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy. Defined in this context as workers with less than a bachelor’s degree, in 2013, about two-thirds of the entire workforce was “working class.” But the white share of that bloc is falling and is likely to dip below 50 percent by 2032.

Who’s middle class? MR Online

The climbing price of diesel is raising the risk of a recession Freightwaves

Truckers Are Facing An Existential Crisis As Fuel Prices Soar OilPrice

Rents in the US just hit another record high CNN


Vast swath of U.S. at risk of summer blackouts, regulator warns Bloomberg

France’s crop yields will be ‘very poor’ due to unprecedented drought France24

U.S./NATO war

Lieutenant Colonel Jacques Guillemain: “Ukrainian Soldiers are Entrenched in the Cities” Internationalist 360º

Multi-Domain Operations: The US Wages Constant War and Across All Domains Internationalist 360º

‘Deadly serious’: U.S. quietly urging Taiwan to follow Ukraine playbook for countering China Politico

Pentagon spokesman Kirby moving to White House in senior communications role Washington Post

“All over the world, wherever there are capitalists, freedom of the press means freedom to buy up newspapers, to buy writers, to bribe, buy and fake ‘public opinion’ for the benefit of the bourgeoisie.” — V.I. Lenin

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