Episode

7/6 Fascism Persists In Italy; Israel “Mows The Lawn” In Jenin w/ David Broder, Amjad Iraqi

July 6, 2023

The MR Crew is back with an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks to David Broder, Europe editor at Jacobin, to discuss his recent book Mussolini’s Grandchildren: Fascism in Contemporary Italy. Then, she speaks to Amjad Iraqi, editor at 972 Magazine, to discuss the recent escalation of violence by the Israeli military in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin. First, Emma runs through this weekend’s headlines, including Biden’s student debt pivot, the Mar-a-Lago warrant, Trump’s fundraising, mass shootings in the US, labor action, and environmental updates, before diving into Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ recent killer legislative move. David Broder joins as he first runs through updates on recent turmoil in France in the wake of a police shooting of an unarmed teenager, tackling the history of over-policing Black and migrant communities in Europe, and how the French and European far-right is turning this issue into one of heterogeneity and immigration, with little to no pushback from Macron and the center. Next, Broder shifts his focus back to Italy, as he walks Emma through the normalization of far-right political figures, from Berlusconi to Meloni, and how the growth of the clearly-fascist wing of the American GOP has given an excuse to ethnonationalists worldwide. Stepping back, Broder dives into how right-wing Italians are grappling with their country’s history with fascism, and the attempt to repaint their role during WW2 as victims of communist violence rather than oppressors aligned with the Nazis, before they wrap up the interview by looking deeper at Giorgia Meloni’s cult-of-personality and how her womanhood is used symbolize the greater eugenicist underpinnings of fascism. Amjad Iraqi then joins as he and Emma walk through the past few weeks of increasing genocidal violence against Palestinians in the West Bank city of Jenin. After tackling the significant escalation that Israel took by bombing the West Bank, Iraqi walks through the actual process of violence and settlement that occurred in Jenin, the toll on the Palestinian population, and the increasing violence of Israeli apartheid.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they talk with Scott from Baltimore about the Baltimore PD’s complete mishandling of a mass shooting this weekend, discuss the future (or lack thereof) of social media as Twitter’s fall is all-but assured, Ron DeSantis’ response to backlash to his homophobia, and the unsurprising revelation of Eric Adam’s lies. Charlie Kirk brings out the classic White Supremacist hits in a discussion of affirmative action, and Anthony from Long Island discusses his victory in a Brookline, MA election, plus, your calls and IMs!

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