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Tariq Ali reviews ‘Ants among Elephants’ by Sujatha Gidla · LRB 30 August 2018
According to recent estimates by India’s National Crime Records Bureau, every 16 minutes a crime is committed by caste Hindus against an untouchable – or Dalit, as they prefer to be called. The figures are horrific: every month 52 Dalits are killed and six kidnapped; every week almost thirty Dalit women are raped by caste Hindus. This will be a serious underestimate. Most victims of caste violence don’t report the crime for fear of reprisals, notably death by burning.
book  caste  india  democracy 
13 hours ago by soobrosa
How Hungary’s Viktor Orbán destroyed democracy, and what it means for America - Vox
A new kind of authoritarianism is taking root in Europe — and there are warning signs for America.
facism  softfacism  democracy  authoritarianism  ViktorOrban  Hungary  USA  comparison  Vox  2018 
15 hours ago by inspiral
Polarization in Poland: A Warning From Europe
@AnneApplebaum in depth on Poland, Hungary (and Trump) and the parallels with the Dreyfus case.
politics  poland  hungary  uspolitics  democracy 
2 days ago by nwlinks
The People fund me. All the people who contribute to my crowdfunders. This is
democracy  from twitter_favs
3 days ago by sabatini
America Is Living James Madison’s Nightmare
"The Founders designed a government that would resist mob rule. They didn’t anticipate how strong the mob could become."
democracy  politics 
3 days ago by jimmykduong

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