The passing scene – August 24, 2015

White supremacist gathering underscores Russia’s nationalist trend by Masur Mirovalev for the Los Angeles Times.  Hat tip to Oidin.

Racism, xenophobia and extreme nationalism are on the rise among ethnic Russians, who are 81 percent of the population of the Russian Federation.  The victims are Russia’s ethnic minorities, such as the Tatars, and its immigrants, who are mainly from the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Vladimir Putin has cracked down on hate killings while trying to harness Russian nationalism to support his struggle with NATO nations over Ukraine.  He aligns himself with the Russian Orthodox Church, Cossack paramilitaries and the extreme right-wing parties.

Putin Cracks Down on Christians in Crimea by Geraldine Fagan for Newsweek.

Russian authorities in Crimea are building up the Russian Orthodox Church while persecuting Baptists, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Eastern Rite Catholics.

A suspiciously “European” solution by Tom Sullivan for Hullabaloo.

The French National Front and Donald Trump by Paul Gottfried for the Unz Review.

Anti-foreign and anti-immigrant sentiment are on the rise throughout Europe as well as the USA.

Why Liberals Separate Race From Class by Touré  F. Reed for Jacobin.   Hat tip to Bill Harvey.

Racial disparities and economic inequality are not the same thing, but it’s a mistake to think you can deal with one separately from the other.   As Bill said, a lot to chew on here.

The Clinton dynasty’s horrific legacy: How “tough on crime” politics built the world’s largest prison system by Jeff Stein for Salon.

Private prison lobbyists serving as bundlers for Hillary Clinton’s campaign by Jon Green for AMERICAblog.

A World on Fire?  July Was Hottest Month Ever Recorded by Jon Queally for Common Dreams.

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