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FTR #306 Another Look at Global Fascism, Part 1

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This program covers organized fascist political activity around the world.

1. Beginning in the Middle East, the broadcast discusses an epidemic of Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic propaganda in the media of Arab nations. (“Dance of Death Overtakes the Arab World” by Yossi Klein Halevi; Los Angeles Times; 5/15/2001; p. A15.) As noted, there are strong Third Reich connections to nationalist elements in the Arab and Muslim worlds.

2. Elements of Italian fascism have strong ideological sympathy for some of these anti-Israeli elements in the Middle East. (“Fascists Who Read” by Peter Gomez; L’Espresso; 1/11/2001; p. 54.)

3. Many of these elements are connected to the government of Silvio Berlusconi. (Idem.)

4. Next, the program highlights the role of Iraqi weapons dealer Abdul Jebara as a conduit between European fascists and Saddam Hussein. (“Convicted Arms Dealer Funnels Aid from Europe’s Far Right to Iraq” by Eric Geiger; San Francisco Chronicle; 5/3/2001; pp. B1-B4.)

5. Jebara’s operations are centered in the Austrian province of Carinthia, the domain of Austrian fascist Jörg Haider. (Ibid.; p. B1.)

6. In the context of the fascist heritage of the Balkan republic of Croatia [4], it is worth considering the fact that Iraqi oil has been finding its way to Croatia. (“Iraq Vows to Keep Close Eye on Oil;” [Reuters]; 4/25/2001.) Saddam Hussein’s politics also have a Third Reich heritage [5].

7. The profound German role [6] in the destabilization of the former Yugoslavia, as well as the current conflicts there, is made all the more interesting by the fact that a German mercenary was recently arrested for terrorism by United Nations authorities. (“U.N. Security Arrests Car Bomb Suspect” by Lulzim Cota; [UPI]; 4/23/2001.) German neo-Nazi groups have long been active as mercenaries in the former Yugoslavia.

8. Ukrainian fascists with a heritage going back to elements that collaborated with Nazi Germany have been active in the Ukrainian dissident movement. (“Ukraine’s Embattled Democracy” by Julia Barton; San Francisco Chronicle; 3/24/2001; pp. A10-11.) The Ukraine is not the only former East Bloc country in which democracy is endangered.

9. In Hungary, the ruling Federation of Young Democrats-Hungarian Civic party (Fidesz) has been embracing the ultra-nationalist and anti-Semitic MIEP, which celebrates Hungary’s fascist past. (“Hungary’s Ruling Party Courting Extreme Right-Wing Faction” by Sam Loewenberg; San Francisco Chronicle; 5/5/2001; pp. D1-D2.)

10. Hungary was an Axis nation in World War II. Along with the fascist Ukrainian OUN/UPA, the Hungarian Arrow Cross organization was strongly represented in the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations and also maintained strong connections to the Gehlen spy outfit. (for more about the ABN, see RFA #’s 15, 36, 37.)

11. The Fidesz/MIEP relationship has been nurtured by contacts with the U.S. Republican party. (Ibid.; p. D1.) The Republican Party itself has strong connections to the ABN milieu.

12. The program concludes with a look at recent disclosures of contacts between influential Belgian politicians and the Sint-Maartensfonds, a support group for Flemish veterans of the Waffen SS. (The Dutch Flemish are, with the French-speaking Walloons, one of the two major ethnic groups in Belgium.) Flemish Interior Minister Johan Sauwens was revealed to have been a member of the group for 25 years. (“Flemish Interior Minister Refuses to Quit over Membership of SS Group” by Stephen Castle; The Independent; 5/10/2001.)

13. Sauwens was seen to stand and sing the anthem of the Flemish Waffen SS brigade. (“Flemish Minister Quits Over SS Links”; BBC; 5/10/2001.)

14. Jack Gabriels, Belgium’s Minister of Agriculture also had ties to the group. (“Second Belgian Minister Linked to SS Veterans” by Stephen Castle; The Independent; 5/18/2001.)