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FTR #262 “Dracula for President!” Update on Euro-Fascism

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1. Tak­ing its title from an endorse­ment of Roman­ian ultra-right­ist Cor­neliu Vadim Tudor, this pro­gram updates the rise of fas­cist ele­ments in Euro­pean nations. One of Tudor’s sup­port­ers likened the anti-Semit­ic and xeno­pho­bic Tudor to Vlad (the Impaler) Tepes, the Roman­ian prince who inspired the Drac­u­la leg­end. (“Greater Roma­nia Rhetoric Finds a Ready Audi­ence” by Phe­lim Mc Aleer in Bucharest; Finan­cial Times; 11/24/2000; p. 2.)

2. Tudor’s polit­i­cal agen­da appears to be an updat­ed ver­sion of that pro­mul­gat­ed by the Iron Guard, the Roman­ian fas­cist move­ment allied with Hitler in World War II. (Idem.)

3. Next, the pro­gram high­lights attempts by back­ers of Ital­ian media mag­nate Sil­vio Berlus­coni to cen­sor Ital­ian school text­books in such a way as to present a more favor­able por­tray­al of Mus­soli­ni and his fas­cist regime in Italy. (“Berlus­coni Tries to Keep his Wilder Allies in Check” by James Blitz; Finan­cial Times; 11/17/2000; p. 6.)

4. The broad­cast also sets forth the cov­er-up of the extent of Nazi vio­lence in Ger­many since reuni­fi­ca­tion. In addi­tion to high­light­ing young East-Ger­mans’ adop­tion of fas­cist and anti-semit­ic views not shared by their par­ents, the pro­gram doc­u­ments an enor­mous offi­cial cov­er-up of Nazi crimes by Ger­man polit­i­cal and judi­cial author­i­ties. (“Ger­many Com­ment” by Graeme Atkin­son; The Search­light; 11/2000 [#305]; p. 25.)

5. Ger­man MP Ulla Jelp­ke doc­u­ment­ed the “dis­ap­pear­ance” of more than 4,000 Nazi crimes by the Ger­man gov­ern­ment. (Idem.)

6. The pro­gram also enu­mer­ates 110 mur­ders com­mit­ted by Ger­man fas­cists since Ger­man reuni­fi­ca­tion. (“Ger­many Report: A Decade of Death” by Graeme Atkin­son; The Search­light; 11/2000 [#305]; pp. 22–24.)

7. Con­clud­ing with dis­cus­sion of Aus­tri­an fas­cist Jorg Haider, the broad­cast doc­u­ments Haider’s use of police offi­cers to access police com­put­ers in order to extract polit­i­cal intel­li­gence about polit­i­cal oppo­nents. (“Aus­tri­an Far-Right Par­ty Enmeshed in Scan­dal” by Peter Finn; San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle; 11/22/2000; p. C4.) It remains to be seen if this scan­dal will bring down the coali­tion gov­ern­ment of which Haider is part.


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