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Stoking Fear

2018-01-12

Attached article by Slavenka Drakulic is very much worth reading.Her point is that the politics of exclusion is becoming mainstream, and nationalism and nativism are on the rise.

Maybe we could learn from theYugoslav disaster, how not to deal with it.

In this year we are commemorating the 1948 Congress of Europe in the Hague, with exactly the opposite message to those of Orban, Kashinski, Le Pen, Wilders, Baudet and (too) many others, who apparently lack the good sense of learning from history.


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Frans A.M. Alting von Geusau

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