A regional election offers lessons on combatting the rise of the far right, both across the Continent and in the United States.
Rachel DonadioToday is the 75th anniv. of the liberation of Auschwitz. Right-wing nativist Matteo Salvini quoted Primo Levi on the campaign trail, but not on social media. Yesterday's vote in Emilia-Romagna was also about historical memory in Italy.
Rachel DonadioHow do you defeat a right-wing populist? With civility, mass mobilizations like @6000sardine, and @ArunChaud, @BarackObama’s former White House videographer.
His impact on the country’s politics has been revolutionary, and his resounding victory means he can remake it.
Rachel Donadio"Johnson helped precipitate a crisis, benefited from it, and then called yesterday’s election to end it. In his triumph, he has killed off not just Blair’s Britain, but Cameron’s conservatism too." This is a fantastic piece, @TomMcTague
The country’s new politics are often attributed to anger over migrants. But the story begins decades ago, when China first targeted small textile towns.
Rachel DonadioI respectfully disagree, @petersgoodman. China in the abstract drives globalization, but the League's success stems from fear of illegal immigrants, fear of loss of national identity, failure of the center-left at the grassroots, not fear of China.
Despite the director’s history of sexual assault, the country has long supported his artistic freedom. But with the debut of his latest film, the tide may be changing.
Rachel DonadioA story of two J'accuse letters. Roman Polanski's (excellent) latest film, "An Officer and a Spy," is about the Dreyfus affair. Before it opened, Valentine Monnier accused the director of rape.
Rachel DonadioA story of two J'accuse letters — A week before the French debut of Roman Polanski's (excellent) latest film, on the Dreyfus affair (yes, that), a woman came forward accusing him of rape. (He denies the allegations).
Acclaimed author of new short-story collection “Grand Union” underlines the effort in becoming fully human, particularly in an age where tech and tech companies create “a system which makes you manifestly unfree.”
Rachel DonadioZadie Smith on fighting the algorithm: ‘If you are under 30, and you are able to think for yourself right now, God bless you’ | The Star
Her Instagram account reads like "Brideshead Revisited" meets "Twilight" meets "Vanity Fair" magazine circa 1988, when greed was good and having money was a golden superpower.
Rachel DonadioThis is a crackling great @CaitlinPacific essay! Maybe this complex creature of Instagram, emblem of performative early womanhood ca. 2019, is both Gatsby and Nick (Carroway)—reinventing & observing herself at the same time.
Matteo Salvini is not merely a Donald Trump facsimile—the Italian politician has been testing whether Facebook likes translate into votes, and is remaking his country along the way.
Rachel DonadioIn Italy, former political enemies just allied to block this man from coming to power. Meet Matteo Salvini, turbocharged techno-populist whose rise marks a new chapter of democracy in the age of social media.
Rachel DonadioThis is a story about the rise of Matteo Salvini, right-wing populist. It is also a story about social media, power politics, historical memory, the EU, the euro, the challenges to being the "mainstream" media in an era of populists, and Carlo Levi.
Rachel DonadioItalian right-wing populist Matteo Salvini has been testing the relationship between clicks and consensus. This is the story of his rise. It is also a story of immigration, race, religion, media, Russia, Facebook, the EU, €, mojitos, Nutella, Mussolini.
Matteo Salvini, Italy’s interior minister and the country’s most powerful politician, has called for early elections, but will have to deflect a poor economy and allegations of links to Moscow.
Rachel DonadioItalian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, known for his rhetoric against immigrants, is gunning for snap elections that would likely bring a far-right government to power in the heart of Europe.
Rachel DonadioItaly's right-wing populist firebrand Matteo Salvini is gunning for snap elections that would pit his rhetoric against economic reality.
The president’s rhetoric is dangerously populist in nature, and the left doesn’t know how to fight it.
Rachel Donadio"Trump, with his sadistic instinct for the weaknesses of others, has learned how to hurt Democrats by using divisive rhetoric and waiting for them to walk into a trap of self-enclosure they can’t see."
Christian Picciolini discusses the mainstreaming of white nationalism, what it takes to de-radicalize far-right extremists, and why the problem is metastasizing.
Rachel Donadio"We need to get away from using the term lone wolves, because while they are single actors, they are part of a larger ecosystem. I just think it’s going to get worse before it gets better." @yarabayoumy & @kgilsinan talk to a reformed white nationalist.