Justin Salhani, “When Bannon Visits His Far-Right Friends in Europe,” Arab Weekly

“The League is the most dangerous, anti-democratic force in Italy right now and naturally well placed to be riding the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim wave that’s buoying the right in Europe,” said Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a professor of history and Italian Studies at New York University.
“Salvini has capitalised on the League’s historic hatred of ‘others’ and racist ideologies of Northern superiority. Those ‘others’ used to be Southerners. Now they are the immigrants whom he accuses of being responsible for crime in Italy.”

“He has repeatedly talked about ethnic cleansing and just before the election said Italy needed a ‘mass cleansing, street by street, neighbourhood by neighbourhood’,” Ben-Ghiat said.

“No wonder [Salvini] praised Viktor Orban just after the election and admires Putin. Both these leaders are open in their attempts to restore Europe as a white Christian space,” Ben-Ghiat said. “The League is the biggest symptom of the disease of racism that’s gotten worse in recent years.”

Justin Salhani, “When Bannon Visits His Far-Right Friends in Europe,” Arab Weekly
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