NY Times Columnist Ross Douthat Defended Murderous Dictator Pinochet in His Harvard Days

Conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat is one of numerous corporate media figures to have defended Augusto Pinochet, Chile’s murderous US-backed capitalist dictator

By Ben Norton

Back in his Ivy League college days, right-wing New York Times columnist Ross Douthat wrote an op-ed defending the US-backed dictator Augusto Pinochet, whose military junta murdered and disappeared thousands of dissidents and tortured tens of thousands more.

Intellectual historian Timothy Barker dug through columns that Douthat penned for Harvard University’s right-wing student newspaper The Harvard Salient between 1998 and 2002.

Barker found a slew of articles in which Douthat echoed explicitly racist talking points that are popular among the so-called alt-right today, including the idea that white Europeans are “vanishing” and being replaced through immigration by supposed “barbarians” like Turks, Africans, and Arabs.

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Christopher Columbus the Islamophobe: An Untold Thanksgiving Story

A genocidal holiday cannot be fully understood without also being in silent or explicit relation to a savage Muslim counterpart.

By Hamzah Raza, Alexander Abbasi

This article was originally published at AlterNet.

The taking down of racist monuments has manifested itself in a worldwide movement meant to scrutinize the supposed morality of past figures and symbols. In March of 2015, students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa launched the Rhodes Must Fall movement in which they demanded the removal of a statue of Cecil Rhodes, a man considered by many to be the “architect of apartheid.” Just a few months later, in June of 2015, Bree Newsome, an activist from South Carolina, took down the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina State Capitol, leading to its permanent removal in July of 2015. In January of 2016, students at Oxford University in the United Kingdom voted in favor of removing a statue of Cecil Rhodes from their university.

Echoing the sentiments of those around the world, New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio has appointed a commission intended at ensuring that there are no “symbols of hate” on public property in New York City. At a recent November 17th hearing, there was controversy regarding a statue of Christopher Columbus in Central Park.

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Flashy NATO Film Celebrates Baltic Nazi Collaborators Who Murdered Jews in Holocaust

Top historians slam NATO for lionizing the Forest Brothers, Baltic former Waffen SS fighters who voluntarily collaborated with the Nazis, as anti-communist heroes.

By Ben Norton / AlterNet

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