The dangers posed by Steve Bannon

Trump’s former adviser has set in motion his major international projects to boost the far right across Europe, says NEIL KARPENKO

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The dangers posed by Steve Bannon

The public premiere of the documentary The Brink caused a new wave of debate in the United States and Canada around the figure of Steve Bannon and his politico-missionary activity around the world.

Behind whom does he stand, and most importantly, who is behind him? The man who brought Donald Trump to power in the US is able to achieve the unachievable.

Having left the White House, he did not leave big politics. On the contrary, he set in motion his major international projects, which go far beyond political consulting.

Standing as an apologist of white supremacism, Bannon supports leaders of nationalist parties and movements in Europe. He openly declares that he promotes right populists and contributes to their coming to power in Europe.

For this purpose, in Brussels in 2017 he founded far-right organisation, the Movement, which increased its activity in 2019 in the run-up to the European Parliament elections.

Several months ago, it was reported that Bannon was intending to create an elite political school in the homeland of fascism — Italy.

The academy sought to prepare a new generation of European right-wing leaders. New elites will reportedly be raised in the spirit of “Judeo-Christian values of Western civilisation.”

Bannon himself calls his brainchild “a gladiator school for culture warriors.” Although Italy’s culture ministry said it would revoke the lease on the state-owned monastery where the school was to be based, Bannon has said he will contest this decision.

The US political strategist liaises with the majority of the leaders of the nationalist parties in the European countries, which include the president of the National Rally (previously National Front), Marine Le Pen, co-leaders of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), Alexander Gauland and Alica Weidel, and head of the Northern League, Matteo Salvini.


The AfD recently invited Bannon as a special guest to a press conference for right-wing journalists.

Those who are not inclined to believe in the artificial cultivation of far-right nationalist tendencies within the territory of Europe explain what’s happening simply by the social reaction to the immigration crisis in the European states.

How, then, to explain the rise of nationalism in such countries as Hungary, Poland and Ukraine?

Their problem is emigration rather than immigration. Low income forces people of these states to leave their home countries in search of a better life.

Large flows of Muslim immigrants don’t move to these countries. However, radicalisation of nationalism is taking place here.

In recent years, discrimination against the Roma has been increasing in Hungary; they are blamed for almost all Hungarian problems.

The Jobbik party, which is inherently neonazi, is represented in the Hungarian parliament.

The nationalistic rhetoric of Prime Minister Viktor Orban finds support not only within the country, but also abroad, as evidenced by Orban’s warm welcome at the White House.

In Ukraine, far-right nationalist ideology is imposed at the state level. In Odessa dozens of people were killed by the members of the nationalist group Right Sector in 2014. Most of the victims were burned alive.

In the multinational country, the government has recently adopted a law on the state language.

Now ethnic Romanians and Hungarians living in western Ukraine cannot learn their native languages at school.

In the public sphere and professional communication only the Ukrainian language is allowed; usage of the other local languages is punishable with a fine.

Any attempt at revision of the law would amount to the overthrow of the constitutional order and is liable to 10 years imprisonment (that is unprecedented in constitutional law and world legislative practice).

Cinemas are supposed to show movies only in the state languages, without exceptions for films that contain the lines in other languages in order to express an original author’s idea.

Media and culture are subject to censorship. The screening of the Polish movie Volhynia was banned in Ukraine.

The movie, directed by world-famous Wojciech Smarzowski, is dedicated to the tragic episode of the second world war.

However, what’s happening in Poland itself is also alarming. Polish far-right groups have repeatedly organised “cursed soldiers” marches in honour of the nationalists responsible for the extermination of the border population in 1940.

The “March of Independence” in Warsaw shocked the whole world last year; the procession turned into unrest, nationalists were chanting: “For White Europe!” and “Death to the enemies of the homeland!”

Bannon’s activities are fuelling destructive processes in Europe. Unfortunately, his rhetoric finds support in the people’s minds in certain countries, then it is broadcasted and finally leads to dire consequences.

The only encouraging thing is that there are those who understand the danger of Bannon’s programmes.

A good example is set by citizens of Canada, who met Bannon with massive protests when he arrived in Toronto last November.

Today, Canada is an example to other countries. The Canadian government conducts a prudent national policy, which serves the interests of all ethnic communities of one Canadian nation.

Of course, there are sometimes contradictions on migration issues, but they are resolved during open discussions between government and citizens.


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9 COMMENTS

  1. Bannon is not putting a gun to anyone’s head. You are free to disagree with him all you want, and even call him names if you’re incapable of refuting his positions. It’s called the marketplace of ideas, and if you don’t like it, “turn the channel”, as Jerry Springer once opined. This author deems it perfectly acceptable that Italy’s “culture minister” revoke the lease on the monastery where Bannon wanted to start a school for an unstated reason that we can only surmise he doesn’t agree with it. So, the government can shut down ideas on the basis of not agreeing with them,…that’s tyranny! This same author who thinks this is okay also found it necessary to point out that Italy is the homeland of fascism as a cheap juxtaposition literary vehicle in association with his fallacious viewpoint. This is a first class second class propaganda piece.

  2. During that period, he was the lawyer of the Jewish community in the negotiations on property stolen under the occupation. At the end of the negotiations, banks, insurance companies and the Belgian state paid more than 100 million euros to the Jewish survivors of the Mischael Modrikamen is an agent of Israel in Europe and a relay of Zionist propaganda.
    In December 2016, he participated in the International Leaders Summit in Jerusalem; he was received, as chairman of the People’s Party, with his delegation, by the head of the Shomron (Samaria) Council and the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament)Nazi deportations.
    It is therefore in Jerusalem during that summit that the new strategy attributed to Bannon was officially drawn up one month before the creation of “The Movement”. A strategy that does not aim to emancipate the peoples of Europe, but to bring them under zionist control

  3. “I’m not a moderate, I’m a fighter. And that’s why I’m proud to support the State of Israel. That’s why I’m proud to be a Christian Zionist. ” S.Bannon before the ZOA conference (Nov 2017).
    Interviewed by the Daily Beast, Steve Bannon said he was going to create a foundation in Europe called The Movement which, he hopes, would lead a right-wing populist revolt across the continent. Actually The Movement, was founded on January 9, 2017 – while Bannon was the US President’s advisor from January 20, 2017 – in Brussels by Steve Bannon and Mischaël Modrikamen, who is the executive director. Mischaël Modrikamen is a Belgian lawyer and politician who created in November 2009 a political party, the People’s Party, which is on the right of the European political scene. The vice-president of the People’s Party is Joel Rubinfeld (a jew), former secretary general of the Belgian-Israeli friendship, and former president (from 2007 to 2010) of the Coordinating Committee of Jewish Organizations of Belgium (CCOJB). He is also a founding member and President of the Belgian League Against Antisemitism, Vice President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) in 2009 and 2010 and Co-Chair of the European Jewish Parliament (EJP) from 2012 to 2014. He was, from 2000 to 2003, the president of the liberal Jewish community of Belgium.

  4. What do these nationalist parties want? Conquer each other’s territory? Leave the European Union? Set limits to foreign trade? I’m just asking, because I don’t really know.
    I know the Poles used to be extremely poor. The ones I met in France some years before the demise of the Soviet Union, had every garment they wore home made. They were so poor that they had to steal sugar cubes in the hotel before everybody woke up. Now you can meet them all over Europe as foreign workers. I think they probably do good work, being mindful of details. Polish schools are also rated very highly. The kids learn heir lessons well, and produce the highest scores in international comparisons.

    • I don’t read Breitbart or any of the Alt-right sites but I have read some Bannon. My understanding is that he wants to support and strengthen White (European) Christian identity in the face of open borders and the assimilation of (mostly Muslim) immigrants from Africa and the Middle East. He has a “Clash of Civilizations” mentality that has the Christian world forever at odds with the Muslim world. Economically he is against the power of large corporations and crony capitalism. Combine the two and you get this anti-New World Order movement that is against Neoliberalism’s ideas of open borders, free trade, big corporations, and atheistic secular humanism in favor of White Christian nation states.

    • No, he’s a stooge for the Judeo-Zionists and he is trying to stir up trouble between Europeans and Muslims. It’s a strategy taken straight out of the Protocols of Zion.

    • I’d like to know who is the hidden hand behind the importation of Muslims into Europe, which is the impetus for “trying to stir up trouble” in the first place. Seems no one ever talks about that, only the de facto consequences of it.

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