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Steve Bannon, a former White House strategist and Breitbart editor, was finally kicked out of an Italian monastery, which even Newsweek wittily described as a “far-right boot camp”.

This author, along with a few others, has been warning for some time that the former Trump’s top advisor had crossed all lines, and began directly interfering in the internal affairs of the European Union, by promoting and amalgamizing dangerous extreme right-wing alliances of all natures; political, philosophical and religious. The monastery was supposed to offer “classes”, which Bannon described as “the kind of underpinnings of the Judeo-Christian West”.

Tactics? “A modern gladiator school”, according to Steve Bannon’s own assessment.

Journal NEO (New Easter Outlook) has already published one essay in 2019, analyzing Bannon’s activities in Italy and beyond: “Steve Bannon – a Profile of a US Apparatchik. From China to the Pope”. There, it was argued:

“Steve Bannon is a talented propagandist and promoter of Western supremacy and imperialist “culture”. He is extremely dangerous, mainly because he knows precisely what he is doing and what he wants to achieve: total control over the world.”

Last year, it was hard to imagine that Italy would dare to rock the boat, disturbing the activities of one of the most powerful and canny neo-cons in the world.

But the unimaginable suddenly took place.

Reported by Newsweek’s Rosie McCall:

“The Italian culture ministry has announced it evicted what has been described as a far-right political bootcamp from a thirteenth-century monastery, AFP reports. The bootcamp has ties to Steve Bannon, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, through its Dignitatis Humanae Institute (DHI), which Bannon funds.

According to AFP, the bootcamp—which had been established to train students to “defend the West”—had been given a 19 year lease on Trisulti Charterhouse in the Province of Frosinone, central Italy, in February 2018. However, the ministry said on Thursday that the group had falsely tendered for the lease, and thus they were evicted. This follows reports from May that the ministry was intending to revoke the lease due to “violations of various contractual obligations,” according to The Telegraph.

This will come as a blow to Benjamin Harnwell, a British conservative and the director of DHI, who had hoped to launch the first three-week course to a small group of students this year and was in the process of securing planning permission to revamp the venue. Harnwell is an associate of Bannon, who had reportedly promised to give $1 million to the project.”

Of course, the “boot camp” has been evicted on technicalities, not on ideological bases.

My contacts inside the ruling 5-Star-Movement (Movimento 5 Stelle) are hushed and cautious on the topic. Usually outspoken, they are reluctant to go on the record. I am only receiving bits and pieces of news. But what I get is telling. This are big, and extremely dangerous issues. Mr. Bannon has not been on Donald Trump’s team, for quite some time, but only few have any doubts that he is still working on behalf of the President’s neo-con crew.

What do I get from Rome? Barks of confused inside news, and requests not to use real names in my essays, when it comes to Bannon’s case:

“We have orders not to speak to the press, Andre… Until a decision is made by State Council… Here, inside the administration, it is a war; more than a war; a battle inside the government… and the Church. Pope Francis is against conservatives. The new Minister of Culture, Franceschini (PD) is linked to the Church… Things are uncertain until now. The Tar (Administrative Tribunal), threw its support behind Bannon and blocked the decision of the Minister of Culture. And now the State Council has to decide.”

Another source coming from Rome offered much more concrete analyses:

“There are parties in Italy, like the Northern League and “Fratelli d’Italia” [Italian Brothers] who are producing propaganda and take direct orders from Bannon, yielding to his hate towards China.”

Of course, this is big. The Northern League and “Fratelli d’Italia” are some of the most powerful political forces in Italy. The fact that they are under the boot of a U.S. right-wing extremist, is tremendous and scandalous news.


For a long time, Steve Bannon has been cheering right-wing forces in Italy and beyond.

According to La Presse (23 September, 2018), he praised Italian right-wing movements, claiming that “with them here in Italy the revolution works”:

“On the Roman stage of “Atreju”, the event of Fratelli d’Italia, Steve Bannon praises the parties of Salvini and Meloni: “In the elections the Italians spoke against the system, saying that it is time for a change. They are tired of the feeling of being told that they are racist and xenophobic, just because they want to defend their culture and their country,” said the former White House strategist. “Yours is the most important experiment, if the revolution works here, then it will spread,” added Bannon.””

Unsurprisingly, Steve Bannon evokes wrath in those on whose behalf he is claiming to be speaking for; the modern-day Catholic Church, and even Christianity in general.

Pope Francis, whom Bannon has personally insulted on several occasions, is clearly against his politics.

I also approached one of the most important living theologists/philosophers, my friend John Cobb Jr., who clearly stated his point for this essay:

“Steve Bannon makes it clear that one can today renew Charlemagne’s kind of Christianity without embarrassment and gain significant support from other “Christians.” He makes little if any pretense to follow Jesus or the Hebrew prophets. His heroes are the gladiators. He is preparing people to fight in all sorts of ways including, it seems, violent ones. The war is in support of the West rather than any one nation, what we once called “Christendom.” From the point of view of the Bible, devotion to a nation state or to the West is idolatry.”

John Cobb concluded:

“Christians of the first sort, those who seek to be followers of Jesus are called to love even those who spread hatred. But one aspect of that love must be to identify those who make the defense of the West their highest priority as idolaters. Christians should go on to show the consequences of this idolatry. It is destructive of society. It also damages the idolater. If we truly love Steve Bannon, we are called to try to reduce the damage that his idolatrous thought and action does both to others and to himself. If his understanding of Christianity gives any place at all to the teachings and ministry of Jesus, we can point out how radically his work opposes that of Jesus. If he has any interest in the Biblical God, we can point out that he is profoundly failing to serve those whom God calls him to serve. If he really cares about the future of the West we can show that he is blocking paths to a flourishing future. Perhaps, just perhaps, he can listen.”


It becomes clear that for Steve Bannon, it is not going to be easy to sail through the turbulent waters of European politics. True, Europe has been moving, consistently and alarmingly, towards the right. Some would even say, towards the extreme right.

But it is not the Bannon’s right, not Trump’s right. Europe feels that it does not need yet another U.S. apparatchik, to dictate to it in which direction to go.

The European right is exceptionally nationalist. But Mr. Bannon is trying to create a united fascist European front. It does not appear that the European countries are searching for unity, of any type. U.K., Hungary, and even Italy are proving this point.


Europeans are willing to work with Russia or China, if it serves their interests (and very often, it actually does). People like Bannon are cultural and religious fundamentalists. They are made exactly from the same stuff as the colonialists and fascists were, who attacked countless countries and murdered millions of people precisely in countries like Russia and China. At least now, this kind of attitude is not very popular in Berlin, Rome and Madrid. There, populations want all the benefits they have been getting from neo-colonialism, but without the risks of wars or any other direct belligerent interventions.

Bannon is ready to go “all the way”; to bomb and even to put Western boots on the ground.

And he provokes, arrogantly and undiplomatically.

Even when the tiniest détente is forged, with Russia, China or other adversaries of the West, he immediately begins pouring salt into the wounds.

Just recently, he insulted China and its diplomacy, in a most vulgar way. On January 20, 2020, Forbes wrote:

“What you are seeing in the signing today with China and with the USMCA is the beginning of the end of the managed decline of the United States,” said Steve Bannon, former Trump advisor, speaking on CBNC Wednesday. “This is a huge win for the U.S., and it’s why you don’t see Xi Jinping over here signing it and no one in the Chinese media writing about it. Trump has changed the center of gravity from the way the elites have to think of China.”

But even Forbes is doubtful about such shots off the hip.

Things get even deeper and more sinister. Bannon is searching for funding, teaming up with the most anti-PRC and anti-Communist individuals, be they from the West, or originally from China (PRC) itself. In October 29, 2019, Axios reported:

“The mystery of who’s funding Steve Bannon’s work has been at least partly solved: Guo Media, a company linked to a controversial Chinese billionaire, has contracted Bannon for at least $1 million for “strategic consulting services,” according to contracts obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: The billionaire fugitive — a man named Guo Wengui, also known as Miles Kwok — is embroiled in the U.S.-China conflict. He’s a vocal critic of the Chinese Communist Party and is reportedly a member at Mar-a-Lago. He’s on China’s most-wanted list for alleged bribery, fraud and money laundering, per the New York Times…”


Steve Bannon does not do analyses; he manipulates, he does politics as he speaks or writes.

And now it appears that Italy has had enough. Or at least some people inside the Italian administration. The country is going through a complex period of transformation. It does not appreciate the U.S.-style right-wingers, anymore.

Italy needs China. And China has various allies in the 5-Star Movement. And the same could be said about countries like Venezuela and even Iran. This is not Berlusconi’s Italy, anymore.

If Bannon is kicked out of the “gladiator cloister” for good, it may be a signal that yet another Italian and European beginning has arrived. Not necessarily a left-wing or a ‘progressive’ beginning, but a beginning nevertheless. It could signal that Washington is not going to be allowed to rule from across the ocean totally unopposed, through ideological gladiators obsessed with lethal combat. Bannon miscalculated both geography and the era: 21st Century Rome and its vicinities have nothing to do with the ancient Greek city of Sparta.


[First published by NEO (New Eastern Outlook), a journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences]

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Five of his latest books are “China Belt and Road Initiative: Connecting Countries, Saving Millions of Lives”, “China and Ecological Cavillation” with John B. Cobb, Jr., Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism, a revolutionary novel “Aurora” and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”. View his other books here. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On Western Terrorism”. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter. His Patreon

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  1. No use of the word “Zionist” in that article.

  2. g8way says:

    Yeah Bannon is pushing far right ideas like capitalism, nation-state governments which answer to their citizens, limitations on importing hostile foreigners, and restoration of Catholic Tradition. Far-Right ideas like that are unacceptably dangerous.

    • Replies: @BDS Always
  3. @g8way

    No, he is pushing the agenda that his Zionist masters have instructed him to do that they in the long run will benefit from.

    • Agree: Digital Samizdat
    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  4. @BDS Always

    BDS Always,

    Are not Zionists benefiting already from the way things are, especially by accommodating in Europe, through their propagated replacement migration and consequent white genocide, those they’re clearing out of the Middle East en masse in their wars for a Greater Israel? I know Bannon won’t be redirecting all those immigrant to go storm the walls of Israel to settle there instead, but still what harm can he do that hasn’t already been done? Right wing or left wing, Europe backs Israel. Isn’t it time to think about what’s best for Europeans?

    • Agree: nokangaroos
    • Replies: @BDS Always
  5. If it´s any consolation to Mr. Vltchek, the European Right is extremely wary of (((Bannon))).
    They will not be coopted easily – though money and organization go a long way.
    In Italy he might get a certain strain of Catholic fundie/blackshirt (funny combination for the outsider, I know), but these are repellent to the Lega base.

  6. Crazy Horse says: • Website

    Should be called Gladio School. It has the fingerprints of CIA, Mi6 and Mossad all over since Bannon is a Breitbart honcho going on about Judaeo-Christianty meaning Zionism by any other name.

    His historical choice of Gladiators either exposes his ignorance of history or some other agenda since the Gladiators enjoyed watching Christians burn or being eaten by lions just as much as the Romans did since most of them were pagans or barbarians.

    Good essay overall Andre. Just one omission from the following paragraph:

    “Europeans are willing to work with Russia or China, if it serves their interests (and very often, it actually does). People like Bannon are cultural and religious fundamentalists. They are made exactly from the same stuff as the colonialists and fascists were, who attacked countless countries and murdered millions of people precisely in countries like Russia and China.”

    One could include the original inhabitants of the Americas and the current residents of Palestine and the Middle East.

    Hopefully their death grip will soon end and they will forgotten by history like the Mongolian and Khazarian Empires.

    • Replies: @nymom
  7. utu says:

    Why Chinese are not taking Bannon out? Don’t they have the known-how how to make accidents happen?

  8. Let me be clear, André: I am not fan of Steve Bannon–he’s way too zionist for me. But now that Bannon’s being drummed out of Italy, who will save the Italians from George Soros?

    • Replies: @Just passing through
  9. Bartolo says:

    China needs to hire better propagandists. I totally see the value in listening to the arguments of the adversary/enemy (I mean China), and Unz does well to publish this kind of things here. But Vltchek is a talentless hack. Surely the Chinese can find someone better.

    However, I have to admit it was fun to read a Communist pretending to care about Christian doctrinal purity and worrying about the idolatry of “the West”… from someone who constantly idolises China and Communism above everything else. Or his claims that Bannon insulted Chinese diplomacy… followed by a quote where he does no such thing :DDDD

  10. nymom says:
    @Crazy Horse

    Of course because the Mongols and Khazars added so much to Western Civilization…

  11. Anon[112] • Disclaimer says:

    Of course, this is big. The Northern League and “Fratelli d’Italia” are some of the most powerful political forces in Italy. The fact that they are under the boot of a U.S. right-wing extremist, is tremendous and scandalous news.

    Any evidence that they are under his boot?

    This writer needs to start offering evidence for his claims.

  12. Rich says:

    Bannon “extreme right”? These clowns have no idea what the extreme right really is. Bannon is basically a centrist with both right and left leanings. He is a sort of Euro-nationalist, in that he supports Europe for Europeans, but I don’t think that’s a “right wing” sentiment. Wasn’t it the left that always called for Africa for Africans and Asia for Asians?

  13. @Commentator Mike

    “Are not Zionists benefiting already from the way things are”

    Yes they are.

    “but still what harm can he do that hasn’t already been done?”

    Plenty if he is pushing the church to get on board with Zionists agenda’s which may possibly involve something like the below or accepting the “Jews are the chosen ones” or the “Noahide Laws” must be followed?

    ‘Catholic,’ ‘Christian’ gay projects funded by homosexualist billionaire
    The Arcus Foundation has given $6,500,000 to Catholic and Christian groups to undermine Christian teaching on sexuality since 2007, according to Thomas Peters.

    Top ‘gay-rights’ groups claiming to represent Christians and Catholics, and at least one Jesuit-run college, are being funded by a major homosexualist business magnate with the aim of stirring up dissent within the ranks of the church.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  14. Stogumber says:

    Mr. Vltchek gives no real reason why Mr. Bannon should be treated as an enemy. Now he gloats about how Bannon is expelled by Italian leftists under a “technical” pretext. This gloating is, from a rightwing point of view, simply disgusting.
    Mr. John Cobb is entitled to his personal interpretation of Christianity; but he obviously does not represent traditional Catholicism, so this is irrelevant in the ongoing debate.
    I have no grudges against the Chinese – they are a helpful counterweight to the other “market dominant minority”, – but publicists like Vltchek are not apt to arouse sympathies for the Chinese. Just the opposite.

    • Agree: Digital Samizdat
  15. André Vltchek is quite ridiculous here, tho on some topics he does wonderful compassionate work, as when he describes the mauling of the wonderful people of Indonesia and the destruction of their environment by ugly multi-national corps

    But Vltchek is totally absurd to describe Steve Bannon as a ‘right-wing extremist’.

    Steve is a goofy guy, sure, and his pompous meddling in Europe, seeking to herd European nationalists on behalf of his Zionist masters, is an obscenity, Bannon needs to go the f*ck home

    Bannon is historically important for helping get Trump elected, with the Overton-window moving campaign rhetoric against quasi-open-borders immigration abuses

    But it seems for Vltchek, anyone not in favour of having Western cultures open their borders for an indundation of economic migrants is ‘extreme right wing’ – that’s just horse shite

    Vltchek needs to rediscover the other side of his commie background, the commie side grounded in Marx talking about building socialism in one country at a time, and understanding that forced waves of alternate-ethnic immigrants are an oligarch plot to damage local workers, as Marx himself pointed out

    • Agree: Digital Samizdat
  16. bjondo says:

    Can’t be zionized, Judaized
    and be American or Christian.


  17. @BDS Always

    I am not aware that Steve Bannon is promoting homosexuality in society and the church to any greater extent than it is already there. Those you mention are not Bannon.

  18. @Just passing through

    But first Salvini has to get himself (and his party) back into power. That won’t necessarily be easy, as he only became Interior Minister (2018-19) owing to his party’s coalition with the Five Star Movement, which later betrayed him. It’s not going to be easy for his party, Lega, to convince another party in Italy to take them into another coalition, and winning an outright majority is going to be tough for a party widely represented by the media as ‘extremist’. That being said, I think he did a good job as Interior Minister and so I wish him and the Lega well.

  19. They are made exactly from the same stuff as the colonialists and fascists were, who attacked countless countries and murdered millions of people precisely in countries like Russia and China.

    This is the first I’ve read anything by you, and, to judge from the quote above, I haven’t been missing anything. Communists, my friend, murdered millions in China and Russia. Referring to Communists as colonialists or fascists is too insane to bother refuting. It would be like arguing with a lamppost.

  20. Smith says:

    Dissing Bannon is okay, the man doesn’t know what he’s doing and is a clueless zionist, but lapping up Francis to own Bannon, Andre? Lame.

    And it is kinda weird to see “christians” dissing Charlesmagne, though I guess Charlesmagne kinda got what he deserves by propagating jewish religion in Europe, now his own jewish cultists dish him LOL.

  21. Viva Salvini! Viva La Lega! To Hell with traitors! To Hell with the EU! Make Italy Italian Again!

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