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The term Red-Green-Brown alliance, originating in France, refers to the alleged alliance of Communists (Red), anti-globalist Environmentalists and/or Islamists (Green), and Ultranationalists (Brown). The term is often used in a broad sense to refer to antisemitic and/or anti-American views shared by disparate groups and movements.
French essayist Alexandre del Valle wrote of "une alliance idéologique ... rouge-brun-vert" in an April 22, 2002 article in the newspaper Le Figaro, and wrote "Rouges-Bruns-Verts, l'étrange alliance", in a January 2004 article in the magazine Politique Internationale. He has more recently used the French phrase "l'axe rouge-vert-brun" in a sense similar to the English usage, with green mainly referring to Islamism, rather than environmentalism.
Del Valle's conceptual rendering of Islamist ideological trends appears to be based at least partially on earlier writings in which del Valle had charged the United States and western Europe with favouring the "war machine" of "armed Islamism" via its Ronald Reagan- era funding of the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan. and helping the worst future enemies of the West. After that, del Valle published many articles on the red-brown-green Axis against the West, and he is publishing in France and Italy an essay entitled "The Reds Browns Greens, the anti-Western alliance of extremists" (Rossi Bruni Verdi: l'alleanza degli estremi/Rouges Bruns Verts, l'alliance anti-occidentale des extrêmes").
The later popularity of the "red-green-brown" theory (and its various permutations) derives mainly from a speech given by Roger Cukierman, president of the French Jewish organization CRIF, to a CRIF banquet on January 25, 2003, and given wide circulation by a January 27/28 2003 article in Le Monde. Cukierman used the French term "alliance brun-vert-rouge" to describe the antisemitic alignment supposedly shared by "an extreme right nostalgic for racial hierarchies" (symbolized by the color brown), "an extreme left [which is] anti-globalist, anti-capitalist, anti-American [and] anti-Zionist" (red), and followers of José Bové (green).
- Allegations of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism within the European anti-war movement
- Anti-globalization and Anti-Semitism
- Arab Anti-Semitism
- Euston Manifesto
- Islam and anti-Semitism
- New anti-Semitism
- Political colour
- National Anarchism
- Le Péril rouge en France ou la convergence des Totalitarismes
- Rouges-Bruns-Verts : L'étrange alliance, see the translation on the official website of del Valle : http://www.alexandredelvalle.com/publications.php?id_art=131
- "The Wacky World of French Intellectuals", Middle East Forum, Spring 2000
- (French) Rouges-Bruns-Verts: L'Etrange Alliance by Alexandre del Valle
- The Wacky World of French Intellectuals by Laurent Murawiec, Middle East Quarterly (Spring 2000)
- Antiglobalism's Jewish Problem by Mark Strauss, Foreign Policy Magazine (Nov. 12, 2003):
- "The Barriers come down: Antisemitism and the Coalitions of Extremes" by Dave Rich