Month: January 2020

Evangelical Blues, or How Supporting Trump Discredits Christianity

For Donald Trump, evangelicals represent a crucial electorate — one which he cannot afford to affront. Now in the final year of his first — or only? — presidential term, Donald Trump is in trouble. Haunted time and again by new revelations of shady, if not criminal, behavior, and ridiculed by his political peers, even… Continue reading “Evangelical Blues, or How Supporting Trump Discredits Christianity”

Reconfiguring Islamophobia and the Radical Right: a decade in retrospect

My new book, “Reconfiguring Islamophobia: a radical rethinking of a contested concept” (Palgrave Macmillan) marks a decade since the publication of my first book on the topic (“Islamophobia”, Ashgate). Through the lens afforded by the phenomenon of Islamophobia, it is an understatement to suggest that much has changed in that decade. For instance, it was… Continue reading “Reconfiguring Islamophobia and the Radical Right: a decade in retrospect”

What Drives the Center Right’s Electoral Success?

Center-right parties recognized the 2008 economic crisis as a time of greater voter volatility when the populist radical right sought to secure more support through appeals over immigration. The 2008 economic crisis hit a number of European Union countries like a storm, with widespread patterns of electoral volatility and bad news for governing parties on… Continue reading “What Drives the Center Right’s Electoral Success?”

Remembering Auschwitz 75 through Sonderkommando Photography

Remembering the past is always complex. Remembering inevitably means we recall only selected sections of the past, and so in making any such selection we forget as much as we remember. This imperfect process of remembering is still far better than failing to remember, and the memory of the Holocaust is simply too important not… Continue reading “Remembering Auschwitz 75 through Sonderkommando Photography”

Technology and the Swarm: A Dialogic Turn in Online Far-Right Activism

Earlier this week, the outgoing director general of the UK’s domestic intelligence agency, Sir Andrew Parker, suggested that technology was one of the biggest challenges facing the UK’s Security Services. Sir Andrew said he was particularly interested in artificial intelligence “because of our need to be able to make sense of the data lives of thousands of… Continue reading “Technology and the Swarm: A Dialogic Turn in Online Far-Right Activism”

“The Black Carlos”: The Story of Italian Right-Wing Terrorist Stefano Delle Chiaie

Rome, 12 September 2019: Mourners are raising their arms in the Roman salute and singing the hymn of the former neo-fascist organization National Vanguard (Avanguardia Nazionale; AN) while a coffin is carried into the early medieval church San Lorenzo fuori le mura in Rome. Many have come to pay their last respects to their former… Continue reading ““The Black Carlos”: The Story of Italian Right-Wing Terrorist Stefano Delle Chiaie”

The dusk after the dawn: fall of a Greek Neo-Nazi party

What can we learn from the rise and fall of the Golden Dawn party in Greece? Golden Dawn began as an ideological movement that managed throughout the years to evolve into a political movement and a political party, which successfully entered the national parliament and emerged as the third largest party in Greece. However, recently,… Continue reading “The dusk after the dawn: fall of a Greek Neo-Nazi party”

5 Ways Policymakers Should Combat The Radical Right In 2020

With radical right extremism on the rise globally, here are 5 ways that we should think about combating it based on policy lessons from the United Kingdom. In a year that has proven especially deadly, policymakers are increasingly turning their attention to the (not so) new phenomenon of extreme right-wing violence. Yet, it does still… Continue reading “5 Ways Policymakers Should Combat The Radical Right In 2020”