Month: February 2020

Far-Right Terrorism is Global, but Coverage is Not: Hindu Nationalist Violence in India

Last week brought news of a tragic event in Germany with a right-wing terrorist attack in the city of Hanau. Much media coverage and scholarly commentary has been devoted towards focusing on the motives of the perpetrator and in particular, highlighting that the shooter uploaded a video onto YouTube shortly before the incident took place.… Continue reading “Far-Right Terrorism is Global, but Coverage is Not: Hindu Nationalist Violence in India”

Personal Public (Death) Threat II: How Germanophone White Power bands threaten their enemies

Before the beginning of a so-called fourth wave of far right politics, some far right actors with political ambition, especially party officials, ate crow to strive for social acceptance, whereas White Power bands worldwide – in most cases – didn’t mince their words. At first glance this might not be surprising due to diverging self-images,… Continue reading “Personal Public (Death) Threat II: How Germanophone White Power bands threaten their enemies”

CARR Research Insight Series: Two Americas: The Radical Right, Then and Now

In the first CARR Research Insight, Mark Potok considers the resurgence of the radical right in the United States. This piece explores this resurgence in the context of ethnic and racial hatred and political backlash against multiculturalism. Turning to the radical right in the early 20th century, Potok provides an overview of a long history of ethnic and racial hatred. He argues that Donald… Continue reading “CARR Research Insight Series: Two Americas: The Radical Right, Then and Now”

Prevent and the Terrorism Act: we need to talk about Kieron

When it comes to preventing people being drawn into terrorism, our responsibility is to offer interventions and support to all individuals who are at risk. It was 4am when the phone call came through. The FBI had contacted Scotland Yard, who in turn had contacted my local Police force who had decided I should immediately… Continue reading “Prevent and the Terrorism Act: we need to talk about Kieron”

GOP Is Similar To US Communist Party In The Early 20th Century

From their suppression of dissenting voices, use of propaganda, and capitulation to Russia, the GOP is behaving like US Communists in the 1930s and 1940s.   In a recent issue of The New Yorker, the Harvard University historian, Jill Lepore, challenges the mood of pessimism that has overcome many thoughtful individuals about the direction of… Continue reading “GOP Is Similar To US Communist Party In The Early 20th Century”

Images of a ‘better’ world? Fictional storytelling in the radical-right (Part I)

Analysing the radical-right – whether parties, social movements or paramilitary organisations – usually looks at programmatic and doctrinaire material, such as party manifestos or pamphlets. Scrutinising these reveals many facets of their politics, e.g. stances towards migration and taxation. However, the radical-right is not only a space of strictly political and economic ideas, but also… Continue reading “Images of a ‘better’ world? Fictional storytelling in the radical-right (Part I)”

Alt-Tech & the Radical Right, Part 3: Why Do Hate Groups and Terrorists Love Telegram?

In the third part of a series looking at the radical right’s use of alt-tech, Professor Megan Squire takes a look at Telegram – and the shifting sands of technical features and content regulation on the platform. Telegram is an enormously popular social network and encrypted messaging service with more than 300 million monthly users… Continue reading “Alt-Tech & the Radical Right, Part 3: Why Do Hate Groups and Terrorists Love Telegram?”

Germany’s terrorist attack: migrant communities have lost trust

The central question that politics, security authorities and society are still failing to answer: who will protect us from right-wing terrorism? The racist attack in Hanau on 19 February 2020 has left Germany with the question of whether the problem of radical right terrorism has been wrongly addressed so far. After the murder of Walter Lübcke in June… Continue reading “Germany’s terrorist attack: migrant communities have lost trust”

Icons of the Radical Right: Christoph Blocher and the SVP

Introduction A couple of weeks ago, Swiss art aficionados started to flock to Martigny in the canton of Valais.  Martigny is a relatively small town. But it boasts an exquisite art museum, which over the years has hosted a number of remarkable exhibitions. This time, it is particularly special. For the first time, art lovers… Continue reading “Icons of the Radical Right: Christoph Blocher and the SVP”

Foreign Fighters and the Global War for White Supremacy

Far-right activists have a long history of traveling overseas to fight for global white supremacy. Why aren’t they treated as terrorists? A 1975 article in British Patriot magazine tells the story of John Coey, a 24-year-old college graduate from Ohio who was killed fighting for the continuation of white supremacy in the unrecognized state of Rhodesia.… Continue reading “Foreign Fighters and the Global War for White Supremacy”