Month: July 2018

Scientifically Protecting Cows: Hindutva’s Fascination With Cattle Science

It is possible for one to accept the scientific benefits of cow-dung as an alternative energy source in agricultural communities. But, when one hears a self-styled cow protector proudly say, ‘‘cow’s one gram ghee [clarified butter], if we were to light it in front of God [during a prayer], it would produce 100 kilograms of… Continue reading “Scientifically Protecting Cows: Hindutva’s Fascination With Cattle Science”

Simply Removing All Extremist Content Won’t Stop Radicalisation

Every effort should be made to expeditiously remove content produced by a terrorist group that incites people to commit violence. But the themes that drive this content can be used to redirect people to more positive paths The recent news that Britain’s youngest convicted terrorist is seeking lifelong anonymity has once again re-ignited the issue… Continue reading “Simply Removing All Extremist Content Won’t Stop Radicalisation”

Why Is Russia Not Stepping In to Protect its Compatriots Abroad?

By dismissing the possibility of sanctions against countries that adopted discriminatory measures against their Russian-speaking minorities, Putin essentially rejected aggressive foreign policy.  On June 7, 2018, Vladimir Putin confirmed on live television that Russia does not intend to enact economic and political sanctions against Latvia in response to its elimination of Russian-speaking schools, making clear… Continue reading “Why Is Russia Not Stepping In to Protect its Compatriots Abroad?”

UK Prevent: Building Resilience to Radicalisation through Critical Thinking

  “Schools should be safe spaces in which children and young people can understand and discuss sensitive topics, including terrorism and the extremist ideas that are part of terrorist ideology, and learn how to challenge these ideas. The Prevent Duty is not intended to limit discussion of these issues.” (Prevent Duty Guidance for England and… Continue reading “UK Prevent: Building Resilience to Radicalisation through Critical Thinking”

The People’, The Climate and ‘Globalism’: The Radical Right On Climate Change

In my first post for CARR, I pointed to the ideological character of radical-right views on the (protection of the) natural environment. Indeed, nature protection is in no way a stranger to the radical right, although the particularities and implications of their ecological vision differ in many aspects from mainstream and left-wing outlooks. A crucial… Continue reading “The People’, The Climate and ‘Globalism’: The Radical Right On Climate Change”

Are Right-Wing Voters Being Duped? Or, Why Sane People Voted Fascist.

It is one of life’s great mysteries why other people vote the way they do, particularly when their favored candidates embrace policies that appear so obviously detrimental to them. ‘The forest was shrinking’, runs an ‘old Turkish proverb’ that has been circulating on the internet in recent months, ‘but the trees kept voting for the… Continue reading “Are Right-Wing Voters Being Duped? Or, Why Sane People Voted Fascist.”

As Sweden Sees More Immigration, The Far Right Sees Opportunity

Given increasing immigration to Europe, an important question is whether objective immigration increases the popularity of radical right parties. This question is especially relevant in Sweden, the country that accepted the largest per capita share of refugees during the so-called European Migrant Crisis of 2015. Sweden’s 2018 national election is only a few months away,… Continue reading “As Sweden Sees More Immigration, The Far Right Sees Opportunity”

The New Phrenology: The U.S., ‘Conversion Therapy,’ and the Radical Right

Earlier this month, British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to eradicate the “abhorrent” practice of “reparative therapy,” an array of techniques pushed by radical anti-LGBT groups as purported “cures” for homosexuality. Women and Equalities Minister Penny Mordaunt called the discredited practice — also known as “conversion” therapy — “abuse of the worse kind” that “must be stamped… Continue reading “The New Phrenology: The U.S., ‘Conversion Therapy,’ and the Radical Right”