Month: May 2020

Impacts of Islamophobia on Some Muslims in Two Western Countries

From the wide range of studies, reports and publications, from such bodies as SETA[1],[2] and academics [3](many of them CARR Fellows), it is evident that Islamophobia in both Britain and Europe has accelerated over the past 15 years to the extent that is has become as normalized in society as has anti-Semitism. Normalization is as… Continue reading “Impacts of Islamophobia on Some Muslims in Two Western Countries”

In Bed with the Far Right in Thuringia: A Watershed Moment for Muslim CDU supporters?

On 5 February, the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) candidate, Thomas Kemmerich, was officially appointed to the position of Thuringia’s Minister-President, relying on the votes of both the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the populist far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party. The latter congratulated itself for being at the bottom of concessions made by the… Continue reading “In Bed with the Far Right in Thuringia: A Watershed Moment for Muslim CDU supporters?”

“The Black Carlos”: The story of Italian right-wing terrorist Stefano Delle Chiaie (Part IV: Delle Chiaie’s Revival)

The arrest and subsequent trials in the late 1980s/early 1990s did not change Stefano Delle Chiaie’s worldview. As soon as he was acquitted, he once again tried to assume a leadership position within Italy’s far-right. Thereby, he at first seemed to benefit from the decline and ultimate collapse of the Italian political system at the… Continue reading ““The Black Carlos”: The story of Italian right-wing terrorist Stefano Delle Chiaie (Part IV: Delle Chiaie’s Revival)”

“The Black Carlos”: The story of Italian right-wing terrorist Stefano Delle Chiaie (Part III: The Autumn of the “Black Carlos”)

The Man Hunt While Stefano Delle Chiaie was busy in South America, Italy’s law enforcement apparatus—particularly after the reform of the Italian secret service in 1977—intensified attempts to find and arrest the presumed mastermind behind the global right-wing terrorist network. However, despite the information they received and several national and international arrest warrants for the… Continue reading ““The Black Carlos”: The story of Italian right-wing terrorist Stefano Delle Chiaie (Part III: The Autumn of the “Black Carlos”)”

‘The Plan’: Analysing the QAnon conspiracy theory on 8kun

The QAnon conspiracy theory is part of a larger esoteric belief system known as the ‘Great Awakening’. The enclosed map reveals the depth and breadth of this pseudo-religious belief system. Are more and more people shunning reality to cross over into unfounded and shadow worlds? On 20 February 2020, Tobias Rathjen uploaded a video message… Continue reading “‘The Plan’: Analysing the QAnon conspiracy theory on 8kun”

How proscription can help in the fight against the radical right

In late March 2020, rumours started circulating that the United States was looking for candidate groups to proscribe as part of their efforts against the radical right. In early April, the US finally designated the Russian Imperial Movement, a white supremacy group based in Russia, and its leadership as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT). But… Continue reading “How proscription can help in the fight against the radical right”

COVID-19 and the Pause of Far-Right Demonstrations in Germany

COVID-19 has shutdown numerous activities in the public spaces of Europe—including far-right demonstrations. Yet the relaxation of protective measures will surely bring renewed far-right demonstration activity. In most European countries, protective measures against COVID-19 have dramatically reduced activities in public space. While these measures have wide-ranging and diverse impacts, a particular effect on far-right social… Continue reading “COVID-19 and the Pause of Far-Right Demonstrations in Germany”