Category: Insights

New Research Report: Anti-Muslim Extremism, Radical Islamism and the Spiral of Polarization

‘Hostility towards Muslims and Islamist fundamentalism are closely interlinked. Mobilisation and recruitment strategies mirror each other and there are ideological overlaps as well. This becomes particularly evident in their internet propaganda on social media.’ These are key findings of a new study by the Jena Institute for Democracy and Civil Society (IDZ) in cooperation with… Continue reading “New Research Report: Anti-Muslim Extremism, Radical Islamism and the Spiral of Polarization”

The UK’s anti-Islam English Defence League – Still Yesterday’s news on the UK’s radical right scene?

I’m currently (slowly) converting my PhD thesis into a book which will explore how the addition of “right wing extremism” to the scope of the Prevent Strategy impacted on local responses to the English Defence League. A few fellow researchers have asked why I’m bothering to write a book about the anti-Islam street protest movement.… Continue reading “The UK’s anti-Islam English Defence League – Still Yesterday’s news on the UK’s radical right scene?”

‘Pinkwashing’ and Homonationalism in the Radical Right

Queer politics and queer interests occupy different, dynamic, and tense spaces in the radical right. Talk about LGBTQ+ issues have been consistently part of the conversation, sometimes through blatant homophobia, sometimes through accusations of “their” homophobia. The former speaks to the conservative roots of radical right groups, and reflects what is ultimately nostalgia, and a… Continue reading “‘Pinkwashing’ and Homonationalism in the Radical Right”

Eugenics: White Nationalists Continue To Turn To The False Theory Of Genetic Supremacy

As white supremacist ideologies proliferate globally, an analysis of the racist pseudoscience that fuels their beliefs 1920s eugenics poster the bottom of which says “Check The Seeds Of Hereditary Disease And Unfitness By Eugenics” (Wellcome Library, London) Last May, British journalist and conservative commentator Toby Young attended what he called a “secretive” conference on intelligence… Continue reading “Eugenics: White Nationalists Continue To Turn To The False Theory Of Genetic Supremacy”

After The UK 2018 Elections, The Radical Right Looks To The Future With Anger

In spite of the recent electoral defeats of far right parties in the United Kingdom, nationalism still runs deep. The United Kingdom has often been seen as an exceptional case when it comes to the far right. Most prominently associated with the skinhead movement domestically in the 1960s and then internationally with its spread to North… Continue reading “After The UK 2018 Elections, The Radical Right Looks To The Future With Anger”

Democratic Deficits and Social Ramifications: Research on the NSU Court Case from the Viewpoint of Joint Plaintiff-Lawyers

In summer 2018, one of Germany’s longest radical right trials will come to an end. As almost all of the defence lawyers now have given their pleas, the trial of the National Socialist Underground, or NSU, a radical-right terrorist group uncovered in November 2011, will reach its verdict. Starting in 2013, this court case has… Continue reading “Democratic Deficits and Social Ramifications: Research on the NSU Court Case from the Viewpoint of Joint Plaintiff-Lawyers”