Tag: political violence

Narrating the ‘Great Replacement’ for the German Goon Squads: Akif Pirinçci’s Umvolkung (2016) Book

As CARR Senior Fellow, Dr Andreas Önnerfors notes: the 153 pages of rage contained in Akif Pirinçci’s Umvolkung (2016) book openly incites hatred against the ‘invaders’ as much as against their presumed puppet-masters, saturated by a vulgar language of violence, it is a racist rant of baseless accusations. As Önnerfors finds, it does not surprise… Continue reading “Narrating the ‘Great Replacement’ for the German Goon Squads: Akif Pirinçci’s Umvolkung (2016) Book”

Moving Away from Islamist Extremism: Assessing Counter Narrative Responses to the Far-Right Online

Over the past decade and a half, counter-narratives – defined as ‘messages that…[demystify], deconstruct or delegitimise extremist narratives’ (Tuck and Silverman 2016: 65) – have become a key part of western efforts to combat terrorism. Placed at the softer end of counter terror (CT) tactics and entering the UK policy discourse in mid-2005, the use… Continue reading “Moving Away from Islamist Extremism: Assessing Counter Narrative Responses to the Far-Right Online”

Radical Right Terrorists Are Usually Self-Radicalized

With access to online resources and communities, “lone wolf” terrorist incidents are increasingly prevalent among radical right extremists. What is unhelpfully called “lone wolf terrorism” is rising by every metric, no matter how it is defined. Unfortunately, for those determined to carry out premeditated acts of political violence, logistically alone, there are unprecedented resources available.… Continue reading “Radical Right Terrorists Are Usually Self-Radicalized”

Racist violence in West Germany before 1990

While racism has always been an integral part of radical-right ideology, the West German radical right scene started with extensive racist activities in the late 1970s. Since then, agitation against migration has become a more central theme of radical right activism. Migration was certainly never a “new” phenomenon to the German society: (mainly labour) migration… Continue reading “Racist violence in West Germany before 1990”

On lone wolf terrorism: past, present, and future

While the bodies of victims from the Christchurch shooting last Friday were still warm, including those of 3 and 4-year-old children, social media platforms were busily taking down livestreamed footage from the alleged killer. Due to morbid curiosity and maddening algorithms that saw the terrorist propaganda ‘trending’, Facebook alone removed the video 1.5 million times in 24 hours.… Continue reading “On lone wolf terrorism: past, present, and future”