Is Big Tech Ready to Tackle Extremism?

September 22, 2021

A news story that falsely claimed that the COVID-19 vaccine caused the death of an American doctor was the most viewed article on Facebook in the US for the first three months of 2021. Instead of going public about the platform promoting such misinformation, Facebook held back on publishing the...

Christianism: The Elephant in the Extremism Room

July 01, 2021

I contend that my subject matter is something of an elephant in our global room, but I should warn that it is equally a thoroughly unhappy one: religiously-inspired, revolutionary political violence. For nearly 20 years now, scarcely a day has gone by without reportage on Islamism. This type of...

Are We Ready to Drop the Term “Islamist” in Reference to Terrorism?

July 24, 2020

On July 20, The Times released a report indicating that UK police held a forum to explore a request to change the terminology surrounding terror attacks now commonly defined as “Islamist.” The discussion, which included the head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu,...

The Normalization of White Supremacist Terrorism

February 27, 2020

The horrific attacks on February 19 at two shisha bars in Hanau, Germany, have led to several questions concerning motivation, activation and implication. It was the third attack by far-right extremists in nine months. In many respects, Eugenicism is making a comeback of sorts. Increasingly,...

In Norway, Negative Attitudes Toward Muslims Are Still Widespread

November 05, 2019

The World Happiness Report published by the United Nations in March this year identified Norway as the world’s third happiest country. The Scandinavian nation is doing remarkably well when it comes to key variables that influence well-being, such as income, freedom, trust, life expectancy,...

The Cultural Marxism Conspiracy Thrives in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

October 16, 2019

“Cultural Marxism” is a right-wing conspiracy theory that accuses the Frankfurt School — comprised of thinkers like Theodor Adorno, Erich Fromm and Herbert Marcuse — of emigrating to the United States of America in the 1930s to implant the “Marxist” ideologies of political...

Radical-Right Radicalization, From the Domestic to the Global

September 24, 2019

Radical-right radicalization has quickly moved from being a fringe domestic phenomenon to a mainstream global movement. The radical right, albeit always internationally connected and aligned across individual states, has over the last decade moved to increasingly intertangled structures, not only...

Intellectual Enablers Carry a Responsibility for Mass Shootings

August 05, 2019

Another day, another mass murder. This time in El Paso, Texas, leaving scores dead, scores injured. This time the targets were Hispanics. Last time, Muslims — or Jews. Next time it may be the (white) “racial traitors” responsible for the current “invasion” from all corners of the earth....

How the Swedish Radical Right Hijacked Human Rights

May 16, 2019

It can be difficult to separate the alleged watchdogs of freedom from the bloodhounds of the populist radical-right discourse.  On June 6, 2017, Sweden’s national holiday, charges were filed with the Swedish international prosecution office against “a number of individuals in key positions...

White Supremacism and the Christchurch Terrorist Attack

March 19, 2019

The attacks in Christchurch were not the result of a random mental health victim on a rampage. They were calculated, cold and clinical. As the fallout from the Christchurch terror attack becomes ever more pronounced, it is clear there are a number of matters that are important to state regarding...

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