COVID-19: The Lab Leak Theory Makes a Comeback

September 02, 2021

The sudden reemergence of the lab leak theory earlier this year — that COVID-19 was made in and escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology — has hit international media and occasioned nervous reactions from the Biden administration, which demanded a conclusive report on the origins of the...

Understanding the Geography of the Radical Right

The Godfather of Fascist Terrorism

August 17, 2021

For one of the first times in history, an individual has been designated as a terrorist entity. Late in June, Canada added a 68-year-old resident of Denver, Colorado, to its list of proscribed terrorist entities. The individual in question is James Mason; he is a thrice-convicted jailbird with a...

From Opera to MMA: Nationalist Symbolism and the German Far Right

August 12, 2021

The German far right is awash with allusion. Like elsewhere, coded communication is the rule among far-right German organizations and activists. References to old Norse myths abound, and many readers, whether from familiarity with mythology, white nationalism or Norse-inspired superhero movies,...

The Musical Is Political: Black Metal and the Extreme Right

August 10, 2021

There has been an association between the occult, paganism and the extreme right ever since the evolution of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party from the Thule Society. In the last few years, however, commentators are noting the return to prominence of racist occultism and heathenry...

Does Italy’s Center-Right Coalition Have a Political Future?

August 02, 2021

According to polling from July, the Italian far right — or the destra sovranista (sovereign right), as it prefers to be labeled — would account for at least 40% of electoral preferences. The broader center-right coalition would attract around 48%, with Matteo Salvini’s League taking 20,5%,...

We Are Not Worthless: Resentment, Misrecognition and Populist Mobilization

July 12, 2021

We live in resentful times. Dare we even utter these words? They sound as trite and cliché as that time-honored opening sentence that has introduced so many articles on populism in recent years, “A specter is haunting Europe.” It can easily apply to Latin America, or the United States or, why...

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...

The Prevent Duty and the UK’s Counterterrorism Strategy

Why Designating the Azov Movement as an FTO Is Ineffective

June 02, 2021

In early April, a member of the US Congress, Elissa Slotkin, sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken asking that 13 radical-right extremist groups and movements be officially designated as foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs) in the United States. This designation would, in theory,...

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