Doublespeak: Radical Right Rhetoric Today

August 09, 2015

How do radical political movements mask their racist rhetoric? Let us depart from a truism: Modern politics relies enormously upon shaping “the message” toward targeted groups and constituencies. Whether it’s the Labour Party’s “Controls on Immigration” or the Tories’ “blue...

Youth Unemployment and the Rise of Neo-Nazism in Europe

February 26, 2014

Is there a direct link between youth unemployment and the rise of the far-right in Europe? In recent years, there has been a notable increase in the number of neo-Nazi demonstrations and groups in Europe. Many commentators suggest this rise is related to the number of unemployed people and the...

Running Off To War

December 07, 2013

The Syrian war is not simply a magnet for extremists. I was at a wedding not long ago of two dear female friends. The ceremony mixed together various religious traditions, including a Quaker meeting where people in the audience could stand up and speak spontaneously. After a number of people had...

Mubarakism Without Mubarak: The Struggle for Egypt (Part 1)

July 16, 2013

Call it a coup or not, but Egypt now has Mubarakism without Mubarak. This is the first of a three part series. Ever since Mohammed Morsi was elected president of Egypt in democratic elections marred by his Mubarakist opponent Ahmad Shafiq’s electoral corruption and bribes, a coalition of...