Neo-fascist terrorism getting worse


Extreme right terrorism, Western Europe and North America, 2002-2017

This graph is about extreme right terrorism in Western Europe and North America, 2002-2017. The 2011 high number of deaths is caused by the attacks by Anders Breivik in Oslo and on Utøya island in Norway then.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Breivik and Tarrant as heroes: right-wing extremist terrorism on the rise

He was a chosen one of “Saint Tarrant“. Eg, the suspect of last week’s attack on a mosque in Oslo referred to the man who shot dozens of mosque visitors in March in Christchurch, New Zealand. As his example.

The weekend before, a man in the US American border city of El Paso shot 22 people. He had aimed at Latin American immigrants and the suspect of this attack also called Tarrant a source of inspiration.

Statistics suggest that the call for violence against minorities is being followed more often by people like Brenton Tarrant. In Western Europe and the US, the number of attacks by the extreme right extreme nationalist side has risen sharply, according to several studies.

‘Wave of extreme right-wing violence

In the USA, after the attacks of September 11, 2001, more deaths have occurred due to extreme right-wing violence than by jihadists. In Europe, … right-wing extremists committed more attacks [than jihadists]. In Western Europe, there were 28 in 2017, the highest number in almost twenty years, according to the Global Terrorism Index.

“There is a wave of extreme right-wing violence in Western Europe: from hate crimes to attacks”, says Daniel Köhler. He is the founder of the German Institute on Radicalization and Deradicalization (GIRDS) and conducted research into extreme right-wing violence in the US and Europe. “We are increasingly seeing individuals such as Breivik and Tarrant becoming role models or heroes for young men who want to storm into a mosque with a weapon.”

According to Köhler, the rise of right-wing extremism in Europe coincides with the refugee crisis. Extremist groups responded to the fear among some of the population about the arrival of millions of refugees in Europe.

Germany took the most refugees and there was a peak in 2015 and 2016 in the number of bombings and arson attacks against immigrants or ethnic minorities. The extremes of specifically this type of violence leveled out afterwards, but the number of incidents of extreme violence by the right-wing extremist side doubled from 2017 to 2018.

Intelligence services in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the United States and the Netherlands warn of the growing danger of right-wing extremism. The Dutch AIVD concluded that there is a slight upturn in our country, but that it has hardly led to violence. With the exception of, eg, the arson at a mosque in Enschede in 2016.

According to Köhler, conspiracy theories play a crucial role in radicalization. “We know from research that people act violently faster if they strongly believe in it.” Internet forums and social media make it easier to disseminate such theories quickly and anonymously.

The ‘great replacement‘ is seen as one of the most influential conspiracy theories from the right-radical side. The Norwegian Breivik and the Australian Tarrant referred to this replacement theory in their manifestos. The essence of it is that the white population in Europe and the US supposedly would be replaced by an “invasion” of immigrants.

Philip Manshaus (21), the suspect of the attack on the mosque in Oslo, is said to have been an online proponent of this theory. And El Paso suspect Patrick Crusius (21) told police that his attack was a reaction to the “Latin invasion“.

According to Köhler, the anti-immigrant rhetoric of President Trump has a major influence on the increase in right-wing extremism in the US. “He uses language that, from a German perspective, is reminiscent of a National Socialist [nazi] regime. He dehumanizes immigrants and stirs up fear.”

Extremists use this rhetoric as justification for their actions, says the German researcher. As an example, he mentions the man who sent bomb packages to critics of Trump.

The rise of right-wing populist parties in Europe, with a similar message to Trump, has had a similar effect, according to Köhler.

Once again: racists should not be called ‘populists’.

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El Paso, USA racist massacre not unique


This 5 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

White Nationalist Terror Attack in El Paso Was Not an Isolated Incident

Gerald Horn and Arun Gupta outline the history of white terror in America and what its modern manifestation means for our future.

NYT NIGHTMARE HEADLINE The alleged gunman in Texas who killed at least 22 people Saturday reportedly shared a manifesto online that used similar language to Trump’s, and used the phrase: “Send them back.” But the first edition of the New York Times suggested that the president was attempting to unify the country with the front page headline: “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism.” [HuffPost]

TRUMP BLAMES EVERYTHING BUT GUNS AND HIMSELF President Trump spoke Monday in response to the mass shootings over the weekend, calling them a “crime against all of humanity.” The president blamed white supremacy, the internet, video games and mental illness for the massacres. He did not blame guns or himself. [HuffPost]

TEXAS GUN LAWS ABOUT TO GET EVEN LOOSER Under the current laws in Texas, legal gun owners don’t require an additional permit to carry long guns, such as the one the El Paso gunman used last weekend, in unrestricted public areas. From Sept. 1, it will be even easier to carry guns in Texas churches, schools, apartment buildings and disaster zones. [HuffPost]

COUNTRIES WARN CITIZENS AGAINST U.S. TRAVEL Venezuela’s government issued a warning Monday telling Venezuelans to postpone planned trips to the U.S. or take precautions due to the “proliferation of violent acts and indiscriminate hate crimes.” The Uruguayan government also warned against hate-based violence in the U.S. [HuffPost]

THESE SHOOTERS ARE NOT LONE WOLVES Authorities say the shooter who killed 22 people and wounded dozens in El Paso, Texas, Saturday acted alone. In a narrow sense that may be true, but experts warn that it’s important to recognize his actions were rooted in a wider movement of white nationalism and violent extremism that is behind a growing number of mass murders.  [HuffPost]

HANNITY PROPOSES ARMED FORCE TO SURROUND SCHOOLS Fox News host Sean Hannity is calling for a virtual police state of armed ex-cops and military to “surround” schools and shopping malls to prevent mass shootings. [HuffPost]

Gay son of “Straight Pride” organizer says event “dog whistles” white supremacy.

TUCKER CARLSON: WHITE SUPREMACY IS A ‘HOAX’ Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday claimed there is no white supremacy problem in the United States and that the very notion of one is a hoax created by the media and the left. He has routinely given airtime to white nationalist conspiracy theories and talking points, yet claimed “the whole thing is a lie.” [HuffPost]

NEBRASKA GOP SLAMS SENATOR FOR CONDEMNING WHITE SUPREMACY The Nebraska Republican Party called on state Sen. John McCollister to quit the party after he accused his fellow Republicans of “enabling white supremacy” by staying silent on President Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric. [HuffPost]

CONGRESS CALLS ON 8CHAN OWNER TO TESTIFY Lawmakers have called on Jim Watkins, who owns 8chan, an online forum that amplifies the voices of violent extremists, to testify before Congress after the shooter in one of the weekend’s two massacres was believed to have posted on the website. [HuffPost]

CALI GOV: MAKE GENDER PART OF GUN VIOLENCE CONVERSATION California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Monday urged leaders to discuss the role of misogyny and toxic masculinity in gun violence, pointing out that mass shooters “overwhelmingly, almost exclusively, are males, boys, men.” [HuffPost]

‘United States racism, misogyny cause terrorism’


This 5 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Ex-FBI Agent Speaks Out: Federal Authorities Have Downplayed White Supremacist Violence for Too Long

According to The New York Times, white extremist shooters have now killed at least 63 people in the United States over the past 18 months. Late last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that crime driven by racism and white supremacy was on the rise compared to the past nine months. But former FBI agents say there is reluctance within the agency to tackle white nationalist violence in part due to President Trump’s rhetoric. We speak with Mike German, fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law. From 1988 to 2004, German served as an FBI agent specializing in domestic counterterrorism.

This 5 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

After Dayton Shooting, Gun Violence Reporter Says Misogyny “Clear Link” Between Many Mass Shootings

Over the span of 13 hours, the country was shaken by two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, where a total of 29 people were killed. Shortly before the attack, the El Paso gunman posted an anti-immigrant manifesto on the far-right message board 8chan, while there is still no clear motive for the Dayton shooting. Senator Bernie Sanders and other Democratic leaders are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a special session of the Senate to vote on two gun safety bills recently passed in the House. This all comes as the National Rifle Association is imploding. We speak with Alex Yablon, a reporter at The Trace, a news outlet devoted to gun-related news.

Dayton Gunman Showed Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Video To Girl On First Date: here.

Bloody neo-fascist terrorism in El Paso, USA


This 4 August 2019 video from the USA is called Mass Shooter in El Paso – You’ll Never Guess Who.

Indeed, it is yet another fascist white supremacist terrorist. Even though United States President Donald Trump claims that anti-fascism supposedly is terrorism.

From the Daily Beast in the USA today:

Accused El Paso Walmart Shooter Apparently Posted Racist Manifesto Before Attack

Patrick Crusius allegedly killed 20 people at a store Saturday morning, using racist rhetoric against Hispanics in a posting made before the attack. …

The announcement was accompanied by an anti-immigrant manifesto that invoked white supremacist terms to justify violence against Hispanic people. Authorities say three Mexican nationals were among the dead in the attack on the predominantly Hispanic city that borders Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. …

The author of the apparent El Paso manifesto claimed to have been inspired by a manifesto written by the white supremacist who allegedly murdered 51 worshippers at a mosque in New Zealand this year. The alleged attacker of a synagogue in Poway, California, earlier this year also cited that manifesto.

This 3 August 2019 TV video from the USA says about itself:

El Paso Gunman Allegedly Posted ‘Wildly Anti-Immigrant‘ Essay Online | MSNBC

NBC’s Ben Collins reports that a believed manifesto of the suspect involved in the El Paso, Texas shooting has been found on the “wildly anti-immigrant” site 8chan.

From the New York Post in the USA, 3 August 2019:

Sick manifesto linked to Walmart shooting suspect blames ‘Hispanic invasion’ …

The manifesto bemoans that “America is rotting from the inside out,” and predicts that “the heavy Hispanic population in Texas will make us a Democrat stronghold.”

It goes on to blame immigration for everything from the loss of jobs to runaway pollution.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

It seems that he announced his act shortly beforehand in a manifesto on the forum website 8chan and that he is an extreme right-wing nationalist. …

The perpetrator not only announced his act, he also added an explanation of four pages. He refers to a conspiracy theory that predicts that the elite will conspire to eventually replace the white population of Europe with people from Africa and the Middle East. The theory is popular in extreme right-wing nationalist circles. …

The attack in El Paso is the 291st incident this year in the United States in which firearms are fired at four or more people. A total of 335 people were killed. Today another new incident has occurred: in Dayton, Ohio, a man shot nine people.

Anti-Latin American racist massacre in Texas, USA


This 4 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

El Paso Shooting by Racist Incel

At the making of this video, it was confirmed 15 dead. During the upload the number changed to 20. The police said that one suspect, a white male in his 20s from Allen, Texas, was in custody, and that the gunman had fired an A.K.-47-style rifle into a crowded Walmart store, sending panicked shoppers fleeing for their lives. Officials said the gunman had surrendered to the police.

So, just after United States President Donald Trump has said that anti-fascism is terrrorism, the umpteenth terrorist fascist massacre in the USA

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

20 dead at Walmart Texas attack, gunman arrested

20 people were killed in an attack in El Paso in the US state of Texas. At least 26 people were injured, including two children aged 2 and 9 years. Governor Greg Abbott announced this at a press conference. According to Mexican President Lopez Obrador, three Mexican civilians died and six were injured.

A shooter opened fire in the parking lot of a Walmart branch around 10.30 am local time, after which he entered the building. According to the police, this is a 21-year-old white man from Allen, Texas, about 1,000 kilometers east of El Paso.

He dropped his gun, a kind of A.K. 47, and surrendered himself when police officers arrived.

Somehow, I have the idea that if this mass murderer would not have been a white man, more precisely: a white supremacist, but black and/or Muslim, that then police might not have arrested him, but might have shot him dead on the spot.

Nothing was said about the motive of the shooter at the press conference. US American media report that the man has put a manifesto online in which he expresses sympathy for the shooter of the attack on two mosques in Christchurch [in New Zealand] in March. The manifest also states that the attack on the Walmart is a reaction to the “invasion of Hispanics in Texas“.

According to The New York Times, the manifesto, entitled The Inconvenient Truth, was posted on the online forum 8chan almost twenty minutes before the first emergency call. “Hispanics take control of the local government and the state in my beloved Texas”, the manifesto says. The document also states that “race mixing” is destroying the country and that the US should be split into territorial enclaves based on the race of people.

The manifesto also states that the writer fears that Texas and the White House will be in the hands of the Democrats in the next elections.

On this video, one can hear the gunfire of the El Paso racist attack.

‘Sri Lankan secret police linked to anti-Christian terrorism’


A view of St Sebastian's Church damaged in blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka

By Steve Sweeney:

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Sri Lankan intelligence operatives may be linked to terror group

SRI LANKAN intelligence operatives may be linked to the Islamist group that is believed to have carried out the deadly bomb blasts on Easter Sunday that killed at least 321 people and injured 500.

In a now deleted article from 2016, the Sri Lanka Mirror newspaper reported that intelligence authorities had uncovered a secret defence ministry account that was established under the regime of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

It claimed that the cash was used to fund a number of Islamist and Buddhist terror groups including Thowheed Jamath, whose splinter group is said to be responsible for Sunday’s attacks.

The article also alleged that “there is clear information to prove that Thowheed Jamath’s secretary Abdul Rasik Rafiquedeen was an army intelligence member.”

He was arrested in 2016 for inciting hatred against Buddhists after a complaint from the Bodu Bala Sena terror group, for which he later apologised.

Both organisations are among those alleged to have been paid from the same defence ministry slush fund.

According to sources an unnamed close ally of former Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who is planning to run for president, co-ordinated the Islamist and Buddhist extremist groups.

He allegedly headed up a special security committee during the 2015 presidential elections controlled by Mr Gotabhaya which planned to seize power in a coup that failed to materialise.

Mr Gotabhaya was charged with human rights violations in the United States at the beginning of April when he was served with papers in a Trader Joe’s car park in Pasadena, California.

The joint US-Sri Lankan citizen is accused of atrocities committed between 2005 and 2015 when thousands were disappeared, killed and tortured during a bitter civil war.

Sunday’s bomb attacks, which targeted churches and hotels frequented by Westerners, were claimed by the Islamic State terror group on Tuesday.

More than 40 people have been taken into custody so far, with the country placed under a state of emergency to try and prevent further attacks.

All of those arrested are Sri Lankan nationals and there are fears that some of the bombers may have fled the country.

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena promised tough action against state security services amid accusations that warnings about attacks planned on churches during Easter were ignored.

He said yesterday that changes would be made “in the next 24 hours.”

It is alleged that the information was also not passed on to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with relations between the two said to be strained.

Sri Lankan president steps up military crackdown: here.

The Sri Lankan government has unleashed a crackdown, mainly targeting Muslims, following the horrific April 21 bomb attacks on three Catholic churches and three hotels that killed more than 250 men, women and children, and injured some 500 more: here.

Sri Lanka bomb atrocities, by whom?


St. Sebastian's Church, Negombo, Sri Lanka, photo Bernard Gagnon

This photo shows St. Sebastian’s Church, Negombo, Sri Lanka before the recent bomb attacks.

By Phil Miller:

Monday, April 22, 2019

Who is behind the Sri Lanka bombings?

Although the government has already blamed Islamist extremists for the wave of deadly bombings, something does not add up, writes PHIL MILLER

THE horrific wave of bombings that rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday is a watershed moment in the island’s troubled history.

Hundreds have died and many of the victims are still unidentified.

There is also a race to understand who was behind the slaughter — and how they were able to carry it out.

The choice of targets — simultaneous suicide bombs at churches and luxury hotels — is reminiscent of an al-Qaida or Isis attack.

The idea that Islamist extremists are responsible is certainly a narrative that some Sri Lankan officials are pushing.

Today a local Muslim group, National Thowheed Jama’ath, was being blamed — allegedly in cahoots with shadowy foreign backers.

There are certainly some Muslims in Sri Lanka who may exhibit extremist tendencies. Not far from the bombing at Batticaloa on the island’s east coast lies the town of Kattankudy, where many of the local Muslim community are influenced by Saudi-style Islam.

Much has been written about the “Wahhabi invasion” on the island’s once moderate Sufi Muslims, and it would be easy to blame conservative Islam as the incubator for these atrocities.

But there is also plenty of evidence that points in other directions, and at the time of writing some 24 hours after the explosions, no group has claimed responsibility.

The confusion is evident just by watching the rolling news channels, which yesterday were struggling to put out a neat linear narrative.

Many British media platforms pulled their correspondents out of Sri Lanka when the civil war between the Tamil Tigers and government forces ended a decade ago, leaving news anchors struggling to understand the complex patchwork of Sri Lanka’s ethnic and religious make-up.

The well-trodden “war on terror” grand narrative, a clash of civilisations between Muslims and Christians in a 21st-century crusade, makes little sense in Sri Lanka where both these religious groups are minorities — and have often been persecuted by [extremists within] the majority Sinhala Buddhist community.

In one case, the Sri Lankan air force bombed a Catholic church in Jaffna, St James, killing scores of civilians in 1993.

A British Tamil journalist, Thusiyan Nandakumar, bravely tried to make this point in a BBC interview yesterday — that historically Tamil Christians are more likely to have been massacred by the Sri Lankan military than Islamist extremists.

Such is the nature of Sri Lankan politics that Nandakumar, a Tamil, was then trolled by patriotic Sinhala keyboard warriors for making this historically accurate point.

He received thousands of hate-filled messages that left him fearing for his safety.

The backlash rather underlines the point that [some] Sinhalese Buddhist groups in Sri Lanka do have a history of religious intolerance, which can either be exercised through their presence in state structures or in street movements.

Last March saw some of the worst anti-Muslim rioting in Sri Lanka, which was led by Sinhala Buddhist mobs, fuelled by Islamophobic rumours circulating on social media — and crucially given support by riot police who seemed to evaporate in several locations, allowing mobs to move in.

If the Muslim community in Sri Lanka was feeling vengeful, then an attack on Buddhists would have been more predictable than this assault on Christians at Easter.

When Muslims have resorted to political violence in Sri Lanka before, it has not taken on an anti-Christian dimension.

Indeed, a “Christian identity” holds little political traction in Sri Lanka, where the larger communities tend to identify along ethnic lines.

The Tamil Tigers, a secular movement, were composed mainly of Tamil speakers who were Hindu or Christian. In their early years, their ranks also included Tamil-speaking Muslims.

The Sri Lankan military recognised the threat posed by a pan-Tamil alliance, and from 1985 took deliberate steps to drive a wedge between Tamil Muslims and non-Muslim Tamils in the Eastern province.

The security forces aided and abetted Muslim attacks on the village of Karaitivu, which soured Tamil-Muslim relations for decades to come.

There is now a real risk that after yesterday’s bombing at the Zion Church in Batticaloa, those old tensions in the Eastern province could reignite into anti-Muslim riots.

Such a scenario would benefit Sri Lanka’s deep state Sinhala Buddhist structures, as it would see further division among the Tamil-speaking people in the east.

It would also allow the security forces to intervene, unusually, on the side of the non-Muslim Tamils — at a time when military leaders are facing international sanction for war crimes they committed against this same group a decade ago.

Political figures like the country’s former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who was recently served with a war crimes suit while travelling abroad, is running for president — and will cast himself as the anti-terror candidate.

He could also absolve himself internationally if the terror threat was now from Islamist extremists, rather than the Tamil Tigers, who never neatly fitted the “war on terror” mould as much as he tried.

This “who benefits” question has even led some to speculate that Gotabhaya himself may have had a hand in Sunday’s bombings.

Sections of the military apparatus are still loyal to his family, and would have the capability to pull off such an attack — or at least ensure a blind eye was turned.

There are already reports that warnings on the attacks were ignored, raising questions about why these attacks weren’t stopped.

Sri Lanka is such a heavily militarised society, it is hard to imagine how a plot like this went undetected.

The attackers’ ability to strike simultaneously at three of the country’s most luxurious hotels, where security is tightest, is almost incomprehensible.

As is the news that a pipe bomb was found, unexploded, outside the international airport, which is also a high-security military base.

But even this elaborate deep-state scenario ultimately does not add up. The bombing of hotels will have almost destroyed Sri Lanka’s tourism industry for the foreseeable future, an industry in which the military has a large stake — its personnel run numerous resorts.

And so we may never know who was really responsible. Sri Lankan police say dozens of suspects have been taken into custody, but this is a police force with a proclivity to torture — a tactic which will irrevocably tarnish the testimony of those they interrogate.

What will matter is the perception of who was responsible, and how those with power will be able to play this to their advantage. The careful inter-faith work that the clergy in Batticaloa have done over the years will now be more vital than ever to prevent a spiral of violence.

SRI LANKA DEATH TOLL RISES TO 359 The death toll from the Easter suicide bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 359, police said Wednesday, as the country’s leaders vowed to overhaul the security apparatus amid a series of intelligence lapses before the attacks. [AP]