Washington Must Treat White Supremacist Terrorism as a Transnational Threat – FP, 18.01
After the Capitol attack, the U.S. government needs to recognize racist extremists as a national security risk and create a high-level counterterrorism czar to disrupt their financing and dismantle their networks. By Joel Rubin
The American Far-Right Is Dangerous but Disorganized – FP, 15.01
Despite murderous ambitions and abundant guns, the Capitol assault was a failure. By Daniel Trombly
Internet radicalization experts knew violence was brewing. What did they see? – 16.01
- While the events at the nation’s Capitol last week caught many by surprise, those who monitor extremism on the internet had already seen a rebellion brewing. Charlie Warzel is the New York Times Opinion Writer-at-Large and reports on online radicalization. He joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the online spaces and rhetoric that fomented violence at the Capitol.
QAnon: What Happens Now? – 17.01
- To many observers, QAnon is, for lack of a better word, dangerous. They say it is dangerous to our political life, because it spreads disinformation which makes it more difficult for citizens to make informed decisions about who to vote for and what policies to support; it is also dangerous to the mental health of people who buy into the conspiracy theories, because it creates a cult-like environment, one in which people stop thinking for themselves and instead hero-worship President Donald Trump; finally, it is dangerous to the physical welfare of non-QAnon followers, because members of QAnon have been linked to violence.
What makes people believe in conspiracy theories? – Al Jazeera, 18.01
- Psychologists have found that people are more likely to latch onto conspiracy theories and irrational narratives during times of insecurity. And as COVID-19 continues to create instability in many countries, false narratives about vaccines, 5G mobile networks and other pandemic-related issues are spreading with real-life consequences.
- To what degree have fringe narratives become a part of mainstream discourse, and what can be done about it? In a 2020 survey from the Pew Research Center, 20 percent of US respondents who were aware of the online conspiracy theory QAnon – a far-right fantasy that says Donald Trump is fighting a paedophile ring linked to the Democratic Party – said the conspiracy theory was good for the country.
- In this episode, we’ll look at why people are attracted to conspiracy theories and how society should respond.
Use of consultancies for vaccine rollout sparks controversy in France – Politico, 7.01.21
Hooligans in 2020: How ‘militant neo-Nazis’ have spearheaded coronavirus protests – DW, 26.12.20
At anti-lockdown protests, hooligans have provided the muscle to break through police lines. They may have their roots in football, but they’re now more likely to be found practicing combat sports than on the terraces.
Is Croatia going the way of Poland on reproductive rights? – DW, 26.12.20
In Croatia, lawmakers and activists have been debating abortion legislation for three decades. The church, conservative politicians and pro-life activists now want to see rules tightened as they have been in Poland.
Our political divide is dangerous. A neuroscientist and political scientist explain why – 26.12.20
- The United States is more politically polarized than ever. The Post’s Kate Woodsome gets the help of neuroscientist Jay Van Bavel and political scientist Shanto Iyengar to understand what drives political sectarianism — and what we can do about it.
Why Biden Needs to Confront Corruption – FP, 22.12.20
If the U.S. president-elect is serious about restoring the rule of law and democracy, he needs to first tackle the global menace of graft. By Alexandra Wrage, Michelle D. Gavin
How to (Finally) Defeat Populism – FP, 21.12.20
Rust Belts exist around the world, and integrating them into the larger trans-Atlantic community is key to political stability. By John Austin, Jeffrey Anderson, Brian Hanson
How MEPs can help Biden’s ‘Global Democracy Summit’ – EUObserver, 20.11.20
- In his first year in office, Biden vows to “bring together the world’s democracies to strengthen our democratic institutions, honestly confront the challenge of nations that are backsliding, and forge a common agenda to address threats to our common values”.
- The European Union should join this great initiative from the start, and help shape the agenda for strengthening democracy and fundamental rights globally.
The Rise of Global Protests: Part I | 2020 Oslo Freedom Forum – 20.11.20
A New Administration Won’t Heal American Democracy – FA, 5.11
The Rot in U.S. Political Institutions Runs Deeper Than Donald Trump. By Larry Diamond
Voters Are Picking Ideology Over Competence on Both Sides of the Atlantic – FP, 2.11.20
From Edinburgh to Washington, scandals don’t cost politicians. By Azeem Ibrahim
Referendum pentru ca tinerii să voteze la 16 ani, propus în Italia de fostul premier Enrico Letta: “Noi și țările din Europa de Est suntem singurele țări europene care au decis să nu aibă un viitor: nu avem copii, nu vrem imigranți” – 6.10.20