Tag: Christchurch, New Zealand, Attack (March 2019)

The Trump Administration Turns Its Back on a Chance to Fight Online Extremism

The White House on Wednesday announced it would not sign the Christchurch call to action, an informal international pact among France’s and New Zealand’s leaders and social media platforms to combat online extremism. The call to action is a broad statement of intent, rather than a detailed policy proposal. It urges nations and private tech […]

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White House Says It Won’t Sign Global Pact for Tougher Measures on Online Violence

PARIS — The White House said on Wednesday that it would not sign an international accord intended to pressure the largest internet platforms to eradicate violent and extremist content, highlighting a broader divide between the United States and other countries about the role of government in determining what content is acceptable on the internet. Citing […]

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Facebook Takes Step to Police Content on Its Live Service

SAN FRANCISCO — When 51 people were killed in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, the suspect, an Australian man, broadcast the attack live on Facebook. The video spread across the internet. On Tuesday night, in its strongest response yet to the violent scenes that were live-streamed over its social network, Facebook announced that it would […]

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Jacinda Ardern: How to Stop the Next Christchurch Massacre

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — At 1:40 p.m. on Friday, March 15, a gunman entered a mosque in the city of Christchurch and shot dead 41 people as they worshiped. He then drove for six minutes to another mosque where, at 1:52 p.m., he entered and took the lives of another seven worshipers in just three […]

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As Far Right Rises, a Battle Over Security Agencies Grows

VIENNA — As well as anyone, Sybille Geissler knows the threats from Austria’s far-right extremists, who in recent weeks have likened migrants to rats and blithely defended campaign material that evokes Nazi propaganda. For over 12 years, she has led the anti-extremism unit of the domestic intelligence service, and recently testified in a parliamentary inquiry […]

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Medieval Scholars Joust With White Nationalists. And One Another.

Each May, some 3,000 people descend on Kalamazoo, Mich., for the International Congress on Medieval Studies, which brings together academics and enthusiasts for four days of scholarly panels, performances and after-hours mead drinking. But in recent years, the gathering affectionately known as “K’zoo” — and the field of medieval studies itself — has been shadowed […]

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Jacinda Ardern Got Engaged. New Zealand Almost Didn’t Notice.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is engaged to be married, and it took a sharp eye for New Zealand to find out. Ms. Ardern, 38, and her partner of more than five years, Clarke Gayford, 41, became engaged over Easter weekend, a spokesman for Ms. Ardern confirmed on Friday. The prime minister […]

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Mass Shootings Have Become a Sickening Meme

Hours before the shooting on Saturday at the Chabad of Poway synagogue outside San Diego, an 8chan user identifying himself by the same name as the suspect in the attack posted a link to a white nationalist manifesto on that far-right message board. “What I’ve learned here is priceless,” the user wrote, adding, “a livestream […]

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New Zealand Offers Permanent Visas to Those at Mosques During Attacks

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand is offering permanent residency to all of those who were at two mosques in Christchurch last month when a terrorist killed 50 people, as well as to the victims’ and survivors’ immediate relatives, the country’s immigration minister said on Tuesday. The move, which the New Zealand immigration agency estimated […]

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Do Australians Have a Case of ‘Jacinda Envy’?

PERTH, Australia — It didn’t take long after the Christchurch massacre last month for Australian politics to turn ugly. That very afternoon, Senator Fraser Anning, a member of Parliament, released an official statement in which he claimed “the real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics […]

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Sri Lanka’s Unending Civil War

There’s a lot we still don’t know about the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, a coordinated carnage by suicide bombers in churches and hotels that ended the lives of at least 290 innocents. A little-known Sri Lankan Islamist group has been blamed, but the motive is not yet clear. But those are details. In […]

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Is This the End of the Line for Nationalism in Australia?

MELBOURNE, Australia — Just two months ago, Australia seemed destined for what the country’s commentariat calls a “Tampa” election. That’s local shorthand for a campaign characterized by race baiting and scare tactics about refugees — a term derived from the 2001 election a few months after the government of Prime Minister John Howard ordered special […]

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New Zealand Passes Law Banning Most Semiautomatic Weapons, Weeks After Massacre

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Less than a month after 50 Muslim worshipers in the city of Christchurch were fatally shot in terrorist attacks on two mosques, New Zealand passed a law banning most semiautomatic weapons on Wednesday — a measure supported by all but one of Parliament’s 120 lawmakers. The passage of the bill means […]

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Christchurch Messages on Facebook Lead to Charge of Lying to F.B.I.

A New York man who discussed an American re-enactment of the New Zealand mosque massacre with white supremacist friends on Facebook was charged Thursday with lying to F.B.I. agents, law enforcement officials said. According to the criminal complaint, Thomas Alonzo Bolin, 22, was charged on Wednesday with lying to federal agents in an interview last […]

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Christchurch Shooting Suspect To Be Charged With 50 Counts of Murder

The Australian man accused of carrying out the mass killings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last month will be charged with 50 counts of murder in a court appearance on Friday, the police said. The new charges come as no surprise. The suspect, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, had been held on a single […]

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News Analysis: Countries Want to Ban ‘Weaponized’ Social Media. What Would That Look Like?

SYDNEY, Australia — What if live-streaming required a government permit, and videos could only be broadcast online after a seven-second delay? What if Facebook, YouTube and Twitter were treated like traditional publishers, expected to vet every post, comment and image before they reached the public? Or like Boeing or Toyota, held responsible for the safety […]

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New Zealand Memorial Service for Shooting Victims Draws Thousands

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Lamenting that “the world has been stuck in a vicious cycle of extremism breeding extremism,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand said at a national memorial service for the Christchurch attack victims on Friday that the dangerous cycle “must end.” Ms. Ardern’s call for a collective global response to violence […]

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After New Zealand Attacks, More People Registered to Move There

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — New Zealand’s image as a peaceful nation isolated from the world’s problems was shaken by the recent Christchurch terrorist attacks, but it appears that the country’s response has had an unexpected effect: More people than usual have said they want to move there. New Zealand’s immigration agency said on Thursday that […]

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Donation From New Zealand Attack Suspect Puts Spotlight on Europe’s Far Right

BERLIN — Clean-shaven, well-dressed and polite, Martin Sellner is the poster boy of Europe’s new far right. A 30-year-old philosophy graduate, he blogs about what he says is the existential threat Muslim immigration poses for Europe, stages nonviolent protests and is widely known on the global far-right scene. Just how widely became clear this week […]

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Facebook Announces New Policy to Ban White Nationalist Content

Facebook said on Wednesday that it would ban white nationalist content from its platforms, a significant policy change that bows to longstanding demands from civil rights groups who said the tech giant was failing to confront the powerful reach of white extremism on social media. The threat posed by white nationalism on Facebook was violently […]

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