Tag: Fringe Groups and Movements

Racists Are Recruiting. Watch Your White Sons.

Raising teenagers can be terrifying. Our squishy little babies become awkward hormonal creatures who question our authority at every turn. I expected that. What I didn’t predict was that my sons’ adolescence would include being drawn to the kind of online content that right-wing extremists use to recruit so many young men. The first sign […]

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What, Exactly, Is Tulsi Gabbard Up To?

WASHINGTON — Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, is impressed with her political talent. Richard B. Spencer, the white nationalist leader, says he could vote for her. Former Representative Ron Paul praises her “libertarian instincts,” while Franklin Graham, the influential evangelist, finds her “refreshing.” And far-right conspiracy theorists like Mike Cernovich sees a […]

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A Synagogue Attack Shocks Germany. But Why?

ImageLighting candles at a marketplace near the scene of a shooting outside a synagogue in Halle, Germany, on Wednesday.CreditJens Schlueter/Getty Images BERLIN — On Wednesday a gunman attacked a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle while 51 Jews, including a group of young Americans, were inside observing Yom Kippur. When he found the […]

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A Far-Right Dilemma for Europe’s Mainstream: Contain It or Join It?

FRANKENSTEIN, Germany — They called it the Frankenstein coalition, and not just for the location. When the Frankenstein chapter of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party defied Berlin and formed an alliance with the far right in the village council, some considered it monstrous. To many, the alliance violated one of the biggest taboos in German […]

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Anti-Muslim Group ACT for America to Host Gala at Mar-a-Lago

An anti-Muslim organization plans to host its annual gala at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Fla., in November. ACT for America claims to be the nation’s largest grass-roots national security organization, and is considered the largest anti-Muslim group in the United States, according to the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law […]

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Stunt Aimed at Ocasio-Cortez Over Climate Change: ‘Start Eating Babies’

At a crowded town-hall-style meeting hosted in Queens on Thursday by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a young woman stood up and began addressing the climate crisis. But her pleas took an abrupt turn for the absurd. “Your next campaign slogan has to be this,” she said, removing her jacket to reveal a T-shirt that said, “Save […]

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Coast Guard Officer Called a ‘Domestic Terrorist’ Pleads Guilty to Gun and Drug Charges

A Coast Guard lieutenant who described himself as a white nationalist pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal gun and drug charges, prosecutors and court filings said. The lieutenant, Christopher Paul Hasson, 50, who was arrested in Maryland in February, had been plotting to kill journalists, Democratic politicians, professors, Supreme Court justices and those he described […]

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Homeland Security Dept. Affirms Threat of White Supremacy After Years of Prodding

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security is beginning to address white supremacist terrorism as a primary security threat, breaking with a decade of flagging attention after bigoted mass shooters from New Zealand to Texas took the lives of nearly 100 people in the last six months. In a little-noticed strategy document published last month […]

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Is There Freedom of Speech in Germany?

HAMBURG, Germany — Germany doesn’t have a problem with free speech. It has two — or rather, it is caught between two very different conceptions of free speech, each of which has significant shortcomings and each of which is rooted in our inability to close the chasm that remains between eastern and western Germany, 30 […]

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Brace Yourself for the Internet Impeachment

Even before the impeachment inquiry against President Trump was announced on Tuesday, the president’s re-election campaign blasted an email to supporters, urging them to defend Mr. Trump against the “baseless and disgusting attacks.” Facebook quickly filled with ads for impeachment-themed merchandise, including $3 “Impeach Now!” bumper stickers and $35 “Impeach This!” T-shirts. In a private […]

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After Attacks in U.S., Extremist Symbols Draw Scrutiny

The bowl-shaped haircut worn by the white supremacist who killed nine black worshipers in Charleston, S.C., stands among the most disturbing and distinctive images that extremists have shared online. Others include letters drawn from the ancient runic alphabet — a particular favorite among neo-Nazis — or slogans like “Diversity=White genocide.” They are among the many […]

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Rethinking Counterterrorism

Kevin McAleenan, the acting secretary of homeland security, has a cold. “I won’t shake your hand,” he said, palms upward. He is in the prevention business. Mr. McAleenan wears two black bands on his right wrist. The first commemorates the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, the second the victims of the mass shooting in […]

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Michigan Police Officer Is Terminated After K.K.K. Application Was Found in His Home

A police officer in Michigan was terminated on Thursday after a prospective homebuyer who had been touring the officer’s house posted a picture on social media of a framed Ku Klux Klan application he had seen there, spurring an internal investigation. Frank Peterson, the city manager of Muskegon, confirmed on Friday that the officer, Charles […]

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Man With White Supremacist Material and Weapons Is Arrested, Police Say

The police in a small New Jersey town called a 25-year-old man into their headquarters in June after they began investigating a report that he had sent a photo of his ex-girlfriend wearing parts of a Nazi uniform to her employer, officials said. After he arrived, the police said they discovered that the man, Michael […]

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Rocking Out in Lederhosen, With a Hint of Populism

VIENNA — On a recent Saturday, the Austrian singer Andreas Gabalier interrupted his concert at a stadium here to give a short speech about the importance of tradition. Gabalier, 34, who plays a blend of Alpine folk and country rock, is by far the most popular homegrown musical performer in Austria. He had just finished […]

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White Supremacists Targeted Her. Now She’s Fighting Hate Crime.

The words “Heil Hitler” and “gas chamber” were scrawled on walls at the Silver Gull in Queens, one of the city’s last beach clubs. A rabbi walking through a park in Brooklyn was punched in the face and bashed with a rock. A gay pride flag outside a Harlem bar was set on fire. The […]

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Four Things That Are Not White Nationalism

The American right in the Trump era has a racism problem. It’s fed by a Republican president who race-baits, a media ecosystem whose guardrails have collapsed, the lure of far-right ideas after various center-right failures and the influence of toxic forms of internet community on impressionable minds. At the same time, the American right in […]

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Mazel Tov, Trump. You’ve Revived the Jewish Left.

On Aug. 11, more than 1,000 people marked Tisha B’Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, by occupying an Amazon Books store in Manhattan, protesting the technology behemoth’s technical support for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Sitting on the floor, they read harrowing accounts of people in immigration detention and recited the Kaddish, the […]

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White Supremacists Stole My Rabbi Husband’s Identity

My husband and I were sitting on a tarmac at Newark Airport, just having landed from a vacation in France, relieved to come home, where we could be openly Jewish again. Visits to that country are always laced with stress for us, Orthodox Jews whose appearance broadcasts our identity. Being home meant that my husband, […]

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