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Top online hate preachers have European names 

ISIS are losing the war to recruit young people seeking an extreme solution to self esteem issues. Sadly, this doesn’t mean we are about to enter a more peaceful time as pro-Daesh maniacs now grow veg for homeless people on allotments in Surrey. 

The fact is their ‘online grooming’ technique have fallen behind the carnival of fun offered by the alt-right online. 

The new far right: An adaptive new  ‘ecosystem’ of interlinked groups, no longer “fragmented”

Extremists with European surnames are now more successful at online radicalisation than their DAESH like counterparts. This trend was hilighted back in 2016 by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue study ‘Connectivity, Convergence and Mainstreaming of the Extreme Right’.

The report tracked the ugly blossoming of the extreme right across Europe and the US. It warned of a new  ‘ecosystem’ of interlinked groups, no longer ‘fragmented, leaderless and multi-dimensional’. 

Since the noughties strategic disagreements between far-right movements have given way to a highly adaptable new extreme right. These idealogical grandkids of Goebbels are characterised by a willingness to seek international allies combined with high tech sophistication and slick messaging. 

Anti-Muslim radicals use automated bots to dramatically grow their social media following.

We shouldn’t be surprised then that a 20 year old in need of social acceptance thought white supremacy was a cool way to fit in. 

Ethan Stables, 20, plotted a machete attack on people at a gay pride event at a pub in Cumbria, in June 2017. This week, Leeds Crown Court heard he was foiled when armed police acted via a tip-off from a member of a far-right Facebook group who saw a message saying Stables was ‘going to war’.  

Stables, heard the jury, needed to ‘impress’ his far right handlers, aka Facebook friends, and this pushed him towards violent fantasises of murdering gay people. 

ISIS supporters had better discipline regarding consistent use of the movement’s hashtags while extreme-right aims to ‘weaponise the internet.’ 

‘Nazis vs Isis’ is not this summers DC Comics Movie although the plot line has enough potential for violence. In fact it’s the strapline to a report compiled by George Washington University into the ‘Comparative Study of White Nationalist and ISIS Online Social Media Networks.’ 

Back in 2016 it revealed that on Twitter (ISIS’s preferred social platform), American white nationalist movements outperform self proclaimed “jihadis” in nearly every social metric: from follower counts to tweets per day. 

It found that ISIS supporters had better discipline regarding consistent use of the movement’s hashtags, but trailed in virtually every other respect. The clear advantage enjoyed by white nationalists was in no small part due to aggressive suspensions of accounts associated with ISIS networks. The same was not true of far-right accounts.

Extreme-right sites aim to ‘weaponise the internet.’ 

They share materials tailored to inflame different audiences. It uses ‘Identitarianism’ to fuel nationalism, for example in Hungary and Austria. Campaigns such as the ‘Defend Europe’ mission to block NGOs from rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean have sign posted an extension of the online trolling into real-world activism. 

The conjoined twin here is the Counter Jihad Movement (CJM) whose slick short films promote terror and loathing of Muslims. Together their sites are attracting support from France, Germany, Italy and Austria. But make no mistake – they get their finances from US based groups. Groups emboldened by the rhetoric of their idealogical hero: President Trump.

February 2, Darren Osborne was jailed for life for murdering Muslims outside a North London Mosque, June 2017. Commander Dean Haydon, head of Scotland Yard’s counterterrorism command, said Osborne “self-radicalised.” 

The terrorists being programmed to kill by online radicalisation are now more likely to be called Darren than Ali

Meaning, the Right wing messaging he was exposed to was so effective that Osborne was pushed to kill Muslims after immersing himself in its hatred for just two weeks. Police believe this to be the fastest radicalisation of any terrorist killer in recent history.

Two weeks! How many actual hours of web time is that? 

Osborne became obsessed with the racist hate-filled rants of Stephen Yaxley Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) and Britain First. He subscribed to the Rebel Media mailing list, where ‘Robinson’ has a show. He received receiving a message in his name which said:

“There is a nation within a nation forming beneath the surface of the UK. It is a nation built on hatred, on violence and on Islam.”

One of Tommy Robinson’s tweets was discovered on the dashboard of the van Osborne was driving when he mowed down Muslims.

The terrorists being programmed to kill by online radicalisation are now more likely to be called Darren than Ali. 

Unlike ISIS trolls and groomers extreme right social media groups are slow to be taken down and often left to spread hatred across platforms. 

Their leaders, with names like Stephen or Tommy, are not imprisoned but given air-time on the BBC paid for by the British public.

BDS, the Nobel Prize And Tel Aviv Catches An Oslo Chill

Ground breaking news for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. After over a decade of campaigning at the behest of Palestinian civil society for social, intellectual and financial action to be taken against Israel for its continued illegal occupation, the international organisation has been has officially nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Norwegian parliamentarian and leader of  the progressive Rødt (Red) Party, Bjørnar Moxnes made the nomination backed by his party and the Confederation of Trade Unions.  Moxness said, “They firmly support the Palestinian cause and voted in favour of implementing BDS measures against Israel last December.” 

But try to find this significant news in the press or media and well…you won’t. Just five English language articles appeared in my google search above the message ‘Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe. Learn more.’ 

You may want to start sharing the news widely on your social channels in the name of public interest and free speech.

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