Australia The rise and rise of far-right extremist groups stirs fears of grim times ahead
Extremists of all kinds are active but agencies only name ISIS and al-Qaeda. Why?
The submissions to the inquiry on extremism are in and there's no identification of any specific far-right groups.But the inquiry into radicalisation, prompted in part by Labor’s Kristina Keneally, serves to highlight threats both known and not so known. It may be dwelling on the fringes, but there is no doubt that dangerous extremism is alive and well in some quarters.
Far-right channels promoting white supremacy, anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry on a popular encrypted messaging platform are seeing a steady growth in followers.
The news comes after recent warnings by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres that far-right extremism should be considered a transnational threat.
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has also warned of an increase in right-wing extremist activity in recent years and anby members of the National Socialist Network was a stark reminder that groups advocating anti-Semitism and theories of Aryan supremacy promoted by Adolf Hitler still exist.
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The NAACP is suing Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani for their alleged connection to the Capitol riot. The suit also named the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers as defendants. It accuses them of violating the Klu Klux Klan Act by conspiring to incite a riot. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A Mississippi congressman and the NAACP have filed suit against former President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and two extremist groups in connection to the January 6 Capitol insurrection. The suit was brought on behalf of Rep.
Appearances by members of— a group dedicated to Western chauvinism — at various protests have also raised concerns.
There is evidence that both organisations are experiencing a growth in interest in their worldviews, but one is getting greater traction online: the number of Telegram users following the National Socialist Network channel — created on January 8 last year — rose by 304 over a 10 day period.
A jump from 3285 on February 12 to 3417 on February 15 coincided with the weekend of the third Victorian lockdown — but that may not offer a complete explanation for the increase in interest in Nazi ideology, as the identities and locations of those who join a public channel are not visible.
Chrupalla: AfD wants to challenge the right-wing extremist classification in Karlsruhe if necessary
According to its co-chairman Tino Chrupalla, the AfD wants to go to the Federal Constitutional Court if necessary to challenge its classification by the constitution protection as extremist. The party will "defend itself in court to end this defamation," said Chrupalla on Thursday on Deutschlandfunk. The AfD will "probably have to sue to the Federal Constitutional Court".
Channel users gradually increased to 3589 by February 22.
Contrast this with its presence on Gab, an online platform that has less stringent moderation than Twitter and Facebook. The National Socialist Network’s profile was also created in January 2020 but has attracted only 360 followers over the same period.
The public face of the National Socialist Network, Thomas Sewell, regularly publishes to his personal Telegram feed — created in June 2020 — and this is being read by 4283 followers as of February 22. That represents an increase of 480 followers over seven days.
There is also a preliminary insight into how groups with similar ideological backgrounds help each other build an online following.
One group spreading extreme right views had 1141 people following its public channel on February 17, but its numbers increased to 1988 by February 22 after a post by the National Socialist Network encouraging its audience to join that page.
The Librarian War Against QAnon
As “Do the research” becomes a rallying cry for conspiracy theorists, classical information literacy is not enough.Setting aside the fact that the people most likely to share misinformation haven’t been in a classroom for decades, most students in the past 50 years have received instruction under various names: media literacy, digital literacy, news literacy, information literacy, civic literacy, critical thinking, and the umbrella concept of meta-literacy. This curriculum is constantly being reinvented to meet perceived crises of confidence, largely driven by the emergence of new technologies.
The Proud Boys Australia account — established in August 2019 — tells a different story when it comes to the growth of an online following on Telegram. It recorded 934 followers on February 22, representing an increase of 17 followers since February 16.
There is a Gab account carrying the title Proud Boys Australia that was established in August 2018. It has 420 followers but only four posts. Three of those posts bear the date August 3, 2018 and the account has been dormant since.
Newer Proud Boys accounts for chapters in NSW and Victoria have been established on Telegram over the past two months and their user numbers tell a similar tale.
Proud Boys Victoria, which was established on January 31, had 322 followers on February 22, an increase of 15 over seven days.
Proud Boys NSW, which was only created on February 6, had 121 followers on February 22 — up from the 109 seven days earlier.
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