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Tribes of Syria: Pieces on a chessboard?

ANALYSIS: Since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in March 2011, debates have been going on about the role of urban people versus the role of rural people in igniting and leading the […]

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Iraqi Army and Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces of Iraq) fighting against the Islamic State in Saladin Governorate. Photo: Ahmad Shamloo Fard - http://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/media/1394/01/17/702728/. CC BY-SA 4.0.

Sectarianism in Iraq: The Shia militias fighting IS

NEWS ANALYSIS – A wide array of armed Shia groups fought side by side in the recent recapture of Fallujah and its suburbs from the Islamic State (IS). Who are they and how […]

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Radicalization in a historical context

VIEWPOINT: Even though dedicated academic units exist to examine radicalization, the concept is fundamentally debated amongst scholars and remains poorly understood amongst the general public. (more…)

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SDF forces on their way to Manbij. Photo: ANHA. Under copyright. Used with permission.

Cutting the IS lifeline

NEWS ANALYSIS – The ongoing military offensive against the cities of Manbij, Jarablus and Raqqa is about to cut off the Islamic State’s last and most important supply line. (more…)

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The impact of a racist fable

A violent, apocalyptic novel glorified for 40 years by the extreme right in the United States and Europe is thought to have played a role in multiple right-wing terror attacks. “After he read The […]

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The (re)emergence of radical nationalism in Finland

ANALYSIS: Trouble’s brewing for the European Union – also in Finland, where the next country-wide elections will see several new, EU-hostile nationalist groups attempt to establish themselves on the political map. At the […]

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Behind the Nazi façade

Esa Henrik Holappa helped found the Finnish Resistance Movement, served as its public face and belonged to the organization’s inner core for years. Now he is speaking out, knowing well that doing so makes […]

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Dabiq and the IS propaganda narratives

What can the latest edition of the flashy IS magazine Dabiq teach us about their propaganda narratives? Øyvind Strømmen The self-declared Islamic State has been on the defensive for months. In Syria, pro-regime […]

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SPEAKS OUT: One of the former key players in the openly neo nazi Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM), Esa Henrik Holappa breaks off with his past in the international national socialist movement. Photo: KJETIL STORMARK/HATE SPEECH INTERNATIONAL

A world of hatred

Right-wing extremists around the world have well-functioning networks. Through these they spread information, music and propaganda. They cooperate and provide assistance to one another. Due in part to such cooperation, more and more […]

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A neo-Nazi leader no more

The founder and former leader of the Finnish Resistance Movement, Esa Henrik Holappa, has decided to leave the movement. He now denounces the neo-Nazi ideology and says he regrets ever being a part of the movement. […]

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The IS Propaganda Machine

“The Islamic State Propaganda Machine” is a report on how the Islamic State uses propaganda – via traditional media and social media platforms – to recruit, to shape perceptions and to form identites […]

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ISIS and the Big Three

The Islamic State has found its latest social media flavor of the month, the encrypted and security-conscious messaging service known as Telegram. J. M. Berger The Islamic State has found its latest social […]

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