June 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

UNITED STATES, [US]--The systemic failure of both the major parties’ elites to adequately respond to the side effects of mechanization and globalization — particularly the real decline of wages with respect to inflation and the great decrease in good-paying jobs for those with less education — has gradually radicalized American politics and society. The provocations and recriminations that Donald Trump injected into our politics ever since he declared his presidential candidacy has only accelerated the trend. Initially, most of the radicalization began on the right as Republican political strategists found it easier to use divisive cultural issues like abortion, homosexuality and relig  

May 3, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

WASHINGTON, [DC]--For more than 20 years, Chuck Leek was deep in the white supremacist movement in Southern California. Leek had an arsenal of weapons and even spent time in prison for assault with a deadly weapon. "It was a big part of the whole skinhead thing … physical violence," he said. Today, Leek volunteers with Life After Hate, a nationwide network of former white supremacists dedicated to educating young people against joining right wing terror groups and encouraging white supremacists to leave the movement. Life After Hate is one of more than 30 organizations -- including six police departments -- tapped by the Obama administration to receive $10 million in grants to counter viol  

April 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

NEW YORK CITY, [NY]--“I don’t like to think that I contributed to people being killed,” William Powell once said, wrestling with what he had wrought as a disaffected 19-year-old when he hunkered down with military manuals and revolutionary writings and compiled “The Anarchist Cookbook.” His volume — a guide to drugs, booby traps, sabotage, hand-to-hand combat and explosives — entered circulation in 1971 and reportedly sold more than 2 million copies. Still in print, and accessible online in PDF form, the book has been linked in recent years to the perpetrators of crimes including the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., and  

April 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

WASHINGTON, [DC]--Two people were arrested during protests outside the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in the District that left a Palestinian American man bloodied and injured. D.C. police say the suspects and victim got into a verbal altercation and one man punched the victim, Kamal Nayfeh, in the face. A video recording of the incident shows Nayfeh, 55, falling to the ground as two men strike him in the eye with a wooden pole as he is kicked. A police report of the Sunday afternoon incident at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center indicates the beating might have been motivated by the victim’s religion or ethnicity, although the suspects were not charged with ha  

March 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

UNITED STATES, [US]--The Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, the mass shooting at the Charleston AME church and the Boston Marathon bombing are three recent examples of violent attacks that have shocked the nation. While each was carried out by different assailants under different circumstances, they share a common thread: these events are among many others that are being tracked by the United States Extremist Crime Database, created by John Jay Professor Joshua Freilich. Developed in collaboration with Steven Chermak, a professor at Michigan State University, Freilich’s work is currently funded through nearly $2.5 million in grants provided by the Office of University Programs at the Dep  

February 16, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

MYRTLE BEACH, [SC]-- A man with connections to a white supremacy group was arrested in Myrtle Beach Wednesday after purchasing a gun from an undercover FBI agent, apparently intending to commit an attack “in the spirit of Dylann Roof.” Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, 29, from Conway, was arrested at around 5 p.m. Wednesday by the FBI, according to records from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. On December 26, 2016, McDowell posted to Facebook a message: “I love love to act what u think,” followed by a link to the Temple Emanu-El Conservative Synagogue in Myrtle Beach, according to court documents. Horry County Police indicated to the FBI that McDowell had established White Suprem  

February 2, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

WASHINGTON, [DC]--The Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism, five people briefed on the matter told Reuters. The program, "Countering Violent Extremism," or CVE, would be changed to "Countering Islamic Extremism" or "Countering Radical Islamic Extremism," the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States. Such a change would reflect Trump's election campaign rhetoric and criticism of former President Barack Obama for being weak in the fight against Islamic State and for  

February 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

BERKELEY, [CA]--A protest at UC Berkeley over a scheduled appearance by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos turned fiery and violent Wednesday night, prompting police to cancel the event and hustle the Breitbart News editor off campus. But even after the event’s cancellation, hundreds of protesters spilled off campus into the city streets, where the violence continued as they confronted drivers, engaged in fights, smashed storefront windows and set fires. Protesters decried President Trump’s policies as much as they did the visit by Yiannopoulos, a gay conservative who has been making the rounds at college campuses across the country with his “Dangerous Faggot” talks, specializi  

January 29, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC, [CN]--Quebec City police say six people are dead and eight are injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a mosque during evening prayers. Dozens of people were believed to be at the mosque at the time of the shooting. Two men were arrested after the shooting, the AP reported, citing police, but one was later released after police determined he was not involved in the shooting. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard termed the act “barbaric violence.” The lone gunman opened fire in the men's section of the mosque. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the shooting a "terrorist attack on Muslims." “While authorities are still investigating and details con  

January 15, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, [CN]--Those who think that Canada is the last bastion of liberal tolerance in the West should expand their political imagination beyond the halls of power — and in particular, take a look at what's happening on Canadian campuses, where there's been a recent surge in right-wing and racist propaganda. It may be true that the right wing in Canada has yet to cough up the same kind of populist threat now arising in European liberal democracies like France, Germany or the Netherlands. But the success of president-elect Donald Trump has emboldened nativist elements of Canadian society just the same. And nowhere has this been more obvious than on Canadian university campuses. In t