Report: The Transnational Rise of The Violent White Supremacist Movement

(Red Revolution) – The United States should urgently place far-right extremist groups on its list of banned terrorist organisations, a new report released this past week suggests. The report, “White Supremacy Extremism: The Transnational Rise of The Violent White Supremacist Movement”, highlights the increasing threat posed by the far-right and indicates a surge in domestic supremacist groups seeking military training and experience abroad, primarily in Ukraine.

Produced by the New York-based Soufan Center, the report suggests that the American government has been slow to respond to the changing nature of the far-right threat and that white supremacist extremism is now a multi-headed hydra.

White supremacy extremism is a transnational challenge — its tentacles reach from Canada to Australia, and the United States to Ukraine – but it has evolved at a different pace in different parts of the world… To make serious progress, the United States should consider building upon Canada and the United Kingdom’s leadership by sanctioning transnational WSE groups as foreign terrorist organizations.” – Soufan Center Report –

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Designating far-right groups as terrorist organizations would enable the U.S. government to seize assets, hinder travel and enable charges to be brought against both members and those providing material support to such groups. The report particularly highlighted Canada’s successful use of such legislation to combat the international neo-Nazi network Blood & Honor.

While the west has been overtly preoccupied with Islamic State, white supremacists were connected to 50 murders across the U.S. in 2018 and an estimated 17,000 foreigners from 50 countries have gone to fight in the Ukraine conflict, many affiliated with the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion.

In Ukraine, the Azov Battalion has recruited foreign fighters motivated by white supremacy and neo-Nazi beliefs, including many from the West, to join its ranks and receive training, indoctrination, and instruction in irregular warfare.” – Soufan Center Report –

Part of the Ukrainian military, the Azov Battalion has been linked to a multitude of far-right groups in the west, notably the U.S. based neo-Nazi Atomwaffen Division. The Atomwaffen Division has been responsible for 8 murders in the U.S. since 2017.

A British branch of the Atomwaffen Division, The Sonnenkrieg Division, was responsible for the “race traitor” threats to kill Prince Harry and his wife Megan Markle alongside claims that police officers should be raped and killed and that white women who date non-whites should be hanged. In June, Sonnenkrieg members Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, 18, and Michal Szewczuk, 19, were jailed for terrorism offences. “Let’s fill our hearts with terror and London’s streets with blood” – Jacek Tchorzewski.

Earlier in the year, Sonnenkrieg member Jacek Tchorzewski, 18, was arrested at Luton airport and charged with terrorism offences after police discovered “an enormous amount” of documents on the manufacture of weapons and explosives. Judge Anuja Dhir said the defendant was a “deeply entrenched neo-Nazi with an interest in Satanism and occult practices” and an “offender of particular concern” as she sentences him to four years in prision last month.

Also last month, police in Kansas arrested a serving U.S. Army soldier after he allegedly shared bomb-making instructions online. The soldier, Jarrett William Smith, was interested in joining the Azov Battalion and was in correspondence with a second man in Texas who had allegedly fought for the group. Conversations included discussion on carrying out attacks against “left-wing” media outlets, activists and politicians, including Democratic Presidential nominee Beto O’Rourke.

White supremacy extremism is a growing transnational threat and one that is too large not to tackle head-on. As the world has become more and more interconnected through social media, white supremacy extremists have found it easier and easier to recruit, fundraise, and spread violent propaganda. Moreover, white supremacist extremists are imitating Salafi- Jihadist groups like Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, and many are taking advantage of international conflicts – such as the conflict in Ukraine – to expand the global white supremacy movement. Our new report outlines how these groups currently operate across the world and provides actionable solutions for policymakers, civil society, security services, and law enforcement agencies to combat this brand of violent extremism.” – Ali Soufan –

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Protests Succeed As Honduran Congress Suspends Proposed Reforms

(Red Revolution) -The Honduran Congress has announced that it will suspend plans for controversial reforms to education and health care, a victory for protestors in the country.

The planned reforms, which critics say would have led to mass unemployment and privatization, had led to protests against the government by students and healthcare workers. Protests on Tuesday had led to fresh marches and the suspension of a number of educational and health services as unions called for opposition to two reforms agreed last week.

“We have decided to suspend and archive those laws and to invite dialogue with the leaders of the health and teaching associations, with the aim of bringing peace”

Mauricio Oliva, President of Congress

Union leaders have agreed to the invitation for dialogue but are expected to ensure that the pressure remains on the government over the coming days and weeks, vowing to maintain roadblocks as students continue to take to the streets.

The recent protests and government suppression led to international attention on Honduras, with the Anonymous hacking collective announcing its support for the protests under the hashtag #OpHonduras.

Many of the protestors have suggested that the blame for the ongoing situation in Honduras lays at the feet of the United States following the coup of 2009 that led to the ousting of President Manuel Zelaya, a coup that came following a move toward more left-wing reform in the country. E-mails released by the then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2015 and 2016 showed that the coup was backed by the U.S.

While the dialogue is an encouraging first step, many of the protestors have called for the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernández who was reelected to the Presidency in 2017 after an election that was widely criticized as fraudulent and it remains to be seen if the move is enough to quell popular opposition to his government.


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Extinction Rebellion Reacts To 2019 Global Assessment on Biodiversity

(Red Revolution) – Extinction Rebellion has said that the ecological crisis and fight against the mass extinction is just as dangerous to the planet as climate change, supporting findings from the UN IPBES 2019 Global Assessment on Biodiversity and saying that “the report delivers a stark message that humanity is engaged in the mass annihilation of other species with whom we share our home.

Issuing a statement yesterday following the UN Report, the activist group has said that too much of the political focus in recent weeks has surrounded the issues of greenhouse gases and climate change, with the ecological fight being just as desperate.

Learn More – UN Global Assessment On Biodiversity: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2019/05/nature-decline-unprecedented-report/

Dr Alison Green, National Director (UK) Scientists Warning and spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion said that the report was “damming… shaming and shocking” and that “little or no progress has been made towards halting extinctions, loss of habitat or restoration of ecosystems.

“We must radically transform the ways in which we live with nature and to do so will require evidence-based and science-led interventions by the public, the private sector and the government. Human behaviours, including our reliance on degenerative as opposed to regenerative practices, manifest in land use change, which is the major cause of what is now a rapidly accelerating loss of biodiversity. The failures to make progress show that it is our collective duty now to reject complacent and inadequate responses and to rebel. The future of all life is at stake.”

Lorna Greenwood, spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion said that humanity “must accept that we can’t go on as we are” and that it was time to “rethink how we grow food, travel and look after the countryside.

It may mean hard choices but the rewards are enormous. Within our lifetime we could see nature restored and our children’s future secured. The alternative is not an option. We have no choice but to rebel until our world is healed.

Lorna Greenwood, spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion

Last week the British government became the first in the world to declare a climate emergency after two weeks of protests around London that raised pressure and awareness on the issue, Extinction Rebellion winning the backing of Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.

Extinction Rebellion has stated that their key demands are the declaration of a climate emergency, the government acting to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 and the creation of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

Executive Summary of Report:

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