The murder of a soldier in Woolwich last week by home-grown Islamic extremists signifies a dramatic turning-point in the struggle between religious fundamentalism and the West. It has been a difficult week for the country and the question that still resonates throughout the UK is why did such atrocities happen?
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Monday, 13 May 2013
The dubiously-named White Boy Posse (WBP) has been in the news recently due to a series of high-profile homicides in Western Canada being attributed to its members. In September of last year, a mother of four was fatally shot on her doorstep in Saskatoon in a case of mistaken identity, while the following October saw the murders of two men, one of whom had been decapitated – a brutal shock-tactic made infamous by radical Islamist sects and Mexican drug cartels such as Los Zetas. Members of the White Boy Posse were arrested in connection with the killings and the media has since described the syndicate as being ‘incredibly violent’, and highlighted its racist ideology and use of neo-Nazi and white supremacist insignia.
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Most people will have heard of the Greek organisation The People's Association – Golden Dawn, usually simplified to Golden Dawn, but its British counterpart is almost unheard of. The Greek Golden Dawn was founded in 1980 by ex-convict Nikolaos Michaloliakos, and is an extremist, far-right blend of populist street movement and political organisation that has gained media coverage due to its electoral success and violent campaigns against immigrants, ethnic minorities, and increasingly ‘left-wing’ Greek nationals. Maria Margaronis from The Guardian described it as ‘a party, a movement, a subculture; a vigilante force; a network inside the police and the judiciary, [whilst] Vasilis Mastrogiannis of the Democratic Left, a former senior police officer turned politician, describes it frankly as “a criminal organisation.”’