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PEGIDA and Islamists clash in Wuppertal

German news agency DPA reported that masked demonstrators threw firecrackers at authorities, as police wearing riot gear and armed with batons tried to push back the protestors at Saturday's protests.

Less than 3,000 people took part in the protests, far fewer than was expected to take to the streets, authorities said several hours after the marches began.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 14 March 2015 23:58

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Hate and Antigovernment ‘Patriot’ Groups Down As Activism Shifts To Cyberspace

The traditional, organized American radical right, which was swollen enormously by Barack Obama’s 2008 election and the near-simultaneous collapse of the economy, shrank significantly in 2014 for the second year in a row. The rapidly falling numbers of both hate and antigovernment “Patriot” groups seem to have been driven by a strengthening economy, continuing crackdowns by law enforcement, and an accelerated movement of radicals out of groups and into the anonymity, safety and far-reaching communicative power of the Internet.

The decline of the organized radical right came against a background of increasing losses for extremists. On the one hand, the advance of same-sex marriage, racial and religious diversity, and intolerance toward those with openly racist views has made life more difficult for those on the extreme right. On the other, the highly successful infiltration into the political mainstream of many radical-right ideas about Muslims, immigrants, black people and others have stolen much of the fire of the extremists, as more prominent figures co-opt these parts of their program.

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Strache defends inviting Wilders to Hofburg

The leader of Austria’s populist Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, has defended his invitation to the controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders to speak in Vienna, saying that he is an “interesting European politician”.

The FPÖ plans to hold a joint event with Wilders on “the threat to Europe through Islamisation” at Vienna’s Hofburg Palace on March 27th. Strache said it was an important topic that needed to be discussed and had nothing to do with Islamophobia but was about promoting western, democratic values.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 23:27

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‘One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway’, by Åsne Seierstad

At school, the young Anders Breivik formed a friendship with a boy of Pakistani extraction, which excluded him from fellow Norwegian kids’ gangs; later there was an incipient love affair with a girl from an Indian background. But, at some point in his life, the gears in Breivik’s mind shifted. Solitary immersion in far-right websites fuelled a growing conviction that it was his duty to perpetrate an obscenity, one that would dramatise what he had come to believe was the larger obscenity of cultural swamping: that immigration and Islam were destroying his native Norway and the culture of Europe.

The plan would be realised on July 22 2011, when Breivik killed 77 people in two separate attacks. Most of his victims were teenagers at a Norwegian Labour party youth summer camp on the island of Utøya, shot one by one as a tragic series of missed messages, dysfunctional systems and an inability to grasp the unfolding horror beset the police response and caused a fatal delay. Breivik had reasoned that the Labour party, then in power, was most responsible for the Islamisation of Norway: so its future leaders must die.

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French Police Question 16 Men Affiliated With Banned Extreme-Right Group

Police in France are questioning 16 men in connection with a string of offenses committed in the northern French department of Somme between 2012 and 2015.

The men are being questioned over allegations of "attempted homicide, violence, theft, reconstituting a combat group, arson and unlawful drug-related activity," according to prosecutor Bernard Farret.

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