The rise in number of people attending right-wing “freedom” protests in Melbourne since the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions is a concern, writes Jacob Andrewartha.
Mainstream commentary about the almost daily anti-vaccination rallies in Melbourne this week has avoided analysing the complex motivations of the demonstrators and failed to suggest sensible ways of responding, argues Sue Bolton.
The shooting of a Black Lives Matter protester by a white vigilante in New Mexico adds to a worrying escalation of attacks by far-right terrorists in the United States, writes Jack Kiley.
The far right traditionally grows in the context of political despair when fear is channelled into scapegoating.
During 2018, a number of hate preachers had uninterrupted access to Australian media outlets to spread their messages of hate and intolerance far and wide. These preachers were able to do so because of the active complicity of sections of the political and media establishment, writes Rupen Savoulian.
In recent weeks, there have been some worrying developments in the Italian political scene. Extremist, anti-refugee and xenophobic ideas are increasingly gaining ground.
In a growing climate of uncertainty and social instability, all major political forces seem to be riding the wave of discontent to raise their electoral profiles, rather than trying to calm things down.
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