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[THREAD] on #Western #XRW #foreignfighters in #Ukraine war as @FightExtremism publishes my report on the issue 2day. Main Q: what it takes to become such a fighter? Who are they? Here I will summarise the main findings for your convenience. Link:… 1/ Image
2/ I began researching this back in 2014 – when I saw this clip with #France #foreignfighters on #DNR #LNR side of the war in #Ukraine. I was surprised, to say the least.… Image
3/ As it turns out, a few hundred #Western ers with #XRW convictions travelled to fight in #Ukraine on EITHER side. Many had known each other from before the #war in #Ukraine.  Below is a map of the main mobilisations for the war. Note the scale of the #Russia n for BOTH SIDES. Image
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Thread on 'extremisms': I know it's all hip and trendy now to compare far-right (#XRW) with so-called 'Islamist' violence (IV), sometimes as a wet critique of the language of the War on Terror, but I really think that those that do need to be more careful.
2/ Not only are there several significant theoretical limitations in doing this but comparing them panders towards some of the dodgiest elements of CVE.
3/ When commentators compare XRW and IV, it's often in relation to tactics. Similar tactics can be observed across XRW and groups like ISIS, AQ, even ALM, including use of symbolism, recruitment, organisational structures or violence.
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Today the German federal annual intelligence report 2018 was released. The report belongs to the most important resources on #extremism and #terrorism in #Germany. You can find the full report online here: following #thread will give you the essentials.
Right-wing extremist crimes in 2018 among others: 6 attempted murders, 938 assaults, 11 arson attacks. No explosive attacks or completed murders. Increased in assault, robberies and violent resistance against arrest. Decrease in arson and explosives.
Still: 1,088 #xrw violent crimes in 2018. That's almost 3 per day. Most attacks directed against foreigners and left-wingers.
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Strong advocates of #FreeSpeech should be the most sensitive to the responsibilities that accompany this right.

But the opposite often seems to be the case... THREAD
Central to the case against government restriction is the idea of individual responsibility, that we ought to be trusted to exercise our rights (such as freedom of expression) wisely and justly, in ways that don’t infringe on the rights of others.
Also the idea of social responsibility: that society (as distinct from government) ought to resolve conflicts of ideas and opinions - through counter-argument, shunning, contempt, even (dare I say) de-platforming.
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1/x So the following #thread breaks down a story unfolding in #Germany in the last days, which as become too strange and awfully relevant, as not to bother you all with it. It quickly turned into a political-legal-media-#XRW shitshow with quite many angles.
2/x So what happened? A week ago a tv crew from a public media station wanted to film during a #PEGIDA rally in Saxony. Yes, they still exist but rarely hit the national news anymore. As they filmed some participants, one if them started to verbally assault the crew.
3/x He claimed that filming him without consent would be a crime. He went to bystanding police officers and complained. That in turn led the police to hold the press team for about 45 minutes. The reason for that is still debated.
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1/ #German magazine .@DerSPIEGEL reports rising number of #xrw foreign fighters (2,500 now) joining Asow militia in #Ukraine to fight agst #Russia in current print issue.
2/ It is also reported Asow militia actively recruited openly during largest German #xrw concert in #Themar in July 2017. This shows how much underestimated the threat of #xrw foreign fighters compared to #jihadists is. Imagine outcry if #ISIS would openly recruit at a concert.
3/ And the issue is not new. German and other European #neonazis have for example fought in HOS militia in #Bosnian civil war. See this remarkable article featuring interviews with some of them.
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