“Had no interest in politics, was always at the night clubs, the gyms, wherever he thought he could meet people, impress people. And along came the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.” washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/10…
2. It’s really crazy how familiar this trajectory is to people I and other terrorism scholars have interviewed/studied.
(1) An individual floundering about. Struggling. (2) Perhaps some family issues that continue to linger.
3. (3) Looking for some sense of meaning. Taking a scattershot approach to things - an ongoing quest for significance.
(4) Getting wrapped up in a charismatic leader and charismatic movement, which suddenly brings order and purpose to everything he’s feeling.
1. Been getting some questions about conspiracy theories and radicalization to violence. Quick thread based on what some studies suggest.
The academic and popular literature on conspiracy theories is, in many ways, unimaginably varied, scattered and overwhelming.
2. For one, belief in conspiracy theories have an impact on health outcomes, affects parental willingness to vaccinate their children, influences views on climate change, and impacts an social and political engagement, includng a person's willingness to vote, donate and volunteer
3. In terms of radical movements, any one who spends even a day on jihadist platforms or far-right platforms cannot help but notice a steady stream of conspiracist thinking. But, we still know very little about how believing in these things may move people into violence.
- Went to Bethlehem and taped Muslims praying - wondered out loud why the "city where Jesus was born" (lol) had become "Muslim now". She called the video Deus Vult, a battlecry from the first crusades.
2. She travelled to Charlottesville to report on the “Unite the Right” rally and ended up inadvertently capturing one of the clearest videos of the deadly car attack. She then went on neo-Nazi Daily Stormer podcast to talk about it. This led to her getting fired from Rebel Media.
3. Said there are no terror attacks in Japan because "diversity is not their strength". But, a city like London where "diversity is their strength" terror attacks will only get worse cus "they got a lotta Muslims there".
2. First, I think much of the conversation that has been happening is completely confusing matters, and this is largely happening on purpose as the Conservative party wants to use this to hammer home some political points. That’s fine. You do you.
3. But, it’s not accurate to say that because this guy, and others (see below), haven’t been charged that somehow the government is soft on terrorists. Trudeau has said plenty of times that if there is evidence to charge, these guys and girls will be charged.
1. During the month of May in 2009, the 25+ year war in Sri Lanka came to a bloody end. Here's what happened in the final months:
2. The peace process that existed between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers came to an end in mid-2006, and the two sides returned to war. Fast forward to late 2008.
3. In June 2008, government forces captured the Mannar Peninsula, and, in July, seized four additional LTTE bases. On September 2, the government defeated LTTE rebels at Mallavi, bringing the army ever closer to Kilinochchi, the administrative capital of the LTTE.