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The Christchurch massacre and the rise of far-right extremism | News

The atrocity in Christchurch has focused the world’s attention on the rise of far-right extremism and has piled pressure on tech companies to do more to stop its spread. Eleanor Ainge Roy is in Christchurch for the Guardian and foreign correspondent Jason Burke discusses how new technology is facilitating some age-old methods of terrorism. Plus: Nesrine Malik on the normalisation of Islamophobia in some parts of the mediaAs Muslim worshippers took part in Friday prayers in two mosques in Christ...

Why was I asked to condemn Islamist violence days after Christchurch? | Latifa Akay | Opinion

I believe white supremacy, not Islam, fuelled the attack – let Muslims grieve in peaceLess than two days after the horror of the massacre of 50 Muslims in two mosques in New Zealand, I was asked in an interview on the BBC news channel whether or not I think Muslim communities in the UK do enough to condemn Islamist extremism.“There’s a straightforward problem here, isn’t there – one of the reasons that some of this language has become common is bluntly because of the Islamist violence and the Is...

Until Christchurch I thought it was worth debating with Islamophobes. Not any more | Nesrine Malik | Opinion

Politicians and the media know exactly what they are doing when they allow dehumanising anti-Muslim tropes to enter the mainstreamIf you have been paying attention, you will know that there is now a genre of response protocol that is followed after attacks on Muslims. It blows dog-whistles even as carnage is unfolding. A ghoulish routine has become established. It usually goes like this. Condemn the attack in the strongest terms, and then water down that condemnation. We mustn’t get carried away...

The Observer view on the Christchurch shootings: we’ve been too slow to see the far right threat| Observer editorial | Opinion

We need to reflect on the role that even mainstream parties and the media play in spreading racist attitudesAfter so many attacks over so many years, we have become inured to terrorist atrocities. This in itself is a tragedy. Yet even after so much previous bloodshed in the name of hate-filled ideologies, the murder of 49 men, women and children at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday has spread shock and disgust around the globe.There is something particularly appalling about tar...

Islamophobia is not confined to online groups. It leaks across public life | Nosheen Iqbal | World news

This ugly form of racism shapes the way Muslims are perceived and treatedOn Friday morning, as the news from Christchurch was still rolling across radio bulletins, Sir Mark Rowley, the former head of counter-terrorism at the Met, was commenting on the horror on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Fifty Muslims had been brutally murdered, and 48 seriously injured. For 17 horrifying minutes, a white supremacist terrorist unloaded round after round of bullets into men, women and children.Islamophobia wa...

The extreme right was once a loose group of loners. Not any more | World news

The pattern has changed and must not be ignoredChristchurch has turned everyone’s attention to the phenomenon of extreme rightwing terrorism. But it is an alarm bell that authorities in the UK have been ringing for some time, having seen an ascendant extreme-right threat. Our collective attention, when thinking about terrorism, may be dominated by Isis, but given the rich vein of references to the UK in Brenton Tarrant’s screed, there are clearly other concerns to which we should pay attention.A...

Grafton was known for jacaranda blossom but mosque shootings have changed that | World news

Residents of the city where the alleged Christchurch killer Brenton Tarrant grew up are uneasy with the global attentionAt the Boundary Store, a corner shop at the northern end of Grafton, they remember the quiet boy who lived nearby. “He was a bit of a loner, but he was sweet.”In the centre of the New South Wales city, at the newsagent’s, his face is on the front page of every Saturday paper. A woman comes in and habitually picks up the Grafton Daily Examiner. “Why do they have to go and put th...

The Guardian view on the Christchurch attacks: extremism’s rising danger | Editorial | Opinion

The far right seeks to divide. Responsible politicians ought, especially in times of grief and anger, to bring people togetherNew Zealand is best known for its breathtaking wilderness, found in distant but secure islands at the edge of the world. On Friday that changed. Forty-nine people were killed in shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch in a suspected terrorist attack during the congregational prayer. The horrific events have left the country in mourning and shock. Muslims make up ...