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The Global Machine Behind the Rise of Far-Right Nationalism; a stunning report

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 Don't miss this! 'The report examines how personnel and traffic patterns illustrates how foreign state and nonstate actors have helped to give viral momentum to a clutch of Swedish far-right web sites -- the central target of these manipulations from abroad is the country’s virulently anti-immigrant, digital echo chamber! To dig beneath the surface of what is happening in Sweden, though, is to uncover the workings of an international disinformation machine, devoted to the cultivation, provocation and amplication of far-right, anti-immigrant passions and political forces. Indeed, that machine, most influentially rooted in Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia and the American far right, underscores a fundamental irony of this political moment: the globalization of nationalism.' Read the facts...

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"First came a now-infamous comment by President Trump, suggesting that Sweden's history of welcoming refugees was at the root of a violent attack in Rinkeby the previous evening, even though nothing had actually happened.

"You look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden!" Mr. Trump told supporters at a rally on Feb. 18, 2017. "They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible." The president's source: Fox News, which had excerpted a short film promoting a dystopian view of Sweden as a victim of its asylum policies, with immigrant neighborhoods crime-ridden "no-go zones."

But two days later, as Swedish officials were heaping bemused derision on Mr. Trump, something did in fact happen in Rinkeby: Several dozen masked men attacked police officers making a drug arrest, throwing rocks and setting cars ablaze.

And it was right around that time, according to witnesses, that Russian television crews showed up, offering to pay immigrant youths "to make trouble" in front of the cameras. "They wanted to show that President Trump is right about Sweden -- that people coming to Europe are terrorists and want to disturb society."

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This is a long article, fact-filled report, so I am posting an excerpt which offers a look at what the report uncovers -- " That nativist rhetoric that immigrants are invading the homeland has gained ever-greater traction, and political acceptance, across the West amid dislocations wrought by vast waves of migration from the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. In its most extreme form, it is echoed in the online manifesto of the man accused of gunning down 22 people last weekend in El Paso.

In the nationalists' message-making, Sweden has become a prime cautionary tale, dripping with schadenfreude. What is even more striking is how many people in Sweden progressive, egalitarian, welcoming Sweden seem to be warming to the nationalists' view: that immigration has brought crime, chaos and a fraying of the cherished social safety net, not to mention a withering away of national culture and tradition.

Fueled by an immigration backlash Sweden has accepted more refugees per capita than any other European country right-wing populism has taken hold, reflected most prominently in the steady ascent of a political party with neo-Nazi roots, the Sweden Democrats. In elections last year, they captured nearly 18 percent of the vote."

A Right-Wing Echo Chamber --a that network thrives in the viral sense-- requiresfresh, alluring content and. draw on a clutch of relatively new websites whose popularity was exploding.

The Swedish Security Service's counterintelligence chief says: "For the last five years, we have seen more and more aggressive intelligence work against our nation -- the foreign influence campaign took a different, more subtle form: helping nurture Sweden's rapidly evolving far-right digital ecosystem." Russia's hand in all of this is largely hidden from view. But fingerprints abound!"


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And thee is this: How white supremacy went mainstream in the US: 8chan, Trump, voter suppression | US

"All of these shooters were obsessed with the "great replacement" conspiracy theory, sometimes referred to as "white genocide". It's the idea that shadowy elites usually Jewish, almost always liberal are orchestrating the destruction of white culture through demographic change. The theory goes that white culture will be eroded mainly through migration and birthrates: more people of color are arriving in majority white counties, the ones already there are having more and more babies, and birthrates are declining for the soon-to-be-oppressed white people."


"But the fans of this theory, and the idea of a demographic threat to a white (male) hierarchical structure, are no longer the preserve of extremists that lurk in the netherworlds of the internet. White supremacy, and the ideas and motivations that drive it, are flourishing in plain sight in the US."

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The Left dismisses the idea of a 'great replacement' when they aren't bragging about Whites becoming a minority in 2040.

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Totally fake news. A shameful piece of disinformation.

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