Special edition on the Norway attacks

Special edition on the Norway attacks - Beyond Utøya

Sometimes critical events occur into which a whole era, its past and its future, is condensed. Such events are the climax of a logical series of consequences, the culmination of a chain of possibly insignificant events which nevertheless possess an underlying coherence. At the same time they are the crucible in which a point of divergence for civilisation or even a new start may be formed. The Utøya massacre in Norway, which drenched the month of July in terrible bloodshed, will probably come to be counted as such an event. Therefore it is in the spirit of developing new approaches and analytical angles (but making no claim to be exhaustive on such a multi-dimensional subject) that Minorités and ENAR have come together in partnership for this special edition, which will be updated with new articles, in their original language, in the coming weeks. Watch this space!

Marine, Geert, Pia, Anders et les traîtres

On pense généralement que la nouvelle extrême droite européenne a un problème avec l’Islam. Pia Kjærsgaard, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders, Umberto Bossi, Bart de Wever, tous ces gens-là sont clairement islamophobes, ce n’est plus à prouver. Ils sont post-racistes, post-antisémites, post-féministes, post-homophobes, post-coloniaux, et on a tendance à penser que leur islamophobie n’est qu’un péché mignon qui finira par se résoudre un jour ou l’autre. Mais c’est une erreur d’analyse. Réduire leur projet politique à la haine de l’Islam et à une sympathique modernité pro-Israël, pro-folles et pro-saucisson-pinard nous empêche de comprendre la nature réelle de leur projet politique commun. Quand on regarde au-delà leurs obsessions, au-delà de la bourqa, de l’Eurabie, des prières dans la rue ou des minarets, on se rend compte que la véritable cible - littéralement - de la nouvelle extrême droite, ce sont les élites européennes.

Norwegian bombing: How Islamophobic fever among western media and anti-terror experts came to surface - once again

Bashy Quraishy looks at the initial reaction of the media and experts to the Norway attacks, blaming Muslim communities, and reflects on how these knee jerk reactions sow the seeds of disharmony in society.

Norwegian massacre dampens Scandinavian support for the far right

The smoke had hardly settled on the Norwegian island of Utøya and the Oslo City Centre, when angry fingers were being pointed at Jussi Halla-aho, a controversial right wing Finnish politician who is the standard bearer of the country’s anti-immigrant movement. It had just been the site where right wing fanatic, Anders Behring Breivik, had slaughtered 77 people with gunfire and bombs on July 22, and emotions were high.

Extrêmes droites - The Birth of the cool

Mohamed Belhorma a publié cet article sur la nouvelle extrême-droite sur Minorites, dans le cadre de la réflexion collective sur la question.

Investigating the limits of the EU’s counter-terrorism strategy and security politics in light of the attacks in Norway

The tragic attacks in Norway in July 2011 have prompted wide debate and introspection both inside and outside the EU. This article argues that these acts of political violence should be taken as an opportunity for the intelligence services, the media, security experts and policy-makers to appreciate the wider spectrum of issues that were revealed by this domestic incident and to reconsider the current EU approach to security politics and policies. The attacks in Norway constitute a unique occasion for critically evaluating the adequacy, proportionality and impact on fundamental rights of current policy priorities guiding the EU’s counter-terrorism strategy.

Anti-racism after Oslo/Utøya: some challenges and considerations

The author discusses some major challenges for the anti-racist movement in Europe and focuses on three aspects: the rejection of “multiculturalism” by certain sections of public opinion and political actors; the underlying theme of Islamophobia as a leading form of contemporary racist ideology; and some considerations about anti-racist strategies to reflect on challenges of the current wave of xenophobic discourse and violence.