Lisa Bjurwald is an investigative journalist who has specialised in the politics of xenophobia for well over a decade. She is alert to the propagation of racist conspiracies – such as “The muslims will take over because they have larger families!”, and the failure of the media in general, to expose such fear-mongering for what it is.
She notes the shift “from boots to suits” as the miliant and the political, and the pan-European and US networks, feed off each other.
She links islamophobia, anti-semitism and antizyganism (“Gypsies”, the Roma) as interlocking ideologies and exposes the reality of demographic warfare.
She notes that the Internet allows extreme ideas to be accessible and widespread – a tool of propaganda, recruitment and cooperation.
Radicals can go undetected.
It underlines the need for media literacy – what is true or false on-line, how selective “truth” works in propaganda, for example.
Some of the urgent challenges she lists are:
- the focus on islamism has strengthened the extreme right
- the lack of knowledge about today’s movements (even and particularly in the security domain)
- radical ideas have entered the mainstream
- our tolerance for racism has grown
- the strong extremist presence on-line
- will the next Behring Breivik go undiscovered too?
An important and engaging lecture.