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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 01:20 PM

Terrorism deaths down in 2017, but far-right terrorism rising, report says

Terrorism deaths down in 2017, but far-right terrorism rising, report says

https://thedailynewsregister.com/terrorism-deaths-down-in-2017-but-far-right-terrorism-rising-report-says/

The 2018 Global Terrorism Index found that deaths resulting from terrorism decreased 27% worldwide last year. Ninety-six of the 163 countries tracked by the index saw an improvement; 46 had declines. Sixty-seven countries had at least one death from terrorism in 2017 — a drop from 2016’s record high rate of 79 countries, according to the report.

The report was produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace, a nonpartisan think tank that develops metrics to study peace and its economic impact. It defines terrorism as “the threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation” and pulls its data from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.

There was a sharp decrease (52%) in deaths from terrorist attacks attributed to ISIS. Syria and Iraq — where ISIS continues lose territory — saw the most dramatic declines in numbers of deaths due to terrorism. Iraq saw 5,000 fewer deaths and Syria saw 1,000 fewer.



Europe saw its deaths by terrorism drop by 75% in 2017, a number that Institute for Economics & Peace executive chairman Steve Killelea called “absolutely dramatic.”

“The marked improvements in Europe can be attributed to a number of reasons. ISIL has lost much of its attractiveness due to its military defeats and weakened capabilities to mount attacks in Europe. Increases in counter-terrorism funding, combined with better surveillance techniques, have also contributed to the steep reduction of deaths in Europe from terrorism,” he explained.



The report found that far-right terrorism was on the rise in Western Europe and the United States, calling it “a growing concern.”

“In the four years between 2013 and 2017, there were 66 deaths and 127 attacks caused in Western Europe and North America by far-right groups and individuals,” the report stated.
The index identified 31 far-right extremist attacks and 17 deaths associated with them. These included the fatal stabbing of two people in Portland, Oregon, in May 2017 by a man shouting slurs at two African-American teenagers and the January 2017 Quebec mosque attack that left six dead.

“The majority of attacks were carried out by lone actors with far-right, white nationalist, or anti-Muslim beliefs,” the report found.

The reporting on the increase in far-right attacks echoes the jump in hate crime reports in the US and Canada. The FBI said in November that reported hate crimes had jumped 17% in 2017 from the year prior. Canada saw an almost 50% jump in hate crimes in 2017, according to a federal government report published last week.


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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 02:55 PM

1. Debunked- Scaremongering

If democracy ever ‘dies in darkness’, WaPo will want to get themselves a lawyer and an alibi.

They’ve been busily demonizing one half of America again. But The Federalist’s David Harsanyi took them to Truthtown.

Here are some of the highlights

A new Washington Post “analysis” of domestic terrorism argues that attacks from white supremacists and other “far-right attackers” have been on the rise since Barack Obama’s presidency, and “surged since President Trump took office.” It’s a familiar storyline meant to assure liberals that, yes, Trump-motivated right-wing terrorists are running wild. There are, however, a few problems with this proposition.

“Surge” as a term is somewhere between misleading and completely bogus because they went from ZERO incidents of right-wing terrorism in 2002 to 36 by 2017, with eleven fatalities. In a nation of more than 325 million, that’s a statistical nonentity.

But if WaPo insists on saying that’s a worrisome number, he has a uncomfortable question to throw back in their court.

Or, in other words, fewer homicides were committed by political terrorists of any stripe in the United States in 2017 than were committed by illegal immigrants in the state of Texas alone — which I am assured is an incredibly low number that shouldn’t worry us very much. If one of these is scaremongering, why not the other?

And even that count of ’32’ was shaky.

Of the 32 incidents I was able to find, 12 featured perpetrators who were merely “suspected” of being right-wing terrorists. Some of these incidents could have been the work of one person, as in the pellet-gun shootings of Muslims in New York. In other incidents, we are asked to treat patently insane people as if they have coherent political agendas. In still others, the attacks could easily have non-terroristic motivating factors.
Terrorism, as we know, need to meet specific criterion, including a political aim.

Speaking of definitions:

If the definition of domestic terrorism is muddy at best, the definition of “right-wing” terrorism is often arbitrary and self-serving. To help bolster right-wing terrorist stats, for instance, we would have to perfunctorily include every anti-Semitic act. The Washington Post even mentions an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) study showing “a 57 percent surge in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017.”
If anything, the ADL study is the kind of cautionary document demonstrating how difficult it is, not only to quantify these incidents, but to categorize them ideologically. The ADL’s faulty data was self-reported, and most of the “surge” can be attributed to a single Jewish teen in Israel calling in a number of bomb threats to Jewish centers.
In the real world, a Jewish American is probably more likely to encounter anti-Semitism at a college campus or progressive march in the guise of “anti-Zionism” than he is anywhere else, because Jew hatred is non-partisan.
Then there is the matter of inconsistently defining terrorism. If throwing a rock through the window of an Islamic center is an act of right-wing terrorism, why isn’t it an act of left-wing terrorism for anti-capitalists to throw rocks through the window of a business in Portland


https://clashdaily.com/2018/11/debunked-wapos-claim-that-right-wing-violence-is-surging/


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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 02:56 PM

2. What the world calls right wing terrorism,

Americans call left wing terrorism.

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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 06:27 PM

3. Act of RW terrorism....

Voting contrary to how Lefty wants you to vote.

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 02:30 AM

4. "...the Institute for Economics & Peace, a nonpartisan think tank..."

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