How do leaders find authority as discerners of evil?
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Witch-finders of early modern Europe and modern Africa made themselves indispensable by showing people a threat of a growing crisis of threatening evil.
Leo Frank, 1884-1915.
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Fake news has been used in the past to feed into people's fears and prejudices. A particularly poignant story from 1913 relates to the wrongful conviction of an innocent man named Leo Frank.
Passion, Lament, Glory at Melbourne’s St. Paul’s Cathedral in 2017.
Each year at Easter, Christians recreate the spectacularly violent end of Jesus's life, raising some tough questions about the depiction of suffering on stage.
More than 100 headstones were vandalized at the Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia in Feb. 2017.
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The U.S. saw an increase in anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant sentiments in the period between World War I and World War II. Here's why it matters to know that history today.
From person to person, the spread of online hate can be rapid.
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Today's radical right is remaking its profile, using online communications to spread its message farther and deeper into our society than ever possible before.
PewDiePie apologises in a video blog last week.
The world's most famous YouTube vlogger has been at the centre of a media storm over perceived anti-Semitism. But amid the demonisation, some nuance is needed.
US President Donald Trump stamped his inaugural speech with the promise of ‘America First’ – a slogan with an ominous past.
Rhodesia's white supremacists appealed to the white electorate by taking a stand against African liberation. Similarly, Donald Trump appealed to white Americans who feel overwhelmed by globalisation.
Clockwise, from left: White nationalist William Pierce, domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh, white nationalist Richard Spencer, British journalist Milo Yiannopoulos, professor Kevin MacDonald, and Breitbart News founder Andrew Breitbart.
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An academic who has studied the American far right explores whether the alt-right can become a sustained political force.
Suspended Labour Party MP Naz Shah speaks in the House of Commons.
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When anti Jewish rhetoric emerges into the light, it is worth reminding ourselves of the dark history at its root.
Posters advertise the dramatization of Sinclair Lewis’ ‘It Can’t Happen Here.’
Sinclair Lewis' 1935 novel 'It Can't Happen Here,' which described the rise of an American dictator, was turned into a play seen by over 500,000 people.
Hero of the hour: BBC London talkback host, Simon Lederman.
Media should confront hate speech, not merely censor it.
Young South Africans are angry with the failure of the country to deal with racism.
The central thrust of Haffajee's book is compelling. It argues that black South Africans, especially the new generation of young, black ‘born frees' are obsessed with whiteness and white privilege.
The dispute between Philipp Lenard and Albert Einstein sheds considerable light on the power of nonscientific concerns to sway scientists.
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Scientists are not always as scientific as many suppose. Recent well-publicized cases of scientific fraud prove that scientists can be as susceptible to the allures of wealth, power and fame as politicians…
The Merchant of Venice unfettered.
The Merchant of Venice is a play that most thoroughly reveals the prevalent anti-Semitism of Shakespeare’s time. So should it be cut when performed today?
Jewish communities are warmly received in the UK.
The cowardly murder of Jews in France and Denmark, in conjunction with terrorist attacks designed to shut down discussion, is justifiably a cause for more than a passing concern. Europe may be witnessing…
Ed Miliband visits the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.
The horrific murder of four Jewish men in a Paris supermarket has understandably provoked a debate about levels of anti-Semitism throughout Europe, including, of course, the UK. According to some campaigning…
Some memorabilia should go under a different kind of hammer.
The sale of Nazi memorabilia is banned or at least restricted in a number of European countries, including Germany and France, yet it continues to be a feature of British auction houses. Anti-Semites in…
Never forget: Star of David recalls Krystallnacht in Germany.
Prejudice sometimes takes gross forms, like physical violence, but it is not always so blatant. Scholars talk about “institutional” racism, sexism, or homophobia, since attitudes can militate against some…
Anti-Semitism never takes long to surface, ranging from the desecration of Jewish graves and memory to violent attacks on people.
The Israel-Hamas war in Gaza has triggered a dramatic rise in global anti-Semitism. This has significantly undermined the collective well-being of the Jewish people. While the intensity of anti-Semitism…