The New Zealand Terrorist Attack took the world by surprise. Especially, New Zealand has experienced few terrorist incidents in its short history and the New Zealand terrorist threat level is generally regarded as very low.

Social Networks like Facebook, Reddit and Twitter along with video streaming sites like YouTube are still trying to get rid of all disturbing  terrorist attack videos that were first posted via a livestream on facebook by the terrorist.

Kenya has also had a series of Terror Attacks recently, however the biggest root problem here can be said to be corruption (which perhaps also indirectly inspires radicalisation.)

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Traditional Terrorism was almost predictable. Supremacists and other groups have used and manipulated media to give people the wrong idea of a 'Terrorist Profile'. #NewZealandTerroristAttack Click To Tweet

Disturbing Patterns of Modern Terrorism after the New Zealand Terrorist Attack:

Following the New Zealand Terrorist Attack, questions have been raised about the role of social media in aiding or fighting Terrorism and Radicalisation.

Christchurch Mass Murder: Of the 4 people in custody, one of those behind this horror is claimed to be 28-yr-old Brenton Tarrant originally from Grafton. Before the bloodshed he took to social media laying out his twisted explanation for what was about to unfold. – @BryanSeymour1

Traditional terrorism, mostly backed by organised groups was almost predictable. Supremacists and other groups used and manipulated media to gave people a wrong mental perception of what a terrorist profile looked like.

Today, modern terrorism has become unpredictable and gone against all we once believed: from lone wolves to groups who don’t fit the the mould of terrorism that was successfully sold to the masses.

3 emerging trends in modern terrorism that we need to learn from to prevent future attacks:

  • Use of social media where content is unrestricted and accessible to everyone including 13 year old children.
  • Wrongful isolation of blame to specific communities which breeds hate (especially Muslims and Immigrants).
  • Terrorists increased targeting of smaller crowds and innocent people and public spaces like schools, hospitals, malls and houses of worship.
WHITE SUPREMACY CULTURE
WHITE SUPREMACY CULTURE
Daoud Nabi, 71, was the first of the 49 #ChristChurch victims. He stood at the door, ready to pray, and welcomed the terrorist inside, "come in brother" were his last words. #NewZealandTerroristAttack Click To Tweet

Daoud Nabi: One of the New Zealand Terrorist Attack Heroes

Daoud Nabi, 71, was the first of the 49 #ChristChurch victims to be identified.

He stood at the door, ready to pray, and welcomed the terrorist inside, “come in brother” were his last words.

The grandfather died trying to save someone else from a bullet.

Daoud Nabi, 71, was the first of the 49 #ChristChurch victims to be identified.   He stood at the door, ready to pray, and welcomed the terrorist inside, "come in brother" were his last words.  The grandfather died trying to save someone else from a bullet.
Daoud Nabi, 71, was the first of the 49 #ChristChurch victims to be identified. He stood at the door, ready to pray, and welcomed the terrorist inside, “come in brother” were his last words. The grandfather died trying to save someone else from a bullet.

15 Shocking facts about Modern Terrorism: New Zealand Terrorist Attack

The traditional face and ideology behind terrorism has not always been correctly portrayed by the media. These following facts are meant to debunk wrongly held views about terrorism:

15 facts about terrorism you’ll never read about in the newspaper New Zealand Terrorist Attack
15 facts about terrorism you’ll never read about in the newspaper New Zealand Terrorist Attack

1. White Supremacists

Shootings at Christchurch mosques are only the latest on a long list of acts of white supremacist terrorism in the West. White supremacy culture is the idea (ideology) that white people and the ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions of white people are superior to People of Color and their ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions.

2. Left-Wing Terrorists

Left-wing values have rarely been associated with any form of modern terrorism. Despite many believing otherwise, left-wing terrorists are actually responsible for more nonlethal attacks than any other group in the world.

3. Islamic Terror

Despite what the media says, the majority of terrorist attacks have little to do with Islam or Muslims. The terrorist organization the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia are actually a Marxist-Leninist group.

The reality of modern terrorism is that, despite what the media says, the majority of terrorist attacks have little to do with Islam or Muslims. #NewZealandTerroristAttack Click To Tweet

4. Western Terror

The people in the west are not the main victims of modern terrorism. The west is where we hear the worst stories of course, but most terrorist attacks happen throughout Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. Around two-thirds of all fatal attacks in these places are by terrorists.

5. Organized Terrorist Groups

Terrorist attacks in the United States are rarely carried out by organized groups. Almost every terrorist attack on American soil – 90% – have been carried out by a “lone wolf” or a few people at the very most.

Brenton Tarrant, charged for murder in relation to the Christchurch mosque attacks, is lead into the dock for his appearance in the Christchurch district court Photograph- POOL:Reuters
Brenton Tarrant, charged for murder in relation to the Christchurch mosque attacks, is lead into the dock for his appearance in the Christchurch district court Photograph- POOL:Reuters

6. Attacks are on the Decline

Even though the media has us all terrified, the reality is that the frequency of attacks in the United States has been on the decline since the 70s. There have been over 450 recorded attacks since 1970. There are more mass casualty attacks, but there have been less overall attacks since then. 

7. Terrorism is Ineffective

Government studies have shown that terrorism doesn’t really work. A study from 2009 showed that not one extremist group has managed to successfully conquer a state across the 475 recorded terrorism campaigns.

A study from 2009 showed that not one extremist group has managed to successfully conquer a state across the 475 recorded terrorism campaigns. #NewZealandTerroristAttack Click To Tweet
Police officers inspect the shooting site as dead body of a victim is seen on the ground behind of the car in front of Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand [Anadolu Agency]
Police officers inspect the shooting site as dead body of a victim is seen on the ground behind of the car in front of Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand [Anadolu Agency]

8. Religious Terrorism

Most people think that terrorism is about spreading the religion or ideology of the attacker. This is false. Most terrorists enjoy hurting people more than anything else, meaning that terrorists are generally more sadistic than they are religious. 

9. Separatist Terror

The Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris is one of the largest terror attacks, but even that attack has been surpassed by more recent attacks. Even though these attacks happen, most European terrorist attacks are done by separatist movements; such as the Irish Republicanism attacks. 

10. 9/11 Was Not the Largest Attempted Attack

Even though many people will claim that 9/11 was the largest recorded terror attack – an event that saw over 3,000 people killed – it isn’t the largest attempted attack on record. Back in 1997, four members of the KK planned to blow up a Fort Worth, Texas gas refinery. If the plan had succeeded then the resulting aftermath would have killed well over 30,000 people; ten times that of 9/11.

Police escort people away from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand [Mark Baker:The Associated Press]
Police escort people away from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand [Mark Baker:The Associated Press]

11. Terrorism Worldwide Attacks on the Rise

In 2014 the total number of fatalities related to terrorism worldwide was 32,658, an increase of 80 percent from 2013, when terrorists killed about 18,000 people.

12. Increasing Fatalities

In 2014, the list of countries which had more than 500 fatalities as a consequence of terrorism extended from 5 to 11. On the list you will now also find Cameroon, Central African Republic, Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and Ukraine. The number of countries with a least one deadly victim went up from 59 in 2013 to 67 in 2014. This concerns Western countries too, like Austria, Belgium and France.

13. Geographic Concentration of Terrorism

Overall, terrorist attacks are heavily concentrated geographically — just five countries accounted for most terror-related deaths in 2014. Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria saw 78 percent of the deaths and 57 percent of all attacks. However, terrorism is spreading.

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019 [Mark Baker:AP]
Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019 [Mark Baker:AP]

14. Lone Wolf Terrorist Attacks

In Western countries, so called lone wolf attacks, account for 70 percent of all deaths since 2006. In 4 out 5 cases, it had to do with right wing extremists, nationalists, anti-governmental elements or supremacism.

15. Homegrown Terrorists

Recent studies suggest that homegrown terrorists from the United States will kill more Americans than the Jihadists ever could. Some 48 Americans have been killed as a result of right-wing extremism since the 9/11 attacks.

Recent studies suggest that homegrown terrorists from the United States will kill more Americans than the Jihadists ever could. #NewZealandTerroristAttack Click To Tweet

For more statistics about terrorism, download the Global Terrorism Index 2015.

49 Confirmed Dead in the New Zealand Terrorist Attack

At least 49 people were killed and 20 seriously injured, in a hate-filled terror attack targeting two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

The shooter, identified as 28-year-old Australian citizen Brenton Harrison Tarrant, is charged with murder. Authorities found an 87-page manifesto filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideas.

New Zealand’s prime minister called the attack an “unprecedented act of violence” and “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

Speaking to the press, New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush said he had been pleased to hear Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s call for tougher gun laws.

Global religious groups stand in solidarity with Muslims after New Zealand attackPhoto- Fiona Goodall:Getty Images
Global religious groups stand in solidarity with Muslims after New Zealand attackPhoto- Fiona Goodall:Getty Images

Role of Social media in New Zealand Terrorist Attack: Radicalisation and aiding Terrorism

Video appearing to be of one of the shootings was streamed on Facebook and uploaded to other sites like Twitter and YouTube. This raises many questions with regards to the role played by social media in radicalisation.

A Twitter account showed images of weapons covered with various inscriptions that appear to match weapons shown in a live stream of one of the mosque attacks. The same account linked to a lengthy document offering an intentionally confusing set of beliefs.

What role is or should be played by social media in reducing radicalisation and extremism? Click To Tweet
A man reacts as he speaks on a mobile phone near a mosque in central Christchurch [Mark Baker: The Associated Press]
A man reacts as he speaks on a mobile phone near a mosque in central Christchurch [Mark Baker: The Associated Press]

New Zealand Terrorist Attack 74-page “manifesto”

Pre-meditaion is seen in the two year planning and 74-page “manifesto. At the center of that document is a philosophy that J.J. MacNab of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism summarized succinctly: “8chan racist.”

If you’re not familiar, 8chan is a message-board site that facilitates unmoderated, anonymous, temporary conversation threads. If you’re familiar with 4chan, it’s similar — but less constrained.

Police said they were investigating a 74-page “manifesto,” supposedly written by Tarrant, that railed against Muslims and immigrants and cites other right-wing extremists who have committed mass acts of violence.

New Zealand Terrorist Attack - The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast. Photo- Marty Melville:AFP:Getty Images
The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast. Photo- Marty Melville:AFP:Getty Images

A History of White Supremacy Culture and Radicalisation

White supremacy culture is the idea (ideology) that white people and the ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions of white people are superior to People of Color and their ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions.

White supremacy culture is an artificial, historically constructed culture which expresses, justifies and binds together the United States white supremacy system. It is the glue that binds together white-controlled institutions into systems and white-controlled systems into the global white supremacy system.

Police officers outside one of the mosques that was attacked in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday.CreditMark Baker:Associated Press
Police officers outside one of the mosques that was attacked in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday.CreditMark Baker:Associated Press
The #NewZealandTerroristAttack at Christ church mosques is only the latest on a long list of acts of white supremacist terrorism in the West. Click To Tweet

Inspired by French writer who fears ‘replacement’ by immigrants…

Before embarking on a deadly shooting rampage Friday targeting Muslim worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand, the suspected gunman — a 28-year-old, self-styled “regular white man from a regular family” — posted the 74-page manifesto on Twitter.

Among other things, that suspect — who Christchurch police say posted the manifesto and whom they have since charged with murder — wrote that a trip to France in 2017 convinced him that the country was under “invasion” by “nonwhites.”

Armed police guard Wellington’s Kilbirnie mosque as wellwishers bring tributes. Photograph- Mark Tantrum:Getty Images
Armed police guard Wellington’s Kilbirnie mosque as wellwishers bring tributes. Photograph- Mark Tantrum:Getty Images

A significant detail is that the suspect titled his manifesto “The Great Replacement,” a clear reference to the title of a 2012 book by right-wing French polemicist Renaud Camus.

In that book, Camus expounds on the “theory” that Europe’s white majority is being replaced by nonwhite North African and sub-Saharan African immigrants, many of whom are Muslim.

Donald Trump on Friday said he had not seen the manifesto, but did not believe white nationalism is a rising global threat, adding, “I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. It’s certainly a terrible thing.”

Trump claims white nationalists are a small group of people Photo- Olivier Douliery-Pool:Getty Images
Trump claims white nationalists are a small group of people Photo- Olivier Douliery-Pool:Getty Images

White Supremacy and Terrorism

White supremacy is the belief that white people are superior to others because of their race. Prior to the Civil War, racism and white supremacy were common attitudes and to some people still are.

Read more here: From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001

After the Emancipation Proclamation, when Union troops began to fight for the abolishment of slavery, Northern attitudes shifted slightly, and many felt that blacks deserved equal legal rights and equal protection, even if they were not considered socially equal.

This is a list of characteristics of white supremacy culture which show up in our organizations. Culture is powerful precisely because it is so present and at the same time so very difficult to name or identify. The characteristics listed in the paper: White Supremacy Culture, are damaging because they are used as norms and standards without being pro-actively named or chosen by the group.

White supremacy is the belief that white people are superior to others because of their race. Prior to the Civil War, racism and white supremacy were common attitudes and to some people still are. Click To Tweet
A mourner draws on the pavement outside a mosque in Kilbirnie, Wellington, on Saturday. Photograph- Mark Tantrum:Getty Images
A mourner draws on the pavement outside a mosque in Kilbirnie, Wellington, on Saturday. Photograph- Mark Tantrum:Getty Images

They are damaging because they promote white supremacy thinking. They are damaging to both people of color and to white people. Organizations that are people of color led or a majority people of color can also demonstrate many damaging characteristics of white supremacy culture.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, numerous other white supremacist plots, including some that planned to kill as many as 30,000 people, have been foiled by law enforcement in the United States.

Just last month, the American FBI arrested Christopher Paul Hasson, a white supremacist and lieutenant in the US coastguard, for allegedly plotting terrorist attacks against black and liberal politicians and media personalities.

All of this is to say nothing of less recent white supremacist history, including anti-black violence perpetrated by US’s Ku Klux Klan (KKK), thousands of 19th and 20th century lynchings of black Americans by white supremacist mobs, millions of black people murdered during the African slave trade, or millions of brown people killed during the peak periods of Western colonialism.

Dismantling Cultural Racism:

EXAMPLE - The desegregation of a school
EXAMPLE – The desegregation of a school
Cultural racism is how the dominant culture is founded upon and then shapes norms, values, beliefs and standards to advantage white people and oppress People of Color. Click To Tweet

Cultural racism is how the dominant culture is founded upon and then shapes norms, values, beliefs and standards to advantage white people and oppress People of Color.

It is also how the dominant culture defines reality to advantage white people and oppress People of Color.

Cultural racism uses cultural differences to overtly and covertly assign value and normality to white people and whiteness in order to rationalize the unequal status and degrading treatment of ​People and Communities of Color.

This 2016 workbook is Designed for use in a Dismantling Racism Workshop. The workshop is one step in a longer process developed initially by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun.

If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.

Australian Aboriginal Elder Lilla Watson
"If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." ~ Australian Aboriginal Elder Lilla Watson Click To Tweet

New Zealand Terrorist Attack sparks debate on gun laws compared to America

New Zealand Terrorist Attack - gun control laws scrutinised after Christchurch terror attack PHOTO- In the wake of the Christchurch terror shooting, New Zealand is strengthening its gun laws. (ABC News- Sam Clark)
New Zealand Terrorist Attack – gun control laws scrutinised after Christchurch terror attack PHOTO- In the wake of the Christchurch terror shooting, New Zealand is strengthening its gun laws. (ABC News- Sam Clark)

New Zealand’s gun laws are strict compared to America’s, but there are gaps. New Zealand has more than 1.2 million civilian-owned firearms — about one gun for every four people, according to Small Arms Survey, which provides estimates for gun ownership around the world.

As it stands, New Zealanders do not have a legal or constitutional right to own guns, and the small island country has strong gun laws relative to the US.

Still, New Zealand generally has very low levels of gun violence — likely due, in part, to its restrictions on firearms. But because of the remaining gaps and Friday’s terrorist attacks, there are already calls, including from the prime minister, to strengthen the country’s laws.

Stricter gun laws can’t stop all shootings. But the research shows that where there are stronger gun laws, and fewer guns, there are generally fewer gun deaths.

Stricter gun laws can’t stop all shootings. But the research shows that where there are stronger gun laws, and fewer guns, there are generally fewer gun deaths. Click To Tweet

I highly recommend this article about Terrorism in Kenya – The Power of a Traumatised Country written by Onyango Otieno. It explores sensitive issues like how the Post-Election Violence has claimed more lives than any terrorist Attack in Kenya.

Onyango asks: “Could we have Masked the actual face of Terrorism in Kenya?”. Inspired by the recent Riverside Attacks and tweets like this one by Ramapithecus @RamzZy_ : Al Shabaab gives the youth something to die for in areas where the govt gives the youth nothing to live for.  Click here to open the article in a new tab.