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Summary: The terrorist attack by Norwegian Christian fundamentalist Anders Behring Breivik in Oslo and at the youth camp on Utoya Island raises the specter of violent right-wing domestic extremism in Europe and echoes glimmers of an equivalent trend in the United States. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 24, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann said if Republicans win control of the House of Representatives in the November 2010 midterm election, “all we should do is issue subpoenas and have one hearing after another” to “expose all the nonsense that is going on.”

Summary: Paralleling the political trend in the United States with its Tea Party movement, the far-right in Austria resurged in local elections in the capital city of Vienna, securing the largest gains following a campaign laced with anti-Islamic rhetoric. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 10, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that Afghanistan’s defense minister, calling for more international troops, said thousands of foreign fighters were pouring into Afghanistan to bolster the Taliban insurgency.