Londonistan: why is the alt-right so obsessed with a fictional city? – The alt right’s obsession with London goes beyond telling victims of a terrorist attack “I told you so”. According to the spy known as Omar Nasiri, Britain’s capital was nicknamed “Londonistan” in the Nineties, by French intelligence officials who noticed how radicals used the city as a base. However, it was the publication of Londonistan by Melanie Phillips in 2006 that brought the nickname to a wider audience. She argued that policies of multiculturalism and human rights empowered radical Islamists. (Around the same time, Gautam Malkani published Londonstani, described by Good Reads as “a hilarious send-up of multiculturalism”.)

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