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Old 29-12-2011, 08:14 PM   #253
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Jonathan Adair, better known as Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair (born 27 October 1963 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is the former leader of the "C Company", 2nd Battalion Shankill Road, West Belfast Brigade of the "Ulster Freedom Fighters" (UFF). This was a cover name used by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), an Ulster loyalist paramilitary organisation. Adair was expelled from the organisation in 2002 following a violent internal power struggle. Since 2003, he, his family and a number of supporters have been forced to leave Northern Ireland by other loyalists.

Adair was born into a Protestant loyalist background and raised in Belfast. He grew up in the lower Oldpark area, a site of many sectarian clashes and riots during the Troubles. He had little parental supervision, and did not attend school regularly. He took to the streets, forming a skinhead street gang with a group of young loyalist friends, who "got involved initially in petty then increasingly violent crime". Eventually, Adair started a rock band called Offensive Weapon which openly espoused support for the National Front. As a 17 year old Adair began dating Gina Crossan, three years his junior and herself a skinhead girl who at the time had shaved her head to leave only a tuft of hair at the front...

Since his release, much of Adair's activities have been bound up with violent internecine feuds within the UDA and between the UDA and other loyalist paramilitary groupings. The motivation for such violence is sometimes difficult to piece together. It involves a combination of political differences over the loyalist ceasefires, rivalry between loyalists over control of territory and competition over the proceeds of organised crime.

Following the ousting of C Company from the Shankill Road Adair's family and supporters went to Bolton where they garnered the nickname 'Bolton Wanderers' after the football club of the same name. Following the killing of LVF leader Billy Wright by the Irish National Liberation Army in 1997 Adair became the new contact men for a group of Bolton-based members of the neo-Nazi organisation Combat 18 (C18) who up to that point had been close to the LVF. Adair built up a close relationship with these far right activists, even wearing an England shirt during UEFA Euro 2000 that one of the members had given him.

Originally Posted by lightgiver View Post
Neo-Nazism consists of post-World War II social or political movements seeking to revive Nazism or some variant thereof.The term neo-Nazism can also refer to the ideology of these movements...

Neo-Nazism borrows elements from Nazi doctrine, including militant nationalism, fascism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia and anti-Semitism. Holocaust denial is a common feature, as is incorporation of Nazi symbols and admiration of Adolf Hitler. It is related to the white nationalist and white power skinhead movements in many countries...

Neo-Nazi activity appears to be a global phenomenon, with organized representation in many countries, as well as international networks. Some European and Latin American countries have laws prohibiting the expression of pro-Nazi, racist, anti-Semitic or anti-gay views. Many Nazi-related symbols are banned in European countries in an effort to curtail neo-Nazism...

White Aryan Resistance (Swedish: Vitt Ariskt Motstånd), also known as VAM, was a militant neo-nazi group active in Sweden between 1991 and 1993. The name of the group was derived from the US White supremacist organisation WAR however the point of the acronym is lost in the translation. According to Stieg Larsson, a researcher of white supremacist organizations, the group was instead styled on the then already defunct US White supremacist group The Order, led by Robert Matthews. VAM was founded by Klas Lund, other leading members were Torulf Magnusson and Peter Melander, editor of the group's magazine Storm. The organisation's symbol was the "Wolfsangel". VAM has been implicated in many serious crimes in Sweden, including the infamous Police-murders in Malexander, car bombings of political journalists and murders of perceived opponents. According to a report prepared and jointly published in November 1999 by Sweden's four largest daily newspapers, Aftonbladet, Expressen, Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet, many former members of this violent organisation are now members of present-day neo-Nazi organisations...
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