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Why is Europe Obsessed with Female Muslim Clothing?

Why is Europe Obsessed with Female Muslim Clothing?

A few years back, British superstar celebrity chef Nigella Lawson made global headlines because she decided to wear a full-body modest black wetsuit (aka “burkini”) to an Australian beach as paparazzi clicked away....

The European day of action against Islamophobia and religious intolerance

The European day of action against Islamophobia and religious intolerance

This article by Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in The Daily Sabah.  Many Muslims still remember the killing of a pregnant Muslim woman in a German court based on anti-Muslim motivation. On...

The Far Right in Europe: How promising is Steve Bannon’s European organization ‘The Movement’?

The Far Right in Europe: How promising is Steve Bannon’s European organization ‘The Movement’?

Bannon’s global agenda “Patriots of the world, unite!” were the words of Steve Bannon speaking to the delegates of the Front National’s (today Rassemblement National) party convention in Lille in March 2018. Saying this,...

Is ACT for America really a grassroots organization?

Is ACT for America really a grassroots organization?

Isabelle Canaan recently completed her MPhil in Politics (Comparative Government) at the University of Oxford. Her Masters thesis explored social movement trajectory, employing a case study of ACT for America. Using interview and primary...

Austria’s next Islamophobic policy: Banning the hijab in kindergarten

Austria’s next Islamophobic policy: Banning the hijab in kindergarten

This op-ed by Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in Daily Sabah.  When the Christian-democratic conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) together with the right-wing populist Freedom Party (FPÖ) formed a coalition government last...

Sweden’s ‘Moderate’ Far Right Has a Nazi Problem

Sweden’s ‘Moderate’ Far Right Has a Nazi Problem

This op-ed by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in Haaretz.  Sweden, a strong welfare state, has traditionally been a society where opposition to racism is instinctively considered part of decent...

Chemnitz: Germany’s urgent cry to fight racism

Chemnitz: Germany’s urgent cry to fight racism

This op-ed by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in Anadolu Agency.  The grossly dehumanizing act of hounding people who look ‘different’ has to be evaluated at the backdrop not only...

Stop Ignoring Genocide Against Rohingya Muslims

Stop Ignoring Genocide Against Rohingya Muslims

The Economist magazine once said that the Rohingya people in Myanmar are “the most persecuted people in the world” and more than 7 Nobel Peace Prize winners have publicly stated that Rohingya Muslims are facing...

Today in Islamophobia: Daily News Roundup

Today in Islamophobia: Daily News Roundup

Latest: September 19, 2018 UNITED STATES U.S. Paid $1B to Contractor Accused of Bigotry at Iraq Air Base (The Daily Beast) The US government has paid military contractor Sallyport Global over $1 billion since January 2014...

The Axis of the Right: Europe’s New Isolationist Front

The Axis of the Right: Europe’s New Isolationist Front

This article by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared on Qantara.de. Europe is shifting to the right. Border security and isolation increasingly dominate the migration policies of the European Union. At a...

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