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The Islamophobia Network Behind the EU’s Prophet Slur Case

The Islamophobia Network Behind the EU’s Prophet Slur Case

This article by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared on the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP).  The ECHR on anti-Muslim hate speech Recently, the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled against...

The Synergy of Bigotry in Europe

The Synergy of Bigotry in Europe

Successful Islamophobic politics in Central Europe Currently, Islamophobic policies have strong support in Central and Eastern Europe. With the young Sebastian Kurz as chancellor of a coalition government formed by right-wing Freedom Party and...

Mainstreaming Islamophobic Movements in International Institutions

Mainstreaming Islamophobic Movements in International Institutions

Ten years ago, many people would have doubted that the leader of the right-wing Lega Nord would one day become minister of interior and vice-premier minister. Similar, hardly anyone would have believed that...

Austrian McCarthyism: Banning Symbols

Austrian McCarthyism: Banning Symbols

This op-ed by Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared on Anadolu Agency.  Austria, long known and appreciated for its comparably tolerant policies towards Muslims, has introduced another serious step to crack down on...

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...

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