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Normalizing the far right in Austria

Normalizing the far right in Austria

This op-ed by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in TRT World.  In the past, far-right parties would have been ostracized, but now it’s a question of how to accommodate them. This poses...

When the Fear of Muslims Leads Jews to Whitewash the Far Right

When the Fear of Muslims Leads Jews to Whitewash the Far Right

“In Austria today, the real anti-Semitic threat is from Muslims, not Nazis,” argues Martin Engelberg, one of Austria’s first Jewish post-war members of parliament, who ran for the Liste Sebastian Kurz, the new...

Austria’s new programme for government: En route to a restrictive policy on Islam?

Austria’s new programme for government: En route to a restrictive policy on Islam?

This op-ed by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in Qantara.  The word “Islam” appears a total of 21 times in the Austrian coalition’s new programme for government, which is entitled “Zusammen. Für...

Protocols of the Elders of Mecca

Protocols of the Elders of Mecca

The following article by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Arsalan Iftikhar originally appeared in The Islamic Monthly.  The Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2017 was a piece of congressional legislation introduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that...

Why secularism secures Islam’s independence in Europe

Why secularism secures Islam’s independence in Europe

This op-ed by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in Daily Sabah.  There is no proof of the link between the numerous terrorist attacks in Belgium over the last few years and a...

Does Islamophobia Impact the Underreporting of FBI Hate Crime Data?

Does Islamophobia Impact the Underreporting of FBI Hate Crime Data?

Federal Data Collection on Hate Crimes: A History Since its first publication in 1991, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released an annual report on hate crime data. The FBI employs the hate...

Top 10 Trump Lies About Muslims

Top 10 Trump Lies About Muslims

The following article by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Arsalan Iftikhar originally appeared in Huffington Post.  It’s been just over two years since then-candidate Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of...

President Trump’s whole political career has been built on Islamophobia

President Trump’s whole political career has been built on Islamophobia

This op-ed by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Arsalan Iftikhar originally appeared in The Washington Post. You know things are bad in your country when the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan praises the president...

Converging Islamophobias in Europe: The Visegrad Four Countries and their Western ‘Forerunners’

Converging Islamophobias in Europe: The Visegrad Four Countries and their Western ‘Forerunners’

This op-ed by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in Maydan.  It was a weird moment: Shortly before the Austrian elections on 15 October this year, candidates of the then-winning parties, Sebastian Kurz...

Anti-Semitism, Homophobia, and Islamophobia: The Rising Far-Right in Poland

Anti-Semitism, Homophobia, and Islamophobia: The Rising Far-Right in Poland

November 11 is commonly known as Independence Day in Poland. Government and political leaders usually commemorate the reinstatement of sovereignty at the end of World War I. For political leaders, it is a...

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