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Hijab Ban: As the Far Right Targets Muslims, Austria’s Response Is an Ugly, Complicit Silence

Hijab Ban: As the Far Right Targets Muslims, Austria’s Response Is an Ugly, Complicit Silence

This op-ed by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in Haaretz. The new Austrian government is today one of several coalition governments in Europe with a far right populist party in...

Islamophobia and move towards authoritarianism

Islamophobia and move towards authoritarianism

This op-ed by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in Andolu Agency.  While most far-right political parties are still in opposition, some have gained major influence by becoming governing parties, as...

Malcolm X and Global Muslim Mobilization in the Age of Racism

Malcolm X and Global Muslim Mobilization in the Age of Racism

Stephon Clark is another Black male in the news, after so many others, like Amadou Diallo, Trayvon Martin, Gary King, Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, Yvette Smith, to name but a few....

Legalizing Othering

Legalizing Othering

Two Islamophobic Hawks in the Trump Administration In a week from now, John Bolton will become National Security Advisor of the United States. This is just another pick of an Islamophobe to get a...

Reviewing a Year of Islamophobia in Europe

Reviewing a Year of Islamophobia in Europe

Forty scholars, among them some anti-racist civil society activists, from various European countries have produced the annual European Islamophobia Report (EIR), which is published by SETA and will be released on April 1,...

Robert Mercer’s financing of Islamophobia

Robert Mercer’s financing of Islamophobia

The release of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House led to an explosive media cycle as excerpts from the book were published. They also led to the announcement that...

Islam-politics in the New German Coalition Government Program

Islam-politics in the New German Coalition Government Program

This article by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared The Maydan. The forming of a coalition between the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Merkel’s Christian Democratic Unions (CDU & CSU) relieved many, who...

Mike Pompeo said all Muslims are ‘potentially complicit’ in terrorism. He’s unfit to be secretary of state.

Mike Pompeo said all Muslims are ‘potentially complicit’ in terrorism. He’s unfit to be secretary of state.

This article by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Arsalan Iftikhar originally appeared on NBC News. The secretary of state is the chief diplomat responsible for guiding the foreign policy for the United States of...

Macron en route to new policy on Islam?

Macron en route to new policy on Islam?

This op-ed by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in Anadolu Agency.  While most Western liberals continue to claim French President Emmanuel Macron as their champion, the realpolitik behind his rhetoric is far...

Erasing Muslims from the “West”: Islamophobic campaigns across Europe and the US

Erasing Muslims from the “West”: Islamophobic campaigns across Europe and the US

Anti-Islam movements are becoming increasingly visible across Europe and the US. These movements differ from country to country, but their aim is the same: to create nationalist identities that exclude Muslims.  In both the...

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