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Islamophobes in Power: The Czech Republic

Islamophobes in Power: The Czech Republic

Many observers, especially from the rest of the world, wished for Jiří Drahoš to become the new president of the Czech Republic after the first directly elected president in 2013, Miloš Zeman. Zeman...

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...

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...

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...

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...

On the Intersections of DACA and Islamophobia

On the Intersections of DACA and Islamophobia

“In fighting for substantive immigration protections, we must understand how creating the status of “illegal immigrant” is not a static occurrence but an ongoing political, legal and social process; this is why it...

Swinging to the right: Austria bans face veils

Swinging to the right: Austria bans face veils

This op-ed by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in Daily Sabah.  It seems quite intentional that the ban on full-face veiling in public places, infamously known as the so called “Burka Ban,”...

In Austria, the problem is not the far-right party

In Austria, the problem is not the far-right party

This op-ed by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in Al Jazeera.  Last year, many observers who were worried about the rise of the far-right in Europe and the United States felt relieved after the...

Post-election Austria: A New Era for the Institutionalization of Islamophobia?

Post-election Austria: A New Era for the Institutionalization of Islamophobia?

This op-ed by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in The New Turkey. Unsurprisingly, Austria’s national parliamentary elections ended up in a strong vote for the right. With a fulminant participation...

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