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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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Europe’s Fearmonger: Czech President Milos Zeman′s re-election

This op-ed by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in Qantara.  The Czech Republic has once again elected Milos Zeman as president, a leader who applauds Donald Trump’s ban on Muslims entering the...

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A story of racism and anti-racism in Austria

This op-ed by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in TRT World.  Vienna’s “New Year’s Baby” made it to the international edition of the New York Times, something that doesn’t happen every year....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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