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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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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,”...

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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...

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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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October elections in Austria: Beware of Islamophobes

With the campaign for elections to the Austrian National Council in full swing, a gloomy picture is already emerging on the issue of Islam. Since 2008, Austria′s Muslim population, largely made up of...

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