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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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Nationalists 1st: Trump, Charlottesville, and racists

Donald Trump successfully drew on the many success stories of right-wing populist parties in Europe to win the elections and become president of the United States of America. He used a slogan that...

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When anti-Semitism and Islamophobia join hands

There was probably a time when the current leader of the Hungarian conservative party, Fidesz, Viktor Orban, was quite grateful to George Soros. Back in 1988, as a 25-year-old fresh law graduate, he...

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Islamophobia Rising: A Long Week for Muslims Everywhere

Islamophobia is more than just nasty insults or vague threats; Islamophobia can kill. “He was a kind-hearted man, very humble, very down to earth.” These are the words of a member of the mosque...

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In Congress, Race and Religion Pose Challenges to Electability

In the final months, and moments, of former Senator Bob Bennett’s life, he took it upon himself to apologize to Muslims for Donald Trump. During one of his hospitalizations, Senator Bennett asked his...

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Is the Hijab “Passive Terrorism?”

Recently, a report exposed a U.S. government white paper that links the hijab to the spread of violent extremism.  As first revealed by The Intercept, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory published pseudo-analysis from...

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