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New German Initiative unites Islamophobes and cultural Muslims

This article by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared on Anadolu Agency. SALZBURG Just at the height of electoral success of the most anti-racist (in terms of its program) Green party in...

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Austrian McCarthyism: Banning Symbols

This op-ed by Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared on Anadolu Agency.  Austria, long known and appreciated for its comparably tolerant policies towards Muslims, has introduced another serious step to crack down on...

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Why is Europe Obsessed with Female Muslim Clothing?

A few years back, British superstar celebrity chef Nigella Lawson made global headlines because she decided to wear a full-body modest black wetsuit (aka “burkini”) to an Australian beach as paparazzi clicked away....

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Austria’s next Islamophobic policy: Banning the hijab in kindergarten

This op-ed by Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in Daily Sabah.  When the Christian-democratic conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) together with the right-wing populist Freedom Party (FPÖ) formed a coalition government last...

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Sweden’s ‘Moderate’ Far Right Has a Nazi Problem

This op-ed by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in Haaretz.  Sweden, a strong welfare state, has traditionally been a society where opposition to racism is instinctively considered part of decent...

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Chemnitz: Germany’s urgent cry to fight racism

This op-ed by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared in Anadolu Agency.  The grossly dehumanizing act of hounding people who look ‘different’ has to be evaluated at the backdrop not only...

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Tommy Robinson, Islamophobia, and the Global Far-Right Movement

When it comes to Islamophobia, aren’t far-right narratives really just mainstream?  Within a span of two months, central London experienced two violent rallies in support of imprisoned British anti-Muslim and anti-immigration activist, Tommy Robinson....

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Kicking Islamophobia: France, the World Cup & the enduring Problem of Racism

This article by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared on the Islamophobia Research & Documentation project’s website. Let me admit something before starting these lines of thought. Like most soccer games before, I have not...

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Austria’s Shift to Authoritarian Islam Politics

This article by Bridge Initiative Senior Research Fellow Farid Hafez originally appeared on the SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research’s website. While Austria was long known for its inclusion into the polity...

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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...

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