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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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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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