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The rise of the Right: Why liberals cannot afford to lose As the Eurozone crisis has teetered along the edge of disaster thanks to continued political and economic instability in Greece, Spain and Italy, the meteoric rise in the popularity of far-right political parties raises grave questions about Europe’s future. read more
The Real Muslim Problem There's lots of talk about the "Muslim Problem" in the U.S. and abroad. Generally, I find that framing troubling. But recently some very ordinary experiences made me realize that there actually is what I can only call the real Muslim problem. read more
Marked for Death: Geert Wilders ‘Jihad’ Against Islam "There is a war being waged against western civilization; against every liberal norm and value we Westerners hold dear and we must take increasingly drastic steps to defend our way of life from extinction..." or so Dutch politician Geert Wilders would have us believe. This narrative of war, of a besieged West fighting for its life against the onslaught of Islamization is replete across the Dutch politician's new book "Marked for Death." read more
Going to extremes: Europe's voters strike back Outraged by cuts to living standards, more and more people are turning to radical politics and even violence. Five years into the great recession that has plagued Europe and brutally cut living standards, the armies of the new poor are increasingly desperate. Street protests about lost hope are turning violent as once liveable suburbs have become impoverished breeding grounds for the disenchanted, who are turning to extremist political movements in an economically ruined Europe. read more
Confronting Discrimination in the Post-9/11 Era Challenges and Opportunities Ten Years Later, a conference jointly sponsored by the Civil Rights Division and the George Washington University Law School, explored the civil rights issues that Muslims, Arabs, Sikhs and South Asians in America have faced since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The conference examined the rise in hate crimes and discrimination in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the ways in which the challenges have changed over time, and the key civil rights issues likely to face these communities in the years ahead and how to address them. read more
The Truth About American Muslims The Senate hearing was not designed as a full refutation of Representative King’s wild thesis, but it put a more human and factual face on a community that has been badly slurred. Mr. King is promising more committee haymakers. This is unfortunate. At least Mr. Durbin’s hearing made clear that the nation’s struggle against terrorism is best served by information, not dark generalizations. read more
Challenges Facing Muslims in Europe A popular concept nowadays is “change”. Indeed, we are living in a world that is fundamentally different from that of the last century. The international context (political, economic and social), along with our concepts, attitudes and expectations are constantly changing. How the future unfolds will, to a great extent, depend on the choices we make and the path we tread. A reappraisal of how best to pursue a common vision for the whole of mankind and for its collective interests is now in need more than ever. read more
Europe’s Extreme Righteous Activists and sympathizers of the nationalist "64 Counties Youth Movement" parade as they march together to the Slovakian, Serbian and Romanian embassies with members of controversial extreme right wing "Magyar Garda," or Hungarian guard, in Budapest on June 13, 2009 during their demonstration to commemorate the 89th anniversary of the WWI's closing treaty. read more
Stay With Obama's Opening to Muslims In the wake of the “humbling” of President Obama by American voters there is a lot of talk about what needs to be reversed or buried from his first two years. For the Republicans health care tops the list, closely followed by determination to maintain tax cuts for the wealthy. That is a matter for the American political system. But the rest of us also have a huge stake in what is kept and what is junked on the foreign policy front. read more
Contemporary Islamophobia There is little doubt about the significance and impact of the events of 11 September 2001 (9/11) and the way in which they shaped and determined how Islam and Muslims have since been viewed. At whatever level – national, political, institutional, community – the legacy of 9/11 is never far from view. So too is there little doubt about the way in which the events of 9/11 have influenced, and to some degree, fed the growing spectre of Islamophobia and with it, the rising incidence and proliferation of anti-Muslim hate crimes. Routinely derided and far from being given the credence and seriousness of concern such a dangerous phenomenon clearly demands, Islamophobia is sometimes mistaken as consequential: consequential of events such as 9/11 and other terrorist atrocities. Perceiving it in this way allows detractors to make simplistic assumptions: stop the terrorism and the Islamophobia will stop also. Sadly, such simplistic views are far from helpful, not least because the thinking and rationale underpinning them is undeniably flawed. read more
Islamophobia and Terrorism: Impediments to the Culture of Peace The phenomenon of Islamophobia has markedly surfaced at the beginning of the twenty first century, and has shown us how easily bigotry against minority groups can resurface to pit one part of the humanity against the other -- thus creating cultural fault-lines on a global scale. Recently, we all have witnessed how the unthoughtful or ill- mannered actions of only a few or even a single individual can stir up provocations across the globe. As a matter of fact, we are witnessing with distress and dismay the snowballing effects of sowing seeds of hatred by extremists across the board. read more