The Far Right in Europe: How promising is Steve Bannon’s European organization ‘The Movement’?

“Patriots of the world, unite!” were the words of Steve Bannon speaking to the delegates of the Front National’s (today Rassemblement National) party convention in Lille in March 2018. Saying this, Bannon clearly stepped beyond his invention of what became the winning slogans for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign — “America First” and “Make America Great Again.” While these two slogans were meant for Euro (white) Americans, the slogan in France spoke to a global white supremacist audience, nationalists in European states and those founded by European colonists. Read full analysis here

Chemnitz: Germany’s urgent cry to fight racism

Grossly dehumanizing act of hounding people who look ‘different’ has to be evaluated at the backdrop not only of growing far right political activism but also general radical discourse. Read full op-ed here

Europa rückt nach rechts

Europa rückt nach rechts. Grenzsicherheit und Abschottung dominieren zunehmend die Migrationspolitik der Europäischen Union. Im Innern setzen rechte Parteien auf eine symbolträchtige Identitätspolitik. Hier zum vollständigen Kommentar

Banning the Hijab in Austria

My latest analysis of the Austrian government’s attempt to ban the Hijab. Read full analysis here

Institutionalizing Islam in Contemporary Austria

At the beginning of October 2014, a social democratic–conservative coalition government in Austria presented a draft for a new Islam Act. The unanimous voice of Muslims and the government declared that the existing Islam Act, which dated back to 1912, was now outdated. The government thus aimed to amend the existing act based on the constitutional framework of the Republic of Austria’s secular system, which can be characterized as a cooperative form of secularity, where the state legally recognizes churches and religious societies that cooperate with the state in several areas. The state is equally obliged not to interfere in the internal affairs of churches and religious societies, as they in turn are seen not to interfere in daily politics and political parties’ affairs.1 The state must be neutral and hence treat churches and religious societies equally (‘principle of parity’). In looking closely at the Islam Act, it is clear that these constitutional principles were not met. Rather, the act evidences massively unequal treatment and thus discrimination against Austrian Muslim people as members of a legally recognized religious society. This article compares the Islam Act of 2015 with the Israelite Act of 1890, version of 2012. Read the full paper, authored by Rijad Dautovic and me, in the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion here

Starting in minute 7:30, my interview on the Austrian government’s attempt to close mosques. Listen here

ODVV interview

ODVV interview on Islamophobia as a form of structural racism is about power relations. Read here