The Islamization of the ‘yellow vests’

Currently, the unprecedented protests instigated by the so called “yellow vests” (gilets jaunes) have given Islamophobic conspirators another chance for an irrational assertion.Read full op-ed here

New German initiative unites Islamophobes and cultural Muslims

The notion of secularism laid out in this document represents a totalitarian version of secularism; it is not a soft secularism that protects religion, but a hard secularism that seeks to banish religious expression from the public sphere. Read full analysis here

Zur Initiative säkularer Muslime

Wie säkular ist die Initiative „islamkritischer“ Muslime tatsächlich. Mein Kommentar in der TAZ

Austria, the champion of institutionalized Islamophobia

The current Austrian government has been in place for nearly one year now, and it has made good on most of the claims it had presented in the coalition’s program for government. In a super rapid way, the coalition, which was formed by the Christian-democratic conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and the radical right Freedom Party of Austria (FPO), implemented one piece of legislation after the other to combat what it calls “political Islam.” While the term political Islam has generally not been used in the past by the Austrian authorities, such as the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Counterterrorism, which uses the term Islamism, the government has deliberately introduced this term in its coalition program to threaten not extremist and violent threats, but common Muslims, representing the weakest part of Austrian society. Read full op-ed here

The Islamophobes behind the European court’s rejection of a case over prophet slur

Recently, the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled against a woman who claimed calling the Prophet Muhammad a pedophile was protected by free speech. The woman behind the appeal was fined €480 ($625) or an alternative sentence of 60 days in prison and was required to pay the costs of the trial before in 2009 a complaint was filed against her for hate speech and found her guilty in 2011. But who is this woman, who tried to fight this through all domestic courts up to the ECHR? Read full commentary here

Mainstreaming Islamophobic Movements in International Institutions

Ten years ago, many people would have doubted that the leader of the right-wing Lega Nord would one day become minister of interior and vice-premier minister. Similar, hardly anyone would have believed that the spin doctor of the right-wing Austrian Freedom Party would become minister of interior. And it was hard to predict ten years ago that the Tea Party would succeed in dominating the America’s Grand Old Party and that the U.S. would have a president who is celebrated by white supremacist groups. This new environment reflects the increasing extent to which extremist groups have established themselves within international institutions. Read full analysis here

Austrian McCarthyism: banning symbols

While the eyes of the public are on Austria’s EU Council Presidency and the issue of immigration, nearly nobody takes notice of the introduction of a McCarthyism that could again serve as an example to be followed by other regimes. Read full op-ed here