France welcomes first Libyan refugees

France will welcome the first refugees from Libya by the High Commissioner on Refugees, announced Pascal Brice, General Director of the French Office for the Protection of Refugee and Stateless Persons (OFPRA). According to the interior ministry, they are set to arrive by the...

Union of Muslim Associations ‘won’t participate’ in street prayer if banned

Interior Minister Gérard Collomb vowed that there "will not be prayers in the street" in Clichy-la-Garenne when the Union of Muslim Associations of Clichy-la-Garenne announced its intention to organize street prayers on November 24. It is protesting the closure of its place of worship,...

France to block Muslim street prayers in Paris suburb

French authorities will stop Muslims from praying in a street north of Paris, said Interior Minister Gerard Collomb , after a series of protests by lawmakers and locals over what they view as an unacceptable use of public space. "They will not have prayers on...

Charlie Hebdo gets new threats over cartoon on accused Islamic scholar

The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation on Monday of death threats against the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo, over a cartoon of the Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who faces rape allegations. The investigation was...

After ultra-nationalist independence day march, German religious leaders look to Poland with anxiety

Saturday, 11 November, marked the 99th anniversary of Polish independence. After successive partitions had awarded ever greater chunks of Polish territory to Russia, Austria, and Prussia; Poland ceased to exist as a political entity...

Political Polarization, 1994-2017

Pew Research Center’s latest instalment of their ongoing “Political Polarization” survey reveals sharp shifts in political values among Democrats and Republicans.  In particular, views about Islam and violence as approached by Democrats and Republicans...

Returnees, unaccounted combatants, child jihadists: Germany struggles with the ‘foreign fighter’ phenomenon

Ever since the Islamic State group began to lose the territories it had so spectacularly conquered during 2013 and 2014, analysts and policy-makers in the West have warned of potential large-scale return movements of...

Australian Labor Senator Sam Dastyari Subject of Racist Attack

While frequenting a Melbourne pub on Wednesday 8 November, Australian Labor Party Senator Sam Dastyari was subjected to a racist attack by a number of men claiming to be from the right-wing, nationalist group...

Controversy of British Channel 4’s new documentary about British Muslims

The British TV Channel 4 aired a document called "My Week as a Muslim" on October 23rd. The show created significant backlash because a White, British Islamophobic woman dressed up as a Pakistani, Muslim...

Austrian elections pave way for populist government, making Muslims apprehensive

The elections to the National Council, the lower house of the Austrian Parliament on October 15, have marked a firm shift to the right in Austrian politics, particularly on matters of immigration, integration, and...

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