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Article 29 March 2011

The Führer’s Sympathisers

In mid-February, the Iranian News Agency Tabnek, linked to Mohssen Rezai the former Revolutionary Guard General, reported that "Nazi propagandists are once again active in Iran." The Islamist News Agency criticised the fact that no one took action against the Iranian Nazis. Whilst Tabnak is anti-Israeli, it still does not view co-operation between some Islamists and Nazis in a favourable light....
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Article 28 March 2011

Egypt’s constitutional referendum: results and future prospects

On 27th March, following Egypt's constitutional referendum on 19th March, the Al-Sharq Center for Regional and Strategic Studies in Cairo launched the report series "Egypt after 25th January." Whilst this provided an interesting analysis, it could have benefited from a greater objectivity....
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Article 22 March 2011

Arab theatre and contemporary revolutions

Could Arab theatre be a form of contemporary revolution? Could Arab theatre lead the people of the region to ask for greater freedom? I definitely think so. On 21st February 2011, whilst in Kuwait, I was invited to a theatre premiére at Dar al-Athar al-Islamiya, an innovative organisation promoting arts, culture and education and led by Her Highness Shaykha Hussah al-Salem al-Sabah.On stage, actors performed Sulayman al-Bassam's Speaker's Progre...
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Article 22 March 2011

Egypt’s constitutional referendum

After 25th January 2011, 19th March could become an historical date to remember for Egyptians. For the first time after Mubarak's fall, as matter of fact for the first time in modern history, Egyptians have the opportunity to give their opinion on whether to vote "Yes" and amend their constitution, or to vote "No" and abolish it in favour of a completely new one....
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Article 22 March 2011

Letters from Tunis: The Jasmin revolution deserves a place in history

"Today, Tunisia is one of the names of freedom in the world," this sentence was written on Facebook on 15th January, that is, on the day Ben Ali left the country. Started almost by chance, the Jasmin revolution has now spread all over the Arab world: Algeria, Sudan, Mauritania, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, Syria are all on the move....
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Article 22 March 2011

Winds of change in the Middle East

Tunisia's Jasmin revolution and Egypt's Lotus revolution led, respectively, to the fall of the regime of former president Ben Ali, which began in November 1987, and the expulsion of Hosni Mubarak, in office since October 1981. Above all, both have triggered a domino effect in other countries, not only in North Africa, but all over the Middle Eastern region....
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Article 21 March 2011

Letters from Tunis: Tunisia will lift reservations on CEDAW

Tunisian women, their NGOs and their protection afforded by legislation have always been considered an example to follow inside the Arab world. Female adult illiteracy has dropped by 27% since 1980, but at 42% remains significant. Nevertheless, this figure is expected to drop as nearly 100% of girls were enrolled in primary school by 1998. Women currently make up approximately 31% of the workforce....
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Article 17 March 2011

Iran’s Cyber-army

Iran now has a 'Cyber-army' to fight revolutionaries who sow seeds of dissent as well as to combat Iranian exiles who wish to introduce democracy and human rights in Iran. The Iranian regime supports 'liberation movements' which are viewed by European democracies as terrorist groups. Iran claims that its support for these groups is, of course, "moral."...
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Article 11 March 2011

Iran’s women’s movement

The BBC's Persian-language website has published articles by several Iranian men and women living in exile. Their arguments, which are repeated in summary in the following article, highlight the systematic oppression of Iran's women by the country's authorities....
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Press Release 09 March 2011

EFD Senior Fellow, Valentina Colombo, appointed as Islam expert to Italian Islam Committee and PRISNET programme

EFD Senior Fellow and Islamic Studies expert, Valentina Colombo, has recently been appointed as a member of the consultative body "Comitato per l'Islam Italiano" (Italian Islam Committee), reporting to Italy's Interior Ministry. Valentina has also recently become a member of the EU-funded "PRISNET" programme, assisting European and Balkan governments in addressing the challenge of radicalisation in prisons....
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Article 04 March 2011

Iran’s secret service

Hussein Taeb is a cleric holding the religious rank of a Hokatuislam. He is also the Director of the Secret Service Department of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Holding a gloomy view of Iran's future, he believes that in around one year the American government wants to stage a "Velvet Revolution," Iranian state media outlet Farsnews reported on 2nd March 2011....
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Article 25 February 2011

Destroying civil society

Whilst Human Rights Organisations complain of extensive human rights abuses in Iran, the country's rulers think they have successfully defeated the uprisings....
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Article 22 February 2011

The third form of totalitarianism

In October 2010, EFD Senior Fellow Wahied Wahdat-Hagh contributed to the Foreign Policy Centre's inaugural Iran Human Rights Review, focusing on the issue of religion. Edited by Tahirih Danesh and Adam Hug, the Review aims to contribute to creating "the main building blocks of a true democracy: a new culture of harmony and trust within Iranian society."...
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Article 18 February 2011

For Arabs, the challenge of democracy starts with the family

For the past few weeks, we've been hearing that the "wall of fear" in Egypt has collapsed. Not to rain on anyone's revolutionary parade, but I beg to differ. What's changed in Egypt is the politics of the state. A big deal, to be sure. Yet a culture of democracy will require piercing something more: the politics of the family. That's where fear begins in much of Arab society. Brian Whitaker, former Middle East editor of The Guardian newspaper...
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Article 17 February 2011

Iranians call for freedom

Monday's demonstrations in Tehran have been nipped in the bud. The police did not allow the tens of thousands of protesters to gather even once. The demonstration was ended before it had really begun....
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Article 12 February 2011

Explosion of beams of light

Iranian News agencies are celebrating the Egyptian revolution, hoping that Iran's Islamic revolution could also be successfully repeated in Egypt. Iranian leaders are citing Khomeini, who called the 1979 revolution "an explosion of beams of light."...
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Article 12 February 2011

Iran’s hopes for Egypt

Kamal Al-Halbavi, a high-ranking member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, is harbouring the hope that one day Egypt will have a President who is as good as Ahmadinejad....
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Article 04 February 2011

A different way of governing in the Middle East

Have you had enough analysis of Hosni Mubarak's mistakes? Then read on. Because this column is about looking forward and proving that the Middle East really can be governed with a new, freedom-hungry, generation in mind....
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Article 04 February 2011

The axis of Islam

The Iranian rulers see in the new mass protests in Arabic states the reawakening of Islam and speak of the "new axis of Islam in the middle East." They think that the Islamic revolution of 1979 was the beginning of the protests against the western and "Zionist" supremacy....
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Article 24 January 2011

Iran will not comply

Some of the Iranian clerics like ayatollah Kashani speak the Iranian position out without any diplomatic caution. He said, that the western countries have to learn from their mistakes. Iran would not change its policy, even not under the pressure of sanctions....
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Article 18 January 2011

Afghanistan stops economic links with Iran

Several Afghan newspapers reported about the deterioration of the economic relationships between Afghanistan and Iran. There are a lot of demonstrations in different Afghan cities against the political and economic Iranian policies towards Afghanistan. Iran builds barriers for the rapid transport of gasoline to Afghanistan. Notwithstanding that Iran is committed by international law to let the gasoline tankers to cross the border to Afghanistan....
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Article 18 January 2011

Kayhan is happy

Iran doesn't care if Israel is concerned about the economic relationships between Iran and Germany. Kayhan is happy, because Germany is increasing its exports to Iran. Kayhan thinks that Israel will suffer from a better Iranian-German relationship....
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Article 13 January 2011

Iran undertakes reform

On the 8th January 2011, speaking on Iranian News Agency ISNA, High Ayatollah Makarem Shirasi issued a Fatwa: "The wearing of crosses during the "Namas" (daily prayer) and elsewhere is "haram". And in case wearing of crosses constitutes a problem for prayer."...
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Article 13 January 2011

Iranian influence in Afghanistan

For two weeks, Afghans have been protesting in front of the Iranian embassy in Kabul. They are demonstrating against the closure of petrol transit routes to Afghanistan. The Afghan centre of commerce has even threatened to cut off trade links with Iran completely....
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Article 16 December 2010

Iran removes ban on Nazi website

For Arabs and Jews living in Iran, National Socialism constitutes a particularly threatening body of thought. The Iranian Ministry for Education and Islamic law withdrew a ban on a Iranian National Socialist, anti-Arab and anti-Jewish website....
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Article 23 November 2010

The sound of terror

The Interior Minister's dramatic terror alert leaves many questions unanswered. Has the threat level really only recently increased? Heavily armed police officers patrol Hamburg's main station - even shortly after De Maizières' terror alert....
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Press Release 10 June 2010

French audiovisual authorities ban broadcasts of Al-Aqsa TV

The European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) and the Coalition Against Terrorist Media (CATM) wholeheartedly applaud the decision by France's High Audiovisual Council (CSA) ordering Eutelsat to desist immediately from broadcasting Al-Aqsa TV's violent and hate-filled television programmes that incite hatred on grounds of race, sex, religion or nationality. This decision comes immediately after the European Commission issued a formal warning to...
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Press Release 09 June 2010

EFD Praises European Commission’s Warning to France on Al-Aqsa TV

The European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) and the Coalition Against Terrorist Media (CATM) today praised the European Commission for issuing a formal warning to France requesting its High Audiovisual Council (CSA) to enforce European audiovisual legislation and to cease broadcasting Al-Aqsa TV. The French Foreign Ministry said that the "European Commission has recorded repeated violations of European legislation resulting from the content of...
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12 May 2010

Syria Hearing: Human Rights Defenders and Political Prisoners in Syria’s Jails – What can Europe do?

On 12 May 2010, the European Foundation for Democracy, in collaboration with MEP Leonidas Donskis, hosted a public hearing on Syria, entitled "Human Rights Defenders and Political Prisoners in Syria's Jails - What can Europe do?". The guest speakers were Iyas al-Maleh (son of imprisoned HRD Haithem al-Maleh), Malik al-Abdeh (Movement for Justice and Development) and Maureen Thomas (Amnesty International UK)....
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Interview 20 April 2010

Islam in Italy: in search of a balance between integration and tradition

EFD’s Valentina Colombo speaks to the Italian intelligence magazine GNOSIS about the risk of “homegrown terrorism” in a period of cultural uncertainties....
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Article 16 April 2010

Economic crisis in Iran

In the coming year Iranian workers will continue to have to live below the subsistence level. In addition, hardly any growth is forecast for Iran's economy despite the country's high oil revenues....
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05 February 2010

The Status Quo of Civil Liberties and the Struggle against Islamist Extremism in Germany

On 5 February 2010, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation hosted a briefing on "The Status Quo of Civil Liberties and the Struggle against Islamist Extremism in Germany", in Washington DC. EFD Senior Fellow Alexander Ritzmann was invited to be the key speaker, as an expert of terrorism and civil liberties....
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Mention 28 December 2009

Dr. Wahied Wahdat-Hagh quoted on protests in Iran

EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Wahied Wahdat-Hagh was quoted in the German daily "Hannoversche Allgemeine" on the wave of protests in Iran....
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Broadcast 11 December 2009

Irshad Manji interviewed on detention of U.S. Muslims by Pakistan

EFD's Senior Fellow Irshad Manji addressed Muslim stereotypes by making a distinction between moderate and reformist Muslims....
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Article 11 December 2009

Mahdism and the Iranian nuclear programme

During a visit to Isfahan, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad commented on his messianic ideas, his hostility toward the West and the Iranian nuclear program. Meanwhile, the massive oppression of civil society continues....
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Interview 29 November 2009

Middle East: 30% of bloggers are women

According to Eleana Gordon, EFD Senior Advisor and founder of the Center for Liberty in the Middle East, presenting its latest initiative, the Institute of Online Activism at the World e-Democracy Forum in Issy-les-Moulineaux (Paris), 30 % of bloggers in the Middle East are women....
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