Media

Article 28 April 2016

Egypt at a crossroad between the Mediterranean and the Saudi finance

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo writes about the recent visit of the King of Saudi Arabia to Egypt, which resulted in a series of investment agreements between the two countries....
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Article 28 April 2016

From the Muslim Brotherhood to Sala: Parisi accuses the Islamic candidate

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo is quoted in the well-known Italian newspaper Il Giorno on the recent decision of the Italian Democratic Party (PD) to candidate as councilor Sumaya Abdel Qader for the upcoming municipal elections of Milan...
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Mention 27 April 2016

Two candidates for the Democratic Party of Milan, due different versions of the Islamic world

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo is quoted by the prominent Italian newspaper Il Foglio when commenting the recent decision of the Italian Democratic Party to candidate Sumaya Abdel Qader as councilwoman for the upcoming municipal elections of Milan...
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Mention 26 April 2016

How real is the threat from dormant Isis cells in Italy?

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino is quoted by The Local (It) on the realistic threat Italy is facing today when it comes to terrorism....
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Article 26 April 2016

The Muslim Brotherhood is silently carrying out its invasion even in Milan’s local election

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo compares two Muslim female candidates for the center-left in Milan's local elections, namely Maryan Ismail e Sumaya Abdel Qader....
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Mention 26 April 2016

Turkey discriminates against Alevi faith, ECHR rules

" annual budget, for example for 2016, is 2 billion euros ($2.25 billion), but they're only serving the Sunni community in Turkey, no single euro goes to the Alevi community," EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr Demir Murat Seyrek told the Deutsche Welle....
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Mention 21 April 2016

Report: German Refugee Program Money Given to Hezbollah Operatives

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann is quoted in the Jewish New York-based newspaper The Algemeiner: "In 2014, Germany closed down the Lebanon Orphan Children Project for providing money to the al-Shahid (“The Martyr”) Association in Lebanon. Al-Shahid was “disguised as a humanitarian organization” and “promotes violence and terrorism in the Middle East using donations collected in Germany and elsewhere,” German security expe...
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Mention 21 April 2016

We Muslims are not a protected animal species

EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour spoke to Die Welt about the refusal of a Swedish Green Party Politician to shake a female journalist’s hand. When a man refuses to shake a woman’s hand, it happens for certain religious reasons, Mansour explains....
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Article 20 April 2016

Journalists are required to act responsibly

EFD Senior Fellow Bakary Sambe is mentioned in an article published by Sud Quotiden on the relationship between media and terrorism. According to Sambe journalists should use a more accurate terminology when referring to the threat of terrorism in order to avoid creating panic among readers....
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Mention 19 April 2016

Dr Bakary Sambe: “The strategies implemented by the U.N. and by the Francophonie should not be competitive, but complementary and coordinated!’

FD Senior Fellow Dr. Bakary Sambe is mentioned by the online Senegalese newspaper Dakaractu, where he gives his personal opinion on terrorism and how it can be tackled on a global level. “The strategies implemented by the U.N. and by the Francophonie should not be competitive, but complementary and coordinated!"....
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Interview 18 April 2016

The fight against terrorism: former police officers are brandishing their weapons

EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Bakary Sambe is interviewed by Le Quotidien on the recent decision of the Union Nationale des Retraités de la Police (The National Union of Pensioners of the Police) to come forth and work together to prevent the spread of terrorism, while Dr. Sambe incites the local population to be more involved....
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Interview 15 April 2016

#BrusselsAttacks Media Coverage, March 22

Following the Brussels attacks on 22 March at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station, our experts quickly responded by conducting interviews with mainstream media outlets such as CNN, BBC, MSNBC and SkyNews, providing analyses and guidance for how Belgium and the rest of Europe should respond...
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Mention 15 April 2016

Anti-Semitism is widespread in Molenbeek

Following last week’s policy briefing on the Brussels’ terror attacks: lessons learned and challenges ahead of Europe, the European Foundation for Democracy, that organised the event alongside the European Policy Center and the Counter Extremism Project, is mentioned by the European Jewish Press....
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Mention 13 April 2016

Criticism and propaganda: stories of rights and (auto)inflicted restrictions

EFD Fellow and Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy Tehmina Kazi's piece on Quillette Magazine "Why Charlie Hebdo was right to address the Brussels Attacks" is mentioned in an article published by the Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics (UAAR)....
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Mention 13 April 2016

Islamic State Claims Khalid and Ibrahim El-Bakraoui Were Organizers of Paris and Brussels Attacks

EFD Visiting Fellow Pieter Van Ostaeyen is mentioned in an article published by The Wall Street Journal on the organizers of the Brussels and Paris attacks. According to Van Ostaeyen it is unlikely that "the Bakraoui brothers had the operational knowledge.”...
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Interview 11 April 2016

Europe at a crossroad: Civil society efforts to counter religious hatred and bigotry in Europe

USCIRF held an event at the National Press Club on April 11, 2016 on countering religious hatred in Europe. The event featured a keynote address by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, a panel of European civil society leaders on the situation on the ground, their work, and best practices from their experiences, and remarks by USCIRF Commissioners....
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Article 11 April 2016

If Italian Islamists defend the extremist Suwaidan

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo once more writes about the extreme Islamic preacher, Tareq al- Suwaidan, after Italian authorities have denied him from entering Italy for his tour scheduled this May....
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Interview 08 April 2016

Mosques, schools, hospitals: the money from Qatar arriving to Italy

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo is mentioned in the well-known Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera: she discusses the on-going issue regarding investments in the non profit area from Arab countries and the effect this may have in fostering a radical interpretation of Islam among the local population....
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Article 08 April 2016

Why Charlie Hebdo was right to address the Brussels Attacks

Tehmina Kazi, Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy and director of the British Muslims for Secular Democracy, comments on the latest Charlie Hebdo article concerning the Brussels Attacks of March 22nd....
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Article 07 April 2016

No permits granted to the anti-Semitic imam

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo is mentioned by the Corriere dell'Alto Adige on the dispute regarding Tareq al-Suwaidan's entry in Italy, scheduled for this May. "We cannot permit that such characters are able to enter freely to spread hatred in a moment like this. It is unacceptable that the training of the Italian imams is left to people such as Suwaidan (..)"....
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Article 07 April 2016

Suwaidan is no longer scheduled to be in Italy

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo once more writes about the extremist imam Tareq al-Suwaidan, this time to inform her public that he will no longer be touring Italy as was scheduled for this May. This has been confirmed by the Italian foreign minister, Angelino Alfano....
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Article 06 April 2016

All the ambiguities on the Muslim Brotherhood in Milan

EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Valentina Colombo helps clarify all the ambiguities surrounding the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood, with the Municipal elections of Milan just about to end, where the favored Democratic Party listed Sumaya Abdel Qader as one of its nominees....
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Mention 05 April 2016

How to fix Belgium

EFD Executive Director and Director of CEP Europe Roberta Bonazzi is quoted in an article in POLITICO, along with other experts, analysts and politicians, for their views on how Belgium should reflect and react following the Brussels attacks on 22 March....
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Mention 04 April 2016

Europe’s failure to share intelligence hampers terror fight

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann is quoted in The Financial Times for his views on the security failures which led to the Brussels attacks on 22 March and what he believes needs to occur to address them....
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Article 04 April 2016

Tareq Suwaidan, the anti-Semitic preacher in Italy. The proof of his extremism.

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo once more offers a detailed analysis of Tareq Suwaidan, who is scheduled to be in Italy starting this May for a series of conferences and events....
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Mention 03 April 2016

The Italian Professor who has uncovered the plot of the Muslim Brotherhood

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo is quoted in ‘Milano Post’ for having attentively monitored Tareq Suwaidan, the Islamic preacher very closely affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, scheduled to be in Italy for a series of events this May....
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Mention 03 April 2016

Timbuktu Institute calls for Macky Sall for interregional and inclusive initiative (CEDAO-CEEAC) against terrorism

EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Bakary Sambe is quoted by the Senegalese online newspaper Setal on the latest regarding terrorism in the West Africa region....
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Interview 01 April 2016

‘Current File’ (Brussels attacks)

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Murat Seyrek is interviewed on NTV to discuss Salafism and the roots of this ideology in the Gulf region, in light of the terrorist attacks in Brussels on 22 March....
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Interview 01 April 2016

It was to be expected that the threat is increasing

EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is interviewed about political deficiencies that are hindering an effective strategy to prevent the radicalisation of young people. Mansour argues that while it is important to strengthen security measures after the most recent Islamist terrorist attacks, it is even more important to address the growing issue of radicalisation in schools....
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Article 31 March 2016

Banned from Belgium and the U.S., the preacher of Jihad in Italy

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo gives a detailed description of Tareq Mouhammed al-Saleh al-Suwaidan, a very controversial and influential Islamic preacher who will be touring in Italy this May....
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Mention 31 March 2016

Why young people become terrorists

An article in Die Welt discusses what makes young people want to become terrorists. EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is mentioned in the article for his position that many Islamists are using religion only as a means to an end and that sudden advancement accompanied by the feeling of belonging to an elite is what the real temptation is....
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Mention 30 March 2016

Brussels on hunt for suspects, as ISIL sends texts to recruit Belgian Muslims

EFD Senior Counsellor John Duhig is quoted in USA Today for his expertise on violent extremism and recruitment, in light of the 22 March Brussels attacks....
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Interview 30 March 2016

Jihad in Europe

EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is interviewed on ZDF zoom to discuss how young people become radicalised to the point of committing a terrorist attack. He explains how years of brainwashing can lead to a narrow worldview which in their mind justifies dehumanising others who do not share the same Islamist ideology....
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Mention 29 March 2016

Dangerous times, and not just because of terrorism

NRC in the Netherlands writes about a policy briefing hosted by EFD and the European Policy Centre on 22 March, only hours after the terrorist attacks in Brussels. The article highlights in particular the contributions during the event of EFD Senior Fellow Bakary Sambe and EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann....
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Mention 29 March 2016

Jihad is strengthened by chaos

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo comments on the decision of the Belgian authorities to release Faycal Cheffou, one of the main suspects of the terror attacks of March 22....
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Mention 28 March 2016

ISIS uses Palestine as rallying cry in Molenbeek, residents say

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Murat Seyrek has been quoted in an article on Haaretz for his views on the Brussels terrorist attacks on 22 March. In the article, Dr. Seyrek provides his belief that the neighborhood of Molenbeek, where several of the Brussels and Paris plotters lived, was an easy target for radical Islamic movements....
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