Spain’s far-right party Vox launched its 2019 election campaign this month in the tiny town of Covadonga. Situated in a lush valley in the northern region of Asturias, with fewer than 100 inhabitants, Covadonga is sometimes referred to as the…
Several thousand Muslims across Ethiopia in recent days have protested against the burning of four mosques in the Amhara region. The attacks last Friday in Motta town, more than 350km (217 miles) north of the capital Addis Ababa, also targeted Muslim-owned businesses. Muslims have called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice…Amhara regional officials said they have arrested 15 suspects in connection with the attacks. Police commander Jemal Mekonnen told state media the attacks appeared to be triggered by news of a fire that broke out in an Orthodox church a few days earlier…more: ALJAZEERA
In India, a controversial citizenship bill has passed through its first stage in Parliament.
The proposed law is geared towards granting citizenship to those fleeing religious persecution, but it excludes Muslims. Some say it is the governing Hindu nationalist party’s latest attempt at sidelining Muslims in India…more: NPR
The vast majority of people across 15 countries in Western Europe and in the United States say they would be willing to accept Muslims as neighbors. Slightly lower shares on both sides of the Atlantic say they would be willing to accept a Muslim as a family member. At the same time, there is no consensus on whether Islam fits into these societies. Across Western Europe, people are split on Islam’s compatibility with their country’s culture and values, according to a 2017 Pew Research Center survey. …more: pewresearch.org
Days after an anti-Islam rally turned violent in the Norwegian town of Kristiansand when its leader attempted to set fire to a copy of the Holy Quran despite warnings from police officials, emotions in the small, idyllic town of less than 100,000 are at an all-time high, with much of the general community condemning the hate crime….more:dawn
The head of a French group said most victims of terror are Muslims and it is crucial Europe is reminded about this fact. “Muslims are the first to suffer the consequences of terror attacks,” Guillaume Denoix de Saint-Marc, who chairs the French Terror Victims Association (AFVT), told Anadolu Agency before the start of the International Congress for the Victims of Terrorism being held in Nice….more: AA