Whilst apprehensive about ‘verbal delict’, open disapproval by decision- and opinion-makers of public statements and pictures considered offensive by Muslims, coupled with education about ‘the... Read More
Amidst a profound economic and financial crisis, Europe's leaders must not ignore the rising popularity of extreme right-wing parties and radical anti-immigrant movements, and the threat they pose to multi-culturalism.
It is the emergence of homogeneous thought and dogmatism - impermeable to dialogue with anyone perceived to be outside the group, and built around rigid understandings of identity and enmity - that fuels the threat of terrorism.
If overlying, systemic issues are not addressed, then misperceptionsand security rhetoric regarding Wahhabism will put a serious strain on inter-community relations in the Western Balkans.
With the role of religion having remained largely ignored in post-Dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina, there is a need to promote a process of secularization by upholding the separation of church and state.
Reducing the threat of far right extremism - particularly its manifestation through terrorist means - involves finding a delicate balance between under-reacting and over-reacting; between giving tacit encouragement and sparking its escalation.
The second serious incident in the space of a week in the Preševo Valley region of southern Serbia has re-enforced the need for ethnic Albanian politicians to strengthen their involvement in the work of the Coordination Body for the Municipalities of Preševo, Bujanovac and Medvedja
A declaration by the Preševo municipal assembly calling for the "unconditional withdrawal" of the Gendarmerie highlights the extent of mistrust and insecurity felt in southern Serbia.