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Swiss voters back limit on immigration
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Voters in Switzerland narrowly backed a proposal to limit immigration Sunday, in a blow for the government after it had warned that the measure could harm the Swiss economy and relations with the European Union. The decision follows a successful last-minute campaign by nationalist groups that stoked fears of overpopulation and rising numbers of Muslims in the Alpine nation.




Swiss Minaret Ban Politician Embraces Islam
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Daniel Streich was a member of then Swiss People’s Party (SVP) in Switzerland. A well-known politician, Streich led the calls for a ban on minarets across Switzerland. He was active in building anti-Muslim sentiments throughout Switzerland. This sustained campaign led to him being given a high ranking position in the Swiss Army.




Swiss court: No minaret in Langenthal
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(Via Islamophobia-Watch.com)

An Islamic cultural center in the canton of Bern cannot build a minaret, despite having received permission to do so before the controversial ban on minarets.




Swiss Muslim life in wake of minaret ban
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Last year, in a referendum, the Swiss voted to ban the building of minarets, the towers which for centuries have been an integral part of Muslim mosques. Peter Marshall has travelled to Switzerland, where he found Swiss Muslims bruised and those who forced the vote unrepentant.




Swiss parliament rejects SVP veil ban motion
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(Via Islamophobia-Watch.com)

The group responsible for launching Switzerland’s anti-minaret initiative has called the rejection of a motion to ban burqas on public transport and in dealings with authorities “an affront”.




‘Defence leagues’ plan Amsterdam show of support for Geert Wilders
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Far right groups modelled on the English Defence League have been set up across Europe and are planning to demonstrate in Amsterdam in support of the Dutch politician Geert Wilders.




Why ‘Islamophobia’ is less thinly veiled in Europe
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Rooful Ali is an accountant who commutes, “suited and booted,” to his corporate office in London from Northamptonshire, England, where he grew up in a Bangladeshi family. His avocation is photography. But he also finds time to direct the first Europe-wide association of Muslim professionals.




FPÖ faces police probe over anti-Muslim video game
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Members of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), once the political home of the late right-wing populist politician Jörg Haider, sparked outrage this week in the form of an anti-Muslim video game released as part of a political campaign in the state of Styria, where parliamentary elections will take place at the end of September.




For Obama and Merkel, Tough Obstacles
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From deep in his notional European constituency, they are shooting poison darts at him for what’s being described as his cop-out on backing construction of a mosque and Muslim community center near the site in downtown Manhattan of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by Islamic fundamentalists.