Mr Khader goes to Washington

The Copenhagen Post 30 November 2011
By Jennifer Buley

Denmark’s first immigrant MP is leaving politics to work for the Washington, DC-based think tank Hudson Institute. The Konservative politician Naser Khader used his Facebook page on Sunday to announce that he was quitting Danish politics.

"I’ll be travelling around the Arab world conducting research on freedom of expression and the growth of democracy. It will also have to do with the consequences of the Arab Spring,” Khader wrote, adding that he would continue to live in Denmark, while commuting to Washington and the Middle East.

During the Mohammed cartoon crisis in 2005 Khader rose to prominence as one of Denmark’s most outspoken – Arab and Muslim – defenders of the media’s right to publish satirical cartoons about Muslims and the prophet Mohammed.

In the aftermath of the crisis – which pitted jihadists against media in the Western world – Khader helped start Demokratiske Muslimer, a Danish NGO of Muslims for democracy. (...)