German and Austrian Parents Try to Avoid Immigrant-Enriched Schools for Their Children

Islam versus Europe 6 December 2012

The problem: many parents who want to enable their children to have a good start, send them to Volksschulen with a low proportion of foreigners. This is the verdict of a


Vienna Xmas market boss is a Muslim who is an Advent fan

Austrian Independent 6 December 2012

The man in charge of Christmas in Vienna is a Muslim who has urged fellow Muslims to enjoy the traditional Christian festival. Akan Keskin, 55, has been in charge of the


Amid Conflict, King Abdullah Interfaith Center Replaces Fear With Hope

Huffington Post 4 December 2012
By Rabbi Marc Schneier

The juxtaposition of events was at once startling and profoundly reassuring. Last week in Vienna, only a few days after a cease-fire put an end to the recent exchange of


Austria: Controversial Culture

Deutsche Welle 4 December 2012

A new culture center in Austria is proving controversial. Its purpose is to promote inter-faith dialogue - but critics are outraged: its funding comes from Saudi Arabia, a


‘Hate crimes are a reality in the EU,’ agencies say

The Jerusalem Post 30 November 2012

The Vienna-based European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) announced on Tuesday the result of two new reports showing hate-based crimes across the EU. According to


Saudi 'Propaganda Center' Opens in Vienna

Gatestone Institute 28 November 2012
By Soeren Kern

The most important goal of dialogue is "to introduce Islam" and "to correct the erroneous slanders raised against Islam." — Saudi Press Agency

Saudi Arabia has officially opened the doors of a controversial new "interreligious and intercultural dialogue center" in the Austrian capital, Vienna.

The King Abdullah International Center for Inter-Religious and Inter-Cultural Dialogue was inaugurated during an elaborate ceremony at the Hofburg Palace in downtown Vienna on November 26. More than 650 high-profile guests from around the world attended the event, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and the foreign ministers of the center's three founding states, Austria, Spain and Saudi Arabia.


Saudi-sponsored interreligious center to open in Austria, UN secretary-general attends

Fox News 27 November 2012

• See also Slavery in Saudi Arabia 2012

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other dignitaries are attending the inauguration of a Saudi-sponsored center for inter-religious dialogue that opens later Monday.

The project is co-sponsored by Austria and Spain. Its board will consist of three Christians, three Muslims, a Jew, a Buddhist and a Hindu.

The center has ignited debate. Backers hope it will promote increased tolerance in Saudi Arabia, a kingdom that now prohibits any religion other than Islam.


Video: Raging Asylum Seekers in Austria

Islam versus Europe 27 November 2012
By euronews

Complaining about poor conditions in the centre where they live, about three hundred asylum seekers took part in a march in Austria.


Vienna protesters call for 'death to Jews'

The Jerusalem Post 26 November 2012

Activists protesting against Operation Pillar of Defense call for "Freedom for Palestine," the destruction of Israel. Pro Hamas demonstration Vienna. Photo: die jüdische


Saudi reforms detour through Vienna faith centre

Reuters 21 November 2012
By Tom Heneghan

The road to reform in Saudi Arabia is long and winding. In the rigidly restricted field of religion, the path is so circuitous that part of it even runs through traditionally


The crimes that dishonour us all

New Europe 12 November 2012

In September 2003 seventeen year old Shafilea Ahmed was about to leave home to spend an evening with friends when an argument broke out with her parents over what she was


Intimidated into Silence

Gates of Vienna 9 November 2012

The annual Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is currently underway in Vienna. Session 1 was held today, and the topic was "Freedom of Association: obstacles to the full realization of this right and ways to overcome them”.


OSCE Warsaw: HDIM 2012 Wrap-Up

Gates of Vienna 19 October 2012
By Baron Bodissey

In a series of articles earlier this month (see the bottom of this post for a complete list) we reported on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) in Warsaw.

The "Human Dimension” is one of three general categories within the OSCE. It gives governments, NGOs, and members of civil society in all the member states of the OSCE the opportunity to send representatives to meetings where human rights policies and initiatives are discussed.


Wake up, Europe

Jerusalem Post 16 October 2012

As Europe approaches the iceberg, there is a need to change course, before it commits ideological suicide. It’s been almost two years since the dawn of the "Arab Spring,” and


Video: Bat Ye'or on the Collapse of Western Civilization

GalliaWatch 10 October 2012

Here's the first part of a two-part video featuring Bat Ye'or in conversation with Christine Tasin, a major contributor to Riposte Laique and founder of Résistance Républicaine.


Muslim Population in Sweden and Denmark Doubled in 14 Years

The Muslim Issue 9 October 2012
By Ingrid Carlqvist & Lars Hedegaard

Despite the fact that Muslims tend to exhibit behavior that clearly distinguishes them from both the European host populations and other immigrant groups, there are no official


A Report From The OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting In Warsaw

ICLA 4 October 2012
By Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

This report was written by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff. She was part of a team representing the civil liberties organizations ACT! For AmericaBürgerbewegung Pax Europa (BPE), the Stresemann Foundation, and the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA).

Below is a photo of the seven team members:

From left to right:
Alain Wagner (France) is the leader of the Stop Sharia campaign and a co-founder of the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA).David Erzet (Belgium) represents the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA).Dave Petteys (USA) represents ACT! for America 5280 Coalition. Felix Strüning (Germany) is the managing director of the Stresemann Foundation — A Lobby for Freedom. Henrik Ræder Clausen (Denmark) represents the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA).Liz Schmidt (Germany) represents Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa (BPE-Austria). Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff (Austria) is a board member of Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa (BPE-Germany).


Video: OSCE Warsaw: "Threats Have No Place Here”

Gates of Vienna 4 October 2012

On Monday October 1, speaking on behalf of Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff gave this response to the presentation by Bashy Quraishy given earlier that day.


Stop calling criticism of Islam "Islamophobia"

Jihad Watch 4 October 2012

Canada's National Post takes aim at a word that is being used to stifle debate and destroy foes of jihad and Islamic supremacism. "Opinion: Stop calling criticism of Islam ‘Islamophobia,’" by Jackson Doughart and Faisal Saeed al-Mutar in the National Post, September 26

The English language needs a moratorium on the word Islamophobia, a term often used to describe bigotry against Muslims. Unfortunately, it is also used reflexively to denounce critics of Islam, who contribute to a valuable and ongoing debate concerning the relationship between the West and the worldwide Islamic community. This subject is important because several Western countries, such as Denmark, Great Britain, and the Netherlands, are being forced to reconsider their approaches to immigration and culture in light of deep clashes between the Muslim immigrants and the native population.


ICLA Recommends That OSCE Member States Demand The Abrogation Of The Cairo Declaration and Participate in the 2012 Brussels...

ICLA 2 October 2012

Working session 10: Freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief.

On behalf of of International Civil Liberties Alliance, I would like to ask the following question:

How can the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights appropriately help the Participating States to make sure that their legislation concerning freedom of religion and belief is in compliance with the commitments of the OSCE and other international standards.

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