Two coordinated terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, left the world in shock on Tuesday morning, as reports say over 31 people were killed and more than 200 injured so far.
Nevertheless voices have raised to warn against the potential devastating effects of a discourse based on emotions and anger, prompt to turn into a generalized anti-Muslim feeling.
The conflation of terrorism with a single religion practiced by 1.6 billion people worldwide has increased anti-Muslim sentiment across the globe.
In the context of the rise of neo-fascism in Europe and the humanitarian crisis of refugees, reflection over the causes and effects of terror, both state and nonstate, is more needed than ever.
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Blame Hate, Not Islam: Europe's Left Responds to Terror Attacks
By Naomi Cohen
Grassroots groups across Europe are warning against succumbing to misguided and bigoted speech in the wake of terrorism. READ MORE
The Larger Picture: How Terrorism Feeds Islamophobia
Since the beginning of the rise of ISIS, or Islamic State, the danger of an increase in anti-Muslim racism has become an unfortunate reality in the Western world. A number of political forces - not exclusively in the extreme right - are spreading Islamophobia day in and day out through utterly ridiculous attempts to equalize ISIS and Islam. READ MORE.
The Rise of Fascism in Europe
Interview: Golden Dawn and the Revival of European Fascism
By Georgia Platman
Five years after the NATO-led Western intervention in Libya and the ousting of the country’s leader Muammar Gadhafi, the refugee situation in Europe has become one of the most troubling consequences of the 2011 turmoil. Yet in order to solve the crisis, Europe continues to implement faulty policies that have proven both unsustainable and unethical. READ MORE.
The Return of European Fascism
By Lee Brown
teleSUR speaks to Sabby Dhalu, co-secretary of U.K.-based Unite Against Fascism, about the rise of fascism in Europe. READ MORE.
Refugees Pay the Price
Don't Make Refugees Pay for the Terror They Flee
Closing borders and blaming Muslim immigrants for the Paris attacks would give ISIS the “civilizational conflict” it craves. READ MORE
Paris Attacks Fallout:
Over one year ago, armed militants killed 12 people at the Paris headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that had regularly mocked religion. And in November, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a series of coordinated attacks in Paris that killed over 130 people.
Although both attacks were eventually claimed by jihadi terror groups, entire Muslim populations were cast as perpetrators as soon as the news broke. The conflation of terrorism with a single religion practiced by 1.6 billion people worldwide has increased anti-Muslim sentiment across the globe.
Beirut and Paris: A Tale of Two Terror Attacks
Presidential sympathy had been conspicuously absent the previous day when terror attacks in Beirut left more than 40 dead. Predictably, Western media and social media were much less vocal about the slaughter in Lebanon. READ MORE