Gerhart Hauptmann, between utopia and reality
01. Oct 2018
“If I could, Master, I would lay the most beautiful rose garden of Allah at your feet.” An essay by Abu Bakr Rieger
(EMU) –– On 3 March 1892, Berlin’s police headquarters issued a ban on the performance of a theatre piece. A social drama in five acts, it described the situation of the weavers in Silesia and their uprising in 1844. The authorities were infuriated by a young author experimenting with the revolutionisation of German theatre. His name was Gerhart Hauptmann. His new style was seen as naturalism; he showed not only a hero, but a starkly portrayed reality of a social class who were given a voice of their own. Astounded audiences, most of whom were members of the upper classes, considered the language, the situations and the realistic social strata revolutionary. Hauptmann himself was less interested in ideological subversion than in reminding people of the social responsibilities of state, business and society. The drama laid the foundations for the poet’s fame; ultimately he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1912. But it also had a more timeless effect. Today it could well be performed in Bangladesh, a place where the lower classes now produce fabrics for global markets.
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Islamopohobia in Europe: Rise in crimes and political indifference require documentation
05. Apr 2018
Third edition of "European Islamophobia Report 2017" published
“Although Islamophobia is a threat on European democracies, many European intellectuals and politicians deny existence and validity of this concept. Their concerns about terrorism and immigration prevent them from recognising the racism Muslims are facing on a daily basis across Europe.” (Burhanettin Duran, SETA General Coordinator)
Berlin/Strasbourg (EMU) – According to the European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), a survey showed that more than 75 percent of Muslims feel closely linked to their European home countries. Yet 31 percent have experienced discrimination at work over the past five years. But only 12 percent have reported their experiences to official authorities. According to experts this indicates that the real extent of anti-Muslim discriminaion and the underlying hate crimes is higher than current official numbers show. FRA director Michael O'Flaherty emphasized that the report of his agency contradicts the narrative about Muslims not being a part of European societies. On the contrary, their ties to democratic institutions are higher than the European average.
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Islamic Community condemns warmongering rhetoric from neighboring countries' political centers
16. Nov 2017
A press declaration by Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the recent mood in the Western Balkan
Sarajevo, 15 November 2017 (MINA) – The Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina condemns war-mongering rhetoric coming from certain neighboring countries' political centers and threatening to undermine the already feeble process of building trust in the region.
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Morocco: a good example for prevention
16. Oct 2017
EMU president Abu Bakr Rieger met in Rabat high ranking representatives of the Ministry for Islamic Affairs
Rabat/Strasbourg (EMU) – EMU President Abu Bakr Rieger met during a visit to Morocco with the Director of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dr. Ahmad Costas. Both discussed the situation of the European Muslims. Rieger presented the work of the EMU lobby offices in Strasbourg.
European Parliament: Suu Kyi should condemn hostilities against Rohingya
18. Sep 2017
MEPs call on Myanmar to halt hostilities against the Rohingya in a resolution voted on 14 September 2017
STRASBOURG (EMU) – The European Parliament calls upon the “military and security forces in Myanmar to immediately cease the killings, harassment and rape of the Rohingya people, and the burning of their homes”. The “Myanmar authorities have a duty to protect, without discrimination, all civilians from abuse and to grant immediate access to humanitarian aid organisations to all conflict areas and displaced people”, it adds.
The Myanmar government “and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in particular, should condemn unequivocally all incitement to racial or religious hatred and combat social discrimination and hostilities against the Rohingya minority”, urge MEPs. They remind the 1990 Sakharov Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi that this prize is awarded to those who defend human rights, safeguard the rights of minorities and respect international law. MEPs also wonder whether the Sakharov Prize could be revoked in cases where laureates violate those criteria after the prize has been awarded.
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The AfD: A party without a clear philosophy?
29. Aug 2017
The ‘Alternative für Deutschland’ Party is mobilising people in the run-up to Germany’s national elections – at the expense of Muslims. An analysis by EMU chairman Abu Bakr Rieger
STRASBOURG (EU) – There is a key question when dealing with right-wing populists: do you simply berate them, or do you approach them with a reasoned argument? Journalist Tilo Jung recently tried the latter on YouTube. He spoke for over two hours with Brandenburg state MP and founding member of the AfD, Alexander Gauland, asking him biographical and policy-related questions that revolved around what the politician calls his “conservative, sceptical world view”. Leading candidate Gauland is considered AfD’s civic face. He parted ways from the ruling CDU, initially because of differences on “military conscription, nuclear power and the euro”; he and a group of professors then set up a new, alternative party.
“We want to convey our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased”
18. Aug 2017
The Islamic Community in Spain condemnes “without any doubt” the violent and inhuman acts in Barcelona
EMU (Strasbourg/Granada) – On the night of the brutal terrorist attack in the Catalan city of Barcelona, Malik Ruiz, president of the Islamic Community in Spain, issued a declaration condemning the „inhuman acts“ and conveying solidarity with the victims and their families.