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Zuzanna Ziomecka
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Lea Berriault Managing Editor

Norwegian women wear masks against racism

The Norwegian women's movement took a clear anti-racist stance in this year's March 8 demonstrations. The streets of Oslo were filled with people wearing cardboard masks of a young Muslim feminist in a show of solidarity.
Madeleine Schultz recommended by Madeleine Schultz NewsMavens, Norway
16 Mar 2018 Norway

'Toxic virus of misogyny' plagues Catholic Church, ex-Irish  president says

The "gravitational pull of patriarchy, empire, misogyny and homophobia" has drained respect for the Catholic Church, former Irish President Mary McAleese said at a conference in Rome.
Ciara Kenny recommended by Ciara Kenny The Irish Times, Ireland
14 Mar 2018 Ireland
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Being a woman in modern Israel

Women in Israel enjoy full empowerment, strict gender segregation and everything in between. Is a common standard of gender equality possible in Israel’s diverse religious and cultural landscape? Editors from P. See magazine share an insider's view.
MONTHLY Hindsight by Guest Mavens NewsMavens, Europe

Convicted pedophile priest could be reinstated in Italy 

An Italian priest who served 6 years in prison for child molestation could soon be saying mass again after the Catholic Church found him innocent of the same charges. 
Janna Brancolini recommended by Janna Brancolini Kheiro Magazine, Italy
2 Mar 2018 Italy

Young Muslim singer will not be silenced

Mennel Ibtissem wowed the jury of the TV program ‘The Voice’ with an Arabic-language song. For days afterwards, media debated on whether or not she should be allowed to stay on the show. Some were bothered by her turban, some by her past.
Roxanne D'Arco recommended by Roxanne D'Arco NewsMavens, France
27 Feb 2018 France

Austrian social democrats divided over headscarf ban

Barbara Novak, the new party manager of the Viennese branch of Austria's Social Democratic Party (SPÖ), has caused considerable inner-party upheaval by advocating for a headscarf ban in schools.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
23 Feb 2018 Austria

Can the problems of a church be solved with a mobile app? is social media site run by Serbian Orthodox Church. The platform, which looks similar to Facebook, is still quite small but with its new Android phone version, the Church hopes to attract more believers.
Lidija Pisker recommended by Lidija Pisker NewsMavens, Southern Europe
21 Feb 2018 Southern Europe

Poland's president okays infamous Holocaust bill 

Andrzej Duda signed the legislation but announced that he will pass it to the Consitutional Court for a further check -- a move devoid of both sense and political impact since the court is in the hands of the ruling party.
Ada Petriczko recommended by Ada Petriczko NewsMavens, Poland
21 Feb 2018 Poland

Some Irish students can finally 'opt out' of religion classes 

As the population of Ireland diversifies and religious belief weakens, schools must provide alternative options to religious instruction or worship. However, not all children will enjoy that freedom.
Ciara Kenny recommended by Ciara Kenny The Irish Times, Ireland
21 Feb 2018 Ireland

Is it ok to talk about the hijab?

The Egyptian Museum in Turin has recently launched a campaign aimed at attracting Arab-speaking citizens. They chose to illustrate it with a photograph of a woman wearing a hijab. But does Arab always equal Muslim?
Cinzia Sciuto recommended by Cinzia Sciuto MicroMega, Italy
16 Feb 2018 Italy

Tariq Ramadan taken into custody for rape allegations

Swiss academic Tariq Ramadan was taken into custody this Wednesday by French police following rape accusations. It's time for justice to prevail over the protection of powerful figures in society. 
Lara Bullens recommended by Lara Bullens NewsMavens, Western Europe
2 Feb 2018 Western Europe

Racist door policy in Vienna's oldest gay club

Four gay men from Bangladesh were prevented from entering the hip-hop club Why Not, often called Vienna's oldest gay club, because of their foreign appearance.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
1 Feb 2018 Austria

France struggles to define antisemitism and anti-Zionism

French intellectuals are being accused of antisemitism when they criticize Israel, but they are pushing back, accusing their detractors of "intellectual terrorism." 
Roxanne D'Arco recommended by Roxanne D'Arco NewsMavens, France
29 Jan 2018 France

A chef turned priest contradicts government propaganda

Father Toni, the Hungarian priest who once cooked for British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, has a message for those opposing immigration: "We should not be afraid of refugees."
Ivett Korösi recommended by Ivett Korösi Nepszava, Hungary
29 Jan 2018 Hungary

Animal rights clash with religious freedom in the Netherlands

The Party for the Animals is trying to ban religious slaughtering in the Netherlands, saying it's unnecessarily cruel. But the party's push could increase tensions with the country's Jewish and Muslim communities.
Lara Bullens recommended by Lara Bullens NewsMavens, Western Europe
10 Jan 2018 Western Europe

You cannot stop the devils from marching in Slovakia

A seemingly minor Christmas festivity in the town of Piešťany exposed tensions between religious and lay residents. As the date of the festive “march of the devils” approached, some prepared their outfits and others -- protest banners.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
22 Dec 2017 Slovakia

Deradicalization -- a buzzword but above all a big challenge  

In counter-terrorism strategy “deradicalisation” is a key term. But what does it actually mean? How do we disengage ISIS fighters? No country has the perfect solution. Yet the story of Omar shows it can be done.
Marjan Justaert recommended by Marjan Justaert De Standaard, Belgium
14 Dec 2017 Belgium

Atheists' rights violated in Italy

Italy is among the 85 countries in the world where atheists and agnostics suffer serious violations of their rights. While apostasy and blasphemy are not punishable by death, the picture is still disheartening.
Ingrid Colanicchia recommended by Ingrid Colanicchia MicroMega, Italy
7 Dec 2017 Italy

Young Slovaks believe they should protect the white race

According to a new study, almost 60% of young people in Slovakia are convinced that they must protect Christianity from Islam. At the same time, the vast majority of them would not like to have an extremist for a neighbor. 
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
29 Nov 2017 Slovakia
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