The European Network Against Racism (ENAR), a Belgian anti-racism NGO with Global Muslim Brotherhood ties, is reporting that on 11 June 2022, its Vice-Chair Amiirah Saleh-Hoddin met with former US President Barack Obama as part of the 2022 Copenhagen Democracy Summit. According to a post on the ENAR website:
As President Obama was invited to speak at this year’s Copenhagen Democracy Summit, he decided to use this opportunity to also bring the program’s 2020 and 2022 European Leaders cohorts together and meet in person for the first time. ENAR Vice-Chair Amiirah Saleh-Hoddin was able to share her experience working on antiracism with ENAR.
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According to his website, President Obama participated in an interactive workshop with nearly 60 Obama Foundation Leaders from across Europe, working out solutions to strengthen democracy and ideas for “high impact advancements.” According to ENAR, participants discussed topics including diversity, populism, disinformation, strengthening multiethnic democracy, and big tech. ENAR emphasized that Saleh-Hoddin had used the opportunity to ensure critical understandings of “structural and institutional racism” and anti-racism remained on the agenda, underlining the critical need for an ‘intersectional perspective’ to be applied to these issues.
“Structural racism” is a term generally used to describe institutionalized processes and behaviors that amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice and racist stereotyping. “Intersectionality” is a term generally used to describe the ways in which systems of inequality based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, class, and other forms of discrimination are said to “intersect” to create unique dynamics and effects. Both terms are routinely used on the Left, and ENAR, among other groups tied to the GMB, has increasingly adopted this language. Relevant Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reporting has included:
- In October 2020, we reported that ENAR was one of several groups tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) that called on EU member states and institutions to use the COVID epidemic as an opportunity to “tackle the structural manifestations of Islamophobia by mainstreaming it in key policy areas.
- In March 2021, we reported on an ENAR report on anti-terrorism legislation whose forward said it would “highlight how structural racism can manifest in Europe through policy-making developed under the cover of securitising Europe.”
- In June 2022. we reported on an ENAR post that said the group had attended a European Commission event aimed at educating ENAR members about “Equality Data collection, recognition of structural racism, and intersectionality.”
ENAR is an association of over 150 NGOs describing itself as “the voice of the anti-racist movement in Europe,” and has met with high-level EU officials, including the European Commission Coordinator on Combating Anti-Muslim Hatred. Former ENAR Director Michaël Privot, who in 2008 openly acknowledged that he was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, has served in leading positions in several organizations tied to the GMB, including as a board member of FEMYSO. In 2019, ENAR was one of 21 signatories to an open letter published by a self-described “informal European coalition against Islamophobia,” which was comprised mainly of organizations and one individual tied to the GMB in Europe.
The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, our predecessor publication, reported extensively on the Obama Administration and its close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in the US.