Great Britain offers special legal protection for Sikhs and Jewish communities, but not for Muslims. Concerted efforts to correct this failure have been thwarted by the British courts. And the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission has refused to investigate Islamophobia, as it did with anti-Semitism in the Labor Party. This makes the Muslim British particularly vulnerable – and requires state measures, writes Mohammad Zaheer.
In Washington, President Joe Biden’s climate plan looks far more workable than that of former President Barack Obama. It doesn’t hurt that the economic arguments for clean energy have become far more robust in the meantime, writes Michael Hirsh of FP.
And – apart from the partially virtual format – things looked way too normal in Davos in the desert last week, writes Steven A. Cook from FP. If the operative man is the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, that’s never a good thing.
Here are Foreign policy‘s top weekend reads.
1. Defining Islamophobia is the first step in addressing it
The anti-Muslim animus is on the rise in Britain – effectively normalized in public discourse – but it does not meet with any political urgency. This is partly because the government has long resisted creating a public definition of Islamophobia, writes Mohammad Zaheer.
2. Why Biden can save the climate better than Obama
Biden will be the U.S. president tackling climate change not only because he has public opinion and Congress on his side, but also because he has combined clean energy with a populist plea for good union jobs, writes Michael Hirsh from FP.
3. How Saudi Arabia gets away with murder
The world has failed to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, not to mention the country’s ongoing mistreatment in Yemen. That shouldn’t come as a surprise; Companies would never turn down the rich investment opportunities that Riyadh offers, writes FP’s Steven A. Cook.
4th Blocking the vaccination of undocumented immigrants is self-sabotage
Undocumented people in the United States were disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic long before the talk of vaccines. The country now has a moral and health obligation to have them vaccinated, write Eillen Martinez and Zackary Berger.
5. How to meet white supremacist extremists online
The same social media companies that failed to remove right-wing extremist content from their platforms had no problem with it for Muslim extremists. The Biden government has a small window of opportunity to correct the discrepancy, writes Bharath Ganesh.