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Key Specifics of the US Soft-Power

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In August 2016, Dr. Hosam Mattar published an article in the journal of Contemporary Arab Affairs titled, Limits of US Soft Power in the Arab World. While Dr.Mattar’s paper does an excellent job in theoretically framing the application of soft-power in the Arab world, due to space and topical limit, it had to leave out the practical aspects. Therefore, this ... Read More »

Are Muslims Ready to Use Trump’s Presidency?

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Daniel Haqiqatjou, a prominent Muslim-American blogger and intellectual, in his widely read column Why Trump Is Surprisingly Good for Muslims, published in August 2016, Haqiqatjou makes a well-researched argument that “if trump wins the presidency the US political cast identifying itself as Democrat will likely latch on to the Muslim cause like never before. We saw shades of this during ... Read More »

Demystifying American “Soft Power” Strategy

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“Soft Power” refers to strategies by Western countries to affect change in other countries prioritizing non-violence, but not excluding  violent means. The term has come to prominence in 2003 when Joseph Nye discussed it in a paper aiming at presenting alternatives to US Government to affect change in other countries without having to primarily rely upon hard or military power. While ... Read More »

Don’t Like Anthony Weiner’s Actions? Stop Cultivating Them.

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The entire Anthony Weiner saga is a manifestation of inconsistent societal values. The US society prides itself in American Pie type of youth culture and its government constantly uses the party lifestyle as dumbed-down liberalism and an element in its soft-power, so it is very confusing when the corporate US media voices a disapproval of Anthony Weiner’s behavior. People should ... Read More »

The PR Weakness of the Resistance Axis in Syria

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The purpose of this column is not to study the functionality and the legitimacy of the Syrian government, but the weakness in the public relations sphere on the Syrian front of a far more potent and globally relevant force, namely the Resistance Axis, led by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Since the start of the crisis in Syria, Corporate media ... Read More »

Temporary Marriage: an Islamic Response to Contemporary Promiscuity

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Anti-Orientalist.com aims to provide a platform for indigenous perspectives and solutions of the Orient, it does not mean we endorse all of them. The article below is the view of the author (who chose to remain anonymous), not of Anti-Orientalist.com   This column aims to discuss the not so widely deliberated Prophetic tradition that can help Muslims preserve their sexual ... Read More »

Brexit & Siding with the Right-Wingers

  Anti-interventionist current in the Orient ought to be very diligent when siding with some rational policies of right wing European socio-political organizations. On a simplistic level the message of the right-wing groups might sound as non-interference in the affairs of the MENA region.  However, in 2016, strict pursuit of national interests without strong cosmopolitan and supranational components in national ... Read More »

Will the MENA Region Repeat the Mistakes of the Cold War Era?

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  With the rise of the Russian global hegemony, regional forces in the MENA region should avoid repeating the tragic fallacies of the Cold War era.  During the Cold War both (US & USSR) hegemonic powers used, misused and abused the developing world for their imperialist ambitions with no regard for the people of Africa, Asia or Latin America. As ... Read More »

Turkey’s Coup and the Sultan

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After following the unfolding events of the attempted coup in Turkey, many couldn’t stop themselves from asking whether the “Arab Spring” chaos has reached the Eurasian country. There were terrorist attacks in the past, but nothing comparable to a direct attempt to change the rule in Turkey. Less than four hours later, news emerged that the coup has failed. The “Plot” ... Read More »

Analyzing Russian moves in the Muslim East

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  This article first appeared in Crescent International  in June 2013. Yet, it provides a unique analysis and could serve our readers as a solid background material.   Russia is not really interested in dominating the Muslim East (aka as the Middle East). Its real purpose is to use this influence as leverage to keep the US and its western ... Read More »