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The Vibe of London & the Future of Europe

london

Anyone who has traveled to cosmopolitan cities like London, Toronto, Beirut, Istanbul or Qum, will immediately realize that these cities do not represent the entirety of the countries in which they are located. They are usually a universe of their own.   The cosmopolitan urban centers named above have their distinct character and are supranational. Why? Because these cities are ... Read More »

Presidential Elections in Iran, an Anti-Orientalist Perspective

IRI Pic

As the media hype created around the presidential elections which took place in the Islamic Republic of Iran is dying down, our blog will attempt to deconstruct the event within an anti-orientalist framework. Prior to analyzing the repercussions of the election results, we will begin by looking at a key inconsistency surrounding the narrative peddled by the corporate media when ... Read More »

Human Rights Advocacy, Sectarianism, and Other Biases

Human Rights Watch, unfair reporting, Fact manipulation, Sectarianism, Orientalism, Anti-Orientalist

By Ruba Ali Al-Hassani I started this blog a few days ago, and have been debating on the subject of my first blog post. With so many ideas floating in my restless mind, it took me a while to think this through. My mind strays to other topics, but ends up circling around the subject of media and academic bias ... Read More »

What if Churchill was German?

Winston Churchill

There is no denying that Churchill was a great statesman. A great Englishman that put the interest of his country first and managed to lead it through treacherous times. It’s been fifty years since he passed and many are celebrating his legacy today. Mainly by quotes cheering his genius , wittiness, and intelligence. However, legacies tend to always the bright side ... Read More »

In Memory of Edward Said

Cartoon Edward Said

Edward Said is a Palestinian American academic that wrote the powerful book  “Orientalism.”  Said was a remarkable intellectual that left a deep impact on Middle Eastern studies and whose ideas inspired the creators of this website. He passed away Eleven years ago this day. In his memory we offer you this video that provides an insight into his life and the struggles he faced as ... Read More »

US Policies Help Fund Terrorism

ISIS, IS, USA, ISIL, Islamic State, Terrorism, Syria, Iraq, Policy, Arab Monarchies, Oil, Al-Qaeda, Pakistan, Turkey

For the USA, the ends justify the means whatever the results. This is what we relearned today in the testimony of General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in front of a Senate committee. Dempsey accused Arab allies of funding IS, the discussion that followed was as interesting, as much as it was telling, of US policies:    Dempsey: I know of ... Read More »

EU Financing IS With Blood Oil (VIDEO INSIDE)

EU, Islamic State, Terrorism, Blood Oil, Iraq, Syria, Jihad

Jana Hybaskova, Head of the EU Delegation in Iraq EP Committee on Foreign Affairs, declared today that some European countries are buying oil from the Islamic State (IS) (Video below). In a panel on Crises in the EU wider neighbourhood (Iraq and Ukraine), Hybaskova warned that such actions are financing the terrorist activities of the organization. Estimates talk of figures close to  sixteen ... Read More »

Thank God for Democracy!

Orientalism, Racism, voting, ballots, front national, UKIP

Democracy. What a wonderful word. If you live somewhere where your parliament is elected and you take voting for granted, light a candle and count your blessings. We live in very interesting times where democracy is flourishing all around the globe. The people in developing countries have finally figured out the importance of voting and are now spilling blood to ... Read More »

Is Being “Anti-Orientalist” A Bad Thing?

Orientalism- Anti-Orientalist- Citizenship

The featured article covers a topic relevant to the theme of the anti-orientalist project as a whole. It talks about how being anti-orientalist can actually be a bad thing. The author, Rahila Gupta, talks about the negative aspect of being orientalist and as she calls it anti-orientalist. She rightly points to how some adversaries of orientalism use it  to advance ... Read More »

Orientalism and Media- Book Excerpt

Dabashi (1)

Today’s piece (300+/- Words) is an excerpt from: Hamid Dabashi. “The Arab Spring: The End of Postcolonialism, 222-224” A thoroughly analytical book of the “Arab Spring.” I chose this excerpt because it is very much aligned with the message of the anti-orientalist project: Information is best when reflected by people with comprehensive understanding of it and its context, when knowledge ... Read More »