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"Orientalism" is a term dating back to the 18th and 19th century that was revived by the Palestinian-American intellectual Edward Said (1935-2003). Orientalism defines societies as developed and civilized if they conform to Western norms, desires and values. This sense of superiority results in erroneous policies, wars, hatred, and bigotry; which still manifest themselves gruesomely today.

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What are the Chances of Conservatives Returning to Power in Canada?

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When Kevin O’Leary, the businessman-turned-reality-TV-star, announced that he is aiming to become Canada’s next Prime Minister, it was clear that due to the election of Donald Trump (DT) many accidental, wealthy and brash people in the West will be entering politics in the next few years. However, it’s not the personality aspect one needs to focus on, but the trend ... Read More »

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 »

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