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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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Turkey’s Coup and the Sultan

Istanbul Sultan

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

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

  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 »

A joint Arab military force against whom?

Yemen, Decisive Storm, Saudi Arabi, Iran, Houthis, Gulf Monarchies

An Article by Omair Anas, originally featured in DailySabah An unusual announcement of a joint Arab military force came without alarm in the international media. Those who hurriedly welcomed the idea are mostly Western governments, and those who did not react much were Israel, Russia and China. Those who are suspicious are the people of the member countries of this proposed ... Read More »

Reaction to the U.S. National Defense Authorization Bill, Section 1223, on Iraqi Armed Groups

United States suspicious help to the Kurds

BY Ruba Ali Al-Hassani Recently, Iraqis on social media have been buzzing with contempt for the U.S. National Defense Authorization Bill which, in Section 1223, calls for the recognition of Sunni and Kurdish militias as “a country” for direct armament and assistance. Does that sound worrisome? It surely does. I couldn’t help but look for the draft bill to find out ... 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 »

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