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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 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 »

Turkey, sectarianism, and the “Arab Spring”

Turkey, Sectarianism, Arab Spring, Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, ISIS. Islamic State, IS, United States, Gulf Countries, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood, Iraq, Democracy, Ottoman Empire, Neo-Ottoman, AKP

Article originally published in print and online by Crescent International. Link can be found here.    Turkish President Recept Tayip Erdogan is resorting to increasing sectarian rhetoric to keep challengers at bay. The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 brought about a radical change in Middle East politics. Previously, the political landscape was constructed primarily around the Arab/Israeli conflict. As many ... 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 »

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