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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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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 »

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 »

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