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Demystifying American “Soft Power” Strategy

American Soft Power

“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 »

The PR Weakness of the Resistance Axis in Syria

Sabra and Shatila- Israeli Terrorism- Oritentalism- Anti-Orientalism

The purpose of this column is not to study the functionality and the legitimacy of the Syrian government, but the weakness in the public relations sphere on the Syrian front of a far more potent and globally relevant force, namely the Resistance Axis, led by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Since the start of the crisis in Syria, Corporate media ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Why Anti-Orientalist?

Orientalism, Anti-Orientalism, West, Colonialism, Sectarianism

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. Sigmund Freud The world has never been as interconnected as much as it is today. Although nationalism is still strong, the concept of the global citizen is emerging. This is also establishing a new reality: The internet has empowered each one of ... Read More »