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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 »

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 »

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 »

Egypt, a change on hold

Sectarianism-Arab Spring- Egypr- Anti-Orientalist

Fourteen months after the Egyptian revolution, uncertainty reigns. Walking in Cairo’s streets, I can sense the fear of what tomorrow might bring; but then, a strange feeling settles in. A vibe of energy engulfs the air; I feel its ripples, but struggle to find its source… Passing a group of students talk about politics in the University of Cairo’s main ... Read More »

Who Assassinated Wissam Al-Hassan?

Anti-Orientalist.com, Wissam Al Hassan Assassination- An Analysis

On the 19th of October 2012, a car bomb explosion in East Beirut killed Police Information Branch Chief Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan with 2 other people. The assassination came as a surprise to many. The person in charge of the most powerful security apparatus in Lebanon is dead, who else is safe? In the deeply divided country, accusations following every assassination are always ... Read More »