Posts tagged "Middle East"

Salafism for Dummies

by Alex Thurston Suddenly, Salafism seems to be everywhere: mainstream Salafism, political Salafism, Wahhabist Salafism, Arab Salafism, Islamist Salafism, radical Salafism, and at least one instance of salafist-fundamentalist cage-fighting-ism.
Missed Opportunities: a review of "Arab Media"

Missed Opportunities: a review of “Arab Media”

by Narges Bajoghli It's true that mass media have been used (and still are, in some contexts) as a means of social engineering...Nonetheless, it's imperative to remember that the state cannot control how people interpret what they see.

Mubarak’s Reality: Baksheesh

Hosni Mubarak didn't contrive his I'm the preventer of chaos reality all alone.  The tyrannical dictator of Egypt, who today told ABC's Christiane Amanpour that he'd love to step down but can't, has for three decades been appreciated (both politically and financially) by the West for what he is not:  another critical voice...