Category Archives: Middle East

The Western media’s imbalanced portrayal of the Qatar crisis

The crisis in the Gulf has entered its third week, since a number of Gulf States including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain together with Egypt have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region. The crisis … Continue reading

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Twitter Thread: The Sectarianism of Al-Jazeera Arabic

Amidst an intense debate about Al-Jazeera news TV station, many western media editorial defending the channel, claiming it is a voice for free speech, and ignoring the channel’s sectarian agenda. Hayder al Khoei, an Iraqi -focused MiddlE East watcher has compiled … Continue reading

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Iran’s election: False hopes of a moderate path

( Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei –via The Guardian)  Last Friday, Iranians voted in the country’s presidential election, favoring current President Hassan Rouhani with 56.9% of the votes, defeating his hardliner rival Raisi, who scored only 38.5. Reformist candidates have also … Continue reading

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The Turkish Referendum 2017 in Tweets

"We have decided to count invalid votes as valid" Supreme Electoral Board Chair pic.twitter.com/havFXYsDrh#TurkeyReferendum #Violations — dokuz8 NEWS (@dokuz8_EN) April 16, 2017 #TurkeyReferendum: Some 47.5 million voters cast their ballots – 51.37% of whom voted in favour of the constitution … Continue reading

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The visit of Egypt’s Sisi to Washington: The illusion of chemistry and the challenges of reality

Donald Trump with Egyptian President  in New York, Sept. 19, 2016 Photo by Reuters On Monday April 3, US President Donald Trump will host Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for talks in Washington. The last visit of an Egyptian president to … Continue reading

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Shadi Hamid and the Infantilization of Muslims

Islamic liberalism and its role in modern-day Islam became the subject of a timely and provocative debate organized recently by the Cato Institute, a public policy research organization. The event was hosted by Turkish writer Mustafa Akyol and Shadi Hamid … Continue reading

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The New York Times And The Muslim Brotherhood

On February 9, The New York Times (NYT) published an editorial titled “All of Islam Isn’t the Enemy.” The article suggests that an order issued by the American President, Donald Trump, designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, would … Continue reading

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Assad, Isis, and Turkey

Portraits of Putin, Assad, Khamenei and Nasrallah in Aleppo -via Twitter In a TV interview on a Syrian state TV channel, Secretary of the Syrian Parliament Khaled Abboud alluded that the government has been redirecting the Islamic State (Isis)’s attacks, … Continue reading

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Syria: The New Arab Nakba

  Syrian pro-government forces walking in the ancient Umayyad mosque in Aleppo Photo via Daily Mail, AFP/ Getty Images   A day after Assad’s Syrian Government declared it had regained full control of the Syrian city of Aleppo, Hezbollah leader … Continue reading

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Saudi Clerics and Christmas

In an interview last November, Saudi cleric Khaled Al-Felaij said Muslims are forbidden from greeting Christians and Jews on their holidays. He labeled Jews and Christians as infidels and explained that their celebration were “based upon falsehood, heresy, and polytheism,” … Continue reading

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