Formerly TBS Journal

ISSN: 1687-7721

Arab World

Sources of Religious Information and Arab Youth Perception of Terrorist Operations (Arabic)Icon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

Media Discourse Mechanisms: Encountering the Propaganda Strategies of Terrorist Organizations (Arabic)Icon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

INTRODUCTION | Issue on Media and Politics (Arabic)

COLUMN | Media and Politics (Arabic)

Middle Eastern Minorities in Global Media and the Politics of National BelongingIcon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

BOOK REVIEW | The News Media at War: The Clash of Western and Arab Networks in the Middle East

COLUMN | Qatar's Costly Miscalculations

Morocco’s Return to African Union Widely Reported by International Media

February 1, 2017 —The 28th Summit of the African Union (AU) ended with a decision to welcome Morocco back to the pan-African body, a return that has been widely reported by international news outlets. The decision comes after Morocco submitted an official request to “accede to the African Union (AUC) Constitutive Act” in September 2016 to pave the way for gaining the AU membership.

“Arab Culture”: From Orientalist Construct to Arab Uprisings

BOOK EXCERPT | Mohamed Chouikh: From Anticolonial Commemoration to a Cinema of Contestation in Ten Arab Filmmakers

POLICY REVIEW | After the Arab Uprisings: The Prospects for a Media that Serves the Public.

Managing Editor Sarah El-Shaarawi conducts an in depth review of BBC Media Action's policy breif After the Arab Uprisings: The prospects for a media that serves the public, examining the viability of their proposed recommendations for reforming Arab national broadcasters.

What is There to Celebrate?

Is Informationalization Good for the Middle East?

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In a thought-provoking essay, Jon W. Anderson poses the question: Is informationalization good for the Middle East? The notion evolves through a wealth of data, fresh comparisons and insight into factors such as telecom infrastructure, the monetization of data, the extraction of value upward, and how labor is valued in an informationalized economy.

Report: The American University in Cairo’s “Tahrir Dialogue: Media Changes in Tunisia after the Revolution” featuring Kamel Labidi

Photo by Mohamed Fahim

Rasha Allam reports on the efforts of Kamel Labidi, former head of the National Authority for the Reform of Media and Communication, to enact media reform in Tunisia. Two months after Labidi spoke about his work at the American University in Cairo (May 9, 2012), he and his commission resigned, citing a lack of political will for media reform and obstruction from the newly elected Ennahda-led government.

Hip Hop & Diaspora: Connecting the Arab Spring

Tunisian rapper El Général - picture by Fethi Belaid

Dr Lara N. Dotson-Renta examines the activities of cross-cultural hip-hoppers and rappers inspired by the Arab uprisings and how they have strengthened the ties between diaspora Arabs and those who continue to live in the region.

Ruling the Arab Internet: An Analysis of Internet Ownership Trends of Six Arab Countries

An Internet cafe in the Egyptian countryside

Michael Oghia and Helen Indelicato research Internet ownership in key Arab countries, noting the differences in the extent of state control and in the levels of private and foreign investment in the infrastructure.

Digital Protectionism: Preparing for the coming Internet Embargo

Rami Khater sees the first signs that the United States and its allies might use their dominance of the Internet as a weapon against their enemies in the Middle East and argues that countries in the region would do well to develop indigenous Internet platforms.

The Coming Contenders

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal on his private plane

The Arab world's news duopoly is set for a shake-up, and the main contenders are two ventures that are connected to one of the world's biggest media organizations, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Beirut-based journalist Paul Cochrane looks at the latest developments.

Is the Global Financial Crisis Aggravating Anti-Americanism in the MENA Region? What Arab Media Coverage Suggests

Cameras outside the Lehman Brothers building in New York at the start of the crisis

Diana Turecek looks at the varied conclusions about the role of the United States that Arab media and commentators have drawn from the global financial crisis.

Crunching the Numbers, Breaking the News

Alaa Shahine reviews the state of financial reporting in the Middle East and finds that below the radar screen it has seen some rapid changes as individuals turn to investing

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