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ISSN: 1687-7721

World Affairs

Academic Perspectives on Egyptian Television Coverage of the 2016 US Presidential Elections (Arabic)Icon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

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Lost in Discourse: The Mass Media’s Role in Creating Trump and Right-Wing Populism

REVIEW | Islam for Journalists (And Everyone Else)

Creative Insurgency and the Celebrity President: Politics and Popular Culture from the Arab Spring to the White House

Coup Bid in Turkey Reported Live on Social Media Despite Blockages

Erdogan in the Turkish presidential palace. Photography by Glenn Fawcett. Thumbnail: Turkey's flag hung in solidarity following the July 15 attempted coup. Photography provided by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

July 16, 2016—Despite restricted access to social media sites, Turkey’s attempted military coup exploded across Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube late last night.

Covering Al Qaeda

Cloud Computing and the Monolithic Narrative

A screenshot showing how Google Translate confused YouTube and Vimeo

Rami Khater discusses the implications of automated translation based on cloud computing and warns that the subaltern’s narrative and voice could be removed from the interpretation of all human history if our collective knowledge passes through the filters of these trained algorithms.

Storm in a shisha

Some feared the 2008 novel The Jewel of Medina would create the fiercest backlash among Muslims since the Danish cartoon scandal. So why hasn’t it? Shereen El Feki looks at the politics surrounding the book’s publication.

Beyond Media 'Dialogues': Time to put away the champagne flutes

Enough already with the 'media dialogues' between Arab and Western journalists. The fortunes spent on these conferences could be put to much better use in cooperative lessons-learned networks and long-term training programs, argues Publisher and Co-Editor Lawrence Pintak.

Interview: Sue Phillips on Al Jazeera International's First Year

October 2007. Speaking to Arab Media & Society’s George Weyman in July 2007, Sue Phillips, London bureau chief for Al Jazeera International, reflects on the network’s first year and the changes and challenges that lie ahead.

The Alhurra Project: Radio Marti of the Middle East

US public diplomacy channel Alhurra: an expensive irrelevance?

Larry Register’s forced departure from the US public diplomacy channel marks a low point for American efforts at broadcasting to the Middle East, an entirely predictable debacle which likely puts paid to even the slender hopes that the station might turn itself around argues Editorial Board Member Marc Lynch.

Voice of America versus Radio Sawa in the Middle East: A Personal Perspective

The VOA has a long history of covering the Middle East both in English and in Arabic.  Picture courtesy of the VOA.

By scrapping Voice of America in the Middle East, the US has both undercut its own public diplomacy interests and the interests of listeners in the region itself, argues Laurie Kassman.

Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa: Advancing freedom in the Arab World

Outgoing BBG Chairman Kenneth Y. Tomlinson says Alhurra and Sawa are advocating freedom in the Middle East. Courtesy of the BBG.

That Arab viewers accept this U.S. government-funded station as credible is a great victory, especially after being on the air little more than three years. That some Arab viewers find the assertions of advocates for freedom jarring to their ears is a price we will gladly pay, argues outgoing Broadcasting Board of Governors Chairman Kenneth Y. Tomlinson.

America's Voice as it could have been

At a projected start-up cost of $15.5, the branded-VOA full Arabic network would have cost half of Radio Sawa.  Picture courtesy of VOA.

The inability of Sawa and Alhurra to speak with critical populations in the Middle East and their emphasis on the most trivial of American pop culture have marginalized the United States and prevented a reasoned and substantive conversation between the United States and the Arab world, says former VOA Director Myrna Whitworth.

Radio Sawa: America's new adventure in radio broadcasting

According to its founders, Radio Sawa was designed to report the news 'straight up' so listeners could 'decide for themselves'.

In this content analysis of U.S. Public Diplomacy radio station Radio Sawa, veteran Middle East broadcasting specialist Sam Hilmy argues that the pop-music driven channel is not meeting its commitment to provide “accurate, timely and relevant news about the Middle East, the world and the United States.”

BOOK REVIEW | American Encounters with Arabs: The “Soft Power” of U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Middle East

Readers of American Encounters will be heartened by the reminder that — regardless of the administration or specific policy — there remain elements in the U.S. foreign policy establishment dedicated to engaging with Arab audiences and keeping avenues of communication open, argues Will Ward.

Death by Video Phone: Coverage of Saddam Hussein's Execution

Satellite coverage of Saddam Hussein's execution.

It is perhaps ironic that the man who controlled the broadcast of his image with an iron grip was executed in one of the most widely watched news events of recent times, says Vivian Salama.

Media and Religion in the Arab-Islamic World

Old and new religious media on sale in Syria.  Photograph by Kim Badawi.

In this edited version of the 11th Templeton Lecture on Religion and World Affairs, Abdallah Schleifer looks at the development of journalism in the Arab-Islamic World, attempting to explain factors shaping journalism practice in the region.

2007: A Fateful Year for America's Voices?

There are several reasons why the new Democratic 110th Congress, the Bush administration, or both need to take a hard, new look at the American networks without delay, says Alan L. Heil Jr.

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