Opinion & Analysis
Managing Editor Sarah El-Shaarawi speaks with Dr. Abdel Monem Said about how regional leaders and the Arab media have reacted to the US presidential elections. Said explains that while reactions have been mixed, many have responded positively to the prospect of a Trump presidency. This is due in part to a residual animosity toward Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration for policies of the last eight years.
Obsessing over Jihadi Otherness: Radicalism’s Evolution and the Failure of the Post-Colonial Arab State
Steven Salaita is the Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut. He is a scholar of indigenous America and has written extensively and comparatively on the question of Palestine and anti-Arab racism. He speaks with Arab Media & Society about academic freedom, tenure, the special case of Palestine, and self-regulating suppression.
With over thirty years of experience as a war reporter in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria, Kurt Pelda is well acquainted with the terrors of armed conflict. In this podcast, he shares his perspectives on the war in Syria, challenges the propaganda emerging from the conflict, and shares his personal experiences of life on the frontlines of some of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.
In the 1960s, marginalized and disenchanted by the social order, veteran journalist Abdallah Schleifer joined a rebellious literary movement and became a social revolutionary. Decades later, he reflects on what attracted him to the far left movement. In this excerpt from a longer conversation, Schleifer unpacks what draws marginalized youth to ISIS, articulating that just like the social revolutionary movements of the ’60s, the appeal of ISIS is not ideological, but rather existential.