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Editorial

The world now pays special attention to young people, often viewing them as the most critical group in the building and development of societies. In the Arab world, they make up the largest group, representing a qualitative advantage that requires investment to achieve desired growth. Increasingly, there is an urgent …

Al Hayat Daily Adrift in a Sea of Media Sharks

It was the go-to pan-Arab newspaper that noted journalists, analysts, and anyone worth their salt wrote for, and that readers seeking professional reporting and deconstructing of events picked up for balanced coverage, diverse views, and hard-hitting editorials—all relatively speaking, of course. Quite a tall order for a daily in a …

“Football Isn’t For Arabs”: A World Cup Defeat That Resonated across the Arab World

Sitting in a Cairo cafe in a crowded mall surrounded by crowds of people I watch Egyptian fans cheering for their favourite team to win the World Cup final match as if cheering for their own nation. The majority were rooting for the Croatian team—a fact that was very obvious from where I …

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The Podcast

PODCAST | Anxious Observers, Unlikely Allies

In this edition of the Arab Media & Society podcast, 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 …

PODCAST | Old Verses in a New Climate

As the ramifications of the Arab Spring fade away, we look at how Arabic hip-hop has evolved since that time. Sean O’Keefe, author of the once popular but now inactive blog Revolutionary Arab Rap, offers his perspectives on Arabic hip-hop music in terms of its history, development, media coverage, and …

PODCAST | A Just State? A Look Inside the Tyranny of ISIS

Mara Revkin, PhD candidate in Political Science at Yale University, unveils the legal structure, recruitment, and media management of the infamous yet understudied so-called Islamic State (ISIS). As part of her research, she has conducted interviews with defectors and individuals who have escaped ISIS occupied territory. She has also interacted with active members. In the podcast, Revkin explains the legal structures of ISIS and why it is appealing to followers.

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