Formerly TBS Journal

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Arab World

Blogging the new Arab public

A young man blogs in a Syrian cyber cafe. Picture by Kim Badawi.

Marc Lynch traces the political impact of blogging in the Middle East arguing that Arab blogs have begun to exert real leverage meriting serious attention.

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.

The weaponization of news media in the Middle East

We are hardly ever innocent bystanders to conflict. Merely with their presence journalists influence the parties they report on, so we are participants rather than bystanders. And our choice of what to report and how always serves certain power interests, argues Dutch journalist Joris Luyendijk.

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.

The long march of Pan-Arab media: a personal view

Arabic mixes with international brands in a Syrian TV shop. Kim Badawi.

In all previous Arab-Israeli wars Israel had dominated on all counts. But in the 2006 war, the influence of the Israeli media on global opinion seemed to have been tempered by the greater range of Arab voices, argues Jihad Fakhreddine.

BOOK REVIEW | A Violent World: TV News Images of Middle Eastern Terror and War

For its willingness to take on and expose dominant elite ideologies, this book deserves real credit, argues Courtney Radsch.

Reporting a revolution: the changing Arab media landscape

Satellite dishes adorn a house in Libya.  Photograph by Claudia Gazzini.

The times, as Bob Dylan sang in another context, are a’ changin’. Across the Middle East, new television stations, radio stations and websites are sprouting like incongruous electronic mushrooms in what was once a media desert, says Co-Editor Lawrence Pintak.

Arab blogs: Or how I learned to stop worrying and to love Middle East dictators

A Syrian policeman walks past old computer screens, Damascus.  Photograph by Kim Badawi.

"The headline is a lie. I never did stop worrying about the Middle East and my hatred for its dictators is just as virulent as ever. But one thing has changed: I no longer feel the despair and indifference borne of years reporting on the region’s leaders. And that’s thanks to blogs," says Mona Eltahawy.

BOOK REVIEW | Muhajababes

‘Muhajababes’ is hardly a title most academic journals would be interested in. But to ignore this book purely because it targets a wide audience would be a grave mistake, argues Managing Editor George Weyman.

Reality Television and Politics in the Arab World: Preliminary ObservationsIcon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

Arab Reality TV: Promoting Pan-Arab love or stoking the flames of nationalism? (Photo of Star Academy courtesy IBA Media.)

In the wake of controversy triggered by Super Star and Star Academy, some observers have hailed reality television as a harbinger of democracy in the Arab world. Marwan Kraidy looks at the political implications of a new and popular genre hitting Arab satellite television.

'The Perfect War': US Public Diplomacy and International Broadcasting During Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 1990/1991Icon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

US Public Diplomacy Czar Karen Hughes (AP).

In this article, Nicholas Cull reviews the performance of the United States Information Agency (USIA) during the Gulf Crisis and War of 1990-91. He concludes by contrasting the effective US use of public diplomacy during this period with the problems encountered following 9/11.

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