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Most Arab and Middle Eastern media may not be free, but that doesn't mean they're not extremely influential. Learn about the variety of media, culture and the arts, how those voices shape opinion and filter western messages on the Arab Street and beyond, and the roles censorship and state control play on controlling the message.

Middle East In the Media
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East In the Media
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Iraq War: When Liberal Hawks Like Bill Keller Repent
Many prominent liberals supported the Iraq war and some later repented, among them Bill Keller of the New York Times.

Mustafa Benfodil: Because Art Is Free to Be Impolite
Algerian artist Mustafa Benfodil explains his art installation, censored at the Sharjah Biennial in April 2011.

Electronic Intifada
What is the Electronic Intifada? Brief history and purpose of the Web-based news and opinion site on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Turkish TV's Valley of the Wolves
Brief history and explanation of Turkey's Valley of the Wolves (Kurtlar Vadisi) television franchise and Iraq-related movie.

Grammy Award Nominee and Oud Artist Rahim AlHaj
A profile of Profile of two-time Grammy Award Nominee Rahim AlHaj, oud performer, by Rick de Yampert

The Best and Most Notable Books on the Middle East of 2009
Quick gallery of the best, most notable or worst books on the Middle East in 2009.

"Noor," or "Gümüs," the Arab World's Most Popular Televisio…
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Tintin, Hergé, Arabs and Oil
In 1950, Herge published "Tintin in the Land of Black Gold," a unique window into European popular perceptions of Arabs and oil at mid-century.

Leila Abu Saba, 1962-2009
Dove's Eye View Author Leila Abu Saba died on

How Walter Cronkite Mediated Egyptian Israeli Negotiations Be…
How Walter Cronkite in 1977 scooped Jimmy Carter and mediated Egyptian Israeli negotiations before the Camp David accords.

Knafeh or Kunafeh Cheescake
A definition of Knafeh or Kunafeh, the cheescake and Levant favorite.

Michael Jackson in Bahrain: Pop Meets Islam
When Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, re-dicovered Islam in Bahrain to escape the glare of child molestation publicity.

A Palestinian Youth Orchestra Is Disbanded Over a Holocaust Concert
In Jenin, in the Palestinian Territories of the Occupied West Bank, a Palestinian youth string orchestra led by Wafa Younis and called Strings for Freedom is disbanded when Palestinian politicos object to a Holocaust concert the group participated in.

Amin Maalouf's "Origins": An Investigative Memoir of Lebanon and Cuba
Amin Maalouf's "Origins" is a wonderful memoir and investigation of the author's family through a century of letters, poems and memories from the mountains of Lebanon to Havana, Cuba.

Arabica Coffee
What is Arabica coffee? A brief lesson in the origins and history of one of the world's richest and most aromatic coffee beans.

Why Israel Is in Conflict with Al Jazeera
Following the 2009 Gaza war, Qatar shut down its trade mission with Israel. In retaliation, Israel vowed to restrict al Jazeera , the Qatar-based satellite news channel, in Israel.

Gibran Khalil Gibran: Bibliography
A Bibliography of th Works of Gibran Khalil Gibran, Lebanese American Author of "The Prophet."

Gibran Khalil Gibran
A profile of Gibran Khalil Gibran (18883-1931), Lebanese-American author of "The Prophet" and other works.

Excerpts from the Works of Khalil Gibran
Excerpts from the works of Lebanese poet Gibran Khalil Gibran, author of "The Prophet."

Maya Angelou in Morocco
A brief story of Maya Angelou in Morocco, drinking tea and "cockroaches," in a wonderful encounter between kindness, stereotype and belated epiphanies.

Internet Usage in the Middle East, 2000-2008
A chart of Internet usage in the Middle East by country, including growth trends, 2000-2008.

Censoring Israeli and Palestinian Art: Chicago's Spertus Museum Controversy
On June 20, 2008, the Spertus Museum, Chicago's prominent Jewish institution, abruptly ended its "Imaginary Coordinates" exhibit under pressure from its donors. The exhibit had challenged conventions of geography, homelands and map-making. The Spertus Museum controversy would likely not have happened if a Jewish museum in israel had shown the same work.

Brigitte Gabriel, Islamophobe
Brigitte Gabriel is a Lebanese-born Christian who's marketing her experiences in war-torn Lebanon into fear-whipping Islamophobia in the United States.

The National Joins Media Landscape in the United Arab Emirates
The National is the latest of a half-dozen English-language newspapers and on-line publications to join the diverse media environment of the United Arab Emirates. But diversity doesn't necessarily mean press freedom.

Profile: Al Jazeera
From its launch in 1996 Al Jazeera has revolutionized the rules of Arab television news while challenging western dominance in setting the agenda of perceptions about the Middle East.

Oprah's Quiet Conquest of Arab Airwaves
Could Oprah’s 48 minutes a day on Arab TV, twice a day, be a more powerful and positive force of social subversion in the Middle East than George W. Bush’s missionary armies could ever hope to be?

"The Kite Runner" Controversy: As Afghanistan Retreats into Chaos
Afghanistan has been retreating back into chaos and repression in 2006 and 2007. The decision to delay the release of 'The Kite Runner" illustrates to what extent the country's situation has become precarious.

"The Kite Runner," by Khaled Hosseini: A Review
A review of "The Kite Runner," the novel by Afghan-American writer Khaled Hosseini about love and betrayal through Afghanistan's thirty-year war.

Orhan Pamuk's Nobel Prize
Orhan Pamuk, by far Turkey's most popular novelist, won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2006--and stirred a major controversy in his home country over his comments about the Turkish genocide of Armenians and Turkish killings of Kurds.

Watching al-Jazeera
What's really on the Arab world's most-watched network?

Reporters Without Borders' Mideast and North Africa Portal
Reporters Without Borders tracks free speech, censorship, journalists' working conditions, imprisonments and murders country by country.

Arab Press Network
APN, sponsored by the Paris-based World Association of Newspapers, supports the development of a strong, independent press in the Arab world. APN's site is a portal to the latest developments in the Arab newspaper industry.

"Voices of the New Arab Public": Interview with Author Marc Lynch
Marc Lynch, author of a popular blog on the Middle East and a professor of political science at George Washington University, talks to Bradford Plumer about his book exploring Arab media, and in particular al-Jazeera and the Iraqi public. From Mother Jones.

What Is the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar?
Description and brief history and purpose of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, designed by I.M. Pei

Qatar's Trimuph: How Qatar Landed the 2022 World Cup
How Qatar pulled off hosting the 2022 World Cup and what it says about the tiny emirate and its rising power in the Middle East.

Does Qatar Deserve to Host the 2022 World Cup?
Qatar won the 2022 bid to host soccer's FIFA World Cup, besting the United States. Corruption and mystery surrounded the decision. Was it fair?

Middle East In the Media
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East In the Media
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of current issues in the Middle East

Middle East In the Media
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East In the Media 24-29 September 2012
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East In the Media October 1–7 2012
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East In the Media October 8 – 14 2012
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East In the Media October 15 – 21 2012
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.rea

Middle East In the Media October 22 – 28 2012
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East In the Media October 29- November 4 2012
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East In the Media November 5 – 11 2012
Read about living in war-damaged Damascus, tweeting in Oman, and how Mitt Romney's defeat hurt Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Middle East In the Media November 12 - 18 2012
New reports of upcoming direct talks between the US and Iran, and the latest analysis on the Israeli-Hamas showdown in Gaza

Middle East In the Media November 19 - 26 2012
Read the latest on the fallout from the power-grab by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, the Israel-Hamas ceasefire, and rebel gains in the Syrian conflict.

Middle East In the Media December 3 - 9 2012
Read about foreign jihadists fighting the government troops in Syria, growing strife between the Islamsits and secularists in Egypt, and why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn't care much what Europe thinks about his plans to expand illegal settlements on Palestinian soil

Middle East In the Media December 10 - 16 2012
Read about the choices facing Egyptians as they vote on the highly divisive constitutional draft, the past and the present in Syria’s second city of Aleppo, and the situation of Christians in the Middle Eastern turmoil.

Middle East in the Media December 17 – 23 2012
Read about the controversy of the likely appointment of Senator Chuck Hagel as US defense secretary, the latest from Egypt’s controversial constitutional referendum, and how long it will take for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to run out of cash:

Middle East In the Media December 24 - 30 2012
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media December 31 - January 6 2013
Read BBC's feature on uncertainty facing Egypt's Coptic Christians as they prepare to celebrate Christmas on January 7. Also this week, the latest on upcoming elections in Israel, Sunni protests in Iraq, and the situation in Syria.

Middle East in the Media January 7 – 13 2013
The killing of three Kurdish activists in Paris could affect the peace talks between the Turkish government and Kurdish rebels, writes The New York Times. See also the reports on the Iranian drug shortage, the rising stars of Israeli right-wing politics, and the latest on developments in Syria.

Middle East in the Media January 14 – 20 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media January 21 - 27 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East In the Media January 28 - February 3 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media February 4 - 10 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media February 11 - 17 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media February 18 - 25 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media March 4 - 11 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East In the Media March 12 - 18 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media March 19 - 24 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media April 1 - 7 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media April 8 - 14 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media April 15 - 21 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media April 22- 28 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Ziggurat
Ziggurat: definition and history of the Mesopotamian, temple-like architecture of ancient history.

Middle East in the Media January 5 – 11 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media May 6 - 12 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media May 20 - 26 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media May 13 - 19 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media June 3 - 9 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media June 10 - 17 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media June 18 - 23 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media June 24 - 30 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media July 1 – 7 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media July 29 - August 4
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media August 5 - 11 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media August 12 - 19 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media August 20 - 25 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media September 2 - 8 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media September 9 - 15 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Middle East in the Media September 16 - 22 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East September 23 - 29 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East September 31 - October 6 2013
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Latest News in the Middle East October 7 - 13 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East October 14 - 20 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East October 21 - 27 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East October 28 - November 3 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East November 4 - 10 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East November 11 - 17 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East November 18 - 24 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East November 25 - December 1 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East December 2 - 9 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East December 10 - 15 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East December 22 - 29 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East December 30 - January 6 2014
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East January 7 - 12 2013
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East October January 13 - 19 2014
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East January 20 - 27 2014
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East January 28 - February 3 2014
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East February 10 - 16 2014
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East February 17 - 23 2014
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East February 4 - 9 2014
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East February 24 - March 2 2014
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Latest News in the Middle East March 11 - 18 2014
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East March 19 - 26 2014
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East March 27 - 31 2014
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East April 1 - 8 2014
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East.

Latest News in the Middle East April 15 - 22 2014
A weekly selection of news reports and analysis of the latest issues in the Middle East

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