The Murrow Option for U.S. Public Diplomacy (The Daily Star Beirut)

By  Lawrence Pintak and William Rugh CAIRO (Feb. 17, 2009): Almost 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy turned to America’s most respected journalist to tell the nation’s story to the world. Edward R. Murrow was the father of television journalism. His valiant reporting from wartime London during the Blitz galvanized the American public and […]

Boycotting Al Jazeera (PostGlobal)

CAIRO, Egypt (March 26, 2008) – It appears that Israel is taking a page from the George W. Bush book of public diplomacy: attempting to influence coverage by Arab media by boycotting the most influential television station in the Arab world. In the latest news from Jerusalem, it seems the Ehud Olmert government has decided […]

Middle East Heading for a New Cold War? (Arab News)

CAIRO, 20 January 2007 — Bush administration efforts to forge a US-Arab alliance against Iran are threatening to produce a new Middle East Cold War, with dangerous implications for regional stability, US interests and American lives.Condoleezza Rice was in the region this week to lay the foundations for a united front with key Arab states […]

Al Jazeera’s Chief: “We are not politically-correct” (Turkish Daily News)

Published on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 Al-Jazeera is neither a mouthpiece for Osama bin Laden nor is it in touch with the al Qaeda leader. That�s the claim from the Qatar-based broadcasting group�s top executive as the station � painted as evil incarnate by the Bush administration � launches its English-speaking cousin, al-Jazeera International (AJI). […]

The Middle East: It’s all just too darned complicated (Daily News Egypt/Turkish Daily News)

First Published: October 2, 2006 Memo: To Arabs and Muslims Re: The Middle East It’s your own fault. That’s right, the Bush administration can’t be held responsible for the mess they have made of the Middle East. You Arabs and Muslims are to blame. How can anyone be expected to develop a policy for this […]

Future History: A Glimpse of What U.S. Lebanon Policy Could Spawn (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Thursday, August 3, 2006 by CommonDreams.org It is very likely that the world will look back at the summer of 2006 as a seminal moment in Middle East history. We may well be seeing, as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says, “the birth pangs of a new Middle East.” But it is also […]

Urban Renewal in the Global Village: How Palestine became a Marker of Muslim Identity (Journal of Transnational Broadcasting Studies)

(Fall 2005) Abstract A radical restructuring of the global media landscape and the emergence of information ghettos, in which US and Muslim audiences view policy through conflicting prisms, has transformed Palestine into a marker of Muslim identity among non-Arab Muslims. This development results, in part, from a failure of the Bush administration during its first […]

Toward a Self-Interested U.S. Policy on Palestine (CommonDreams.com)

Published on Tuesday, November 9, 2004 by CommonDreams.org The death of the father of Palestinian nationalism. The re-election of a U.S. president widely reviled in the Middle East. A confluence of events that would seem to portend disaster for the Palestinian cause and a new wave of antipathy for the U.S. But in a strangely […]

Severed Head in the Freezer, Favorability Ratings in the Toilet (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 by CommonDreams.org Is that laughter I hear echoing from the mountains of Baluchistan? The latest survey results out of the Middle East show that America’s favorability rating is now, essentially, zero. That’s down from as high as 75 percent in some Muslim countries just four years ago. Two new […]

Osama’s Wet Dream: Losing Hearts & Minds in Iraq and Beyond (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Friday, April 9, 2004 by CommonDreams.org Operation Resolute Sword. That�s what the U.S. military in Iraq is calling its effort to crush rebellious Shi�ite forces. Osama bin Laden could not have chosen a more inflammatory name. Who comes up with these things? Why not just stage a photo-op with President Bush in Richard […]