Washington State’s Rural Information Ghettos (The Seattle Times)

(June 18, 2012) In huge sections of Washington, citizens have little or no access to news about what is taking place in their own communities. The situation is particularly grim in areas populated by minorities and on some of the vast Native American reservations. By Lawrence Pintak Special to The Times THE city manager was […]

MSNBC.com Transcript

What you need to know about the unrest in the Mideast: Experts explain why what happens in that volatile region matters to you Question: To what degree is U.S. foreign policy contributing to or responsible for the unrest sweeping the region? Answer from Lawrence Pintak, dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at […]

Lessons worth learning: The Indonesian model (Arab Media & Society)

Issue 6, Fall 2008 What a difference a few thousand miles makes. I spent the summer in Indonesia, a vast and complex nation that is home to more Muslims than all Arab countries put together. When I lived there in the 1990s, covering the final years of the Suharto era, there were many parallels to […]

Satellite TV News and Arab Democracy (Journalism Practice)

Vol. 2 No. 1 Feb. 2008 — The red and white banners of Lebanon’s anti-Syrian protests in the spring of 2005 were a testament to the transformational power of the Arab media revolution. Without al-Jazeera and the new constellation of Arab satellite broadcasters, it is unlikely there would ever have been a “Cedar Revolution,” as […]

Caught between Iraq and the hard guys (The Daily Star Lebanon)

February 28, 2006 The visit to the Middle East last week by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza  Rice brought with it another reminder that American Middle East policy is firmly  wedged between Iraq and the hard guys. There were never any easy answers to the Middle East morass, complicated  further by the recent outbreak of […]

Political Islam’s Democratic Face (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 by CommonDreams.org Even as militant Islamists from Spain to Pakistan command headlines, the White House once more inflames Muslim opinion, and the Bush administration continues its effort to reinvent the Middle East in America�s image, proponents of moderate political Islam are quietly but effectively developing the template for democratic […]

The Release Valve of Muslim Democracy: Southeast Asia’s Emerging Model (Global Dialogue Journal)

GLOBAL DIALOGUE Volume 6 ● Number 1–2 ● Winter/Spring 2004—Islam and Democracy Even as militant Islamists from Europe to the Philippines command headlines and the Bush administration feeds extremist sentiment with its effort to reinvent the “Greater Middle East” in America’s image, proponents of South-East Asia’s pragmatic blend of religion and politics are quietly but […]

Arabs and Democracy: Bush May Not Like It At Home (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Monday, October 20, 2003 by CommonDreams.org It is one of the ironies of post-911 America. The very sense of isolation and alienation felt by Arab-Americans in the wake of the World Trade Center bombing has turned that diverse series of communities into a political force to be reckoned with. “9/11 is a wakeup […]