Ma3azef: rewriting the global perspective of Arabic music

When Maan Abu Taleb launched the music site Ma3azef.com in 2012, he dreamed of not only rewriting the global perspective of Arabic music, but also of giving Middle Eastern musicians and music writers a platform for expression, opinion, and creativity. “The motivation for me was a complete lack of critical writing on Arabic music, coupled… Continue reading Ma3azef: rewriting the global perspective of Arabic music

Surveying media use in the Middle East

Since the uprisings of the Arab Spring and the resulting spike of social media as a communication tool, media consumption in the Middle East has gone through rapid and unpredictable changes. To keep up with these changes and systematically assess their evolution, Northwestern University in Qatar began an annual survey in 2013 titled Media Use… Continue reading Surveying media use in the Middle East

Drones with purpose

Just over 15 years ago, the US first used a drone in a targeted killing in the Middle East. In the decade since, drone use within the military has only proliferated. Drone warfare is a controversial and highly debated topic, and it has cultivated an atmosphere of weariness around the conversation of drone technology as… Continue reading Drones with purpose

Adapting to online propaganda in Iran

Iranian government propaganda is adapting to the digital age. A recent outpouring of videos released on Apparat (an Iranian version of Youtube) demonstrates the new role technology is playing in spreading the message of the far right within the country. While the content of the videos vary, the general message remains consistent: American foreign policy… Continue reading Adapting to online propaganda in Iran

Tackling language barriers for refugees

A Syrian girl peeks her head out through a hole in a tent, at a processing center for new refugees at the Bashabshe camp in the town of Ramtha on the Syria-Jordan border, Saturday, July 21, 2012. (Photo by Tara Todras-Whitehill/For the New York Times)

Understanding the legal, healthcare, and education systems of a foreign country can be difficult. Throw in a language barrier and it can seem all but impossible. This is something Syrian refugees are becoming very familiar with as they migrate away from Arabic-speaking regions and begin to assimilate to life abroad. These language barriers not only… Continue reading Tackling language barriers for refugees