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Lawrence Pintak
A new Murrow for US public diplomacy
February 17, 2009 12:00 AM
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 won the...
Don't expect any fairy tales in Middle East media
May 16, 2008 12:00 AM
Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, there lived a beautiful princess named Rym. But this princess was sad, for the voices of her people were but a whisper. It was her fervent desire to hear singing in the land, to hear the town criers shout news from the highest parapets. But evil forces...
Ignore Al-Jazeera at your own peril
April 07, 2008 12:00 AM
It appears that Israel is taking a page from the George W. Bush book of public diplomacy: It is attempting to influence coverage in Arab media by boycotting the most influential television station in the Arab world. In the latest news from Jerusalem, it seems that the Ehud Olmert government has...
Al-Zawraa and Egypt's on-air ambiguity
January 08, 2007 12:00 AM
Sunni-Shiite power politics and US-Egyptian relations have come head-to-head in a dispute over a satellite television station that is the latest weapon in the arsenal of Iraq's insurgents. Al-Zawraa, a television version of the now-infamous jihadist Web sites, is being broadcast across the Arab...
Reporting Lebanon: Look who's fair and balanced
September 05, 2006 12:00 AM
The summer of 2006 marked an important milestone for Arab media. Israel and Hizbullah were locked in a bitter conflict that would claim the lives of more than 150 Israelis and over 1,000 Lebanese - a third of them children. Each day brought brutal new images of civilian casualties. On American...
Weapons of war: open season on journalists in the Middle East
August 07, 2006 12:00 AM
Israel's recent destruction of television transmission towers in Lebanon, which killed one employee of the LBC channel, and a subsequent attack on a convoy in the south of the country in which media people were circulating, were emblematic of a grim fact: the media have become targets - and...
Caught between Iraq and the hard guys
February 28, 2006 12:00 AM
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...
For Muslims to like the US, truth must replace lies
August 31, 2004 12:00 AM
The question of how the US communicates its message to the Muslim world is arguably the most vital issue facing the nation today. It is therefore deeply disturbing when the debate is muddied by dangerously misleading pseudo-science. "University study shows advertising can improve US image abroad;...
A template for moderate Islam in Southeast Asia?
March 31, 2004 12:00 AM
Even as militant Islamists from Spain to Pakistan command headlines, as the Bush administration inflames passions in the Muslim world and continues its effort to reinvent the Middle East in America's image, proponents of moderate political Islam are quietly but effectively developing a template...
Talking differently to united Arab-Americans
December 29, 2003 12:00 AM
The very sense of isolation and alienation felt by Arab-Americans in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks has turned that diverse series of communities into a political force to be reckoned with. “9/11 is a wakeup call for all Arab-Americans to vote and take part in the American system,” said...
Forgetting the lessons of Beirut in Baghdad
November 06, 2003 12:00 AM
It all seemed so simple. Send in US forces, free and protect the local population, install a pro-Western government acceptable to all factions, build a wider Middle East peace, then depart to the cheers of a grateful citizenry. But former US President Ronald Reagan’s encounter with Lebanon did not...


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