Media

Note from the founder: 

I strongly believe in diversifying one’s media consumption. It’s important that our sources vary in perspective and are not only Western centered. I do not endorse everything published on the following sites, rather I value them because I find narratives and resources on these outlets not covered in mainstream American media.

CULTURAL HISTORY

  • Arab American National Museum  “The Arab American National Museum (AANM) is the first and only museum in the United States devoted to Arab American history and culture. Arab Americans have enriched the economic, political and cultural landscape of American life. By bringing the voices and faces of Arab Americans to mainstream audiences, we continue our commitment to dispel misconceptions about Arab Americans and other minorities. Since opening in 2005, the Museum has shed light on the shared experiences of immigrants and ethnic groups, paying tribute to the diversity of our nation.”
  • Muslim Heritage “Established in 2002, the web portal MuslimHeritage.com was the first major project of FSTC. It is a unique online education community of Muslims and non-Muslims seeking to advance human civilisation through the study of Muslim heritage. The website contains more than 1000 peer-reviewed articles, hundreds of short reports on news and events related to Muslim heritage research, and an interactive map and timeline.”

DOCUMENTARIES AND INTERVIEWS

  • He Named Me Malala directed by Davis Guggenheim. 2015                    “an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.”
  • Promises directed by Justine Shapiro. 2001
    “PROMISES follows the journey of one of the filmmakers, Israeli-American B.Z. Goldberg. B.Z. travels to a Palestinian refugee camp and to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, and to the more familiar neighborhoods of Jerusalem where he meets seven Palestinian and Israeli children. Though the children live only 20 minutes apart, they exist in completely separate worlds; the physical, historical and emotional obstacles between them run deep.”
  • The Square directed by Jehane Noujaim. 2013                                              A documentary on the Egyptian revolution. From IMDb: “A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.”
  • A Stranger in Her Own City directed by Khadija al-Salaami. 2005
    A narrative documentary on the veil in Yemen.
  • Waltz with Bashir directed by Ari Folman. 2008
    An animated documentary film that chronicles a soldier’s attempt to piece together his forgotten experiences in the 1982 Lebanon War.

FILM

Iran

Women Without Men directed by Shirin Neshat. 2009.
From IMDb: “Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran’s 1953
CIA-backed coup d’état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.”

Iraq

Turtles Can Fly directed by Bahman Ghobadi. 2004
From IMDb: “Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American
invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate.”

Jordan

Theeb directed by Naji Abu Nowar. 2014                                                           From IMDb: “In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.” 

Lebanon

Caramel directed by Nadine Labaki. 2007
From Amazon: “A Beirut beauty salon becomes a treasured meeting place for several generations of women, from various walks of life, to talk, seek advice and confide in one another.”

Palestine

Paradise Now directed by Hany Abu-Assad. 2005
This film follows the recruitment of two suicide bombers in Tel Aviv.

Private directed by Saverio Costanzo. 2004
Italian film director Costanzo’s debut film about a Palestinian family
trapped inside their home by Israeli soldiers.

Saudi Arabia

Wadjda directed by Haifaa Al-Monsour. 2012                                                           From IMDb: “An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.”

United States of America

Amreeka by Cherien Dabis. 2009.
From Rotten Tomatoes: “ ‘Amreeka’ chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in the promised land of small town Illinois. Told with heartfelt humor, ‘Amreeka’ is a universal journey into the lives of a family of immigrants and first-generation teenagers caught between their heritage and the new world in which they now live and the bittersweet search for a place to call home.”

NEWS: ONLINE MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS, JOURNALS and PUBLICATIONS

+972 Magazine “+972 Magazine is a blog-based web magazine that is jointly owned by a group of journalists, bloggers and photographers whose goal is to provide fresh, original, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of events in Israel and Palestine. Our collective is committed to human rights and freedom of information, and we oppose the occupation. However, +972 Magazine does not represent any organization, political party or specific agenda.”

Al Jazeera  “We broadcast to more than 220 million households in more than 100 countries. Al Jazeera Media Network has more than 4,000 highly experienced staff from over 70 nationalities, making our newsrooms the most diverse in the world.”

AJ+ An Al Jazeera Network distribution.

Al Ahram Weekly “Published in Cairo by Al Ahram. Established in 1875”

Ahram online “Ahram Online is the English-language news web site published by Al-Ahram Establishment, Egypt’s largest news organisation, and the publisher of the Middle East’s oldest newspaper: the daily Al-Ahram, in publication since 1875.”

Al Arabiya Saudi owned, Pan-Arab media source

Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) News and analysis of Assyrian and Assyrian-related issues worldwide

Aswat Masriya News on Egyptian politics, society and business

Aslan Media  Founded by Reza Aslan. “The mission of Aslan Media Initiatives is to inform, educate, and engage the public on political, social, religious, and cultural issues related to the Greater Middle East and its Diaspora communities worldwide. To accomplish this mission we coordinate and disseminate news and information through New Media and Social Media outlets, as well as produce original content that educates while meeting high standards of journalistic integrity and maintaining cultural context.”

Egypt Independent “Egypt Independent is the sister English-language publication of Al-Masry Al-Youm daily, the country’s flagship independent paper. Born in 2009 as a news website, Egypt Independent has been providing Egypt and the world with high-quality, in-depth content about the political, economic, social and cultural landscape of the country.”

The Electronic Intifada “The Electronic Intifada is an independent online news publication and educational resource focusing on Palestine, its people, politics, culture and place in the world. Founded in 2001, The Electronic Intifada has won awards and earned widespread recognition for publishing original, high-quality news and analysis, and first-person accounts and reviews. The Electronic Intifada’s writers and reporters include Palestinians and others living inside Palestine and everywhere else that news about Palestine and Palestinians is made.”

Haaretz Israel’s oldest daily newspaper. Founded in 1918. “extensive and in-depth coverage of Israel, the Jewish world and the Middle East, including defense, diplomacy, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the peace process, Israeli politics, Jerusalem affairs, international relations, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian authority, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Israeli business world and Jewish life in Israel and the Diaspora.”

Hürriyet Daily News “Leading News Source for Turkey and the Region.”

Jadaliyya an independent ezine produced by ASI (Arab Studies Institute), the umbrella organization that produces Arab Studies Journal, Tadween Publishing, FAMA, and Quilting Point.  Jadaliyya provides a unique source of insight and critical analysis that combines local knowledge, scholarship, and advocacy with an eye to audiences in the United States, the Middle East and beyond.”

LobeLog “Named after veteran journalist Jim Lobe, LobeLog provides daily coverage of US foreign policy issues through exclusive reports and analyses from Washington to Tehran and beyond. Initially launched by the international news wire service, Inter Press Service (IPS News), this MENA-focused site is a regular stop for those seeking to examine US foreign policy from a diverse variety of critical perspectives. With its unique roundup of expert contributors, LobeLog receives ongoing citations from independent and mainstream international news outlets including the Economist, which has named it a must-read site on Iran.”

Middle East Eye “MEE is an independently funded online news organisation that was founded in February 2014. We aim to be the primary portal of Middle East news and our target audience are all those communities of readers living in and around the region that care deeply for its fate. MEE looks at issues from a Middle Eastern perspective and does not tailor our coverage for a specific audience. We aim to bring local voices to the fore in analysis that isn’t shaped to suit political or financial agendas.”

Al Monitor “The Pulse of the Middle East. Al-Monitor brings together top journalists from across the Middle East. Including Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey. Plus, we have daily translations from 20 major news organizations in the region.”

Mondoweiss “The War of Ideas in the Middle East. An honest investigation into politics in the Middle East. Your guides: Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz. Mondoweiss is an independent website devoted to informing readers about developments in Israel/Palestine and related US foreign policy. We provide news and analysis unavailable through the mainstream media regarding the struggle for Palestinian human rights.”

The Times of Israel “The Times of Israel is a Jerusalem-based online newspaper founded in 2012 to document developments in Israel, the Middle East and around the Jewish world. It was established by veteran UK-born, Israeli journalist David Horovitz and his US-based capital partner Seth Klarman. Horovitz is the founding editor, responsible for the site’s editorial content. The Times of Israel has no partisan political affiliation. It seeks to present the news fair-mindedly and offers a wide range of analysis and opinion pieces. We also highlight developments from Jewish communities throughout the Diaspora, and thus serve as a global focal point for the Jewish world – informing and engaging members of the tribe everywhere.”

The Young Turks “In 2002 Cenk Uygur launched an online program called “The Young Turks,” which he billed as the first video news show on the Internet. In December 2011 Uygur took the program, with his name added to the title to differentiate it from the online show, to television on Current TV. The nightly show features guests who offer their opinions on topics from the worlds of politics and pop culture. Although Uygur was born in Turkey, the show’s title is not related to his nationality. It refers to a phrase used to describe someone who is an insurgent or radical in a political party who advocates for changes in the group.

NON-PROFIT, ADVOCACY AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) “ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) has been serving the community for more than 40 years. Founded by a group of dedicated volunteers in 1971 out of a storefront in Dearborn’s impoverished south end, ACCESS was created to assist the Arab immigrant population adapt to life in the United States. Today, ACCESS is the largest Arab American human services nonprofit in the United States. With eight locations and more than 100 programs serving metro Detroit, ACCESS offers a wide range of social, economic, health and educational services to a diverse population.”

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) “The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization, with regional offices nationwide. CAIR’s national headquarters are on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Since its establishment in 1994, CAIR has worked to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America. Through media relations, government relations, education and advocacy, CAIR puts forth an Islamic perspective to ensure the Muslim voice is represented. In offering this perspective, CAIR seeks to empower the American Muslim community and encourage their participation in political and social activism.”

Foundation for Middle East Peace “The Foundation for Middle East Peace was created in 1979 by Merle Thorpe, Jr., a Washington-based lawyer and philanthropist, to promote a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Recognizing that the Israeli-Palestinian issue was at the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Thorpe became deeply involved in searching for a conflict-ending agreement. The Foundation advances this goal through education and advocacy, publications about the conflict, a speakers’ program to introduce Israeli, Palestinian, and other experts to U.S. audiences, public speaking by officers of the Foundation, and a small grant program to support groups that advance the cause of peace in Israel and Palestine. In 1992, in view of the growing threat of Israeli settlements to peace, the Foundation introduced the bimonthly Report on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories, edited by Geoffrey Aronson. The Report contains detailed, authoritative analysis, data and maps on settlements and related issues, and was published until 2014.”

Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) “The Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) is an independent non-profit organization that provides journalists with quick access to information about Palestine and the Palestinians, as well as expert sources, both in the United States and in the Middle East. Both through its website and its staff, the IMEU works with journalists to increase the public’s understanding about the socio-economic, political, and cultural aspects of Palestine, Palestinians, and Palestinian Americans.”

Institute for Palestine Studies “The Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS), is the oldest institute in the world devoted exclusively to documentation, research, analysis, and publication on Palestinian affairs and the Arab-Israeli conflict. It was established in Beirut in 1963 and incorporated there as a private, independent, non-profit Arab institute unaffiliated with any political organization or government. It is led by a Board of Trustees composed of scholars, businessmen and public figures from across the Arab world, and by a volunteer Executive Committee elected by the Board. IPS supports an office in Ramallah (Institute for Jerusalem Studies) and the Institute for Palestine Studies USA in Washington, DC, a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational foundation.”

Jewish Voice for Peace  “JVP opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression.  JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East.”

Middle East Outreach Council “Established in 1981, the Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC) is a national nonprofit organization working to increase public knowledge about the peoples, places, and cultures of the Middle East, including the Arab world, Israel, Iran, Turkey, and Afghanistan. MEOC is a national network of educators dedicated to disseminating apolitical and nonpartisan information, resources and activities furthering understanding about the Middle East. MEOC’s target audience is non-specialists at the K-12 and college levels, although its services are also relevant to broader community needs. MEOC has members around the country and its services include a semi-annual newsletter, member listserve, annual book award and a website.”

Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) “MPV establishes and nurtures vibrant progressive Muslim communities. We do this by creating opportunities for religious discourse, volunteer and community activities, and cultural events bringing together the arts, spirituality and social activism. MPV is a progressive Muslim voice on contemporary issues. We voice our perspectives by participating in civil discourse, engaging with the media and government entities, and by partnering with both Muslim and non-Muslim progressive organizations. MPV promotes theologically-sound frameworks for Islamic liberalism. We seek to reinvigorate the Islamic tradition of ijtihad (critical engagement and interpretation of sacred texts) and intellectual discourse. We do this by collaborating with religious scholars and developing position papers on theological issues that are accessible to a wide audience.”

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) “As a community-based policy advocacy group working for the integration of Muslims into American pluralism, MPAC actively strives to affect policy reforms that uphold core American values and preserve Constitutionally protected freedoms of all Americans. Our staff members in Washington, DC and Los Angeles advise government agencies on national security and civil rights issues, provide comment and background to reporters and other media professionals to inform public opinion, advise the entertainment industry on creating humanizing portrayals of Islam and Muslims, and assisting victims of hate crimes/incidents and to prevent hate crimes, and building alliances with diverse communities and cultivating relationships with opinion- and decision-makers.”

National Network For Arab-American Communities “The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a project of ACCESS, is a national consortium of independent Arab American community-based organizations. Our mission is the development of Arab American community-based nonprofit organizations that understand, meet the needs, and represent the concerns of Arab Americans at a local level, while also collectively addressing those issues at a national level. Our vision is to foster economic, cultural, social and political empowerment of Arab Americans. We are committed to working collaboratively to support the development of strong and effective Arab American community-based organizations that mobilize locally and nationally to empower the Arab American community.”

NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change “NewGround envisions an America where Muslims and Jews are empowered to create lasting partnerships, engage in authentic communication and mutual cooperation. This vibrant model of engagement – not bound by history, theology or politics – affirms that conflict is inevitable and yet not intractable. NewGround is a community-building organization that creates, connects and empowers Jewish and Muslim change-makers in America. Through a professional fellowship, high school leadership council and public programming, NewGround transforms Muslim-Jewish relations and advances a shared agenda for change.”

TAKE ON HATE “TAKE ON HATE, led by the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), is a multi-year, grassroots campaign to challenge this country’s growing prejudice and persistent misconception of Arab and Muslim Americans, including refugees of Arab and Muslim descent. TAKE ON HATE strives to address issues of bias and discrimination and stands against bigotry toward all people. In 2014, TAKE ON HATE launched in four cities: Washington, D.C., Detroit, New York and San Francisco and has captured national attention through its message of dialogue and engagement.”