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New Book: Inevitable Democracy in the Arab World: New Realities in an Ancient Land

In his book Wissam S. Yafi argues that there are four dynamics leading to inevitable change in the Arab region: geopolitical, geoeconomic, geosocial, and technological. The incumbent autocratic regimes are unable to counter these forces and change has become inevitable - but what are the alternatives? Yafi considers anarchy, neo-dictatorship, theocracy, liberalized autocracy, and democracy. Yafi comes to the conclusion that no system will be able to support the dynamics in place except for democracy.

Documentary Movie "The Noise of Cairo"

After the premiere screening of the documentary movie “The Noise of Cairo – A Documentary about Cairo, Art and the Revolution”, directed by Heiko Lange and produced by scenes from, the movie is now available for free online streaming for a limited period. The movie introduces twelve persons from Cairo's cultural scene who "lead us on a journey to understand the unique role artists played during the revolution in Cairo."

Report: Using Social Media to Gauge Iranian Public Opinion and Mood After the 2009 Election

The authors of this report used an automated content analysis program called Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count 2007 (LIWC) to analyze more than 2.5 million tweets discussing the Iran election that were sent in the nine months following it. The authors (1) identify patterns in word usage over the nine-month period and (2) examine whether these patterns coincided with political events, to gain insight into how people may have felt before, during, and after those events.

Presidential Election Campaigns in Egypt: TV and Online Video Advertisements

Ahead of the presidential election in Egypt that will be held on 23 and 24 May, several bloggers and mainstream media took a look at candidates' campaigns and video advertisements that have been broadcast on TV channels or appeared online.

New Report: Empowering Independent Media: U.S. Efforts to Foster a Free Press and an Open Internet Around the World

The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at the National Endowment for Democracy released the second edition of its report Empowering Independent Media: U.S. Efforts to Foster a Free Press and an Open Internet Around the World edited by David Kaplan. The report "examines seven core areas of media development: funding, digital media, sustainability, media law, safety, education, and monitoring and evaluation. It makes recommendations to strengthen independent media around the world, including: expand funding; increase coordination; build citizen journalist capacity; embed digital media and project evaluation into all programs; and put greater emphasis on business skills, legal issues, community radio, and investigative journalism."

New Book: Real-Time Diplomacy: Politics and Power in the Social Media Era

This book examines how diplomacy has evolved as media have gradually reduced the time available to policy makers. It analyzes the workings of real-time diplomacy and the opportunities for media-centered diplomacy programs that bypass governments and directly engage foreign citizens.

New Issue of the Arab Media & Society

The online journal Arab Media & Society has published its new issue that reflects on the role of social media in the Arab uprisings. Contributors "question and qualify the power of new media to effect long-term political change." All included articles are available online or in the PDF format for download. Arab Media & Society, formerly TBS Journal, is a joint project of The Center for Electronic Journalism at the American University in Cairo and the Centre for Middle East Studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.
Babak Rahimi, Affinities of Dissent: Cyberspace, Performative Networks and the Iranian Green Movement, CyberOrient, Vol. 5, Iss. 2, 2011
Jens Kutscher, Islamic Shura, Democracy, and Online Fatwas, CyberOrient, Vol. 5, Iss. 2, 2011

New Book: Translating Egypt's Revolution: The Language of Tahrir

This interdisciplinary collective project is the culmination of research and translation work conducted by AUC students who continue to witness Egypt's ongoing revolution. This historic event has produced an unprecedented proliferation of political and cultural documents and materials, whether written, oral, or visual. Given their range, different linguistic registers, and referential worlds, these documents present a great challenge to any translator.
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