New Arab Website Aims at Balanced Views of the Arab World

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Today's launch of marks a further advance in efforts to top quality Arab and other Middle Eastern writers to American readers and others in the non-Arabic speaking world.

An independent and broad-ranging publication for Arab writers is a rare thing in the Middle East.

With the launch of as an independent, English-language platform for some of the most distinguished writers in the Arab region, a standard of quality, sober analysis and well-informed discussion on the issues facing the region, has become available to English speakers around the world.

The headlines of today's featured articles tell their own story:

'Jihadis steal the limelight as state influence wanes in face of occupation'

'Saudi judge ignores Quranic rights in harsh decision over the 'Girl of

'China's wooing of Saudi Arabia is a 'realist's ambition' not an
ideological threat'

'Iran seeks consensus as elite hopes to dilute the 'Ahmedinejad effect''

'US Iraq withdrawal "necessary" - but only when stability is achieved'

Building on the success of its sister publication – which has been incorporated into the new site – aims to become essential reading for scholars, journalists and all those interested in hearing informed opinion about the region.

Alongside our top quality editorial content, our debating forum provides visitors with the chance to raise issues, agree and disagree, and start their own discussions on the issues that matter to them and the Arab world. is wholly independent, being financed through subscriptions. With its team of specialist writers – experts on issues ranging from the politics of Iran to debates on jihad and the role of the United States in the Arab region – independence from all the prevailing views is essential if the public opinion is to be well-informed.


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