It was, we were told, a sold out event. The date was September 15, 2012, the venue the Southbank Centre in London and the weather uncharacteristically sunny and warm. Over 18 months had passed since the story now known as the ‘Arab revolutions’ began to unfold in Tunisia, and the programme in my hands promised “a day of discussion, music, performance and exchange” titled The Arab Revolutions: What You Need To Know. The speakers were all young (a marked difference from the academic…Continue
Posted on November 29, 2012 at 12:24am
This has been nagging me for four days now.
There is no point reiterating over and over again how great and honest a person Omar al-Maani is. Just like there is no point hailing this as "reform" and the coming of the "Spring". Both approaches do nothing but further polarise an issue and transform it from a public one about the role of public officials into a personalised spectacle of facade-reform.
At this point, and regardless of…Continue
Posted on December 16, 2011 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments
Naming in situations like those that evolved over the weekend is everything.
In the absence of language, using ready made scripts becomes the problem in itself.
Several first hand accounts of the events have started to emerge.
These are the one's I have come across so far.
Please add any you have come across too.
Together they give voice to the unscripted, and it is in the unscripted that any chance of hope…Continue
Posted on March 27, 2011 at 5:05am — 3 Comments
*originally posted on www.oecumene.eu*
Media frames are representations of reality. Their resemblance to reality is always partial. They emerge through institutionalised journalism practices that favour certain stories over others and influence the language and images used to describe events. 
While the analysis of media frames is not a substitute for understanding political conflicts, it can reveal whose perspective is…Continue
Posted on March 15, 2011 at 6:20pm
Started this discussion. Last reply by Thabit Alomari May 4, 2011.