The Majalla Magazine

Commentary and analysis from The Majalla, the leading Arab political magazine.



Stephen Wicken
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on : Wednesday, 23 Apr, 2014

New War, Old Faces

Despite the pre-war strength—on paper—of the Syrian armed forces, the fighting in Syria has stretched the limits of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s military resources. Now in its fourth year, Assad’s fight against the forces of the Syrian revolution depends increasingly on support from Iran and its proxies. The role of Lebanon’s Hezbollah came to the fore at Al-Qusayr in June 2013, but Shi'a militias from Iraq have also played a key part in defending southern Damascus and augm...

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Nabila Ramdani
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on : Friday, 11 Apr, 2014

Old Powers in a New Poll

Images of a frail old man insisting he is fit to govern will do little to persuade Algerian voters that Abdelaziz Bouteflika is the president to lead them forward into a democratic future. There have been few pictures of the indefatigable 77-year-old over the past few weeks, but those that do appear smack of desperation. He is campaigning for elections on April 17 by proxy, mainly through his former prime minister, Abdelmalek Sellal. Bouteflika does not attend public meetings and only info...

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Haley Cook and Jason Pack
on : Friday, 4 Apr, 2014

Rebels at the Porthole

Three years ago, the term “rebel,” when used by the Western media in reference to Libya, conjured up images of unlikely young fighters who took up arms for the first time a...

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Arash Karami
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on : Saturday, 15 Mar, 2014

Iran’s Fourth Estate

The state of the Iranian media can serve as a bellwether for understanding where the country is headed. In the past, the restrictions under which Iranian journalists had to ope...

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Joseph Braude
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on : Friday, 14 Mar, 2014

A Commercial for China

Ratings matter to commercial radio and television because the size of the audience determines the price of sponsors’ airtime. But should they also matter to government-backed...

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Tam Hussein
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on : Sunday, 9 Feb, 2014

Jihad, Then and Now

As the situation in Syria grows worse and simultaneously more complicated day by day, the fears of observers of the conflict have become more focused on the foreign jihadists w...

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Judith Yaphe
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on : Thursday, 6 Feb, 2014

Maliki’s Last Stand?

Iraq is only months away from its quadrennial national election for its Council of Representatives, scheduled for April 30. As in most countries with relatively open elections,...

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Joseph Braude
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on : Thursday, 16 Jan, 2014

South Koreans on Arab Airwaves

As a child at home in the United States I used to listen to broadcasts from faraway places via shortwave radio, the transmission typically uneven and full of static. Today thos...

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Curtis Ohlers
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on : Saturday, 21 Dec, 2013

Iraq’s Insurgency Reinvigorated

On November 27, suicide bombers and gunmen attacked police stations in Ramadi, Iraq, killing at least seven people and leaving more than twenty wounded. On the same day in the...

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David Schenker
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on : Saturday, 23 Nov, 2013

Qaradawi’s War for Egypt

The 2011 toppling of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak signaled the onset of a prolonged period of political instability and economic uncertainty in Egypt. When Muslim Brotherhood a...

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