Underreported seeks news articles from the Middle East with significant implications for the region and the United States. These articles, drawn mostly from Arabic, Turkish and regional sources, are underreported in the American media.
June 19, 2009
This blog has been long time coming.
It all started when I quit the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to get married to a beautiful American woman. We moved to Boston where I pursued a PhD degree in Political Science. Being the news buff that I am, I expected America to have media that are freer, more diverse, more objective and, well, more profound than their Arab counterparts. I was mistaken. When it comes to covering news from the Middle East, U.S. media is often brief in content, shallow in understanding and uniform in perspective. Even worse, it seldom questions many of the assumptions guiding our understanding of the ever-dynamic region.
That was back in the summer of 2007. This spring, I was fortunate enough to intern for the Center for a New American Security, a national security think tank in Washington DC. One of my responsibilities was to compile a daily feed of news from the Middle East, about the Middle East. The CNAS news feed, as well as encouragement from one of my intellectual heroes (Tom Ricks), inspired me to start a blog bearing the title, "Underreported."
Underreported is unique insofar that it does not aim to rehash the news of the day. It actively searches for those articles of news that have fallen somewhere through the cracks, yet bear serious repercussions for both the region and the United States. Those are articles written on regional news website, in Arabic, English or Turkish. The news will usually be accompanied by my analysis, and updated every other day.
Finally, I should thank my co-contributor Oya Yegen, another Boston University comrade, who agreed to lend me a hand with Turkish news. If it is on Turkey, it is Oya's. This is the rule.
Thank you, and I look forward to being enlightened with your incisive comments.