Loyal MediaShack reader Blackstar sent me an email today complaining about the site’s recent focus exclusively on Al-Qaeda and Salafism (apparently she’s not a Salafist). I hadn’t really thought of it like that but when I looked at the themes of the last 40 post I realized she had a point. MediaShack does not aim to focus exclusively on Islamist movements but on Middle Eastern politics. Another goal of MediaShack is to reflect the contents of the Arabic press so readers who don’t know Arabic can get a sense of what people are talking or thinking about on the “Arab Street.” Recently this might not be happening. So to restore some balance, for the next seven days MediaShack will not be covering Al-Qaeda or Salafism.
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