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New Book: Political Repression in Bahrain

I am delighted to announce the publication of my book, Political Repression in Bahrain, published by Cambridge University Press. The book represents the culmination of over 6 years of research that began in 2011. You can purchase the book from Cambridge University Press, Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles and many other outlets. It is available in paperback,Continue reading “New Book: Political Repression in Bahrain”

New Article – Digital De-Citizenship: The Rise of the Digital Denizen in Bahrain

Very happy to announce the publication of my latest article in a roundtable of wonderful scholars. The topic, citizenship and belonging.  Digital De-Citizenship: The Rise of the Digital Denizen in Bahrain – Volume 52 Issue 4 Source: Digital De-Citizenship: The Rise of the Digital Denizen in Bahrain

A bizarre update on the Mitchell Belfer case

The Mitchell Belfer saga gets stranger. The Czech paper Denik, which previously ran a story about Belfer being investigated by the Higher Education Board for not providing his doctoral credentials, has now stated that it was satisfied that the Metropolitan University of Prague has seen his credentials. In my view, this raises far more questionsContinue reading “A bizarre update on the Mitchell Belfer case”

Khashoggi, AJ+, Saudi Trolls

It’s been a busy few weeks, and I have witten a number of Op-eds on a number of topics. Please find them listed below. US ruling on AJ+ projects Emirati power into the heart of American justicehttps://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2020/9/18/aj-ruling-projects-emirati-power-into-us-justice-system Thought Russia was bad? Why Saudi Arabia is the world’s most dangerous cyber bullyhttps://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2020/9/15/saudi-arabia-is-the-worlds-most-dangerous-cyber-bully Jamal Khashoggi’s legacy: AContinue reading “Khashoggi, AJ+, Saudi Trolls”

Czech paper Deník covers story about Middle East analyst Mithcell Belfer’s refusal to reveal where his PhD is from

The following blog post is translated using Google Translate (so expect some errors). The original article can be found here, written by journalist Jakub Zelenka We were shocked. ”A recognized expert on the Middle East graduated from a university in Prague, unable to prove his doctoral degree University educator Mitchell Belfer taught for years atContinue reading “Czech paper Deník covers story about Middle East analyst Mithcell Belfer’s refusal to reveal where his PhD is from”

No record of this prominent academic and analyst, with Op-eds in the National Review and the Wall Street Journal having a PhD? The Curious Case of ‘Dr.’ Mitchell Belfer

***Update 04/08/2020*** Since this blog was first written a number of developments have occurred. Belfer’s former Head of Department at MUP confirmed that Belfer no longer worked there, although Belfer had claimed he was on ‘provisional suspension’ pending outcome of an ethics committee investigation The journal which Belfer founded, CEJISS, has since removed Belfer asContinue reading “No record of this prominent academic and analyst, with Op-eds in the National Review and the Wall Street Journal having a PhD? The Curious Case of ‘Dr.’ Mitchell Belfer”

Busted! Journalist Liliane Khalil Exposed

*This is a piece from 2011, posted here for posterity, and because it was on my old blog***** If it’s 2 am, and you’re still awake screaming angrily at your Twitter feed, then chances are you’ve been sucked into the Arab Spring – online edition. Indeed, social media and the Arab Spring are two collocationsContinue reading “Busted! Journalist Liliane Khalil Exposed”

New Column in the Middle East Eye

I have contributed three columns to the Middle East Eye in the past month or so. Two of those concern disinformation on Twitter, the other a discourse analysis of Kushner’s conflict plan. How IS uses hacked accounts to flood Twitter with propaganda Jared Kushner: The colonial mindset behind his so-called ‘peace plan’ Saudi Arabia’s botContinue reading “New Column in the Middle East Eye”