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Edward Said used to say that Orientalism is “any who teaches, writes about, or researches the Orient—and this applies whether the person is an anthropologist, sociologist, historian, or philologist—either in its specific or its general aspect, is an Orientalist, and what he or she does is Orientalism. I am an Arabic philologist working on my PhD and for the past ten years the Orient has been my life and passion to a degree that I cannot easily explain. I have traveled and lived in many Arab and Muslim countries such as: Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Yemen, Iran, Turkey and Lebanon.

The latter has a special place in my heart since I lived there for the past six years, studying, working, sharing and learning Arabic. There must be away to establish healthy and beneficial relations with the peoples and communities living in the Arab-Muslim world to eliminate the patters of power that have ruled and dominated the East. The West have done already enough to spoil the human and material resources of these lands and we cannot blame the “Orientals” for looking at us with suspicion and untrustworthiness after all we have done to its people. This blog is dedicated to the various conflicts and resistance movements that are unfolding and developing in the Middle East against foreign occupation, injustice and dictatorship.

I have made so many friends in these places and I would like to thank each one of them though it would be impossible for me to mention everyone. I have a huge debt with them because without their help and support my skills and knowledge in Arabic would not be the same, and even more important it is the hospitality and care I have received from these friends and their relatives that have change my life and views over the East. This blog is a tribute to all of them and it is my way to counterbalance the bias narratives and dehumanized machinery created by the Empires to divide and rule the Middle East.

Please feel free to contact me at: dannielrivera11@gmail.com

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