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Arabs as Terrorists: The Power of Media Images

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” Malcolm X Many Americans learn most of what they know about Arabs and Muslims from the media, but television, newspapers, and […]

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Terrorism and the media in a game-theoretic setting

Are terrorists rational? Economics focuses on individual choice, assumes individual rationality and employs mathematical models to analyze human behavior. So, what can economics contribute to the study of terrorism – and how realistic is the assumption of rationality for terrorists? First of all, definitions of rationality can vary substantially. In a thick sense, rationality implies […]

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Jihadi Public Relations Spin: The Arab Revolutions and Al-Qaida’s Media Response

The central theme in Al-Qaida’s prognosis has always been the promotion of violent jihad as the principal tool with which to challenge the status quo. A campaign of militancy with Al-Qaida at the helm would be the only way to topple secular leaders and challenge their Western backers. Any other forms of activism would be […]

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