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Khabar Keslan is an independently run, volunteer-based, primarily English-language online review featuring art and critique from the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. This is a dedicated platform for dissidents, artists, critics, and those on the margins to express themselves.

We are deeply unimpressed by the representation of the region; hence our name, “Khabar Keslan,” or lazy news. Coverage of the Middle East and North Africa tends to emphasize violence, chaos, and corruption. But the region is also complex, beautiful, and wrought with passionate voices.

As much as destruction characterizes the region, so does creation.  




 

editorial Collective

 
Omar Alhashani is the founder of Khabar Keslan, edited multiple issues of the Arab Studies Journal, and has worked on the Arab Studies Institute's Knowledge Production Project. Born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Beirut, and graduated from Reed College, Omar now lives between Washington DC, where he works as an assistant editor at a policy think-tank, and New York City.

Omar Alhashani is the founder of Khabar Keslan, edited multiple issues of the Arab Studies Journal, and has worked on the Arab Studies Institute's Knowledge Production Project. Born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Beirut, and graduated from Reed College, Omar now lives between Washington DC, where he works as an assistant editor at a policy think-tank, and New York City.

OMAR AL HASHANI

 

Oya Rose Aktaş is a researcher of Turkey based in Washington DC. Having focused on history, gender, visual culture, and economics during her undergrad at Washington University in St. Louis, she now follows the Ottomania gripping Turkey, largely by tracking the actions of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. She has appeared on an internationally broadcasted panel hosted by Voice of America, and has been published in Foreign Affairs.

Oya Rose Aktaş is a researcher of Turkey based in Washington DC. Having focused on history, gender, visual culture, and economics during her undergrad at Washington University in St. Louis, she now follows the Ottomania gripping Turkey, largely by tracking the actions of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. She has appeared on an internationally broadcasted panel hosted by Voice of America, and has been published in Foreign Affairs.

OYA ROSE AKTAS

After graduating from the University of the Arts London in 2014, Fala Al Urfali worked as an Auctions & Projects Coordinator and copy-editor at Ayyam Gallery Dubai. Fala is currently on-rotation in Operations at Mandara Holding Ltd.; and has been working on promoting emerging artists from the MENA region through managing, portfolio building, and exhibition development.  

After graduating from the University of the Arts London in 2014, Fala Al Urfali worked as an Auctions & Projects Coordinator and copy-editor at Ayyam Gallery Dubai. Fala is currently on-rotation in Operations at Mandara Holding Ltd.; and has been working on promoting emerging artists from the MENA region through managing, portfolio building, and exhibition development.  

FALA AL URFALI

Audri Augenbraum is a New York based researcher at Columbia University's Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics, where she works with oral histories of Tunisia's post-revolutionary transition. She is interested in mobile populations and the states that seek to control them, including pirates, migrant workers and diasporic elites. Her work has been published in The New Inquiry and the Oral History Review blog.

Audri Augenbraum is a New York based researcher at Columbia University's Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics, where she works with oral histories of Tunisia's post-revolutionary transition. She is interested in mobile populations and the states that seek to control them, including pirates, migrant workers and diasporic elites. Her work has been published in The New Inquiry and the Oral History Review blog.

audri augenbraum

 

Hamza Bilbeisi is a short story writer from Amman, Jordan. By exploring themes of masculinity, mental health, childhood, westernization, and political occupation, he attempts to  carve ways for regional creatives to produce art without succumbing to a ‘Western’ lens. He primarily distributes his work through Instagram (@ketabhamza) and hopes he can help form a community for young creatives from the MENA region to also put forward their creative outlets. 

Hamza Bilbeisi is a short story writer from Amman, Jordan. By exploring themes of masculinity, mental health, childhood, westernization, and political occupation, he attempts to  carve ways for regional creatives to produce art without succumbing to a ‘Western’ lens. He primarily distributes his work through Instagram (@ketabhamza) and hopes he can help form a community for young creatives from the MENA region to also put forward their creative outlets. 

Hamza Bilbeisi 

James Bowker currently researches political and development issues in the Arab world for a company in D.C. He has lived in worked in the Levant and graduated with a major in Arabic and Middle East Studies from Tufts University.

James Bowker currently researches political and development issues in the Arab world for a company in D.C. He has lived in worked in the Levant and graduated with a major in Arabic and Middle East Studies from Tufts University.

James Bowker

Ali DN is a writer and an editor. His research interest is mainly the history of religions and politics in the early modern Ottoman Empire. He is a graduate of Reed College, and holds an M.A. degree from SOAS. Born, bred and based in Istanbul.

Ali DN is a writer and an editor. His research interest is mainly the history of religions and politics in the early modern Ottoman Empire. He is a graduate of Reed College, and holds an M.A. degree from SOAS. Born, bred and based in Istanbul.

ali DN

 

Yousif Kalian is an independent Middle East analyst focusing on Iraq and the greater Levant. He is Iraqi-American and graduated from the Catholic University of America. He is interested in Iraqi history and Christianity in the MENASEA, currently based between Philadelphia and Washington D.C. He has bylines the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the International Center for Counter Terrorism. Follow him on Twitter @ykaliany.

Yousif Kalian is an independent Middle East analyst focusing on Iraq and the greater Levant. He is Iraqi-American and graduated from the Catholic University of America. He is interested in Iraqi history and Christianity in the MENASEA, currently based between Philadelphia and Washington D.C. He has bylines the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the International Center for Counter Terrorism. Follow him on Twitter @ykaliany.

Yousif Kalian

 

Paloma Martinez-Miranda is an artist and visual designer from Manila, Philippines living in New York City. She recently graduated from Reed College with a B.A. in Art and is looking forward to where these next few years will take her.

Paloma Martinez-Miranda is an artist and visual designer from Manila, Philippines living in New York City. She recently graduated from Reed College with a B.A. in Art and is looking forward to where these next few years will take her.

Paloma Martinez-miranda

Taylor M. Moore is a PhD Candidate in Modern Middle East History at Rutgers University, and a 2017-2018 Fellow-in-Residence at the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Philadelphia. Her work focuses on medicine, magic, and museums in 19th and 20th century Egypt. She received her BA in Honors Political Science and Sociology from the American University in Cairo in 2013.

Taylor M. Moore is a PhD Candidate in Modern Middle East History at Rutgers University, and a 2017-2018 Fellow-in-Residence at the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Philadelphia. Her work focuses on medicine, magic, and museums in 19th and 20th century Egypt. She received her BA in Honors Political Science and Sociology from the American University in Cairo in 2013.

Taylor M. Moore

Orla O'Sullivan is a translator based in San Francisco, California. She studied Russian Literature at Reed College and speaks Russian, Spanish, and French. She has worked as a translator at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow and is currently working on MOLY, an online journal of translation, which will be hosted on the Los Angeles Review of Books website in the next year.

Orla O'Sullivan is a translator based in San Francisco, California. She studied Russian Literature at Reed College and speaks Russian, Spanish, and French. She has worked as a translator at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow and is currently working on MOLY, an online journal of translation, which will be hosted on the Los Angeles Review of Books website in the next year.

Orla O'Sullivan

 

Tamara Rasamny is a human rights advocate and journalist who specializes in the Middle East and North Africa region. She has worked with the National Democratic Institute, Human Rights Watch, and The Daily Star. Tamara is particularly interested in women's empowerment, refugee rights, and multimedia production as a storytelling form.  A Beiruti at heart, Tamara currently resides in Washington, D.C. and can be followed on Twitter @Tam_Rasamny.

Tamara Rasamny is a human rights advocate and journalist who specializes in the Middle East and North Africa region. She has worked with the National Democratic Institute, Human Rights Watch, and The Daily Star. Tamara is particularly interested in women's empowerment, refugee rights, and multimedia production as a storytelling form.  A Beiruti at heart, Tamara currently resides in Washington, D.C. and can be followed on Twitter @Tam_Rasamny.

tamara rasamny

 


contributing editors

  • Carolina Baizan
  • Michael Carbone
  • Patrick Duffey
  • Poppy Ellard
  • Sandra Esmeralda De Anda

  • Bergen Hendrickson

Contributing Designers

  • Knar Hovakimyan
  • Mohammed Khalid
  • Caleb Miller
  • Layla Moussallem
  • Leila Peinado
  • Okacha 
  • Yasmine 

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