is an independently run, volunteer-based, primarily English-language online review featuring art and critique from the Middle East, North Africa, and South (East) Asia (MENASEA). This is a dedicated platform for dissidents, artists, critics, and those on the margins to express themselves.
We are deeply unimpressed by the state of journalism surrounding 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.
To chip at the monolith entrapping our diverse identities, we seek a more representative texture for the MENASEA -- through active expressions of art, cross-community solidarity, and critical analysis.