The New Arab at 7: Hear the voice of an emerging generation
This article is one in a series to celebrate The New Arab's website relaunch. To read the others in the series click here.
Under the surface of the same old headlines, the history of the Middle East and North Africa is changing, but the world may be noticing only a small part of the picture, often through an inauthentic framing.
Therefore, to tell this story truthfully, we must let its protagonists speak directly for themselves, not just be spoken about.
"The New Arab and its Arabic-language sister publication launched seven years ago with a vision for amplifying the values and aspirations of the Arab Spring generation"
In its values, social attitudes, political expectations, and tech-savviness, there is an emerging generation in the region very different from the established one that most of us are familiar with.
This generation has a voice, and it is not being heard nor heeded in the way it deserves. This generation will inevitably produce the next leaders of the Arab world.
In the past decade, one story became the overarching theme of almost every life lived in the MENA region or in its sprawling diaspora communities, the story of the so-called Arab Spring wave of popular uprisings against decades of authoritarianism.
From Baghdad to Rabat, The New Arab’s journalism will center on stories about corruption, the struggle for democracy, and the region’s attempt to shake off conflict and dictatorship"
The New Arab and its Arabic-language sister publication launched seven years ago with a vision for amplifying the values and aspirations of the Arab Spring generation as it sought "bread, freedom, and social justice," and rekindled solidarity with the Palestinian people under occupation and apartheid.
As The New Arab relaunches its website this month, it has already set a course for a new decade, taking stock of the struggles, failures, and triumphs of the past one, and casting a wider net for its authentic journalism and storytelling, covering the mainstream but also the marginalised stories from MENA, Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and beyond.
From Baghdad to Rabat, The New Arab's journalism will centre on stories about corruption, the struggle for democracy, and the region's attempt to shake off conflict and dictatorship. And from East Jerusalem to Minneapolis, The New Arab will spotlight the intersection between the aspirations of people grappling with occupation, ethnic cleansing, colonialism, systemic racism, and incomplete civil rights.
With its diverse newsroom, high journalistic standards, clear editorial vision that empowers those without power, and its close partnership with leading pan-Arab sister networks including Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper and Al-Araby TV, The New Arab confidently pledges to its existing and new readers to continue to be an authentic, unique, and forward-looking source of information, analysis, and commentary found nowhere else.
Read with us the story of The New Arab generation.
Karim Traboulsi is the Managing Editor of The New Arab since May 2019. His journalism career spans 12 years working as an editor, writer, and translator in Middle East-focused news media.
Follow him on Twitter: @kareemios
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