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A Balanced Media

We take our role in the landscape very seriously.

BY WAFA KANAN

 

We believe in the power of dialogue and the voice the media represents. We take our role in the landscape very seriously. We do it despite the stereotypes and negative influence of those who continue to craft a biased picture of the Middle East those who often celebrate the antagonists while putting the protagonists in the villain's role. ALO and very few media in the US attempt to showcase the best of both worlds. But maintaining a balanced position is not an easy task. Western ideals are not being blended with the thousands of years of culture in the Middle East. We are doing our best to further our mission of showcasing a side of the Middle East and its citizens in diaspora that most of the West never sees. Celebrating our diversity and remaining true to our commitment to draw a real image of the culture remains the focus in every issue. However I must admit I feel somewhat trapped in my own world at times. Like many others, sometimes I am reluctant to stay silenced from the political scene, given how misconstrued and mangled the truth can become.

There is a significant constituency in this world that still oozes favoritism toward one culture versus the other and one religion vs. the other because that pleases the people in power and fills deep pockets. It seems that justice no longer exists because the majority rules.

We all want a voice. Middle Easterners in general lack the true voice with the massive campaign of negativity that always surrounds it. And we hope that with every article, we help you experience a different journey; for this is the reason that ALO magazine exists. We tell it the way we see it. Free of bias and challenging those who think of others as insignificant. The truth is that the Middle East can never be ignored. It must be understood. It should never be treated only as a culture of terror because terrorism can come from any religion, government and faction and it does.

With that in mind, we embarked on an ambitious survey, where we hoped to take the pulse of the public The results, in my humble opinion, are pretty amazing. While all of the data is still being compiled, I felt it was important to give you the overview and to share a couple of the most impor- tant findings.

We hope that by bringing our findings to light will foster more friendship and understanding. For only these qualities can patch wounds and heal centuries of conflict and manipulation. ALO will continue to be that little voice that whispers.

"What if?”

˚ What if you explore a little bit of the culture during a visit to learn about the people at first hand?

˚ What if you shut your eyes and stop seeing colors, or boundaries or language barriers?

˚ What if you just look and observe, and then stop listening to what others tell you to believe?

Wouldn’t that change the way you think?

Now in ALO we begin a journey of healing and open dialogue. We welcome you as our partner, reader, explorer, friend and family. We are reaching out, and we trust you are listening.

           

 

 

 

 

 

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