Author: Alexis Cruz

SOUTH KOREA: Netflix’s ‘Okja’ is Some Pig

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – The expression “She’s got it all” seems particularly apt for the new Netflix film “Okja” and its title character of the same name. Okja the character is smart, brave, loyal and loving, to a degree befitting her elephantine size (for the record, Okja’s sex is uncertain but we’ll call her a her for this article.) “Okja” the movie is action-packed, full of social commentary, and deeply sentimental. Together the two are winning fans and decent box office returns for a not-so-gentle jab at Big Food and the apocalypse that is the industrial meat industry. The...

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QATAR: WHAT TO DO WITH AL JAZEERA?

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – In 1996, Qatar laid the foundation to become a regional power when it created the news network, Al Jazeera. Qatar’s growing influence even granted the Middle Eastern underdog the FIFA 2022 World Cup. Now, the same source that won Qatar’s recognition is threatening Qatar’s diplomatic relationships with its neighbors. Qatar’s neighbors have not taken a warm welcoming to news coverage by Al Jazeera. In 2002, Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador over Al Jazeera’s coverage of its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. Al Jazeera’s name was also tainted following its favorable coverage of 2011 Arab Spring and the...

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SAUDI ARABIA: SAUDI MEDIA FEEL THE LOVE FOR TRUMP

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES –Turns out, if there’s one place that U.S. President Donald Trump can count on for a warm welcome, it’s Saudi Arabia. As unlikely as that seemed at the height of last year’s presidential election, the Middle Eastern kingdom welcomed Trump with open arms on his recent visit. The excitement was evident in the Saudi press as Trump’s visit heralded a “new era” of US-Saudi relations. According to the editor of the “Saudi Gazette” newspaper, Somayya Jabarti, “Under President [Barack] Obama, there was a sense of betrayal. Saudis felt like the United States was someone we’ve known...

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QATAR: Media Permits No Big Deal?

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – There’s one story in Qatar that has seen little coverage, despite the fact that it affects the country’s news media. A Qatari ministry introduced new reforms in the start of 2017 that mandate new permits for anyone working in the “press and publication,” according to an announcement printed in local papers. Aside from a short article on Saudi network Al-Arabiya and on Doha News, the reforms have received little attention. Doha News has a reason to report on the new licenses. In December 2016 its website was blocked in Qatar for apparently not having the...

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QATAR: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Money

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – October in a U.S. election year often unveils some scandal. This year is no different, except the scandals have gotten weirder and this time Qatar is in on the mischief. According to emails leaked by Wikileaks, in 2012 Qatari representatives sought a 5-minute meeting with Bill Clinton in exchange for donating $1 million to the Clinton Foundation. The claim adds to rival Donald Trump’s attacks on Hillary’s ethics, though thanks to numerous allegations of sexual assault, Trump’s own credibility is anything but solid. Still, it’s troubling that the person who in all likelihood will be...

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