Four years ago, on May 27, 2010, we launched this site so quietly even WE almost didn’t notice. We had grown sick and tired of the terrible media coverage on the Middle East and North Africa and were determined to do something about it. Our goal was to present the region on its own terms, challenge stereotypes, and talk about the issues that actually mattered to the people who lived in Morocco, Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the rest of the region. We never imagined we’d make it passed the first year, grow as much as we have, or witness the region experience such monumental changes.

We couldn’t have made it this far without an incredible staff of individuals, past and present, who have volunteered their time to bring this magazine to life. They include: Scott Williamson, Nima Shirazi, Mareike Transfeld, Caroline Abadeer, Erin Kilbride, Dominic Bocci, Owais Arshad, Phoebe Bierly, Siham Nuseibeh, Kelby Olson, Joseph Podrasky, Jamila El-Gizuli, Heather Hartlaub, Fiona Shukri, Hanif Zarrabi-Kashani, Murtaza Hussain, Saleem Haddad, Francesca Recchia, Yazan al-Saadi, George Bajalia, Thalia Beaty, Ayesha Chugh, Melissa Dzenis, Kübra Güven, Zeynep Kosereisoglu, Amanda Rogers, Sara Salem, David Sheen, Sarah Zakzouk, Samira Irani, and Yasmin El Rifae

In honor of our fourth birthday, we’ve dug into our archives and found the first seven articles we published. A special thank you goes out to these writers, who were willing to write for a site with no track-record or established audience.

Who Is In Charge?:

the Murky Relationship Between the Supreme Leader and Ahmadinejad

by Ali Ahmadi Motlagh

Crisis? What Crisis? : U.S.-Israel Relations and the Demise of the Peace Process

by Ben White

Cutting Military Aid Best U.S. Policy Tool to Affect Israeli Government Behavior

by Josh Ruebner

BDS at UC Berkeley: The Campaign, The Vote, and The Veto

by Dina Omar and Youmna Derby

The Tehran Public Prosecutor and the Rule of Law in Post-Election Iran

by Soraya Ahangar

Original Sin: How the Oslo Accords Enabled Continued Settlement Growth

by Khaled Elgindy

The Iranian Women’s Movement in the 21st Century

by Leila Mouri

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Here’s to four more years!

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