Last Updated:  July 10, 2012

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Al-Monitor provides access to articles from independent print media outlets from across the Middle East, presented in high quality English-language translation.  Our goal is to introduce a global audience to the Middle East “in its own words,” giving voice to the diversity of perspectives and richness of experience represented by its authors, journalists and thinkers.  We strive to bring local views, insight, culture and history to bear on stories and events as they unfold.  In addition, Al-Monitor serves as a platform for exclusive editorial content from respected regional experts, and may include an interactive section affording our readers the opportunity to respond to the authors of our translated articles and in-house editorials.  Each day, our editorial team carefully selects a diverse array of articles intended to provide readers with a level of insight into the politics, economics and societies of the Middle East not otherwise available in the English language.  We strive to ensure that our translations are technically accurate, and that they also convey the style, tone, and subtleties of the original texts.  It is our intention to faithfully represent the unique knowledge and perspectives of Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew and Francophone authors, whose voices would otherwise go unheard in the international arena.

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