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Marwan Bishara

Marwan Bishara is Al Jazeera English's senior political analyst and the editor & host of Empire, which examines global powers and their agendas. He was previously a professor of International Relations at the American University of Paris and a fellow at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. An author who writes and speaks extensively on global politics, Bishara is an authority on many of today’s most relevant global issues, US foreign policy and the greater Middle East. His latest book, The Invisible Arab, has been lauded by reviewers for its long perspective on the factors that led to the Arab Spring, and for effectively capturing the spirit and energy of the political shift.
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Marwan Bishara was born in Nazareth, Israel and is an Israeli of Arab descent. He is the younger brother of Azmi Bishara.

His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, The Guardian, Le Monde and The Nation, among other outlets. He is also the chairman of The Galilee Foundation, a UK-based charity that provides over 100 students annually with scholarships to go to universities. Marwan Bishara has engaged in high-profile public speaking on Middle East and global affairs, in addition to international journalism.

Empire, his flagship show on Al Jazeera English, consistently challenges concepts about global powers and global elites. Through Empire episodes such as The US between Two Wars; SuperClass; BRIC: The New World Order; or US & Iran: Best of Enemies?, Marwan Bishara has posed pertinent questions on a vast range of topics. Empire has been successful at dissecting the most significant geo-political issues of the day by fusing the best Al Jazeera field reporting with an in-depth studio debate with the participation of leading analysts and commentators.

Bishara is the author of the book Palestine/Israel: Peace or Apartheid published in 2001 by Zed Books several years before Jimmy Carter published a book under the almost identical titlePalestine Peace Not Apartheid. The Invisible Arab, his book about the uprising in the Arab world came out in early 2012.

The Huffington Post said "The Invisible Arab is an insightful and absorbing read for inquiring minds," [1] and Publishers Weekly added, "Bishara…provides a compelling and spirited history of the modern Arab nation, from colonial liberation to the recent revolutions….Fast-paced, impassioned, and eloquent." [2]

Bishara serves on the Board of Trustees of The Galilee Foundation, a UK-based charity “established in 2007 to promote development and equality of the Palestinian indigenous community in Israel”.[3]

On CNN regarding the Arab league's attempted regulation of media outlets such as Al Jazeera: "I think Arab - certain Arab - governments are really worried from the freedom of expression that is going on in the Arab world."[4]
Publications[edit source | editbeta]
Palestine/Israel: Peace or Apartheid. London/New York: Zed Books. 2001, 2003. ISBN 978-1-84277-273-7.
The Invisible Arab. Nation Books/Perseus. 2012. ISBN 978-1-56858-708-0.
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