Introduction: soft-psy media as U.S. strategy -- Shopping for grocers: the origins of Middle-Eastern soft-psy media -- Our men in Kabul and Bethlehem: Saad Mohseni and Raed Othman -- Kind of con men: self-interest, soft-psy media, and resistance -- Soft-psy media under cover: the question of gender -- Mediating mediations: meta-media, the Middle East, and soft-psy strategy -- Conclusion: the trajectory of soft-psy media from 9/11 to today.
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As it seeks to win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world, the United States has poured millions of dollars into local television and radio programming. However, as this fascinating new book shows, the Middle Eastern media producers who rely on these funds are hardly puppets on an American string, but instead contribute their own political and artistic agendas. The Other Air Force reveals the remarkable creative output that can emerge even from the world's tensest conflict zones.