If you were on Twitter during the Arab Spring, you probably know how this started. The #ArabTyrantManual hashtag first appeared in March 2011, as our founder, Iyad El-Baghdadi, was watching Arab dictators react to the Arab Spring, seemingly following the same modus operandi in a comical display of lack of self awareness.
Years later, when we decided to launch a podcast dedicated to analysing and exposing the behavior and motivations of authoritarians, the choice of name was clear: The Arab Tyrant Manual Podcast was born. But although the podcast did very well, we quickly realized we needed to expand our vision. The events of 2018 only made that clearer: This needed to become a full-featured media platform for news and analysis covering authoritarianism and the struggle against it around the world, with a special focus on the MENA region.
The already-running podcast will now integrate into a wider and deeper menu of content. Our mission remains to study and expose authoritarianism, so that we may better resist it. The platform also inherits Kawaakibi Foundation’s vision: A world free from tyranny, terrorism, and foreign intervention. A world where native agency is honored, and human rights are sacrosanct.
We are currently looking for one paid part-time editor, and two more volunteer editors. All roles have the potential to grow into something bigger as our team expands.
Before you apply, make sure you've read our volunteering and hiring philosophy here.
Roles & Responsibilities
- Collate our existing research, develop and add to it
- Write articles for publishing
- Provide editing support for the Arab Tyrant Manual platform
- Help to research and prepare scripts for multiple types of media, including podcasts, on the same topics
- Provide support on other projects as necessary
What we're looking for
- You should have proven skill writing and editing. We'd like to see samples of your work
- You must be a reliable team player with excellent communication skills
- You should approach projects professionally and be comfortable working with ambiguity, in a team juggling multiple projects
- You should be ambitious & want to make an impact. This isn't academic research
- You should care about the region and the struggle beyond just a job - why is this important to you?
- We don’t care where you went to school