Amel Guettatfi
Born in San Francisco, Amel spent her adolescence traveling around North Africa and the Middle East finally settling in the UK to focus on her studies in Journalism and Media honing in on global affairs. She went on to make a documentary about Syrian refugees living in makeshift camps in Northern France, waiting to cross the English Channel. Amel currently lives in Washington DC where she is pursuing her Master's degree at Georgetown University.

Entries by Amel Guettatfi

Life as a Syrian Refugee in Calais, France

(6) Comments | Posted 10 June 2014 | (00:00)

I recently spent a week in Calais on the Northern border of France filming Syrian refugees. The men there are mainly between the ages of 20 and 35. They left their home country in the hopes of finding a more stable life in Europe, most specifically, in Britain. This is...

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Advertising You Can't Escape

(0) Comments | Posted 23 July 2013 | (16:46)

In the 2011 satirical documentary about product integration, director Morgan Spurlock asks Consumer Advocate, Ralph Nader, where he should go to completely avoid commercials, Nader replies succinctly: "TO SLEEP." As you look around the world you live in and observe the amount of advertising that is bombarded your...

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Does Citizen Journalism Need to be Objective?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2013 | (16:47)

Objectivity is the cornerstone of journalism (or at least one of them). From the get-go, would-be hacks are taught the truth is paramount and must not be in anyway distorted by personal leanings. Every side of a story is reported or in Al Jazeera parlance, every angle, every side is...

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Who Else Should be Held Accountable for the Rana Plaza Tragedy in Bangladesh?

(0) Comments | Posted 12 May 2013 | (11:28)

17 days after the collapse of Rana Plaza, the building in Bangladesh that resulted in the deaths of over 1,000 workers, a surviving woman was pulled out of the rubble. For over 2 weeks, Reshma Akhter, 18, found shelter in a small cavity amidst the debris and surrounding...

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Anti Rape Laws in India; How Effective Will They Be?

(0) Comments | Posted 30 April 2013 | (10:35)

Two recent cases of underage rape in the Badarpur area of New Delhi have once again shed light on what appears to be a rape endemic in India. According to UNICEF, 1 in 3 victims of rape in the country are children.

The two young girls, who were...

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Topless Jihad Day -- Xenophobic or Rightfully Provocative?

(3) Comments | Posted 25 April 2013 | (17:52)

It is no surprise that FEMEN, the Ukrainian feminism group, has found the need to resort to bare-breasted demonstrations with slogans such as "Nudity is Freedom" painted across their chests. The feminist message is not always a simple one to dissipate and media attention is easily distracted by...

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