Al Jazeera TV

I’m watching the new Al Jazeera English channel but it’s not easy. Go here and keep refreshing the 15-minute free sample.

It’s foolish that they try to charge a monthly fee for watching the stream and even more foolish that they based the business on getting cable carriage. If they’d just put the channel up online, they’d be getting a huge audience today.

The channel is quite slick and certainly comes from a different perspective. And, oh, they’re trying so hard to go against stereotype — in the first few minutes I watched, I saw some travel piece going through a Jewish neighborhood in Israel/Palestine, I think, and a promotion flashing images of Katz’s Deli in New York. I’ll have to watch a lot more to parse the political and cultural references and news coverage. But they’re not making that easy.

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  • 5th of November

    It’s all about the Middle East right now in the news. However, Iraq is a diversion. As the army attacks Iraq, the US gov’t erodes rights at home by suspending habeas corpus, stealing private lands, banning books like “America Deceived” from Amazon, rigging elections, conducting warrantless wiretaps and starting 2 illegal wars based on lies. Soon, another US false-flag operation will occur (sinking of an Aircraft Carrier) and the US will invade Iran, (on behalf of Israel).
    Final link (before Google Books bends to gov’t demands and censors the title):
    America Deceived (book)

  • Anna

    Interesting article on former CentCom spokesman Josh Rushing (in the documentary _Control Room_, and now with Al Jazeera) in current issue of Mother Jones, here

  • steve

    To see Arabic and Islamic TV, go to memritv.org, which translates hours and hours and hours of broadcasts from all across the Arabic and Farsi language world:

    Coupla my fave clips:

    The Mufti of Egypt, on Al-Risala TV, 5/26/06: “Women in some cultures are not averse to beatings. They consider it as an expression of masculinity, and as a kind of control, which she herself desires. But when Allah permitted wife-beating, He permitted it… to preserve the family, and as one of the means to preserve stability.”

    http://memritv.org/Transcript.asp?P1=1154

    Lebanese Cleric Fathi Yakan, on Al-Manar TV, 10/20/06: “The greatest promise will be fulfilled, through the words of the Prophet Muhammad: ‘Judgment Day will only come when the Muslims fight the Jews, and kill them.’ This is the promise of the world to come.”

    http://memritv.org/Transcript.asp?P1=1297

  • MuslimCo

    heya you can also view it here:

    http://muslimco.com/aljazeeraenglish.html

    Including Press TV too here

    http://muslimco.com/presstv.html

    We’ve all had enough and want to see both sides of the story, no more CNN, FOX and SKY!