February 7, 2011

Al Jazeera Helps to Break Silence

Wadah Khanfar, The Guardian

AP Photo

It is almost a century since the state borders that today divide the Middle East were drawn up. The shape of the region was negotiated behind closed doors and imposed by colonial powers without consulting its people. The impact of those deals still haunts the region and, many would argue, plays a central role in its instability.

Some of the states that emerged from the carve-up later championed independence and social development, while others adopted a conservative stance. But almost without exception they maintained a monopoly on information and communication, underpinned by control and censorship of the media. For many years dissent, criticism or even limited exposure of what was going on behind closed doors was crushed with the argument that "it is not the right...

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Egypt, Al Jazeera


May 8, 2012
Why China Kicked Out Al Jazeera
Kenneth Tan, Shanghaiist
And here it is -- the Al-Jazeera documentary that is said to have pissed China off so much that it refused to extend press credentials for its China correspondent Melissa Chan (even though she took no part in its production),... more ››
May 15, 2012
What Do Egyptians Want?
Barry Rubin, Jerusalem Post
Many Egyptians will die, as will U.S. interests. Will the Western apologists and enablers have a clear conscience? more ››