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Many young Iranians have rejected what they see as the religious fervor of Iran's ruling elite.
Many young Iranians have rejected what they see as the religious fervor of Iran's ruling elite, with some insisting that voting cannot bring the change they feel Iran needs. But others say their apathy could play into the hands of conservatives, helping to strengthen the policies that have alienated many born after the Islamic Revolution. Al Jazeera's Alireza Ronaghi reports from Tehran.Many young Iranians have rejected what they see as the religious fervor of Iran's... more
Al Jazeera English, after a long struggle to break into the American TV market, has finally found a home in a major metropolitan area.
Washington, D.C.-area folks can catch AJE's "Hour of News" at 10 p.m. on Thursday, the last show of the night to air from their Washington bureau. It can be found on Comcast channel 271, Cox channel 470 or Verizon FiOS channel 451. It'll be broadcast by the MHz Network.
Al Jazeera popped a nice scoop two weeks ago when "Fault Lines" host Avi Lewis got former Bush administration deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage to say he should have resigned over White House torture policy.
Beginning July 1, AJE will be on 24 hours a day in the D.C. area, with the goal of eventually broadcasting nationally. (It's already available in Toledo, Ohio, broadcast by Buckeye Cable.)
AJE insiders, however, worry that their coverage of Washington politics will be undercut by their inability so far to get administration officials to respond to interview requests.Al Jazeera English, after a long struggle to break into the American TV market, has... more
While the Thai authorities continue to face allegations of abuse of Muslim Rohingya migrants, the policy of rejecting and forcefully repatriating asylum seekers landing on Thai soil is not new.
But increased media attention to the plight of the Rohingya and images of Thai soldiers stood guard over rows of bedraggled men have highlighted the desperation of a minority group effectively rendered stateless by the Myanmar government.
According to Kraisak Choonhavan, a Thai government official, between 2004 and 2008, at least 4,866 Rohingya arrived in Thailand, many of whom have since been repatriated to Myanmar.
In December alone, nearly a thousand arrived along Thailand's Andaman coastline.
Travelling in rickety wooden boats from Myanmar, the winter months when the tides are at their lowest are viewed as the best time to set sail.
Human Rights Watch says the orders to deport the Rohingya are part of a broader policy on the part of Thai authorities aimed at keeping the stateless ethnic group out of Thailand.
"This is not a one-off thing where the authorities decide to deport who they see as illegal immigrants," Sunai Phasuk, a Thailand and Myanmar researcher, told Al Jazeera.
"There is a policy aimed at the Rohingya... a directive given from higher-ranking officials."While the Thai authorities continue to face allegations of abuse of Muslim Rohingya... more
DOHA (AFP) – Al-Jazeera, the pan-Arab network known for hard news coverage of Middle East conflicts, said Sunday it has launched a channel for pre-school children.
The channel Baraem, which means buds in Arabic, started broadcasting on Friday, said Al-Jazeera's Mahmud Bouneb.
It offers its target audience -- aged between three and six -- educational and cultural programmes, unlike Al-Jazeera Children launched three and a half years ago for children up to 13 years old.
"Baraem, unique among some 550 channels in the Arab world, addresses pre-school-aged children, their parents and their teachers, with the ambition of contributing to the formation of the identity of the Arab child," Bouneb told AFP.
Baraem produces 15 percent of its broadcast material, while the remaining 85 percent is aquired, said Bouneb, who heads Al-Jazeera Children.
"The aim is to gradually increase our production to affirm the Arab identity of the channel, as with Al-Jazeera Children, which at its launch produced only 30 percent of the programmes, but now produces 60 percent," Bouneb said.
"Our channel produces, or co-produces in Malaysia, Britain, France, Canada and Arab countries, including Qatar," he said, adding Baraem's launch would free up space on Al-Jazeera Children for children aged seven to 15.
Baraem is owned by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, a public body created and headed by the wife of Qatar's Emir, Sheikha Mozah Bent Nasser al-Masnad.DOHA (AFP) – Al-Jazeera, the pan-Arab network known for hard news coverage of... more
Hamas and their allied Palestinian factions have announced an immediate one-week ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, giving Israel a week to pull out of the territory.
The move, following a meeting of the factions in Damascus on Sunday, comes a day after Israel called a unilateral truce, ending its 22-day offensive in Gaza which led to the deaths of 1,203 Palestinians.
13 Israelies died in this round of the conflict, compared to the 1,203 Palestinians. Perhaps it's time to find a peaceful resolution so no one else has to die.Hamas and their allied Palestinian factions have announced an immediate one-week... more
As the death toll from Israel's war on Gaza continues to climb, Mohammed Ali, an advocacy and media researcher for Oxfam who lives in Gaza City, will be keeping a diary of his feelings and experiences.
The air, the sea and the earth in Gaza City are now occupied by the Israeli military. They occupy Gazans' minds, nerves and ears too.
In a bid to stop my children twitching, jerking, trembling and waking at every sound of an attack during their few hours of sleep and their many waking hours, I put cotton wool in their ears - it has not worked.
I wonder what damage is being done to my children's tiny hearts. Theirs are not as big as mine, they can cope less with the stress that is being put on them.
We ran out of fuel for our generator, which meant that we were confined to a small room filled with eleven people, with little light for three days.
We have not had water either; our well can only pump water if it has electricity which most of the Gaza Strip has been denied since this nightmare started.
Unlike many other families, we were fortunate yesterday to find 20 litres of benzene to power our generator. No fuel has come in since the onset of this attack on Gaza so we had to pay seven times its usual price.
We have one day's worth of food left and the nappies I bought two weeks ago are nearly gone. They are not good quality as little has been able to enter this strip of land since the blockade was imposed on us 18 months ago. Bad quality nappies mean unpleasant leakages, and for the last few days the little ones have had to be bathed in freezing cold water.
(complete diary at link above)As the death toll from Israel's war on Gaza continues to climb, Mohammed Ali, an... more
At this link is a live feed of Al Jazeera Television if anyone wants to watch.
Al Jazeera English is the only international news network broadcasting from inside Gaza. So why can't Americans tune in? Is it time to call our cable companies and, like the "I want my MTV" campaign of the olden days, demand AJE?Al Jazeera English is the only international news network broadcasting from inside... more
While CBS took the American "heroes" of the My Lai massacre (Hugh Thompson & Larry Colburn, who attempted to put a stop to the atrocities from their helicopter) back to Vietnam in 1998, Al Jazeera English's Josh Rushing brought one of the soldiers who participated in the events of March 16th, 1968. Ken Schiel tries to explain how such a thing could happen as he meets a survivor of the massacre face to face.
My Lai. Haditha. Are these things related? How to ordinary American boys find themselves committing such horrific acts? What do you think? Is there anything that could be done to change it?
Watch part two of this episode of ON WAR here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQA1V9uPFjUWhile CBS took the American "heroes" of the My Lai massacre (Hugh Thompson... more
BREAKING NEWS: Mosaic producer Jamal Dajani reports live from Israel on the Gaza air strikes.
Mosaic gives you the news from these networks in English:
Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
Al Arabiya TV, UAE
Al Alam TV, Iran
Alsumaria TV, Iran
Press TV, Iran
Al Iraqiya TV, Iraq
Bagdad TV, Iraq
Syria TV, Syria
Jordan TV, Jordan
Dubai TV, UAE
Nile TV, Egypt
IBA TV, Israel
NBN TV, Lebanon
Saudi TV, Saudi Arabia
Palestine TV, Ramallah
Mosaic is a Peabody award winning news program that gives you all of the news from the Middle Eastern Countries themselves; in English.
(Transcripts are also available-wow)BREAKING NEWS: Mosaic producer Jamal Dajani reports live from Israel on the Gaza air... more
Ajai Sahni, the executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management in Delhi, and Mohsin Hamid, the author of the bestselling book, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, react to the terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai and discuss the claims of Pakistani involvement in them.Ajai Sahni, the executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management in Delhi,... more
Al Jazeera asks Americans in San Francisco and Orange County what they think of China's critical report on human rights in the U.S.A. Interestingly, many of them agree.
Sure, China has a deal to answer for in the human rights area, though the US are no different, so criticism from either side could be accused of being hypocritical, though admittedly China mostly does it as a response to US criticism.Al Jazeera asks Americans in San Francisco and Orange County what they think of... more
My fear is that the 2008 run to the White House will forever be stained by it's divisive and racist undertones, rather than revered for its path towards healing our nation. Unfortunately, now the only thing to fear is NOT fear itself... My fear is that the 2008 run to the White House will forever be stained by it's... more
Al Jazeera is asking a global panel for their thoughts on the US presidential election and on Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate, and his Republican rival, John McCain.
This week we asked our panel to reflect on the role of women in the US election, particularly following the vice-presidential debate between Sarah Palin, McCain's running mate, and Joe Biden, the Democratic vice-presidential pick, and how it compares to the role of women in politics in their country.
*********CONTINUES Al Jazeera is asking a global panel for their thoughts on the US presidential... more
AJE's Josh Rushing spends some quality time with McCain's captors...
While the Obamas, Clintons, Bidens, and Kennedys worked themselves into a masturbatory frenzy at the DNC in Denver, Josh Rushing and the crew of Al Jazeera English were camped out at a biker bar in Golden, Colorado, trying to gauge the reaction of common folk to this political sideshow. They were met with a mob of locals who were incensed by the gall of this seemingly sinister foreign network's attempt to, well… cover the news.
This is just the sort of thing that Josh Rushing has gotten used to. After leaving the Marines amid a hubbub by military brass over his appearance in the critically acclaimed documentary Control Room, he became a high-profile presenter for Al Jazeera English. He's been called a traitor by some, had his life threatened by others, and has been the key defender of the network the Bush administration attempted to make synonymous with terrorism.
Luckily, 14 years in the Marines helped Rushing to develop something of a thick skin. So while he opted to leave the Marines sooner than he would have liked, he figured out how to turn some pretty awful lemons into lemonade. Last year he authored a book titled Mission Al Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World, and this fall he'll debut a six-part series on AJE called On War examining war as a global constant, from the fields of My Lai to the jungles of Peru.
I dropped in on Rushing at the offices of Al Jazeera English in Washington, DC—just a stone's throw away from the White House. It's a busy beehive that has a slightly DIY punk vibe to it and is staffed by a colorful collection of Brits, Italians, an abnormal amount of Texans, and yes… even a few Arabs. I couldn't wait to get to the bottom of what Al Jazeera English and their all-American icon were all about.While the Obamas, Clintons, Bidens, and Kennedys worked themselves into a masturbatory... more
The city manager of Golden, Colo., has decided to withdraw his invitation to let the Al-Jazeera news network broadcast from a barbecue in his backyard on the final night of the Democratic National Convention.
The city manager of Golden, Colo., has decided to withdraw his invitation to let the... more
GOLDEN, Colo. - The city manager of Golden, Colo., has decided to withdraw his invitation to let the Al-Jazeera news network broadcast from a barbecue in his backyard on the final night of the Democratic National Convention.
City manager Mike Bestor has apologized for any divisiveness he caused in the city of about 18,000, about 15 miles west of Denver.
Bestor made his decision after a City Council meeting Thursday at which residents complained the event with the English-language service of the Middle East news network would be disrespectful to veterans and active U.S. soldiers.
Al-Jazeera is based in Qatar and is funded by the royal family of the Persian Gulf nation. The network says its English service reaches at least 100 million households worldwide. GOLDEN, Colo. - The city manager of Golden, Colo., has decided to withdraw his... more
Despite less than mediocre performances during past Olympic games, Arab athletes and coaches say they are hoping to make their best showing yet in Beijing.
In nearly 100 years of Olympic competition, the combined tally of medals won by all Arab countries is 73.
At 22 countries, the Arab nations constitute almost 11 per cent of the total number of participating nations (204). However, the average number of medals won - 3.48 medals every four years - has been uninspiring.
In the last Olympic games in Athens, for example, Arab countries won only 10 of the 929 medals available - a little over one per cent.
Shouaa Ghada, a Syrian heptathlete who won a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta games, told Al Jazeera Sports that she is hopeful that Arabs will be among the medallists this year.
"Algeria is heading in the right path [in terms of preparation]," she said, adding that she expected Sudanese runner Abubaker Kaki to bring a medal home.
Kaki, who became the youngest world indoor winner of the 800-metre final in March 2008, hopes to secure Sudan's first gold medal.
On June 6, 2008 he set a new World Junior record at the Bislett Games Golden League meeting in Oslo, Norway, finishing in 1:42.69.
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Full story at link by Nassir Yousef al-Jaber in Doha// Al Jazeera EnglishDespite less than mediocre performances during past Olympic games, Arab athletes and... more