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  1. Ellen
    February 3, 2011, 6:13 pm

    The coverage in Aljazeera has been stunning. Professional, up to date. Many sides. Very broad. It leaves the US media in the dust. When will Americans be allowed to view Aljazeera?

    • Taxi
      February 3, 2011, 6:58 pm

      They won’t be allowed because they ‘openly’ talk about israel’s non-gifts to the region and their guests are experts that our msm are terrified of asking a single question.

      But maybe because of Egypt, who let the cat outta the bag, market forces just might win over Aipac muzzling/censorship – the sheer demand now for Aljazeera style news is tremendous and tremendously refreshing and everyone can see now that they’re not ‘anti-American and Islamists’.

      And to think of the millions spent by zionist to smear Arab culture, history and media, paint them all as unrepentant terrorists – all them millions overnight dumped in the cheap-tricks bin of history now.

      I see israel is pouting in the corner – everyone now knows what a liar israel is and what liars all her supporters in the media are.

    • Jim Haygood
      February 4, 2011, 8:55 am

      Mondoweiss gets a shout-out on Al Jazeera’s blog for this post:

      3:25pm Mondoweiss, a news website focused on American foreign policy in the Middle East, shows this interesting graph comparing Al Jazeera traffic to The New York Times.

      link to blogs.aljazeera.net

      3:25 pm in Cairo = 8:25 am in New York

  2. Avi
    February 3, 2011, 6:42 pm

    How about this headline:

    As Islamist Group Rises, Its Intentions Are Unclear

    link to nytimes.com

    Islamist is such an orientalist term, conjured by the US, Israel and its lobby to paint anything Islamic as radical, terrorist-like.

    How come there aren’t Christanist movements? How about Jewishist, movements?

    And, of course, “it’s intentions are unclear”, because as everyone knows one can’t trust those rag heads. The world’s 1.5 billion Muslims have an agenda to establish a world-wide caliphate and to impose Shariah law.

    • Taxi
      February 3, 2011, 7:02 pm

      They don’t really want to call them Arab moslems, well, you know: semites, do they? Even though that’s actually exactly what they are!

      • Avi
        February 3, 2011, 7:24 pm

        I’ve just heard McCain on the BBC saying “The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical movement. They have ties to terrorist organizations, to Hamas”

        Prior to that statement he said, (paraphrased): “Mubarak needs to step down and give way to the democratic forces in Egypt. But, without the Islamic movement. They are an anti-democratic force”.

        He went on to explain that the Egyptian regime’s oppression of the people is the work of Obama and his democratic party. Amazing, isn’t it?

        But, rest assured, Matt Frei did not challenge MCain’s lies, his smears or his unsubstantiated claims.

        That’s McCain, the republican party’s presidential nominee in 2008. I think it speaks volumes about the American people, particularly the right wing, don’t you think?

        Of course, the problem with the left wing is that they cater to the Israel lobby, so the Islamophobic rhetoric is not very different across the isle.

        The BBC just showed a clip of Hillary saying that the actions of the police in Egypt are in contravention to international norms, and that they go against the freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Where was she when Palestinian peace activists were thrown in Israeli jails? I don’t know.

      • Taxi
        February 3, 2011, 9:03 pm
      • Shingo
        February 4, 2011, 12:32 am

        McCain was on Fox news describing the wave of demonstrations throughout the ME as a virus.

        Of course, it’s all about poor little Israel:

        link to rawstory.com

    • Les
      February 3, 2011, 9:21 pm

      Orientalist, Islamist, Arabist: dreamed up by and for racists.

  3. Jim Haygood
    February 3, 2011, 6:45 pm

    More on this subject, with a cool graphic (can you post it?):

    link to neontommy.com

  4. Jim Haygood
    February 3, 2011, 7:23 pm

    Don’t overlook how Egypt’s uprising has changed the mainstream media. Tonight the NYT’s Lede blog almost wholly relies on citing Egyptian bloggers on the scene. People power!

    link to thelede.blogs.nytimes.com

    • Sumud
      February 3, 2011, 8:13 pm

      Jim ~ Robert Mackey does a great job at the Lede blog, in fact he had some of the best coverage of the Israeli raid on the Free Gaza Flotilla. I think you’re right: Egypt is changing MSM coverage, but Mackey isn’t really a good example – he was already in a good place. I don’t read NYT regularly but get the feeling they haven’t quite yet worked out yet how to integrate bloggers into the what they do – so Mackey has been given free rein.

      I have been reading Nicholas Kristoff. He’s in Cairo so can actually do some decent reporting and not spout fearmongering idiotic crap like many others are.

      • Jim Haygood
        February 3, 2011, 9:45 pm

        Kristof said on the night he arrived in Cairo that the festive atmosphere in Tahrir square reminded him of Tiananmen square in 1989, just before the June 4th crackdown.

        Of course he would say that, but I was hoping that his analogy wouldn’t hold. Sadly, within 24 hours, he was proven correct.

        Even so, much has changed. In 1989, Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn were filing a couple of stories a day from Beijing. These went through the usual editing process and were typeset into the next morning’s print edition.

        Today’s direct tweeting from Kristof and dozens of other reporters in Egypt without editorial filtering is a really different paradigm — something that probably wouldn’t have been allowed in 1989, even if it had been technically feasible. It’s the only way the MSM can keep up with on-the-scene bloggers in providing immediacy.

      • Sumud
        February 4, 2011, 12:23 am

        A short video report by Kristoff tweeted out just now, some vox populi from Meydan Tahrir:

        Undaunted in Tahrir Square

        Definitely sounds like the optimism has returned to the Square. Note the effigy hanging from the traffic light during the first part of the clip.

        Vox populi is the one area in which AJE’s coverage has been lacking – I’ve seen endless wide shots of Tahrir but not enough on the ground-reporting. I guess with their broadcast licence revoked, journos de-accredited then hunted and arrested, and their equipment stolen or smashed they have an excuse!

  5. radii
    February 3, 2011, 10:31 pm

    NY Times and most msm in USA is so predictable. Here, let me show you. This is what you will continue to read and hear in NY Times and most other US “news” media:

    The ongoing unrest in Egypt raises the prospect of radical elements of Islam coming to power once Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak finally leaves. The will of the Egyptian people is clear blah blah blah blah blah blah what this means for the Middle East peace process and Israel remains unclear blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah the Muslim Brotherhood blah blah blah terrorism blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Netanyahu blah blah blah blah blah Gaza border with Egypt blah blah blah blah blah blah blah what kind of democracy will emerge? blah blah blah blah Mubarak blah stability blah blah Egypt’s relationship with Israel blah blah blah blah Israeli fears blah blah blah blah U.S. financial support for Egypt’s military blah blah blah blah Caliphate blah blah Islamic extremism blah blah blah blah blah …. you get the picture

    … so many elements to this historic move to democracy driven by the large population of young people throughout the North Africa/Middle East/South and Central Asia and yet we hear get vast over-representation by the neocons spewing their israel-first talking points over and over – disgusting

  6. thetumta
    February 3, 2011, 10:31 pm

    It’s about time. So when is Time-Warner going to add Aljazeera? Or NPR for that matter?

    • Chaos4700
      February 3, 2011, 10:49 pm

      NPR’s really gone downhill since 2001. And anyway, corporations eschew public broadcasting as a matter of ideology, so.

  7. Sumud
    February 4, 2011, 12:29 am

    I linked to an interesting radio interview w/ AJ Director General Wadah Khanfar on another thread:

    link to mondoweiss.net

  8. Citizen
    February 4, 2011, 2:57 am

    While we are waiting to see if today, Friday, is the BIG DAY (and while Obama awaits Israel’s OK on his negotiations with top Egyptians yesterday evening regarding setting up the transition government with the active help of the Egyptian army), here’s a pic of Arab Christians protecting Arab Muslims in prayer: link to yfrog.com

    I don’t think you will see it on Glen Beck’s show–his show yesterday btw was absolutely insane–he’s fighting to save world Jewry from the impending Caliphate-Marxist takeover.

    • Shmuel
      February 4, 2011, 3:14 am

      Thanks, Citizen. Amazing picture.

      • Chaos4700
        February 4, 2011, 9:10 am

        I agree. It’s a long time since I’ve seen anything that beautiful and precious. Thank you Citizen.

    • Citizen
      February 4, 2011, 3:26 am

      And here’s the class action lawsuit seeking damages in behalf all those who bought Jimmy Carter’s book, Peace, Not Apartheid–filed by 2 US-Israel dual citizens and three others on Feb 1st: link to israellawcenter.org

      Basically it alleges that little Jimmy pedaled his book as truthful non-fiction but it’s a pack of lies.

      • Citizen
        February 4, 2011, 4:14 am

        And, directly apropos this thread’s subject today, here’s a blast from the past, specifically from mid-2008, responsive to the question why Al Jazeera is not allowed in the USA; and yes, that’s a young, astute, and handsome Phil Weiss among those interviewed regarding the nature of AIPAC: link to youtube.com

        Imagine such a subject and panel interview on US TV. Makes me wonder precisely who is on CSPAN’s NGO board of directors from the big cable companies… I imagine today the Day Of Reckoning re Egypt will be a topic on Washington Journal today. Think any callers will bring up the US-Israel connection to Mubarek’s 30 years of tyranny? Anybody will be allowed to ask why doesn’t Obama already have aid to Egypt and Israel on the table of leverage towards supporting authentic American values rather than neocon-PEP values? And if so, will they be cut off by the WJ host?

      • seafoid
        February 4, 2011, 6:22 am

        Israel can’t stop the love. It can’t stop the truth from emerging.
        Israel is built on hatred and the American people need to understand that. Israel could be so different. It will have to change.

    • seafoid
      February 4, 2011, 6:19 am

      Beautiful picture. Kills hasbara stone dead.

  9. seafoid
    February 4, 2011, 4:28 am

    link to ft.com

    “The west still has a big stake in the outcome. It should cheer on the forces of freedom and the rule of law. It can offer to help. The new wisdom, though, begins with an acknowledgement that the Middle East belongs to someone else.”

  10. Justice Please
    February 4, 2011, 4:39 am

    As it turns out, after all there are indeed more people concerned with getting the truth and demanding justice than people content with news rubber-stamped by corporations and the Israeli foreign ministry.

    • seafoid
      February 4, 2011, 7:57 am

      link to mfa.gov.il

      PM Netanyahu addresses the Knesset: The situation in Egypt The Iranian regime is not interested in seeing an Egypt that protects the rights of individuals, women, and minorities. They are not interested in an enlightened Egypt that embraces the 21st century. They want an Egypt that returns to the Middle Ages. They want Egypt to become another Gaza, run by radical forces that oppose everything that the democratic world stands for.

      • Chaos4700
        February 4, 2011, 9:16 am

        You know at this point, whenever I picture Jan Brady’s voice coming out of his mouth, saying “Iran, Iran, Iran!”

        It’s funny how Zionists kick us around for having Israel be part of our conversation about Egypt, as if Israel has no intersection with Egypt. Never mind that whenever we talk about Gaza and Israel’s blockade, they bring Egypt into the conversation reflexively. But now they’re going to make Iran part of this conversation?

        “Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!” Grow up, Zionists.

      • seafoid
        February 4, 2011, 9:41 am

        It’s so lame . Egypt is Sunni and Iran is Shia and thus a nest of apostates.

        I had a Sunni colleague when I worked in Cairo and I used to wind him up by confessing to him that it was my dream to marry a Shia lady. What fun it was! Always elicited a response.

      • Chaos4700
        February 4, 2011, 9:55 am

        Heh. To be honest, I’ve come to perceive the split between Sunni and Shia to be more akin to the split between Catholism and Lutheranism. Heck, from what I understand the mosque of the mostly Sunni local community here, has a Shia cleric, or had at one point.

        Conversely, in Catholic high school, I overheard one of the religion teachers making a nasty comment about Lutheran prayer services. It bothers me how the Muslim world has to be ‘orientalized’ and mystified when really, as a matter of social mechanism, things work the same over there as they do over here. It’s another country, another region of the world, not another solar system.

      • Philip Weiss
        February 4, 2011, 10:00 am

        helpful. thanks chaos. anyone who has spent time in the midwest knows about these divisions, including within lutheran life

      • Chaos4700
        February 4, 2011, 10:02 am

        I have an unfair advantage in this regard. I live in the Midwest. ;)

      • seafoid
        February 4, 2011, 10:55 am

        Israel’s whole strategy vis a vis the US is based on the orientalist notion that Muslims are fundamentally different to Jews and by extension Christians. Iran can only be used as a monolithic bogeyman if people don’t understand that Iranian women moan about their husbands just like the stupid bitches in Ohio and that Iranian men fart in bed just like Californians. In offices up and down Iran, ordinary Iranians talk inanities just like they do in New Jersey. Don’t let the brown skin put you off.

      • Citizen
        February 4, 2011, 11:32 am

        Seafoid, yep, exactly. The macro uber alles is “Judeo-Christian values” in contrast with Muslim values. Nothing like ignoring history’s renditions of all these values juxtiposed to each other. The sellers of “Judeo-Christian values” depend, absolutely depend on the ignorance of the “talking animals”–hence, also, on their related lack of irony.

  11. Citizen
    February 4, 2011, 5:43 am

    Egypt right now @ 5:47 AM EST: link to twitpic.com
    Gonna be BIG today. Obama’s gonna blow this great opportunity to be on the right side of history in Cairo (again).

  12. Citizen
    February 4, 2011, 6:10 am

    World-wide sit-ins today at all Egyptian embassies: link to worldwidetahrir.wordpress.com

  13. Citizen
    February 4, 2011, 6:20 am

    Image of people massed today in Alexandria and Cairo. How many million?
    link to twitpic.com

  14. seafoid
    February 4, 2011, 8:10 am

    Looks like it is time for some fresh hasbara.

    link to aipac.org

    Over just six decades, Israel has grown from a country born into unrelenting adversity into a nation of limitless progress: a defender of free speech and minority rights, an outpost of women’s rights, a beacon of science and higher learning, an open door for immigrants – an outstretched hand to a world in need. Because of her unwavering commitment to democratic ideals, Israel is America’s indispensable ally in a sea of dictatorships.

    • Chaos4700
      February 4, 2011, 9:17 am

      How can you stand to wade through this stuff, anyway? It’s like what we would have been subjected to if Goebbels had had an internet platform. It makes me want to hurl.

      • seafoid
        February 4, 2011, 10:33 am

        I think it’s hilarious. AIPAC is going to have to come up with some new material because the old stuff has been overtaken by events.

        The AIPAC site has video clips of the entirety of the US’s political leadership paying their respects at the 2010 conf. I wonder what they will have to say this year.

        link to aipac.org

        Everyone’s a prostitute. No civil disobedience.
        link to lyricsdepot.com

      • Citizen
        February 4, 2011, 11:35 am

        AIPAC Policy Conference 2011
        The AIPAC Policy Conference is the pro-Israel community’s preeminent annual gathering. The event attracts more than 6000 community and student activists from all 50 states, and more than half of the Senate, a third of the House of Representatives and countless Israeli and American policymakers and thought leaders. Over three jam-packed days, Policy Conference participants choose from hundreds of informative sessions and participate in the pro-Israel community’s largest and most important advocacy day.
        Event Dates 5/22/2011 – 5/24/2011

  15. Henry Norr
    February 4, 2011, 4:36 pm

    Just want to point out that this graph is reproduced, with credit to Mondoweiss, in a blog post on the Washington Post site.

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