Shortly after Saudi Arabia announced it had cut ties with Qatar over Doha’s alleged support for Islamists and Iran, on Monday the kingdom said it had also shut the local office of Al Jazeera, Qatar’s influential satellite channel, and had revokved its license. Riyadh views Al Jazeera as critical of its government, but the outlet says it is an independent news service giving a voice to everyone in the region. The move was announced by state television.
A member of Al Jazeera’s board says the shooting death of the Russian ambassador to Turkey was a “human reaction” to what the prominent Qatari journalist alleges to be Moscow’s “barbarism” in war-torn Syria. She added that Russia “deserves the worst.”
People around the world, always at the mercy of the predatory power of US imperialism, watch the US presidential elections partially amused by the depth of its corruption and partially frightened by the prospect of either a Clinton or a Trump presidency.
They should fear Trump more. Everyone knows Hillary can be bought.
Al Jazeera America said today that it would be shutting down at the end of April, having failed to attract a sizable audience to its attempt at a smarter US news network, according to The New York Times. It was a surprise announcement, but it follows a series of very public struggles for the young network. It launched slowly in 2013, only ever making it into about 60 percent of US homes with cable TV, according to Politico. That certainly didn’t help its viewership, which the Times reports struggled to top 30,000 viewers a night.
An Egyptian judge on Saturday handed down unexpectedly harsh verdicts in the trial of three journalists from the Al Jazeera English news channel, sentencing them to at least three years in prison on charges that human rights advocates have repeatedly dismissed as political in nature.
The journalists, Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste, had said they were expecting to be exonerated or sentenced to time already served. Egyptian officials have strongly suggested they were eager to be rid of the case, which had become a source of international embarrassment for the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, highlighting its sweeping crackdown on opponents as well as freedom of expression after the military takeover in 2013.
But on Saturday, the judge, Hassan Farid, said that the men, who had all previously worked for other internationally respected news organizations, were not in fact journalists because they lacked the necessary credentials. And he upheld what rights advocates said was among many baseless accusations leveled during their trial: that the journalists had “broadcast false news” about Egypt on Al Jazeera.
Al Jazeera’s run of bad publicity got a little worse this week, when the online Arabic newspaper New Khalij published an article citing part of a cable from the Saudi Embassy saying the network answers to the Qatar government and is stocked with reporters who are part of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Arabic language cable was among a batch of internal records published by Wikileaks.
“[W]hatever has been said about the impact of the journalists working in Al-Jazeera, having their weight and their agenda, and most of them belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood or being sympathizers with it, the final say in the end is with Qatari decision makers, with them the ones who determine its objectives, and the ones who identify the direction of the channel to achieve their objectives,” the New Khalij report says, citing the Saudi cable.
When Al Jazeera America was announced, the Qatari propaganda network was riding high.
Once known as a dump for Al Qaeda videos, the Arab Spring had allowed the House of Thani to project its power across the region, toppling governments and replacing them with its Muslim Brotherhood allies.
Qatar had been notorious for its ties to Al Qaeda, but those connections had done little for the oil-rich oligarchy.
The Muslim Brotherhood however handed Egypt over to Qatar. And Al Jazeera’s propaganda had been widely credited with supplying the images and messaging that made it happen…
Adil Charkaoui says he is the victim of a smear campaign.
“I am really disgusted by the dirty campaign of some mass media,” the Moroccan-born teacher of Arabic and the Quran tells Al Jazeera English via Facebook.
He could be right.
Over the past six months, especially since seven young people left Quebec last winter reportedly to join ISIL, Canadian reporters have been linking his name, his past, and his Centre Communautaire Islamique de l’Est de Montreal to the “radicalisation” of Muslim youth.
Last month, when another 10 boys and girls on their way to Turkey were “pre-emptively” arrested at Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport, Charkaoui was in the headlines again.
That’s because, so far this year, 11 of 19 young Quebecers who have left or tried to leave – ostensibly for Syria – attended College de Maisonneuve, where Charkaoui leases space for his classes…
Turkey marks the 558th anniversary of the conquest of Constantinople (in 2011). Source.
In the United States, mosques have become common gathering sites for two disparate groups – Muslim worshippers, and anti-Muslim hatemongers. On May 29, the two converged in Phoenix, Arizona, in front of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix.
In a nation where 58 percent of the population has never met a Muslim, and more specifically, a state that boasts the Minutemen, armed xenophobic militias, and a robust history of anti-black racism – “Arizonan Islamophobia” is an especially frightening breed. An estimated 500 anti-Muslim protesters descended in front of the Islamic Community Center, some armed with guns, clad in army fatigues, lifting signs that read: “Stop Islam”, and donning shirts reading “F**k Islam”.
Behind a backdrop of the mosque’s minaret and Muslim counterprotesters, the anti-Muslim rally promised to “take back America”. The firearms the demonstrators openly brandished, combined with the signs and slurs they fired in the direction of the Muslim American counterprotesters, made that promise seem far more like a threat…
Perhaps Al Jazeera doesn’t realize that people read the foreign news and see alarming photos of men dressed in Ottoman costumes (see photo above) wildly celebrating the conquest of Constantinople. They just got finished celebrating the 562nd anniversary.
This includes people who want to turn Hagia Sophia from a museum back into a mosque.
This is what Islam is like and this is why people dislike it.
In a recent survey conducted by AlJazeera.net, the website for the Al Jazeera Arabic television channel, respondents overwhelmingly support the Islamic State terrorist group, with 81% voting “YES” on whether they approved of ISIS’s conquests in the region.
The poll, which asked in Arabic, “Do you support the organizing victories of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)?” has generated over 38,000 responses thus far, with only 19% of respondents voting “NO” to supporting ISIS…
Al Jazeera, we were told, was a perfectly legitimate media outlet. The fact that it was controlled by Qatar, a state sponsor of terror was irrelevant. Accusations by Egypt and the UAE that it was helping stage coups on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood shouldn’t be believed.
But now here is some of the ugliness coming out of Al Jazeera America.
Here is some of what Osman Mahmud, senior vice president of broadcast operations and technology, had been up to.
The lawsuit contends: “As an employee at AJAM, Mr. Mahmud’s discriminatory conduct included, but was not limited to, removing female employees from projects to which they had been previously assigned by other management level employees, excluding women from emails and meetings relevant to their assignments, and making discriminatory, anti-Semitic and anti-American remarks such as ‘whoever supports Israel should die a fiery death in hell.’ ”
A senior Al Jazeera America manager is facing serious allegations of sexist and anti-Semitic discrimination after an employee filed suit Tuesday for wrongful termination.
Matthew Luke is seeking $15 million in damages from the Qatar-owned network. The complaint filed in New York state court accuses Osman Mahmud of sexist discrimination, such as removing female employees from projects and excluding women from emails and meetings related to their assignments. Mahmud also allegedly made anti-American and anti-Semitic comments, such as “whoever supports Israel should die a fiery death in hell.”
According to the lawsuit, Luke was fired 10 days after filing a report regarding Mahmud’s behavior to Al Jazeera’s HR department…
MONTREAL — Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy told Global News that the Egyptian judge presiding over his retrial will likely drop the terrorist charges against him — but he now faces a new obstacle.
While he was Cairo bureau chief for Al Jazeera’s English-language network, the station may have operated without proper broadcasting licenses. Fahmy told Global News that he was unaware of this at the time, but nonetheless could be held responsible…
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Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who remains in Egypt on bail while awaiting trial on terror charges, has signed a book deal.
Fahmy, a naturalized Canadian born in Egypt, and two other journalists were arrested in 2013 and charged with being part of a terrorist group and airing falsified footage intended to damage national security.
Al-Jazeera is based in Qatar, a main backer of ousted president Mohammed Morsi’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group…
…Fahmy has also criticized Canada for not doing enough to win his release…
Back when former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin styled himself “Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular”, many folks rightly saw it as kooky talk.
But as becomes more apparent with each passing day, the same dubious reaction should greet the US government’s self-identification as a “democracy” – a meaningless euphemism that serves as a front for a blissfully plutocratic system.
And while most of us are presumably aware, on some level, of the relationship between obscene wealth and political power, it’s always helpful to have the arrangement clearly spelled out.
The latest report by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) does exactly this.
Titled “The Business of Backlash: The Attack on the Palestinian Movement and other Movements for Social Justice”, the report highlights 11 of the most significant funders of the campaign to silence criticism of Israel and quash solidarity with Palestine. Among them are the Koch brothers, the Sheldon Adelson Family Foundation, the Sarah Scaife Foundation, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
The campaign is being waged via hundreds of millions of dollars in propaganda, surveillance, and legal efforts, including the propagation of the falsehood that opposition to Israeli policies constitutes anti-Semitism. Other efforts range from spying on pro-Palestine activists to leveling accusations of support for terrorism against university professors who are a tad too vocal regarding Palestinian rights.
Inextricably linked to the backlash industry is the Islamophobia industry, which revolves around a fearmongering demonisation of Arabs and Muslims intended to legitimise both US and Israeli bellicose machinations in a region with highly coveted resources…
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network: WTF?