Al Jazeera (English) – some more highs and lows

I like Al Jazeera (English), AJE, a lot. Although generally I don’t watch much TV, AJE rings my bell and gets a a good slice of my small viewing time.

It focuses on Middle East issues and gives neighbouring Central Asia some good attention too. Knowledge of that part of the world is vital to improve ones grasp of la politique globale. It is after all, the area designated by the US as the main theatre of operations in its false War OF Terror, and naturally enough, it probably contains huge amounts of the worlds next easily extracted gas and oil.

AJE does something else, and it’s this which underlies its strength and value as a broadcaster. It zooms down to the individual level, frequently reporting the tales of ordinary people caught up in (or should that be ‘made to suffer in’…) the crap that’s going on around the world today. AJE’s ‘formula’ has my deep admirable.

This kind of Journalism is common to one of my Hero’s, the magnificent John Pilger. In doing so John (and AJE) give a much clearer picture of what is actually happening – the effects of usually oppressive and policies the pathetic elite serving dreadful politicians peddle across most of the globe.

The increasing rejected and questioned UK propaganda machine – the BBC, usually just has their correspondent spinning off the same old tardy pro-ZUSUK line. It largely ignores ‘ground floor’ opinion. And unlike AJE, you’ll be hard pressed to get an accented BBC correspondent, despite AJE proving there is no correlation between journalistic merit and accent {which is the kindest assumption as to why the BBC is quite barren on that front}

BBC ex-Iraq journalist[sic] Paul Wood who didn’t
report the annhilation of the people of
Fallujah becasue he didn’t see it.

However AJE isn’t without it’s faults.

One of the most shocking hit me the other day while I was watching the series of the war against Iraq 5 years on. It is narrated by Hoda Abdel-Hamid. The program the other day looked at the sectarianism that occurred when agents acting for US interests [my opinion] bombed the al-Askari Mosque in Sammara Feb 22 2006. It also touched on previous sky-rocketing US casualties from the use of shaped charged explosives which proved deadly primarily to US heavy armour.

An improvided shaped charge
pic c/o

I’m sure many of you have seen the spectacular footage on the internet of M1A1 tanks being reduced within seconds to a pile of scrap, exposing the obvious lies of invulnerability. But Hoda made a number of assertions that Iran was connected to these weapons, and I am sure she said Iran was also involved in sectarianism. I was shocked!

Hoda Abdel-Hamid. A journalist worthy of the name
who took me by surproze recently!.

You would have to say that there are many sound arguments for Iran doing such things, and they may actually do that. BUT, there is NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER that Iran was behind these serious allegations.

I haven’t got a clue why Hoda (an AJE journo whose analysis and reports I’ve always given a good reception to) would say this. I can only imagine that there is evidence, but I can’t believe I’ve never come across it. If someone would be so kind…

Other points of soreness are AJE’s non-critical reportage of climate change. On a broader issue, notice how the term “global warming” has fallen out of favour! Oooh that pesky Holocene!. Anyway, AJE in talking about the political spat that developing over Russia’s ownership over a significant area of the Artic, they showed melting ice when saying the artic ice melting will open up new shipping routes and other economic opportunities.

This is almost always done, some visualisation is presented suggesting global warming is a reality (and therefore it’s driven through anthropogenic factors) that it is happening. Whether it be green plants growing on barren land, polar bears standing and leaping off small pieces or ice sheets collapsing and so on.

Help my ice is melting!!! Stop the third word from developing
to help me!

Aaaah new green belt! Quick lets build on it.

They have also fallen from grace over the ‘global food crisis’ scam.

While these things disappoint me, In a weird kind of way, I ‘m glad they don’t do everything that agrees with my opinion. That would be dangerously seductive and would retard my ability to think and analyze.

Still, Hoda’s Iran thing is inexplicable.




5 Responses to “Al Jazeera (English) – some more highs and lows”

  1. 1 faisal June 8, 2008 at 9:22 am

    i think aljazeera english is the best thing happends in the last 2 years .its objective strong and balance channel and the world of journalism need it .so go go aljazeera

  2. 2 lwtc247 June 8, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Yes I agree. It is very good. We need more like it. I don’t think I could realistically expect no sore points however.

    But I have to say… Well done JAE

  3. 3 faisal June 10, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    i think what aljazeera english need right now is to expand its coverage of the usa election to atract the american viewers and also to save them from the brain washing that happend to the most of them now by some news network their like foxnews .

  4. 4 lwtc247 June 12, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Attracting USan viewers would be very hard, such is the polarization against anything percieved as Islamic. Yes, there are many USans who have brains and can think for themselves, but I’m afraid the propaganda by the pro-Zion lobby has done its job successfully – it’s even allowed the neocons to destroy many aspects of their constitution to little protest.

    But yes, lets do hope AJE do make it in the US. One proposal would be to have a dual broadcast system whereby some programs could be broadcasted to USans while the rest of us are watching something else.

    This could be done during the 1/2 hour news that daftly strangely follows directly on from the news hour program.

    Fox is a patheetic station, but is popular. That speaks volumes.

    Cheers faisal.

  5. 5 faisal July 1, 2008 at 9:46 am

    hi lwtc247 and thanks for the replay on my comments .they describe usa as free country and i agree to that very much but i dont think its free in the most important thing that needs freedom ,which is the media .i belive what makes the american so isolated and and so controlled by their media is that they have the stongest and wealthest media corporations their, they dont need to watch channels that canot afford more than one live interview via sattelite link (and when u have the sun y u need to light a candle ) but now the things changed and we have now another sun in the media, wich is aljazeera english .so the americans now have a golden chance to free their minds and open up to the world .if they want to avoid disasters like iraq war and electing bush twice . i hope they will . thanks all

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