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MIDDLE EAST: Al Jazeera English coming to the U.S.?


American fans of Al Jazeera English, most of whom until now have had to go online to access the channel, may soon get greater TV access to the network described by many as a leading source of news on the protest movements erupting across the Middle East and North Africa.

The Doha, Qatar-based network announced Tuesday that the managing editor of Al Jazeera English, Al Anstey, was in New York meeting with cable TV operators about making the channel available to more U.S. viewers. In Los Angeles, KCET-TV provides online streaming coverage from the network and includes an Al Jazeera English report in its broadcast lineup.

Al Jazeera is available in neither English nor Arabic throughout most of the country, but interest seems to spike every time a major event happens in the Middle East. Following the recent uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, the network said its website saw a 2,500% increase in visitors, half of which were logging on from the U.S.

-- Meris Lutz in Beirut

Photo: Al Jazeera English's Doha newsroom. Credit: CMDavid via Wikimedia Commons


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The US vetoe of the otherwise unannimous Security Council against Israeli settlements in the East Bank and Jeruselum will increase the chancces of another 9-11 disaster by further alienating the Arabic public opinion. Former US Ambassador to Mexico, Professor Julian Nava

Finally, there is light at the end of the tunnel!!!!
how stupid for the cable companies not to carry Al-Jazeera In English!!!.
They should think of how much extra revenue they will get from carrying the channel.
I already pay extra for my Al Jazeera in Arabic.
I am willing to pay extra for Al-Jazeera in English.
Maybe people would be able to hear & see (REAL) News!!!.
Al-Jazeera reports news as it is, not (WATERED-DOWN)

I've been following events in Egypt and, now, Libya on Al Jazeera's English website, which has a live video stream. I've found their coverage to be, well, fair and balanced! Also, their simultaneous translations from Arabic to English are frequently superior to what is offered on U.S.-based networks.

I especially appreciate Al Jazeera's insight into the cultures and social structures of the Middle East, as well as their use of well-placed correspondents.

al jzeere will now be a voice in America that will shape another view for the people.

Down with the dictators! ALL OF THEM!

How can "they" block al jazeera from the US? Well they did it. "they" are trying to sweep what's going on under the rug. It's not right.



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