Al Jazeera covers news on China. Nice!
The year 2009 was marked by significant news coverage of Al Qaeda attacks, soldiers and civilians getting blown up in Iraq and Afghanistan, much stricter airport security and, here in Canada, increased wariness of those from the Middle East. In the middle of this morass was the news agency Al Jazeera. Most people here in Canada actually did not recognize the agency until tapes from Osama Bin Laden were released only to Al Jazeera.
We have people of Middle Eastern heritage here in Toronto, but so does many other parts of the world. With all the negative publicity coming out of the Middle East, it is not unreasonable that Canadians would be wary of the news agency. When they applied for a TV station license there was an uproar, saying that Al Jazeera was the mouth piece of Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. I don’t know much about Al Jazeera, the Middle East or Al Qaeda, but I am glad they received their CRTC license. News coverage from the Middle Eastern perspective can only enlighten Canadians.
Here is what Wikipedia explains on Al Jazeera:
Al Jazeera (Arabic: ???????? al-?az?ra IPA: [ald?azi:ra]), meaning “the Island” in Arabic, is a Middle Eastern news network. The name refers to the network’s geographic origins.Al Jazeera is a television network headquartered in Doha, Qatar.
Here is a news article from Al Jazeera covering Chinese New Year in China. They write nothing extraordinary but I appreciate their coverage none the less. A Middle Eastern perspective on China would also be great, but I am having difficulty finding reputable news sources. At least I recognize Al Jazeera.
New perspectives are always good. It is interesting to see “Mecca Time” on Al Jazeera’s web site. And welcome to Canada, Al Jazeera.