January 3, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Al-Jazeera, the Pan-Arab news channel that struggled to win space on U.S. cable television, has acquired Current TV, boosting its reach in this country nearly ninefold to about 40 million homes. Bloomberg News, citing two sources close to the deal, reported the network was sold for about $500 million - an eightfold increase from the $60 million cofounder Al Gore and his partners paid in 2004. The former vice president confirmed the sale, saying in a statement that Al-Jazeera shares Current TV's mission "to give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view.
October 27, 2002 |
TV monitors, eight on each side, flank a huge world map inside the bustling newsroom of Al-Jazeera, the Arabic-language satellite news outlet that guarantees controversy each time it broadcasts a videotape of Osama bin Laden. "If it's newsy, we put it on the air," senior producer Ahmed A. Shouly said. But critics, including Vice President Cheney, have called the station a "platform for propaganda. " On Thursday, black-clad Islamic separatists holding hundreds of hostages inside a Moscow theater chose Al-Jazeera for their first communique to the world.
April 14, 2005 |
An American hostage, looking scared and clutching what appeared to be his passport, pleaded for his life and urged the U.S. government to withdraw its troops from the country in a video broadcast yesterday on the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera. A U.S. Embassy spokesman identified the man as Jeffrey Ake, 47, a contractor from LaPorte, Ind., who was kidnapped Monday while he was working at a water-treatment plant in Taji, about 20 miles north of Baghdad. The soundless video showed Ake seated behind a wooden desk, visibly shaken, with three machine guns pointed at him by men masked by kaffiyeh head scarves.
January 2, 2002 |
The world news is different on Channel 645. And that is the way Anan Zahr likes it. Beamed into her western Delaware County home via a satellite dish on the roof is Zahr's idea of Must-See TV - the Arab-language network al-Jazeera. The nightly reports she watches are heavy with stories on the destruction wreaked on Afghanistan by American bombs, with footage of dying civilians. Since the tape of Osama bin Laden laughing about the Sept. 11 destruction surfaced last month, she has seen a succession of commentators call it an American trick - a suspicion she herself harbors.
June 11, 2004 |
The Bush administration condemned it. Middle East kingdoms censored it. Al-Jazeera, the Arab news network with more than 40 million viewers worldwide, must be doing something right. Or something provocative, at least. In Control Room, an eye-opening, important film that examines the war in Iraq from both Arab and Western perspectives, "truth" becomes another casualty. Jehane Noujaim's behind-the-scenes documentary about Al-Jazeera - with its producers and reporters mobilizing to cover the imminent move into Iraq by the United States and Britain - offers a metaphoric aerial shot of the chasm separating Western viewers from their counterparts in the Arab world.
February 10, 2013 |
IN THE MAYOR'S WING of City Hall on Friday, an enormous red carpet covered the floors, dramatic navy-blue drapes lined the halls, and gold-painted chairs filled a reception room. The guest of honor? Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al-Rumaihi, Qatar's ambassador to the U.S. The small Persian Gulf state has the world's highest per capita gross domestic product and the largest natural-gas reserve. The ambassador is visiting Philadelphia in hopes of establishing a relationship leading to investment opportunities.
April 16, 2002 |
The world's most-wanted man reappeared on center stage yesterday in a videotape aired by an Arab language satellite network. Wearing a white flowing headdress, Osama bin Laden is shown next to his top aide Ayman al-Zawahiri against what appears to be a countryside backdrop. As bin Laden calmly strokes his beard, al-Zawahiri declares that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are a "great victory. " "God Almighty is merciful and he chooses those who are, those 19, who went out and sacrificed their lives for the cause of Allah," said al-Zawahiri in the tape released by the Al-Jazeera network and translated by CNN It was not clear when the videotape was shot.
September 27, 2005 |
A Spanish court yesterday sentenced a Syrian man to 27 years in prison for conspiring to commit the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States and leading a cell of the terrorist network al Qaeda in Madrid. The sentence is the only one to date in connection with the attacks. In addition to the main defendant, Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, 41, also known as Abu Dahdah, 17 other men were found guilty of either belonging to or aiding his terrorist cell. Those men, including Taysir Alony, a correspondent for the Arabic satellite network Al-Jazeera, received sentences of from six to 11 years.
June 26, 2003 |
The Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera yesterday reported that it had received a statement and videotape from an Iraqi resistance group that claimed responsibility for attacks on American forces and threatened more. It was believed to be the first such claim, and the first time a group said it had organized the increasingly bloody offensive. The Pentagon repeatedly has said the attacks, which have claimed at least 18 American lives since May 1, when President Bush declared the major fighting over, were not the work of any organized resistance.
March 28, 2012 |
PARIS - A video apparently showing a Muslim gunman's attacks on soldiers and a Jewish school was sent to the Al-Jazeera news network - but not by him, French police said Tuesday, raising the specter of a possible accomplice. Al-Jazeera on Tuesday decided not to air a video that seems to have been filmed from the killer's point of view and includes the cries of his victims. The decision came after President Nicolas Sarkozy asked the network not to broadcast it. While French politicians describe gunman Mohamed Merah as a "lone wolf" terrorist, his brother is behind bars on suspicion of helping in the attacks and police are continuing to look for potential accomplices.