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Arab Liberals Shocked By Al Gore's Backing of Muslim Brotherhood's Al Jazeera TV


World  (tags: Qatar, Al Jazeera TV, Current TV, Al Gore, Dictatorship, Muslim Brotherhood, Islamists, HumanRights, media, terrorism, palestine )

Rob and J
- 581 days ago - gatestoneinstitute.org
Arab liberals were shocked by the sale of former US VP Al Gore's Current TV to Al Jazeera, a pan-Arab broadcasting system charged with sympathy for terrorists. In 2009, even the Palestinian Authority, accused Al Jazeera of biased, & unbalanced reporting



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Carola May (20)
Friday January 18, 2013, 12:06 am
Mr. Gore has lost any credibility he might have won with his belated work for the environment. Who could have any faith in anything this man says now?

Gore has only proven that 'profit always goes before principle'. He has sold out to the enemy of everything he supposedly stood for.
 

Rob and Jay B. (122)
Friday January 18, 2013, 12:07 am
Here's the article:

'The Emir of Qatar, an absolute ruler, and Al Jazeera, have not covered the "Arab Spring" to advance democracy, but to support the Muslim Brotherhood, which is aligned with the Qatari regime. Al Jazeera has as its chief goal Muslim Brotherhood domination.

Many Arab liberals and reformers were shocked by the sale of former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore's Current TV to Al Jazeera, a pan-Arab broadcasting system charged with sympathy for terrorists. In 2009, even the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, which can hardly be suspected of anti-Arab attitudes, accused Al Jazeera of negative, biased, and unbalanced reporting, and closed down the Al Jazeera bureau in Ramallah.

Gore and the Democratic party have consistently called for democracy in the Middle East, and welcomed the "Arab Spring," yet Gore has now bolstered a channel sympathetic to Islamic extremism – not to democracy. Al Jazeera's saturation coverage of the "Arab Spring" demonstrations and the war in Syria should not deceive the non-Arab public. Early in the "Arab Spring," in Egypt and other countries, Al Jazeera promoted the Muslim fundamentalists. Regarding Syria, Al Jazeera publicizes the demands for power by jihadists.

The emir of Qatar -- an absolute ruler protected by a U.S. military base there -- and Al Jazeera have not covered the "Arab Spring" to advance democracy, but to support the Muslim Brotherhood, which is aligned with the Qatari regime. Al Jazeera television, with a staff mainly drawn from Muslim Brotherhood personnel, was founded by a Qatari royal decree, in an effort to legitimize the current emir's coup against his father in 1995. According to BBC News, Qatar assisted Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood government of President Muhamed Morsi, at the beginning of January 2013, with a loan of two billion U.S. dollars and a donation of nearly half a billion dollars, following an earlier financial deposit of 2.5 billion dollars and a grant of 500 million dollars from Qatar to Egypt.

Notwithstanding his professed love for democratization, Gore ignored any opportunity for the transformation of Al Jazeera from a network subject to censorship by the Qatari Ministry of Information into an independent media institution.

How could Qatar promote democracy when its authorities sentenced a Qatari poet, Mohammed Al Ajami, to life imprisonment in 2012, allegedly for praising the "Arab Spring" and suggesting that he would like to see the same thing in his country? Al Ajami was found guilty of insulting the ruler and promoting an insurrection.

But the worst is that Gore's deal lends credibility to Al Jazeera. The channel has been praised by leaders internationally for its coverage of the "Arab Spring." Hillary Clinton commended Al Jazeera for purveying "real news" and President Barack Obama described Al Jazeera's founder, Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, as "a big booster, big promoter of democracy all throughout the Middle East. Reform, reform, reform – you're seeing it on Al Jazeera." Yet Obama was compelled to admit, "Now, he himself is not reforming significantly. There is no big move towards democracy in Qatar."

Qatar has tried to avoid being seen as a country with a contradictory media policy, which monitors and controls most forms of expression, including the internet, arresting activists and bloggers, while at the same time seeking status as a regional haven of free expression through Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera is popular in the Arab world because of its willingness to criticize Arab governments, but it has been accused of avoiding sensitive issues involving Qatar.

Robert Ménard, a champion of global press freedom, served as Head of the Doha Centre for Media Freedom in Qatar, beginning in 2008. He and many of his staff, however, resigned 14 months later. "How can we have any credibility," he said, "if we keep quiet about problems in our host country?"

He later explained that the Centre was constrained by orders from Qatari officials, who did not want an independent Centre. He also protested that a committee to discuss a new law on the Qatari media never held any meetings.

Yusuf al Qaradawi, an Islamic theologian associated with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, hosts a show on Al Jazeera's Arabic network, called "Al Sharia wal Hayat" ("Sharia and Life"). Qaradawi uses this TV platform to justify terrorism, preach hatred against other religions, and marginalize women. He has encouraged extremists to kill all Americans in Iraq, both military and civilian, because they are "invaders." He has issued fatwas that prohibit all Muslim countries from cooperating with America in the war in Afghanistan, and called Osama Bin Laden a "martyr" whom Al Qaradawi considered "innocent until proven guilty" in the terrorist attacks against America on September 11, 2001.

In 2009, Qaradawi declared that the Holocaust was "divine punishment" of the Jews. His program argues that a woman's role should be limited to the family and marriage, and he consistently depicts any liberated option for women as a Western, corrupt influence.

The Al Jazeera Arabic network's biased treatment against women was exposed in the resignation of five of its top female news hosts in 2010. The presenters had initiated an internal complaint against the sexist behaviour of deputy editor Ayman Jaballah, identified in Arab websites as an Islamist. Jaballah allegedly harassed the women for their choice of garments and supposed lack of "decency."

An original group of eight dissident Al Jazeera female employees was named by the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat as Julnar Moussa, Jumana Nammour, Lona Ashibl, Lina Zahreddine, Nawfar Afli, Iman Bannoura, Laila Ashaikhali and Khadija Ben Guenna, an Algerian who in 2003 caused debate when she insisted on wearing a headscarf during her broadcasts. Five of them stood by their decision to quit Al Jazeera: Moussa, Nammour, and Zahreddine, who were identified by The Daily Telegraph in London as Lebanese; Ashibi, a Syrian, and Afli, a Tunisian. The Telegraph pointed out that all five had come from Arab countries where "religiously modest" dress was not required of women.

Al Jazeera's officials announced in their decision on the matter that "the on-screen style and general appearance of broadcasters and announcers are the legal right of the network to determine and develop."

Muntaha Al Ramahi, a Jordanian, was a presenter on Al Jazeera for six years and then moved to the Saudi-owned channel Al Arabiya, launched in 2003, and Al Jazeera's main competitor. Al Ramahi said she felt the work environment at Al Arabiya was less discriminatory and also provided her with more self-confidence than she was able to gain at Al Jazeera. Al Ramahi was a minor presenter on Al Jazeera; she hosted a show, "Lil Nissa Faqat" ["For Women Only"], taken off the air in 2005. Currently, she is a well-known anchor on Al Arabiya, presenting one of the channel's flagship programs, "Panorama."

Rima Salha, a Lebanese, also a minor presenter on Al Jazeera, is now a major personality on Al Arabiya, with a show combatting terrorism called "Sena'at Al Mawt" ["Industry of Death"].

There are several notable differences between Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya. Al Jazeera supports Islamism and Arab nationalism, while Al Arabiya is considered more liberal, despite the paradox that, being Saudi-controlled, Al Arabiya has less freedom to cover controversial political issues. Some have accused Al Arabiya of following American policy (and even Israeli policy) in the region, while others call Al Jazeera "Osama Bin Laden TV." Al Jazeera has also been criticized because the editorial line of its English network is much more moderate than its Arabic counterpart.

Programming by its rival, Al Arabiya, is made up of non-political news and features, such as reviews and updates in business trends. It also offers "soft" news: a morning show called "Sabah Al Arabiya" ["The Morning of Al Arabiya"], covering health, entertainment and sports. But Al Arabiya produces shows on society and development while Al Jazeera's programs are mainly political.

"Al Itajah Al Moa'akes" ["The Opposite Direction"], one of the best-known programs on Al Jazeera, is centered on political topics such as Arab nationalism, Islamism, and imperialism, but does not take up development or social change.

Although channels such as Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya claim to be private, they are not independent because of the financial support for them from the Qatari and Saudi governments. Countless academics and journalists have discussed the need for independent Arab media, free from state control. The Egyptian electronic journalist, Amin Bassiouni, has affirmed that the abolition of state Ministries of Information and their replacement with independent media would expand freedom of expression. Safwat Alam, an Egyptian professor of communications, said that if the official Ministry of Information is abolished, new policies should be developed without state supervision.

Unfortunately all of these ideas for freedom of expression and an independent media clash with the new Egyptian constitution. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has complained that the post-Mubarak Egyptian constitution imposes several new restrictions on press freedoms, including the establishment of a new governmental regulatory agency and a new provision for the government to close any media institution. The constitution also fails to prevent imprisonment of journalists, a practice associated with the Mubarak dictatorship.

Given evidence from journalists and academics on the lack of freedom and independence in the Arab media, an American politician such as Al Gore evidently supports maintaining these conditions, on the basis of his appalling deal with Al Jazeera, best known for its promotion and accommodation of extremism.

The Arab world needs support for media that will help it promote democracy. As a matter of conscience, American politicians and officials should at least avoid giving credibility and legitimacy to a satellite channel such as Al Jazeera, which has as its chief goal Muslim Brotherhood domination.'

Najat AlSaied is a PhD researcher in media and development at University of Westminster in London.
 

Stan B. (124)
Friday January 18, 2013, 1:57 am
Al Gore would sell his mother if the price was right.
 

Bernard Cronyn (30)
Friday January 18, 2013, 2:04 am
Another "liberal" hypocrite with his eye firmly fixed upon the dollar signs!
 

Ge M. (217)
Friday January 18, 2013, 6:28 am
Did the American government/administration support this?
 

Tommy S. (11)
Friday January 18, 2013, 7:00 am
The arab money trail should be rigorously investigated throughout governments and those receiving it in return for favours rendered sacked immediately
 

Beth S. (323)
Friday January 18, 2013, 8:29 am
Thanks for this article, R&J,

It's not only Arab liberals who were shocked by this, but I, as a life-long Democrat and Liberal, was too!

I used to hold Al Gore in high esteem and genuinely liked himn, voted for him when he ran with Lieberman, was extremely angry that the vote was taken away from them, loved his "An Inconvenient Truth" production.

Yet there were little indications, like taking one of his children out of the White House, pointing to the Secret Service Agents who were trained to guard Gore and his family with their very lives, and pointing to them looked at his child and said, "If you don't do well in school, you're going to end up like them." [the Secret Service].

Yes, I believe in global climate change and think it's a threat to most life on earth, but the spread of the misogynistic, freedom-, liberty-, and rights-hating, fascist and totalitarian system of Islam that is making great strides in its attempt to take over all of the countries on the globe and establish a Universal Caliphate, where all humankind is under Sharia, is at least as much a threat, if not far more.

Al Gore has proved himself a traitor, an Arab petrodollar prostitute to the highest bidder. Shame, deep shame, on Al Gore.

I can only hope that his show bombs and once he sees how much influence his Arab handlers push onto him, and the way they will insist upon defiling truth to sell Islamist views, that he will become repentant and realize that he has done a deal with the devil, much as Dave Marresh did.

Al Gore, shame on you.
 

Lee Hampton (15)
Friday January 18, 2013, 8:33 am
Disgusting.
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Friday January 18, 2013, 8:55 am
Al Gore is just a tip of an iceberg if Islamist Dawah, petrodollars can buy lots of politicians.

But it was Obama who lets Muslim Brotherhood people into his administration and to change US policies.
 

Cousin It Addams (8)
Friday January 18, 2013, 12:44 pm
gore is just another lying hypocrite. i begin to think you sell out your soul or moral/ethical guidance to get ahead in politics since where is even one from either party thats not morally bankrupt?
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Friday January 18, 2013, 2:11 pm
Gillian: As this was a private sale, the American people would have never known - unless Gore had stock holders who would be just as morally accountable.
 

Phyllis Baxter (40)
Friday January 18, 2013, 8:34 pm
Those who ignore history are destined to repeat it. The lesson of Iran should be enough for people to know what theocrats do when they get power.
 

Scott haakon (4)
Friday January 18, 2013, 11:13 pm
Why have some of these writers not learned from history. Look what has happened to not going slowly and allowing the society at large to catch up with the intelligentsia and wealthy. Destabilization happens. And it is almost always worse before it gets better.
 

cecily w. (0)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 5:31 am
Al Gore has been an opportunistic elitist hypocrite for a long, long time so this latest episode should not come as a surprise. This "Prince of Environmentalism"--with his high-carbon-footprint house and lifestyle--had four biological children (none of whom was the result of a multiple birth) decades after warnings surfaced about high population growth.
 

Nancy Crouse (5)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 12:50 pm
I am a high school teacher who works with teachers who praise this terrorist newspaper that they give a more rounded news delivery. I don't think so!!!
These people should be investigated for 1. affiliations 2. intelligence or lack thereof 3. this paper, I refuse to use the title, should be blocked from streaming into North American news waves. 4. brainwashing formerly rational thinking persons.
Al Gore Shame on you!!
 

janet f. (29)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 1:17 pm
And this SOB almost became president.
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 1:31 pm
Has anyone here actually looed at Al Jazeera? It is about as much Muslim Brotherhood as Freedom Communications is.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 2:05 pm
In 2001, Gore met with GW and requested US take action to get rid of Chavez, because Chavez nationalized Oxidental Petroleum, (as well as other oil companies in Venezuela), a corporation pretty much controlled by the Gore family, before Chavez takeover.
 

Sheila D. (25)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 3:01 pm
Al Gore obviously has issues we knew nothing about.
 

Noni Pavlik (0)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 3:05 pm
Bravo! Cecily!! You nailed it! And yes I agree he would sell his own mother for right price.
 

Kathlene Lentz (31)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 3:11 pm
I've not been a huge fan of Al Gore, or of any man who puts profits over the good of the people. I tried to read the article, but my head is already splitting and it just seemed to jump around, so I gave up. But I don't doubt that the basic allegation is true.
 

Jerry Bloomer (0)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 5:37 pm
Gatestone Instutute is a right wing anti-Muslim group that features pro-Israel neocons. Not to be taken seriously.
 

rene davis (74)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 6:00 pm
Noted, thanks
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 12:49 am
hmmmm a strange turn of events..... thanks for this story guys...keep us posted about this...did Gore issue a statement about this?
 

Hilary S. (45)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 2:52 am
seems al gore is more interested in prancing about waving the banner he currently favours over any kind of behaviour consistent with the principles he has touted. hypocrisy indeed, with a dollar sign attached.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 3:02 am
Noted ,Thanks.
 

Rahman Qureshi (76)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 6:45 am
I supported Gore's pro-environment work. Now he comes along and supports an Islamic network, and Islam is the most anti-human, anti-animal system ever. Very dissapointing Gore.
 

Karl Murphy (3)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 7:36 am
What a scumbag.
 

Rob and Jay B. (122)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 8:10 am
Jerry Bloomer. What a tired old jab you spew. All we can say is it is obvious you know nothing about the subject at hand, especially Islam, if you think it is only 'right wing' people who oppose its anti-human rights, hateful teachings and its goals.

We are Democratic Socialists and are probably more 'liberal' than you and many, but we started studying Islam 4 years ago, wondering what all the hoopla about it was, and we would have said something as naive and uninformed as you just did back then. Not any more. We have read the Qur'an, many of the ahadith and some of the sirah. Have you? We oppose Islam because we are for universal human rights for all - Islamic countries reject the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights and have their own, Cairo Declaration which is based on the hateful, bigoted Islamic Law.

You either care nothing for human rights and freedom, or you have never read these texts as we have and have the western naive assumption that all religion teaches love your neighbor and the Golden Rule. Islam teaches none of these things. Oh yes, islamists will tell you what you want to hear, but they never tell you that the verses they recite have all been abrogated by much later more hateful ones. It's called Taqiyya and is one form of 4 ways Muslims are to deceive non-Muslims - anything as long as they 'gain advantage' over us and Islam is promoted.

Before you defend some ideology you should find out what it teaches and commands. Islam commands the killing of those who criticize or leave it, rape victims (who can't produce 4 Muslim men as witnesses - Allah says they are liars) and gay people. Do you defend this? To renounce even one word of the Qur'an and Sunnah is heresy and that is apostasy and that is death in this religion of 'peace' and 'tolerance' (which doesn't mean at all what you think those terms mean either).
 

Vlasta M. (7)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 9:32 am
Al Gore is a phony baloney, just like Clintons and Obama, multimillionaires who pretend to represent people, but in fact would sell their won mother for power and money. I met him personally in 1996 and was totally unimpressed. While he pretends to be against global climate change, he and Clinton never brought Kyoto Protocol for ratification or seriously worked on developing renewable energy resources. Also, it is questionable if his easy giving up on presidency in 2000 was paid by petrodollars. It appears that we (the Western civilization) are hostages to our millionaire politicians who cavort with sworn enemies of Western civilization, rather then promoting liberty, justice and human rights, which are non-existent under sharia.

Barack Hussein Obama is even worse than Clinton and Gore, by cavorting with misogynist, genocidal supremacist Muslim Brotherhood to whom he gives access to the White house and US taxpayers money for their war on women and Israel. Al Jazire is an instrument for Islam conquest of the West and destruction of liberty, justice and human rights, which most Muslim countries never signed but are allowed to US to defame Israel at UN and at US university. Obama should be impeached and tried for treason, and US politicians as Al Gore run out of a polite society that respects liberty, and human rights.
 

monica r. (41)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 12:47 pm
I guess he thought it was cool, he sold it to another "Al."

Al Jazeera features some imams preaching things that SHOULD shock and horrify you if you care about human rights. We don't really need more objectifying women or anti-gay bigotry in America do we? I guess Al Gore thinks we do.
 
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