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  •  the real test of Al Jazeera (6+ / 0-)

    is, are they going to freely report on uprisings in other Arab countries, perhaps if it happens in Saudia Arabia?

    •  Al Jazeera pissed off many puppet (9+ / 0-)

      autocrats in the region. The PA, Yemeni and Eqyptian governments have already tried to affect their coverage or revoke their license.
      http://www.kuwaittimes.net/...
      http://www.kuwaittimes.net/...

      •  Al-Jazeera and Qatar (7+ / 0-)

        I would be surprised if AJ started talking about demonstrations in Qatar.  The Emir pays the bills.

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        by docterry on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 02:33:00 PM PST

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        •  Yeah, but everywhere else.... (6+ / 0-)

          al-Jazeera has been one of the absolute best news organizations in the world.

          I've been thinking about the various emirates.  These are run by merchant princes.  They have a different attitude from your ordinary autocrat.  It is "business first" -- but they think long term, unlike our businessmen.  If honest reporting is good for business, they do it.  If their neighbors get overthrown, it's good for business.  If Westernization is good for business, they do it.  Et cetera.

          Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

          by neroden on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 03:05:25 PM PST

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          •  "Merchant princes" - great topic! (3+ / 0-)
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            As we know, the merchant republics of Venice, Florence, etc. were far more transformative for the world beyond their own territory than internally, financing many of the great changes in art and science of the Renaissance.  Even while remaining internally rigid, could places like Qatar and UAE be having a similar effect on larger states?

            Man goes into cage, cage goes into politics. Shark's in the politics. Our shark.

            by Troubadour on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 03:15:00 PM PST

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            •  I think they are! (2+ / 0-)
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              For better or for worse, the activities of Qatar, Bahrain, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi (the rest of the UAE does very little), and also to some extent Oman, have been having titanic effects on the politics of the entire Arab and Muslim worlds.  Al Jazeera is the example in reporting, but the economic moves of these countries have also been inducing substantial changes elsewhere.

              Some for good, probably some for bad.  Venice did some awful things to the rest of the world, and the Fourth Crusade comes to mind.

              I think people haven't really been noticing it because they don't use politics as their means of transforming the world, and because transforming the world is mostly a side effect for them so they don't discuss it.

              Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

              by neroden on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 08:04:42 PM PST

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