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Al-Jazeerah.info is an American site run, out of Atlanta, GA, by American Citizen, Dr. Hassan El-Najjar. For years this site has been an outlet for writers such as Jane Stillwater, William Rivers Pitt, Mike Whitney and many other prolific and vocal progressives, critical of America's policy toward those of Arabic descent. These well-known writers and thinkers have long engaged with real Palestinians, real Egyptians, real Iraqis making Al-Jazeerah.info one of the greatest places on the web for the exchange of cross-cultural ideas.

Today I checked in on Dr. El-Najjar's site. This is what I found:

From Al-Jazeerah.info Editor to Readers

Dear Readers,

Al-Jazeerah.info has been a US independent forum promoting peace between the US and the Arab and Muslim worlds and between Israelis and Palestinians, for the last five years.

Some people apparently neither like peace nor tolerate the First Amendment to the US Constitution. They have not stopped attacks on Al-Jazeerah, its editor, its contributors and authors.

What's new this time is that those who oppose Al-Jazeerah.info have been orchestrating a campaign against Al-Jazeerah.info Editor, personally.

A letter-writing campaign has been going on since March 22, 2007 targeting officials of the institution I work with in addition to a continuous smearing internet and media campaign against me, personally.

I have concluded that it's not safe for me any more to continue editing Al-Jazeerah.info in this atmosphere of intimidation, which abridges freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

I promise to resume publication as soon as conditions change to a more peaceful and tolerant discourse.

                                                                             Hassan El-Najjar

                                                                             Al-Jazeerah Editor

                                                                              April 7, 2007

This is terrorism of a different sort. The free-speech afforded by Dr. El-Najjar - to those around the world of all races and political viewpoints - was incredibly valuable. If you have never heard of http://www.aljazeerah.info/ then you missed some of the more courageous writing on the internet. All the more because the authors, some in the thick of war and associated tragedy, continuously reached out for peace with their fellows.

We are all poorer - much poorer - for the removal of Dr. El-Najjar's contribution. The world is poorer for not receiving the dialogue between members of our global community: A dialogue that might have lead to cooperation, organization and strategies for promoting peace around the world.

Of course, this would, like Jimmy Carter, throw a wrench into Bushie plans for endless war... so...

I leave you all with this simple statement - which was apparently not sufficient for those determined to squash all efforts at understanding, cooperation or peace.

About Al-Jazeerah.info

This is an educational Publication that promotes peace in the world,  between Palestinians and Israelis and between the US and the Arab and Muslim worlds. Ending wars and occupation is the first step.

Al-Jazeerah Peace Information Center is an independent U.S. news and  research publication. It is not related to any other identity or government in the world. In particular, it is not related to the Saudi, UAE (Dubai), or the Qatari websites with similar names.  

This website, Al-Jazeerah.info, is not related by any means to Aljazeera TV station of Qatar.

It does not aim at profit. All donations and proceeds are used just to run the website.

Readers' support is of great importance for

Al-Jazeerah.info

You may send donations by check to:

Al-Jazeerah, P.O. Box 724,

Dalton, GA 30722-0724, USA.

Another effort made, at great personal expense and sacrifice, goes down due to the promotion of fear by our smirking leader!

Originally posted to illyia on Sat Apr 07, 2007 at 08:11 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  sad news/bad news (9+ / 0-)

    I hope that the dKos community will respond with great vigor to this troubling development.  We can make a difference.

    Thanks for this dairy.

    Recommended

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    peace

  •  I have never been to this site (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    mattes

    I hope it is archived somewhere so I can visit it.

  •  Freedom of speech applies only to campaign (3+ / 0-)

    contributions made to Republicans.  Rich or poor, you are able to give as many millions as you want.

  •  First, kill all the free speech (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    truong son traveler, illyia

    because once the neocon criminals have strangled all dissent there's nothing to stop their lies.  Thank you for the info, illyia.   I hope Dr. Hassan El-Najjar and his contributors can be convinced to join here.  

    Damn the neo-cons! Full speed ahead!

    by Aaa T Tudeattack on Sat Apr 07, 2007 at 08:54:28 PM PDT

    •  Me too. I just e-mailed Susan G about it. (0+ / 0-)

      And, re-e-mailed Dr. El-Najjar the links to Kos and this story directly.

      The more noise the better.

      If you dance with the devil, then you haven't got a clue; 'Cause you think you'll change the devil, but the devil changes you. - illyia

      by illyia on Sat Apr 07, 2007 at 09:01:18 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I had recommended the site (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Lupin, anonymousredvest18

    in an article I wrote a few years ago for the short-lived progressive journal SALT Reader. I recommended "anti-surfing" the net, visiting sites with a strong point of view you might disagree with. While I shared the perpective, to some degree, I felt it went overboard far too often. For that very reason, I wanted people to visit such sites, specifically AL-J.info. The Pentagon calls such sites "disinformation sites". We should all be aware of what's  out there, especially as it relates to the "Why we hate America" problem.

    In the same way, we need to visit wingnut pages from time to time to see what is circulating there. Such anti-surfing should be a regular part of your browsing. Think of it as giving the finger to the administration that specializes is causing the destruction of complete bodies.

    I'm a linguist, licensed to use words any way I want to!

    by MakeChessNotWar on Sat Apr 07, 2007 at 10:02:23 PM PDT

  •  Robert Fisk was on cspan... (0+ / 0-)

    must see TV.

    MB thanks so much for diarying this!

    It's easy to start a war, but very hard to stop one.

    by mattes on Sun Apr 08, 2007 at 07:26:32 AM PDT

  •  Last diary where I used them: (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Pelosi in Syria, as Israel plans massive military offenses in Gaza...UPDATED Hotlist
    by mattes [Subscribe] [Edit Diary]
    Sat Mar 31, 2007 at 12:25:57 PM PDT

    Israeli plans to provoke Palestine's new unity government in the middle of the peace process?

       The Israeli military will soon launch a huge offensive in the Gaza Strip to crush Palestinian resistance groups, mainly Hamas, chief of staff Major General Gabi Ashkenazi said.
       The Israeli army often carries out massive military offensives in Gaza and the occupied West Bank under the pretext of cracking down Palestinian resistance groups. Such deadly assaults often result in the death of innocent Palestinian civilians.

       Last summer, Israeli occupation forces waged a months-long operation in Gaza. snip

       The deadly offensive, which wreaked havoc on the infrastructure of the already impoverished coastal strip, left around 400 Palestinians and three Israeli soldiers dead, but didn’t lead to the release of the Israeli soldier, who is still in captivity.  

    http://www.aljazeera.com/...

    Israeli plans to provoke Palestine's new unity government in the middle of the peace process?

    The Israeli military will soon launch a huge offensive in the Gaza Strip to crush Palestinian resistance groups, mainly Hamas, chief of staff Major General Gabi Ashkenazi said. The Israeli army often carries out massive military offensives in Gaza and the occupied West Bank under the pretext of cracking down Palestinian resistance groups. Such deadly assaults often result in the death of innocent Palestinian civilians. Last summer, Israeli occupation forces waged a months-long operation in Gaza. snip The deadly offensive, which wreaked havoc on the infrastructure of the already impoverished coastal strip, left around 400 Palestinians and three Israeli soldiers dead, but didn’t lead to the release of the Israeli soldier, who is still in captivity.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/...

    More warmongering:

       Israel-Hezbollah war this summer: Knesset member

       Dr. Arieh Eldad, member of the Israeli Knesset representing the opposition National Union Party, told NewsMax in an exclusive interview this week, that Israel will be at war with Hezbollah this summer.

       "We have no choice. We will have to do it," said Dr. Eldad said, admitting that Israel is facing a new strategic threat, partly due to its disgraceful defeat and failure to destroy Hezbollah in their last summer war in Lebanon, and partly because its tarnished image in the eyes of the "enemies".

       http://www.aljazeera.com/...

    It's easy to start a war, but very hard to stop one.

    by mattes on Sun Apr 08, 2007 at 07:36:42 AM PDT

  •  Bishara set to declare he quits from Knesset (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.haaretz.com/...

    MK Bishara set to declare he quits from Knesset

    MK Azmi Bishara, chairman of the Arab Balad party, intends to announce his resignation from the Knesset while he is out of the country, Haaretz has learned on Sunday.

    snip
    Bishara's intentions were first reported on the Website of the Nazareth-based Arab language newspaper A-Sinara. The circumstances surrounding Bishara's expected resignation are still unclear.

    The Balad chairman has left Israel two weeks ago. He initially left for Qatar to serve as commentator for the Aljazeera TV network during the Arab Summit in Riyadh. He then flew to Amman, in order to promote the release of his latest novel. He plans to announce his resignation from Amman, and it is unclear when he intends to return to Israel.

    It's easy to start a war, but very hard to stop one.

    by mattes on Sun Apr 08, 2007 at 07:48:13 AM PDT

  •  On the Internet, nobody knows I'm a dog, so: (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    illyia

    Change the name of the website to something suggestive of "happy-clappy Christians" or of Southern gracious living.............?

    •  Yeah. Well "Happy Clappy Income to You and Yours" (0+ / 0-)

      'Cause things gonna be a little different,
      This year...

      If you dance with the devil, then you haven't got a clue; 'Cause you think you'll change the devil, but the devil changes you. - illyia

      by illyia on Tue Apr 10, 2007 at 09:02:51 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I hope that you all will try to understand the (0+ / 0-)

    consequenses of this unjust war. We have opened the gates to "anyone's dominance is righteous." As a philosophy... get it? Anyone's game (if they can convince you) is right.

    This is governance by PR: Public Relations.

    I.E. Manipulation.

    So. We can all be assured that our interests are being represented by corporations who use Public Relations Techniques to gain our trust/allegiance.

    If you dance with the devil, then you haven't got a clue; 'Cause you think you'll change the devil, but the devil changes you. - illyia

    by illyia on Tue Apr 10, 2007 at 09:13:43 PM PDT

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