Al Jazeera Coming to 40 Million US Homes

January 5, 2013

Al Jazeera Coming to 40 Million US Homes

The right-wing attacks and fear mongering are in full swing but the day has finally arrived.

A cable news network broadcasting in the US whose news coverage and analysis will offer a different perspective that will not serve as a mouthpiece for the US government.

Will America survive? 


Ozzie and Cuba

April 12, 2012

As a baseball fan I could not avoid following the “controversy” regarding Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen and his alleged comments expressing love and admiration towards Fidel Castro.

As is generally the case with any political figure that is considered hostile or an enemy by the US government, the US corporate media falls right in line.

The remarks made by Guillen were taken out of context by the TIME magazine reporter that interviewed him and the rest of the media, of course, ran with it.

Guillen did not make a political statement in support of Fidel Castro.

The mistake Guillen made, a senseless and avoidable one, was not saying what he actually said, but rather choosing to say what he said knowing what the political climate in Miami is regarding Castro and the Cuban Revolution and knowing that his comments would result in a vicious backlash against him. Guillen knows the Cuban community in Miami very well and he is aware of their hatred towards and vilification of Fidel Castro.

It was foolish on Guillen’s part to even mention Fidel Castro in any manner that is not negative. Guillen knows, that is completely unacceptable to the media and Cuban community in Miami but he still chose to do so.

There’s another aspect to the story.

I’m always fascinated or actually amused by the selective outrage of the media.

Ozzie Guillen is the latest example.

On the one hand, the media strongly condemns Guillen for making, in their misrepresentation of the facts, an admiring comment about Fidel Castro but yet Guillen’s homophobic and sexist remarks, which he’s made over the years, have not resulted in the same level of outrage and moral indignation from the media, let alone any calls for his firing.

Sadly, those type of bigoted statements are still socially and politically acceptable in the US and allowed under the concept of free speech.

However, the topic of Fidel Castro and Cuba, remain in a different free speech category all of its own that apparently, is not so free after all.

Programming the Nation

August 21, 2011

London’s Burning

August 10, 2011

White Teens Murder Black Man in Mississippi

August 9, 2011

A group of white teenagers targeted and beat a black man in Jackson, Mississippi and then decided to run him over with their car.

This barbarity was caught on video.

As the news commentators state in the video if the race of the victim was white and the murderers were people of color this vicious killing would be a major news story in the United States.

But that is not the case so therefore it isn’t a major news story.

Al Jazeera English Launches In New York City

August 1, 2011

This is really great news.

Al Jazeera English will easily standout in the US media market for the quality of its reporting of world events especially in the middle east. The channel also has many interesting talk shows. I really like Riz Khan’s One on One show.

I’ve been watching the channel online for the last few years and one of its strengths is that it presents a completely different perspective & analysis on world affairs than the US corporate media.

It will not be a mouthpiece of the US government nor have on its programs the same, old, pundits that appear on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, etc….

I think once Aljazeera English builds up an audience of US viewers it will begin to attract high ratings and become a powerful & influential news network in the US.

It is a much needed alternative in the US mainstream media.

Al Jazeera English Launches In New York City

NEW YORK — Six months after New York City news junkies flocked to Al Jazeera English’s website for up-to-the-second coverage of the Egyptian uprising, they’ll now have a chance to watch the 24-hour news network on its original platform: television.

At midnight, Al Jazeera English launched in New York City on Time Warner Cable, a major step in the network’s goal of expanding further into the U.S. cable market and a chance to reach two million households in a world capital of culture and commerce. The network will also launch on Verizon FiOS in the coming days.

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ALL-SPORTS issue of the Nation Magazine

July 29, 2011

For only the second time in the magazine’s long history, The Nation’s upcoming issue will be all about sports.

There will be plenty of politics as well.

Politics have been present and held a prominent place throughout US sports history.

Even more so today.

From all the labor problems between the players and owners to athletes speaking out against war and social injustice. There’s also the economics side of sports and that is just as a political issue as anything else.

As a long time sports fan and as a person greatly interested in politics I am really looking forward to reading this special issue of the magazine.

Click here to view the list of articles in the All-Sports Issue of The Nation