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The Arab Papers

Friday, July 25, 2003

For weeks, a dispute has been raging in Britain over who-knew-what about Iraq’s weapons program. And the dispute was ratcheted up a notch when the BBC’s alleged source was found dead near his home. The death of government scientist David Kelly has been ruled a suicide, but commentators in the ...

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Losing a Grip

Friday, July 11, 2003

Even as President Bush took a goodwill spin around Africa this week, his Administration came under increasing fire at home. There was concern about the mounting death toll of Americans in Iraq, and nagging questions about the elusive WMDs and discredited evidence of Saddam's nuclear threat. Former presidential advisor and ...

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Inside Al Jazeera

Friday, July 04, 2003

Depending on who you ask, Al-Jazeera is either the Middle East's most objective news source or the most influential voice of anti-Americanism. The first program in this season's PBS series "Wide Angle" goes behind-the-scenes of Al-Jazeera's war coverage in Iraq, as the network came under fire - sometimes literally - ...

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Iraqi Minder Finder

Friday, June 27, 2003

For foreign correspondents in the final days before the fall of Baghdad, the toppling of Saddam was ushered in by the disappearance of their official government minders. Two months later, British television reporter John Irvine returned to Iraq in search of the minder who, he realized, had become a friend, ...

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History's Second Draft

Friday, June 20, 2003

When The Washington Post first reported the capture and rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, some critics challenged the paper's reliance on "battlefield intelligence" and unnamed sources. This week, the Post revisited the story with a lengthy investigation that acknowledged the facts were "far more complex and different" than initial reports. ...

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A Misinformed Public

Friday, June 20, 2003

Weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq! At least that's what a third of the American public believes. A poll released earlier this month shows that despite the media blitz during the Iraq war, many Americans are still deluded about the basic facts of the war. Brooke talks ...

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The Baghdad Newstand

Friday, June 13, 2003

The eyes of journalists around the world may be turning away from Baghdad, but Baghdadis themselves have more options than ever for reading about their city. A recent estimate pegged the number of new newspapers in Baghdad at more than 100, up from just five during Saddam's reign. NPR's Deb ...

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Where in the World?

Friday, June 06, 2003

A story that quickly grabbed headlines in the foreign press following the end of the war in Iraq, has only now taken hold in the U.S. The mystery of the missing Weapons of Mass Destruction, already warmed over in Europe is finally giving American pundits pause. Brooke compares coverage of ...

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Peace, Out…

Friday, June 06, 2003

Despite the scores of scribes shuffling through Iraq before the war and the hundreds that arrived with the troops, there was precious little written on the lives of ordinary Iraqis. Into the breach came Salam Pax, the mysterious blogger of Baghdad. But after the bombing started in late March, the ...

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The Arab Papers

Friday, May 30, 2003

As it is in the U.S., news about Iraq is beginning to fade from the front pages of Arabic language newspapers. But in its place this week were a number of major stories related to the so-called "War on Terror" and the shifting geopolitics of the Middle East. World Press ...

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Iraqi Airwave Takeover

Friday, May 23, 2003

The few Iraqis who own televisions have a new station on their dial - the U.S.-sponsored Iraqi Media Network. The channel went on the air last week amid allegations of censorship by the very authority that was funding it, and so far hasn't won over many viewers. Reuters correspondent Saul ...

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Al-Jazeera - An Ex-Pat's Critique

Friday, May 09, 2003

Over the past couple of years the satellite TV network Al-Jazeera has often been criticized by U.S. government and military officials. But the network's critics include Arabs as well - among them the Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed, Editor-in-Chief of the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat. He joins Brooke to discuss what ...

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Secret Air Waves

Friday, May 09, 2003

The U.S. war in Iraq began long before any bombs fell on Baghdad. The weapons-of-choice were covert radio signals beamed in from neighboring countries. Nick Grace of ClandestineRadio.com tells Brooke about the variety of CIA-backed radio stations that until recently could be heard in Iraq.

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But Who's Counting?

Friday, May 09, 2003

Last week, Knight Ridder Newspapers reported that according to hospital records, at least 1100 civilians died in the battle for Baghdad. The estimate was one of only a few to surface in the media so far, and some say that the media should be paying more attention to the story. ...

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The Arab-Language Papers

Friday, May 02, 2003

With the Bush Administration's declaration of victory in Iraq, the unveiling of a new peace plan for Israel and the Palestine, and the imminent withdrawal of US forces from Saudi Arabia, it was a busy week for political restructuring in the Middle East. World Press Review contributing editor Peter Valenti ...

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Dispatch from an (Ex-)Embed, Week 7

Friday, April 25, 2003

Last time Brooke spoke with NPR's John Burnett, he had just arrived in Baghdad and was about to leave his military assignment. Since then, he's finally had the chance to speak with ordinary Iraqis, and get a different perspective on the war. On the eve of his departure to the ...

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Kosovo Nightmares

Friday, April 18, 2003

Sometimes, when covering a war zone, reporters employ the locals as "fixers," to help them navigate unknown territory and customs. Newsday's Matthew McAllester covered the war in Kosovo in 1999. In Beyond the Mountains of the Damned, he admits that he may have jeopardized the safety of the very people ...

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All War, All the Time

Friday, April 18, 2003

The war in Iraq may be drawing to a close, but that doesn't mean television can't continue to draw viewers with the promise of live battlefield coverage. There's always a war going on someplace in the world, so is it possible that we'll soon see a "war channel" added to ...

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Television Free Middle East

Friday, April 18, 2003

This week, television went back on the air in Iraq. But instead of the familiar faces of government leaders, Iraqi TV now features Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, and other American newscasters. The programming package is funded by the U.S. government, and is coordinated by Westwood One chairman Norm Pattiz. Brooke ...

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Wishful Editing

Friday, April 18, 2003

People who watched live images of the Saddam statue toppling in Baghdad might not recognize the version repeatedly broadcast on TV since then. In its repackaged form, the drawn-out, American-managed event looks more like a spontaneous popular uprising. Brooke reflects on what may be the second draft of history.

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