This link goes live with transcripts and audio at around 7pm EST. This is the kind of information I think will tell us more about how the situation in Egypt will go in the short run. If Israel is able to convince to the U.S. (if we aren’t already in some capacity) to support Mubarak? Well…
What the Gulf War was to CNN, the people’s revolutions of the Middle East are to Al Jazeera English. But in the U.S., in a sad vestige of the era of Freedom Fries, hardly anyone can watch the channel on cable TV. Cable companies: Add Al Jazeera English NOW!
It is downright un-American to still refuse to carry it. Vital, world-changing news is occurring in the Middle East and no one–not the xenophobic or celebrity-obsessed or cut-to-the-bone American media–can bring the perspective, insight, and on-the-scene reporting Al Jazeera English can.
it has been stunning to see al-jazeera’s total dominance in covering and analyzing the events in egypt over the past few days. i was on the phone with my dad when reports that egypt had shut down internet access in the country began to circulate. “i don’t see it on nytimes or cnn or msnbc,” dad said. “oh, you have to go to al-jazeera,” i told him. there was a beat. “the information world is really different from when i grew up,” he said.
i’ve had the al-jazeera english internet feed running almost constantly since friday and it’s where the most consistent, reliable, up to date information is - which is evident in the egyptian government’s efforts to revoke its license, shut down its broadcasting, cut its phone lines, etc.
“In the intricate paths of life when difficulties and hardships confront a man, and the darkness of difficulty and suffering becomes long, it is patience only that acts like a light for a Muslim, that keeps him safe from wandering here and there, and saves him from the muddy marsh of disappointment, desperation and frustration.”— Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (via redblackbeerback)
“We believe that Egypt is going to overcome the current wave of demonstrations, but we have to look to the future… Having said that, I’m not sure the time is right for the Arab region to go through the democratic process.”—
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“For several years, Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi conducted a long term and large scale project to unearth the biographies of thousands of women who patricpated in the hadith tradition through Islamic history. In Al-Muhaddithat: The Women Scholars In Islam, Dr. Nadwi summarized his 40-volume biographical dictionary (in Arabic) of the Muslim women who studied and taught hadith. Even in this short text, he demonstrates the central role women had in preserving the Prophet’s teachings, which remains the master-guide to understanding the Qur’an as rules and norms for life. Within the bounds of modesty in dress and manners, women routinely attended and gave classes in major mosques and madrasas, travelled intensively for “the knowledge”, transmitted and critiqued hadith, issued fatwas, and so on. Some of the most renowned male scholars have depended on, and praised, the scholarship of their female teachers. The women scholars enjoyed considerable public authority in society, not as the exception, but as the norm.”—3.1 The Muhaddithat Project [excerpt from “Women’s Contribution to Classical Islamic Civilisation: Science, Medicine and Politics”]
“All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.”—Noam Chomsky (via graceisred)