Al Jazeera Live: Watch & Learn

by JC

By now it has become painfully obvious that the American media doesn’t have a clue how to cover what is unfolding in Egypt and the rest of the middle east. Even watching Rachel Maddow’s extensive coverage last night didn’t get into the depth of the issue.

So I poked around and found Al Jazeera’s english live feed. If anybody cares to learn something about this issue, just turn on the feed and watch for a while. It’s illuminating.

I couldn’t find a way to embed the feed, so you’ll have to go to this page:

http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/

Update: Great read over at HuffPost by Ryan Grim about how Al Jazeera is blacked out by most corporate content providers in the U.S.:

Canadian television viewers looking for the most thorough and in-depth coverage of the uprising in Egypt have the option of tuning into Al Jazeera English, whose on-the-ground coverage of the turmoil is unmatched by any other outlet. American viewers, meanwhile, have little choice but to wait until one of the U.S. cable-company-approved networks broadcasts footage from AJE, which the company makes publicly available. What they can’t do is watch the network directly.

Other than in a handful of pockets across the U.S. – including Ohio, Vermont and Washington, D.C. – cable carriers do not give viewers the choice of watching Al Jazeera. That corporate censorship comes as American diplomats harshly criticize the Egyptian government for blocking Internet communication inside the country and as Egypt attempts to block Al Jazeera from broadcasting.

The result of the Al Jazeera English blackout in the United States has been a surge in traffic to the media outlet’s website, where footage can be seen streaming live. The last 24 hours have seen a two-and-a-half thousand percent increase in web traffic, Tony Burman, head of North American strategies for Al Jazeera English, told HuffPost. Sixty percent of that traffic, he said, has come from the United States.

[HuffPo UPdate: Dish Network and DirecTV are temporarily allowing subscribers to access Al Jazeera. It can be found on channel 9410 on Dish Network and 375 on DirecTV.]

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  1. The BBC’s streaming coverage isn’t bad either, though it retains the Euro-centric posturing.

  2. NPR is doing a good job. Egypt isn’t the only nation with a river of deNile. Your archives reflect Montana’s refusal to cover it’s own instances of injustice.

    • a short chat with the locals in browning or harlem mt will reveal similar unemployment, unrest and willingness to revolt against a government which has, like egypt for the most part, forgotten and forsaken them.

      america is not immune to unrest and revolution. while our politicians worry about how to make it easier on the rich, the people who work for a living continue to slide downward into poverty and political powerlessness.

      the right wing memes of cutting government help for the working people and the indigent while supporting tax cuts for the wealthy can only push this country further toward a similar scenario.

      the weak and cowardly “prevent” defense of the democrats reinforces the need for working people and the poor of this country to withdraw from the two party system and combine our voices to counter the corruption of a congress and complicit presidency which is determined to maintain the status quo for those who bribe them.

      the spirit of america which is to work hard for a fair future will rise up in revolt in answer to politicians going too far in protecting the wealthy few.

  3. JayByrd

    If you have Dish satellite, al Jazeera English is being carried on LinkTV on channel 9410.
    They’re reporting some of the “looters,” captured by the crowd turned out to be state security personnel.

  4. lizard19

    i still find it instructive to watch the crap propaganda on mainstream news.

    for example, one of the questions posed on MSNBC on their banner is:

    Middle East Unrest: is it helping terrorists?

    other scare tactics include talking about how this will effect oil prices.

    please remember to be scared of the angry foreigners, America.

  5. i prefer to wait until the people affected actually start receiving something. the truth is that eloise cobell’s heroic effort was only met with more injustice by our country in this pathetic settlement. this might be helpful however to a few families and possibly to the reclaiming of land stolen (twice) by our forebears.

    to tell you the truth, i haven’t read buffalo post at all since jodi rave surrendered it but this seems helpful to providing information to many… http://buffalopost.net/?p=13657

    jodi will have a book out about eloise’s epic quest for justice soon and i will be reading it to learn more from those i trust about the matter. meanwhile jodi is available online to read …. http://buffalosfire.com/?p=2493

    jodi is far more educated about the settlement itself.

  6. i have a post ready to deal with baucus’s pathetic attempt to defend his corrupt health care mandate bill at the legislature yesterday. the hypocrisy of a senator defending a bill which guarantees private health insurers the carte blanche right to continue to fleece working families in america was written by liz dye, his aide and former wellepointe executive. expect fireworks from this post!

    meanwhile, i think jc and lizard deserve a day uninterrupted by this bear with their timely posts expressing solidarity with the oppressed people of egypt in their revolt against an oblivious ruling class .

  7. it’s hard to not draw a parallel between the government of egypt’s shutdown of the internet and cell phone use and this pending legislation in congress…. http://www.geekosystem.com/internet-kill-switch-return/

  8. Ingemar Johansson

    Riots are always cooler with a soundtrack.

  9. mr benson

    Dish 9410 is Al Jazeera now.

  10. Kptrng

    The weakness and confusion of the US media is evidence, perhaps, of surprise in Washington over these events. There is no narrative in place yet and so the media is hanging out there.

    In the Meantime, Egypt shut down Al Jazeera today. That’s evidence it is doing its job.




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