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H/t reader squodgy commenting here:
“So….the oil price has dealt a death blow to Calgary and its environs.
But why has the loon crashed? The shale oil was a relatively new asset.
Could it have been compensating for the same decline the rest of us have been herded into?”
The cable news channel Al Jazeera America, which debuted in 2013 to great fanfare when it promised to cover American news soberly and seriously, will be shutting down by the end of April. The move was announced at a companywide meeting on Wednesday.
In a memo to the staff, Al Jazeera America’s chief executive, Al Anstey, said the “decision by Al Jazeera America’s board is driven by the fact that our business model is simply not sustainable in light of the economic challenges in the U.S. media marketplace.”
– AJ staff denied bail on press freedom day (Al Jazeera, May 3, 2014):
Trial of three journalists adjourned by judge to May 15 after plea for freedom rejected for a second time.
An Egyptian court has denied bail to three Al Jazeera journalists, and extended the imprisonment of a fourth for 45 days in hearings that coincided with World Press Freedom Day.
The judge on Saturday adjourned the case of Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed until May 15, after hearing Fahmy repeat his request for bail. The first bail request was rejected on March 31.
– Saudi Arabia tells Qatar to close Al-Jazeera (Al Bawaba, March 14, 2014):
Tensions continue to flare between Qatar and other Gulf countries, with Saudi Arabia demanding that Qatar shut down Al-Jazeera, a source told AFP on Friday.
The demand came during a Gulf Cooperation Counil meeting on March 5th. After the meeting, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar.
– Tough questions follow Al Gore book tour (Politico, Jan 31, 2013):
If you thought Al Gore was a media darling, you haven’t seen his latest book tour. Although Gore has been selective in which outlets he appears on to promote his new book, “The Future,” they haven’t treated the former vice president with kid gloves. From “Today” to “Morning Joe” to “Late Show with David Letterman” to “The Daily Show,” Gore has come under attack by his interviewers for his decision to sell Current TV to Al Jazeera.
Hillary Clinton: “Viewership Of Al Jazeera Is Going Up In The United States Because It’s Real News”
Hillary Clinton Loves RT?
(AFP) WASHINGTON — A con artist convinced the CIA and other US agencies in 2003 that he could decode secret messages sent by Al-Qaeda through Al-Jazeera broadcasts, Playboy magazine reported.
Duped by claims that “bar codes” on Al-Jazeera television contained targeting information for Al-Qaeda attacks, former president George W. Bush’s administration raised the terror alert and cancelled several transatlantic flights in December 2003, the report said, citing former CIA officials.
The swindler at the center of the scam was Dennis Montgomery, head of a small software company in Reno, Nevada. He persuaded the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Homeland Security that his technology could decipher messages with flight numbers and longitudes and latitudes meant for Al-Qaeda operatives.
With assistance from French intelligence, CIA officials eventually concluded there were no secret messages in Al-Jazeera television broadcasts, said the report, published in the magazine’s latest edition.
“A branch of the French intelligence services helped convince the Americans that the bar codes were fake,” it said.
CIA and French officials asked another technology company to find or re-create codes from Al-Jazeera transmissions and “found definitively that what Montgomery claimed was there was not,” it said.
But even after the CIA stopped cooperating with Montgomery, he succeeded in convincing other government agencies that he had valuable code-breaking technology.
In January 2009, he signed a three-million-dollar research contract with the US Air Force, according to Playboy.
This is what Israel calls ‘defending’ it’s territory:
(Click on image to enlarge.)
So Hitler was just ‘defending’ Germany then?
Israel is the aggressor here and the maps prove it. Basta!
Is it any wonder Palestinians protest?
Israeli soldiers have fired tear gas on Palestinians protesting
against the Israeli separation barrier which cuts through their West
The soldiers also fired tear gas at Jacky
Rowland, Al Jazeera’s correspondent who was covering the event live
from near the village of Bilin.
Added: September 04, 2009