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April 28, 2005



Do the Kurds get a fair hearing on AJ? All the Kurdish commentary I've read is fairly hostile.

the aardvark

I'd say that the Kurds get the worst treatment, certainly worse than the Shia - that's what a lot of the "Iraq isn't an Arab state" controversy is about.


I realize you can only have so many guests speaking, but having the only Iraqi on the show be the guy from al-Sabah (an official organ that was at least begun as a typical CPA dependent and boosted publication which is what allowed them to become "al-akthar intisharan fil-iraq") misses out on the huge variety that encompasses the Iraqi press. Iraq easily has the most diverse press anywhere in the Middle East right now in at least the volume of choices. Many are just organs for some party or other, but that very fact gives a lot of diversity of opinion. Aswat al-Iraq today reports for example on an exhibition sponsored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports that showed the first editions of 346 different newspapers published after the fall of the old regime (http://www.aswataliraq.info/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=2234&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0&POSTNUKESID=7ab5031de007a4e212cff84fe6d27635). Local TV stations flourished at least for a while as well (don't know if they survived), and in addition to the official al-Iraqiya TV (http://www.iraqimedianet.net/tv/index.htm) there's also Saad al-Bazzaz's very popular al-Sharqiya (http://www.alsharqiyatv.com/ -- great website too for local news). What I'm trying to say is that just as the Jordanian fellow objected to portraying their press as monolithic, the same holds true and probably far more so in Iraq.


Wow. Why is the al-Iraqiya website so lame and devoid of content?

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