Voices of the Middle East and North Africa

Al Jazeera Targeted in Gulf Crisis

Last month Saudi Arabia and its allies, Bahrain, The United Arab Emirates, and Egypt cut off all diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, and imposed a land and air blockade because of Qatar’s alleged support for “terrorism”

Soon after, they turned the screws on Qatar by giving it 10 days to comply to a list of 13 demands.

According to news reports, the list of demands included a dictate to shut down Al Jazeera Network and all media outlets funded by Qatar directly or indirectly like Arabi21, Middle East Eye, Al Araby Al jadeed, ( the new Arab) and Rassd.

Malihe Spoke with Adel Iskandar, an Assistant Professor of Global Communications at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver about Aljazeera and its operation for the past 20 years, and what’s in store for the network, as well as an overview of the conflict between the Saudi led block and Qatar.

For more background info:

Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf Cooperation Council Crisis

Also, the show ends today with a tribute to the life and work of Jack Shaheen, writer and lecturer specializing in addressing racial and ethnic stereotypes. He was the author of Reel Bad Arabs adapted to a 2006 documentary and many other works.

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