WBEZ | Al Jazeera http://www.wbez.org/tags/al-jazeera Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Democracy referendum in Hong Kong http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-26/democracy-referendum-hong-kong-110419 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP789734280265.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Voters in Hong Kong turned out in the hundreds of thousands to vote in an unofficial referendum demanding democracy, in response to a document from the Chinese government saying Hong Kong does not have full autonomy. We&#39;ll discuss the implications of the call for greeter freedom.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-democracy-referendum-in-hong-kong/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-democracy-referendum-in-hong-kong.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-democracy-referendum-in-hong-kong" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Democracy referendum in Hong Kong" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-26/democracy-referendum-hong-kong-110419 Al Jazeera journalists convicted in Egypt http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-23/al-jazeera-journalists-convicted-egypt-110394 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP737866259483.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Committee to Protect Journalists says the conviction by an Egyptian court of three Al Jazeera journalists is a threat to press freedom. David Kirkpatrick, Cairo bureau chief for the New York Times, joins us to discuss the verdict.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-al-jazeera-journalists-convicted-in-egyp/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-al-jazeera-journalists-convicted-in-egyp.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-al-jazeera-journalists-convicted-in-egyp" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Al Jazeera journalists convicted in Egypt" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-23/al-jazeera-journalists-convicted-egypt-110394 Al Jazeera English hits Chicago cable waves http://www.wbez.org/story/al-jazeera-english-hits-chicago-cable-waves-93601 <p><p>Starting today, Chicagoans have cable access to news from Al Jazeera English. The Qatar-based channel will air its international coverage on local public television station WTTW. WTTW11 and WTTW Prime will carry 30 minutes of Al Jazeera English on weekdays at 6:30am and 11pm, and an hour on Saturdays at 5:30am.&nbsp;Chicagoans may already catch AJE on a digital subchannel of public television station WYCC, but AJE officials expect to reach a much wider audience through the new cable distributor.</p><p>Since it launched its English language channel in 2006, Al Jazeera has failed to find a national distributor.&nbsp;It was saddled with a bad reputation brought on by criticism by some administration officials under former President George W. Bush. They characterized AJE's older, sister, Arabic-language channel as an anti-American, pro-terrorist propaganda unit during the earlier years of the Iraq war.</p><p>But that perception began changing with AJE's coverage of&nbsp;prodemocracy uprisings in the Middle East. Amjad Atallah, AJE's Bureau Chief of the Americas, says American viewers began watching AJE's live webstream to keep track of the protests, bumping up the channel's online traffic by 2500 per cent. The channel also won a prestigious journalism award from Columbia University. The company has strongly touted its debut on a Chicago cable channel. "We do consider this a big stepping stone," said Atallah, "and WTTW is a fantastic channel to partner with."</p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; background-color: rgb(237, 245, 250); font: 12px/170% Verdana,sans-serif; color: rgb(73, 73, 73);"><div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div></p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 23:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/al-jazeera-english-hits-chicago-cable-waves-93601 Arab Spring reveals Qatar's foreign policy ambitions http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-18/arab-spring-reveals-qatars-foreign-policy-ambitions-85342 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-18/112205565.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Persian Gulf nation of Qatar has less than two million people, but it has the highest GDP per capita in the world. Doha-based Al-Jazeera has added a valuable new voice to the global dialogue. Qatar's emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, has deftly crafted a foreign policy that's allowed the tiny emirate to play important roles in places like Gaza, Darfur, Lebanon and, most recently, Libya. &nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.brookings.edu/experts/shaikhs.aspx" target="_blank">Salman Shaikh</a>, director of the <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/doha.aspx" target="_blank">Brookings Doha Center</a>, examines Qatar’s growing international influence and what it means for the rest of the world.</p></p> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 17:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-18/arab-spring-reveals-qatars-foreign-policy-ambitions-85342