To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
With the war in Iraq winding down, now what? In this
hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, a look at the war's
aftermath - and not only for Iraqis, but also for the millions of
people who marched against the war. Does America's quick victory
mean the peace movement failed? And what about Iraqi exiles? Will
they go home now that Saddam Hussein has been deposed?
Mohammed El-Nawawy is the author of "Al-Jazeera,"
which tells the story of the Arab world's first independent television
network. El-Nawawy tells Steve Paulson that Al Jazeera is attacked
in the West for being biased in favor of the Arabs and in the
Arab world for being too soft on the West. So he figures they're
probably doing a pretty good job. And they maintain their independence
in a region of state controlled media.
Yossi Halevi is a religious Israeli Jew.
He went looking for common ground with his Muslim neighbors. He
describes what happened in his book "At the Entrance to the
Garden of Eden." He talks with Steve Paulson. Also, Eli
Pariser is twenty two years old, and the International Campaign
Director of MoveOn.Org. He
tells Steve Paulson what the Internet has done for the global
Peace Movement, and why he considers their work against the war
in Iraq successful.
Kieran Mulvany is the co-creator of a humorous
website dedicated to Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, the outrageous Iraqi
Information Minister. He tells Jim Fleming that troops in the
desert and war planners at the Pentagon love the site. Overnight,
it became such a huge success (four thousand hits per second!)that
they crashed several servers. See it for yourself: www.welovetheiraqiinformationminister.com.
And we hear an audio illustration of some of the minister's classic
remarks. Also, Jim Fleming talks with Joseph Kanon, author
of "The Good German." It's a novel about the American
occupation of Berlin after WWII when American soldiers faced many
of the same problems they're seeing now in Iraq.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 03-04-20-A.
- Mohammed El -Nawawy and Adel Iskandar,
Al -Jazeera: How the Free Arab News Network Scooped the World
and Changed the Middle East (Westview Press)
- Yossi Halevi, At the Entrance to the Garden
of Eden (Harper Collins)
- Joseph Kanon, The Good German (Picador)
- "Slimfasst" from "Source
Lab 2" CD by LA Funk on the label Source Records.
- "Fight the Power" from "Let the
People Speak" CD by Public Enemy on the label Def Jam Records.
- "Kibboutz Dub" from the "Source
lab 2" CD by Bazbaz on the label Source Records.
- Shostakovich, The Gadfly Naxos Records.
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