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Obama's first formal Presidential interview on Al-Arabiya

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Obama On Al-Arabiya: First Formal Interview As President With Arabic Cable TV Network
Huffington Post | Hanna Ingber Win | January 26, 2009 06:39 PM


Barack Obama will do his first formal interview as president with an Arabic cable TV network, ABC News reports. The interview is set to air at 11pm EST, it reports.

As special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell heads off to the region to begin work on negotiating a cease fire between Israel and the Palestinians, President Obama has sat for his first formal TV interview with the Arabic cable TV network Al-Arabiya, ABC News has learned.
Al Arabiya is a 24-hour Arabic news channel based in Dubai that broadcasts across five continents, according to its website.

With a global network of correspondents and bureaus in 40 major cities around the world, Al Arabiya has become a leading source of Arabic-language news throughout the world.

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Al Arabiya is part of MBC Group, the largest news and entertainment broadcaster in the Middle East, reaching an estimated 130 million Arabic-speaking people around the world.

A 2003 BBC News profile of the network says it was one of the top-rated pan-Arab stations but "angered the US" for its coverage of the violence in Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Donald Rumsfeld called the network openly hostile to US interests, it reports.

In August [2003], US officials strongly criticised al-Arabiya for broadcasting pictures of masked men who threatened to kill members of the US-appointed governing council.

US State Department spokesman Philip Reeker judged al-Arabiya's decision "to air the remarks of these masked terrorists to be irresponsible in the extreme".


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leprofessional 27th-Jan-2009 01:15 am (UTC)
Oh Barry, you drink neo-conservative tears too?

*getting my bottle-- mmm mmm*
train_diskense 27th-Jan-2009 02:19 am (UTC)
I THINK I HAVE A PROBLEM NOW BECAUSE OF THOSE TEARS.

~I'M ADDICTED.~
leprofessional 27th-Jan-2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Can you imagine how much they must have enjoyed liberal tears in the bushco era?

What comforts me is that liberal tears are low sugar and low fat so they don't taste as good.
train_diskense 27th-Jan-2009 02:46 am (UTC)
*nods*

Whereas conservative tears? Ahhhhh, they're sooooo sweet. :D
layweed 27th-Jan-2009 01:22 am (UTC)
Tee hee @ icon. You should also include hyperbolas somewhere in there.
missanemone 27th-Jan-2009 02:21 am (UTC)
ikr?
lucy_u2 27th-Jan-2009 01:37 am (UTC)
cute icon!
perfectisafault 27th-Jan-2009 02:00 am (UTC)
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cadaver_andante 27th-Jan-2009 02:11 am (UTC)
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flowerings 27th-Jan-2009 02:15 am (UTC)
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terriblyiconic 27th-Jan-2009 02:37 am (UTC)
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jwaneeta 27th-Jan-2009 02:37 am (UTC)
Oh, God, I love this president.

This is so creepy. I've never loved a POTUS. I've always assumed that you must have something wrong within you, fundamentally, to ever get into politics as a career. OH GOD MY WORLD CONSTRUCT IS FUBAR IN THE NICEST POSSIBLE WAY
hearty_chili 27th-Jan-2009 03:14 am (UTC)
O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN
buffyx 27th-Jan-2009 03:32 am (UTC)
I love your icon. I've spent way too much time thinking about how sad parallel lines are.
shirozora 27th-Jan-2009 04:02 am (UTC)
I have no way of expressing my utter joy at my motherfucking POTUS so here's Jon raving for me while I stare in awe at your icon.
missanemone 27th-Jan-2009 08:33 am (UTC)
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___sasuka 27th-Jan-2009 04:38 am (UTC)
Ack, OP, your icon is making me sad :(
missanemone 27th-Jan-2009 08:33 am (UTC)
ngl i teared up a little when i first saw/snagged this icon :(
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