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WHO Is HAMAD BIN KHALIFA AL-THANI? What would make an Arab monarch like Sheikh Hamad introduce democracy and allow freedom of information within his tiny emirate? One can speculate that Hamad's policies stem from his education in Great Britain, where he graduated from the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst in 1971. A MAJOR LEAGUE CHANNEL IN A MINOR LEAGUE COUNTRY 35 With this military background, much of Hamad's political attention has been military- and security-oriented. Under his authority, an old border dispute between Saudi Arabia and Qatar has been revived.
Following the broadcast of bin Laden's video on October 7, Western officials, in an attempt to counter the Al-Qaeda leader's message, spoke to Arabs worldwide using Al-Jazeera. S. initiative, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and British Prime Minister Tony Blair both sought interviews by Al-Jazeera. In each case, they were given the opportunity to make a case through an impartial medium to a receptive Arab public. As the so-called war on terrorism makes headlines worldwide, the hot story in political and media circles is not only the war on the ground; it is also Al-Jazeera, the first twenty-four-hour allnews network in the Arab world.
Those living in Kuwait for the few months of Iraqi occupation in 1990 huddled around radios to listen to BBC and VOA news reports when the Iraqi media disguised the Iraqi invasion as a supposed Kuwaiti military coup A MAJOR LEAGUE CHANNEL IN A MINOR LEAGUE COUNTRY 41 that overthrew a corrupt Kuwaiti monarchy. For Arabs outside of Kuwait, it wasn't until the Gulf War commenced that they were introduced to the form of TV news coverage provided by CNN. In fact, since Al-Jazeera's inception, many of its officials have repeatedly announced that they hoped to tailor their style after CNN.