By Mike Shoesmith
I couldn't believe my ears. "Support for NPR provided by Al-Jazeera." Several times last week as I listened to the coverage of the impending attack by US forces on Syria I heard those words. Al-Jazeera? Funding NPR?
Al Jazeera (Arabic: الجزيرة al-ǧazīrah IPA: [æl dʒæˈziːrɐ], literally "The Island", abbreviating "The [Arabian] Peninsula"), also known as Aljazeera andJSC (Jazeera Satellite Channel), is a broadcaster owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network and headquartered in Doha, Qatar.
Al Jazeera Media Network is a privately owned Middle Eastern multinational multimedia corporation based in Qatar and is the parent company of Al Jazeera and its related networks. The chairman is Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani.
Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer bin Mohammed bin Thani Al-Thani is the Chairman of the Al Jazeera Media Network, which is based in Qatar. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the Board of Administration. He is the cousin of the Emir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. He is the 7th richest member of a royal family in the world.
NPR, formerly National Public Radio, is a privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a nationalsyndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States.
So - America's 'National Public Radio' is being partially funded by a company run by a Muslim Sheikh in the Middle East?
Qatar is a Muslim-majority country with Islam as the state religion. Qatar is one of the two Wahhabi states in the Arabian Peninsula. The other one is Saudi Arabia.