Revolutions in the Middle East: Head of Al Jazeera Speaks at TED

Where will the Mid­dle East go from here? Towards democ­ra­cy, as many hope? Towards a more theo­crat­ic mod­el, as some despair? Or, towards more of the same dis­il­lu­sion­ing autoc­ra­cy?

On the first day of the big TED con­fer­ence, Wadah Khan­far, the head of Al Jazeera, offered a supreme­ly opti­mistic take on the rev­o­lu­tions trans­form­ing Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and per­haps beyond. Through­out the past few weeks, many West­ern­ers have tuned into Al Jazeer­a’s live Eng­lish-lan­guage cov­er­age on the web and found them­selves pleas­ant­ly sur­prised by the bal­ance and depth of their report­ing. Now you get 17 upbeat min­utes with the leader of the Qatar-based news orga­ni­za­tion …

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