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Issue Date:  April 18, 2003

On the Web, alternative views of the Middle East


As the war in Iraq got underway, NCR (March 28) published a list of Web sites that offered news and views of the war and the Middle East. Below is a continuation of that list, naming sites NCR found and reviewed.

After that are some of the more than 200 Web sites readers suggested be added to the list. NCR has not yet reviewed all of these sites. Send more suggestions to Dennis Coday,

NCR offers this information as a reader service. It is not to be considered an endorsement of any of the sites listed.

For news and analysis

Al Jazeera in English

About a week after the war began, the Arabic-language satellite TV station, Al Jazeera, opened this English-language Web site. Access to the site, however, has been spotty at best because of a barrage of “denial of service” attacks.

Al-Ahram Weekly Online

The online edition of Egypt’s Al-Ahram Weekly newspaper. Good regional coverage.

Middle East Media Research Institute

The Middle East Media Research Institute provides timely translations of Arabic, Farsi and Hebrew media, as well as original analysis of political, ideological, intellectual, social, cultural and religious trends in the Middle East. The institute is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization with headquarters in Washington and branch offices in Berlin, London and Jerusalem.

Radio Sawa

Radio Sawa is a service of U.S. International Broadcasting, which is operated and funded by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an agency of the U.S. government, the same people who produce Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty and Radio Free Asia. Radio Sawa broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week on FM frequencies throughout the Middle East. Audio streaming is available at its Web site.

Mideast News Service

The Mideast News Service is strictly nonpartisan and is not aligned with any political entity or government, either in the United States or the Middle East. It is underwritten by the Russell Berrie Foundation (


Funded by the Reuters foundation, AlertNet provides global news, communications and logistics services to the international disaster relief community and the public. Good links to international relief agencies, many of which have reports about Iraq. Also contains information about appeals and needs, and a job listings section.

Asia Times Online

“Comprehensive” and “authoritative.” These words are probably overused, but if they apply to anything they apply to the coverage of Asia and the Middle East by the Web site Asia Times Online.

This is how Salon describes its war coverage: “We are doing our best to unearth and spotlight truths that the rest of the media misses or muddies.” Some stories are locked unless you subscribe to Salon.

Haaretz is an independent daily newspaper published in Israel. The paper holds a broadly liberal outlook both on domestic issues and on international affairs.

Volunteers around the world are assigned to cull specific publications and submit the best links for inclusion.

Reader suggestions

American Politics Journal

Arab News


The Black Commentator

Buffalo Report

Bush Watch

Centre for Research on Globalization

Coastal Post

Colorado Campaign for Middle East Peace

Common Dreams News Center


Creating Community Currency

Cretin Coalition

The Crisis Papers

Le Cybernaute

Democratic Underground

Democracy Means You

Discovery Institute

Eat the State!


Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

Focus on the Global South

Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

Global Policy Forum


Dennis Coday is an NCR staff writer and editorial coordinator for the NCR Web site.

National Catholic Reporter, April 18, 2003

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