BBC Reports: On America, Its Allies and Enemies, and the Counterattack on Terrorism

BBC Reports: On America, Its Allies and Enemies, and the Counterattack on Terrorism

by British Broadcasting Corporation Editors
     
 

"For substance, flip to the BBC."—The Wall Street Journal
While the war on terrorism spearheaded by the U.S. and Britain after September 11 has the support of virtually every country around the world, a wide variety of views have emerged about past causes as well as current actions and future directions.
The BBC news service, with journalists stationed

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"For substance, flip to the BBC."—The Wall Street Journal
While the war on terrorism spearheaded by the U.S. and Britain after September 11 has the support of virtually every country around the world, a wide variety of views have emerged about past causes as well as current actions and future directions.
The BBC news service, with journalists stationed around the globe who are experts on their regions, is uniquely positioned to report on these world-altering events, providing both news and analysis from a larger and sometimes alternative point of view than that of the mainstream American media. As The New York Times reported, "...it helps to know, without sugar-coating, what the rest of the world is thinking. BBC World News is the best of the foreign-based English language news services, with a wider scope and blunter attitude than American networks and cable channels." Similarly, Vanity Fair noted, "the timorousness of the American press has provided a marked contrast to the more robust debate abroad."The BBC Reports takes on the tough topics facing America around the world, with chapters on George Bush and America in the face of war, the tragedy of war and famine in Afghanistan, the dilemma and motives of President Musharraf of Pakistan, the effect of September 11 on the global economy, the connection between September 11 and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and more. It's an unflinching look from a point of view that will be eye-opening for most Americans.

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Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal
For substance, flip to the BBC.
New Yorker
Behind the national tragedy of last September's terrorist attacks lay a puzzle of global proportions; a new set of books from the foreign press is helping us piece it all together. The German weekly magazine Der Spiegel, whose editorial offices are in Hamburg, was uniquely positioned to report on the safe houses, cells, and mosques that bred the terrorists. Inside 9-11: What Really Happened (St. Martin's), a reconstruction by the magazine's staff translated by Paul DeAngelis and Elisabeth Kaestner, offers accounts of the terrorists' whereabouts from as early as 1992, stories of improbable escape, and the horrifying flatness of the F.D.N.Y. emergency log: "Female caller reports they are trapped in the elevator … explains they are dying."

Winston Churchill testified to the editorial independence of the BBC when he called it "the enemy within the gates." The BBC Reports on America, Its Allies and Enemies, and the Counterattack on Terrorism (Overlook), edited by Jenny Baxter and Malcolm Downing, upholds that tradition, with essays from an editor who travelled with Tony Blair on his diplomatic mission last fall, a broadcaster whose grandmother was an I.R.A. arms smuggler, and a Jerusalem-based correspondent who writes that after September 11th, the U.S. "became a part of the Middle East."

Al-Jazeera, the Qatari cable station, has been called the Arab CNN and denounced as a mouthpiece for Osama bin Laden, but its roots are pure BBC: state funding, editorial independence, reporters inherited from a defunct Arabic division of the Beeb. Al-Jazeera (Westview), by two expatriate Egyptian professors, Mohammed el-Nawawy and Abdel Iskandar, tells of the reassuringly controversial place the news outlet occupies in the Arab world. (Dana Goodyear)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585672998
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
01/14/2002
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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