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Al-Jazeera, meaning "The Island" is an Arabic television channel originating in the nation of Qatar. Al Jazeera claims to be the only politically free television station in the Middle East.

In the past, the station has been sharply criticized for working with extremists and leaders such as Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. But Al-Jazeera is also criticized for giving air time to Israeli officials.

It is widely believed in the US that inhabitants of the Middle East are given limited information by their governments and media, and that information is biased against the US. Al-Jazeera is seen as arguably the most open and complete source of information. Therefore, Al-Jazeera is a major focus of current US propaganda efforts.

Al-Jazeera has a news web site in Arabic at (See for quite good automatic translation of this and other Arabic web sites into English -- registration required.)