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watch Al Jazeera live online

If you want to see what’s really going on in the Middle East, you want to watch Al Jazeera. Unfortunately, the vast majority of cable companies in the U.S. do not carry the channel. But you can watch Al Jazeera’s English-language broadcast live online here.

As Ryan Grim at Huffington Post notes:

Canadian television viewers looking for the most thorough and in-depth coverage of the uprising in Egypt have the option of tuning into Al Jazeera English, whose on-the-ground coverage of the turmoil is unmatched by any other outlet. American viewers, meanwhile, have little choice but to wait until one of the U.S. cable-company-approved networks broadcasts footage from AJE, which the company makes publicly available. What they can’t do is watch the network directly.

Other than in a handful of pockets across the U.S. – including Ohio, Vermont and Washington, D.C. – cable carriers do not give viewers the choice of watching Al Jazeera. That corporate censorship comes as American diplomats harshly criticize the Egyptian government for blocking Internet communication inside the country and as Egypt attempts to block Al Jazeera from broadcasting.

Maybe the revolution will be televised… but only to those who are allowed to see it.

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