-- The Heir
- Eliza Griswold, The New Republic
, Jul. 20, 2010
"Saif’s polish and prestigious friends make for a conspicuous contrast to his father, who was, for many years, shunned by the Western world for harboring terrorists and for bankrolling notorious despots such as Charles Taylor and Idi Amin. In recent years, however, Libya has swiftly shed its pariah status. The United Nations lifted sanctions in 2003, the United States followed suit in 2004, and, in 2006, the Bush administration removed the country from its list of states that sponsor terrorism. Saif, who is often presumed to be his father’s successor, has played a prominent role in this rehabilitation. Last year, in an event that marked Libya’s improved standing in the world, he negotiated the release from prison of Abdelbaset Al Megrahi, who was convicted for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. And Saif has ambitious plans. He wants to end Libya’s economic dependence on oil, rewrite its repressive penal code, and draft a constitution, which the country has lacked since 1977. The question, however, is whether it’s really possible for a man named Qaddafi to bring democracy to Libya."
-- Inside Al Jazeera
- Michael Paterniti, GQ
, May 23, 2011
"If you get talking to the people at AJE—the newsroom represents 50 nationalities, though the Aussies, Kiwis, Brits, and Americans constitute the biggest percentages—you hear a lot about "the story," about the channel being the voice of the voiceless, or "the street," or something called "the global south," a concept that even some of the AJE staff can’t quite define. Is it an economic south? A sociological south? And where does it start and end? (In general, the term, as interpreted by the Jazeerians, seems to speak to that class of people in the developing world who have been either patronized or ignored—or, worse, have had their problems mediated—by the global networks for too long.) But these aren’t dicta, says Garda. Everything is up for debate at AJE, which allows the nascent network its unorthodoxy, its horizontal decision-making (or decidedly antimonolithic stance), its powerful, at times useful, enigma. One of the most concise ways to think about AJE, Garda told me, was framed for him by a frequent commentator on the channel: If other networks are interested in the politician, the commentator said, Al Jazeera will always be interested in the politician’s driver."
-- Once Upon a Time in the Middle East
- Nathan Deuel, The Morning News
, Oct. 2, 2013
"There were rules. Occasionally you might break them. In a place like Beirut, when everyone was living so close together, order could feel beside the point, secondary to the little compromises that actually governed a life in a city. After another car bomb or execution, when everyone rolled down their security gates and the streets became ghostly, you could begin to see community as an organism predisposed to letting people doing bad things. Instead, all that seemed to matter was money and power, habit and who you knew. There were a few public parks, but in general the idea of sharing was preposterous. Better to have tall walls and strong bars. In battered Senaya Park, near the old green line that separated the east of Beirut from the west, the first playground I took my daughter to was until recently a place to sleep for people whose homes had been blown up."