A fire broke out at Al Jazeera’s office in the Egyptian capital Cairo in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday 22-10-2013), resulting in the destruction of office equipment and cameras.
A spokesman for Al Jazeera said no members of staff were hurt in the fire as the Network’s offices in Cairo have been closed by the Egyptian Authorities since the Military Coup on 3rd of July 2013.
Al Jazeera Media Network awaits a full investigation by the Egyptian Authorities to uncover the details of the fire. The network also said that the targeting of the Network, its staff and offices should stop. The Egyptian Authorities continue to detain two of its staff, Abdullah Al Shami and Mohamed Badr. The Network holds the Egyptian Authorities responsible for the safety and security of its crews and offices in Egypt.
Burning more than 235,000 acres so far, the Rim Fire in Yosemite has become the sixth largest wildfire in California history.
But it was a 1988 fire, which burned nearly one third of Yellowstone National Park, that fundamentally changed our understanding of wildfire policy in America: When do we let natural wildfires burn, and for how long? How do we decide when to put them out?
via The New York Times Retro Report
Our new episode tonight, “Chasing Fire,” was produced by Singeli Agnew, who also produced the above report for the NYT a few years ago (and was published about a month ago).
Our new episode “Chasing Fire” airs tomorrow night, October 18, 2013 at 9:30p ET/ 6:30p ET on Al Jazeera America (and next Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30p ET on Al Jazeera English).
The United States now spends as much as two billion dollars a year on wildfire suppression. Fire seasons are becoming longer and more severe than ever before—increasing the threats to property and lives, and straining the federal budget. By mid-season, there have already been 38,000 wildfires and the US Forest Service diverted $600 million from other programs to fight them. Some say it is a war on wildfires that we cannot win. Fire intensity and the costs to American taxpayers are spinning out of control.Several factors bring us to this pinnacle: Climate change has intensified droughts and brought higher than average temperatures. Decades of misguided fire management policies have left many forests primed for larger, more intense fires. And resources and priorities have shifted to protecting homes, as residential development booms in the wildlands of the American West. The costs grow exponentially as fires become more severe and the wildland more developed. Sprawling camps emerge overnight to house and feed thousands of firefighters on large fires. There is often a blank check for necessary supplies, equipment and aircrafts—much of it contracted out to private companies, making wildfire suppression a profitable and growing industry.The wildfires that ripped through forests and communities this season have caused new levels of damage and devastation. The Black Forest Fire—the most destructive in Colorado’s history—destroyed nearly 500 homes and killed two residents. In Yarnell Arizona, 19 wildland firefighters died when a fast-moving brush fire overtook them. Their deaths devastated a tight knit community and reverberated throughout the country. Then the ferocious Rim Fire threatened Yosemite National Park and became one of the largest in California’s history, costing more than $100 million. And the season is not over yet…Fault Lines follows the 2013 wildfire season, chasing the flames as they spread throughout the West. As millions of acres continue to burn each year, we examine what is going wrong with the war on wildfires and the true costs of putting them out.
The lineup of broadcasting legend Sir David Frost’s final ever interviews has been revealed by Al Jazeera:
- This Friday 20th September, Bangladeshi premier Sheikh Hasina will speak about her life
- And Sir David’s last interview will air on Friday 4th October. It is with Hollywood actor…
Easily identified by trademark facial hair, Kakai Kurds in northern Iraq live under constant threat.
”The soul needs to reincarnate a thousand times before becoming one with god,” says Rajab Assy Karim from Ali Saray, 190 kilometres north of Baghdad. Iraq is full of “shortcuts” to the…
In October 2012, a US Border Patrol agent fired through the 20 foot steel fence separating Nogales, Arizona from Nogales, Mexico and killed an unarmed 16-year-old Mexican boy with 10 bullets through his body. This was not an isolated incident by a rogue agent, but just the latest in a string of cross-border shootings that raise serious questions about oversight and accountability of the Border Patrol. In the last three years, Border Patrol agents have killed 6 Mexican citizens on their native soil, firing through the border to threaten and injure even more. One man was shot while picnicking with his family on the banks of the Rio Grande. Another 15 year-old-boy was hit between the eyes with a bullet for allegedly throwing rocks. None of these cases has led to any known disciplinary action or criminal charges against the border police, and US courts have rejected claims made by victims’ families, asserting that Mexican citizens do not have the same constitutional protections as US citizens, effectively giving the agents carte blanche to act with impunity. In this episode, Fault Lines travels to the border town of Nogales – presently the nexus for this increasingly lawless law enforcement – to meet the Mexican families who have lost their young sons at the hands of US agents who many accuse of being immune from the law.
Premieres this Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 7:00 and 10p EST on Al Jazeera America. Episode will premier on Al Jazeera English in the coming week. Episode produced by Singeli Agnew with Wab Kinew as Correspondent.
We doorstep in most Fault Lines episodes. This is from our new episode “Life after Guantanamo” that first aired Sunday night.
The episode airs again on Wed at 5:30p ET on Al Jazeera America and later this week (we’ll update this post) on Al Jazeera English. If you live outside the U.S., the episode will then be available in full on our YouTube channel.
This episode was produced by Andrea Schmidt, the Correspondent is Wab Kinew, and this part was filmed by Singeli Agnew.
An outtake from our new episode, “Life after Guantanamo” from a market in Yemen at the beginning of Ramadan this year.
Episode produced by Andréa Schmidt, and will air on Wednesday at 5:30p ET on Al Jazeera America and on Al Jazeera English later this week.
More details and updates on the @ajfaultlines Twitter.
However three staff remain detained
Four AJE staff were detained since Tuesday
Al Jazeera Correspondent Wayne Hay, Cameraman Adil Bradlow, Producers Russ Finn and Mohammed Baher have been released by the Egyptian authorities on Sunday afternoon.
They were arrested on Tuesday and were detained for five days without charge,
Al Jazeera Media Network would like to thank all those who helped us over the past few difficult days, especially the New Zealand, South African and Irish embassies in Cairo.
However the Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr Executive Producer Shihab Elddin Shaarawi, was arrested early on Friday morning by security forces who kept denying his detonation until Sunday when they confirmed that he has been arrested.
Meanwhile Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent Abdullah al-Shami who was arrested on August 14, along with Mohamed Badr, a cameraman for Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr who has been held for more than one month are still being detained.
These arrests are part of what Reporters Without Borders has called “growing hostility” towards journalists in Egypt.
Al Jazeera calls for the Egyptian authorities to release all our staff unconditionally along with their belongings and equipment.
Photos from Producer Andréa Schmidt from her new episode for Fault Lines, “Life after Guantanamo” airing tonight, Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 7 and 10p ET on Al Jazeera America. This episode premieres on Al Jazeera English later in the week and on both channel in repeat broadcasts.
In the episode, Fault Lines travels to Yemen to meet former Guantanamo detainees, and asks what have been the consequences of the US’ policy of indefinite detention. Photos were taken in Yemen.