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Viewers have been treated to such delights as Egyptian feminists out-shouting radical preachers and exiled Lebanese warlords incandescent over criticism of one-time Israeli ties.
"I could do a calm, sober program but I know the viewers wouldn't watch. No one would watch a dead programme," Qassem says with a certain pride.
"Five countries cut diplomatic links with Qatar because of the programme. Kuwait closed our office more than once and Egypt once evicted my brother," he says as if presenting a resume.
State media around the region have accused Qassem of everything in the Arab political lexicon. "There's no intelligence agency I haven't apparently worked for. One day I'm with (Israel's) Mossad, the next day I'm a CIA agent," he says.
"I go to Tunisia and they say, 'Why are you against Tunisia?', I go to Syria and hear the same, I go to Saudi Arabia and they say it too. I hear the same thing from everybody, which is good: It means we are not against anybody."
"I'm sure over 50 million people watched it. We're talking about torture in Arab prisons. Don't you think the Sudanese, Syrian, Iraqi, Mauritanian will watch – everyone will."
The programme, which goes out live every week, now offers viewers the chance to vote online to answer such questions. In this case, 86 per cent said yes – Arab torture is worse.
Originally posted by Valhall
The inhumanity being committed in the Arab prisons should be addressed...and kudos to this reporter for bringing it up in a public arena...
but to be quite honest, why would we take the abuses committed by one set of people and try to use it to minimize the abuses committed by another set of people?
These are two sets of issues. The prison abuse committed by rogue U.S. soldiers is unacceptable...period, irrespective of whether some one's getting worse at the hands of another group.