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Hussam has been a lifelong human rights activist who is passionate about promoting democratic societies, in the US and worldwide, in which all people, including immigrants, workers, minorities, and the poor enjoy freedom, justice, economic justice, respect, and equality. Mr. Ayloush frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs. He has consistently appeared in local, national, and international media. Full biography at: http://hussamayloush.blogspot.com/2006/08/biography-of-hussam-ayloush.html

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Turkey launches Arabic language channel

Today's Zaman
April 6, 2010

The state-run Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) launched a new Arabic-language channel on Sunday, a move that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has hailed as a landmark in uniting the Turkish and Arab peoples...

“We have a mutual history and culture, and more importantly, we are members of a mutual civilization. We share a past on these lands. You should also know that our future is one, too,” Erdoğan said.

The new channel will broadcast in Arabic around the clock and is expected to reach 350 million people throughout the Arab world. Most of the programs will be presented by native Arabic speakers. According to the channel’s editorial policy, they will address the ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity of the region...

“Nobody has had the power to separate bothers,” he added. “Even though we have turned our face to the West, we never turned our backs to the East.”

The prime minister also talked about the disasters in Haiti, Chile and Palestine.

“As Gaza burns and dark clouds form over Jerusalem, we can’t stay mute,” he said...

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