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Space tourism launch date on the horizon (with video)
Aug 27th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Race is on to

offer scheduled

suborbital flights

Alex Tang, CEO of Space Exploration Corp. Asia spoke on Al Jazeera America on Monday. Click image to enlarge.

IT HAS LONG BEEN relegated to the realms of science fiction and fantasy, but space tourism on regularly scheduled flights is inching closer – and may be as little as one year away.
According to a report Monday on Al Jazeera America (only a four sentence summary seems to be available online in the U.S.), one of the two firms vying for big bucks customers is promising four flights a day starting next year.
Much of the research and testing on the new suborbital spacecraft is being done about 30 miles from my home – on the other side of the San Gabriel Mountains in the Mojave Desert.
States, too, are vying with incentives to lure the burgeoning spacecraft manufacturers with incentives to set up facilities within their borders.
WATCH A VIDEO OF THE FLIGHT OF SPACESHIPONE BELOW THE FOLD


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Blogger’s views on Manning case aired by Al Jazeera (with video)

BLOGGER’S VIEWS ON MANNING CASE AIRED BY ALJZEERA
It is rare that us mere mortals are afforded the same opportunity that folks like Scott Pelly (of CBS) and Brian Williams (of NBC) get every evening.
They speak daily to an audience of millions about the most important issues in the news.
Today, I was afforded the same opportunity.
In a segment on the Listening Post show on Al Jazeera English. I was featured as a guest on the Global Village Voices slot speaking about the Bradley Manning case.
Watch the full statement in the video.


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LISTENING POST on AlJazeera: must see TV (with video)

SHOW HAS HAD BEST COVERAGE OF BRADLEY MANNING CASE
With the arrival this week of AlJazeera America, the domestic audience now can watch one of the best half hours on television.
“Listening Post,” a show about the media and journalism in general, is scheduled to be aired on AlJazeera America on Saturdays, starting tomorrow, at 2:30 p.m. EDT (in the East) and again at 2:30 p.m. PDT (in the West).
Welcome to America, AlJazeera.
It is time the U.S. media got a wake-up call. Let’s give the new kid on the block a chance to prove it can do a better job for all of us.


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Media coverage of Egypt lacking in US, much better abroad

AL JAZEERA STANDS OUT FOR IN-DEPTH REPORTING
An analysis of the media coverage reveals that Americans are far less informed than others elsewhere about global events like the turmoil in Egypt.
If one wants to know the full story, one cannot rely on just one media outlet. Each one carries only part of the story; for complete knowledge, one must refer to several sources.
U.S. media focus on how world events affect America. There is no truly global coverage.
It is vitally important for Americans to know what is truly happening in the rest of the world. Unfortunately, we cannot get a clear picture from own newspapers and television reports.


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EGYPT TURMOIL: A clash of civilizations (with video)

ISLAMISTS VS. SECULARISTS: THE BATTLE BETWEEN WORLD VIEWS
As the crisis in Egypt deepens it is becoming increasingly apparent that the enormous gulf that has opened up between the two sides represents a titanic clash of civilizations.
On the one side is the Islamic Brotherhood.
On the other is the Egyptian military, supported for decades by the United States, which would prefer a secular government.
The clashing world views seem, alas, to be irreconcilable.
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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US recruits for al-Qaida with drone strikes

KILLING OF INNOCENTS RESULTING IN BLOWBACK ON ARAB STREET
Yemenis are furious about the relentless drone attacks, and motivated to seek revenge for the killing of innocents and destruction of their homes any way they possibly can.
Their only avenue, with their own government siding with the unprovoked American military attacks, is al-Qaida.
The law of unintended consequences should give all Americans pause.
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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Al Jazeera America arrives in four weeks

BRIGHT NEW STAR JOINS U.S. MEDIA LANDSCAPE
We need to know how the rest of the world views US, and one of the best ways is to watch Al Jazeera America, which launches on Aug. 20, it was announced Wednesday.
The real news networks, excluding the NOT “fair and balanced” one, better watch their backs. There’s a little tiger snipping at their heels and it will steal their viewers if the don’t shape up.
Get In the (K)now here, now!


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Was military takeover in Egypt a coup d’etat?

A DIVIDED EGYPT: IS CIVIL WAR NEXT?
The ouster of democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt on Wednesday certainly fit the definition of a coup d’état.
It’s certainly a complicated situation. But when a democratically elected president – no matter how unpopular – is thrown out by a military junta, the will of the people is thwarted. That is not democracy.
The army can not just overthrow a democratically elected president, no matter what the demonstrators say or do.


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