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  • thekoba@aztec.asu.edu
    ================= Begin forwarded message ================= Dear Kevin, Hope your day progresses satisfactorilly -- whatever that might mean. Anyhow, here s an
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 21, 2002
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      Dear Kevin,

      Hope your day progresses satisfactorilly -- whatever
      that might mean.

      Anyhow, here's an interesting item from the AP.





      Lebanon Bans U.S. 'Image' TV Spots
      Thu Dec 19,11:56 PM ET

      By HUSSEIN DAKROUB, Associated Press Writer

      BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanon has refused to allow the
      broadcast of U.S. government TV spots aimed at
      improving America's image in Arab and Muslim
      countries, Information Minister Ghazi Aridi said

      "The TV spots were banned because they contained words
      contrary to truth. The spots say that America is
      treating the Arabs and Muslims well. This is not
      true," Aridi told The Associated Press.

      The U.S. Embassy had been lobbying the government for
      permission to have the spots aired. In the
      advertisements, Arab-Americans who live in the United
      States talk about public freedom, job opportunities
      and the respect shown by Americans to Muslims in the
      United States, an official at the U.S. Embassy said.

      "These spots are part of the U.S. government's 'shared
      values campaign' to improve America's image in the
      eyes of Arabs and Muslims," the embassy official said,
      speaking on condition of anonymity.

      The United States began trying out the advertisements,
      part of a a $15 million campaign, in Indonesia in
      October and said at the time it hoped to air them on
      outlets seen in the Arab world.

      Aridi said the spots contradicted reality. "Even in
      the United States, there were reports criticizing the
      pressure exerted on Arabs and Muslims in America
      following the Sept. 11 attacks," he said.

      To improve its image, "America ought to abandon its
      policy of complete bias toward Israel and stop its
      pressures on Arab and Muslim countries," Aridi said.

      Many Arabs and Muslims believe that the anti-terror
      campaign that President Bush (news - web sites)
      launched after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on
      Washington and New York, has targeted only Muslims.

      In addition, hostility toward America has increased
      because of waht Arabs see as U.S. support for Israel
      in its conflict with Palestinians and Washington's
      threats to invade Iraq if it does not fully co-operate
      with U.N. disarmament inspectors.
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