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    U.S. HIRES CHRISTIAN EXTREMISTS TO PRODUCE ARABIC NEWS Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, AlterNet, 5/2/03 http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15801
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      U.S. HIRES CHRISTIAN EXTREMISTS TO PRODUCE ARABIC NEWS
      Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, AlterNet, 5/2/03
      http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15801

      The U.S. government this week launched its Arabic language satellite
      TV news station for mostly Muslim Iraq. It is being produced in a
      studio Grace Digital Media controlled by fundamentalist Christians
      who are rabidly pro-Israel...

      Grace Digital Media is controlled by a fundamentalist Christian
      millionaire, Cheryl Reagan, who last year wrested control of Federal
      News Service, a transcription news service, from its former owner,
      Cortes Randell...

      According to its web site, Grace News Network is "dedicated to
      Transmitting the evidence of God's presence in the world today."

      "Grace News Network will be reporting the current secular news, along
      with aggressive proclamations that will 'change the news' to reflect
      the Kingdom of God and its purposes," GNN proclaims.

      The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the U.S. government agency
      producing the television news broadcasts for Iraq, likes to say it is
      the BBC of the USA. BBG runs Radio Free Europe, Voice of America, and
      Radio Sawa Arabic language radio for the Middle East...

      BBG's Joan Mower said that Grace Digital Media is a mainstream
      production house used by all kinds of mainstream news
      organizations...

      While it's unclear whether Grace News Network actually produces any
      news, it has produced a documentary movie titled "Israel: Divine
      Destiny" which it showed at the National Press Club in September
      2002. The film is about "Israel's destiny and the United States' role
      in that destiny," according to Grace News Network...

      BBG says it sees no problem in having Grace produce the evening news
      broadcast for Iraq. Given the brewing anti-American revolt through
      all sectors of Iraqi society, maybe it should reconsider...

      SEE ALSO:

      MISSIONARIES BRING AID, CONTROVERSY TO KASHMIR
      Janaki Kremmer, Christian Science Monitor, 5/2/03
      http://www.christiansciencemonitor.com/2003/0502/p07s02-wosc.html

      NEW DELHI - But some observers worry that the influx of Christian
      evangelists may be exacerbating a volatile situation in India's
      northernmost state, where up to 50,000 people have died in sectarian
      violence. Sandwiched between India and Pakistan, this territory is
      the cause of two wars between the two neighbors. Armed militants are
      alleged to sneak across the border from Pakistan to foment trouble in
      the valley. Just last month 24 Hindus were killed in Kashmir,
      allegedly by Muslim militants.

      "The time is not ripe for promoting and spreading a third religion in
      the valley - it will have bad consequences," says Prashant Dikshit,
      the deputy director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.

      Local Christians like Pastor Leslie Richards are also increasingly
      agitated by the presence of the new evangelists, who they believe are
      more interested in conversions than social work. Mr. Richards says
      local Muslims receive cash if they agree to convert. "The conversions
      they are doing are Biblically wrong ... this is not good for the
      local Christians, who for centuries have shared cordial relations
      with the local Muslims here," Richards told the Indian Express
      newspaper...



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