Excerpt from Voltairenet:
The 2011 shift
With the revolutions in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, Wadah Khanfar dramatically changed Al-Jazeera’s editorial policy. The Group played a central role in lending credence to the "Arab spring"
myth, according to which the people - eager to live in a Western-style
society - had risen to overthrow their dictatorial regimes and switch to
parliamentary democracies. No distinction was made between the events
in Tunisia and Egypt, and those in Libya and Syria. As for the popular
movements in Yemen and Bahrain, they did not draw enough viewers!
In reality, the Anglo-Saxons tried to take advantage of the popular revolts to replay the same "Arab spring"
scenario that they had staged in the 1920s to take possession of the
former Ottoman provinces and install puppet parliamentary democracies
under Western tutelage. Al-Jazeera’s coverage of the Tunisian and
Egyptian revolts was designed to dampen the flames of revolution and to
legitimize the governments aligned with the United States and Israel.
In Egypt the uprising was harnessed in the interest of a single element
of the opposition: the Muslim Brotherhood, embodied by the channel’s
star preacher ... Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
Outraged by the new editorial policy and the increasingly frequent recourse to lies , a certain number of journalists, including Ghassan Ben Jedo, walked out slamming the door behind them.
Who’s pulling the information strings?
Nevertheless, it wasn’t until the Libyan episode that the masks
started to fall. In fact, the boss of JTrack and mentor of Wadah Kanfhar
is none other than Mahmoud Jibril (the "J" in "JTrack" stands for
"Jibril"). This friendly, brilliant yet shallow, manager had been
recommended to Muammar Gaddafi by his new American friends to pilot the
economic opening of Libya after the normalization of its diplomatic
ties. Under Saif el-Islam Gaddafi’s control, he was appointed both
Minister of Planning and Director of the Development Authority, thus
becoming de facto the number two man in the government, having
authority over other ministers. At breakneck speed, he forged ahead
with the deregulation of Libya’s socialist economy and the privatization
of its public enterprises.
- Mahmoud Jibril with his friend and business partner, Bernard Henri-Lévy, in conquered Tripoli.
Through his JTrack training activities, Mahmoud Jibril established
personal relationships with almost all the Arab and Southeast Asian
leaders. He had offices in Bahrain and Singapore. In addition, Mr.
Jibril created trading companies, including one dealing with Malaysian
and Australian timber in partnership with his French friend,
Mahmoud Jibril started his university studies in Cairo, where he met
and married the daughter of one of Nasser’s ministers. He later
continued his studies in the United States, where he assimilated the
libertarian views that he tried to inject into al-Gaddafi’s anarchist
ideology. But, more importantly, in Libya Mr. Jibril joined the Muslim
Brotherhood. It was in this capacity that he placed his coreligionists,
Brothers Wadah Kanfhar and Yusuf al-Qaradawi, in Al-Jazeera ..
During the first half of 2011, the Qatari channel became the
preferred instrument for pro-Western propaganda: it went to great
lengths to obscure the anti-imperialist and anti-Zionist aspect of the
Arab revolutions and, in each country, it picked the actors it intended
to support and those it decided to deprecate. Not surprisingly, it
supported the king of Bahrain, a student of Mahmoud Jibril, who had his
people gunned down, while Al-Jazeera’s spiritual counsellor,
Sheikh al-Qaradawi, was calling for a Jihad over the air against
al-Gaddafi and el-Assad, falsely accusing them of murdering their own
With Mr Jibril as prime minister of the rebel government of Libya,
the height of duplicity was reached when a replica of the Green Square
and Bab-el-Azizia was built in the studios of Al-Jazeera in Doha,
where footage of false images was shot portraying pro-US "insurgents"
entering Tripoli. Need I mention the insults I received when I denounced
this manipulation in the columns of Voltairenet.org? Yet Al-Jazeera and Sky News
broadcasted these false images on the second day of the Battle of
Tripoli, sowing confusion among the Libyan people. It was actually only
three days later that the "rebels" - almost exclusively from Misrata -
entered Tripoli, devastated by NATO’s bombs.
The same goes for the announcement by Al-Jazeera of Saif
el-Islam Gadhafi’s arrest and the confirmation of his capture by the
prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno-Ocampo. I was
the first, through Russia Today, to warn against the
manipulation. And again, I was ridiculed by certain newspapers, until
Saif el-Islam turned up in person to wake up the journalists holed up at
the Rixos Hotel and take them to the real Bal el-Azizia square.
Questioned about such lies by channel France24 in Arabic, the
president of the National Transitional Council (CNT), Mustafa Abdul
Jalil, chalked it up to a war stratagem and said he was delighted to
have thus accelerated the fall of the Jamahiriya.
What future for Al-Jazeera?
The conversion of Al-Jazeera into a propaganda tool for the
recolonisation of Libya was not achieved without the knowledge of the
emir of Qatar, but indeed under his leadership. The Gulf Cooperation
Council was the first to call for an armed intervention in Libya and
Qatar was the first Arab country to join the Contact Group. He funneled
weapons to the Libyan "rebels" before sending in his own ground troops,
especially during the Battle of Tripoli. In exchange, he obtained the
privilege of controlling all the oil trade on behalf of the National
It is too early to say whether the resignation of Wadah Khanfar marks
the end of his mission in Qatar, or if it heralds the channel’s desire
to recover the credibility that took 15 years to build and only 6 months