Best streaming coverage of Middle East?
January 26, 2011 8:46 AM   Subscribe

Where is the best streaming coverage of the Middle East? I've been following #JAN25 on Twitter, but I'd like a nice audio stream so I can actually get some work done.
posted by notion to Society & Culture (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
You can watch Al Jazeera streaming live if you speak Arabic. I believe that their English feed is also live streaming.
posted by proj at 9:03 AM on January 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

Presstv dot ir has audio stream live from Tehran.
posted by hortense at 9:12 AM on January 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thanks... I'm checking both out now.
posted by notion at 9:18 AM on January 26, 2011

Best answer: The best coverage of these protests is in Arabic, so if you don't speak any Arabic, your options are limited. The best source of news is Rassd News, which has been updating every minute or two with the latest news from all over Egypt. They've started posting the occasional update in English today. Gamal Eid's Twitter account is also good, as are the accounts he mentions here.

For live video instead of text updates, here are direct links to the Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera streams. Of course, neither is doing 24/7 coverage of just the Egypt protests.

Al Arabiya live stream
Al Jazeera live stream

Here's a link to the Al Jazeera English live stream, though they're not doing any live coverage of events in Egypt right now.
posted by gg at 9:32 AM on January 26, 2011

BBC Arabic Radio
posted by dougrayrankin at 9:54 AM on January 26, 2011

The Al Jazeera streem keeps dying on me in Firefox and Safari.
However, although I'm not sure if it's an option for you, the iPhone/iPad app is working brilliantly.
posted by jonesor at 4:01 PM on January 28, 2011

Thank you, I was just about to post a similar question.

I've been trying to listen to either Al Jazeera English and/or BBC News: Middle East but they keep crashing on me every few minutes. Not sure if that's because of server load on their end or a browser/internet issue on my end.
posted by Jacqueline at 4:02 PM on January 28, 2011

I hope you don't mind me tacking on my own question to yours:

Does anyone know where I can find live English-language coverage that focuses on broadcasts from in-country reporters instead of on Western pundits pontificating from the safety of their offices in London, DC, New York, etc.? Thanks.
posted by Jacqueline at 5:25 PM on January 28, 2011

For live English-language coverage with dispatches from within Egypt, you can follow Jan 25 voices on Twitter. The English We Are All Khaled Said FB page also posts updates gathered from people in Egypt, although not on a very frequent basis. Beyond those sources, I don't really know of any other English coverage that fits your criteria; hopefully someone else can contribute more links.
posted by gg at 10:02 PM on January 28, 2011

Oh, and I just saw that Rassd News has been updating their English page, so you might try that too.
posted by gg at 10:08 PM on January 28, 2011

As a followup, by poking around Al Jazeera's mobile websites (in English) at and , and clicking on the "Watch" link on the top menu bar, the next screen has "Watch Live" and "Listen Live" links.
posted by ZeusHumms at 7:26 AM on January 31, 2011

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