Losing Arab Hearts and Minds: The Coalition, Al-Jazeera and Muslim Public Opinion

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Hurst, 2006 - Arabs - 239 pages
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From November 2002 to May 2003, Steve Tatham worked alongside American military planners in the Gulf, coordinating the huge media campaign that foreshadowed and accompanied the eventual invasion of Iraq. From first hand experience he witnessed how, in advance of the outbreak of hostilities, the US planned to win over sceptical Arab hearts and minds. Yet as the campaign unfolded, Tatham, the Royal Navy's public spokesman in Iraq, saw how differently the British and Americans regarded the media and how badly journalists from the Arab world, in particular from Al-Jazeera satellite television, were treated in comparison to those from coalition nations. His book is highly critical of how the United States handled its information war. Notwithstanding the best efforts of well meaning senior US officials, the mounting death toll, both military and civilian, saw the Americans all but ignore the Arab media

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Steve Tatham is the author of "1001: A VIDEO ODYSSEY, MOVIES TO WATCH FOR YOUR EVERY MOOD." He has performed stand-up comedy on TV, radio in clubs around the country. Tatham wrote and performed 562 episodes of the online show "The Ointment" for which he was named one of L.A. Weekly's People of 2008. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and two children and is a recovering Republican.

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