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Al Jazeera DG: A Historic Moment In The Arab world

Applauds youths to lead the revolutions taking place across the Middle East at TED conference in California.

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | March 4, 2011

Speaking at the opening session of this year’s TED conference, Wadah Khanfar, DG Al Jazeera has applauded the youth that have been leading the revolutions taking place across the Middle East.

The director general of the Al Jazeera Network told the audience in California that the emergence of freedom in the Arab world represented a new opportunity for stability and positive relations between the east and the west.

Khanfar’s speech received a rousing standing ovation. He said, “I am here to tell you that the future that we were dreaming of has eventually arrived. A new generation, well educated, connected, inspired by universal values and global understanding has created a new reality for us”.

Adding further, he said, “The values of democracy and freedom of choice that are sweeping the Middle East are the best opportunity for the world, for the west and the east to see stability and to see security, and to see friendship. Let us support these people, let us stand for them, let us embrace change and celebrate a great future with the people of that region.”

As a democratic revolution led by tech-empowered young people sweeps the Arab world, Wadah Khanfar, Al Jazeera's director-general, shares a profoundly optimistic view of what's happening in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and beyond.

In the first talk posted online from the TED 2011 conference in California, Khanfar describes the powerful moment when people realised they could step out of their homes and ask for change.

Al Jazeera’s Sixth Annual forum entitled “Arab world in transition” will take place 12-14 March in the Doha Sheraton, and will feature many young activists and bloggers from the recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt.

This talk was given on March 1, 2011 in Long Beach, California. TED 2011 is taking place between March 1 and March 4.

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

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  • awanijesh k- 6 years ago

    middle east is coming close to west speaks some sort of greatest transition by a way of revolution that makes better understanding and stability amongst like minded people from east to west. Speech of director general of Al Zazeera makes it to believe that wold is heading towards new configuration where there are greater hopes and stability and much more important is coordial atmosphere to prevail. Good for peace and understanding.