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Philip Seib looks at the history of Al Jazeera and why it is a point of contention for some Middle Eastern countries.

Egypt’s government has arrested four journalists working for Al Jazeera English in Cairo. Police took Peter Greste, a correspondent from Australia, Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, who has Canadian and Egyptian citizenship, and producer Baher Mohamed and cameraman Mohamed Fawzy, both Egyptian, into custody on Sunday. Egyptian police accused the men of “broadcasting news that threatens internal security and spreading false news.”

Can Al-Jazeera English (AJE) be more than a news source and aid conflict resolution through conciliation?