Now of course Al-Jarreeza really isn't completely independent or free; it just appears that way in justaposition to what has been going on in the key Arab countries for so long now. You won't find serious criticism of home-based Qatar, or the huge American military presence their and nearby. And much of what Al-Jazeera reports if filtered through that particular Arab-elilte lense which is so unable to be seriously self-critical at the right time and going to the heart of the matter. But even so...it's a significant development, especiallly for those who speak Arabic and live in the Middle East. And now there's al-Jazeera English as well...but with an impact of only marginal significance so far; even with all the money.