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AnnaT
Posted on Monday, April 04, 2005 - 10:28 pm:   

a line too perfect to pass by,

from
"Killing fields graveyard sold off."
http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=357332005
found when I was looking for "Darfur slaughter on the increase", a Scotsman story of April 1, that stated in part "... He described how on his first day in south Darfur his team were called to a refugee ... 'There was evidence of torture, people with ears cut off, eyes plucked out. ...' "

On March 30, it was reported semi-widely that 300,000 people have died so far in Darfur. But it was a hot time for important news. Schiavo grief and outrage, the salivation over Michael Jackson's sheets, and the impending death of the saint-to-be who brought both sin and respect for life to new levels of meaning, as far as HIV victims and victims-to-be, for instance, are concerned.

But there are no pictures of Darfurians fleeing or being murdered or raped, no pictures of the government planes strafing them, or of people with their ears freshly cut off or their eyes dug out.

Today Reuters Alert reports that aid workers are having problems, but that's another thing that doesn't make the news, "due to fear of further reprisals by the Sudanese government against their staff, activities and the displaced persons they assist."
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/HRW/7f0a1e34c4446c7da23fc54a14d280a5.ht m

But as for any frenzy of grief over this ongoing human-driven catastrophe, this is the current story, which is eloquent in itself. "Major news media around the world devoted 10 times as many stories to Pope John Paul II's death as they did to the re-election of President Bush, according to an analysis released Monday."

The world went into a madness of sympathy over the tsunami victims, who number 180,000. But there were pictures, so the disaster fed upon them proportional to the rerun value of those pics.


Oh, for one good close-up of a beautiful nubile girl with her eyes gouged out or her ears hacked off. If she is doing something like carrying a pet bunny, that would help, since we don't have the advantage in Darfur of showing wrecked rooms with pop star pictures up on the wall as they did endlessly here after the tsunami, which Newsweek called, "A Story Of Unimaginable Tragedy"

300,000 and counting.
The World Trade Center death toll is 2,795.
And news just in, in Indiana, "-- A Holocaust museum destroyed in a still-unsolved arson case in 2003 has been rebuilt in what its founder called 'a shining example of triumph over evil.' "

Even talking about all this in public is embarrassing, as the fart quality of Darfur 'news' makes talking about it like some one-upmanship of horror-citing, but if we are all silent, then we should give up even the pretence of these public displays of morality (or admit that they are really feel-good theatrics), and just beautify.





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AnnaT
Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2005 - 01:56 am:   

Apologies for that self-indulgent diatribe.
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AnnaT
Posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 - 09:00 pm:   

Something beyond just words.
"Who says student activism is dead?", The Boston Globe
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/04/06/who_ says_student_activism_is_dead/

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