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        Sunday, January 27, 2008
        The dirt on recession
        This is how financial news should be presented for the majority of us. Then it's crystal clear.

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        Thursday, January 24, 2008
        If only a hand shake could save the world!


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        A gaping gap
        I'm struggling with the question of are the various media outlets reconcilable? Getting information online, on telie and from magazines feels like living in different worlds. I've given up hope on African news in the US - period! CNN's own admission in a PBS documentary that the depth and selection of topics of their news are totally different for European and American audiences - in depth analysis for Europeans and more like entertainment for Americans.

        You read about 45,000 people dying each month in DRC online while the death of some young actor found dead in his NY apartment dominates the evening news on major news channels - even BBC world had to say something about it. Although I liked Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain and it's sad he died so young..., still I can't help wondering when 45,000 people dying each month would get the same attention?

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        A major mortality study released Tuesday by the International Rescue Committee revealed shocking information about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Congo. The study, which is being reported by major media outlets around the world, found that conflict and humanitarian crisis in Congo have claimed the lives of 5.4 million people since 1998 and continue to leave as many as 45,000 dead each month - making it the world's deadliest crisis since World War II. (Source: IRC)
        Is this really a matter of pure business sense - catering for the audience - or is it to do with the stark difference in the value of human life? The ratio 1:45,000 is not enough apparently.
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        The face of VAW

        Kamilat - victim of acid burning The face of VAW - violence against women. It should and can be stopped with enough commitment. Helping one woman at a time is a start.
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