Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Al Jazeera: all the news that's fit to put in quotation marks 

The Arab world's favourite incitement provider, Al Jazeera, simply cannot contain its enthusiasm for the changes occurring in Iraq: "Iraq gets new 'president' ". I know, I know, just like many other heads of government in the region, Ghazi al-Yawir hasn't been actually democratically elected, but unlike many other heads of government in the region, there are actually plans to make it happen.

Then again, maybe I'm wrong, maybe it's a start of a welcome new trend at Al Jazeera, which will from now on call, for example, the Syrian leader, "President" Assad.

Meanwhile, to the west of Iraq

"Trauma and stress-related troubles have risen among Palestinian children since the beginning of the Intifada, according to psychologists at the Qalandiya refugee camp in the West Bank.

" 'Palestinian children have lost all sense of normalcy. They don't know whether they'll be able to go to school, whether they'll come home safely because of curfews and (Israeli) army incursions,' Yoad Ghanadreh told reporters."
Or indeed, whether they will be asked to blow themselves up by people who should know better. Pity the Palestinian children. Less guns, more textbooks (although probably not these).


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