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Monday, August 02, 2004

Priorities... Priorities...

The UN Security Council passed a resolution on Friday on the situation in Darfur, Sudan. It has been widely criticised for calling on the Sudanese government to take steps to disarm the Janajweed militia terrorising the population of the region. Critics point out that the militias and the government are in fact working together and that as a result the resolution is a waste of time, which will allow the massacres and displacement to continue at least until the next monthly review. Initially the Sudanese government made noises about rejecting the resolution, but subsequently appears to have accepted it, although insisting that they need more time. Which brings me to the main point of this post...

I don't usually read the News Of The World (the Sunday edition of Rupert Murdoch's rightwing tabloid rag, The Sun), but on Monday I was flicking through a copy (it didn't take long). They had a brief article on the Sudanese government having "caved-in" on the UN Resolution. They clearly thought this was very important as it apparently merited 43 words, including the headline. By contrast "Svengate", the sexual exploits of England manager Sven Goran-Eriksson was considered worthy of coverage on at least 7 pages (and perhaps more in the sport section). In case anyone's forgotten 1 million people may die as a result of the situation in Darfur, as far as I'm aware nobody's likely to die as a result of the goings on at the FA.

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