Monthly Archives: November 2008

Making Sense of Mumbai

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Making Sense of Mumbai
November 28, 2008
by Drew Nelles

For all of MediaScout’s efforts to parse how and why various news sources cover events differently, sometimes that coverage evokes common themes so apparently that it’s hard to tell one rival from the other. In the face of Wednesday’s devastating terrorist attacks in Mumbai, it becomes clear that the Big Seven are simply struggling to make sense of the carnage, in three distinct but interrelated ways. First and most obvious is the battle to keep up as the events keep unfolding and more information reveals itself. The death toll from the attacks now stands at over 150, with hundreds more injured; many sources also reconstruct eyewitness accounts of the massacres and provide minute-by-minute breakdowns of how the… Read more »

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Piracy and Poverty in Somalia

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Piracy and Poverty in Somalia
November 19, 2008
by Drew Nelles

What do you do with a Somali pirate? Well, nobody knows. Following the hijacking of the Saudi supertanker Sirius Star this weekend — the largest ship ever hijacked — and pirates’ seizure of two more ships off the Somali coast in the Gulf of Aden yesterday, modern-day buccaneering is all over the Big Seven. Somali piracy has been occurring for years now, but the numbers are getting too big to ignore: Seven hijackings in twelve days; ninety-two attacks so far this year; fourteen ships and 243 crew still in pirate custody, with the 318,000-ton Sirius Star carrying $100 million in oil cargo. Turning piracy into a numbers game may seem cold, but money is what this issue is all about; Somalia has been without a functioning… Read more »

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The Campaign’s Last Laugh

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The Campaign’s Last Laugh
November 3, 2008
by Drew Nelles

The US presidential campaign has been going on for so long it’s not even funny — not even when it’s supposed to be. Republican presidential hopeful John McCain (actually him) and running mate Sarah Palin (actually Tina Fey, but who can tell the difference?) openly mocking the GOP’s lousy odds on Saturday Night Live is more sad than satirical. Then there’s the Montreal radio duo the Masked Avengers and their prank call to Palin, during which they pretended to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and referred to the Hustler porn film Who’s Nailin’ Paylin? as a documentary about her life. It goes on for almost six minutes, and it’s just embarrassing. The unfortunate joke metaphor is only underscored… Read more »

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