To depend on American media is to be persuaded that America, the United States of America, is the only country on the planet. Or, at least, it’s the only country on the planet that matters. So far as American media are concerned, there is no story save one – the 2016 presidential campaign. While this obsession with self is understandable in the weeks immediately preceding the election, it’s inexcusable for months longer, not to speak of years.
Did you know that….
- Since an aborted coup attempt in July, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused, fired, or detained more than 100,000 people from the military, police, judiciary, media and academic?!
- Last week China’s Communist Party greatly enhanced the status of China’s president, Xi Jinping, by giving him the coveted and seldom awarded title of “Core Leader”?!
- More than 10,000 people recently took to the streets of central Seoul to protest against South Korea’s president Park Geun-hye, for her curious and possibly corrupt relationship with a woman now accused of embezzlement, and of handling secret documents without clearance?
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon fired the commander of the peacekeeping force in South Sudan, who reportedly failed to protect civilians during fighting in Juba, the capital, last July?
- Iraqi special forces are either on the outskirts or just inside ISIS-held Mosul, primed to retake, albeit not before possibly heavy fighting, the jewel in ISIS’s crown?
- French President Francois Hollande has accused Russia – ergo Vladimir Putin – of war crimes?
Just asking. Should any one of these questions raise questions, check out the BBC – the British Broadcasting Company. BBC broadcasts are based on the startling assumption that there are nations in the world other than England.