Insularity rules

While the Australian media fusses over “balance”, “bias” and “objectivity” at the national broadcaster – the new guidelines will achieve nothing more than bureaucratic bungles, perfect material for my next book on the Western media – the real world goes on:

Refugees in the camps scattered across Darfur live in fear, saying the African Union peacekeeping mission does little to protect them even as rising violence is driving away crucial humanitarian aid.

“You have been here for three years now, and what have you done for us?” a tribal leader bitterly asked a delegation of AU soldiers and police that came to the Kassab refugee camp last week.

As they often must, the peacekeepers patiently explained to camp delegates that they had come to Darfur only to monitor the violence and have no mandate to fight it.… 

Text and images ©2024 Antony Loewenstein. All rights reserved.

Site by Common