Saturday, May 01, 2004

Ten Stories the World Should Hear More About

IPS reports that yesterday U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Public Information Shashi Tharoor decried the international press' single-minded attention to stories like those on Iraq, while neglecting others, more positive in nature, that deserved important attention.

In Tharoor's view, the press seems to have adopted the notion that "good news is no news." These are the top ten under-reported stories, according to the UN:

--Uganda: Child soldiers at centre of mounting humanitarian crisis
--Central African Republic: a silent crisis crying out for help
--AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa: a looming threat to future generations
--The peacekeeping paradox: as peace spreads, surge in demand strains UN resources
--Tajikistan: rising from the ashes of civil war
--Women as peacemakers: from victims to re-builders of society
--Persons with disabilities: a treaty seeks to break new ground in ensuring equality
--Bakassi Peninsula: Recourse to the law to prevent conflict
--Overfishing: a threat to marine biodiversity
--Indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation

Not surprisingly, this was a non-story for both the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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