November 30, 2008

International 11/30/08

And Indian terrorist group took over the Taj Mahal for three days according to the New York Times and the USA Today. The militants killed over 147 in an attack lasting from Thursday to Saturday.

The USA Today article focused on the groups ties to a Pakistani Terrorist group while the New York Times article focused about the summary of events and what happened.

Both articles mentioned the public dissent of the Indian police force. Citing the fact that the terrorist group had better training and better weapons than the police.

November 9, 2008

11/08/2008 International


20 people died and 21 more were injured in an accident on a Russian submarine in the Sea of Japan on Saturday according to the New York Times and the USA Today.

The USA Today article focused on the cause of the accident. Apparently the fire safety system mistakenly went off, releasing the gas Freon into the air which caused the suffocation of 17 civilians and 3 seamen on board.

The New York Times Article discusses briefly what happened and talks about the casualties.

October 5, 2008

10/05/08 International

Over 100 are dead after a stampede started at a Hindu temple in Jodhpur city, India on Tuesday according to the Washington Post and the New York Times.

The numbers of dead and injured varied greatly between the two articles. The Washington Post said 12,000 people had gathered when the stampede started, with 168 being reported killed and more than 425 injured. The Associated Press article in the New York Times said that 2,000 to 3,000 people had gathered at the start of the stampede; that 147 people were killed and 55 were injured.

The New York Times article stated that the cause of the stampede was unclear, while the Washington Post article said that it was a false rumor of a bomb threat that caused the stampede.

Both articles stated that coconut milk spilled on the temple floor made the pathway slippery, causing many to fall. Both articles also reported that most of the dead were male, because of the separate lines for men and women, and that the majority of the deaths were caused by suffocation, not by injuries.

The Washington Post article then talked to various people and officials about the need for stricter crowd control at major gatherings. Both articles recounted similar events that had occurred elsewhere in India recently.

September 28, 2008

9/28/2008 International

According to the New York Times the Taliban shot and killed a high-profile female police officer in Kabul, Afghanistan Sunday. Malalai Kakar, 41 was on her way into the office when two gunmen on a motorcycle shot her in the head.

Kakar’s 18-year-old son who was driving was seriously wounded and brought to the hospital, according to the Associated Press in the USA Today.

The New York Times said that Kakar was profiled often in the Afghan and foreign news media and was an icon for women’s groups in Aghanistan and abroad. It mentioned that Kakar had the rank of captain and was head of Kandahar’s department of crimes against women. Kakar was the first female officer in the country to return to work after the ban against women working was lifted with the ousting of the Taliban in 2001.

The Associated Press focused more on the Taliban side of things. With little coverage of Kakar herself. It said that Militans often attack projects, schools and businesses run by women.

The Associated Press article in USA Today then drastically switches focus to a U.S.-led coalition raid in which three civilians were killed. The article then dedicates over half the article to discussing this incident, making it feel as if it was two articles mistakenly posted as one.

However, the New York Times article also dedicates a lot of space discussing other violence in the country. Although it covered the Kakar article sufficiently in-depth in the first place.

September 21, 2008


According to the New York Times the number of Chinese infants hospitalized after drinking tainted milk formula has grown to almost 13,000. The culprit appears to be an industrial chemical called melamine, which has been found in nearly 10 percent of milk and drinkable yogurt samples in three major Chinese dairy companies. The article included quotes from Prime Minister Wen Jiabao who promised that those responsible faced harsh punishments.

The USA Today went into more detail about the specific products affected by the contamination, including powdered milk and formula from the Shijiazhuang Sanlu Group Co. It also continued to talk about the products in other nations that were being recalled due this crisis, including Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.

Both sources talked about the theory that melamine is put in watered down milk to pass the milk off as being high in protein content. However, the USA Today also talked about the fact that melamine is the same chemical found in the contaminated pet food that killed pets all over North and South America.