May 1, 2007

Islamic Candidate for President in Turkey was blocked

Turkey’s constitutional court today supported an effort to block a candidate for the country’s presidency whose background is in political Islam Tuesday, according to the NY Times.

This move pitches the country into early national elections and a referendum on the role of religion in its future, according to the NYtimes.

April 28, 2007

Soviet Union Maestro Dies

Mstislav Rostropovich, the cellist and conductor who was renowned not only as one of the great instrumentalists of the 20th century but also as an outspoken champion of artistic freedom in the Soviet Union during the last decades of the cold war, died yesterday in Moscow. He was 80, according to the NY Times.

April 17, 2007

Six members of Iraq's Cabinet Resign

Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr withdrew six ministers of the Iraqi cabinent because of Iraqi Nationalism, according to the NY Times.

But legislators say he is angry about government's refusal to set timetable for withdrawal of American troops.

April 14, 2007

Sunni Guerrillas and Extremists Attack

An estimated 2,000 Sunni guerrillas and extremists in Baquba are showing sophistication and lethality born of years of confronting American military tactics, accordint to the NY Times

Baqubi is 35 miles from 'surge' in Baghdad, Iraq and is a magnet for insurgents around the country.

Attacks on American troops have increased; guerrillas seem increasingly well organized and trained.

April 8, 2007

Pope Benedicts Easter Litany

Pope Benedict XVI lamented that ''nothing positive'' is happening in Iraq and Afghanistan, As well as the bloodshed in Africa and Asia,according to the NY Times

April 2, 2007

Tsunami Warning

a powerful earthquake and tsunami struck the tiny Solomon Islands, triggering panic across the Pacific and fears of further big waves. NY Times
The quake had an approximate magnitude of 8.0 and killed 2 people. Monday

The quake destroyed one town and killed at least 3 people according ot the USA Today

March 26, 2007

Russians Die in Strip Club Fire

By Christine O'Donnell,

A fire killed ten people in Strip Tease, a club that provides erotic entertainment, according to its website, in Moscow Sunday.

I wonder if this article, provided by USA Today tries to portray Russians in a certain light or if what was reported just happens to be a coincidence.

This article does not say anything that would give a profile on who the ten people were who died from suffocation during the fire. Which causes the reader to infer that they were all Russians.

This article also reports that these people were receiving erotic entertainment on a Sunday. What many religious Americans may consider very sinful.

This article is very sensational stressing the happenings inside the club that created the fire instead of reporting about the actual news of the event, the deaths.

This reporting is not, like George Orwell would put it "like a window pane."

American Universities are establishing themselves in India

By Christine O'Donnell,

Administrators from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh plan to expand to markets in India, according to the NY Times.

40 percent of India's population is under 18 and there are not many opportunities for them to receive higher education, according to the Star Tribune.

This is a potential economic hurdle for India, that may be solved with a new university. This indeed would also boost the U.S.'s economy as well.

March 12, 2007

100 homes burned in Iraq

Approximately 100 houses were burned in Iraq by Sunni militants Sunday, according to the NY Times.

These homes were burned as part of a militant campaign in Iraq. There was also a car bombing tht killed 19 pilgrims in a pick up truck driving by.

Mustafa Mahdi Sahed, the pick up truck driver said thst the suicide bombers or their families get paid to kill.

The USA Today reported that the people killed were Shitte pilgrims.

March 4, 2007

U.S. Troops kill 16 Afghan Civilians

By Christine O'Donnell,

After a suicide bombing near a U.S. Convoy in Afghanistan on Sunday U.S. troops were shot at by militants in several directions. The troops shot back killing 16 Afghan civilians and wounding 24 according to the NYtimes.

The suicide bomber detonated an explosive laden car before the ambush according to the NYtimes.

The USA Today reported that 34 people were wounded according to injured Afghan civilians. The USA Today reported more of the Afghan's side than the US. militaries side.

They reported that the U.S. military treated everyone they ran into during their retreat as an attacker according to Mohammad Khan Katawazi, the district chief of Shinwar. A U.S. miliary spokesman said that the civilians may have been shot by the militants.

February 26, 2007

Bush warns Pakistan to be more severe on Terrorism

Bush warned the President of Pakistan to be more sever on Terrorism or else congress might take away their funding, according to the NY times.

the President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf made a deal with President Bush that he would be more severe on terrorism, but has not.

February 18, 2007

Car bombs in Bagdad

By Christine O'Donnell,

The NY TImes reported that at least 60 people were killed in two car bombs that exploded in the market place Sunday.
The Star Tribune reported that the car bombs killed at least 50 people.

The NY times goes on two report that these explosions occured two days after the Prime MinisterNuri Kamal al-Maliki called the first days of the security crackdown a "dazzling success."

February 15, 2007

32,000 troops will stay in Afghanistan for 4 more months.

By Christine O'Donnell,

Bush decided to extend the stay of 32,000 troops in Afghanistan for another four months Thursday, according to the NYtimes

And when those troops leave, they will be replaced with others for the "foreseeable future.," Bush said, according to USA Today.

Bush announced that NATO plans to meet the challenge of a resurgent Taliban and al-Qaeda, with the help of a revamped American plan, according to USA Today.

February 12, 2007

North Korean's and Nuke's

According to The NY times North Koreans made demands for huge shipments for oil and electricity in order for them to give up their Nuclear Weapons program.

USA Today reported that the negotiatiosn were struggling over energy aid.

"no particular progress" was made South Korean envoy Chun Yung-woo said.

February 11, 2007

Putin blames the U.S. for arms race

President Putin blamed the U.S. for the arms race during a security conference in Germany on Saturday According to USA Today.

Due to the U.S's "uncontained use of military force" Putin said, according to USA Today other area's feel they must build nuclear weapons to protect themselves.

Senator McCain said he didn't believe that the world is unipolar.

The NY times looked at the conference with a different approach quoting Gates lightheartedly rebuking Putins claims. saying "one Cold War is quite enough."

February 5, 2007

Iraqi's blame the U.S. for suicide bombing

Some Iraqi's are blaming the U.S. for the suicide bombing that occurred Saturday because they had been slow in implementing the American security plan according to the NY times.

The NY times, goes on to say that the bomb killed at least 135 people. The NY times quoted that some Shiites said it was due to the lack of soldiers in that area. A paragraph also begins with a quote by Basim Shareef saying that " a long time has passed since the plan was announced.

USA Today quoted that U.S. Col Douglass Heckman said, "Officially the Baghdad Operational Command takes over tomorrow so the expectation is that the plan will be implemented soon thereafter, very soon thereafter."

January 22, 2007

Bombing in Baghdad

At least 78 people were killed today (1/22) and 150 wounded when two bombs hit a central area in Baghdad.
The bombs struck almost simultaneously in a Shiite commercial area. One of the bombs was a parked car and the other a suicide bomber according to the Star Tribune.

The bombings occured at around noon and scattered "merchandise, glass, auto and body parts" in the area according to the Washington Post.

There is a discrepancy between the Star Tribune and the NY times. The NY times reported that both the explosions were due to car bombs. The NY times also reported that this bombing caps off the deaths from this weekend where 27 American service men were killed.

Earthquake in Northern Indonesia

By Christine O'Donnell

Two people were killed and five were injured when an earthquake which measured 7.3 on the Richter scale shook northern Indonesia at approximately 3:50pm yesterday, Sunday, January 21st, according to Asian-Pacific News.

Many residents were afraid a tsunami might hit Indonesia because as an archipelago and its location on the "Ring of Fire" it is prone to them.

BBC News reported that the earthquake measured a 6.2 on the Richter scale and that more than 3,000 people were killed and 2,900 injured in comparison to Asian Pacific News. However, this article was reported five days after the one by Asian Pacific News.

The Asian Pacific News article contained a hard news lead and the BBC News article had everything required for a hard news lead, except for the "when."