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November 28, 2008

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M. Fisherman

Riots, state terror, or non-state terror -- all of these are calibrated differently by our ubiquitous corporate mass-media.

The wall-to-wall coverage of the recent Mumbai terrorist operation, which killed about 200 people, is a case in point. When close to 1,000,000 Tutsis were massacred by state-sponsored rioting Hutus in Rwanda in 1994, the world heard little about it at the time. The Gujarat anti-Muslim pogroms in 2002, which killed an estimated 2000 innocents, likewise received no sustained international media coverage. On the other hand, the attack on New York's World Trade Center in 2001 got everlasting media attention (the Mumbai wannabes even calling themselves India's 9/11!) while America's killing of over a million Iraqi civilians (by some estimates) in its unprovoked war on Iraq is rarely commented upon.

Israel's mass starvation and attempted extermination of 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza gets no real attention, while a single, ancient rocket fired by the victims in self defense becomes a terrorist outrage! Sri Lanka's assault on Eelam Tamils yearning for political freedom on that island (which includes blockade of food, fuel and medicines copied from the brutal Israeli model) gets little if any publicity, while Tamil freedom fighters -- the Tamil Tigers -- are ostracized the world over as terrorists.

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