Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful.
It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom.
He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically,
but almost with pleasure.

Aldous Huxley

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Jala Jala, Pope Calls for Palestinian Homeland

Today I heard the voice of the benevolent Pope for the first time in his address to Palestinian's right for a sovereign land. It was an absolutely wonderful experience.

Still I was happy to hear that this Pope of ours is calling for reconciliation in the Middle East, although it's not like his voice will change anything. But the more it is talked about the better.

But then as Sabrina and I were reading different news websites we realized something quite striking.

Among the biggest US news broadcaster only CNN had a story on the Pope's call for Palestinian Homeland! But one would have to look hard to find it, and the story is just about a call for reconciliation but nothing is said about any Palestinian State... FoxNews has absolutely nothing of course, and neither do the Washington Post.

Even worse, in FoxNews the only covered subject is about the Pope's link with Hitler Youth Camps and Israeli's irritation. While I also doubt the Pope absolute benevolence (just look at his face on this AP picture on the left...), his speech should have been reported because it still is a call for hope. The Pope' s Hope.

But while we all know about the substantial quality of FoxNews' news, I was even more surprised to see that the New York Times' only story was about "Christians in Mideast Loosing Numbers and Influence"! Weewow! So the NYTimes just ignores a call for a Palestinian State from one of the most conservative person in the world and instead fuels the American's fear of global Muslim domination... This is incredible.

There is nothing either on the various Canadian press I checked on, that is, Globe and Mail, and La Presse (in Quebec).

On the other hand all European media I checked had their main story on the Pope's call for a Palestinian State. The Guardian, BBC, Le Monde, El Pais, and of course on Al Jazeera (maybe the best media I know).

This says a lot about the state of mind that prevails in North America, and it maybe also explains why the "road for peace" in the Middle East is full of scattered obstacles when the main actor, the USA, is apparently more concerned on the loosing numbers of Christians in Middle East...

(photos: the Guardian and AP)