American Views Abroad

Monday, December 27, 2004
Der Spiegel's English Site asks a very important question on the media coverage of the Indian Ocean Tsunami: Are the lives of westerners worth more than those of the people of India, Sri Lanka or Thailand?

The news coming out of that region is so devastating that one German journalist described it as a catastrophe of Biblical proportion yesterday on TV. It's unbearable listening to the hourly news reports ---- the number of dead and missing keep climbing in the thousands, the hardest hit are the poorest of the poor, and now even Somalia in Africa reports hundreds dead in the tidal wave's path.

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