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    CNN USING 1991 FOOTAGE of celebrating Palistinians to manipulate you
      (english) Wednesday 12 Sep 2001
      author: Marcio

      I'd like to add some ideas from here, down south.

      There's an important point in the power of press, specifically the power of CNN.

      All around the world we are subjected to 3 or 4 huge news distributors,
      and one of them - as you well know - is CNN. Very well, I guess all of
      you have been seeing (just as I've been) images from this company. In
      particular, one set of images called my attencion: the Palestinians
      celebrating the bombing, out on the streets, eating some cake and making
      funny faces for the camera.

      Those are images of Palestinians celebrating the invasion of Kuwait!
      It's simply unacceptable that a super-power of communications as CNN uses images
      which do not correspond to the reality in talking about so serious an issue.

      A teacher of mine, here in Brazil, has videotapes recorded in 1991, with
      the very same images; he's been sending emails to CNN, Globo (the major
      TV network in Brazil) and newspapers, denouncing what I myself classify
      as a crime against the public opinion. If anyone of you has access to this kind of files,
      search for it. In the meanwhile, I'll try to 'put my hands' on a copy of this tape.

      But now, think for a moment about the impact of such images. Your people
      is hurt, emotionally fragile, and this kind broadcast have very high
      possibility of causing waves of anger and rage against Palestinians.
      It's simply irresponsible to show images such as those.

      Finally, I'd like to say that we all regret and condemn all that has happened in the
      last days; but Nikos has a point here. I really don't want to be misunderstood here,
      but the truth is that US government had
      shown no respect for other countries in the last decades. In the 60s and
      70s they had halped lots of military coups throughout the world (including Brazil in 64).
      Later, with Reagan and Bush Father, the Washington Consensus have been demolishing
      the bases of our economies, making us more and more dependant (and, many of us,
      preoccupied with this situation).

      Your current president quickly made things worse: Kioto Protocol, Star Wars,
       Colombia Plan, the exchange of rain forest for pieces of external
      debt, tha abandonment of the position of third party in negotiations
      between IRA and England, and between Palestinians and Israel. All those
      mistakes in US external politics made your country more hatred than
      before, and, of course, more vulnerable.

      Listen, I'm NOT justifying the terrorist actions that took place in your
      country; but it seems to me that, if your leaders had come along another
      path of thoughts and actions, you wouldn't be suffering what you are now.

      Best regards, and the hope that everything is resolved for the best of  all of us

      Márcio A. V. Carvalho
      State University of Campinas - Brazil

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