Friday, August 11, 2006
An unbearable 'lightness' of being.
It's shameful. It's pathetic. It's beyond understanding that the leading newspaper in Colombia EL TIEMPO, has done nothing during the last month, than to open up with pictures of Colombian President Uribe on its front page, as well as, carnival and bicycling races in this country and beauty pageants, while the world stands by and watches the Middle East go up in flames.
More than a thousand civilians dead between Israel and Lebanon, and all we get on the front page are stories about obesity and how wonderful the next four years will be under Uribe and his star-studded cast of brilliant Ministers. If the news trend that we must read here is 'light' then the newspaper has become an 'unbearable lightness of being', to coin the words of Czech author Milan Kundera.
Where is the news? Where is the criteria?. How sad, and mundane that El Tiempo, the only newspaper in Colombia that's 'fit to print', has been reduced photographically to a rag of ridiculous photos during such a critical time in our common history.
I needed to get this off my chest. And for those of you at El Tiempo who pass through this blog to check up on what I am doing...please stay away. Thank you and goodnight