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Every so often an event of global concern transpires before the eyes of the world but yet appears to be recapped with enormous variation. Whether this event is of social, economic, political or environmental concern, certain points of information are naturally of greater significance to particular parties: hence the variation in reporting. The discrepancy in information is generally evident from one geographic region to the next. If one were to take any event of global importance such differences would be extremely evident. Take the event that occurred on May 5th, 2006. On this date, after a lengthy negotiating session, the Sudanese government and the largest of the Darfur rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), signed a hard-fought peace agreement intended to end three years of desolation and bloodshed in Darfur. By focusing on three different newspaper articles covering this event—the Wall Street Journal, The Independent, and Comtex News, representing the regions of North America, United Kingdom, and Africa respectively—one can conclude that each respective news source places greatest emphasis on the information that most concerns themselves, and infuses their region’s historic and eminent perspectives.

The Wall Street Journal’s article, “The Devil in Darfur,” focused on the superior role that America and the Bush Administration played in the progress of the peace agreement over the roles nations’ such as France and Sweden played. In regards to the future outlook of the peace deal, it was reported that, “It sounds promising, and if it sticks it will be a diplomatic triumph for the Bush Administration, which has so far provided $1 billion in humanitarian aid to the deal” ("The Devil in Darfur”). This statement highlights America’s innate sense of self-importance in regards to policing international crises. The article further unfairly takes…...

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