When hundreds of thousands of Egyptian protestors push unto Tahrir Square it makes for dramatic media coverage. But when tens of millions of the world’s most oppressed people are pushed into extreme poverty by rising food prices, according to a just released report by the World Bank, the news is posted somewhere on-line and just as quickly forgotten. See: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/political-economy/2011/02/world_bank_report_global_food.html?hpid=moreheadlines
Sometimes journalists, activist and political leaders have to make sure that the news stories that aren’t naturally accompanied by dramatic visuals are prominently portrayed and thoroughly explained. The long term consequences to political stability and national security are every bit as great.