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Media circus for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – Cirque médiatique pour Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

I sometimes feel uneasy about my job. That was the case yesterday at Columbia University, when I covered the speech held by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Hundreds of protesters – mostly from Jewish groups – showed up to criticize the Iranian president. They were very vocal and had a lot to say, which technically made my job as a reporter easy. The problem was that they had an agenda. It was hard to find somebody with an objective point of view in that circus. I was interviewed by a journalism student yesterday. She asked me what I thought about the coverage of the event. The answer was: media overkill. But looking back at all this, I am happy to have covered the speech because it was a challenge to my own objectivity. How was I going to check which quotes to use. Please check out my story on tpinews.com and let me know what you think.

J’ai parfois une drôle de sensation quand j’exerce mon métier de journaliste. C’était le cas hier quand j’ai couvert le discours de Mahmoud Ahmadinejad à l’Université de Columbia. Des centaines de manifestants – la plupart appartenant à des groupes de confession juive – se sont massés devant les grilles de la Haute Ecole pour protester de la présence du président iranien sur le campus. Ces gens avaient beaucoup de choses à dire et recherchaient l’attention des médias, ce qui, techniquement, aurait dû me faciliter la tâche. Le problème était qu’ils avaient un agenda et il était difficile de trouver des gens avec un avis objectif dans ce cirque. Une étudiante en journalisme m’a interviewé hier et ma demandé ce que je pensais de la couverture médiatique. Ma réponse: un trop plein. Mais avec du recul, je suis content d’avoir couvert l’événement. C’était un véritable challenge de choisir quelles citations utiliser et un test pour ma propre objectivité. Vous pouvez lire le résultat sur tpinews.com. Je suis curieux de savoir ce que vous en pensez.

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My September 12

September 11 was a weird day. First there was General Petraeus asking for more time for the U.S. troops to succeed in Iraq. It seems to me that this man of honor was on a  mission to sell a policy. But I might be wrong. I hope to be wrong because my son and our children would pay the price of this Iraq war. One day you have got Bin Laden using Iraq to recruit new followers. The next day, George Bush is using Bin Laden to sell his Iraq war. All this looks very logical. While they are doing that, there were families yesterday reading the long list of names of their loved ones who died in the World Trade Center. It was already the sixth year they were doing that and it was terrible to see that they are still fighting but their battle is actually lost. We will forget 9/11. Never completely, but we will. You, me, everybody will because wecan’t feel the pain of the families of the victims and we have not learnt the lessons of 9/11. We (the international community) have waged two wars and created a new generation of terrorists.

Today US news moved on to West Virginia, where a 20-year old African-American girl was freed after she was kidnapped and tortured for a week by 6 White people  (including three women). I thought people in this country would never forget the Civil Rights Movement. But they have. The world can be a wicked place, when you do forget history.

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Poor Rudy Giuliani -Pauvre Rudy Giuliani

Imagine if your own daughter does not want you to be president of the United States. George Bush never had that problem with his twins. But this is the latest issue former NYC mayor Rudy Giulian has had to deal with. On her Facebook profile, 17-year-old Caroline Giuliani listed herself as a member of Obama’s Facebook group, “Barack Obama (One Million Strong for Barack).” But she backed off on Monday when online magazine Slate revealed her allegiance to Obama. Rudy Giuliani said he would not comment on his children. Could  his candidacy be sunk by his own daughter? No! But with republicans failing to deal with the Bush legacy , the Caroline incident will definitely not help him.

Imaginez que votre propre fille déclare qu’elle ne veut pas de vous comme prochain président des Etats-Unis. Même l’impopulaire Geirge Bush n’a jamais perdu le soutien de ses jumelles. En revanche, l’ancien maire de New York a désormais la difficile tâche d’expliquer pourquoi sa fille Caroline, 17 ans, a indiqué qu’elle soutenait Barack Obama sur sa page Facebook. Rudy a choisi la facilité: il a affirmé aujourd’hui qu’il ne dirait rien sur ses enfants. Sa fille peut-elle plomber sa candidature présidentielle? Non. Mais pour un républicain qui peine déjà à se démarquer de george Bush sans le critiquer ouvertement, la gaffe de sa fille (elle s’est retirée du groupe de soutien à Obama ce lundi) ne va certainement pas l’aider à se forger le respect de ses concitoyens.

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Working for Jesus – Travailleur pour Jésus

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I met Nathan yesterday in Coney Island. He was about to start carrying his cross and wander through the early crowd on the boarwalk in Coney Island. As I started taking pictures of him, he kept asking me: “Did you get the cross, son?”.

Nathan belongs to the Times Square Church in Manhattan. “But I am working on my own for Jesus”.  Like many Americans I have met in the past five years while reporting for Swiss daily papers, Nathan has devoted his life to his faith. And his mission takes place here,  in an old theme park on the beach. “God bless you, son”. Nathan fixed his cross, put him on his shoulder and left. I looked at him for a while and went the other way.

J’ai rencontré  Nathan hier à Coney Island. Il se préparait à porter sa petite croix de bois à travers la foule des promeneurs matinaux sur le bord de mer à Coney Island à Brooklyn. J’ai commencé à prendre des photos de lui.  “Est-ce que tu as pris la croix, mon fils?”, m’a-t-il demandé à plusieurs reprises.

Nathan fait partie de l’Eglise de Times Square en plein coeur de Manhattan. “Mais je travaille seul pour Jésus”, m’a-t-il expliqué. Comme tant d’Américains rencontrés ces cinq dernières sur les routes de mes reportages pour des quotidiens suisses, Nathan a décidé de dévouer sa vie à Dieu. Et sa mission se déroule ici, dans un vieux parc d’attractions sur la plage. “Que Dieu te bénisse, mon fils”. Nathan a mis sa croix sur son épaule et a plongé dans la foule insouciante des promeneurs du samedi. Je l’ai brièvement regardé s’éloigner et suis parti dans l’autre direction.

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