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Inappropriate photo?


gbu eritrea matcher

The photo used in the article regarding Eritrea needing Humanitarian help was in fact taken in Somalia.
I find this photo very offensive and so do my Eritrean friends. Please replace the photo used and in future use photos taken in Eritrea to represent Eritreans.


I am writing to complain the use of Somali’s malnourished child in your report regarding UNICEF’s campaign to raise $24.8 million fund for Eritrea.

Regardless whether or not UNICEF needs such fund for Eritrea, I believe that the use of Somali malnourished child in your report is a misrepresentation of Eritrea and part of a campaign to tarnish Eritrea’s image. Indeed, the use of the photo is unacceptable, unprofessional and it is something that one should not expect from news outlets such as Reuters.


The picture of the child appended to the report on Eritrea is very offensive.

The picture is taken in Somalia and not Eritrea. I find it inappropriate to use such pictures.

Nazis and Dresden…


German protesters stop neo-Nazi march in Dresden

GERMANY-NEONAZIS/DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) – At least 10,000 Germans formed a human chain in Dresden on Saturday and stopped neo-Nazis staging a funeral march to remember victims of the Allied air raid that flattened the city 65 years ago.

About 5,000 neo-Nazis, clad in black, had gathered at Dresden’s Neustadt station — where Nazis once packed trains with Jews bound for the Auschwitz concentration camp — hoping to stage Germany’s biggest far-right march since 1945.

Hijacked planes on September 11


U.S. says al Qaeda-linked man tries to blow up plane

gbu detroit delta 220It also is the latest in a string of terrorism-related plots in the United States over the past few months. Al Qaeda militants carried out the September11, 2001, attacks in the United States in which three passenger planes were hijacked.

I believe that FOUR planes were hijacked on September 11, 2001, not three. Please fact check.

The queen of what?


+A-Prospects of an early election in Australia

Some conservative opponents have legal advice saying the carbon bills might not qualify as a double dissolution trigger. But Rudd only needs to convince the Governor-General, who represents Australia’s head-of-state Queen Elizabeth of Britain, to approve an election

Queen Elizabeth of Britain is not the Head of State of Australia but Queen Elizabeth OF AUSTRALIA is our head of state. That is two different things. The Queen’s relationship to Australia is unique. In all her duties, she speaks and acts as Queen of Australia, and not as Queen of the United Kingdom/Britain.

Not a former president…


Former guerrilla favored to win Uruguay election

Former President Pedro Bordaberry, who finished third in the initial round, has thrown his support behind Lacalle, whose candidacy marks a comeback after his presidential term ended with corruption accusations involving several top aides.

In the article you mention ’former president Pedro Bordaberry’. The author is confused or didn’t research enough on Uruguay.

Many believe?


Israeli police, Arabs clash near Jerusalem mosque

The compound is revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, where many believe the Jewish Temple stood until it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.

My 10 year old niece and I were working on a homework assignment yesterday. We saw the original MSNBC article (crediting Reuters for some of the reporting) with the astonishing phrase that “many people believe” that Temple Mount was the home of the ancient temple in Jerusalem.

Veiled slander?


Honduras talks start, police disperse protesters

Foreign ministers and the head of the Organization of American States are overseeing the highest-level dialogue in the coffee-growing nation since Zelaya was bundled into exile at gunpoint three months ago, but a solution to the crisis seemed distant.

In your article today, I believe your comment about Honduras being a coffee growing nation was a veiled slander that typically reads ¨Banana republic¨.

Grammar in Olympics story…


Chicago go out in first round of 2016 Olympics voting
COPENHAGEN, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Chicago were eliminated after the first round of voting for the 2016 Olympics host city.

Correct grammer would be Chiicago WAS eliminated. The grammer in the headline is also atrocious: “Chicago go out…” What does that mean?

Who invaded whom?


New York’s September 11 museum to play martyrdom tapes

But former New York Governor George Pataki canceled the Freedom Center after critics, including survivors and relatives of the nearly 3,000 who died, said the museum should instead be dedicated exclusively to the day known as 9/11 and the 1993 truck bombing of the World Trace Center.

As an example of what will be included, Daniels said the 1979 invasion of the Soviet Union by Afghanistan was vital in understanding “the roots of Al Qaeda.”

Run, Mr. President!


Nigeria to hunt down Islamic radicals, president

Nigeria wants to hunt down its president? Heh. That headline is quite amusing.


Sigh. We subsequently replaced the comma with a dash: GBU Editor

Nigeria’s President Umaru Yar’Adua attends prayers celebrating the end of Ramadan in the capital Abuja, September 29, 2008.REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde