October 18, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

In praise of peace as conflict continues in corners of world

The Dalai Lama — a symbol of peace — was pictured on the front pages of large newspapers in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world, as the Tibetan hero was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. “Honoring a man of peace,” the Houston Chronicle said about the exiled spiritual leader.

But elsewhere the focus was on conflict and war.

Turkey’s Parliament OK’d sending troops into northern Iraq to seek out Kurdish rebels. The Turkish Daily News in Istanbul pictured Parliament members and included world reaction. A press conference photo of President Bush was featured in The Jerusalem Post, which quoted him in its lead headline: “Stymie nuclear Iran or face World War III.” A photo of Benazir Bhutto dominated The Globe and Mail in Toronto, which reported on the former prime minister’s return to Pakistan today after eight years of self-imposed exile. In a Page One centerpiece, the Chicago Tribune looked “Inside A City Destroyed” — Mogadishu, 14 years after the U.S. left Somalia.

Some U.S. newspapers reported on how the war in Iraq is affecting local communities. “Home from war, troops get much-needed vacation,” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said. In San Francisco, the Chronicle captured “A war of words” during a Berkeley protest. Two newspapers looked at the resettlement of Iraqi refugees. “Iraqi refugees creating new life in Northwest,” The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., said. The Oregonian in Portland: “No bullets to dodge now, just rain.”

Today’s headline: “93 & free,” said the Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minn., which pictured the release of Minnesota’s oldest prison inmate. The woman fellow inmates called “Grandma” was freed after serving four years for first-degree assault.

Two thumbs up? What is South Carolina saying about the presidential aspirations of native son Stephen Colbert? “Colbert running; S.C. smiling,” said The State in Columbia, which noted that the comedian’s presidential campaign in both the Republican and Democratic primaries “begins (and ends) here.” “Nothing says ‘truthiness’ like Colbert for president,” The Island Packet in Hilton Head said. The Comedy Central star got only a teaser in The Post and Courier of hometown Charleston: “Republicrat courts Palmetto State.”

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy is front-pages editor at the Newseum.

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