A tale of two voyages and the global colour line – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

Poughkeepsie, NY – The tragic running aground of the Costa Concordia and the dramatic images of the massive luxury cruise ship keeled over off the Italian coast of Tuscany in mid-January made for intense media coverage. With 17 confirmed fatalities and another 15 individuals still unaccounted for among the roughly 4,200 passengers and crew, major news outlets – such as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and CNN – each ran dozens of stories on the catastrophe. A month later, reports related to the disaster continue to appear.Compare the media attention with another sea voyage much closer to home here in the United States, one that also ended in death – that of a boat with no name, off the shores of the Dominican Republic. On February 4, a small vessel carrying more than 70 migrants hoping to reach the nearby, US semi-colony of Puerto Rico quickly ran into trouble upon leaving the Dominican town of Nagua. In the face of strong waves, it began to break apart, and sank.

via A tale of two voyages and the global colour line – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

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