Five neglected stories that might be a bigger deal than Ukraine

A quick look at the top ten stories on Google News this morning maintains the stand-off in Ukraine high on the list, of course, along with the missing Malaysian airplane and, well something about Justin Bieber, Tiger Woods and Oscar Pistorius’ trial for murder. It’s good to see that at least a third of the top stories (according to Google anyway) are not about celebrities or sports.

But what’s not so good to see is that some fairly significant stories have been shoved off the media’s radar screen. Sure, it’s important to pay attention to what Russia is trying to do in Ukraine. But the idea that the conflict there is more important than conflicts in other parts of the world is highly debatable.

We are not entering a new Cold War, and the likelihood of Western intervention in Ukraine is nil. Such talk neglects the reality of today’s geopolitics. American politicians’ moral outrage at Russia seems odd outside of the U.S. given our own government’s extensive history of invading even distant sovereign countries (Iraq, Grenada, Vietnam, much of Latin America….) based on ‘national interests.’ At least Ukraine used to be part of Russia.

Here are five stories Humanosphere thinks are maybe as important as the Ukraine story:

South Africa’s government accuses Rwandan government of sending a hit squad

Syrian government is now starving its citizens to death

Honduras is still the ‘murder capital of the world’

Genocide brewing in Central African Republic

US is supporting Uganda’s military incursion in South Sudan

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Editor Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom-at-humanosphere.org, follow him on Twitter @tompaulson and/or send a comment below.

  • Allison Dva

    Glad to see you are drawing attention to neglected injustices and important issues around the globe (I always appreciate your coverage), but please don’t write off the importance of what it going on in Ukraine with a “at least Ukraine used to be part of Russia”. If the British marched into a former colony, say Nigera and set up a military presence to “protect the English” would you say “at least Nigeria was part of the British Empire”. Not a perfect analogy, but close. Maybe the Republic of Ireland is a better example… As someone who works on this part of the world (EE/CA) and health, it is challenging to get anyone to pay attention. USAID has basically decided to close up shop on health issues to prioritize efforts in Africa. I have no interest in discrediting the needs of individuals and groups there – I am working on projects in Africa as well, just saying lets not discredit the importance of what is happening in Ukraine. Thank you for your coverage!