Monday, December 26, 2016

Person of the Year: Time to look beyond the obvious by Bashir Goth | Special to Gulf News

The men and women of Syrian Civil Defence, known as ‘Syrian White Helmets’, deserve the title as they sacrifice their lives to rescue those trapped in the war zone

Recently, Time magazine has given us Donald Trump, the United States President-elect, as its choice for ‘Person of the Year’ for 2016. Looking from a Third World perspective, Time’s selections are based on power, wealth, glamour, drama and controversy. They rarely highlight the hopes, pains, toil and contributions of the people from the non-western world. Since it started publishing it’s ‘Person [Man] of the Year’ 90 years ago, the magazine has selected only a token number of people from the non-western world for the title.

It is as if nothing happens in the rest of the world. At least nothing that is worth considering in the standards of the magazine and the tastes of its captive audience.
It doesn’t matter if the whole Syrian people are massacred, displaced and their cities and livelihoods destroyed. It doesn’t matter if mothers in Aleppo have only their tears as consolation for their dead and hope for maybe another daybreak where they can at least see the faces of their remaining children and hug them.

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