A Tale of Two Issues

From the Ithaca Journal (and the St. Catherine of Siena parish bulletin has substantially the same information):

The Dark Side of Chocolate screening

Ten Thousand Villages in Ithaca, the Labor Religion Coalition of the Finger Lakes and the Peace and Justice Committee of St. Catherine of Siena will sponsor a screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday of the newly released documentary: "The Dark Side of Chocolate" by Mike Mistrati and U. Robin Romano.

The Dark Side of Chocolate reveals new evidence that child labor and human trafficking continue in the cocoa fields for millions of children, nearly a decade after the major players in the cocoa industry promised to resolve these problems. A discussion will follow the film. The screening will take place in the parish center of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 302 St. Catherine Circle.

What this blurb doesn't say (although it was mentioned verbally at church this weekend) is that the cocoa fields in question are in west Africa, specifically in Ivory Coast.  

I certainly have nothing against children, Africans, or African children. Conditions in the cocoa fields may be truly horrific—I'm not arguing that point here.  What I am asking is this: what else is happening in Ivory Coast?

At The Daily:

The stories are just coming out now—see Drudge for more—

but even basement bloggers can determine quickly enough that Laurent Gbagbo is a Roman Catholic and Alassane Ouattara is—wait for it—a Muslim.

The lamestream media has extreme difficulty characterizing violent Muslims as, you know, Muslim.  Depending on the country, they are often instead described in news stories as "youths," "Middle Eastern," "Asian," or "African."

From 2010:

That "Communal Violence" In Nigeria, That "Civil War" In the Sudan

[...] You've already forgotten just a bit, haven't you? That is, forgotten the details? You remember that about 600 people were killed in north-central Nigeria - was it a week ago? Or two weeks? Or three weeks? It's hard to remember -- when Muslims of the Fulani tribe surrounded Christian villages at night, where there were mostly women and children, and set fire to their houses, and then with machetes killed them, while the Muslim-officered army and police did nothing to prevent it. And you may remember, or not, how in January there was the same story, when Muslims attacked Christians, on a Sunday, burning them alive in a church. But on that occasion, since the Christians around included men, they did fight back, and so that January story's details have been forgotten, and the BBC, and NPR, and everyone else had a high old time, in describing the six hundred Christians murdered last week, in glibly (and wrongly) calling it a "revenge" for the attacks in January -- as if the attacks in January had not been instigated by the Muslims in the first place, and the Christians only inflicting casualties because they were defending themselves....

Remember Biafra?  I didn't think so.

[...] And in 1967, and until the end of the Biafran War, and in the forty years that have followed, the West seems to have no comprehension of the Muslim campaigns against non-Muslims in Africa. It does not understand, it does not listen, to the Nigerian Christians. It does not understand what really happened, does not even have a good grasp of the number of victims of the Jihad in the southern Sudan. It pays no attention to what has been happening in Niger as a result of Saudi money, where the wahabization of the formerly syncretistic Muslims is proceeding at a terrifying pace. It has no idea of what so alarms Laurent Gbagbo and the Christians in the Ivory Coast (emphasis mine). It has no idea of what Khaddafy's money has done to spread Islam and fill with anxiety the Christians in Lome and the rest of Togo....

Read the whole thing.  And there are countless more examples.

So while we're beating ourselves up about drinking hot cocoa and putting chocolate bunnies in our kids' Easter baskets, could we talk about this other issue?  Don't you think it's time?

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