While we've been watching round-the-clock coverage of the unrest in Egypt, there have been similar protests under way in Sudan. Dozens of student demonstrators have reportedly been arrested, others have been beaten with batons and sticks, and one student died last week from injuries that other protesters said were caused by the security forces.
The Atlanta Post reports on these events and weighs in on why they're not getting much attention:
Last week, a few thousand young Sudanese students took to the streets in protest of President Omar al-Bashir to demand that he, along with the National Congress Party, abdicate power and rescind measures that have left the country in a steep economic crisis. The demonstrations, which were organized by Youth of 30 January for Change Alliance, a coalition of members of student movement groups, tactfully mobilized thousands of activists through social networking.
It's not unusual that the international press would ignore the protest happening in Sudan. Without any major political or financial gain for either the U.S. or the U.K. governments, add to that the darken skin tone of many of the inhabitants, this story is a lot less impactful in the West as say, the protest in Egypt or Tunisia.
Is this diagnosis of the lack of coverage on point? Or is it just that a day's news cycle — and our attention spans — can accommodate only so many stories, and the country with the most intense drama wins?
Read more at the Atlanta Post.