I have only been in the Bahamas for a couple of days, but I feel like I am cut off from the rest of the world because the only newspaper that the hotel has is USA Today – and it is what the masthead says – news about the USA and little else.

There are so many things happening in different parts of the world that I want to be updated on. Is the violence still escalating in Kenya? Is Suharto still alive? How are the Asian markets faring? What is Musharraf saying on his Europe visit? What’s the latest on the Korean oil spill? Have the Chinese arrested any more bloggers? Are the Australians still chasing the Japanese chasing the whales in the Antarctic?

Today’s edition had exactly half a page of world news, and all of that was about American soldiers killed in Iraq. Nothing else. Not a word. It is as if the rest of the world outside of the US and Iraq does not exist.

The TV stations are from Miami and almost all of their news is about the elections for the US presidential candidates, local Florida news, American sport and show business gossip.

No wonder so many Americans know so little about what is happening in the rest of the world.

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