Big News, Little News

Today’s big headlines:

ISRAEL OPENS FIRE ACROSS BORDER WITH LEBANON

ISRAELI TROOPS FIRE AS MARCHERS BREACH BORDERS

DEADLY CLASHES AT ISRAELI BORDERS

BAN KI-MOON CALLS FOR RESTRAINT 

ISRAEL HARMS PALESTINIANS, BUT ALSO ITSELF

LEBANON FILES COMPLAINT WITH UNSC AFTER BORDER EVENTS

Today’s itty-bitty, buried on the back page if reported at all, anywhere, headline:

Turkish security forces kill 12 PKK rebels in southeastern Turkey

Turkish security forces killed 12 militants of the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) during two operations conducted in southeastern Turkey, a military statement said on the website of Turkish General Staff on Saturday.

The statement said that the security forces wiped out the 12 PKK members, who were trying to sneak into Turkey along Iraqi border, during two separate operations staged in Uludere town of the southeastern province of Sirnak between May 12 and 14.

What, you mean you hadn’t heard about that? 

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  1. Charles Mark

    Claire,It’s morning in Ireland where hostility to Israel is rife, but the anticipated storm has not arrived. The visit of the British Monarch (boring) and the Strauss Kahn arrest are the main stories-the IMF owns Ireland jointly with the European Central Bank so it’s not just a titillating tale for us.I genuinely believed the border clashes would be the top story with the IDF being lacerated. Maybe it will be a slow-burner or maybe there will be some balance and patience for details for a change.

  2. Claire Berlinski
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    Charles Mark: Claire,It’s morning in Ireland where hostility to Israel is rife, but the anticipated storm has not arrived. 

    And interestingly, the way it’s being reported here is sort of below-the-fold, low key, “more chaos in the Middle East.”  

  3. Ioannis

    My sense is that the PKK movement is considered by the rest of the Western media and policy makers as a very minor threat to the Turkish state, similar to the ever-present insurgencies in the Philippines or Thailand or even ETA in Spain. This coupled with the lack of corespondents on the ground at the Turkey-Iraq border or in the Philippine or Thai jungle, as opposed to, say, Madrid account for the absence of coverage.

  4. David Williamson
    Claire Berlinski, Ed.: 

    The statement said that the security forces wiped out the 12 PKK members, who were trying to sneak into Turkey along Iraqi border, during two separate operations staged in Uludere town of the southeastern province of Sirnak between May 12 and 14.

    What, you mean you hadn’t heard about that?  ยท

    Nope, but there’s only so much depressing News one can take in.

    As for the Big News, it almost seems like these people want to wipe Israel off the map?