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Monday, August 10, 1998

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  • Muslim Groups Decry Stereotyping

    In the hours following the bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, despite a dearth of information as to the identity or motives of the perpetrators, the media was quick to link the violence with followers of one of the world’s oldest religions — Islam. Reports were full of references to the "Muslim minority in Kenya", "Arab-looking men", and "Islamic dress." The suspect taken into custody shortly after the bombing was described as "Arab speaking", and the Islamic Jihad was mentioned as a possible perpetrator.

  • U.S. Embassy Bombings

    On Friday, Americans woke up to the news that two U.S. embassies in Africa had been blown up: in Nairobi, Kenya and in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Reporters in Washington, D.C. rushed to the State Department and first had to acquaint themselves with the map. One reporter talked about Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania and Kenya in Nairobi. Since there was no news about why the simultaneous bombings took place, reporters soon began to fill time describing the two African countries.