The Mail and Guardian is a news site from South Africa. I see a lot of similarities between this site and typical sites in the United States (not just because of the online dating ads ;). Does this site "feel" different from the BBC site or Al Jazeera?
After checking out the site, take a look at this post from Al Jazeera, US Beggar's Priceless Gift. Then look at articles on this story on the BBC site, CNN, or FoxNews. Did any other story use the word "beggar"? Does this word seem offensive to you? Why do you think Al Jazeera used the word in the headline? BTW, I didn't find an article about this story on the Mail and Guardian.