Category Archives: Disasters

Why Trump Should Study Aung San Suu Kyi’s Speech – M K Bhadrakumar | Asia Times

Why Trump Should Study Aung San Suu Kyi’s Speech

M K Bhadrakumar | Asia Times

Aung San Suu Kyi

Two speeches by two leaders made headlines this week [Sept 2017] – one by USA President Donald Trump, the other by Myanmar’s head of government, Aung San Suu Kyi.

No two leaders could be so unlike each other. Trump is a widely ridiculed figure in the international community, which mocks him for being, variously, pompous, boorish and sometimes just plain ignorant.

Sui Kyi, a Nobel laureate, is a fallen angel caught up in the maelstrom of her silence over the attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, on August 25, and the ensuing military response, which has forced over 410,000 displaced people to flee to Bangladesh.    Continue reading

Christopher Stephenson: The Hero of Tiger Bay – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Christopher Stephenson: The Hero of Tiger Bay – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Christopher Stephenson

There is a document on my desk as I write this feature which states; “Co-Operative Republic of Guyana. CERTIFICATE OF DEATH No.0049177. Full name of Deceased: Christopher Stephenson. Date of Death 20th October 1997.

However, twenty years after the heroic death of Christopher Stephenson, there are some citizens who feel that he must never be forgotten, and his heroic actions on October 20, 1997, must be officially recognized with a National Award.     Continue reading

Factoring Culture in the Gun Debate – By Yvonne Sam

Factoring Culture in the Gun Debate

By Yvonne Sam

Let us include culture at this juncture, for there is something deep in the American psyche that remains undiagnosed and unaddressed.  Reciprocal causation must not be overlooked.

The Las Vegas massacre of Sunday October 1, 2017 resulted in the highest injury and death toll following any mass shooting by a lone gunman in modern U.S history. Mass shootings are becoming more common and more deadly.    Continue reading

Yellowstone National Park: Super-Volcano Could Literally Wipe Out Life on Earth

Forget Trump, This Huge Volcano Could Literally Wipe Out Life on Earth

If only for a moment, this story is forcing many to put the current political chaos “into perspective”

"This story will help you stop worrying about Trump for a moment," wrote's Ben Wikler. (Photo: Tom Murphy/National Geographic Creative)“This story will help you stop worrying about Trump for a moment,” wrote’s Ben Wikler. (Photo: Tom Murphy/National Geographic Creative)

Yes, Donald Trump is president. And yes, he has access to the nuclear codes—a fact that has become all too vivid in recent weeks. But many allowed themselves to forget, if only for a brief moment, about the man in the White House on Thursday October 12, 2017, to hone their attention on what is potentially an even more horrifying development. As USA Today reported, new research indicates that the supervolcano resting beneath Yellowstone National Park “may blow sooner than thought, an eruption that could wipe out life on the planet.”   [Read more]

Deadly Wildfires Ravage Northern California – reports + videos

‘An Inferno Like You’ve Never Seen’: Deadly Wildfires Ravage California

The “unprecedented” fires, fulfilling predictions of climate scientists, have forced tens of thousands from their homes

A firefighter walks near a pool as a home burns in the Napa wine region in California 

Common Dreams – by Jake Johnson, staff writer – Tuesday, October 10, 2017

More than ten people have been killed, thousands have been left without power, and tens of thousands have been forced to evacuate as more than a dozen wildfires tore through Northern California overnight Monday, forcing Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency in eight counties.   MORE

The White Privilege of the “Lone Wolf” Shooter – Shaun King | The Daily Star

The White Privilege of the “Lone Wolf” Shooter

Shaun King | The Daily Star

On October 3, the United States experienced the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. At least 58 people were killed and over 500 more were wounded. No, that’s not a typo: More than 500 people were injured in one single incident.

As tens of thousands enjoyed a music festival on the streets of Las Vegas, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, was perched 32 floors above them in his Mandalay Bay hotel room. Paddock had 19 rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammo — supplies that are plentiful in a nation that has more guns than people. A few minutes after 10 pm, Paddock opened fire on the unsuspecting crowd. They were sitting ducks.  Continue reading

Another mass shooting – The inability to deal with Gun Violence in the USA – By Yvonne Sam

Another mass shooting—Another distorted interpretation of Second Amendment Rights—Another inability to deal with Gun Violence.

By Yvonne Sam

America—Oh! say can’t you see—what is happening to thee—Gun violence is eating away at your national soul.

Already battling her own evils America is now caught up in yet another mass slaying. The lesson to be learnt from this ghastly carnage, is that there will be more such shootings. The usual reaction will follow, ones that we have seen and heard far too often:  non-stop media coverage, opinions of weapon analysts, opening up of more debate on gun control, lowering of flags at half mast, moments of silence, and a day of national mourning.  But how often will America mourn?  What America needs most of all is action to lower the gun toll, thereby less mourning.     Continue reading

Puerto Rico faces ‘apocalyptic’ conditions: Debts should be Forgiven by Trump

If Trump Were Really President, He’d Forgive Puerto Rico’s Debts and Rescue It

The least we can do is get the island back on its feet and put into place policies that will bring prosperity back.

Puerto Rico faces ‘apocalyptic’ conditions: Humanitarian crisis grows for 3.4 million US citizens

“All the infrastructure has collapsed. Everything we had before the hurricane is beyond reach.”    Continue reading

Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico facing crisis -no water, electricity or telephone

Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico facing crisis – BBC News

Puerto Rico is facing a growing crisis in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which has knocked out water, electricity, and telephone services.

The entire population is still without power and engineers say it could take months to be restored. A dam remains in danger of collapsing.

Shipments of food, water and generators are starting to arrive at the main port in San Juan, which has reopened.      Continue reading

Dominica Update after Hurricane Maria – Reports and video

Interview with Dominica PM following Hurricane Irma

Roseau waterfront in Dominica after Hurricane Maria hit

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 07:47 AM PDT Roseau waterfront in Dominica the day after Hurricane Maria hit the island on Monday night, September 18, 2017.

ROSEAU, Dominica — On Wednesday evening, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, spoke with Caribbean News Now. Q. Could you describe what happened; what is the state of the country? A. We were devastated by the hurricane. Every community, every village, every street was impacted…..

Dominica before the hurricane! – video       Continue reading

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