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· April, 2006

Stories about Disaster from April, 2006

Chernobyl: First Victims

Oleksa of My Reflections writes about Chernobyl and its first victims: “However, it is the plight of the 14 firefighters that made the greatest impression on me. They arrived on...

Belarus, Ukraine: Chernobyl Meaning

Vilhelm Konnander explains the meaning of Chernobyl for Belarus 20 years later. Tim Newman of White Sun of the Desert disagrees with Sean Guillory's take on the lessons of Chernobyl:...

Belarus: Photos From Charnobylski Shlyakh

LJ users andrews_kovas and eugene_grabkin post their photo reports from Charnobylski Shlyakh, a protest rally that took place in Minsk yesterday.

Belarus: Charnobylski Shlyakh Arrests

Iryna of TOL's Belarus Blog writes about more arrests and detentions in Belarus, following yesterday's protest rally “Charnobylski Shlyakh.” She also quotes Syarhei Kaliakin, an opposition activist: “20 years ago...

Ukraine: A Trip to Chernobyl

Dan McMinn of Orange Ukraine links to his own report from a trip to Chernobyl he and his wife took on November 13, 2004.

Belarus: Chernobyl and Charnobylski Shlyah

br23 blog writes about how he, then a 10-year-old son of two physicist parents, learned about the accident at the Chernobyl power plant 20 years ago. Ivan Lenin writes about...

Chernobyl: Letters Never Written

LJ user wall4 – originally from Lviv, Ukraine, now living in Connecticut – writes about his experience as a soldier forced to serve in Chernobyl 20 years ago (RUS). The...

China: Technorati blocked

Technorati has been blocked. Albeit limited, Technorati used to be the best Chinese-language aggregating one could hope to get.

Chernobyl: Facts and Myths

Vilhelm Konnander writes about the facts and myths of Chernobyl: “The first news of the accident actually reached a western audience. High radioactive levels were registered at Swedish and Finnish...

Belarus: Chernobyl Neglect

TOL's Belarus Blog notes that when it comes to Chernobyl awareness and aid distribution, Belarus is neglected: “70% of all the radioactive fallout landed in Belarus. And yet, in mass-media...

Ukraine, Belarus: Chernobyl Links

Megan Case posts links to Chernobyl-related websites and writes about her own memories of 1986.

Ukraine: One Man's Chernobyl 20 Years On

Stefan at Dykun writes about a Ukrainian relative who was sent to work in Chernobyl 20 years ago: he's in his 40s now but walks with a cane. “Mykhajlo wears...

Caribbean: Bureaucracy kills & biofuel

Taran Rampersad is starting a “death and injury counter” in response to the region's lack of action in the area of disaster preparedness. “My theory is that all the bureaucracy...

European Inbalance: Trade and Drought

Soul on Ice comments on the drought in Somalia meanwhile in England's Chelsea Flower show, a commentator complains about the lack of water for the poor flowers…and trade inbalances via...

African women this week.

Congratulations to Kenyan women bloggers who have won Kenya Unlimited Kaybee awards 2006. Mshairi for best poetry blog; Gussaurus for best new blog and most interactive blog; Mama's Junkyard for...

Ukraine, Belarus: Interview With Translator of “Voices of Chernobyl”

Languor Management links to Maud Newton's short email interview with Keith Gessen, English translator of Svetlana's Alexievich's Voices of Chernobyl, which won this year's National Book Critics Circle award for...

Cambodian assistance in demining Sudan

Heng at Blog Cambodia has a report on Cambodian soldiers helping out in the demining in Sudan. This is the first time Cambodian soldiers are participationg in an U.N. peacekeeping...

Hong Kong: Uncharacteristic blog behaviour

EastSouthWestNorth comes up blank tonight save for an error message which reads: “Sorry, you have reached either a non-existent site or the site has been suspended (or deactivated) due to...

Jamaica: Peace Corps bloggers

Francis Wade runs across a few blogs by Peace Corps volunteers working in Jamaica.

Kenya: air crash

Steve Ntwiga Mugiri reports and comments on the Kenyan air crash last Monday...”The death of these citizens is a great loss to the country especially that of Dr. Godana whom...

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