Stories about Disaster from December, 2007
Russia is embarking on a 10-day national vacation: from Dec. 30 to Jan. 8, the country will be celebrating the New Year's and Orthodox Christmas - and should also have enough time to rest, relax and sober up in between. Charity isn't among the most popular subjects in the Russian blogosphere during the festive season, although some bloggers do discuss ways of helping the poor and needy this year. Below is one blogger's musings on charity and selfishness, as well as a perfectly explicit call to action.
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about Russian sailors’ participation in the rescue operations following the 1908 earthquake in Messina, Sicily.
Vadim reports that — due a metal fence — firefighters could not put out the fire that has ruined the major medical university in Tajikistan.
Our Man in Gdansk comments on the coverage of Poland's ecology, coal mines and involvement in Iraq.
Yulia Tymoshenko returned as Ukraine's prime minister on Dec. 18. Five days later, she was in Donetsk region, visiting the site of Ukraine's worst coal mining accident, the troubled Zasyadko mine. While there, she declared: "We'll be working on it and will make it so that in our country both young people and children would want to become coal miners." Below is a discussion of Tymoshenko's promise that took place at Korrespondent.net, a Ukrainian news site.
Moving Images, Moving People! writes a moving post on the anguish the Tsunami caused.
Vadim reports that an avalanche killed sixteen people on the road connecting Khujand and Dushanbe, the capital city of Tajikistan.
A land thirsty for water is calling for help. How many more villages would die out due to the drought? How much more land would be eroded, even buried by sand?
Syrian Kinan Jarjous, who lives in Dubai, narrates to us hos his friend was kidnapped and robbed in Saudi Arabia.
Kickedefella has some images of the flooding in Kampung Gelang Mas- Eastern peninsular Malaysia.
Voice Of South on a “miracle-boy” – a seven year old child saved from the cyclone.
HJ Barranza of Neverwonderland looks at the possibility of using open architecture and low cost housing and how it can help rebuild flood-ravaged Tabasco, Mexico.
mins0306 from the Marmot's Hole blogs about the worst oil spill happened in South Korea last weekend.
Unzipped also remembers the day of the Armenian Earthquake which happened 19 years ago on 7 December 1988.
On the 19th Anniversary of the 1988 Armenian Earthquake, The Armenian Observer recalls the day of the quake when he was at school in his native Gyumri.
Ukrainiana posts and translates “a video of real people who tell us how the smell of profits sucks the safety out of the Ukrainian mining industry.”
Shawn, a Canadian in Bangladesh has accounts of the devastation caused by Cyclone Sidr.
Hanukkah an all-time favorite Jewish holiday, has interesting historical value dealing with issues relevant to Israeli culture and sense of identity. Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the ancient Israelites over the Greeks in a series of battles taking place around the year 165 BC. The battles were not about territory nor resources, but dealt with freedom; the right to practice religion and follow the Jewish faith. Gilad Lotan shows us how the struggle continues today.
Orange Ukraine writes on various sources of aid to Ukraine, individual and institutional.