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· May, 2008

Stories about Disaster from May, 2008

Hong Kong: Two Songs on Sichuan Earthquake

Florence posted two music videos written for Sichuan earthquake victims [zh].

China: Donation Pressure on Multinational Companies

ESWN translated a report from Southern Weekend about the public pressure on multinational companies regarding earthquake donations.

China: 4-years Old Earthquake Pictures

Fang Li from mindmeters posted three pictures drawn by 4-years old children who survived from the Sichuan earthquake.

China: Earthquake Propaganda

Lao Sun from my1510 criticized the post-earthquake propaganda in creating a savior image of the Chinese Communist Party [zh].

Myanmar: Inadequate aid

Penguin Blog uploads an article by American journalist Emma Larkin who has a first-hand account of the cyclone disaster in Myanmar. Larkin notes the small aid reaching the Burmese: ”...

Bomb blast in southern Philippines

Aspiring citizen journalist All about the filth went immediately to the scene of a bomb blast outside a military base in southern Philippines

D.R. Congo: European film festival and rising food prices

Du Cabiau a Kinshasa writes about the Kinshasa European Film Festival [Fr] and has more reflections on the effects of rising food prices on the Congolese capital.

China: After the quake, hoping for aid

From inside and outside China, concerned citizens are helping, and putting their hands out to help the victims of the devastating 7.9 in the Richter scale earthquake that leveled out...

China: Chinese Red Cross on corruption watch

Bloggers continue to monitor earthquake corruption, as they wait for the truth to come out as to why so many school buildings collapsed so easily in this month's massive earthquake....

China: Sunglasses Gate and Others

ESWN translated an article from my1510.cn on some strange reactions from local government, media and angry youths towards the Sichuan earthquake.

China: Children Protection

Wang Xiaofeng criticized mainstream media practice in interviewing the children earthquake victims as such interviews may have negative impacts on children's psychology [zh].

China: Quake Lake

Michael from the Opposite End of China points out that the Sichuan earthquake has added a new lexicon “Quake lake” to the English speaking world.

China: No Corruption in Building Schools

The education ministry has denied corruption in the construction of school buildings in the Sichuan earthquake zone. The comments in Zhaomu's blog showed that no one believed in the official...

China: Relief tents embezzled, while stoppers got arrested

Diaster-relief tents were found in up-scale community and college campus in Chengdu city rather than any refugee site where they should be. Activists took action to check out the fact,...

China: An Earthquake Reporter's Self-Mockery

A Beijing reporter wrote a self-mockery confession on his trip to Wenchuan earthquake center [zh].

China: Earthquake Relief Posters

Red Cross (China) together with other media companies launched a campaign, Together we are, and called for submission of earthquake relief posters for expressing solidarity with the earthquake victims. A...

Fire at Myanmar embassy in Thailand

A fire broke out at Myanmar’s embassy in Thailand. Because of the fire, aid workers were not able to secure visas. Absolutely Bangkok comments: “What a coincidence that the fire...

China: Foreign Rescue Teams

There are criticisms that the Chinese Government should have allowed foreign rescue teams to help the relief works earlier, black and white cat pointed out that foreign rescue teams might...

China: Three Minutes Silence Reflected in Search Stats

Jacky Peng blogs the search traffic stats of Google China on May 19 which showed the three minutes silence (mourning for earthquake victims) effect.

Myanmar: Beyond Rangoon Project on Flickr

Latest pictures of relief operations in cyclone ravaged Myanmar can be accessed at Beyond Rangoon Project.

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