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· April, 2010

Stories about Disaster from April, 2010

Haiti: Getting it Wrong

Haitianalysis.com points out all the ways in which a British newspaper columnist gets it wrong about Haiti.

Haiti: Visiting the Capital

Adventures in Life visits downtown Port-au-Prince, while Chronicles of an Unplanned Return blogs about Haiti's school system.

Guyana: More than bravado

Signifyin’ Guyana thinks the actions of the country's President have something endearing about them, adding: “I hope it turns out to be a lasting positive part of his legacy…”

Ukraine: Chernobyl's 24th Anniversary

April 26 marked the 24th anniversary of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Ukrainiana writes about a 1990 movie, “an irony-packed perestroika-era drama offers an X-ray of Soviet crisis mismanagement.” Chernobyl and...

Bangladesh: A Lucky Escape From Death

Sajib tells a breathtaking story with pictures, how he and his family miraculously survived when the rooftop of their house fell down.

Russia, Poland: The Truth About Katyn

Steve Bandera of Kyiv Scoop writes about Andrzej Wajda’s 2007 film Katyń, which has been shown twice in Russia in the past few weeks (reactions from the Russian blogosphere are...

Haiti: Food Aid

A mainstream media news story which highlights “the problems posed by continued food aid to Haiti”, grabs the attention of Ellen in Haiti, who says: “The problem with the article...

Haiti: Threat of Rain

Concern Blogs reports that “the United Nations has determined that 9,000 of [Haiti's] Bourdon Valley’s residents are at immediate risk of losing their lives in this area due to dangers...

Haiti: Part of History

The Haitian Blogger republishes an article by Melanie Newton which suggests that what happens in Haiti post-earthquake “is a question of world historical significance.”

UK: Krakow Funeral Broadcast in London's Trafalgar Square

Rosie Walunas writes that London's Trafalgar Square “was nearly filled to capacity” on Sunday, as people gathered to watch TV Polonia's coverage of the funeral of late Polish President Lech...

Russia: Volcanic Eruption Provokes Cooperation and Jokes

Two days passed since Mother Nature showed its power to mankind letting the Icelandic volcano with unpronounceable name “Eyjafjallajökull” fill the European aerospace with ashes. As the ash cloud went...

Poland: Social Network Criticized for ‘Black Ribbon’ Gifting Option

Sylwia Presley translates online reactions to a new gifting option that a popular Polish social network has introduced this week: black ribbons.

Georgia, Russia, Poland: Imedi-TV's Kaczynski Controversy

Giorgi Kvelashvili of Jamestown Foundation Blog writes that the fake news broadcast aired by a Georgian TV channel on March 15 did not contain mentions of Lech Kaczynski's death in...

Haiti: Back to School

“You could see some parents crying by the streets watching other neighborhood kids leaving for class; their kids had gone to school once, on January 12th, and never came back”:...

Mongolia: Earthquake in Ulaanbaatar

Radigan Neuhalfen writes a story about the most recent earthquake in Ulaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia, and also provides a background of seismic research in this country.

Haiti: Goal of NGOs

The Haitian Blogger agrees that the goals of non-governmental organisations in Haiti should be “to put themselves out of business.”

Slogans do no honor to China’s miners

Qian Gang from China Media Project comments on the propaganda campaign regarding the rescue of 153 Miners in Shanxi.

China: Web mobilizes to help Yushu earthquake victims

Between local government attempts to keep news of the Yushu earthquake contained and China's top leaders calling for "all-out" assistance from the public, desire from offline and virtual civil society...

Poland: Controversy Over Polish President's Burial‎ Location

Today's announcement that the Polish presidential couple, killed in the tragic aircraft accident over Smolensk last Saturday, would be buried in Krakow's Wawel Castle has raised a lot of controversy....

Haiti: Red Cross Presence

The Haitian Blogger questions the presence of the American Red Cross in Haiti.

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