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· April, 2010

Stories about Disaster from April, 2010

Guyana: More than bravado

  27 April 2010

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

  27 April 2010

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 Eastern Europe reviews three documentaries on the catastrophe. Michael Forster Rothbart‘s Chernobyl photography project is featured in zReportage online magazine...

Russia, Poland: The Truth About Katyn

RuNet Echo  23 April 2010

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 here) – and comments that the truth about the massacre is “only coming out now in the former Soviet Union...

Haiti: Food Aid

  22 April 2010

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 is that it just talks about food aid….in Port au Prince. There is so much else in Haiti that needs...

Haiti: Threat of Rain

  22 April 2010

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 posed by the rains.”

Haiti: Part of History

  22 April 2010

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

  19 April 2010

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 Kaczynski and his wife Maria in Krakow. Mark Grigorian (LJ user markgrigorian) posts more photos from the live broadcast and...

Russia: Volcanic Eruption Provokes Cooperation and Jokes

RuNet Echo  18 April 2010

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 east, more and more airports were closing, which led to European-wide transport collapse. Russian bloggers – also affected by the...

Haiti: Back to School

  16 April 2010

“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”: For Inside Disaster, Emmanuel Midi reports on back to school time in Haiti.

Haiti: Goal of NGOs

  15 April 2010

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

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China: Web mobilizes to help Yushu earthquake victims

  14 April 2010

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 to contribute to rescue efforts any way they can has been loud and forward.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: La Soufriere

  13 April 2010

“As a teenager I saw the awesome power of volcanoes when the Montserrat Soufriere Hills rumbled to life…since then I have looked at our dozing mountain with more than a little fear and respect”: From St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Abeni marks thirty one years “since Vincentians awoke to the...

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