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· May, 2008

Stories about Disaster from May, 2008

Myanmar: Open and close borders

The Siam Sentinel sums up the inconsistency of Myanmar's attitude in accepting aid: “Burma opens its borders. Burma closes its borders. Burma agrees to allow foreign aid workers to enter...

China: Earthquake Video

Michael Zhao made a 9 mins video on the 512 Wenchuan Earthquake with English subtitles.

China: Environmental Fallout After Sichuan Earthquake

A week after China's deadly earthquake killed nearly 56,000 people, environmental and other costs of the 8.0 magnitude earthquake are becoming clearer. On this post we examine posts related to...

China: Q&A with Premier Wen

An increasing number of questions are being asked as China continues to mourn for the massive number of lives lost in the earthquake in Sichuan earlier this month. Veteran news...

Myanmar: U.N. leader speech

Ashin Mettacara posts the speech delivered by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who visited Yangon, Myanmar this week. Excerpt of the speech: “I saw the saddest things: homes and villages destroyed,...

Poland: Irena Sendler Obituary

Edward Lucas reposts the obituary of Irena Sendler, saviour of children in the Warsaw ghetto.

China: What the Olympics Will Look Like

Xueyong wonders what the Beijing Olympics will look like after the disaster as people are still in the mourning mood. He suggests that the government should not take the lead...

China: Ill-luck 2008

Maryannodonnell posted a mobile text message at Shenzhen Fieldnotes: Dog-FXXked 2008.

YouTube starts citizen journalism channel

Giving citizen journalism videos more airtime has just gotten easier: YouTube video uploading website has opened a new channel exclusively for citizen videos named CitizenNews. Vloggers who specialize in reporting...

China: Internet Spy Spreading Rumors?

A message mobilizing people to boycott internet spy has been spreading around via e-mails and forums. All negative comments about earthquake relief work are considered as rumors written by spies....

China: Man-made Mistake in Earthquake Relief

Wang Hua from china-week listed out several mistakes made by People's Liberation Army in the 512 earthquake relief work. The rescue team has missed the golden 72 hours to save...

China: Volunteer Force

A hug number of volunteers rushed to Sichuan to help the earthquake victim. Zhai Minglei is one of them, he pointed out that civic force, even though they don't have...

China: One Angle Earthquake Story

Barokoliebe is troubled by the single angle earthquake story told by mainstream media [zh].

China: Letter to Earthquake Child Victim launched an action to collect letters and deliver them to Sichuan earthquake child Victims [zh]. The organizer hope that the letter senders would continue to communicate with the children...

China: Mourning for Earthquake at Tiananmen

hk1183 posted photos of Sichuan earthquake mourning at Tiananmen square on 19 of May, Beijing.

China and Hong Kong: Interviewing Earthquake Reporter

Ling Nan from, interviewed a Hong Kong reporter in Sichuan earthquake center about issues that hadn't been reported in Hong Kong mainstream media [zh]. The reporter also criticized the...

Trinidad & Tobago: Emergency 101

A fatal road accident along Trinidad's North Coast leads to comment: “Emergency medicine infrastructure and preventative measures are not a priority, it seems. It seems a victim of economic...

Videos: Creativity in facing the water crisis

With two very recent natural disasters in mind: the cyclone in Myanmar and the Earthquake in Sichuan, China, the topic of getting pure and drinkable water to needy populations has...

China: Earthquake Rumors

ESWN translated an article about the spreading of earthquake rumors.

China: Listing Collapsed School Building

Myscnu, a teacher discussion board, tried to put together a list of collapsed school buildings in the Sichuan earthquake. So far there are about 40 in the list.

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