· July, 2008

Stories about Disaster from July, 2008

Myanmar: Salt Prices

  9 July 2008

New Mandala states that “25,430 acres of salt pans were submerged and 29,545 tons of salt damaged after the Cyclone Nargis. The price of salt has risen by three to six times in the last two months.”

Japan: Comment about abductions sparks harsh reactions

  8 July 2008

LDP member Koichi Kato has sparked harsh reactions from bloggers with a comment he made on July 7th. In the comment, Kato connected the stagnation of Japanese-Korea negotiations with the government decision in 2002 not to return 5 Japanese abductees to North Korea after they had been delivered to Japan by North Korea for what was expected to be a short time. The abductees were among a group of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

China: Summer Olympics Disaster Guide

  8 July 2008

Probably going to see a lot more posts like this in the coming few weeks, so let this be GVO's chance to (hopefully) get it out of the way now: What could go wrong in Beijing? Everything.. Via Shanghaiist.

Myanmar also needs tourists

  7 July 2008

Bangkok Dazed is visiting Myanmar and reminds us that one way to help the cyclone-ravaged country is to visit it. He writes: I lost track of how many people who told me “You are the first tourist/customer we have had in two months.”

Colombia: Hostage Rescue Raises Concerns

  5 July 2008

After the rescue dubbed as “perfect” by liberated former Presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, who was rescued by the Colombian army on Wednesday July 2nd along with 14 other hostages being held captive by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for up to 10 years in some cases. The Colombian community has been voicing concerns about the repercussions the rescue might have, and what interests might have been behind it.