Disasters

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After Typhoon Haiyan: The true face of the capitalist state
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2013
In times of disaster, the capitalist state shows its true face. In the Philippines, in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, thousands are dead, bodies lie uncollected in the streets, tens of thousands of...
Anger over China's Deadly Workplaces after Warehouse Explosion
Lin, Kevin
Article
2015
A series of chemical explosions on August 12, 2015 at a warehouse in the northern city of Tianjin is shining a spotlight on dangerous workplace conditions and precarious employment relations in China.
Bhopal: The Inside Story: Carbide Workers Speak Out on the World's Worst Industrial Disaster
Chouhan, T.R. et al
Book
1994
An account of the disaster in Bhopal, India.
Bhopal's Fight for Memory
Abraham, Sara
Article
2015
In December, 1984, unknown poisonous gases burst out from a Union Carbide pesticide plant located in a vicinity of the city of Bhopal in central India. The plant, scheduled for possible closure, was u...
The Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Venzi, Ron
Article
The worst coal mining disaster in Canada occurred in Hillcrest, Alberta, on Friday June 19, 1914. A total of 189 men died. 130 women were widowed and 400 children left fatherless.
Humanity Imperiled: The Path To Disaster
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2013
For the first time in the history of the human species, we have clearly developed the capacity to destroy ourselves. That's been true since 1945. It's now being finally recognized that there are more ...
Hurricane Mitch and Disaster Relief: The Politics of Catastrophe
Schenk, Anne
Article
1999
THE LEVEL OF destruction wrought by Hurricane Mitch is hard to overstate. While there is no way to know exactly how many lives were affected by the category-five hurricane that devastated the region b...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 5, 2015: Utopia
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Utopian visions, be they practical or not, free our imaginations, if only for a little while, from the daily grind of struggle and worry, and allow us to dream about the kind of world we would hope to...
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Solnit, Rebecca
Book
2010
The most startling thing about disasters, according to Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearni...
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Klein, Naomi
Book
2007
Klein chronicles free-market disasters of recent years and advances a theory that we are living in the age of 'disaster capitalism'.
"Solidarity, Not Charity" - Revolution in the Ninth Ward
Moore, Beth
Article
2006
In New Orleans, the people have stopped being patient with false choices. They have stopped trusting in politicians who represent only themselves and their contributors. They have chosen the common go...
Unpacking for a Disaster: What You Need to Survive the Unexpected
Solnit, Rebecca
Article
2011
In crises, for some authorities, the media, and many outside observers, civilization tends to consist mainly of property relations, and so they pay more attention to whether someone’s taking crackers ...
The Uses of an Earthquake
Cleaver, Harry
Article
1987
The people of Tepito have proven themselves far more capable than the government both of responding to the dangers and of seizing the opportunities created by the earthquake. The earthquake crisis has...
The War of the World: Easy Chair
Solnit, Rebecca
Article
2015
Solnit reflects on the environmental destruction that the world has been experiencing since the Second World War.
"We Went into the Mall and Began 'Looting'"
Berkowitz, Peter
Article
2005
Peter Berkowitz is a long-time Monthly Review subscriber. He was in New Orleans bringing his son Ernesto to begin his freshman year at Loyola when they were caught in the hurricane. Peter and Ernesto ...

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Catastrophes on Camera
Why Media Coverage of Natural Disasters is Most So Bad
Cockburn, Patrick
2010
The reporting of cataclysms or lesser disasters is often wildly misleading. Stereotyping is common: whichever the country involved, there are similar images of wrecked bridges, half-submerged houses a...
List of airliner shootdown incidents
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A chronologically ordered list meant to document instances where airliners have been brought down by gunfire or missile attacks, including wartime incidents, rather than terrorist bombings or sabotage...
Mastering disaster: How to get the facts to cover humanitarian crises
Williams, Margot
2013
In a midst of a humanitarian crisis like the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, information on the disaster pours to and from the media. The situation is in flux and the needs are great, and troubling frag...