disasters

Resilience means fighting back

A meditation on the notion of Filipino resilience after the typhoon disasters of 2020.

The Lebanon Disaster: A Metaphor for Modern Capitalism

There is now “a state of emergency” in Beirut. No, not to deal with the devastating explosion in its port which left 200 people dead or missing, over 6,000 injured and 300,000 homeless. The “state of emergency” is to protect the political and economic elite from the anger of the Lebanese population who were already on their knees before the explosion on 4 August.

Iranian Protests over the shooting down of Flight 572

Footage of protests in Iran in the aftermath of the Iranian military shooting down a civilian Boeing 737, killing 177 people as a result.

1957 : la nuklea katastrofo en Majak, Sovetunio

La unua nuklea katastrofo okazinta en Rusio en 1957

Ĉernobil Dokumenta Novelo

La libro de Jurij Ŝĉerbak pri la Nuklea Katastrofo ĉe Ĉernobil.

Mexico: Between Barbarism and Class Struggle

Two pieces of news from Mexico currently appear in the press around the world: a new historical record in the number of homicides and the explosion of a Pemex pipeline in Tlahuelilpan, which has left almost a hundred corpses already. Everything in Mexico leads us to despair. But there is something important going on that the international media is not broadcasting.

Grenfell Tower – the smoke & the mirrors

There is an ever-growing stream of media commentary on the Grenfell fire, increasing daily as the public enquiry unfolds. There are some elements in the media with the goal of obscuring or excusing the plain facts as part of a pre-emptive defence manoeuvre to protect those most implicated in what caused the fire and the 72 deaths. That they feel the need to use such distortions to defend the Grenfell landlords and those who ordered and oversaw the Grenfell refurbishment that fitted the lethal cladding only increases the suggestion of a general doubt on all sides about their innocence.

Tragic events in Russia

Exactly a week after Putin’s “landslide” victory in the Russian Presidential election (March 18) a terrible fire broke out in the “Winter Cherry” shopping and entertainment centre of the Siberian city of Kemerovo. It killed more than 80 people, at least 40 of whom are children. Some are still missing. Appalling though Kemerovo was, it was not an isolated incident.

Fukushima Mon Amour

Fukushima Mon Amour - Daniel de Roulet

Four literary and political essays on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011, following the earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeastern coast of Honshu, Japan.

2010智利地震后无产者互助 灾难、资本主义和无能政府之下的自我救赎

Chile earthquake 2010

我们这些无名之辈(被剥削的人、邻居、父母)持续地被禁锢在暗淡无光的生活中,但是,我们已经准备好和我们同样绝望的人建立联系。