Posts tagged as disaster

Military Mind and the Pandemic

By Tomas Jermalavicius on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

“The streets of many American cities and towns are nearly deserted. News reports offer viewers and readers communities tightly shuttered as if bracing for an incoming hurricane. But it is not a hurricane that finds Americans avoiding one another ‘like the plague.’” This is not a passage from the latest news article on the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. It is from a chapter entitled ‘Pandemic’ in a 2009 book by…

Environmentalists call Christmas the world’s greatest annual environmental disaster

By Eline Schaart on Thursday, December 26, 2019

For many it’s a jolly time to spend with loved ones, eating heaps of food and exchanging gifts — but some green groups are saying humbug! to Christmas, calling it the “world’s greatest annual environmental disaster.” Christmas is celebrated across the Continent in many different forms: In Sweden celebrations kick off on December 13 with Santa Lucia while in Spain Christmas starts with the El Gordo (the big one) lottery craze. Regardless…

Why It Was Wonderful That Russia’s KV-1 Tank Was a Disaster

By Robert Beckhusen on Thursday, September 5, 2019

A day after the German blitzkrieg into the Soviet Union in June 1941, more than 200 Nazi tanks were powering through Lithuania on a race northward to Leningrad. The Luftwaffe knocked out the Soviets’ nearby air bases, leaving counter-attacking armored columns easy prey for German bombers. Desperate to staunch the bleeding, on June 23 the Red Army sprang its KV-1 and KV-2 tanks — which at the time packed some of the…

Turkey says military solution for Syria’s Idlib would be a disaster

Friday, August 24, 2018

Turkey’s foreign minister said on Friday it would be disastrous to seek a military solution in the northern Syrian region of Idlib, a rebel-held enclave which the Syrian government says it aims to recapture. Idlib is a refuge for civilians and rebels displaced from other areas of Syria as well as for powerful jihadist forces. It has been hit by a wave of air strikes and shelling this month in…

In quake-hit Indonesia, thousands in need of humanitarian aid

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

In Lombok island, Indonesia, the number of the victims of the disastrous earthquake of the past weekend, exceeded a hundred with more bodies found under the rubble of buildings. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports on Wednesday, August 7, that a humanitarian crisis looms for thousands left homeless by the disaster in the rural area, where clean water, food, medicine and shelter are desperately needed. The representative of Indonesia’s disaster mitigation…