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Courtesy Democracy Now! / Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Tè Tremblé—The Haitian Earth Trembled

After the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti, the stench of death is everywhere. In the community house called Matthew 25, doctors laid out a plastic tablecloth to perform a kitchen-table amputation, aided by headlamps.

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE


U.S. troops in Haiti
AP / Gregory Bull

More Troops From U.S. and U.N. Heading to Haiti

It’s been a long and agonizing week for survivors and aid workers since last Tuesday’s catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, and containing the chaos is seemingly impossible when as many as 1.5 million Haitians are homeless, 200,000 or more have died and supplies are in desperate demand. ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE


Some of Haiti’s Upper Class Spared Earthquake’s Worst

Natural disasters may not discriminate, but some members of Haiti’s upper class managed to avoid the worst of last week’s earthquake simply by virtue of geography, as many of them live outside Port-au-Prince in the suburban enclave of nearby Petionville, which The Washington Post describes as “Beverly Hills, but with razor wire.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 READ MORE


Wyclef Jean
AP / Diane Bondareff

Wyclef Jean Defends Charity, Makes Plea for Haiti

After spending three days in his earthquake-ravaged homeland, Haitian-born musician and onetime Fugee Wyclef Jean addressed the press in New York with a mixture of sorrow for his country and defiance about allegations that he had misappropriated funds intended to go to his foundation, Yele Haiti, in the past.

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 READ MORE


Haitians
AP / Gregory Bull

Thousands of Haitians Flee Port-au-Prince

Hoping to find help among friends or family members, or just hoping to get out of their country’s devastated capital, thousands of Haitians fled Port-au-Prince on Monday by the busload and headed for the countryside. Meanwhile, the top-ranking American commander in Haiti called an estimated death toll of 150,000 to 200,000 a “start point,” according to The New York Times.

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 READ MORE


Sebelius and Colbert

Colbert Drops the Act for Haiti

In a rare moment of on-air candor, Stephen Colbert consults with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius about the situation in Haiti and learns a very important texting trick that viewers can use to send money, now, to add to the earthquake relief effort.

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE


Stewart

Stewart Schools Limbaugh, Robertson and Maddow on Disaster Politics

Talk about aftershocks: The politically charged commentary flowed freely from certain media-friendly sources following Haiti’s giant earthquake, and according to Jon Stewart’s assessment, Rush Limbaugh is missing a key organ, Pat Robertson needs to watch his “pie hole” and Rachel Maddow isn’t very good with the whole timing thing. Watch and learn, pundits!

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Tragedy in Haiti; the Evils of Wall Street

Is the tragic story of the Haiti earthquake as much about poverty and failed governance as it is about a natural disaster? Is the Banking Commission a kangaroo court? And what does the Massachusetts special election have to do with the future of the health care plan in Congress? All this and more on this week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE


Haiti report

News Minute: Haiti, Health Care, Arenas’ Plea

In this brief news update, The Associated Press reports about the status of relief efforts in Haiti and the latest in the ongoing saga of health care reform in Washington. In other news from our nation’s capital, Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas pleads guilty to a felony gun charge.

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE


Limbaugh
AP / Chris Carlson

Limbaugh Politicizes Haiti Aid, Warns About Donating

Rush Limbaugh’s not one to miss an opportunity to diss the Obama administration, and in his latest class act the conservative radio impresario was nothing if not consistent. Not only did Limbaugh warn against sending money to Haiti via the White House, he also used American racial politics to explain the president’s impulse to help. What’s more, he seemed to suggest that listeners not donate to Haiti at all—although he denied later that this was his intention.

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Daniel Morel

Surge, Humanitarian Style

The horrors of the Haitian earthquake continue, but so does the outpouring of international support. Along with hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private donations, the U.S. has announced it will send up to 10,000 troops to Haiti to assist in the relief effort.

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE


Robertson
dailymotion.com

White House: Robertson’s Haiti Comment ‘Utterly Stupid’

Televangelist Pat Robertson’s post-earthquake commentary about Haiti—more specifically concerning the island nation’s alleged pact with Satan—has drawn fire from multiple directions, and now the White House has weighed in via spokesman Robert Gibbs. Meanwhile, CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network), which ran “The 700 Club” clip featuring Robertson’s statement, is in backpedaling mode.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

U.S. Pledges $100 Million in Haiti Quake Aid

President Barack Obama, declaring that “[t]his is one of those moments that cries out for American leadership,” announced a $100 million aid package for quake-ravaged Haiti. Other nations, meantime, were also jumping on the humanitarian bandwagon.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE


Robertson

Pat Robertson Blames Quake on Haitians’ Satanic Pact

In this episode of “Pat Robertson Explains It All,” our host takes to the Christian airwaves to help everyone make sense of Tuesday’s gigantic earthquake in Haiti. Needless to say, it’s news to us that the Prince of Darkness had a hand in the matter, but Robertson assures his nodding sidekick that it’s the truth.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


Haiti aftermath
AP / Gregory Bull

Haiti Death Toll Could Figure in Hundreds of Thousands

As rescue teams and aid groups rush to help the injured and displaced—and to tend to the dead—after Tuesday’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, officials from the Caribbean nation estimated Wednesday that the number of casualties could exceed 100,000, even by a large margin. Updated

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


Haiti
Wikimedia Commons / Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center

Massive Earthquake Hammers Haiti

A major magnitude 7.0 earthquake and two big aftershocks slammed Haiti on Tuesday, causing widespread damage in and around the Caribbean nation’s capital city of Port-au-Prince. As details emerged that evening about casualties and damages, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States called the quake “a catastrophe of major proportions.”

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


Sumatra survivors

Giant Earthquake Rocks Indonesian Town

A whopping 7.6 earthquake hit the coastal town of Pedang, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, full force on Wednesday, causing survivors to flee in fear of a possible tsunami in its aftermath and leaving thousands more trapped under collapsed buildings.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 READ MORE


Sharon Stone
AP photo / Matt Sayles, File

Sharon Stone’s Quake Comment Causes Uproar in China

Chinese moviegoers aren’t going to rush to see any more Sharon Stone flicks (if they ever did), and, as execs at Christian Dior realized, they won’t be in a hurry to buy products she promotes after she speculated at Cannes last week about the possibility that the devastating earthquake in China on May 12 represented a form of karmic retribution for the Chinese government’s treatment of Tibetans.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


Hu and Wu
AP photo / Greg Baker

Landmark China-Taiwan Summit

In a historic summit, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Taiwanese ruling party chair Wu Poh-hsiung met on Wednesday in what was the highest-level encounter between the two countries in almost 60 years. The summit may mark the beginning of what Taiwan has called a new “chapter of peace,” as leaders discuss cross-strait transport and trade.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / Lukas

No Respite for Quake Victims

The ground is still shaking in China weeks after a massive earthquake that killed more than 67,000 and left millions homeless. Multiple aftershocks have hampered rescue and reconstruction efforts and added to the damage that ravaged Sichuan province.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


China quake relief
AP photo / Wang Jiaowen, ColorChinaPhoto

U.S. Donations to Burma, China Tighten Up

Americans apparently have a track record of opening their wallets to assist those in need after natural disasters at home and abroad. That was the case, at least, after the 2004 tsunami in Asia and Hurricane Katrina in the U.S. in 2005. But the picture looks different in the wake of the recent cyclone in Burma and the earthquake in China, leaving international trend-watchers asking: What gives?

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


A Billion Silent Voices

China held a national moment of silence on Monday to mark the one-week anniversary of the massive earthquake that may have killed more than 71,000 people. According to government reports, more than 34,000 people already have been confirmed dead while estimates of the total number of casualties have been continually revised upward. The three-minute moment of silence marked the beginning of a three-day period of mourning.

Posted on May 19, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Ng Han Guan

50,000 Feared Dead From Quake

Chinese state media are reporting that more than 50,000 people could be found dead as a result of the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Monday. That’s substantially higher than earlier estimates. The government has already confirmed close to 20,000 deaths.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


China Quake Survivors Sought as Toll Tops 12,000

May has already been a particularly brutal month for natural disasters, with the Burma cyclone, tornadoes in the U.S. and, most recently, the devastating earthquake in China, which seismologists say registered at magnitude 7.9. Rescue efforts near the epicenter have been hindered by rain and aftershocks, but with thousands still trapped in the wreckage every minute counts.

Posted on May 13, 2008 READ MORE


rubble
news.bbc.co.uk

Massive Earthquake Shakes China

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake in southwestern China has killed more than 8,500 people, a number that could rise as authorities continue to assess the damage. China’s Xinhua news agency reported that rescue workers had difficulty reaching the epicenter because of obstructed roads.

Posted on May 12, 2008 READ MORE


Israel pride parade
AP photo / Lefteris Pitarakis

Israel’s Version of Pat Robertson

A member of Israel’s parliament has an unusual explanation for the recent spate of earthquakes in his country: It’s the gays! Specifically, says Orthodox lawmaker Shlomo Benizri, the Israeli government’s acceptance of and tolerance toward homosexuals have incurred God’s wrath in the form of tectonic rumblers.

Posted on Feb 21, 2008 READ MORE


Peru Earthquake
news.bbc.co.uk

Quake Kills Hundreds in Peru

A massive magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck southern Peru on Wednesday, killing at least 510 people (revised) and injuring more than a thousand more. The disastrous tremors set pavement rippling and lasted for several minutes, followed by four aftershocks ranging from 5.4 to 5.9. Updated on 8/17.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE


Indonesian Earthquake Kills 70

The Indonesian island of Sumatra was slammed by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, followed shortly by a 6.0 aftershock. The event was felt in Malaysia and Singapore, hundreds of miles away. Authorities were scrambling to cope with downed communication lines, overwhelmed hospitals and shattered buildings. A government official put the death toll at 70 so far.

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


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