Disasters

The World’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis

Written by Shuaib Almosawa, Ben Hubbard and Troy Griggs, the article ‘It’s a Slow Death’: the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis”, published in the New York Times on the 23rd of August 2017, sums up the deadly collateral consequences of a war that seems to be never ending. In Yemen, the war has been lasting since the past two years and a half. The two parties, one led by the Saudi coalition and supported militarily by the Americans, and the other one, the Houthis and their allies, both affirm that they will never give up until the other side does.

Migrants Dying off the Horn of Africa: the Bigger Issue

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The recent deaths of 50 African migrants reported on by The New York Times in the publication of the same name on August 16, thrown off their boat by the smugglers that they had paid to ferry them to Yemen, is not an isolated event. In fact, approximately 114 migrants have died attempting to cross the strait that separates the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula this year alone.

The Indian on the Edge of Civilization

           The Dakota Access pipeline protests by the Standing Rock Sioux people and other Aboriginal tribes is an attempt to protect sacred land and avoid water contamination of the Mississippi river. Through the media coverage of the affair, the moral dilemma arises of the representation of Aboriginals. While the time taken by leading news reporters to publish stories on the events is unjust, the overall representation brings to attention the detrimental stereotypical ways Aboriginals are conveyed in the news media.

You are the Monster, the "No Russian" controversy of 2009

           At the time of its release in 2009, Infinity Ward’s new Call of Duty game, “Modern Warfare 2”, was critically acclaimed and viewed as one of the best video games to have ever been released in its genre. The game was praised for its entertaining multiplayer and its story driven campaign[1], but it was faced with massive controversy at launch. Why?

Haiti: help and support from around the world

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The article "Haiti: massive distribution of building materials in hard-to-reach areas still recovering from Hurricane Matthew" ,written by Doctors without Borders (DWB) on January 23rd 2017, briefly explains the measures taken by this organization to help and save as much people as they can. Doctors without Borders showed their support towards the population of Haiti by distributing building materials for the damaged homes, hygiene kits, water, blankets, food and more.  Haiti was hit once more by a deathly hurricane last year in October which resulted in many deaths and injuries.

Another Oil Pipe Has Burst in the Sands, But No Big Deal

On October 7th, 2016, The Calgary Herald released a news article on its website regarding a 3-hectare oil spill in Northern Alberta. The leak occurred about 15km away from a town called Fox Creek, covering a flowing marsh area “which isn’t home to fish”. Glad that’s cleared up. The Alberta Energy Regulator is said to be investigating the extent of the environmental damage, and an emergency cleanup process has been initiated.

The Heat is On: Managing Canada’s Wildfires and Creating Resilient Communities

This May, Canadians and people around the world were shocked by the wildfire that tore through Fort McMurray, Alberta, leaving almost 80,000 people homeless and resulting in immense economic and social consequences. Most people saw the fire as an event that could never have been predicted, and it highlighted the importance of disaster readiness for communities at risk from wildfires.

What Happened In Chernobyl?

April 26th 1986. The worst industrial accident happened.. Many lives taken and a contaminated environment for the next 10 000 years.  The worst man-made disaster. The world knew that Chernobyl happened because of the data recorded by a swedish nuclear power plant the morning following the explosion. With all the information findable today, it is possible to know what happened that tragic night and what are the results of Chernobyl. 

 

When only uncertainty is certain

                The article ‘US tribes work with scientists against climate change’ (published in Al Jazeera) describes an initiative in the South-Central United States that has brought together Native American communities and climate scientists in the race for adaptation to increasing uncertainty in local weather patterns due to global climate change.

The Chernobyl Plant

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           In the early year of 1986, Chernobyl plant located in Ukraine exploded. The nuclear power plant was built near the city of Pripyat which caused many dead lives. Moreover, the men working in the plant died immediately after the accident. Nowadays, people intoxicated by the tragedy are suffering from thyroid cancer. However, the Chernobyl plant is now open to the world and is a beautiful place to visit. The Chernobyl plant have causes serious damages in Ukraine.