Features

Fukushima is not Chernobyl? Don’t be so sure.

Fukushima City, view from the train station, Nov. 2012.

The March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami caused the deaths of approximately 16,000 persons, left more than 6,000 injured and 2,713 missing, destroyed or partially damaged nearly one million buildings, and produced at least $14.5 billion in damages. The earthquake also caused a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear …

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CULTURE AND NATURE

It is important to consider the role that societal and institutional factors play in the relationship between ‘natural’ disasters and the causes of social suffering. It is too simple to call natural disasters ‘natural’, as they happen in a particular social and cultural context. When attempting to understand how and why natural disasters can cause social suffering,

Books

Contemporary States of Emergency

Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions. Edited by Didier Fassin and Mariella Pandolfi

Zone Books, 2010
408 pp., $36.95 (hardback)

Reviewed by Ross Parsons
(Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Africa University, Zimbabwe)

A recent Zimbabwean joke had it that ‘if the four horsemen of the Apocalypse had not already arrived, then there were …

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Helping Haiti’s poorest victims through Partners in Health

This post was contributed by Barbara Rylko-Bauer.

I would like to add some additional information about why donating to the Haiti earthquake relief effort via Partners in Health (the NGO started by Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl, and Jim Yong Kim) makes sense for this particular crisis.

* PIH has had an ever-expanding presence in Haiti since 1985 and is currently