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Monday, June 18, 2018

America Has Been Silent On A Human Rights Tragedy

In Myanmar today, the thugs have won. Any moral leadership we thought Aung San Suu Kyi possessed has been badly damaged. Her former supporters have made a vocal call for her to give back her Nobel Peace Prize. The word “genocide” is now used, with some justification, for the brutal treatment of the Rohingya people at the hands of the Burmese military.

February 18, 2018

Heated Exchanges Over Claim Of A Link Between Global Warming And Terrorism

As world leaders convene in Paris this week to confront the long-term threat of global warming, the fact that their talks are taking place in a city still recovering from a deadly terrorist attack has amped up a long-running debate about how much climate change contributes to extremist violence.

December 1, 2015

China Boat Disaster Death Toll Likely In Hundreds

More than 400 Chinese tourists, many of them thought to be elderly, were still missing late Tuesday after a tour boat sank in the Yangtze River after being hit by a strong storm.

June 2, 2015
An aerial photo shows what appears to be wreckage from the crash of a Germanwings plane in the French Alps, between Barcelonnette and Digne, on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The plane was carrying 150 people when it crashed Tuesday en route from Spain to Germany, officials said, warning that there are not expected to be any survivors. It is not clear if it sent a distress signal. The dead are believed to include 16 German schoolchildren. (Duclet Stephane/Maxppp/Zuma Press/TNS)

Germanwings Co-Pilot Intentionally Crashed Flight, Prosecutors Say

Get the latest on the Germanwings flight 4U9525 tragedy.

March 26, 2015
Photo: A UH60 Black Hawk helicopter operated by the 82nd Airborne Division Combat Aviation Brgiade takes off from the 82nd Airborne Division parade ground on May 5, 2013 (Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod/Wikimedia Commons)

Black Hawk Helicopter With 11 Aboard Crashes Off Florida Coast

Get the latest on the search along the Florida coastline.

March 11, 2015

Residents Displaced In West Virginia Train Derailment Wait To Return Home

Up to 125 people are still displaced in the wake of the West Virginia train derailment.

February 19, 2015

Taiwan Plane Crashes Into River After Takeoff, Killing 31

At least 23 people are dead after a plane crash in Taiwan.

February 4, 2015
Police investigate a Metro-North train crash on February 3, 2015 in Valhalla, New York

Seven Dead After Train Hits Car Outside New York City

Learn more about Tuesday night’s disaster on the Metro North.

February 4, 2015

Northeast Prepares For ‘Crippling And Potentially Historic Blizzard’

The east coast is preparing for a potentially devastating snow storm.

January 26, 2015

BP Trial’s Last Phase Begins, Will Determine Penalty For 2010 Oil Spill

The “most complex court case in modern history” is nearing a conclusion.

January 21, 2015

AirAsia Fuselage Found By Search Ship, Singapore Says

The Singapore Armed Forces have made a major discovery in the AirAsia Flight 8501 recovery effort.

January 14, 2015
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team carry items found during the search operation for missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on January 4, 2015

Indonesia Expands Search For Bodies From AirAsia Crash

Get the latest on the AirAsia Flight 8501 recovery efforts.

January 5, 2015
A member of the Indonesian military looks out of the window during a search and rescue (SAR) operation for AirAsia flight QZ8501, over the waters of the Java Sea, on December 29, 2014

Bad Weather Stalls AirAsia Wreckage Search; Seven Bodies Recovered

Get the latest on the AirAsia recovery effort.

December 31, 2014
A member of the Indonesian military looks out of the window during a search and rescue (SAR) operation for AirAsia flight QZ8501, over the waters of the Java Sea, on December 29, 2014

Search For Missing AirAsia Flight 8501 Expands Off Indonesian Coast

Officials are acknowledging that “the worst may have happened” to AirAsia Flight 8501.

December 29, 2014

California’s Air Tanker Fleet Grounded After Deadly Yosemite Crash

An aircraft being used to fight fires in Yosemite crashed on Tuesday, killing one.

October 8, 2014

Officials: At Least 42 Killed In Taiwan Plane Crash

Taipei (AFP) – At least 42 people were killed in a plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday, officials said, with witnesses and local media reporting the flight came down in a storm after an aborted landing. TransAsia Airways flight GE222 was carrying 58 people on a domestic flight when it crashed into houses near Magong […]

July 23, 2014

Report: ‘Blow-Out Preventer’ That Led To Deepwater Horizon Disaster Still Commonly Used

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Design problems with a blow-out prevention system contributed to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster and the same equipment is still commonly used in drilling four years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a report issued Thursday by the federal Chemical Safety and […]

June 6, 2014

Death Toll In South Korea Ferry Disaster Crosses 120

Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) – The confirmed death toll from South Korea’s ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 Tuesday as divers sped up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged ship and police took two more of its crew into custody. Better weather and calm seas spurred their efforts but underwater visibility was […]

April 22, 2014

Have We Learned Anything From The BP Oil Spill?

Following the first news of the BP oil spill in April 2010, the public sense of outrage and frustration spread as quickly as the 200 million gallons of crude oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. But more than a year after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, Congress has not passed any legislation […]

September 15, 2011

Senate Fails To Approve FEMA Funding As Disaster Victims Seek Help

From hurricanes to earthquakes to floods, the last thing the United States needs given the past few weeks is a disastrous Congress. In another episode of Republicans blocking necessary measures that would help the American people, the Senate failed on Monday to approve a funding package for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Senate needed […]

September 13, 2011

Bipartisan Experts: GOP Debt Politics Leading Toward Disaster

This post is by National Memo editor-in-chief Joe Conason. Failure to raise the debt ceiling before August 2 threatens worsened unemployment, a renewed recession and potential economic “chaos,” warn bipartisan experts who are now speaking out more loudly against Republican brinksmanship in Washington budget negotiations. A new study released by the Bipartisan Policy Center – […]

June 29, 2011