Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Irene took at least 49 lives in her wake and destroyed homes and families within an instant. Irene pushed the record for the most disasters in 2011. This record has not been broken since 1980.
Although there was a lot of damage, the cost of the aftermath with be the real damage.
"This 10th U.S. billion-dollar disaster officially breaks the annual record dating back to 1980," they added.
CNN reported that there had been at least 43 deaths in relation to Irene. As of Tuesday, about 2.85 million customers were without power, the Department of Energy reported. Nearly 6.7 million customers initially were without power because of the storm.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Martin Fackler, The New York Times, Prime Minister’s Departure Underscores Japan’s Search for Leadership,
As a result of Hurricane Irene’s winds blowing towards the east coast over the weekend, 21 people in the United States were killed.
It was reported that government officials and federal agencies from the Carolinas all the way to the New England areas were taking precautionary measures and had ordered residents to leave low-lying coastal areas before the storm struck.
Still, lives were lost and homes and property were destroyed.
According to North Carolina governor, Beverly Perdue, “This storm could have been worse, and North Carolinians are resilient.”
Cities affected by the hurricane were left to deal with major flood damage and power outages in some areas, as clean up efforts began today.
Hurricane Irene’s wind damage in the U.S. cost the government $1 billion.
On August 6th, 2011 various boroughs of London, England faced days of rioting. The riots were a response to a fatal shooting, which occurred on August 4th, 2011. The shooting occurred between the metropolitan police service firearms officers and a man named Mark Duggan, whose life was later claimed by the shooting. Following the shooting the city of London faced days of rioting, which led to outbreaks spreading across various parts of England.
At the start of each new semester various international students are welcomed to the Ole Miss campus for the American experience. A number of students from The United Kingdom, and especially the larger cities of England such as London, are part of this intercultural exchange. The question remains where they were several days before their departure within the midst of the 2011 England riots. And more importantly, how they faced the outbreaks within the cities they lived.
Al-Qaeda received another blow to their terrorist organization when their second-in-command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, was killed in Pakistan. Since the death of Osama bin Laden, the organization has tried to regroup and restructure themselves. Atiyah Abd al-Rahman was chosen to take bin Laden's place, so it is unclear who or if anyone will be chosen next.
Since 9/11, Americans have been waiting for the U.S. military to bring down the individuals who were responsible for the tragedy. Whenever the news reports an al-Qaeda death, many Americans feel that justice has finally been served. But, the lingering question that remains is will al-Qaeda break apart or become stronger. Do the deaths of their leaders give them more ammunition to plan attacks on the United States?
The U.S. government must continue to monitor al-Qaeda because the group is volatile and unpredictable. The U.S. must never let its guard down because our country has suffered enough at the hands of terrorists.
Even though this event is not occurring in different countries, the news itself is at an international level. Hurricane Irene was the biggest news I encountered all weekend and it is still on the front page of most news websites. With today being the 6th anniversary of hurricane Katrina, and a lot of our student body being comprised of people from the coast, it would be a good idea to interview students who were affected years ago and ask what should be done to help the victims in the north east. The story could be about what was needed most after the storm and the way people felt immediately following it so a better perspective can be obtained on this new storm. It would get people involved in making donations or volunteering their time to help the victims.
Explosions rocked the city of Abuja, Nigeria once again Friday afternoon as Nigerian militant group drove a car filled with explosives through the United Nations building downtown, killing at least twenty people.
This is just the most recent in what has been a series of attacks by militant groups in Abuja. In June, a car blast outside of the police headquarters killed five. A month later, a similar bombing at a local church killed three more. These attacks have been coming from a group of militant Muslims who are striving to rid Nigeria of western influence.
For a local angle, Nigerian exchange students here at Ole Miss. Interview them regarding their views on the situation and how it has affected them or their family back home. Dive in deeper and ask their opinions on if the attacks are barbaric or necessary.
With the world’s attention focused on the situation in Libya, it seems as if other news from around the world matters less. It was only about four months ago that a huge earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, causing destruction across large parts of the country and severe damage to at least three nuclear energy facilities. Four months in the world of news, however, seems more like four centuries and the situation in Japan isn’t alarming enough anymore to make the headlines. But with Prime Minister Naoto Kan announcing his resignation, and with the new elections for prime minister coming up, maybe it is time to start paying more attention to Japan again, especially since it is has one of the largest economies in the world.
Every semester in Oxford there is a large number of Japanese students that come here as international or exchange students. What are their views on the turbulent situation in Japan and how do they receive information about their home country?
But what about the Bahamas? According to a CNN report, some areas of the islands saw winds of over 115 mph. On New Providence - the Bahaman island that calls Nassau, the capital, home - residents had been told to stay inside after the storm warning had lifted while the island was checked for damage and unsafe areas. On other islands, roofs were blown off and buildings splintered from the wind.
My question: are there any students from the Bahamas at Ole Miss? Have the talked to their families? How were their families affected by the hurricane? How does the damage compare to other hurricanes they've ridden out?
Sources: USA Today, CNN.com
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Welcome to our course blog, UMJWorldNews.blogspot.com!
On this blog, we will be discussing the major issues of the day in international media as well as probe the work and lives of some of the greatest international journalists. These will include U.S. journalists like Robert Kaplan, James Nachtwey, and Nate Thayer as well as journalists from other countries such as Ryszard Kapuscinski of Poland, Wilfred Burchette of Australia, and Maria Jimena Duzan of Colombia.
We will probe the effects of new technology and social media such as blogs, Twitter, and Facebook on world news and the phenomenon of the "citizen journalist" as well as study the grand traditions of foreign correspondence, war coverage, and travel writing.
We will travel from ancient monasteries in Serbia and Bulgaria to bullet-strafed frontlines in Latin America and Africa to mystery-laden Katmandu and the killing fields of Cambodia.
And finally we will be reporting news and writing features ourselves, searching out those international stories that connect with readers and viewers here in Oxford and at the university, grabbing that local angle, and making a unique contribution to media and our community here and beyond.
Hang on! It's going to be quite a journey!