Tsunami

Aftershocks of International Interventions

South Asia and the Caribbean islands share a complex colonial past which tells us that the power of natural disasters to collapse buildings and shatter lives is insignificant when compared to the power of large scale international interventions to erase histories, permanently alter political dynamics, and establish racial hierarchies.

Political Conflict in Relief

Before this year's refugee camps, there were those from last year, and the year before. A legacy of civil strife complicates any tsunami relief efforts in Sri Lanka.

Lessons on Island Living

Indigenous knowledge saves the native Andamanese from the tsunami, but can it save them from settlers and rapacious development?

The Tsunami of Aid

A recent World Bank report on the tsunami gives us reason to be vigilant to the forces of corporate globalization using aid as a pretext to advance their agenda.

The tsunami that occurred in December 2004 was clearly one of the deadliest natural disasters the world has seen in recent times. Resulting in over 300,000 deaths, hundreds of thousands more displaced, and massive infrastructure destruction, there is no doubt that concerted and long-term attention needs to be paid to the rebuilding of the affected communities.

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