Disasters

"Perry Asks Federal Aid for 'Mean' Texas Wildfires"

"AUSTIN, Texas -- "Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, has reissued his disaster proclamation nine times this wildfire season; it was originally issued on December 21, 2010. Perry, a Tea Party favorite who is campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination, cut short a campaign visit to South Carolina to return to Austin to deal with the fires. Well known for criticizing federal government spending, Perry has since April been seeking federal assistance to pay for wildfire relief and preparedness."

Source: ENS, 09/07/2011

"Fukushima’s Long Link to a Dark Nuclear Past"

The quiet mining town of Ishikawa in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture is an emblem of the nation's long-buried nuclear past, and the dark side of its nuclear programs. There, during World War II, junior high school boys were forced by soldiers to mine uranium for Japan's secret program to develop a nuclear bomb than could destroy New York.

Martin Fackler reports for the New York Times September 5, 2011.

Source: NY Times, 09/06/2011

"750,000 Somalis Are at Risk of Starving Within the Next Few Months"

"As the last bit of life drained from his frail body, Ahmed Nur was still tethered to an intravenous tube. His father brushed his fingers over the boy’s eyes to close the motionless eyelids. He gently pulled a sheet over his son’s face and removed the tube from his thin arm."

Source: Toronto Globe & Mail, 09/06/2011

"Hundreds Arrested Protesting Keystone XL Oil Pipeline"

"Protesters hope to persuade President Obama not to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline that would run from Canada to Texas. But the State Department already says its safe, and supporters point to thousands of new jobs."

Source: Christian Science Monitor, 09/05/2011

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