Tsunami travel time map for the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Graphic credit: NOAA.
Tsunami travel time map for the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Graphic credit: NOAA.


Ten Years After Indian Ocean Tsunami: Walking Last Mile Together On Early Warning – OpEd

By Dr Shamshad Akhtar with Ministers from India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand* On 26 December 2004, the world experienced one of the deadliest natural disasters ever recorded. A 9.1 magnitude earthquake off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, triggered a massive tsunami that directly affected fourteen countries in Asia and Africa. The […]

Pope Francis. Photo by Jeffrey Bruno, Wikipedia Commons.
Pope Francis. Photo by Jeffrey Bruno, Wikipedia Commons.


Sri Lanka: Candidates Promise No Election Violence During Pope’s Visit

Church officials say they have received vows from the opposition candidate and the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa that the results of next month’s presidential election will be accepted without protests or post-election violence. “Both [opposition and incumbent] candidates assured the bishops that they can control election violence before and after the election,” said Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith […]

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu
Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu. File photo.


Playing With The Holocaust: Netanyahu’s Throw Of The Dice – OpEd

The iron hand crush’d the tyrant’s head, And became a tyrant in his stead. – William Blake, The Grey Monk The use of historical suffering is standard fare for the descendants. The descendants of history’s victims tend to be the modern day avengers. History’s record is not so much to be righted as washed, cleansed […]

Moscow International Business Center. Photo by Dmitry97ken, Wikipedia Commons.
Moscow International Business Center. Photo by Dmitry97ken, Wikipedia Commons.


Russia To Supply Banks With Up To $6.54 Billion From Sovereign Wealth Fund

Banks in Russia will get a government boost to finance debt and projects as the country risks recession. On Friday, the State Duma passed the last two readings of a law to allocate up to 10 percent, or $6.54 billion, from a sovereign wealth fund. The law is essentially a bank bailout from the Ministry […]