Nick Turse
In East Asia alone - in one of the most disaster-stricken areas worldwide - the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) estimates the number of people living in urban flood plains may reach 67 million by 2060.
pritheworld:

Tanks Around Cairo Palace
Egyptian soldiers have surrounded the presidential palace in Cairo with barbed wire and tanks, after ordering all protesters to leave.
It’s the latest escalation in tensions between Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi and his opponents.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times, who is in Cairo.

pritheworld:

Tanks Around Cairo Palace

Egyptian soldiers have surrounded the presidential palace in Cairo with barbed wire and tanks, after ordering all protesters to leave.

It’s the latest escalation in tensions between Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi and his opponents.

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times, who is in Cairo.

A stony-faced Taliban official burst into laughter at the mention of the Petraeus affair during an interview with AFP in northwest Pakistan this week.

“What a bastard! But all Americans are the same, it’s nothing new,” the official said, who did not want to be named.

publicradiointernational:

Worldwide gun ownership and gun homicides — interactive map from the Guardian.
Click on the United States and you get:

FIREARMS MURDERS AND CIVILIAN GUN OWNERSHIPUnited States270,000,000 civilian firearms - 88.8 for every 100 peopleRanked 1 in the world for civilian gun ownershipIn the latest year, there were 9,146 homicides by firearm - 2.97 per 100,000 population. 60% of all homicides are by firearm

publicradiointernational:

Worldwide gun ownership and gun homicides — interactive map from the Guardian.

Click on the United States and you get:

FIREARMS MURDERS AND CIVILIAN GUN OWNERSHIP
United States
270,000,000 civilian firearms - 88.8 for every 100 people
Ranked 1 in the world for civilian gun ownership

In the latest year, there were 9,146 homicides by firearm - 2.97 per 100,000 population. 60% of all homicides are by firearm

The demonstrations that Syria witnessed last Friday (“forgive us Hama, we apologise”) show that the Syrian people have resolved to overthrow the regime. It is now for the international community, especially Russia and China, to ask for forgiveness from Hama, Homs, Idlib and the Syrian people. They should also make their choices, because this time the Syrian people have a voice, and it is being heard, with photos of their daily suffering being widely circulated, and memories that never die.