World update: November 13 2017

It’s going to be a busy couple of days here at attwiw HQ, so you’re going to have to make due with an abbreviated roundup today and possibly nothing tomorrow though I’ll see what I can do. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA At least 47 civilians have reportedly been killed in an airstrike on the town of… Continue reading World update: November 13 2017

Europe/Americas update: September 23-25 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Because we live in bar-none the stupidest time in all of human history, there are a lot of Russian people who are very angry with Morgan Freeman. The actor. How can anybody be mad at the guy who narrated March of the Penguins, you ask? Well, Freeman, for some reason, lent his voice and… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 23-25 2017

Europe/Americas update: September 9-10 2017

EUROPE CYPRUS Two boats containing 305 Syrian refugees reached Cyprus early Sunday morning, probably the largest single group to make it to the island nation since the civil war began. Cypriot police arrested one of the pilots of the two boats, and the final disposition of the refugees is yet to be decided–some may remain… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 9-10 2017

Cyclone Winston hits Fiji: where to donate

Category 5 Cyclone Winston struck Fiji on Saturday, and it really must have been something: At least 10 people were killed in Fiji when a record-breaking storm struck the island nation Saturday night, according to the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation. Now that Tropical Cyclone Winston has passed, the arduous tasks of cleanup and damage assessment from… Continue reading Cyclone Winston hits Fiji: where to donate

Horn of Africa famine: where to donate

Drought has led to famine in the Horn of Africa, and the situation is critical. How critical? This critical: Save the Children, the international non-governmental organisation, says that the drought in Ethiopia represents as big a potential threat to children’s lives as the war in Syria. “We only have two emergencies in the world that… Continue reading Horn of Africa famine: where to donate

Calm before the (actual) storm

I don’t know about you, but this seems pretty ominous to me: A potentially catastrophic landfall is expected Friday evening as a very powerful and dangerous Hurricane Patricia moves towards Mexico’s Pacific coast. Hurricane Patricia became the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere on Friday morning as its maximum sustained winds… Continue reading Calm before the (actual) storm

Typhoon Soudelor: where to donate

Typhoon Soudelor, the strongest Northern Hemisphere cyclone so far this year, has spend the last ~10 days battering Saipan (when the storm was at its most destructive), Taiwan, and eastern China, doing things like generating this tornado in Taiwan: The storm has killed at least 42 people, an estimated 34 in China and another 8… Continue reading Typhoon Soudelor: where to donate