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Fashion giants fail to escape long shadow of Rana Plaza disaster

“The disaster has come to be the most potent symbol of how fashion chains lost control of their supply chains as they offshored manufacturing in the pursuit of lower costs” writes Ben Marlow for telegraph.co.uk. And as clothes labels began to be plucked from the rubble, it left many major fashion brands, including Britain’s Primark, Matalan and Bonmarche, with questions to answer. Even those brands who were not implicated were left with a startling reminder of how much harm they could cause by not keeping their supply chains in check.It…

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The bloody history of April 20: Mass murders, a ‘fake news’ war and environmental disaster

“April 20, 2010 marked the start of one of the largest ecological disasters in U.S. history” writes Kyle Swenson Is for washingtonpost.com. In 1961, April 20 marked the end of the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, an ill-planned attack on Fidel Castro’s government organized by elements of the U.S. government. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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First Words: What Separates Ordinary Bad News From True ‘Disaster?’

“The explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986 has often been described as the worst nuclear disaster in history” writes First Words for nytimes.com. He’s the one who called it “an unknown disaster” — “with unmarked graves, it has been forgotten.” How could a disaster be unknown?. That personal connection can collapse the distance from now to then: For Hinchliffe, the event could have the intensity, the immediacy, of disaster.Most news disasters, though, are more literal, from the almost benign “natural disaster” to the more threatening “climate disaster”…

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Budget deal includes wildfire disaster fund to end borrowing

“The budget deal includes $100 million for fire prevention projects and recreation programs and enables utilities to work with the Forest Service to prevent trees from touching power lines and starting wildfires” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. WASHINGTON (AP) — A spending bill slated for a vote in Congress includes a bipartisan plan to create a wildfire disaster fund to help combat increasingly severe wildfires that have devastated the West in recent years. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Snyder declares state of disaster in 17 Michigan counties after floods

“By declaring a state of disaster, Snyder has made available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the disaster area” writes Brad Devereaux for mlive.com. Rick Snyder today declared a state of disaster and opened the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to local governments in 17 counties and two cities after heavy rainfall and snowmelt resulted in widespread flooding damage.”We have been working closely with our local emergency management partners in all counties and cities affected by these floods,” said Capt.Snyder made the disaster declaration…

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Climate change is a disaster foretold, just like the first world war

“The devastation of the first world war eventually engendered a wave of revolt from a populace appalled at the carnage their politicians had wrought” writes Jeff Sparrow for theguardian.com. The first world war killed 20 million people and maimed 21 million others.The cultural historian Paul Fussell once identified the catastrophe of the first world war with the distinctive sensibility of modernity, noting how 20th century history had “domesticate[d] the fantastic and normalize[d] the unspeakable.” Consider, then, the work of climate change. Lamps are going out all over the natural world…

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Trade war with US would be a ‘disaster’: China

“Citing Chinese researchers, Zhong said the U.S. has been overstating its trade deficit with China by about 20 percent every year” writes Associated Press for nypost.com. BEIJING — China said Sunday that it will not initiate a trade war with the United States, but vowed to defend its national interests in the face of growing American protectionism. “There are no winners in a trade war, and it would bring disaster to our two countries as well as the rest of the world,” Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan said at a…

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China minister says trade war with US would be ‘disaster’

“Citing Chinese researchers, Zhong said the U.S. has been overstating its trade deficit with China by about 20 percent every year” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Zhong said China would continue to “relax market access” to China and said China would also attach greater importance to intellectual property right, another point of tension with the U.S. China absorbed $136.3 billion in foreign investment last year.BEIJING (AP) — China said Sunday that it will not initiate a trade war with the United States, but vowed to defend its national interests…

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