Category Archives: Disaster

23May/20

10th anniversary of Israeli Attack on The Mavi Marmara (Gaza Freedom Flotilla) live online discussion 2020 May 30th with filmmaker Iara Lee whose crew smuggled out assault footage, author Dr. Norman Finkelstein and ship survivors

On May 31, 2010, filmmaker Iara Lee (director of the Cultures of Resistance Network) was on the Mavi Marmara, part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, when the boat was attacked by Israeli military forces. The flotilla was an effort to bring humanitarian aid to the illegally blockaded Gaza Strip, and the largest boat in the flotilla was the Mavi Marmara. In the early morning hours of May 31, Israeli commandos boarded the Mavi Marmara and opened fire on civilians, killing nine passengers (a tenth passenger died later from his injuries) and wounding dozens more. Despite Israeli attempts to confiscate all video taken during the attack on the boat, Iara Lee’s film crew smuggled out footage of the assault, which she later screened at the United Nations.

Watch the Israeli Attack on the Mavi Marmara – Iara Lee Testifies to the UN (3-minute short film) or the raw footage of the attack, courtesy of Cultures of Resistance Films. Read more

13Nov/17

Earthquake kills 348 in Iran, destroys only hospital in worst hit area – state TV

SARPOL-E ZAHAB COUNTY, KERMANSHAH PROVINCE, IRAN (NOVEMBER 13, 2017) (IRINN) – A magnitude 7.3 earthquake on Sunday (November 12) killed at least 348 people and injured some 6,600 in Iran with death toll likely to rise as rescuers were searching for dozens trapped under rubble in remote, mountainous areas, state media said. Continue reading

22Oct/17

Five former U.S. presidents, Lady Gaga attend concert benefiting hurricane relief efforts

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 21, 2017) (ONE AMERICA APPEAL) – Five former U.S. presidents, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama attended a concert at Texas A&M University benefiting hurricane relief efforts in College Station, Texas, on Saturday (October 21). Continue reading

02Oct/17

Death count in Las Vegas shooting at least 50

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 2, 2017) (NBC) – A gunman killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200 at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday (October 1), raining down rapid fire from the 32nd floor of a hotel for several minutes before he was shot dead by police. Continue reading

01Oct/17

San Juan Mayor to Trump: “Bring it on”

INTERNET (SEPTEMBER 30, 2017) (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE — San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz fired back at U.S. President Donald Trump who placed blame squarely on Puerto Ricans for the slow recovery from Hurricane Maria after critics complained that his administration’s response to the U.S. territory’s plight was insufficient. Continue reading

30Sep/17

Trump slams San Juan mayor in morning tweet storm

INTERNET (SEPTEMBER 30, 2017) (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE VIA PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday (September 30) hurled criticism via Twitter towards the mayor of Hurricane-hit San Juan one day after she called the disaster on the U.S. island territory ‘a people-are-dying’ story.

“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” Trump said in one of several morning tweets about Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz.