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Uses Tsunami to Military Advantage in Southeast Asia
"The American people reacted to the tsunami that hit the Indian
Ocean last December with an outpouring of compassion and private donations.
Across the nation, neighbors got together to collect food, clothing,
medicine and financial contributions. The White House initially offered
an embarrassingly low $15 million in aid. More importantly, the government
exploited the catastrophe to its own strategic advantage. Establishing
a stronger military presence in the area could help the United States
keep closer tabs on China. It could also fortify an important military
launching ground and help consolidate control over potentially lucrative
trade routes. The United States currently operates a base out of Diego
Garcia—a former British mandate about halfway between Africa and Indonesia,
but the lease runs out in 2016. Consequently, in the name of relief,
the U.S. revived the Utapao military base in Thailand it had used during
the Vietnam War and reactivated its military cooperation agreements
with Thailand and the Visiting Forces Agreement with the Philippines.
Sources: "US Turns Tsunami into Military Strategy," Jane's Foreign Report,
Feb. 15, 2005; "US Has Used Tsunami to Boost Aims in Stricken Area,"
Rahul Bedi, Irish Times, Feb. 8, 2005; "Bush Uses Tsunami Aid to Regain
Foothold in Indonesia," Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Jan. 18, 2005.
Tsunami Victims, a message from ecofeminist Starhawk a year
after the disaster struck.
Mends Lives Washed Away by Tsunami a report from Women's eNews
by Chandani Jayatilleke
From cultivating paddy fields to starting chicken farms, women in a
remote region of Sri Lanka devastated by the Asian tsunami a year ago
are using tiny amounts of financing to make extraordinary recoveries.
and natural disasters : points to ponder
leaves under the water
memory of the victims of the tsunami
Tofukuji Temple, Kyoto @ Jan Oberg 2004
Women and Life on Earth extends its deepest sympathies for the
victims of the earthquake and tsunamis in the Indian Ocean, and
This report includes various reports and opinions about the effects
on women and the ecological aspects of the disaster.
Year in the Sign of the Tsunami
Oberg, Gudrun Schyman, & Christina Spännar
The Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Reseach
"It's a tragedy beyond comprehension and an early warning
to us all.
Human and environmental security must now substitute military
security. We need new priorities and a global ethics of care;
that is what globalisation ought to be about. We must learn to
respect the interrelatedness of everything - and make peace both
with Mother Nature and among ourselves..."
by Rochelle Jones, based on research conducted in 2000 by
the International Labour Organisation (ILO): "Suggests that gender
is an important dimension within disasters such as the Indian Ocean tsunamis.
It has been argued that vulnerability to natural disasters and their consequences
is gendered and socially constructed, meaning that women and men face
different challenges during natural disasters because their roles in society
have been constructed differently...
and Tsunami: a
listing of articles relating to many issues faced women, during and following
the disaster, on the website of Disasterwatch.
HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS IN TSUNAMI AFFECTED COUNTRIES
March 22, 2005, Asia
Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development
..."The objectives of the report are: to express our deep concern
with violations of women’s human rights in the tsunami affected countries:
Indonesia , India , Sri Lanka , Thailand and Burma; to draw the attention
of the United Nations - a coordinating agency of the international support
to the countries affected by the tsunami, governments of the affected
countries, national and international non-governmental organisations
involved in rehabilitation and reconstruction processes to violations
of women’s human rights and women’s specific needs that must be adequately
addressed during rehabilitation process; to make recommendations on
addressing women’s concerns in the above countries..."
Killed More Women Than Men: Oxfam Report, 31 March 2005
"Up to four times as many
females as males may have been killed in the tsunami, according to new
research released today (three months since the tsunami), by aid agency
Oxfam International. The figures are released as part of a report showing
the impact of the tsunami on women. The sex imbalance is shown in stark
terms by new figures in the report... The Oxfam data also reveals other
aspects of how the tsunami has taken a particular toll on women...."
By Rebecca Solnit
Published on Monday, January 3, 2005 by TomDispatch.com
"The news of Susan Sontag's death arrived as a single sentence
spoken in the opening moments of a radio news program Tuesday morning,
and then the program returned to what had been the main story since
the day after Christmas: the tsunami and the death toll, then in the
tens of thousands, that would continue to rise. It was strange to weigh
these two incidents of mortality against each other. Though for some
people it would be considered insensitive or irreverent even to do so,
one of the things to be appreciated about Sontag, I think, is that she
considered everything a proper occasion for more thinking, more analyzing,
(see more on Susan
Sontag under our Women Writers and Artists section.)
Responding to the tsunami tragedy: Women must be at the heart of
rebuilding shattered communities
Statement by Noeleen Heyzer
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
the immediate and long-term response must be shaped by the realities
on the ground in the areas affected. In two of the worst hit areas,
the province of Aceh in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, the current devastation
converges with the complex consequences of decades-long civil war
and, in some places, severe poverty. These forces have generated division
and deprivation. But they have also led to the emergence of survival
systems and mutual-aid networks, including among internally displaced
and refugee communities. And women have been at the forefront of many
to prevent trafficking of tsunami-hit women
14 Jan. 2005
trafficking as the most depraved violation of human rights and dignity,
NHRC Chairman, Justice A S Anand, on Thursday said the government must
take immediate and effective steps to ward off "serious exploitation"
of women and children in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami..."
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Can Act as Shield Against Tsunami
G. Venkataramani, The Hindu, Monday 27 December 2004
"Tsunami is a rare phenomenon. Though we cannot prevent the occurrence
of such natural calamities, we should certainly prepare ourselves to
mitigate the impact of the natural fury on the population inhabiting
the coastal ecosystems. Our anticipatory research work to preserve mangrove
ecosystems as the first line of defence against devastating tidal waves
on the eastern coastline has proved very relevant today..."
by Water and Environmental Degradation
By J. Sri Raman t r u t h o u t | Report
calamity highlights, more than anything else, the callous neglect of
environment protection along the entire coastal belt of India, including
Tamilnadu. A handful of environmental activists have been crying themselves
hoarse over the issue, but the powers-that-be have preferred to dismiss
them as cranks. At the core of the issue lies a corporate-political
mesh of corruption that seeks to thrive on human misery and lives..."
and Nuclear Power Plants
By Russell D. Hoffman
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
More than 60,000
people are dead. Bodies wash ashore in a dozen countries. A train, loaded
with a thousand passengers and their luggage, is swept away, engine,
tracks, and all. Cars, trucks, buses, and boats are pushed more than
a mile inland by the rushing water. Some of the waves were reported
to be 40 feet high.
ocean in San Diego, 1/2 a world away, rose 10 inches. It IS a small
world, after all.
"sea wall" at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station ("SONGS")
in Southern California is 35 feet tall, and about 35 years old. It could
not have withstood Sunday's worst....
Tsunami Hails Ecological Collapse
Earth Meanders (column, can subscribe
By Dr. Glen Barry, 28 December 2004
"Rising seas, coastal development, over-population and loss
of mangroves and coral reefs make such natural disasters
more likely and deadly"
recent utterly tragic tsunami was caused by a natural earthquake,but
worsened by human activities. The reactionary anti-Earth right has
been quoted several times in recent days as saying
it was only a matter of time
until environmentalists blamed the catastrophe on global warming and
other environmental causes. Well here goes...