Friday, September 02, 2005

Katrina in the News

A good friend of mine send me this BBC compilation of quotes on Hurricane Katrina. Taipei's Taiwan News “New Orleans may go down in history as the first major city in an advanced country to be lost to the process of global warming... We sincerely hope that the Bush administration will take the call from Hurricane Katrina and reconsider its energy and environmental policies and replace ostrich-like escapism with leadership in the global effort to deal with the crisis of global climatic change.” Hong Kong's Ta Kung Pao “This Katrina hurricane is a 'warning' by God over President Bush's reactionary behavior on the Kyoto Protocol. The US government should wake up from this big disaster, truly take up its responsibilities as a great nation, and become the forerunner in protecting the global climate.” China's Renmin Wang “This hurricane disaster, while bringing huge harm to human resources and property for the residents of New Orleans, has also provided a rare opportunity for the White House to regain extensive popular support... the losses are far greater than in the 9/11 terrorist attack, therefore 'Katrina' has brought a most arduous test for Bush.” Denmark's Kristeligt Dagblad “Every natural disaster comes in two waves. First the wind and rain arrives, then the political storm.” France's Le Monde “The disaster could become a trump card for the White House if it allows the Iraq war and its opponents to fade into the background.” Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung “But if he [Bush] fails to get a grip on the chaos within a few days, his words could become his undoing.” Germany's Die Tageszeitung “The fast and safe evacuation was white, leaving behind poor black people, as if time had stood still between the racial unrest of the sixties and today.” Prague's Hospodarske Noviny “Not even the monstrous Katrina will drag the USA into recession.” Romania's Gardianul “Bush's desperate efforts to redress the situation did not stop the virulent criticism aimed at his 'indifference'... on the first day of the hurricane [he] was still on holiday.” Palestinian Al-Hayat al-Jadidah “We sympathize with the American people in their predicament after Hurricane Katrina. But the real hurricane is the Iraqi resistance that does not target innocent [Americans]. “ Australia's The Sydney Morning Herald “Though its death toll is much lower [than the Asian tsunami], in one respect Katrina may be more shocking: the possibility that human activity contributed to the hurricane's strength... Even small changes in temperature can produce disproportionately large weather events.” South Africa's Mercury “There must be truth to the adage that when the United States of America sneezes, the whole world will catch its cold.” El Salvador El Diario de Hoy “It is difficult to make light of one fact: that climate changes are at play, which are causing increasingly violent events... Katrina was just a warning.” Tags [] [] []


karim said...

the good friend of yazan is me. Just so people don't think this is my compilation, it's bbc's check

Yazan Malakha said...

Thanks for pointing that out Karim.