The deeper evidence about this event won’t be found in the train’s black box, or by questioning the one engineer who left the train before it loosened and careened unmanned into the heart of this tiny town. For that you’ll have to look at how Lac-Mégantic was hit by a perfect storm of greed, deregulation and an extreme energy rush driving companies to ever greater gambles with the environment and human life.
Ala, 13, sits in his wheelchair, shifting uncomfortably from side to side. His father lies on a bed next to him. He looks worn. The skin under his eyes sags. There are four other children in the room, all of them recovering from injuries caused by bombs dropped by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Unlike many of the patients in the makeshift rehabilitation center in Reyhanli, Turkey, Ala has all of his limbs.
News reports in Quebec indicated that the missing included parents who had been listening to a concert at Musi-Café but never returned to their young children.
A bullet hits him through the window, and he falls to the floor. As he falls, his feet hit the door, shutting it.
This is better than the movies.
In Vancouver’s Eastside, you can buy foie gras just blocks from where residents can safely use drugs. Why the contrast? A city strategy called “social mix” is hoping to merge the rich and poor through development and shared housing. But instead of a happy coexisting community, there have been protests, theft and vandalism. While tensions have reached a boiling point, this issue is not limited to Vancouver. Gentrification can be seen in just about any major city all the way from Rio to Hong Kong. So as the world continues to grow, how can a neighborhood also grow without class warfare? Is it possible for everyone to just get along?
Americans face a one in 3.5 million chance of being killed in a terrorist attack, but a one in 22,000 chance of being murdered.
I’m glad we Americans have our priorities straight.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Niyazov found himself at the helm of an independent nation and a cult of personality. Gas revenues funded a descent into an increasingly bizarre dictatorship — dogs were banned, hospitals and libraries were closed outside of the capital, and months of the year were renamed after members of his family. (via The City of White Marble: Ashgabat, Turkmenistan - In Focus - The Atlantic)