Mazen Ashkar

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Can natural disasters be politicized?

GOP Strategist Noelle Nikpour and the Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman join MSNBC’s Alex Witt for Sunday’s Strategy Talk. Jill talks about the interplay of politics and natural disasters. Noelle discusses the politicization of natural disasters in passing legislation. Noelle comments on NJ Governor …

Would You Prepare Your Home For A Disaster If It Were Tax Deductible?

Wherever you may stand on the climate change debate (cue the angry comments!), it’s undeniable that Mother Nature has grown a bit unpredictable in exacting her revenge for hairspray and Styrofoam. Superstorms in New Jersey. Mudslides in Colorado. Cyclones in India. But while we may not know where …

What Businesses Need to Know About Preparing, Coping and Recovering From Natural Disasters

<i>Editor's Note: One year after Hurricane Sandy laid waste to countless businesses and homes across the eastern seaboard, we take a look back at those dramatic few days. For more, check out all of our Sandy Anniversary coverage.</i><p>It's been one year to the day since Hurricane Sandy barreled across the …

U.S. natural disasters in 2013

Natural Disasters

Why we should stop calling them ‘natural’ disasters

The list of natural disasters includes drought and water shortages, wildfires, floods and tsunamis, landslides, thunderstorms, hail and lighting, …

Mudslides

Ethiopia enlists help of forest communities to reverse deforestation

When the Ethiopian government realised that outright bans on cutting down trees failed to stop deforestation, it instead turned to a strategy based on enlisting the help of forest communities.<p>The first participatory forest management (PFM) schemes were piloted 15 years ago. Based on signs of …

Breaking the link between palm oil and deforestation

Tighter standards are needed to help companies go further in efforts to stop deforestation and woodland fires in Indonesia<p>Every summer for the past couple of decades, a thick cloud of smoke has swept through parts of south-east Asia. Originating from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the forest …

Biodiversity

Amazon deforestation increased by one-third in past year

Satellite analysis reveals that since 2000 an area equal to 50 football pitches has been destroyed every minute since 2000<p>Destruction of the Amazon rainforest has increased by almost one-third in the past year, reversing a decade-long trend of better protection for the world's greatest …

Wilmar's 'no deforestation' commitment could revolutionise the way food is grown

After years of lobbying the world's largest palm oil company has promised to end deforestation and exploitation - will it set a new threshold for responsible food production?<p>In the very late hours of what had been a long Singapore day, on 5 December 2013, global palm oil giant Wilmar quietly posted …

Sustainability

Tree-Inspired Pole House Has a Minimal Footprint to Stop Deforestation

Inspired by the mighty tree, Danish architect, Konrad Wójcik created an uplifting vision of a small, A-frame like cabin with a minimal footprint. …

The Unbearable Whiteness of Marijuana Legalization

<i>This article originally appeared at In These Times, and is reprinted here with their permission.</i><p>More than half of all drug arrestsare for …

Ten US Air Force officers investigated over drugs

<b>The US Air Force is now investigating 10 officers at six military bases for alleged illegal drug possession, service officials report.</b><p>Nine lieutenants and a captain at bases in the US and Britain have been implicated in the investigation.<p>Two nuclear launch control officers at Malmstrom Air Force …

Military

'It is time to end the war on drugs', says top UK police chief

One of England's most senior police officers has called for class-A drugs to be decriminalised and for the policy of outright prohibition to be radically revised.<p>In a dramatic move that will reignite the debate over the so-called war on drugs, Mike Barton, Durham's chief constable, has suggested …

Chris Leben: "I Spent Most of My Money on Drugs"

Link to Media<p>Chris Leben has been a controversial figure from the minute he stepped into <i>The Ultimate Fighter 1</i> house many years ago. He has continued to be a controversial figure even into his recent retirement.<p>In a recent post from mmaoddsbreaker.com, Leben spoke with fellow UFC vet Frank Trigg. …

Performance-Enhancing Drugs

China deploys 3,000 police, speedboats and helicopters in village drug raid

Police confiscate 3 tonnes of crystal meth and arrest 182 people working in clan-based drug industry in southern Guangdong village<p>Chinese authorities deployed helicopters, speedboats and paramilitary police to seize three tonnes of methamphetamine in a raid on a southern village notorious for …