May 2008 Entries
If you haven't seen the YouTube video, it's pretty clear that Sharon Stone has made a wise choice in not pursuing a career in politics.
7,000 classrooms collapsed during China's May 12 earthquake, taking the lives of at least 10,000 children, most of whom were only children.
This little baby, resting peacefully in the arms of a rescue worker, is one of the estimated 5498 children that have been orphaned by China's brutal May 12 earthquake.
Hundreds of thousands throughout China continue to help the earthquake's rescue efforts, but it's still an uphill battle for relief workers.
Every bride wants the details of her wedding to be perfect, from the dress to the flowers, but no bride could have predicted this:
It can be difficult to respond to a disaster as significant as China's Sichuan earthquake. The devastation is staggering- over 51,000 confirmed dead, 5 million people homeless, and hundreds of thousands injured, which can make us feel powerless.
Houston Rockets star Yao Ming might be in the U.S. recovering from a foot injury, but his heart is in China with the victims of the earthquake.
It's been over a week since an earthquake devastated China's Sichuan Province, leaving over seventy thousand dead, missing, or buried in the rubble. More than forty thousand have lost their lives, but many parents have lost something they consider even more precious: their only children.
One week ago, three extremely violent minutes struck a devastating blow to the world's most populous nation. Today, at 2:28 pm, exactly one week after the event, 1.3 billion people nationwide stopped for three minutes to commemorate their collective loss.
Recovering from a major disaster is no easy task. According to the latest numbers, a staggering 71,000 have been reported buried, missing or dead, though the official death count is now 34,073.
It's full-steam ahead for China's relief efforts, and hundreds of thousands throughout the country are aiding with the rescue efforts. For the first time ever, China has invited foreign countries to help with its rescue efforts, and teams from Russia, South Korea, Singapore, and Japan will be sending planes and aiding in the relief
It can be easier to process tragedies like the earthquake in China's Sichuan Province if we only look at the hard numbers, rather than seeing the actual destruction. Authorities estimate that about 50,000 people will have died from the earthquake, and millions of homes have been destroyed.
"You don’t really feel the intensity unless you really experience one. It’s sort of like your life, in a split second, you are chosen to live or to be dead, in a split second. That goes right through your mind. It’s like that." - Lin Xu
The death toll from one of China's most powerful earthquakes now stands at a staggering 12,000, and the numbers keep rising. Several government and relief workers are providing assistance to the needy, but with tens of thousands injured, they have a daunting task ahead of them.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this video of some of the earthquake's damage in China's Sichuan Province is quite powerful. Originally from a Chinese newscast, it shows a small picture of the overall damage from this massive earthquake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale.
China's strongest earthquake in 32 years has dealt its Sichuan Province a devastating blow, killing at least 8,700 people in the surrounding area.
It almost seems too surreal to be true- I'm eating decadent dim sum, listening to the smooth Mandarin of my Beijing-born table companion telling me about his ten years of living in Europe. The odd thing about this interaction, is that I could be having this conversation on just about every continent on earth, from Africa to Australia, but here I am, at Seattle's Jade Garden Restaurant.
The Olympic torch relay hasn't been without its fair share of challenges, but none was as physically strenuous as what it endured earlier today. After a steady six-hour climb from the base camp, a 19-member team reached the top of the world, literally, atop Mount Everest.
From SARs to bird flu, China's had its fair share of medical scares. Now a new outbreak of hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) has caused a new wave of panic nationwide. Nationwide, nearly seventeen thousand children have been diagnosed with this highly contagious disease this year, and 28 have died from it, according to the latest numbers.
You don't normally think of Communist Party members as people who big proponents of religious media, but a new analysis shows that China's government officials are more interested in access to religious media than any other occupational group.
It's not every day the Chinese and Dalai Lama leadership come to an agreement, but Sunday's talks between the two parties did produce a tangible result: a second round of talks. Whether or not these talks will prove fruitful remains to be seen.
Yesterday's Capitol Hill press conference was like many others I've attended, with politicians and activists are flanked by a sea of brightly-colored signs and photos. The speakers, from countries like China, Sudan, North Korea, and the U.S. had one primary goal: to expose China as the greatest enabler of human rights abuses worldwide.
With all of the significant global events right now, you would think that something of severe gravity, like the potential food shortage, rising gas prices, or falling dollar would dominate water cooler discussions. But for much of the American media, these issues have taken a backseat to another issue: Miley Cyrus aka Hannah Montana's photo spread in Vanity Fair.