disasters

2010智利地震后无产者互助 灾难、资本主义和无能政府之下的自我救赎

Chile earthquake 2010

我们这些无名之辈(被剥削的人、邻居、父母)持续地被禁锢在暗淡无光的生活中,但是,我们已经准备好和我们同样绝望的人建立联系。

Hiroshima: The atomic hecatomb

Ground zero of the Hiroshima explosion

Letter from a Japanese anarchist about the Hiroshima bombing, and the response of self-organisation and mutual aid from the local population following the explosion.

The Monopoly board of the city: Grenfell Tower - where was the HCA, government housing regulator??

Person trapped in Grenfell Tower

The Homes & Community Agency(HCA) is the UK state regulatory body for social housing; its job is to monitor the performance, finances and provision of services of landlords. Missing from the media coverage of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster so far is any discussion of what relation the HCA has to this horror story of corporate murder. Given the years of complaints from Grenfell tenants(1) about their landlord the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation(KCTMO)(2), we can reasonably ask why the HCA never stepped in to investigate the terrible tenant-landlord relationship and the many fire safety complaints tenants had flagged up repeatedly before the fire broke out.

Smothered by regeneration: the Grenfell Tower fire

Grenfell Tower fire

Tenants at Grenfell Tower repeatedly warned the council and its management organisation about fire safety risks before a deadly blaze engulfed the 24-storey residential tower block.

Night of the gas: Bhopal India

Images of some of the victims

Article on the worst industrial disaster in the world, the gas leak at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal India. The leak, caused by non existent safety operations would kill or mutilate over 25,000 people and continues to poison the area and the population to this day.

Break the silence on Azerbaijan oil workers' deaths

Flowers on the Caspian shore

In Azerbaijan, oil workers and their families are demanding answers about offshore safety standards, but the authorities have stayed silent for nine months about the causes of a disaster that killed 31 people

The Monongah mining disaster, 1907 - Steven Johns

Picture of rescuers outside mine number 6

A short account of the worst mining disaster in US history, which killed over 360 mostly Italian migrant workers and which was the inspiration for Father's Day events.

Port Chicago disaster and mutiny, 1944

Pier 1 after the explosion

A short history of the munitions explosion on 17 July, 1944 which killed 320 men, mostly African-Americans, and the African American servicemen who were then jailed for protesting against the dangerous conditions.

The Tianjin explosion: a tragedy of profit, corruption, and China's complicated transition

A detailed look at the background of the massive series of chemical explosions which rocked the port of Tianjin in China last week.

Throwing stones at progress - Miguel Amorós

A relentless denunciation of the concept of “progress”, tracing its ideological roots to Saint Augustine and then to Turgot, its use in the Enlightenment as a two-edged weapon of the rising bourgeoisie against the Ancien Régime, its golden age in the time of Comte, Darwin and Marx (reminding us that it was Marx who said, “every development in the means of new productive forces is at the same time a weapon against the workers”), its temporary eclipse amidst the world wars and genocide in the first half of the 20th century, and documenting its culmination as a philistine “password”, “myth” and “alibi” for generating conformist submission to technological disaster.