Work in environmental journalism for very long and you can eventually become inured to catastrophe.
South Lebanon Sunday witnessed its deadliest day since the month-long Israel-Hizballah 2006 war when 10 Palestinian demonstrators were reported shot dead and another 112 wounded as Israeli troops opened fire on protests along the border fence. The casualties came as a massive crowd of Palestinians gathered at Maroun er Ras, a small hilltop village overlooking the border with Israel, to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the Nakba, or Catastrophe, when the state of Israel was established.
Virtues, like viruses, have their seasons of contagion. When catastrophe strikes, generosity spikes like a fever
Apart from some miracle rescues, Japan has seen little good news in the month since catastrophe struck.
The news from Japan continues to be grim.
The Japanese tsunami swept the Libyan civil war out of the news, just as the violence in Libya swept the far more consequential Egyptian revolution out of the news before it.
While authorities in Japan work desperately to prevent a nuclear catastrophe, on the other side of the world in Germany, Angela Merkel is facing the political fallout.
Another earthquake struck near the Samoan islands, an area already devastated by earthquake and tsunami damage.