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Climate-Related Severe Weather Made 2011 Costliest Year on Record: Reports Last Updated on 2012-01-06 00:00:00 2011 Disasters Make it Costliest Year on Record Though it would be impossible to calculate the full financial cost of a rapidly warming world or asign perfect blame to the cause of any one specific weather event, that should not keep - and has not kept - some assessors of risk to try. And though private insurance companies in the United States have remained "eerily" quiet on the subject of climate change, their counterparts in Europe have been looking more closely at some of the data. (Source: Munich RE) Live Insurance News, an online insurance industry publication, reports: 2011 has become widely recognized in the insurance industry as the costliest year in recent history in regards to natural disasters. While estimates varying regarding the total cost of disasters, Munich Re, a reinsurance and risk modeling organization, claims that 2011 generated more... More »
Global Healing Rally protests Assassination of Shabaz Bhatti Last Updated on 2011-03-08 00:00:00 The new Global Healing program in Pakistan had barely begun when two assassinations took place in Pakistan related to blasphemy laws. The first was on January 5th when the Pakistani Governor Taseer, was killed by his own security detail Last week Mr. Shabaz Bhaitti, the only christian member of the Pakistani Parliament, was assassinated for his opposition to Pakistan's blasphemey laws.  Taliban groups claimed responsibility for the killing.   The Global Healing sponsored rally on March 6th, 2011, strongly condemned the assassination.  The rally called on the public to resist these acts of terror and promote an atmosphere of more tolerance and acceptance in Pakistan. The event was held in the Punjab Province of Pakistan and attracted more than 5000 people from 9 Villages in the District to the event. The program was co-sponsored by Global Healing and the United... More »
US Republican lawmakers taking aim at UN Last Updated on 2011-01-25 00:00:00 WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly empowered Republican lawmakers are taking their first shots at the United Nations, depicting it as bloated and ineffective as they seek to cut U.S. funding for the world body. On Tuesday, a House of Representatives panel aired criticisms of the U.N. at a briefing expected to prescribe congressional action. Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs committee, is seeking cuts and has introduced a bill intended to pressure the United Nations to change the way it operates and to make dues voluntary. She also is promising investigations into possible corruption and mismanagement. "U.S. policy on the United Nations should be based on three fundamental questions: Are we advancing American interests? Are we upholding American values? Are we being responsible stewards of American taxpayer dollars?" she said in a... More »
UN relief effort picks up pace after deadly Haiti quake Last Updated on 2010-01-16 00:00:00 UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations is scaling up its assistance to victims of Haiti's catastrophic earthquake, as the acting top UN envoy to the impoverished Caribbean nation has taken up his duties on the ground and has started the task of coordinating the relief effort, UN officials said here Friday. The 7.0 magnitude tremors which struck Haiti -- the Western Hemisphere's poorest country -- on Tuesday are estimated to have affected one third of the nation's nine million people.  While no official figures are available yet on the dead or injured, the death toll is expected to be high. The earthquake has devastated the capital, Port-au-Prince, wrecking buildings and leaving basic services on the brink of collapse. "Past disaster response experience has shown that effective coordination is vital if the right help is to reach the most vulnerable in time,"... More »
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