Daily Archives: February 19, 2016

USA | The Heartbreaking Irony of ‘Winter on Fire’

The Oscar-nominated documentary, like much Western coverage of Ukraine, presents the West with a mythical, whitewashed version of the Maidan “revolution.”

US Airstrikes Kill 38 Syrian Civilians Over 48 Hours

Strikes Targeted ISIS-Controlled Areas In and Around Hasakeh Province

by Jason Ditz, February 18, 2016
As reported Tuesday, an early morning US airstrike against the city of Shadadi killed 15 civilians outside a bakery. This incident was the start of a flurry of US airstrikes in Syria’s northeast which, over the past 48 hours, have left at least 38 civilians dead, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

El Niño passed peak, but UN weather agency warns ‘not to lower guard’ as impacts continue

18 February 2016 – The 2015-2016 El Niño, one of the strongest on record, has passed its peak, but its humanitarian and economic impacts will continue for many months to come, the United Nations weather agency has announced, adding that lessons learned from this climate phenomenon would help build global resilience to weather related hazards.