Hello Warsaw, This Is Haiyan Calling

Foreign Policy in Focus

The super typhoon that just hit the Philippines should be a wake-up call for climate-change negotiators in Warsaw.


by Walden Bello

It seems these days that whenever Mother Nature wants to send an urgent message to humankind, it sends it via the Philippines. This year the messenger was Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda.

For the second year in a row, the world’s strongest typhoon barreled through the Philippines, Yolanda following on the footsteps steps of Pablo, a.k.a Bopha, in 2012.  And for the third year in a row, a destructive storm deviated from the usual path taken by typhoons, striking communities that had not learned to live with these fearsome weather events because they were seldom hit by them in the past. Sendong in December 2011 and Bopha last year sliced Mindanao horizontally, while Yolanda drove through the Visayas, also in a horizontal direction.
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After cease-fire, Congo’s bishops say much work remains before peace

GOMA, Congo (CNS) — The Catholic Church rejoiced at the end of a yearlong military campaign in North Kivu by the defeated rebels of the M23 movement, but made it clear that much remains to be done to consolidate that peace.

In Nov. 9 tour around areas held only days before by the rebels, Bishop Theophile Kaboyi Ruboneka of Goma called on citizens to work hard to consolidate a peace that was “acquired at the price of blood,” referring especially to the last offensive, which ended Nov. 5. “We are thankful to God that this nightmare has ended,” Bishop Kaboyi told the U.N.-run Radio Okapi. “Now, as we are condemned to live together, we must be reconciled.”
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