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December 7, 2014 No Comments

In the Philippines, super typhoons are ‘the new normal’

Many here in the Philippines feared the very worst as Typhoon Hagupit roared off the Pacific but it now appears that communities lying in the storm’s path will avoid widespread destruction, severe flooding – and ultimately – high casualty numbers.

While details are scarce, information has started to trickle through from communities in the eastern part of the country, with officials reporting terrifying winds and damage to housing in some places.

However, there does not seem to have been a repeat of the deadly storm surge which followed Typhoon Haiyan last year – and for the people of the Philippines, that’s good news.

Here in the city of Legazpi, the wind is screeching through the air as the eye of the storm passes some 70 km from here. What’s more, rough seas are now threatening to flood neighbourhoods situated closest to the water – but the governor of this region seemed to be taking it all in his stride when I grabbed him for a chat.

“Hey,” shrugged Joey Salceda, “this is the new normal in this part of the world”. He’s not happy about it of course: the city was supposed to host a major inter-governmental conference starting tomorrow but the event that has now been moved to the capital Manila. (more…)

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December 6, 2014 1 Comment

Memories of Haiyan as Philippines braces itself for super typhoon Hagupit

Like most people in the Philippines, we are waiting with some anxiety for the great collision – the moment when super typhoon Hagupit makes landfall on the archipelago’s eastern

November 22, 2014 1 Comment

Escaping China: the perilous journey of the Uighurs

Nearly 300 Uighurs have been found sitting in silence on a mountain in Thailand. Asia correspondent John Sparks investigates and traces the escape route of thousands of Uighurs desperate to flee

November 21, 2014 4 Comments

What’s a political awakening worth? #OccupyCentral protests near end

As the protest numbers dwindle, it’s time to take stock. If the demonstrators decide to pack up their tents, what will they have to show for their efforts?

November 19, 2014 5 Comments

‘Triads’ behind spike in Hong Kong protest violence, gang leader claims

A senior member of a one of Hong Kong’s notorious gangs tells Channel 4 News triad members receive money to disrupt the protest movement and the police do not try to stop them.

Hong Kong protests at a crossroads as authorities close in

Few people think the territory’s leaders – or their Chinese overlords in Beijing – are going to sit down and cut a deal with the protestors, but Hong Kong has changed.

November 18, 2014 2 Comments

Hong Kong: last stand for the student protesters?

Pro-democracy supporters struck camp in Hong Kong 52 days ago and have built themselves a village. Bailiffs have turned up to help with the government’s new “removal

October 17, 2014 No Comments

Hong Kong protests: ready for talk, nothing to talk about

We saw both two sides of Hong Kong’s intractable political crisis through the steely eyes of the protagonists yesterday afternoon.

October 14, 2014 No Comments

Hong Kong: barricades fall but expectations raised

They tried to force them out with tear gas. They tried to scare them out with talk of ‘dire consequences’. Now Hong Kong’s police have quietly moved in to strip away

October 6, 2014 No Comments

The powerful art behind Hong Kong’s protests

The main protest site in Hong Kong occupies a large inner-city motorway as well as side streets, bridges and squares and it has been turned into an extraordinary, open-air art gallery.