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LA Times (January 11)

2018/ 01/ 13 by jd in Global News

California must “break the terrifying pattern of fire and flood….Water and fire can be a lethal combination,” but there is a way forward. “Taxing ourselves to create more open space in the foothills will not stop fires from erupting or rain from falling. It will give city and county planners a powerful tool by which to restrain growth, offer burned-out homeowners a safer option than rebuilding in fire zones, and give those living downhill in the path of the slides some much-needed breathing room.”


Detroit Free Press (July 19)

2013/ 07/ 20 by jd in Global News

Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy, hoping to escape nearly $20 billion in debt. “The word bankruptcy provokes an intense emotional response. Instinctively, many Detroiters feel the news is horrible and is synonymous with defeat. Fear kicks in as we envision our city being shut down and sold for scrap…. In fact, it is the exact lifeline we need to unshackle our town from the mismanagement, corruption and incompetence of the past in order to get on with the real work of rebuilding Detroit.”


Financial Times (November 11)

2012/ 11/ 13 by jd in Global News

According to preliminary figures released by Japan’s Cabinet Office, the domestic economy contracted by 0.9% during the July to September period, amid falling exports and dwindling stimulus from rebuilding efforts. “As many economic indicators have deteriorated further since September, it seems likely that the country has entered its fifth technical recession – two consecutive quarters of contraction – of the past 15 years.”


Financial Times (March 15)

2011/ 03/ 16 by jd in Global News

Can anything good come of Japan’s disaster? Martin Wolf dismisses fears that rebuilding will financially strap the government of Japan. In fact, the rebuilding effort may provide the focus to jumpstart a country that’s been floundering for decades. “It is in adversity that a country shows its mettle. The Japanese will surely do just that, on this occasion. It is for the leaders to match the mettle of the people. If they are able to do so, out of a great disaster may yet come a rebirth.”