I think hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope.
Ursla Le Guin (1929-2018)
National Book Foundation speech, 2014
This Week in History:
September 22nd - 27th
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What the BBC ignored:
September 22 - 1990: Iraq invades Iran.
September 22 - 1993: A Transair Georgian Airlines Tu-154 is shot down by a missile in Sukhumi, Georgia killing 108 of the 132 people on board.
September 22 - 1995: The Nagerkovil school bombing is carried out by the Sri Lanka Air Force in which at least 34 die, most of them ethnic Tamil schoolchildren.
September 23 - 1983: Gulf Air Flight 771 is destroyed by a bomb, killing all 117 people on board.
September 23 - 2002: The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox ("Phoenix 0.1") is released.
September 23 - 2004: Over 3,000 people die in Haiti after Hurricane Jeanne produces massive flooding and mudslides.
September 24 - 1976: The Chinchaga fire in western Canada becomes the largest recorded fire in North American history, sending smoke all the way to Europe.
September 24 - 1960: USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is launched.
September 24 - 2013: A 7.7-magnitude earthquake strikes Balochistan in southern Pakistan, killing at least 327 people.
September 25 - 1962: The People's Democratic Republic of Algeria is formally proclaimed. Ferhat Abbas is elected President of the provisional government.
September 25 - 2003: The 8.3 Mw Hokkaidō earthquake, the strongest in 2003, strikes just offshore Hokkaidō, Japan.
September 26 - 2000: Anti-globalization protests in Prague with some 20,000 protesters turn violent during the IMF and World Bank summits.
September 26 - 2002: The overcrowded Senegalese ferry, MV Le Joola, capsizes off the coast of the Gambia killing more than 1,000.
September 27 - 1959: Typhoon Vera kills nearly 5,000 people in Japan.
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