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[dropcap letter="A"]nderson Cooper's initial impression of Typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan relief efforts have dominated local online discussions about how the Philippine Government has reacted to the natural disaster. Yet the CNN journalist's coverage is just one of the many stories or angles pushed forward by the international media. Here are 8 more:

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What About Us? A Well-Prepared Yet Devastated Northern Cebu Town Asks


"The people of Medellin [in Northern Cebu] were well prepared when Haiyan hit, now they feel they are punished for their alertness."

-Step Vaessen, Al Jazeera correspondent

 

"I think it would also be unfair just because there are a lot of deaths that occurred in Tacloban, that focus should be in Tacloban, not on Northern Cebu. Which as you can see, whatever the conditions are in Tacloban right now, it's the same here with us."

-Medellin Mayor Ricky Ramirez

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Even Before Haiyan, The Worldwide Humanitarian Community Was Already Overstretched


“There are children starving in the Sahel; you look at Syria every day,” he said. “We are chronically underfunded as a humanitarian community, and then when these natural disasters hit us suddenly, we don’t also have the logistical or the supplies to hand.”

-John Ging, director of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

 

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Yolanda is an Unfortunate Chance for the US to Shine


“The tragedy here is unfortunately an opportunity for us to show what we can do.”

-Michael Auslin, an expert on Asian politics and security issues at the American Enterprise Institute

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“The UN came to Haiti and left behind a disaster. Let's hope they don't do the same after Typhoon Haiyan”



“Instead of handing out the stuff out to people who needed it in [after the 2010 Haiti Earthquake], the entire consignment was unloaded at a primary school and left in the care of a “committee” of a dozen city councillors and sundry other worthies. What they did with it is anyone’s guess. Even if they weren’t minded to steal everything, the idea that this collection of local potentates had the transport and logistics to hand it all out was obviously absurd. Nonetheless, at the briefing the following morning, a UN spokesman proudly announced that enough aid for 25,000 people had been delivered.”


-David Blair, Chief Foreign Correspondent of the Daily Telegraph

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Even $1 Billion Donations from US Households Might Not be Enough


“Donations started quite slow, but driven by media coverage, it's really picked up.”

-Bruce Guenther, The Mennonite Central Committee Disaster Response Director

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Step Up, China!


"Many Chinese feel that more should be done to help the Philippines. The Chinese Red Cross has committed $100,000 of its own in disaster relief for Haiyan, and a Nov. 12 editorial in the Global Times, a Chinese Communist Party–linked daily, said 'as a responsible power' China should 'participate in relief operations to assist a disaster-stricken neighboring country, no matter whether it’s friendly or not.'"

-China to Philippines: Here, Have a Measly $100,000 in Aid, Time.com

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The Philippines Wasn’t Ready Because of Its Political System


“Owing to the country's remarkable diversity -- more than 100 languages are spoken, including eight recognized regional languages -- local and provincial governments can have a degree of autonomy. That helps with political stability, but it makes it tougher for the central government to push through big infrastructure development, or to organize a national response once disaster strikes.”

-Max Fisher, Washington Post foreign affairs blogger

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We Need to Address Climate Change Now



We can take two greater lessons from the horror of Typhoon Haiyan. One, the tragedy that has touched the Philippines today could have happened anywhere on this troubled planet. Two, this is but a foretaste of the misery we will call down upon ourselves if we fail to muster the kind of resolve that Winston Churchill did when called to lead his nation to victory. How will we succeed? By pursuing a 100 percent clean energy future "with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us."


-Michael Brune, Executive Director, The Sierra Club and Huffington Post contributor

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Rico Mossesgeld

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