"The Ruby Ape: A Deadly Storm and a Lethal Regime"

A new essay about Burma's Cyclone Nargis aftermath by Project Maje director Edith Mirante (author of "Burmese Looking Glass" and "Down the Rat Hole") has been published by Guernica Magazine, an online journal of politics and culture.
"The Ruby Ape: A Deadly Storm and a Lethal Regime" includes the Burmese political context, petroleum multinationals, the Irish Potato Famine, disaster photography, Bernard Kouchner, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Oscar Wilde's mother.
It is in two parts:
Part 1: http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/709/edith_mirante_the_ruby_ape_a_d/
Part 2: http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/710/edith_mirante_the_ruby_ape_a_d_1/