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Does Japan need your donation?

Many aid bloggers and journalists are doing a good job communicating a nuanced message about how to respond to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. From Stephanie Strom, writing in the New York Times: The Japanese Red Cross…has said repeatedly since the day after the earthquake that it does not want or need outside[.....]

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Here’s the real story on Twitter for earthquake relief

See this brilliant analysis.

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Who is best qualified to help Haiti? Why not the Haitian diaspora?

Toronto Globe and Mail columist Margaret Wente: Who can offer the most help to the desperate children of Haiti? Is it Bill Clinton, Jeffrey Sachs, the World Bank or the UN? Is it the many experts who are calling for a Marshall Plan to “fix” Haiti once and for all, or the donor nations that[.....]

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Links for Chile earthquake

@chrissiy: links for Chile mapping response including Google tools, @Ushahidi http://bit.ly/b80EvW @saundra_s Latest Post: Chile may not need or want foreign assistance http://bit.ly/cLct9C @AidNews Chile earthquake: Emergency funds released http://dlvr.it/3mL5 @AidNews PHOTOS: Massive quake hits Chile http://dlvr.it/3lwR @dfid_uk #Chile #earthquake : A #DFID assessment team is on standby. We remain ready to provide humanitarian support if[.....]

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Analyzing We are the World for Haiti as a Music Critic and Aid Critic

Even aid critics have their sentimental side. I confess I was genuinely moved watching this video, which has been viewed more than 13 million times on YouTube. The video is very inspiring and well done. It made me let myself go and be carried along by the idealism and hope. Unfortunately, my kids would like to point out that[.....]

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TWOFER: Here’s how Haitians can rescue the US from its budget crisis and save themselves

In 2001, I published an obscure paper that concluded “Econometric tests and fiscal solvency accounting confirm the important role of growth in debt crises.” Based on this, I can now say that Haitians can rescue the US from an impending budget crisis. The crisis is already severe, with previously unthinkable warnings that US government bonds might[.....]

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Quake an opportunity for foreigners to “get Haiti right”? Aid “shock doctrine”?

NEIL MacFARQUHAR in a good NYT story this morning  (self-promotion alert: I am quoted in the story) notes all the discussion that the quake is an opportunity to sort out all the problems of long-run Haitian development. But an opportunity for whom? Apparently for foreigners. The story mentions some of the proposals for foreign intervention:[.....]

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We’re shocked to discover Jessica Simpson doesn’t read our blog

Click here to watch the video. Click here to read our blog post (by guest blogger Alanna Shaikh), just one of many pieces out there trying to give people good advice on the best ways to help in Haiti (HINT: NOT by sending them your old shoes.)

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The vacuous top and the resourceful bottom in the Haiti crisis

Meeting about Haiti in Montreal on Monday, representatives from 14 donor countries and the European Union came together and committed to a detailed, specific, well-coordinated plan … to come up with a plan. Chairman of the Conference, Canada’s Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon: We have a shared vision on the way forward, one plan that ties[.....]

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Bill Clinton for President…of Haiti?

The Economist leader on Haiti: investment {should}  be targeted on infrastructure, basic services and combating soil erosion to make farmers more productive and the country less vulnerable to hurricanes. The pressing question is who should do it and how. Haiti’s government is in no position to take charge, yet the country needs a strong government to put[.....]

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