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Why is aid to Pakistan so slow? Because we're bad at giving.

(7) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 4:13 PM

In the past few days, one of the biggest stories of the Pakistan flood crisis has been about donations--or the lack thereof. Indeed, donations from the Western world have been slow in coming so far--much slower than they were for the earthquake in Haiti earlier this year, or the Indian...

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The Oil Spill is Not Like Katrina

(7) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 9:24 AM

After weeks of being pushed by right-wing bloggers, the "Obama's Katrina" meme, comparing Deepwater Horizon to the 2005 hurricane, has finally made it all the way to the mainstream, with no less a liberal stalwart than Frank Rich using the phrase in his column title this past Sunday....

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Haiti Earthquake Shows Need for Disaster Mitigation

(8) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 2:55 AM

In 1755, a massive earthquake struck the city of Lisbon, Portugal, reducing much of the city to rubble and killing close to a third of the city's population. Yet as devastating as it was to Lisbon, the earthquake's effects reached far beyond the city's borders.

For Enlightenment philosophers, the...

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(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 2:20 AM

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