The unrest in Tunisia and Libya have turned Lampedusa into a makeshift Ellis Island. Several thousand have arrived from Tunisia, and there's a growing wave from Libya. No one knows when they'll be allowed to leave, or who will accept them.
Over the years, we have seen a marked increase in the focus on accountability in what is now a $10 billion a year industry. But there is no systematic approach to assessing humanitarian operations through the eyes of recipients.
No one knows where Haiti is headed, but the nation has survived other shock waves. The quake opened the next historical chapter, which began over two centuries ago when the black resistance made European empires tremble.