Friday, December 31, 2004

2004's Last Shout 

Kamalvathi undergoes treatment in Cuddalore, south of the Indian city of Chennai. Photo: Reuters (Sydney Morning Herald)

Some ways we can make ourselves useful - places you can donate money:

UNICEF, Oxfam, Cafod, Christian Aid, Red Cross, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Save The Children

US government stingiest donor among rich countries to emergency relief - Boston Globe

British public forces government to be more generous

"I just about went through the roof when I heard them bragging about $35m. We spend $35m before breakfast in Iraq." Senator Patrick Leahy (on the war in Iraq, to be specific)

Western tourists given priority over Asian victims - USA Today

US Geographical Society says warning system would have saved most lives

UN official laments neglect of the poor by wealthy countries, stands by criticisms

Towns found flattened in Sumatra - Washington Post

World helps - but will it forget? - BBC Online

The World Revolution - Excellent news coverage of Tsunami disaster

Happy new year everyone... Best wishes in the world, Alex Higgins (respond_alexblog@yahoo.co.uk) London, England

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