“Parliament has collapsed. The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed.”

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Thats the quote from Haitian President Rene Preval headlining the NYT right now, in wake of the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, yesterday.

If you have the means, and comparatively, you probably do, here is the best place to go to help: https://secure.oxfamamerica.org/site/Donation2?df_id=3560&3560.donation=form1

At a local level, the Campus Connection blog over at the Cap Times assures us that UW students in Haiti with the “Engineers Without Borders” program (which looks like a stellar idea) are all safe.

Nicholas Kristof probably explains why.

Poverty always hugely magnifies natural disasters. I saw this first in the terrible 1991 cyclone in Bangladesh that killed more than 100,000 people. The poorest people lived in marginal areas, such as flood plains, and in flimsy huts that were immediately washed away. So they were killed. Those who were better off lived on firmer land in sturdier homes…

The Achenblog at the Washington Post makes a convincing case for why the U.S. should do more than send aid and relief workers. It makes sense, both morally and fiscally.

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