Two Thirds of Benin Under Water

Severe flooding hits Benin, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria.  Welcome to the next big humanitarian crisis.  But after Hait and Pakistan, will there be enough money for emergency relief for the region?

Super Typhoon Megi

One of the biggest storms in recent history pounded the Philippines today and is en route to southern China.  The United States is reportedly diverting military assets to the Philippines to help with humanitarian assistance and recovery efforts.

What the Chilean Miners Tell Us about the Limits of Compassion

Guest post from Harold Pollack:  It’s easy to get people to pay attention and to help 33 identified people who require a single dramatic rescue. It’s much harder to get the same level of attention and action when millions of people face larger, complicated, and chronic challenges after a mass disaster.

Humanity’s Biggest Achievement This Week

The Food and Agriculture Organization is confident that a cattle plague that ruined the lives and livelihoods of millions of people across centuries has been eliminated from the face of the earth.  Auf wiedersehen Rinderpest!