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May 13, 2012

Could Haiti’s humanitarian crisis be solved with gold?

  • problem Haiti, which has long struggled with a far-reaching inability to support itself after a major earthquake, has millions of residents who live on as little as $1.25 per day. Its government has a budget of just $1 billion per year — for the entire country.
  • solution One of the side effects of being in an earthquake zone? Lots of precious minerals in the ground. (See California, Chile.) Recently, they found a ton of gold in Haiti and the neighboring Dominican Republic. How much? Potentially $20 billion. Wow. source

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March 11, 2011
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March 2, 2011

David Cameron steps up British efforts to help out in Libya

  • last week The British government faced criticism over the speed in which it got its own people out of a very volatile situation in Libya. Rescue planes only came to oil fields days after the crisis started.
  • this week As a sign in contrasts, David Cameron is now planning on evacuating 6,000 Egyptians from the border of Libya and Tunisia. The decision caught British officials off guard with its speed. source
10:43 // 3 years ago
February 23, 2011

Gaddafi’s loosening grip: More Libyan cities out of his control

In some Libyan cities, Muammar Gaddafi’s security forces are nowhere to be seen. Al Jazeera is reporting that many Libyan cities, especially in the Eastern part of the country, protesters are in control. “All along the border,” said correspondent Hoda Abdel-Hamid, ”we didn’t see one policeman, we didn’t see one soldier and people here told us they [security forces] have all fled or are in hiding and that the people are now in charge, meaning all the way from the border, Tobruk, and then all the way up to Benghazi.” Gaddafi still plans to quash this uprising, however, but based on reports it’ll be an uphill battle at best. source

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10:58 // 3 years ago
February 22, 2011

European Union: Libya’s humanitarian aid network very limited

  • bad The violence in Libya has been extremely severe over the past few days, with hundreds dead and many more wounded. It’s a nation that seriously needs help.
  • worse Unfortunately, organizations like the European and the Libyan Red Crescent Society say that there’s a limited aid network to help the wounded. Sigh. source

» What can you do to help? Well, considering that the Libyan Red Crescent site is down, we’ll suggest instead that you check out the numerous resources at Tumblr Aid, as well as Libyan awareness group, which has set up a fund to help fund relief efforts.

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22:21 // 3 years ago