[lit-ideas] Re: Priorities

  • From: Judy Evans <judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2004 19:32:32 +0000

Donations -- I see the NYT has a list, with links

Judy

Wednesday, December 29, 2004, 7:14:57 PM, you wrote:

JE> Wednesday, December 29, 2004, 6:29:36 PM, Veronica Caley wrote:

VC>> I read several of these articles including the one you cite.  This news
VC>> source does not seem to be anything like an objective news outlet, but
VC>> rather another arm of right wing propaganda machine, therefore I give i=
JE> t no
VC>> credence.

JE> Thank you, Veronica; I have now looked at the site more closely -- yes
JE> -- at first very sleepy glance I thought I was looking at a standard
JE> news site...

VC>> Re the UN comment, out of order and undiplomatic.

JE> I think it's worth looking at what Jan Egeland actually said:

>>The second stage is for medium and long term help. The UN is holding
>> a conference next month to discuss the next steps following
>> this disaster. Already the UN's emergency co-coordinator
>>  Jan Egeland has said this might be the worst natural disaster ever.
>> That implies the need for unusually large contributions.

>>He is also complaining that rich countries are not giving enough to the
>> poor anyway. "It is beyond me why we are so stingy. Really. Christmas
>> time should remind many Western countries at least, how rich we have beco=
JE> me," he said.

>>"There are several donors who are less generous than before in a growing w=
JE> orld economy."

>>He suggested that governments "believe that they are really burdening
>>the taxpayers too much, and the taxpayers want to give less.
>> It's not true. They want to give more."

JE> http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4130127.stm

VC>>  Concerning how much US
VC>> government will contribute to Asian relief?  Who knows?  Mr. Bush's tac=
JE> tic
VC>> for several years is to mandate programs, offer money to pay for it and
VC>> then greatly reduce it. =20


JE> I think perhaps I'd best be no comment... -- I do have a plea. Both
JE> the US and the UK rely on citizens giving money (of course Bush has
JE> actually admitted this) but that shouldn;t stop peopke who feel they
JE> can give something, doing so. Our Disasters' Emergency Committee,
JE> having raised more than =A340 million for the Sudan, has now launched a
JE> Tsunami Appeal. They already have $5 million - since yesterday and the
JE> appeal hasn't really started -- but, well, the more the better.
JE> Their web page is a bit shaky at the moment (they've had to change it fast)
JE> and I think a lot of people are trying to access it -- still, here it is:


JE> http://www.dec.org.uk/

JE> or people might prefer to give to Medecins Sans Frontieres --
JE> particularly people outside the UK -- they are
JE> already there and will be sending more teams

JE> www.msf.org/

JE> and

JE> www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

JE> NB their web pages are also shaky, too many people are trying to
JE> access them


JE> Judy




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