Middle East update: October 20 2017

IRAQ Iraqi forces took the last Kurdish-held district in Kirkuk province on Friday, following–and here’s where it gets bad–a three hour battle with Kurdish peshmerga. That’s the first fighting between the Iraqis and the Kurds since those skirmishes that took place during the Iraqis’ initial move into Kirkuk, and reports suggest that it’s been much… Continue reading Middle East update: October 20 2017

Hurricane Matthew: where to donate

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, though that’s more about my inattention than any decrease in the amount of pain and suffering in the world, unfortunately. But as you probably already know, Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, hit Haiti earlier today. It’s far too early to assess either the human… Continue reading Hurricane Matthew: where to donate

Ecuador earthquake: where to donate

Ecuador was hit by a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Saturday night. The latest estimates are that over 350 people were killed and 2000 injured as a result of the quake, and unfortunately, due in part to poor weather hampering relief efforts, those numbers may well rise further. If you can, please consider donating something… Continue reading Ecuador earthquake: where to donate

Cyclone Winston hits Fiji: where to donate

Category 5 Cyclone Winston struck Fiji on Saturday, and it really must have been something: At least 10 people were killed in Fiji when a record-breaking storm struck the island nation Saturday night, according to the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation. Now that Tropical Cyclone Winston has passed, the arduous tasks of cleanup and damage assessment from… Continue reading Cyclone Winston hits Fiji: where to donate

Horn of Africa famine: where to donate

Drought has led to famine in the Horn of Africa, and the situation is critical. How critical? This critical: Save the Children, the international non-governmental organisation, says that the drought in Ethiopia represents as big a potential threat to children’s lives as the war in Syria. “We only have two emergencies in the world that… Continue reading Horn of Africa famine: where to donate