Massive news collection at Chrenkoff
Definitely worth a look. Lots of links. (via Instapundit)

The Tsunami Disaster As Seen From Le Monde
Whether over Iraq or previous US involvement in Indonesia (which seems much more likely to me), some in France don’t seem terribly happy about the way the US has taken the lead so far in aiding tsunami victims. Why don’t the French dispatch part of their military to help, then? And no jokes about all that white cloth being available for bandages… To be honest, I’ve been sort of hoping that some international teamwork and UN involvement might help thaw relations between some of the free nations. I don’t really see that happening so far. (also via Instapundit)

International death tolls
This table (username:mofeedback, password:mofeedback) shows a total of 144,970 dead. This is obviously very early in the count. For instance, it shows 15 Americans dead. I’ve heard reports that there are between 4,000 and 5,000 still missing. I have no interest in trying to speculate on the final toll, but it’s going to be far more gruesome than projections currently say.

Tsunamis: More than Big Waves
There are a number of summaries floating around out there, but I’ll point out this one by THIS IS TRUE writer Randy Cassingham. He wrote it in 1986 and he “webified” it after the intense interest in everything tsunami hit. Worth a read.

The Command Post’s Global Recon Page
A good spot to keep an eye on in order to catch the latest.

The face of American global leadership
Phil Carter on US efforts to help:

I can think of no better ambassadors for the United States than the men and women of the U.S. military now engaged in this endeavor.

Even if the French think the recon planes are doing more than helping tsunami victims.

Flightless DART
Bruce Rolston on why Canada can’t get its Disaster Assistance Response Team to Indonesia. Basically, it’s too heavy. (via Joe Katzman at WoC)

Diplomad is on Fire!
James at Hell in a Handbasket links to the Diplomad’s coverage of the UN in Indonesia, including the UN taking public credit for efforts of USAID. Nice.

Senators Propose Extending ’04 Deduction Deadline for Tsunami Relief
Wizbang notes that a bipartisan group of US Senators thinks we should extend the charity-giving period for 2004 taxes in order to increase donations to tsunami victims.

Tsunami: The Stingy List
As noted before, Chuck Simmins is keeping tabs on donations, especially from us “stingy” Americans. Basically, just go to You Big Mouth, You and scroll.

South Asia Disaster Response – Imagery Analysis
Sat photos of the region, including some very high res before and after shots of Banda Aceh. (via One Hand Clapping)

There is a lot more out there. Just click on a random internet link and you’ve got a good chance of hitting some tsunami coverage.

UPDATE: Chuck Simmins’ The Stingy List has been updated and the .pdf is available. $382.6 million donated so far.


  1. I was just looking at the ‘stingy list’. It’s funny if you look at the religious organizations that have been donating the most, and then look at the religions of the area that have been hit the hardest. Check out the listing for the Mennonite Central Committee. 2.5 million. Not bad for an organization that is totally funded by a relatively small denomination. I’d also like to point out that this was just their initial contribution, and that they are collecting more to give as they receive it. Sorry, but I had to point out one of the most efficiently run relief organizations in the world.

  2. How many aircraft carriers has Norway contributed? How many helicopters? How much airlift? How many personnel? Come on Norway and Denmark — You can do much better than that!!!!! Just send one measly little aircraft carrier and then we’ll talk Kroners. Besides, the numbers in the article you mention are badly out of date. Private citizens and corporations of America haven’t contributed 677 million kroners, they’ve contributed 2509 million kroners at the current exchange rate. (Other nations, too, have increased their totals, I’m sure). USS Lincoln: Paid for at a cost of around 22,800,000,000 Kroners of US taxpayer money and kept manned and at sea with additional billions Kroners of US taxpayer money.