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Amazonian Compassion

By Jackson Kuhl - January 4, 2005 12:00 AM

Has the US been stingy in its response to the tsunami disaster in Asia? Depends on whom you ask. Some people at the United Nations think so. Other people, like the Hudson Institute's Carol Adelman, writing in the New York Times, think government aid isn't the only barometer of a country's compassion. She says we should consider private donations as well.

At TCS, we'd like to propose consideration of another standard of compassion: Amazonian compassion.

Shortly after the disaster, Amazon.com made its websites available for individuals to give donations to help with tsunami relief. Below you'll find amounts given by the residents of several different nations (as of 10:30 a.m. EST, January 4) to that country's Red Cross as well as approximate per capita donations.

After the American government was vilified for proposing $35 million in disaster relief, it upped its contribution to $350 million. But governments aren't the only possible donors. Individuals around the world, aided by technologies like those fine-tuned by Amazon, can make contributions quickly and easily. See below if your fellow citizens are giving enough, relative to other countries around the world. Perhaps pointing out the relative stinginess of the citizens of some nations will prompt them to give more.

USA: http://www.amazon.com/

http://s1.amazon.com/exec/varzea/ts/my-pay-page/PX3BEL97U9A4I/104-4679654-9766331

Total collected: $13,910,657.00

Number of donations: 171,710

Population of USA: 293,027,571

Approximate per capita donation to RC thru Amazon: $0.0475

Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/

http://s1.amazon.com/paypage/P1K4EVLBRBZ771/104-4679654-9766331

Total collected: $62,579.82

Number of donations: 1,023

Population of Canada: 32,507,874

Approximate per capita donation to RC thru Amazon: $0.0019

United Kingdom: http://www.amazon.co.uk/

http://s1.amazon.com/exec/varzea/ts/my-pay-page/P3RDR40PV9HS5E/104-4679654-9766331

Total collected: $391,910.39

Number of donations: 7,611

Population of United Kingdom: 60,270,708

Approximate per capita donation to RC thru Amazon: $0.0065

Germany: http://www.amazon.de/

http://s1.amazon.com/exec/varzea/ts/my-pay-page/P3USRMAJ8GVL0F/104-4679654-9766331

Total collected: $170,477.00

Number of donations: 3,427

Population of Germany: 82,424,609

Approximate per capita donation to RC thru Amazon: $0.0021

France: http://www.amazon.fr/

http://s1.amazon.com/exec/varzea/ts/my-pay-page/PMS8ISE6626LD/104-4679654-9766331

Total collected: $29,161.50

Number of donations: 795

Population of France: 60,424,213

Approximate per capita donation to RC thru Amazon: $0.0005

Japan: http://www.amazon.co.jp/

http://s1.amazon.com/exec/varzea/ts/my-pay-page/P3C9345RXUJQOM/104-4679654-9766331

Total collected: $87,818.00

Number of donations: 2,488

Population of Japan: 127,333,002

Approximate per capita donation to RC thru Amazon: $0.0007

China: http://www.joyo.com/

No donation opportunity apparent on the main index page.

Jackson Kuhl is a frequent TCS contributor. Nick Schulz is Editor of TCS.


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