Thalif Deen, IPS News
This little boy was one of hundreds whose schooling was interrupted due to violence in India. (Photo: Priyanka Borpujari/IPS)
When international donors pledge millions of dollars either for post-conflict reconstruction or for humanitarian aid, deliveries are rarely on schedule: they are either late, fall far below expectations or not delivered at all. The under-payment or non-payment of promised aid has affected mostly civilian victims, including war-ravaged women and...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
 Two women walk in front of a billboard, which says "Ebola must go. Stopping Ebola is Everybody's Business" in Monrovia, Liberia on 15 January 2015 (Photo: UNMIL/Emmanuel Tobey)
The world's largest privately-held coal company has been exposed capitalizing...
Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Ebola virus virion (Photo: CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith)
The West African country of Liberia, which was ground zero for worst Ebola...


Because many Americans don't seem to know that Africa is a very large continent but do know it's black and scary, the rabid fearmongering on Ebola has spawned a host of lunatic incidents across the country wherein schools have kept kids home and otherwise freaked out about possible connections to uninfected places thousands of miles from the hot zone. And because nothing's too scary that someone won't try to make a buck off it, the crisis has also spawned Ebola-themed survival kits.