1. Thousands of people were killed when the ... tsunami struck
2. A boxed comment in the article Ranking the Rich 2005 (Foreign Policy, Sep/Oct) notes that pledges of foreign aid to countries hit by last December's tsunami in the Indian Ocean ($5bn from private charities and goverment promises of more than $6bn) should be kept in perspective :
"Last year, the US Treasury raised $1.87bn in revenue from tariffs imposed on imports from the four major tsunami-affected countries (India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand). That is twice the $908m in aid the US congress approved in May. In effect, the US will recoup its entire aid package...within six months. If rich countries really want to commit themselves to improving the lives of citizens in tsunami affected nations, they should end these taxes and other protectionist barriers".