In Niger, a tax hike of nearly 20% on basic commodities has the population in an uproar. When people survive on less than $1/day, that sort of hike is crippling.
The toll from the Sumatra earthquake and aftershocks is still rising with about 600 confirmed dead at this time. The roads are destroyed, there is no power and aide is having an impossible time of getting to the damaged areas. The death toll will rise as people continue to suffer and those lost under the rubble will perish before help can reach them.
Terry Schiavo has died. Honestly, there's not much to say about that. I am relieved she finally has peace.