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Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs & Steel (and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed), offers some timely thoughts on why Haiti, once a fairly prosperous country, has sunk into enduring poverty — a condition not comparatively shared by its neighbor on the same island, the Dominican Republic. According to Diamond, Haiti’s environmental conditions offer a partial explanation. But you will also find clues in the country’s language, and in the legacy of slavery that has shaped Haiti’s economic relationship with Europe and the US. This interview — quite a good one — aired this morning in San Francisco.
"Much of the financial support for earthquake-stricken Haiti has a high-tech source — the text message. From $10 donations to the Red Cross (text HAITI to 90999), the Clinton Foundation’s Haiti Relief Fund (text HAITI to 20222), and Doctors Without Borders (text DOB to 90999), cell-phone philanthropy has pulled in millions of dollars. We’ll talk about the mechanics of the text-message-donation trend."