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Sigh, do U.S. strategic interests influence even disaster relief aid?
Could humanitarian aid cause governments to under-invest in disaster prevention, causing natural disasters to have worse effects? If so, then past disaster relief could induce worst disaster outcomes now (And I thought MY ideas were unpopular)
The amount of news coverage of disasters is heavily influenced by the country's popularity with US tourists.
News coverage is also higher when there are no other big competing news stories. This variation in news coverage is unrelated to need, of course, but has a major effect on the amount of disaster relief aid.