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The recent attacks in Paris have captured the world's attentions. Just this morning, there were 21 more arrests in Brussels rounding up more suspects. Since the news broke of the attacks, some have questioned why Paris has received so much more news coverage than similar attacks in Beirut and elsewhere. I heard Matt Stempeck give a presentation last year called, "Activism Drives Attention Drives Aid." The general premise is that more aid dollars go to disasters and causes that are on the news. That makes sense: people have to know about a disaster before they can help. But what gets on the news and what doesn't is imperfect. Stempeck quotes a study - News Droughts News Floods - that quantifi

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