I meant to post this earlier...the Holy Month of Ramadan started the evening of October 4th, with the first fast on Wednesday October 5th in the USA. I haven't come across any articles on the net that do a good job of explaining Ramadan to a non-Muslim audience, other than giving the subject a very superficial treatment.
For Muslims there are a variety of great resources, starting with an excellent article on Ramadan by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad, that is well worth a read. Also came across an interesting reflection on Ramadan by Ibrahim Abusharif, and an audio lecture (Real Player format) by Shaikh Abdal Hakim Murad on Ramadan given back in 1999.
Also, please consider donating toward the relief efforts for the earthquake in Pakistan:
1) Islamic Relief
2) International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
I'm sure other organizations are also coordinating relief/donations...