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  • REPORT FINDS FAULTS IN US HOUSING EFFORT IN HAITI (816 out of 4,000)

    04/15/2014 6:16:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 4/15/2014 | TRENTON DANIEL
    An effort by Washington to build housing for Haitians in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake has fallen short and exceeded costs, a U.S. government report said Tuesday. The audit by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Agency for International Development said the project to build 4,000 houses outside Haiti's capital resulted in the construction of only 816. The U.S. plan also sought to provide "home sites" on which others would pay for the construction of houses. This, too, fell short, with USAID completing engineering and design services for only 2,300 home sites out of a projected...
  • Danny Glover:Haitian earthquake was caused by climate change and global warming:

    01/15/2010 6:30:11 AM PST · by safetysign · 51 replies · 1,893+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 01/15/2010 | Tim Blair
    Says Glover: “When we see what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what I’m sayin’?” His obscene opinion would be bigger news if Glover had – in the manner of others – idiotically blamed a less-fashionable deity. Video at link
  • Teen who killed sister with wrestling moves sentenced to three years in juvenile facility

    12/11/2013 1:41:13 PM PST · by bgill · 12 replies
    The Advocate ^ | Dec. 11, 2013 | Chad Calder
    Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court Judge Andrea Janzen said the youth, who spent a half-dozen hearings in her courtroom sitting sullen and silent, had given her no evidence to explain how or why the child described as jovial and outgoing by fellow church members could be so disrespectful and angry at home.
  • Frozen in time: Divers recover stunning collection of British treasure from the wreck ...

    11/10/2013 7:36:14 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 4 November 2013 | Sam Webb
    * Divers spent two years recovering the haul from the bed of the Caribbean * The unnamed galleon is thought to have sunk around 1540 * It held 1,200 top quality items, bound for Spanish ambassador's mansion Specialist divers spent two years extracting the pewter plates and bowls from beneath the waves off the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. More than 1,200 items of the finest quality English pewter were recovered from the wreck of the unnamed galleon which is thought to have sunk around 1540... It is believed the ship was transporting the incoming Spanish ambassador from Seville to...
  • Same Old, Same Old in Syria

    09/05/2013 3:46:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    President Obama's on-and-off-again planned American attack on Syria is nothing new. Besides its five declared wars, America has a habit of intervening all over the world. Even apart from clandestine CIA operations, and even after the unhappy end of the Vietnam War, we have attacked lots of countries and non-state militias. The roll call of recent American military interventions is quite astounding: Cambodia, Iran, Libya, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Liberia, Iraq, Haiti, Somalia, the former Yugoslavia, Zaire and Afghanistan. Even the notion of Past American isolationism is a myth. In the four years between 1912 and 1916 alone, the U.S. sent...
  • Progressive Huff Post Contributor Threatens To Anally Rape Conservative Commentator Dana Loesch

    08/31/2013 9:32:23 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 71 replies
    (NOTE: Huffington had to shorted to Huff because the original title exceeded the limit of characters.) Dana Loesch is a well-known conservative writer and thinker. Her fame comes about in part because, aside from being one heck of a smart gal and a good writer, she’s also extremely beautiful. Perhaps that beauty is what drove a Progressive Huffington Post contributor to abandon his political argument with her on Twitter and simply threaten her with anal rape. Loesch is a chronic irritant to Progressives. She’s a pro-gun conservative who looks like a fashion model and who can communicate her conservative ideas...
  • Palin: ICE Employee's Hate Website 'Unflippingbelievable'

    08/23/2013 3:43:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    NewsMax ^ | August 23, 2013 | Wanda Carruthers
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took to Facebook Thursday to slam a racially-charged website operated by a Homeland Security employee, calling it "Unflippingbelievable." "So, the Federal Government, er, We The People, are employing someone at the Department of Homeland Security whose side job is running a hate website advocating ethnic cleansing and other despicable acts?!" Palin posted late Thursday, according to The Huffington Post. "Unflippingbelievable," she added. The Associated Press, citing an unidentified Homeland Security official, reported Friday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employee Ayo Kimathi is allegedly operating a website that advocates a race war. "War on the...
  • Pirate radio station in Brockton flagged for interference

    08/19/2013 6:41:24 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 8 replies
    Brockton Enterprise (MA) ^ | 8/17/13 | Morgan True
    BROCKTON — Firefighters driving to work at the Pleasant Street station on the edge of downtown started reporting interference on their car radios this week. Then on Wednesday, music started playing over the speakers in the station used for dispatching fire engines and garbling emergency communications. “In the station, those speakers are used to alert firefighters to an incident, and that’s how we get the type of call and location,” said Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Galligan. “Any interference is a serious issue.” Galligan called officer Scott Uhlman, the Brockton Police Department’s radio guru, and City Councilor Dennis DeNapoli to help...
  • Jackenzy Pierre threatens 8-year-old girl with knife in robbery attempt in Reading, police say

    08/16/2013 4:08:51 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    wfmz.com ^ | Aug 14 2013 / updated Aug 15 2013 | Ryan Hughes
    A little girl received a big scare in Reading Tuesday after she was nearly robbed at knife-point.
  • NYC welfare food is shipped in barrels to the Dominican Republic - then sold on the black market

    07/28/2013 5:56:31 AM PDT · by Liz · 32 replies
    NY POST ^ | 7/28/13 | ISABEL VINCENT, KATE BRIQUELET in NY and JOSE ERNESTO DEVAREZ in Santiago, Dominican Republic
    <p>EXCLUSIVE Food-stamp fraud has turned into foreign aid — to black-market profiteers in the Dominican Republic.... welfare recipients buy food with EBT cards and ship it to relatives. But not to starving children. The NY Post found people hawking barrels of American products on Dominican streets. “It’s a really easy way to make money, and it doesn’t cost me anything,” a seller said. She also vends EBT goods out of her Dominican home “I know a lot of people are doing it,” she said.</p>
  • NY food stamp recipients are shipping welfare-funded groceries to relatives in Jamaica, Dominican...

    07/21/2013 9:43:55 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 47 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 21, 2013 | KATE BRIQUELET and ISABEL VINCENT
    Food stamps are paying for trans-Atlantic takeout — with New Yorkers using taxpayer-funded benefits to ship food to relatives in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Welfare recipients are buying groceries with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and packing them in giant barrels for the trip overseas, The Post found.
  • NY food stamp recipients ship welfare-funded groceries to Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haiti

    07/21/2013 4:29:28 AM PDT · by Liz · 25 replies
    NY POST ^ | 7/22/13 | KATE BRIQUELET and ISABEL VINCENT
    <p>EXCLUSIVE Food stamps are paying to buy and ship food to Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. A spokeswoman for the US Dept of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service said the $86 BILLION welfare program is reserved for poor US households that buy and prepare food.</p>
  • State Department to Spend $95,000 Teaching Haitian

    07/16/2013 6:13:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/16/13 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) – The State Department through its Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs is planning to spend $95,000 to provide vocational training to Haitian inmates in textile production and assembly. “The applicant should demonstrate an ability to conduct job training on clothing production (including skills such as sewing, tailoring, and/or clothing assembly) within individual prisons in Haiti’s Ouest Department. This training should be hands-on and allow prisoners to get real practice working with textile materials,” the grant said. The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) specifically targeted the textile industry, “which is projected to grow in Haiti as...
  • Clinton to Talk Honduras, Haiti at the Biltmore

    09/29/2009 3:54:58 PM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies · 335+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | September 29, 2009 | TODD WRIGHT
    His wife may be the official ambassador for the U.S., but Bill Clinton sure does get a lot of requests about his opinion on foreign affairs. Clinton is expected to take the stage around 4 p.m. at the Americas Conference, being held at the Biltmore in Coral Gables and he won't be talking about his good times in the Oval Office. The former president is expected to address the recent political upheavel in Honduras, which has become the dominating theme at the conference. Outside of the hotel, about 50 protesters chanting "Elections yes, Zelaya no" greeted guests and speakers. They...
  • George Soros: Media Mogul (Lefty Businessman Spends Millions Funding Journalism)

    08/19/2011 8:23:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | August 15, 2011 | Dan Gainor and Iris Somberg
    On April 8, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Boston conference on ''media reform.'' She was joined by four other congressmen, a senator, two FCC commissioners, a Nobel laureate and numerous liberal journalists. The 2,500-person event was sponsored by a group called Free Press, one of more than 180 different media-related organizations that receives money from liberal billionaire George Soros. Soros, who first made a name for himself in investing and currency trading, now makes his name in politics and policy. Since the 2004 election, the controversial financier has used his influence and billions to push a laundry list...
  • Haiti's nightmare: Missing billions in aid ... and a president protected by baton-wielding thugs

    03/10/2013 9:26:09 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 40 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | March 9, 2013 | Toby Walne
    First there’s a tap on the shoulder. A huge palace-guard policeman in full body armour and a black balaclava uses a riot stick to suggest it’s time to go. Then he swings the truncheon high in the air and it comes down with a sickening thud on the back of a demonstrator. Beside him a man lies groaning as blood drips from a deep hand wound. The President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, stands just yards away, surrounded by a crowd of 10,000 people in the central square of the capital Port-au-Prince. This pop-star leader – a former Creole singer known...
  • Humanitarian Malfeasance (UN is responsible for killing more than 8,000 Haitians since 2010.)

    02/26/2013 3:18:06 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 7 replies
    Salon ^ | 02/25/2013 | Jonathan M. Katz
    International affairs can be complicated, but sometimes a case comes along that’s so simple it’s almost absurd. In 2010, the United Nations made a horrendous mistake that, so far, has claimed more than 8,000 lives. Its officials tried to cover it up. When the evidence came out anyway, lawyers for victims’ families petitioned the U.N. to end the crisis, pay damages, and apologize. For a year and a half, the world’s leading humanitarian organization said nothing. Then, last week, it threw out the case, saying, “The claims are not receivable.” The background should be well-known by now. But despite the...
  • Prisons for Haiti: U.S. to Build Two Complexes Near Port au Prince (NEWS BRIEF)

    12/20/2012 3:29:01 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 16 replies
    U,S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    Prisons for Haiti: U.S. to Build Two Complexes Near Port au Prince (NEWS BRIEF)By Steve Peacock, U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor (Dec. 20, 2012) The U.S. Department of State is arranging the construction of two prison facilities outside Haiti's capital of Port au Prince. The project, with an estimated top-cost of $10 million, includes a 150-bed prison and 200-bed womens prison in Petit Goave and Cabaret, Haiti, respectively. State tentatively scheduled a "pre-proposal conference and site visit" for prospective prison-industry contractors in Port au Prince for February 5-6, 2013. Source document: Solicitation #SAQMMA13R0067. FOR ADDITIONAL COVERAGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE ISSUES,...
  • When Capital Is Nowhere in View

    12/13/2012 9:19:55 AM PST · by Mr. K · 7 replies
    Ludwig Von Mises Institute ^ | Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | Jeffrey A. Tucker
    A Travel Channel episode of No Reservations, [..], took viewers to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I had heard that the show offered unique insight into the country and its troubles. I couldn't imagine how. But it turns out to be true. Through the lens of food, we can gain an insight into culture, and from culture to economy, and from economy to politics and finally to what's wrong in this country and what can be done about it. Through this micro lens, we gain more insight than we would have if the program were entirely focused on economic issues. Such an episode...
  • Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations (Dec 2011)

    06/20/2012 9:30:30 PM PDT · by txnuke · 91 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 7, 2011 | Sharryl Attkisson
    Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales. PICTURES: ATF "Gunwalking" scandal timeline In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking," and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder...
  • Clintons open Haiti industry park (country is "open for business")

    10/26/2012 1:34:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/26/12 | BBC
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has attended the launch of a $300m (£187m) industrial park in the Haitian town of Caracol. The project is part of US efforts to help Haiti recover from the devastation it suffered in the 2010 earthquake. The US has invested $124m (£77m) in the project, which it hopes will create thousands of jobs. At a grand opening ceremony Haiti's President Michel Martelly said the country was "open for business".
  • Clintons in Haiti to mark opening of controversial industrial park

    10/22/2012 5:26:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    wgme.com ^ | October 22, 2012
    The government of Haiti is hosting Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton today, along with a delegation of foreign investors and a crowd of celebrities. They're gathering to inaugurate an industrial park that is the centerpiece of the U.S. aid effort since the 2010 earthquake. The Clintons and others hope the facility will transform northern Haiti by providing thousands of jobs. The industrial park is more than a hundred miles from the slowly-recovering quake zone.
  • Wyclef's Haiti Charity Is Now Defunct After Mishandling $16M In Donations

    10/13/2012 5:57:26 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-13-2012 | Aly Weisman
    Wyclef's Haiti Charity Is Now Defunct After Mishandling $16M In Donations Aly WeismanOct. 12, 2012, 6:52 PMWyclef's Yéle charity is no longer.Wyclef Jean's Yéle Haiti charity, once what the singer said was the country's "greatest asset and ally" is now defunct and in debt. The charity's collapse comes after years of accusations of mishandled funds, which amounted to a reported $16 million following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. "Yéle was small before the earthquake, with only $37,000 in assets," reports The New York Times. "Immediately afterward, money started pouring in. Mr. Jean said he raised $1 million in 24 hours...
  • Haiti's Olympic team in London isn't very Haitian

    07/22/2012 4:19:08 PM PDT · by Saije · 12 replies
    ESPN ^ | 7/22/2012 | AP
    Four of Haiti's five Olympians at the London Games have something in common -- they're not from Haiti. With millions of Haitians living on $2 a day or less and hundreds of thousands of people rendered homeless by a devastating earthquake two years ago, the country struggles to produce world-class athletes. But those with Haitian links are still eager to represent the small Caribbean country. "I still feel Haitian even if I wasn't born there," 21-year-old sprinter Marlena Wesh said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. Wesh, who will run in the 200 and 400-meter races at the...
  • Criminals in Haiti 'raping quake survivors and trafficking children'

    01/29/2010 7:23:24 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 11 replies · 552+ views
    Times On Line UK ^ | Jan. 29, 2010
    Criminals in Haiti are preying on vulnerable earthquake survivors, even raping women, in makeshift camps set up in Port-au-Prince after the disaster. "With the blackout that's befallen the Haitian capital, bandits are taking advantage to harass and rape women and young girls under the tents," Haiti’s police, chief Mario Andresol, said yesterday. "We have more than 7,000 detainees in the streets who escaped from the national penitentiary the evening of the earthquake ... It took us five years to apprehend them. Today they are running wild." Rachelle Dolce, who is living at a large makeshift camp on the Petionville Club...
  • Can Any of These House Underdogs Survive?

    06/08/2012 6:46:26 PM PDT · by randita · 26 replies
    Rothenberg Political Report ^ | 6/8/12 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Can Any of These House Underdogs Survive? Stuart Rothenberg June 8, 2012 · 1:48 PM EDT Remember their names: Reps. Charles Bass (R-N.H.), John Barrow (D-Ga.), Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.), Jim Matheson (D-Utah) and Robert Dold (R-Ill.). If any of these five House incumbents survive, it will surprise most dispassionate observers (including some in their own parties). But upsets happen, and each of these candidates has a scenario for victory. Moments after Bass was declared the winner in November 2010, most political insiders figured he would be doomed in 2012. But considering his past electoral success, reports of his political demise...
  • New Coast Guard grad was rescued at sea as a boy

    05/14/2012 2:41:49 PM PDT · by DFG · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 05/14/12 | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
    Orlando Morel was 6 years old when he and his mother left Haiti on a crowded small wooden boat destined for America. Now 24, Morel remembers the blue of the ocean everywhere. And the hunger. When a piece of bread fell into the water, Morel quickly scooped it up. "I will never forget that taste," he said, recalling the salty, soggy bread. Nor will he forget when the Coast Guard showed up in a white boat and rescued him, his mother and other passengers. Eternally grateful, the rescue led Morel to join the Coast Guard, and on Wednesday he will...
  • Senators press to allow Syrians to stay in US amid violence in home country

    03/03/2012 1:09:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 03, 2012 | unattributed (AP?)
    Several Democratic senators are calling on the Obama administration to allow Syrians who are already in the United States to stay, at least temporarily, out of concern it would be "too dangerous" for them to return home. The senators want President Obama to invoke what's known as "temporary protected status" for thousands of Syrians in the U.S. The designation typically is given to foreign nationals whose home countries are beset by war or natural disaster and who could face harm should they return. The senators argued that Syrians in the U.S. are in just that kind of predicament, as Syrian...
  • Protesters Ask Haiti Leader to Show Travel Docs

    02/07/2012 7:25:22 PM PST · by devattel · 5 replies
    KWQC (Associated Press) ^ | Feb 7, 2012 05:26 PM | Trenton Daniel
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - A small band of protesters called Tuesday for Haitian President Michel Martelly to prove he's eligible for office as they destroyed posters that bore images of the leader. The 100 or so demonstrators said Martelly should heed requests by lawmakers to show his travel documents in an effort to dispel allegations that he holds dual nationality, which would bar him from office under Haiti's constitution. "We are taking to the streets to tell Martelly to show his passport," protester Ronald Jean-Charles said as others burned posters of the president. "If not, he should step down." The...
  • Immigrant felon freed by Obama deportation halt -- went on to murder three

    01/22/2012 9:30:03 PM PST · by jakerobins · 12 replies
    When burglar Kesler Dufrene became a twice-convicted felon in 2006, a Bradenton judge shipped him to prison for five years. And because of his convictions, an immigration judge ordered Dufrene deported to his native Haiti. That never happened. Instead, when Dufrene’s state prison term was up, Miami immigration authorities in October 2010 released him from custody. Two months later, North Miami police say, he slaughtered three people, including a 15-year-old girl in a murder case that remains as baffling today as it did the afternoon the bodies were discovered.
  • Church Broadcasts Hope, Haitians Flock Post-Quake (God at work)

    01/22/2012 6:15:50 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 4 replies
    NPR (can you believe it?) ^ | 22 Jan 2012 | Jason Beaubien
    On Jan. 12, for the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake, thousands of people flocked to the Shalom Church in Port au Prince, Haiti. The "church" is just a plywood stage under a patchwork of tattered tarps. The crowd was so large that it spilled down a muddy hill toward a tent camp for earthquake victims. Most of the singing, swaying congregation were so far away they couldn't even see the podium. The evangelical mission now claims to have more than 50,000 members and one of the most popular radio stations in Haiti. This church is a product of the...
  • Sean Penn Appointed Haitian Ambassador

    01/17/2012 1:49:24 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 42 replies
    defend.ht ^ | Monday, 16 January 2012 | defend.ht
    Sean Penn Appointed Haitian Ambassador LOS ANGELES, USA (defend.ht) - Sean Penn has accepted the job of Ambassador for Haiti, where he has spent the last two years managing a tent camp for displaced Haitians after the earthquake. Sean Penn will now be the "ambassador at large" for the Caribbean nation. Penn was offered the position by Haitian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Lamothe, while at the Cinema for Peace benefit in Los Angeles on Saturday night. Picking up a humanitarian award for his work in Haiti, he told the crowd: "I do accept [the job]," before adding it would...
  • Scientists: UN Soldiers Brought Deadly Superbug to Americas

    01/14/2012 8:14:56 AM PST · by opentalk · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | Janurary 12, 2012 | MATTHEW MOSK, BRIAN ROSS and RYM MOMTAZ
    Compelling new scientific evidence suggests United Nations peacekeepers have carried a virulent strain of cholera -- a super bug -- into the Western Hemisphere for the first time. The vicious form of cholera has already killed 7,000 people in Haiti, where it surfaced in a remote village in October 2010. Leading researchers from Harvard Medical School and elsewhere told ABC News that, despite UN denials, there is now a mountain of evidence suggesting the strain originated in Nepal, and was carried to Haiti by Nepalese soldiers who came to Haiti to serve as UN peacekeepers after the earthquake that ravaged...
  • Unbelievable! US government pays itself generously for Haiti relief?

    01/13/2012 2:08:04 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | January 12, 2012
    Government pledged over $1 billion only to spend most of the money on itself. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - US relief to Haiti totaled more than $3 billion. Actual Haitian people, the victims of the disaster who needed the most help - got less than 1 percent of that money. That means 99 of every 100 dollars sent to relieve the suffering of the Haitian people and rebuild the country, ended up in the hands of people for whom it was never intended. Instead, the US government has used the disaster to pay itself.   Most will be quick...
  • So what's changed in two years? Staggering pictures show how Haiti is still a shattered wreck

    01/13/2012 7:07:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 13, 2012 | Staff
    Two years after a devastating earthquake, Haiti is struggling to rebuild its ravaged buildings and hundreds of thousands of victims remain homeless. The 7.0 magnitude quake on January 12, 2010, lasted only a few seconds but killed around 300,000 people and left more than 1.5million without homes. Since then, however, reconstruction has been painfully slow, with squalid tent camps housing more than a half a million people in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.
  • Haiti Quake: Thousands Still Living In Tents (2 year anniversary; Hussein failed foreign policy)

    01/12/2012 3:26:10 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 14 replies
    sky.com ^ | 1/12/12
    More than 500,000 people in Haiti are still living in makeshift tents two years after an earthquake devastated the country. The Caribbean state was hit by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake on January 12, 2010, which led to more than 220,000 deaths and left 1.5 million homeless.
  • Haiti Can Be Rich Again

    01/09/2012 7:05:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 8, 2012 | Laurent DuBois and Deborah Jenson
    HAITI wasn’t always the “poorest nation in the Western hemisphere,” though it’s almost impossible to read about the country today without coming across that phrase. In the two years since the earthquake that devastated it, Haiti has experienced political conflict and its first ever cholera epidemic; hundreds of thousands of the displaced are still living in makeshift tents strewn like dusty flags by the sides of highways. It is easy to forget that, for most of the 19th century, Haiti was a site of agricultural innovation, productivity and economic success.
  • Clinton Foundation facilitates $45 million Haiti hotel deal (Marriott for aid workers, investors)

    12/02/2011 5:54:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/28/11
    Clinton Foundation facilitates $45 million Haiti hotel dealNovember 28, 2011 | By the CNN Wire Staff Two years after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake leveled Haiti's capital, a deal brokered by former President Bill Clinton's charitable foundation will add new lodging for aid workers and other travelers to Port-au-Prince -- in the form of a $45 million hotel. With only about 500 operable hotel rooms, the city has limited space to house aid workers, potential investors and other visitors, according to a news release Monday by the future hotel's owner and its operator. Caribbean cell phone provider Digicel will own the hotel,...
  • Questions Raised Over Allotment of Wyclef Jean's Haiti Fund

    11/28/2011 5:45:10 AM PST · by matt04 · 5 replies
    In the months following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, a charity run by hip-hop star Wyclef Jean spent a pittance of the money it took in on disaster relief and doled out millions in questionable contracts. Yele Haiti’s coffers swelled to $16 million in 2010, the most the charity had ever received. But less than a third of that went to emergency efforts, and $1 million was paid to a Florida firm that doesn’t seem to exist, The Post has learned. Jean’s charity, which he founded in 2005 with his cousin Jerry Duplessis, was already troubled when the earthquake struck...
  • Jimmy Carter: Few houses built for poor Haitians (How about some capitalism there, JC)

    11/15/2011 5:50:44 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 25 replies
    WTOP.com ^ | 11.08.11 | TRENTON DANIEL
    LEOGANE, Haiti (AP) - Haiti hasn't seen many homes built for the poor following a devastating earthquake almost two years ago, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Monday. In a 10-minute interview with The Associated Press, Carter said he noticed little housing reconstruction for struggling Haitians as he drove from the international airport to the residence of the U.S. ambassador in Port-au-Prince to Leogane, a coastal city 18 miles (29 kilometers) west of the capital that was largely flattened in the earthquake because of its proximity to the epicenter. He added that there may be construction in other parts of...
  • 5,000 Haitian cholera victims sue U.N. seeking compensation, adequate response to end epidemic

    11/10/2011 3:05:52 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | November 8, 2011 | Diogenes
    (CNS/Paul Jeffrey) Thousands of Haitians stricken with cholera during the last 13 months are seeking compensation and an improved response to ending the epidemic from the United Nations, according to a petition filed with the world agency.The petition filed by lawyers with Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti in conjunction with the Office of International Lawyers on behalf of more than 5,000 Haitians charges that cholera was introduced into the country by Nepalese troops serving with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti — MINUSTAH — and that the world body has done little in response to the spread...
  • Haiti Doesn't Need Your Yoga Mat

    10/12/2011 12:22:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | OCTOBER 11, 2011
    A visual history of the West's misguided attempts to send its hand-me-downs to the developing world.Most of us don't have billions of dollars to give away like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. But the charitable impulse is still strong: combined, Americans gave away almost $300 billion in 2010. Sometimes, though, good intentions have questionable results. In the rush to help after a crisis, public and private donors from around the world sometimes give without quite realizing what the needs on the ground are. Do Haitians really need your used yoga mat? Do the Balkans lack for clowns? Above, a young...
  • Wyclef Jean Talks Sarah Palin

    09/14/2011 1:01:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Women's Wear Daily ^ | September 14, 2011
    WYCLEF’S BIG ON PALIN: On Monday night, at about the time the Republican presidential hopefuls were onstage to debate in Tampa, Wyclef Jean was at the Urban Zen Center in the West Village talking the future of the American right. Donna Karan was hosting an after party for her Donna Karan Collection show which earlier that day doubled as the opening of an exhibit of the Haitian artwork that had inspired the show. When the Haitian-born Jean arrived, Karan made sure to point out that both she and he are Libras. Despite his recent failed presidential bid in Haiti, the...
  • Pirate hunter guns for Somali raiders

    07/23/2011 5:48:04 PM PDT · by Palter · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 22 July 2011 | Richard Grant
    Max Hardberger, a maritime repo man who recovers stolen ships from lawless Caribbean ports, has set his sights on the notorious Somali pirates 'I don’t know why I like Haiti so much,’ Max Hardberger says, as we battle and swerve through the choking dust and chaos of Port-au-Prince traffic. 'The Haitian people are wonderful, sure, but sometimes they do bad things, especially when they get in mobs, and the country is obviously frustrating. One thing I do like is that it’s lawless here, which makes it much easier for me to operate.’ Hardberger is a 62-year-old adventurer from Louisiana who...
  • A Contrast in Catastrophe: Japan and Haiti

    07/09/2011 5:11:40 PM PDT · by billflax · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/17/2011 | Bill Flax
    In Haiti, a lack of markets means little profit and virtually no wealth, no progress, no resilience against uncertainty, and thus no hope. Haiti is the second oldest autonomous state in the Western Hemisphere. It was a French colony, her richest, but the Haitians overthrew the French in a bloody revolution. In the 1790′s, led by such fascinating characters as Toussaint L’Ouverture, a free black slave owner, Haiti seized independence. Then Toussaint’s successors systematically slaughtered the French minority in what today would be termed genocide. Haiti’s wealth was quickly squandered as a national slave state. She remains mired in hopelessness...
  • USAID Launches 'Clean Stoves' Project in Haiti

    06/15/2011 5:12:44 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 7 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | June 14, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    The creation of market demand for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) stoves in Haiti is one of the latest endeavors to emerge from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which says the Caribbean nation’s reliance on coal to cook food is contributing to “climate change” and leaves the country vulnerable to catastrophic weather conditions. Besides, Haiti’s use of the fuel is not in its best economic interests, USAID has declared. Although USAID admittedly met with “limited success” in previous pilot projects, that is not stopping the agency from launching yet another effort to encourage the use of LPG and other...
  • WIKILEAKS: U.S. Fought To Lower Minimum Wage In Haiti So Hanes And Levis Would Stay Cheap

    06/04/2011 8:00:03 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 3, 2011 | Robert Johnson
    A Wikileaks post published on The Nation shows that the Obama Administration fought to keep Haitian wages at 31 cents an hour. (This article was taken down by The Nation due to an embargo, but it was excerpted at Columbia Journalism Review.) It started when Haiti passed a law two years ago raising its minimum wage to 61 cents an hour. According to an embassy cable: This infuriated American corporations like Hanes and Levi Strauss that pay Haitians slave wages to sew their clothes. They said they would only fork over a seven-cent-an-hour increase, and they got the State Department...
  • Global Warming News From The Brits (UK dooms itself)

    05/29/2011 10:08:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | May 29, 2011 | Dennis Avery
    CHURCHVILLE, VA—My colleague Bennie Peiser, of Britain’s Global Warming Policy Foundation, offers some of his latest man-made global warming news: The Sunday Times noted on May 22 that the UK government has agreed to cut its greenhouse emissions 50 percent by 2027. As a result, “Tata Steel last week announced it was cutting 1,500 jobs at its Scunthorpe and Teeside plants. The company, which employs 21,000 in Britain, has held high-level talks with government in recent weeks over its energy plans. . . . Ineos founder Jim Ratcliffe warned that he could be forced to shut the firm’s Runcorn chlorine...
  • USA Grants Temporary Status Extension For Haitians

    05/17/2011 3:11:28 PM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 3 replies
    The Obama administration is extending temporary protected status for Haitians who fled to the United States following last year's earthquake. The move will allow them to stay in the country for an additional 18 months. The temporary status was originally granted in January of 2010, just days after Haiti was hit with a massive quake. However, it would have expired in July. The extension will allow those who are eligible to stay in the U.S. through the end of January 2013. It also extends the program to Haitians who have been living in the U.S. since January 12, 2011.
  • Final results: Pop star declared Haitian president

    04/21/2011 10:56:15 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Apr. 21, 2011
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Michel Martelly, a popular singer known by the stage name "Sweet Micky," was officially declared the next president of this earthquake-devastated country, election officials said.