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Bill Quigley

Law Professor

October 11th, 2010

Nine Months After the Quake -- A Million Haitians Slowly Dying

“If it gets any worse,” said Wilda, a homeless Haitian mother, “we’re not going to survive.” Mothers and grandmothers surrounding her nodded solemnly.We are in a broiling “tent” with a group of women trying to raise their families in a public park. Around the back of the Haitian National Palace, ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

September 1st, 2010

"Even If We're Peasants, We Deserve to Live Too": Tèt Kole on the Needs of Haitian Farmers

Tèt Kole Ti Peyizan Ayisyen (Heads Together Small Producers of Haiti) is the oldest peasant group in Haiti, born covertly in 1970 during the Duvalier dictatorship. Today Tèt Kole is one of Haiti’s two national peasant farmer movements, with more than 55,000 members in all ten departments of the country. ... continue reading

July 23rd, 2010

House-Senate dispute threatens war funding

WASHINGTON — House and Senate Democrats are at odds over how to approve additional funding for U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and will not be able resolve wide differences at least until next week.Last month, House Democratic leaders won approval for an unpopular $58.8 billion war funding by allowing ... continue reading

July 19th, 2010

U.S.-sponsored conference pledged billions to rebuild Haiti, but little paid out

Three months after donors at a U.S.-sponsored conference pledged more than $5.3 billion to rebuild Haiti, only a fraction of the money has been disbursed, and a special reconstruction commission has barely started to function, according to U.N. and aid officials. U.S. lawmakers and international aid officials have expressed mounting ... continue reading

July 13th, 2010

Seventy-six-year-old protester can't be silent about peace

For more than two years - no matter the weather - septuagenarian Joan H. Nicholson has maintained a solitary vigil along a busy stretch of Route 1 in Chester County.About 26,000 cars a day pass her outside the Old Kennett Meetinghouse. Hardly any of those motorists know the name of ... continue reading

July 12th, 2010

The international community's responsibility to Haiti

It is a gloomy anniversary: the six-month mark since the earthquake that levelled vast swaths of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, and surrounding towns, killing well over 200,000 people. Though the earthquake was promiscuously destructive, killing the good and the bad, the rich and the poor, those who still remain encamped in ... continue reading

July 12th, 2010

Haiti recovery stalled by aid and land issues

"We are waiting," said the Mayor of Leogane, Santos Alexis, as he sat under a tree outside his earthquake-shattered residence. Like an estimated 1.5 million people made homeless by the devastating quake that hit Haiti six months ago, the mayor is still living in the open - in his case, ... continue reading

July 7th, 2010

Lesbian Ex-Sergeant Hopes for Repeal of Military's Policy

LAKELAND | Felicia Pecora said she hadn't yet found herself when she enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve at age 22.Eight years later, Pecora says, she had gained maturity, fortitude and self-confidence. She had also attained the rank of sergeant and been deployed on missions to Bosnia and Haiti.It was ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

June 10th, 2010

'So That Everyone Can Eat, Produce It Here'

Doudou Pierre is on the coordinating committee of the National Haitian Network for Food Sovereignty and Food Security (RENHASSA). He is also a member of the International Coordinating Committee for Food Sovereignty, organized by Vía Campesina, the worldwide coalition of small farmer organizations. In addition, he is a member of ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

June 8th, 2010

What Would "Another Haiti" Look Like?

Written with Laura WagnerA slogan of Haiti’s popular movement – a grouping of many organized sectors, from community-based journalists, to cooperative street vendors, to children’s rights advocates – is ‘Another Haiti Is Possible.’ Most Haitians we speak with, whatever their sector or political persuasion, have very clear ideas of what ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

May 24th, 2010

Environment and Food in Haiti: Two Crises, One Solution

In part II of an interview, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste discusses the role that agriculture can play in Haiti in addressing both the environmental and food crises. (See “The Clock is Set to Zero” for the first part.) Jean-Baptiste is the Executive Director of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP by its ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

May 20th, 2010

Poverty Wage Assembly Plants as Development Strategy in Haiti: An Interview with the Center for Promotion of Women Workers

Written with Tory Field The U.S. Congress has passed bi-partisan legislation, the Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP) Act, that would extend and expand current trade law with Haiti to increase U.S. imports of Haitian assembled textiles. Passed May 5 and 6 by the House and Senate, respectively, the bill is ... continue reading

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May 13th, 2010

Foreign-Led Commission Now Govern Haiti: Voting Membership Determined by Size of Contribution

On April 15, the Haitian Parliament ratified a law extending by 18 months the state of emergency that President René Préval declared after the earthquake of January 12. The parliament also formally ceded its powers over finances and reconstruction, during the state of emergency, to a foreign-led Interim Commission for ... continue reading

Conner Gorry

Conner Gorry is Senior Editor of 'MEDICC Review: The International Journal of Cuban Health & Medicine'

May 11th, 2010

Making the Rounds: Hôpital Universitaire de la Paix

It’s not even 7:30 and already it’s hot and close as we board the bus for the circuitous, rubble-pocked ride to Hôpital Universitaire de la Paix. As the crow flies, it’s probably less than a mile from our tent camp to Port-au-Prince’s university teaching hospital, but weaving between vendors and ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

May 8th, 2010

The Urgency of Housing in Haiti, Part II: Government Destroys Refugee Camps, National Hurricane Center Predicts Busy Season

“Everything we owned got smashed. We lost everything.” Getro Nelio was not referring to the devastating earthquake of January 12. The unemployed, 24-year-old Haitian was speaking about losing his home a second time in three months, on this occasion due to the government. Since late March, armed Haitian police have ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

May 5th, 2010

The Urgency of Housing in Haiti: First Priority in Addressing Widespread Rape

The 7.3 earthquake which struck Haiti on January 12 was only the start of Haiti’s most recent catastrophe. It has been followed by an ever-deepening social and economic crisis for those whose survival was precarious before the quake, especially among the 1.3 million who were left homeless or displaced. For ... continue reading

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April 26th, 2010

Broadcasting Women's Voices in Haiti's Reconstruction: Women's Community Radio

Haitian women have been increasingly vocal and active in social, political, and economic issues since the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship in 1986. Though it has not come easily, their progress in changing gender relations of power within the home, within social movements, and within the nation has been steady. ... continue reading

Conner Gorry

Conner Gorry is Senior Editor of 'MEDICC Review: The International Journal of Cuban Health & Medicine'

April 23rd, 2010

Interview with Dr. Patrick Dely: Part II

“My future is to see my country transformed, a different country, where Haitians feel happy and proud to be in their country. Where they don’t need to emigrate, where Haitian children have access to education… I see myself working to make this Haiti a reality. My future is to work ... continue reading

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April 23rd, 2010

Addressing the Social Causes of Poor Health: Alternative Health and Healing in Haiti (Part III)

For most Haitians, when health care is available at all, it all too often treats the immediate problem only. Given the conditions under which the vast majority of Haitians live – dire poverty, malnourishment, and lack of access to water or sanitation – the next illness or physical challenge is ... continue reading

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April 16th, 2010

The Business of Disaster: Where's Haiti-Bound Money Going?

(Written with Tory Field)“A sweeping exercise in nation-building on a scale and scope not seen in generations,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the international donors conference on March 31 in New York, where foreign nations and other international institutions pledged $5.3 billion toward Haiti over the next 18 months, ... continue reading

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April 12th, 2010

Social and Psychological Well-Being: Alternative Health and Healing in Haiti (Part II)

Lenz Jean-Francois is a social psychologist. He is also a professor and provisional head of the psychology department of the School of Social Sciences of the State University of Haiti. He talks about how local organizations and institutions are using social psychology in Haiti’s post-earthquake context to help survivors heal. ... continue reading

Conner Gorry

Conner Gorry is Senior Editor of 'MEDICC Review: The International Journal of Cuban Health & Medicine'

April 8th, 2010

Interview with Dr Patrick Dely: Part I

Haitian Graduate of the Latin American Medical School“I want to see a Haiti where the kids go to school, where the adults have a job and when they leave their house they know they´ll come back and there will be food…People talk about the reconstruction of Haiti. But for me ... continue reading

April 5th, 2010

Guantanamo prisoners put aside food for Haiti

WASHINGTON, April 3 - A group of inmates at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are setting aside some of their food as a donation to Haiti’s earthquake victims, one of their lawyers told AFP. Allison Lefrak said Ravil Mingazov, the last Russian held in Guantanamo, told him by ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

April 1st, 2010

Healing Body and Heart, Cuban-Style: Alternative Health Care in Haiti (Part I)

(Written with Tory Field)The governments of Cuba, Brazil, and Haiti signed a trilateral accord on March 27 to rebuild the public health system in Haiti. Brazil committed $US80 million toward the effort and pledged to create a national epidemiologic surveillance network. The Cuban contribution includes more than 1,600 doctors, a ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

March 23rd, 2010

Where Solidarity Means Survivial: Lessons for Policy-Makers (Part I)

Perhaps more than anything today, Haiti needs a new macro-economy, one based above all on meeting the needs of its citizens. Post-earthquake economic restructuring could include equitable distribution of resources, high levels of employment with fair compensation, local production, and provision of social services. In the meantime, what saved many ... continue reading

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