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March 18th, 2010

What Haitians Want From Americans (And What They Don't)

We asked Haitians in civil society organizations, on the streets, in buses, “What do you want from the U.S.? What help can Americans give Haiti?” Here are some of their answers. Roseanne Auguste, community health worker with the Association for the Promotion of Integrated Family Health: The U.S. people don’t ... continue reading

Conner Gorry

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

March 8th, 2010

Two of the 170,000+ "Cases"

I do a lot of listening here, asking far fewer questions than I usually would and I never inquire about family… Case IThere’s a light drizzle falling as the busload of doctors, nurses, and 5th year medical students head out for the morning’s work in the Cuban health posts known ... continue reading

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March 8th, 2010

Haitian Women Mourn the Dead, Recommit to the Living: International Women's Day (Part I)

All over Haiti on March 8, International Women’s Day, women’s groups will meet to honor their dead and raise up their living. As for how to raise up the living, Myriam Merlet, a pioneering feminist who died in the earthquake once said this: “This society [must] get to a different ... continue reading

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March 5th, 2010

Non-Random Acts of Kindness

My 85-year-old mother left a message on my phone right after the earthquake. “I’ve found 44 baskets around the house and wonder if you can help get them to Haiti. They’re so pretty, and I think they would be good for people to keep their belongings in.” Expressions of kindness ... continue reading

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March 4th, 2010

The Clock Is Set at Zero

Chavannes Jean-Baptiste is the Executive Director of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP by its Creole acronym) and the spokesperson for the National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papay (MPNKP). He gave this interview last month in MPP’s training center in the rambling, fertile fields and gardens in the ... continue reading

Conner Gorry

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

March 2nd, 2010

Cuban-Trained US Docs Complete Haiti Mission

A team of US doctors trained at Cuba’s Latin American Medical School (ELAM) returned home today after serving a month alongside colleagues from Haiti, Cuba, Honduras and elsewhere in the Cuban field hospital at Croix des Bouquets east of Port-au-Prince. The seven women—five New Yorkers and two Californians—belonged to the ... continue reading

March 1st, 2010

Rain, floods hit quake-ravaged Haiti, kill 13

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Floods and mudslides killed at least 13 people in Haiti over the weekend, raising fears about the vulnerability of survivors of the January 12 earthquake, officials and aid workers said on Monday. Haiti's civil protection agency said four people died when floodwaters triggered by torrential rains swept ... continue reading

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February 27th, 2010

"Post-Disaster Needs Assessment" Whose Needs? Whose Assessment?

The Haitian government has been largely silent since the January 12 earthquake. Publicly, that is. Who knows what officials are saying behind closed doors to international governments and other donors? Citizens don’t. They have heard from President René Préval about his personal losses from the quake – his shirts, his ... continue reading

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February 24th, 2010

Haiti: Country Hospitality

“Yon sèl dwèt pa manje kalalou,” says Christroi Petit-homme, a member of a peasant farmer organization. You can’t eat gumbo with one finger. Peasant groups throughout rural Haiti form the fingers of the hand, reaching out with humanitarian aid for those left bereft after the earthquake. U.S. Ambassador Ken Merten ... continue reading

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February 24th, 2010

Raising Up Another Haiti

As Haiti moves forward from the current point of devastation of its population, capitol city, and economy, what could a different nation look like?Who knows better than the Haitian majority? Why not ask them what they need and want?Their perspectives have been sorely lost from the post-earthquake plans of some ... continue reading

February 24th, 2010

Haiti buys 50,000 tents from China to help people made homeless by earthquake

HAITI has bought 50,000 tents from China, but needs at least 150,000 more to shelter the people made homeless by the January 12 earthquake, Haitian Prime Minister Rene Preval says. "We've purchased 50,000 tents from China for $5 million, that's $100 per unit. They'll be arriving here this week," Preval ... continue reading

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February 23rd, 2010

Collapsed House, No Number

“Collapsed house, no number” is an old expression that Haitians uses to indicate that their flimsy homes of sticks-and-mud or shoddy cement blocks have finally fallen apart. Today that expression could serve as the motto for the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Take Helia Lajeunesse, an unemployed children’s rights activist. When ... continue reading

February 22nd, 2010

HAITI: Private Contractors 'Like Vultures Coming to Grab the Loot'

VANCOUVER, Canada - Critics are concerned that private military contractors are positioning themselves at the centre of an emerging "shock doctrine" for earthquake-ravaged Haiti.Next month, a prominent umbrella organisation for private military and logistic corporations, the International Peace Operations Association (IPOA), is co-organising a "Haiti summit" which aims to bring ... continue reading

February 20th, 2010

A Successful Model?

Despite the fact that over a million people remained homeless in Haiti one month after the earthquake, the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Ken Merten, is quoted at a State Department briefing on February 12 as saying: "In terms of humanitarian aid delivery.frankly, it's working really well, and I believe that ... continue reading

February 20th, 2010

In devastated Haiti, a wary look to the sky

Earthquake-ravaged Haitians are facing a new threat: the upcoming rainy season. Aid workers are warning that 1.2 million people left homeless by the powerful Jan. 12 quake still lack basic shelter and latrines, putting them at high risk of flash floods, mudslides, and diseases such as typhoid and malaria. Some ... continue reading

February 18th, 2010

Haiti students fear future buried in rubble

Port-au-Prince, Haiti -- It was once a proud center of learning, a bastion of Creole language and culture. But now students say that their potential for knowledge, like so many of their classmates, is buried under the rubble of The Faculty of Applied Linguistics in Port-au-Prince Haiti. Haiti's devastating earthquake ... continue reading

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February 18th, 2010

Survival Stories

Everyone in Haiti knows many amazing stories about those who survived the earthquake, and at least an equal number of horror stories about those who didn’t. Here are a few from those who survived. Bishop André Pierre starts our conversation this way: “How are you doing, Father André?” “Oh, fine. ... continue reading

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February 18th, 2010

Magalie Marcelin

“A loss for the whole nation.” That is how one of Magalie Marcelin’s friends described the death of this women’s rights leader in Haiti’s earthquake January 12. Magalie was at the forefront of the 1980s birth of the contemporary women’s movement in Haiti (‘contemporary’ because recorded actions for gender equity ... continue reading

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February 17th, 2010

Community and Popular Radio in Haiti Today

Sony Esteus is squeezed into an elementary school chair, the kind with the curved piece of wood in front, in a courtyard. Around him are chickens, a fly-swarmed pile of compost, a truck, and a tent. Sony runs his laptop off of an extension cord running out a window. The ... continue reading

February 16th, 2010

Officials urge clothing companies to buy Haiti apparel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. trade official urged clothing manufacturers and retailers on Tuesday to help rebuild Haiti by importing 1 percent of their apparel production from the earthquake-ravaged country."One percent may seem small, but it means new jobs and new opportunities for the Haitian people who so desperately ... continue reading

February 15th, 2010

Punks Help Haiti

Believe it or not, doing good works and assisting your community in nothing new in the world of punk rock. Because healthcare doesn't come with indie-label contracts and temp jobs, there's bound to be at least one benefit show on the calendar of your local club where the bands have ... continue reading

February 14th, 2010

Haiti's Women Rise From the Rubble

On March 7, 2004, Haitian women’s rights advocate Myriam Merlet penned a letter to sister advocates in the Caribbean. “Tomorrow is International Women's Day, and right now, with the sound of gunshots in the background… and dozens of national and international gunshot victims in the hospital and in the morgue, ... continue reading

February 13th, 2010

Pain 'too heavy for words,' says Haitian president

Haitian President Rene Preval asked his people Friday to "dry their eyes" and rebuild their shattered country a month after the catastrophic Jan. 12 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people.One month to the day after the magnitude 7.0 quake wrecked the capital, Port-au-Prince, and surrounding towns and cities, Preval ... continue reading

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February 12th, 2010

Beyond Disaster Aid to Solidarity

People have all kinds of things to say about where Haiti should go from here, and how it should get there. It’s an old story, that of being sure what’s best for the Haitian people, trying to remake Haiti in one’s own image. In this case, we don’t have to ... continue reading

February 12th, 2010

Haiti holds day of mourning for earthquake victims

Haiti is holding a day of national mourning exactly a month after the earthquake struck, killing at least 217,000 people. A ceremony is due to begin shortly near the devastated cathedral in the centre of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Another service has been held at the site of a mass grave ... continue reading

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Apr 3rd
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Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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Mar 31st
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Mar 24th
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Mar 23rd
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Mar 21st
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Mar 21st
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Mar 19th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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Mar 14th
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