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Re: Support The Relief Efforts In Haiti by Nobody: 8:45pm On Dec 17, 2011

Count me out.
For who jah curse, let no man bless.

Re: Support The Relief Efforts In Haiti by igbo2011(m): 1:47pm On Dec 25, 2011

The west have ruined lots of countries, the West are no different to dictators, they want to call the shots all the time, they woe and dine dictators and the next minute they topple them. Gaddaffi and Mubarak spring to mind, the West knew how ruthless and oppressive they were but turned a blind eye for years but suddendly realised they had to go. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Russia are controlled by tyrants but the West are not trying to topple them, the West are pick and mix hypocrites. African leaders need to stop sulking up to the West.

Very true. But they tried to kill Gaddaffi for like 20 years, this is nothing new. Mubarak used to be a puppet but you need to understand. Western powers have no permanent friends, they have permanent interests. THey will suport one person as long as they play ball. If they don't play ball then they die or get overthrown. This can be in 1 year or 32 years. Whenever the puppet wants to be free they are gone.
Re: Support The Relief Efforts In Haiti by AfroBlue(m): 10:53am On Jan 07, 2012
Haiti: Seven Places Where Earthquake Money Did and Did Not Go
by Bill Quigley and Amber Ramanauskas
Haiti, a close neighbor of the US with over nine million people, was devastated by earthquake on January 12, 2010. Hundreds of thousands were killed and many more wounded.

The UN estimated international donors gave Haiti over $1.6 billion in relief aid since the earthquake (about $155 per Haitian) and over $2 billion in recovery aid (about $173 per Haitian) over the last two years.

Yet Haiti looks like the earthquake happened two months ago, not two years. Over half a million people remain homeless in hundreds of informal camps, most of the tons of debris from destroyed buildings still lays where it fell, and cholera, a preventable disease, was introduced into the country and is now an epidemic killing thousands and sickening hundreds of thousands more.

It turns out that almost none of the money that the general public thought was going to Haiti actually went directly to Haiti. The international community chose to bypass the Haitian people, Haitian non-governmental organizations and the government of Haiti. Funds were instead diverted to other governments, international NGOs, and private companies.

Re: Support The Relief Efforts In Haiti by AfroBlue(m): 11:14pm On Jan 07, 2012
Re: Support The Relief Efforts In Haiti by AfroBlue(m): 1:52pm On Jan 12, 2012

Thousands of Haitians march demanding jobs, housing

Jacqueline Charles

As thousands peacefully took to the streets in Haiti’s quake-scarred capital city Wednesday, Haitian officials and foreign diplomats focused on rebuilding the country’s shattered economy with new commitments of more than $240 million in foreign aid.
On the second anniversary Thursday of the earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people, frustrations are mounting but Haitian leaders and foreign donors are trying to lay the foundation for change and move the conversation away from aid to development and job opportunities for millions of Haitians who currently rely on informal jobs, remittances and nongovernmental organizations to survive.

“If you ask people in the camps what do you want? They don’t say housing first,’’ said Nigel Fisher, the United Nations head humanitarian official in Haiti. “They’ll say jobs first, jobs second, jobs third. Then they’ll say an education for our kids. It’s misguided to think the response to displacement is housing. It’s jobs to give people the choices of what to do, where to live, how to use their money.”

In the northern border city of Ouanaminthe, former U.S. President Bill Clinton promoted job creation as the key to Haiti’s progress by visiting two projects, a factory operated by the shoe-making company Timberland, and a farm whose production includes nuts used in peanut butter to treat malnourished children.

Both projects are in a region hundreds of miles north of the quake-affected capital. But the tragedy came to them when more than 8,000 quake victims showed up in the aftermath of the disaster. Many have since returned to the capital, unable to find work, the town’s mayor said.

“This year we want to commemorate not just what happened, but we want to be looking forward,” said Clinton, standing on the Timberland factory floor in an industrial park that employs almost 7,000 Haitians. “To me, this is an example of the kinds of things other companies can do. There are a lot of American companies that donated money, for example, to help Haiti in the aftermath of the quake that could invest where they haven’t considered it yet.”

By American standards, the number of workers employed by both the farm and factory are small. But they represent the kind of effort, Clinton said, that will help Haiti’s economy grow and its people to sustain themselves.

He noted that Timberland came to help Haitians reforest and later found that it could not only put money in farmers’ pockets, but also turn a profit employing Haitians in manufacturing. The company has operated a factory in the neighboring Dominican Republic since 1982, an official said.

“I don’t think you can put 100 percent of the unemployed people to work in apparel, for example,” Clinton said. “But I don’t think you can build a modern economy without manufacturing being an important part of it.”

On Wednesday, several thousand Haitians marched through downtown Port-au-Prince to parliament. Holding up signs, they demanded jobs and land reforms to allow for more temporary and permanent housing. The sign hoisted up by one man read: “I am 25 and I’ve never held a job.”

At one point the demonstrators pushed against the perimeter gate surrounding the temporary parliament area demanding to speak with lawmakers and a small group was eventually allowed to enter.

The protest, supported by several grassroots organizations, occurred not far from the Champ de Mars, the sprawling public plaza in front of the broken presidential place. Once the pride of Haitians, it has become an eyesore with thousands of tarp-covered shacks of quake victims.

President Michel Martelly announced Wednesday that he was relocating the 20,000 residents of the plaza. Turning to Canada’s visiting International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda, he said the relocation “means a lot for us Haitians. It means that reconstruction is on its way. Things are going back to normal.’’

Canada announced it was giving Haiti $20 million toward the relocation.

This week the EU also announced that it was giving $42.8 million to the Haitian government to help displaced people return home, rehabilitate neighborhoods, and repair and reconstruct 11,000 damaged and destroyed houses. The project will focus on the neighborhoods of Martissant and Baillergeau in Port-au-Prince.

The aid announcements, including another $180 million from the World Bank for investments in education and infrastructure, come as Haitians criticize the progress of recovery efforts. Some lawmakers also oppose renewing the mandate of the much-criticized U.S.-backed commission charged with recovery.

“What progress? We still have 500,000 people under tents,” said Sen. Steven Benoit, who represents the region that includes the capital. “Billions were wasted.”

The U.N.’s Fisher said he can understand the frustrations, but people should remember that Haiti’s problems did not begin on Jan. 12, 2010.

“So much of what we are seeing today and dealing with today is the Haiti that existed before the earthquake — the lack of social infrastructure accessible to the poor, the lack of jobs, weak government,’’ he said. “These kinds of things don’t get resolved by a year or two of humanitarian and early recovery assistance.”

Still, there has been progress.

In Petionville, two major parks are cleared of tents. The country’s private sector announced more than $100 million in projects and Clinton and Prime Minister Garry Conille plan to announce on Thursday a new $7 million science university. Almost half of the money was raised by members of Haiti’s private sector. The Clinton Bush Foundation gave $2 million and bought all of the lab equipment.

Earlier this week, Paul Farmer, a deputy to Clinton in his role as U.N. Special Envoy, unveiled what will be the country’s largest hospital when construction is completed in the spring. The privately funded $16 million, 320-bed hospital is in the city of Mirebalais, 30 miles north of Port-au-Prince. It expects to employ 900 Haitian clinical and support staff while treating about 500 patients a day.

“It’s probably five times bigger than initially planned and built to earthquake standards. This thing is unbreakable and unshakeable,” said Farmer, sitting in one of the rooms of the pristine white building.

Although the teaching hospital, which will be publicly run, was conceived before the quake, Farmer said, it was made possible because of the quake.

“Two years after the earthquake we are behind where we want to be. But I also think we may have had unrealistic goals,” Farmer said. “We should have seen cholera coming. We should have known that internal, constitutionally demanding elections would slow down reconstruction. All of those things weren’t really factored in the projects…. So we are behind.”

Still, Clinton said he’s not discouraged. “By the end of the year, we will have our best year yet,” he said. “I think we will have a lot of new employment.”

Miami Herald Photographer Carl Juste and Herald Special Correspondent Amelie Barron contributed to this report from Port-au-Prince.
Re: Support The Relief Efforts In Haiti by AfroBlue(m): 6:21am On Jan 14, 2012
Haiti, Raped by the U.S. Since 2004, and Still Bleeding
Wed, 01/11/2012 - 02:28 — Glen Ford

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
The horrific squandering of Haitian lives and earthquake relief and aid dollars by the occupying powers over the past two years are direct consequences of previous imperial crimes. “Since 2004, Haiti has been methodically stripped of its sovereignty, made into a protectorate of the United Nations,” which is merely a front for the United States. “The earthquake of January 2010 was a natural phenomenon that happened to take place while a rape was in progress.”

Haiti, Raped by the U.S. Since 2004, and Still Bleeding
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
“The United States has flexed every superpower muscle to prolong Haiti’s agony.”
In the American media, Haiti is most often spoken of as a tragedy – when it is actually the scene of horrific crimes, mainly perpetrated by the United States over the span of two centuries. For the past two years, since the earthquake that shook the life out of hundreds of thousands of already deeply wounded people, the United States has flexed every superpower muscle to prolong Haiti’s agony.
Half a million people are still homeless, two years after the quake, despite the billions in relief and recovery aid pledged by international donors. Sixty percent of the rubble has yet to be removed from the capital and its suburbs, and 6,000 people have died from a cholera epidemic brought into the country by United Nations troops. The UN has still not seen fit to apologize for being the vector of disease, because the UN is not accountable to the people of Haiti – only to the United States. The Americans used a huge chunk of their so-called aid money to reimburse themselves for the cost of their military occupation of the country. Dead, dying, sick, starving, homeless Haitians are made to pay for their own imprisonment in their native land, while Washington gloats that it is Haiti’s last, best hope, and that the catastrophic earthquake might have been a good thing, a chance for a “new beginning” under Washington's firm guidance.
Millions were spent to choreograph crooked elections that brought to office a government with no power, even less money, and not a shred of dignity – a puppet regime held in absolute disrespect by its American puppeteers.
“Washington gloats that it is Haiti’s last, best hope, and that the catastrophic earthquake might have been a good thing.”
Meanwhile, Haiti’s most popular political party remains, for all official purposes, an outlaw, effectively banned from civic participation. The Haitian people are not allowed to speak. And this is the heart of the crime, from which all the grand and petty assaults on the Haitian nation, flow. This week’s anniversary of the killer earthquake is full of morbid statistics on physical destruction, death and disease, but the appalling numbers cannot separate these two years of horror from the crimes that came before: the isolation and armed extortion of Haiti by United States and Europe following her 1804 victory against French slavery, leaving the Black republic with a debt that was not paid off until the 1940s; the 26 separate invasions of Haiti by the United States from 1849 to 1915, followed by a nearly 20-year occupation that lasted until 1934; and the U.S. overthrow of Haiti's popularly elected president, Jean Bertrand Aristide, in 2004, the 200th anniversary of Haiti's independence. Since 2004, Haiti has been methodically stripped of its sovereignty, made into a protectorate of the United Nations, which is merely a front for the real rulers, the United States and its junior partners, France and Canada.
The earthquake of January 2010 was a natural phenomenon that happened to take place while a rape was in progress. The rapists in Washington take their greatest pleasure in Haiti's degradation. Haiti needs nothing from the United States, except to be left alone, as a free nation in the world, to make friends as it chooses. It is not natural disaster that holds her back, but Unclad U.S. aggression – because all people have the capacity to rise, unless they are held down by overwhelming force.
For Black Agenda Radio, I'm Glen Ford. On the web, go to www.BlackAgendaReport.com.
BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.
Re: Support The Relief Efforts In Haiti by blackspade(m): 1:42am On Jan 16, 2012
Brazil does it right.

Haitians in Brazil get visas but border checks increase

Brazil is granting residence visas to some 4,000 Haitians already in the country but is stepping up border checks to stem a further influx.

The move follows an increase in migrants leaving Haiti to seek work in Brazil's booming economy.

Many arrive in remote border towns after being brought to South America by people-smugglers and trekking through the jungles of Peru and Bolivia.

Haiti is still struggling to recover from the January 2010 earthquake.

The Brazilian Justice Ministry announced on Tuesday that some 4,000 Haitians who had arrived in the country since the devastating quake would be granted residence and work visas.

These include 1,600 migrants who had already been authorised to stay and some 2,000 more who are in the country illegally.

But the Brazilians authorities stressed that this was a one-off move.

From now on, Haitians would need to apply at the Brazilian embassy in Port-au-Prince for one of the 100 work visas available per month, officials said.

"The government will not be indifferent to the Haitians' vulnerable economic situation. But those who don't have a visas will not be allowed into Brazil," said Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo.

The Brazilian authorities say they are also reinforcing border checks and will talk to neighbouring governments on ways of tackling people-smuggling.

Many migrants flew to Ecuador and then were taken by traffickers through Peru or Bolivia.

Most of the Haitians have been gathering in the towns of Tabatinga and Brasilieia, the French news agency AFP reports.

Demand for manual labourers is strong in Brazil, where there are infrastructure and building projects under way, many linked to the planned 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games being held in the country.

Re: Support The Relief Efforts In Haiti by asmith1617: 6:23am On Jan 25, 2012
Well it's looks like they stole all the money donated to Haiti.  look at this documentary called "Haiti Where Did All The Money Go?"

1.4 Billion Americans half of US households gave money.

Re: Support The Relief Efforts In Haiti by AfroBlue(m): 12:39pm On Feb 18, 2012
HAITI: The Macoutification of Martelly’s Power
Martelly Mustering Haitian-American Hit Squad in Miami?



On eve of carnival, political crisis looms in Haiti

As Haitians prepare to celebrate pre-Lenten carnival, a looming political crisis is raising concerns among the country’s foreign friends.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/17/v-fullstory/2647547/on-eve-of-carnival-political-crisis.html#storylink=cpy
Re: Support The Relief Efforts In Haiti by aglomar: 12:36pm On Feb 23, 2012
The victims of d incessant bombings in Nigeria need aid too.

Re: Support The Relief Efforts In Haiti by Nobody: 6:33pm On Apr 09, 2012
Are they not relieved by now?

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