This video from the USA is called Haiti Devastation 1/5 – 1-14-2010 – Democracy NOW!
From the Trinidad and Tobago Express:
Rickey Singh, Barbados
Sunday, January 17th 2010
THE CARIBBEAN Community’s emergency aid mission to Haiti, comprising Heads of Government and leading technical officials, failed to secure permission Friday to land at that devasted country’s airport, now under the control of the United States.
Consequently, the Caricom ’assessment mission’, that was to determine priority humanitarian needs resulting from the mind-boggling earthquake disaster of Haiti last Tuesday, had to travel back from Jamaica to their respective home destinations..
On Friday afternoon the US State Department confirmed signing two ’Memoranda of Understanding’ with the Government of Haiti that made ’official that the United States was is in charge of all inbound and outbound flights and aid off-loading…’
Further, according to the agreements signed, US medical personnel ’now have the authority to operate on Haitian citizens and otherwise render medical assistance without having to wait for licences from Haiti’s government…’
Prior to the US taking control of Haiti’s airport, a batch of some 30 Cuban doctors had left Havana, following Wednesday’s earthquake, to join more than 300 of their colleagues who have been working there for more than a year.
Last evening the frustration suffered by the Caricom mission to get landing permission was expected to be raised in a scheduled meeting at Jamaica’s Norman Manley International Airport with US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton.
Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding who was making arrangements for the meeting with Clinton, following her visit earlier in the day to witness the devasation of the capital Port-au-Prince, said he could not comment on details to be discussed.
He, however, told this correspondent: ’I appreciate the chaos and confusion at Haiti’s airport, where there is just one operational runway. But Haiti is a member of Caricom and we simply have to be facilitated and the truth is, there is hardly a functioning government in Haiti…’
Asked whether the difficuties encountered by the Caricom mission may be related to reports that US authorities were not anxious to facilitate landing of aircraft from Cuba and Venezuela [Venezuela and Cuba are among Caricom member states], Prime Minister Golding said he could ’only hope that there is no truth to such immature thinking in the face of the horrific scale of Haiti’s tragedy…’
In Haiti, U.S. Accused of Blocking Airfield Needed for Rescue Efforts: here.
The US military has stepped up its control of disaster relief efforts in Haiti after President Barack Obama dispatched 9,000 soldiers to the devastated country and commandeered its ports and airports: here.
Medical Worker Outside of Port-Au-Prince: We Are Waiting For Patients That Have Yet To Arrive: here.
Haitians living in Britain have spoken of their heart-wrenching struggle to find out if loved ones missing since last week’s devastating earthquake are still alive: here.
British rescue workers used hammers and chisels to free a woman trapped beneath a collapsed concrete building in Haiti, an aid worker has said: here.
HAITI 200,000 DEAD! – one million people homeless: here.