Haitians’ suffering continues

Government ministers, international bankers and aid agencies gathered in Montreal Monday to discuss plans for reconstructing earthquake-ravaged Haiti. At the heart of their proposals is the exploitation of Haitian workers at poverty wages: here.

Videos of demonstrations in Montreal against US militarism in Haiti: here.

Haitian’s Protest for TPS from Aiyana Baida on Vimeo.

This video from the USA is called The Haitian community protested for temporary protection status in front of the Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach.

Two weeks after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, there is growing criticism of the US for undermining rescue and relief efforts by focusing almost entirely on the military occupation of the Caribbean nation: here.

The conservative response to the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti has been nothing less than sociopathic: here.

Hope For Haiti When? Here.

Photographer Jess Hurd reports from Haiti: here.

Three novels of Haiti by Madison Smartt Bell: here.

God Bless John Travolta’s big, confused and misguided heart. CNN reports Travolta, a licensed pilot, flew his own plane down to Haiti to bring supplies, several doctors, his wife and Scientology ministers: here.

4 thoughts on “Haitians’ suffering continues

  1. Peter Hallward: Securing disaster in Haiti

    By Peter Hallward
    January 21, 2010 — Nine days after the devastating earthquake that
    struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, it’s now clear that the initial phase
    of the US-led relief operation has conformed to the three fundamental
    tendencies that have shaped the more general course of the island’s
    recent history.[1] It has adopted military priorities and strategies. It
    has sidelined Haiti’s own leaders and government, and ignored the needs
    of the majority of its people. And it has proceeded in ways that
    reinforce the already harrowing gap between rich and poor. All three
    tendencies aren’t just connected, they are mutually reinforcing. These
    same tendencies will continue to govern the imminent reconstruction
    effort as well, unless determined political action is taken to
    counteract them.

    * Read more http://links.org.au/node/1476


  2. Fidel Castro on Haiti: Cuba `sends doctors, not soldiers’

    By Fidel Castro Ruz
    January 23, 2010 — In my reflection of January 14
    , two days after the catastrophe in
    Haiti, which destroyed that neighbouring sister nation of Haiti, I wrote:

    In the field of healthcare and other areas, Cuba — despite being a
    poor and blockaded country — has been cooperating with the Haitian
    people for many years. Around 400 doctors and healthcare experts are
    offering their services free of charge to the Haitian people. Our
    doctors are working every day in 227 of the country’s 337 communes.
    On the other hand, at least 400 young Haitians have trained as
    doctors in our homeland. They will now work with the reinforcement
    brigade which traveled there yesterday to save lives in this
    critical situation. Thus, without any special effort being made, up
    to 1000 doctors and healthcare experts can be mobilised, almost all
    of whom are already there willing to cooperate with any other state
    that wishes to save the lives of the Haitian people and rehabilitate
    the injured…

    * Read more http://links.org.au/node/1477

    Haiti’s `odious debt’ must be completely and unconditionally

    By Eric Toussaint and Sophie Perchellet
    Haiti was partially destroyed by an earthquake measuring 7 on the
    Richter scale. We have all shed tears and the media, as it bombards us
    with apocalyptic images, reports on generous financial pledges various
    states have made. Haiti needs to be rebuilt. But most mainstream
    comments fail to look beyond the terrible earthquake. While we are told
    that Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world, no explanations
    of why that is so are provided. We are led to believe that poverty just
    happened, that it is a situation beyond remedy, that Haiti is an
    “accursed land”.

    * Read more http://links.org.au/node/1475

    Venezuela steps up aid effort to Haiti, questions US military

    By Kiraz Janicke, Caracas
    January 20, 2010 – Venezuela has stepped up its aid effort to Haiti…
    Echoing his Nicaraguan counterpart Daniel Ortega, who accused the United
    States of “manipulating the tragedy to install North American troops in
    Haiti” and French Secretary of State for Cooperation Alain Joyandet, who
    criticised the US role in Haiti, saying the priority was “helping Haiti,
    not occupying Haiti”, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez also questioned
    the US military response to the disaster.

    * Read more http://links.org.au/node/1474


  3. Audio: The militarisation of ‘aid’ and the recolonisation of Haiti

    January 19, 2010 — Radio Basics via LeftClick — In this show, Canada’s
    Radio Basics discusses the social and historical context in which a
    natural disaster has become a social disaster of epic proportions.
    Guests are Kevin Pina of the Haiti Information Project, an investigative
    journalist who has worked on Haiti since 1991, and B.C. Holmes from
    Toronto Haiti Action, who just returned from Haiti days before the quake
    and tells us about the gross human rights abuses faced by Haitians at
    the hands of the occupiers since 2004.

    * Read more http://links.org.au/node/1471


  4. Cuban doctors in Haiti: `The worst tragedy is not being able to do

    January 18, 2010 — Since 1998, Cuba’s health cooperation with Haiti has
    made it possible for 6000 doctors, paramedics and health technicians to
    work there. Besides, 450 young Haitians have graduated as doctors from
    Cuban colleges, free of charge, in the past 12 years. More than 400
    Cuban specialists, 344 of them doctors and paramedics, have been in
    Haiti, jointly sponsored by the United Nations and the Cuban government.
    But in the wake of last Tuesday’s disaster, the largest earthquake ever
    to hit the Caribbean Basin, Cuba dispatched another team of 60 doctors,
    health technicians and medications to join the doctors on the ground in
    Haiti. Cuba has also sent ten tons of medications.

    * Read more http://links.org.au/node/1469


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