Haiti, history and today

Hungry Haitians eat mudcakes, cartoon

The US Marines sent to Haiti by the Obama administration are being told to model their mission on the “success” of the 20-year occupation of Haiti by US Marines that ended in 1934: here.

David Wilson is a New York-based immigrant rights activist, contributor to the Weekly News Update on the Americas Web site, and co-author of the book The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers. He was visiting Haiti as part of a delegation to observe the Papaye Peasant Movement, a cooperative movement in the Central Plateau, and was in Port-au-Prince at the time of the earthquake. Here, he talks to Lucy Herschel about what he saw–and what lies ahead for Haiti.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has declared at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre that rich nations were “responsible” for the devastation in Haiti: here.

International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn has made a U-turn on the US-dominated financial institution’s attempt to burden earthquake-devastated Haiti with another $100 million (£61.7m) of debt: here.

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