Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Laurent Lamothe Ratified in the Dark

by Thomas Peralte (Haiti Liberte)

Three political events took place on May 14, 2012: Haiti’s Chamber of Deputies ratified the policy statement of Prime Minister-designate Laurent Lamothe; Haiti’s 49th Legislature closed its first ordinary session; and President Joseph Michel Martelly marked his first anniversary at Haiti’s helm.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Haiti's Cholera Crisis

Editorial, New York Times, Sunday May 13, 2012

The cholera epidemic in Haiti, which began in late 2010, is bad and getting worse, for reasons that are well understood and that the aid community has done far too little to resolve. A chronic lack of access to clean water and sanitation make Haitians vulnerable to spreading sickness, especially as spring rains bring floods, as they always do. Summer hurricanes are bound to come; more misery and death will follow. The Pan American Health Organization has said the disease could strike 200,000 to 250,000 people this year. It has already killed more than 7,000.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Danny Glover: The Good Cop

Danny Glover Interviewed by Stuart Jeffries of the UK Guardian

A few years ago, Danny Glover sat in his car and cried. The Hollywood star and political activist had just heard the news that his friend, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's first democratically elected president, had been toppled in a coup backed by the US and France. "It was 28 February 2004 and I sat in that parking lot crying uncontrollably, knowing that we'd have to start building again."

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Not in Haiti, but in Canada: Tales of Corruption, Waste and Deception

Canada's SNC-Lavalin is one large example of hypocrisy

by Roger Annis (Haiti Liberte)

A common refrain says that Haiti is a land of persistent and debilitating governmental corruption that prevents any meaningful human development from taking place. This is repeated ad nauseum by vested interests who gain from disinformation about the true cause of Haiti's underdevelopment. Even sincere people fall prey to what is the surface appearance of a deeper issue.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Haiti’s Fight for Transparency

by Jake Johnston (Caribbean Journal)
In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, donors pledged billions of dollars for reconstruction efforts. With those dollars was a commitment to “build back better”; this time was supposed to be different from previous big aid campaigns.

Friday, May 4, 2012

After Two Weeks Away President Martelly Returns to Haiti

by Thomas Peralte (Haiti Liberte)

On Mon., Apr. 30, 2012, President Joseph Michel Martelly returned to Haiti after spending two weeks in the U.S. to receive medical treatment.

Sen. Moise Jean-Charles says Lamothe Clinched Senate Approval by Distributing Money and Jobs

by Kim Ives (Haiti Liberte)

Sen. Moise Jean-Charles calls it the "vote of shame " and "a scandal."

On Apr, 10, 19 of Haiti’s 30 Senators approved the technical qualifications of Laurent Lamothe, President Joseph Michel Martelly’s prime ministerial nominee, despite vociferous objections and questions raised during a heated late-night session before the vote.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

As President Convalesces in Florida, Confusion and Chaos Grow in Haiti

by Kim Ives and Isabelle Papillon (Haiti Liberte)

Nearly a year after President Joseph Michel Martelly’s inauguration, Haiti appears to be descending into anarchy. Rebellion among policemen and former soldiers is growing, and several high profile killings have contributed to the atmosphere of crisis permeating the country.

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