Haiti, Forgive Us by Amy Goodman + “The plan of death” + FAD: a charitable organization run by Haitian youths


by Amy Goodman
Feb 9, 2010

The tragedy of the Haitian earthquake continues to unfold, with slow delivery of aid, the horrific number of amputations performed out of desperate medical necessity, more than a million homeless, perhaps 240,000 dead, hunger, dehydration, the emergence of infections and waterborne diseases, and the approach of the rainy season, which will be followed by the hurricane season. Haiti has suffered a massive blow, an earthquake for which its infrastructure was not prepared, after decades—no, centuries—of military and economic manipulation by foreign governments, most notably the United States and France.


via Amy Goodman: Haiti, Forgive Us – Truthdig


The “shock doctrine” for Haiti

Ashley Smith reports that the U.S. is reviving what Haitians call “the plan of death.”
February 8, 2010

ONE MONTH after the devastating earthquake, Haiti continues to suffer under apocalyptic conditions.

The quake killed more than 200,000 people, injured 250,000 and has left over 3 million dependent on assistance for food, water and housing. Contrary to the puff pieces in the media, the relief operation has been a miserable failure. The United Nations admitted at the end of January that had only been able to feed 1 million people, leaving many more without access to food. Whole sections of Port-au-Prince and surrounding towns never even saw relief convoys.

Amid this catastrophe, imperial powers and corporate vultures are circling, eyeing the profits to be made from reconstruction.

The Street, an investment Web site, published an article, misleadingly titled “An Opportunity to Heal Haiti,” that lays out how U.S. corporations can cash in on the catastrophe. “Here are some companies,” they write, “that could potentially benefit: General Electric, Caterpillar, Deere, Fluor, Jacobs Engineering.”


via The “shock doctrine” for Haiti | SocialistWorker.org.


Are Haitians going to be exploited? Interview with Ashley Smith

February 12, 2010

Relief efforts in Haiti have been a disaster and the country remains mired in apocalyptic – to make matters worse, imperial powers and corporate vultures are circling, eyeing the profits to be made from reconstruction. Ashley Smith reports that the US is reviving what Haitians call “the plan of death”, a shock Doctrine for Haiti imposed by the US in the 70s and 80s to undermine the economy, use cheap Haitian labor. Fast forward to today, the US is pushing ahead with the same kind of plan.


FAD: a charitable organization run by Haitian youths

Inside Disaster
February 12, 201

Port-au-Prince – Since the day I met Emmanuel and Johnny in front of the Embassy, we have continued working together. They are the students you can see in the blog from January the 24th, “There isn’t much of a future for us”.

I’ve been paying them for their work as “fixers”. I thought they would carefully save the money for their very uncertain future, or perhaps spend it on basics to improve their comfort in the camp, like getting their own tent and so on.


via FAD: a charitable organization run by Hatian youths | Inside Disaster


FAD: a charitable organization run by Haitian youths

on Dec 21, 2010

Nico Jolliet films the first event after the earthquake hosted by FAD (Fonds DActions pour le Développement), a charity run by local youths whose goal is to help the underprivileged kids around Cité Soleil and Bas Delmas.

Read the associated blog post at: http://insidedisaster.com


Haiti quake aftermath

February 12, 2010

It is just over a month since Haiti’s earthquake struck, killing at least 200,000 people.

A day of remembrance has been called across the country as survivors continue to pick up pieces.

But as Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Port-au-Prince, the capital, the extent of death, destruction and injury caused by the quake is still emerging – and Haitians are angry at the slow response by their government to help (February 12, 2010)

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Catastrophe in Haiti by Ashley Smith

The Kidnapping of Haiti by John Pilger