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Haiti: Housing effort said to lag (Two articles)

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By Reuters, New York Times, April 16, 2014

A post-earthquake housing program in Haiti financed by the United States Agency for International Development has delivered only a quarter of the planned number of houses at nearly twice the estimated cost, a government audit has determined. The housing program was part of reconstruction efforts after Haiti endured a devastating earthquake in January 2010 that killed more than 200,000 people and destroyed about 105,000 houses. The audit found that the development agency had severely underestimated the cost and the complexity of building homes in Haiti.

Et tu, brute? Haiti’s betrayal by Latin America


For the 10th year since the forcible removal of elected Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from Haiti, the United Nations has renewed the mandate of an occupying “peacekeeping force” in the country. The unanimous vote about Haiti happened in an October 14, 2014 meeting of the Security Council that took less than 25 minutes. 

By Dady Cherie, newsjunkiepost, October 18, 2014

Baby Doc is dead but his shadow lingers over Haiti


By Ben Terrall, counterpunch, October 12, 2014

The October 4 death of former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier in Port-au-Prince has justly garnered world-wide attention. But too much about current Haitian politics has been left out of this round of media coverage.

Ebola in Africa, by Dr. Paul Farmer

By Paul Farmer, in "Diary', London Review of Books, Vol 36, #20, Oct 23, 2014

I have just returned from Liberia with a group of physicians and health activists. We are heading back in a few days. The country is in the midst of the largest ever epidemic of Ebola haemorrhagic fever. It’s an acute and brutal affliction. Ebola is a zoonosis – it leaps from animal hosts to humans – which is caused by a filovirus (a thread-like virus that causes internal and external bleeding). It was first described in 1976 in rural Congo, not far from the Ebola River, as an acute-onset syndrome characterised by complaints of weakness, followed by fever and abdominal pain. Patients became dehydrated as a consequence of fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. Many became delirious and started to haemorrhage from the mouth, nose, vagina, at sites where intravenous lines had been placed, even from the eyes.

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Jean-Claude Duvalier is dead but Duvalierism in Haiti lives on in the Martelly regime

By Thomas Peralte, Haiti Liberte, Oct 7, 2014

On Sat., Oct. 4, 2014, at about 10 am, word of the death of Haiti's former tyrant, Jean-Claude Duvalier, circulated through the streets of Port-au-Prince. A short time later, one of Duvalier's lawyers, Reynold Georges, confirmed the news on several radio stations in the capital. There was no display of sadness among people in the streets of Haiti.

Jean-Claude Duvalier, 63, died of a heart attack at the home of one his close friends, former Col. Joseph Baguidy, former head of the neo-Duvalierist National Intelligence Service (SIN), the Haitian CIA.

Canada stonewalls reporter seeking information on Philippines Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) relief

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Quest for Philippines typhoon data spins in Canada’s bureaucracy’s vortex

To try to find out how many Typhoon Haiyan victims were fast-tracked into Canada is to enter the realm of the surreal, and to correspond with a federal employee apparently named 'Statistics Statistiques'.

By Amy Dempsey, in Toronto Star,  Sunday Oct 12, 2014

Dear Hon. Minister Chris Alexander,

Sorry to bother you, but I have some questions I’m hoping you can answer. Ready? Here they are:

No state funeral for 'Baby Doc' Duvalier

By Jacqueline Charles, The Miami Herald, Oct. 8, 2014

Haiti’s former President-for-life Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier will have to settle for a low-key, non-official affair when he is laid to rest Saturday. The State will not be sponsoring his funeral, a government source familiar with the decision told the Miami Herald.

The source said the government did not want to be the one rehabilitating Duvalier’s image, and that its responsibility must be to the tens of thousands who were killed, tortured, disappeared and forced into exile during his and his father’s 29-year dictatorial rule in an impoverished Haiti.