Revisiting The Shock Doctrine in the Wake of Haiti Disaster - by Naomi Klein, Published on Friday, January 22, 2010 by CommonDreams.org - Editor's note: In the aftermath of the January 12th earthquake that ravaged (and continues to ravage) Haiti, as we witness the bravery and dignity of survivors and relief workers, we are wise to examine the deeper outlines of the historical roots that created the conditions for such a massive loss of life. We must simultaneously, however, begin to ponder what lies ahead for the people of Haiti as they emerge from the immediate calamity of the quake. As Naomi Klein meticulously revealed in her 2007 book, The Shock Doctrine, we understand that disasters of this kind can be moments of great upheaval and uncertainty, and that in these moments space is created that paves the way for new policies and new realities to emerge. In the following excerpt from her book, Klein explores those who were able to resist the worst inclinations of "disaster capitalism" - in this case Thai villagers whose homes were decimated by the India Ocean tsunami - by harnessing the power of community and solidarity to supplant the role that financial interests and neo-liberal elites sought to play in the aftermath of crisis:More..
Bottled Water Supplies in Port-au-Prince Airport Being Distributed…to US Embassy - In the airport in Port-au-Prince, huge pallets of aid, including medical supplies, food and water, sit in fields around the tarmac. Amy Goodman reports on how hundreds of cases of bottled water are being delivered to the US embassy.
To Heal Haiti, Look to History, Not Nature - By Mark Danner, NYT Op-Ed Contributor - HAITI is everybody’s cherished tragedy. Long before the great earthquake struck the country like a vengeful god, the outside world, and Americans especially, described, defined, marked Haiti most of all by its suffering. Epithets of misery clatter after its name like a ball and chain: Poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. One of the poorest on earth. For decades Haiti’s formidable immiseration has made it among outsiders an object of fascination, wonder and awe. ...More.
CIA Contractor Now Flying Spy Drone Over Haiti - by Noah Shachtman, Published on Thursday, January 21, 2010 by Wired - A controversial CIA contractor has found new work in Haiti, flying drones on disaster recovery duty. When last we heard from Evergreen International Aviation, the Oregon-based firm was offering to post sentries at local voting centers during the 2008 election,"detaining troublemakers" and making sure voters "do not get out of control." More..
Blocking Doctors? Let the Aid to Haiti Go Through. - Published on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 by CommonDreams.org - by Robert Naiman - The TV story seems to be that aid from America is pouring in to Haiti. But on the ground the US military is blocking doctors and American aid workers with longstanding relationships in Haiti from bringing in desperately needed aid, and the US is also being slow to expand airdrops of water, water purification tablets, and food. Where is the United States Congress? Because the US military is involved, does that mean no-one can say anything? Yesterday, Doctors Without Borders reported that ...More...
How Western Domination Has Undermined Haiti's Ability to Recover from Natural Devastation
By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! - An interview with journalist Kim Ives about Washington's domination of Haiti. More »
Topos: si te tocas el corazón no avanzas - Blanche Petrich/ I , enviada. La Jornada, Viernes 22 de enero de 2010, p. 20 - Puerto Príncipe, 21 de enero. Los Topos Tlatelolco y los Topos Cancún empacaron ya lo que queda de su equipo. Este incluye, desde luego, a Sofi, su perrita rescatadora raza schnauzer. Se van este viernes. Ellos son los rescatistas mexicanos que se independizaron del protocolo de salvamento en caso de desastre de la ONU que la Marina-Armada y la Secretaría de Gobernación de México aplicaron a rajatabla. Este manual de escritorio, que algunos especialistas consideran que a partir de este desatre sin precedente debe revisarse, establece que en las primeras 72 horas debe concluirse el procedimiento de búsqueda y rescate. Por tanto, en ese instante su función concluye. Más...
Haití: Estrategia del caos para una invasión - José Luis Vivas - ALAI AMLATINA, 18/01/2010.- El terremoto que arrasó Puerto Príncipe el 12 de enero pasado ofrece una pretexto inmejorable para justificar la enésima invasión y ocupación militar del Haití, ya ocupado desde 2004, pero ahora directamente por los principales promotores de esa ocupación, sin intermediarios. Motivos, políticos y estratégicos, no faltan. De paso, serviría para escarmentar al principal intermediario de la actual ocupación, Brasil, que a pesar de los buenos servicios prestados en Haití no se ha portado de la misma forma en relación al reciente golpe de Estado en Honduras. Más..