Advice for Hillary Clinton on Her Brother’s Bad Judgment

Advice for Hillary Clinton on Her Brother’s Bad Judgment

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, is on the advisory board of a company that is trying to mine gold in Haiti. No one should be judged based on decisions made by family members, but here is why Hillary Clinton is in...
Haiti’s Hard Place

Haiti’s Hard Place

Americans are optimistic sorts. That makes it hard to fathom Haiti’s grim circumstances, even though the country is just 700 miles from Miami. Business there is controlled by a handful of elite repressive families, the infrastructure doesn’t support...
Just Another Corporate Profit Center

Just Another Corporate Profit Center

Richer countries Flex their might, Holding poor ones In plight. U.S. media outlets tend to report Haiti strictly as a land of tragedy. Its hapless citizens seem endlessly beset with earthquakes, floods, cholera, hunger, and bad government. Unfortunately, our press...
Don’t Recreate Haiti’s Army

Don’t Recreate Haiti’s Army

Haitian President Michel Martelly finds himself in an increasingly difficult position on the military question. In mid-May, several former army officers met with Martelly and urged him to uphold his presidential campaign promise that, if elected, he would reintroduce...
Haiti’s Recovery Ultimately Contingent on Education

Haiti’s Recovery Ultimately Contingent on Education

(Pictured: Katya.) Log #1 — July 15, 2011 This morning I woke up after the best night’s sleep I think I’ve had in a while. There’s absolutely nothing compared to being home. I landed in Haiti yesterday afternoon. The hustle and bustle of the...
Martelly: Haiti’s New Hope

Martelly: Haiti’s New Hope

Since the catastrophic January 2010 earthquake, Haitians have seen little improvement in their standard of living. More than 500,000 people remain displaced, the cholera epidemic worsens by the day, the living conditions for women and girls in tent camps are...
Haiti, the Caribbean Sweatshop

Haiti, the Caribbean Sweatshop

Working life Would make you wince; Should you visit Port-au-Prince. It’s baseball season in America. For years, for every ball that was scuffed in the dirt or fouled in the stands, another was quietly stitched in an abysmal Haitian sweatshop owned by Rawlings...

WikiLeaks: Haiti Disaster Capitalism’s Latest Electroshock Patient

Naomi Klein was asked today about what additional case studies she would add to future editions of her 2007 Shock Doctrine. Klein’s answer: Greece and Wisconsin. Fair enough, but I was surprised that she did not also include Haiti which, if recently released...
Haiti’s Reconstruction: Who Benefits?

Haiti’s Reconstruction: Who Benefits?

Georges Marie is a proud and angry Haitian lawyer who lost her husband in the earthquake. As she mourned, the humanitarian industry exploded. She watched with concern as Port au Prince’s narrow streets became clogged with white Land Rovers, each stamped with an...

The Baby Trade

When Ok Chin was a child, her mother brought her to an orphanage. The family was poor, and her mother heard that the girl would get fed and clothed. Ok Chin would get an education. Maybe if the family’s fortunes improved, she could rejoin her brothers and...

Statement from Emira Woods on Haiti’s Debt

While we applaud the International Monetary Fund’s cancellation of Haiti’s debt, we are alarmed that in the six months since Haiti’s devastating earthquake, the IMF has saddled the country with millions of new loans. Haitians must direct scarce...

From the Frontlines: July 14, 2010

The debate over federal stimulus rages here, with Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz announcing his support for the federal stimulus, saying, “Keynesian economics worked: if not for stimulus measures and automatic stabilizers, the recession would have...
Donating to Haiti and Beyond

Donating to Haiti and Beyond

The earthquake on January 12, 2010, had tremendous human and economic costs. According to The Age, there are approximately 230,000 confirmed casualties and very severe infrastructural damage: 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings collapsed or were...

Our Latest: Calderon, Thailand, and the Myth of Overtaxation

Obama doesn’t appear to be altering his predecessor’s policy toward Mexico, Manuel Perez-Rocha says, after Calderon’s visit last week. “We in Haiti are committed to staying a county where organic, biological agriculture dominates. We know that...