Monsanto Seed Delivery Angers Haitian Activists

Monsanto Seed Delivery Angers Haitian Activists

Small-scale Haitian farmers are furious about Monsanto’s efforts to “help” their country, Beverly Bell writes. The company is donating 475 tons of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds, “some of them treated with highly toxic pesticides,”...

Of Donors and Disasters

These donor commitments are important. But previous donors’ conferences for Haiti indicate there is more to this process than pronouncements, and many steps must be taken before aid gets to where it is needed most. Huge sums were also ceremoniously promised at...

Seismic Inequality

Haiti and Chile are still scrambling to deal with devastating earthquakes while pundits discuss the profound differences between those two natural disasters. Haiti’s January 12 quake was reported as magnitude 7.0, leveled the capital city, and killed more than...

Earthquake Olympics

The survivors of the devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Chile are still scrambling to deal with the damage. Here, however, pundits are still scrambling to explain the dramatic difference in impact. Haiti’s quake on January 12 came in at 7.0 on the Richter...

Ghosts Threaten to Return to Haiti

Some of the advice for how Haiti ought to rebuild after the earthquake sounds hauntingly familiar. There are echoes of the same bad development advice Haiti has received for decades, even before the nation faced its current devastating situation. To avoid repeating...

Sweatshops Won’t Save Haiti

The United Nations will host a Haiti donors’ conference at the end of March. This conference will be quite different from last year’s event, of course, coming as it does on the heels of the worst earthquake to strike Haiti in two centuries. An agenda has...

Fighting Like Hell in Haiti

The pioneering labor organizer Mother Jones said, “Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living.” That pretty much sums up Haiti’s priorities today. The nation called the “pearl of the Antilles,” back when it was the wealthiest...

Haiti Again?

There’s a special kind of horror that comes from watching a human catastrophe escalate in front of our eyes, knowing that for most of us sending money is the only useful thing we can do. I remember seeing the terror of the Rwandan genocide explode, visible even...

Haiti: Earthquakes and Neo-Colonialism

One can see At just a glance; That Haiti never Had a chance. Our hearts go out to the Haitians. Earthquakes and hurricanes. Disaster after disaster. There’s no letup. We’ll send cash, food, meds, trucks, pumps, clothes, shovels, tarps, bulldozers, cement,...

Time to Deal with Haiti

When President Barack Obama went to Trinidad for the Summit of Americas, he brought the promise of “change” to a Latin America policy that has brought suffering to our neighbors while reducing U.S. influence and moral standing in the hemisphere. Change...

What To Do Now in Georgia

There are no saints and even fewer geniuses in the conflict between Russia and Georgia over Ossetia. However, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, clearly the real power in Moscow, has certain proven himself even less saintly than other parties – and in the...

Border Crossings: Links Between Immigration, Debt and Trade

Immigrants need stronger protections in the United States, but the policy response should also address poverty and joblessness in their home countries. Debt cancellation is one measure that would give impoverished country governments a better chance of providing basic...

Haiti: Addressing the Root Causes of the Current Food Crisis

Haiti, the first country in the African world to defeat colonialism, grew rice and exported food 30 years ago. Today, widespread hunger and political unrest have severely destabilized the Caribbean nation. Reverend Jesse Jackson recently led a delegation of 23...
Interview with Edwidge Danticat

Interview with Edwidge Danticat

Photo by Nancy Crampton. The noted Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat has recently published a memoir of her family, Brother, I’m Dying. When her parents went to New York to find work, the young Edwidge remained in Haiti with her brother, her aunt, and...