Journal: Haiti Update 31 January 2010 PM

08 Wild Cards, Peace Intelligence

Aid organizations are announcing with great pride that they will feed two million over the new two weeks.  What they don’t say is that is 143,000 a day–assuming best case circumstances, sucks for those they don’t reach in the last ten days of those fourteen days—the last day of which will be roughly thirty days after they stopped getting food and water in the first place.

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Haiti: How to Turn Disaster into Catastrophe

The underdevelopment of Haiti is the underlying cause. Bipartisan U.S. policy for decades (and that of plaint Haitian regimes) has been to displace the rural poor to the capital where they can serve as an extremely lowwage labor force. For one, the destruction of Haiti’s rice farmers, who were unable to compete with U.S. agribusiness, forced many peasants off the land.

SLOW FOOD   CARIBBEAN CRUISES: THE FUN GOES ON   DOCTORS WITHOUT AIRPORTS   LET THEM EAT PEPPER SPRAY   THIRSTY AMERICANS   CUBAN DOCTORS FIRST ON SCENE   SHOCK DOCTRINE   SEARCH AND RESCUE THE RICH   PLENTY OF TROOPS   SEND IN THE DRONES   THE ZIONIZATION OF DISASTER RELIEF

Phi Beta Iota: Above are sub-titles.  The single best overview we have seen, the only three things they miss are the Israeli organ and orphan harvesting,  the tragic farce of US AID civilians, clearly not the normal AID professionals, and the utterly criminal farce of the Red Cross–“we’re not ready, give us your money.”

Haiti organisations attack US takeover

Haitian community organisations have united to demand an “end to the militarisation of aid” and plead for international solidarity brigades to help the country’s reconstruction.

Anti-poverty groups, shanty town community organisers and local medical charities issued a joint statement criticising the US government’s takeover of relief efforts following last month’s devastating earthquake as part of a “strategy of the remilitarisation of the Caribbean.”

Haitian President Rene Preval countered criticism that he had permitted the US to virtually annex the country, claiming that only the airport and port were under military control.

But he accepted that aid was being distributed “chaotically.”

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America Strikes Again: The Continued Violation of Haitian Humanity

The question that comes to mind then is, why did the American army take so long to get assistance to the Haitian people? The rescue efforts were the first sign of failure. One hundred and thirty-four people were rescued before the UN ended the search and rescue mission. It has been estimated that 200,000 died. We saw on televised news reports Haitians digging in search of their loved ones and fellow countrymen, while few rescue workers were shown at hotels and UN sites. There seemed to be a ‘hierarchy’ of humans in the minds of rescuers. Following closely the failure of rescue efforts was the delay in getting food and medicine to the injured and hungry. It took five days for food and water to begin reaching Haitians, and reports are that the movement continues to be slow. The US commandeered the Haitians ports, with the permission of René Préval, and has been blocking the movement of personnel and supplies they have deemed unnecessary at this time. The US had 3,500 forces on the ground in Haiti within hours of the quake and forces have swelled to over 12,000. How many planes would it take to bring these forces to Haiti? Within a day after the quake, we saw Americans being returned home from Haiti, while Jamaican doctors could not land in Haiti last week.

Phi Beta Iota: Read the whole article.  This is the real deal, close-up, personal, and focused.

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There is a long road ahead for plastics with skin grafts and wound care.  We are planning for all that.  We’ll need a big infusion of prosthetics in a few months.  Perhaps tens of thousands of amputees – hard to count.

Phi Beta Iota: Tens of thousands of amputees.

Focus on Israel: Harvesting Haitian Organs

On January 20, Lebanon’s Al-Manar TV reported on the mission, citing a damning You Tube video posted by an American named T. West from a group called AfriSynergy Productions.

“The video presents something to think about while exploiting the horrible tragedy that has befallen Haiti where Israeli occupation soldiers are engaged in organ trafficking.”

Haiti food lines focus on women

Under a new targeted approach to aid thousands of other women across Haiti’s capital no longer have to battle with men at food hand-outs that in recent days have been chaotic and dangerous scrums.

Phi Beta Iota: We blew the Golden Hour.  AID sent it’s third string (or young political appointee idiots).  Red Cross and others are cheating the public and not delivering a full court press.

Commentary: Lessons from Port au Prince, Haiti

Lesson five: when the disease is in a terminal phase one needs the intervention of a specialist to bring about incremental progress. The case of Haiti is apropos. The ailments in environmental degradation, food insecurity, and dismal health practice and poor infrastructure is so systemic that it needs a minimum of good governance that goes beyond simple electioneering. Haiti has developed through the years the practice of choosing the worst leaders to lead its destiny; under the pretext of nationalism some of its presidents have sold the country’s sovereignty to remain in power. It is now time for Haiti to choose a leader that will bring about true hospitality to the majority of its citizens.

U.S. to Resume Military Airlift of Injured Haitians

The White House said Sunday it would resume a United States military airlift of Haitians seriously injured in the earthquake — some with devastating burns, head and spinal chord trauma, amputations and other wounds — to American hospitals. The humanitarian effort was suspended five days ago following complaints from the state of Florida that its hospitals were overwhelmed.

Phi Beta Iota: Hundreds out of 10,000 or more.  Why not Cuba?  Why not Venezuela?

Facebook comes of age with the disaster in Haiti

The earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12 brought down traditional means of communication. Inside the devastated country and out, people desperate for information and help turned to new technology.  They turned to Facebook, Twitter and other social-media sites.  Within hours of the quake, Twitter account holders had sent untold instant-message “tweets,” and scores of online groups had been created on Facebook.

Journal: Haiti Rolling Directory from 12 January 2010