Recent Feature Articles

The following article is the most thorough and informative article written on the second anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. Another excellent article in the same issue of New Internationalist examines earthquake aid funding to Haiti, Where did all the money go?--CHAN editors.

By Phillip Wearne, New Internationalist, January/February 2012

The Haitian earthquake prompted an outpouring of generosity – international donations totalled more than $10 billion. But, two years on, have those funds been well spent? Nick Harvey investigates.
 

Jan 9, 2012--The following article is published today throughout the Postmedia news chain in Canada. The article appears in the National Post, one of two national dailies in Canada, and in daily papers in major cities across the country, including the Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Calgary Herald and both Vancouver daily newspapers. The article cites extensively the views of the Canada Haiti Action Network as well as the participants in the June 2011 Canadian Delegation to Haiti.

By Alexis Erkert and Beverly Bell

Published on Other Worlds, January 4, 2012 (see author bios below)

As 2012 begins, a growing movement of displaced people and their allies in Haiti is actively claiming the right to housing, which is recognized by both the Haitian constitution and international treaties to which Haiti is signatory.

By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, Jan 5, 2012

President Joseph Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly is shoveling money out of the national treasury to family and friends through expensive foreign junkets, aircraft rentals, vehicle acquisitions, and irregular withdrawals from Haiti’s central bank, according to Moise Jean-Charles, a Senator representing Haiti’s North department.

In a recent speech he gave at a rally of the Lavalas Family party in Brooklyn, NY and in an exclusive interview with Haiti Liberte, Jean-Charles pointed to a host of inflated costs and official expenses that he says are funneling millions of dollars from public coffers to the First Family and its close friends.

by BILL QUIGLEY and AMBER RAMANAUSKAS (see author bios below)
Counterpunch, January 3, 2012

 
Haiti, a close neighbor of the US with over nine million people, was devastated by earthquake on January 12, 2010. Hundreds of thousands were killed and many more wounded.
 

Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Yesterday, the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) released a statement (see text below) calling on MINUSTAH to take responsibility for the cholera outbreak in Haiti that has already killed over 7,000. In the release, CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot says, "This is a case of criminal negligence, and the UN, if it is to continue to be worthy of the respect of people around the world, must own up

A study by Haiti Grassroots Watch on factory investment in Haiti, December 2011

Introductory note:
On November 18, 2011, several thousand people marched in the streets of Cap Haitien, Haiti's second largest city, in a demonstration to demand the withdrawal of MINUSTAH from Haiti and compensation for the victims of cholera. The march coincided with the anniversary of the historic defeat of France in 1803 by Haitian revolutionaries at the Battle of Vertieres. That was the final battle that secured the independence of Haiti.