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Haitian Food Riots Unnerving But Not Surprising

Mark Schuller | April 25, 2008 Beginning early April, Haiti was gripped by a nation-wide mobilization to protest high food prices, reaching a crescendo on Thursday the 10th, as thousands of people took to the streets. Some protestors burned tires, blocking national highways and city streets in Port-au-Prince, and a few looted local stores. Clashes with police and UN troops resulted in an official count of five dead. The media covered these events during the days of the crisis but offered little information to explain the protests. This superficial coverage tells an all-too-familiar story of Haiti. The media swarmed to cover the high drama of UN troops breaking up demonstrations with rubber bullets, and the U.S. State Department warning its citizens not to enter the country. Then, almost as quickly as it appeared on the news, Haiti disappeared, leaving the […]

Anti-Hunger Protests Rock Haiti

Written by Nazaire St. Fort and Jeb Sprague Wednesday, 23 April 2008 Demonstrations that started in Le Cayes on Thursday, April 3rd, against soaring food prices spread across Haiti to Petit-Goagve, Gona�ves, Aquin and, by April 7, to the capital, Port-au-Prince. Anger over rising prices has been building for many months with basic food stuffs increasingly out of reach for the poor.��Tires were set ablaze in the streets and thrown together to form barricades that paralyzed traffic for days.Numerous businesses were vandalized and looted, especially those selling food, as crowds vented their anger at the perceived indifference to their plight by the nation’s elite, including the Ren� Pr�val /Jacques Edouard Alexis administration. Broken glass on the streets near targeted buildings and cars became a common sight.Hunger now termed “Klorox” and “Battery Acid” by Haiti’s poor, likens hunger to a chemical […]

The U.S. Role in Haiti’s Food Riots

30 Years Ago Haiti Grew All the Rice It Needed. What Happened? The U.S. Role in Haiti’s Food Riots By BILL QUIGLEY Riots in Haiti over explosive rises in food costs have claimed the �lives of six people.� There have also been food riots world-wide in Burkina �Faso, Cameroon, Cote d�Ivorie, Egypt, Guinea, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, �Senegal, Uzbekistan and Yemen. The Economist, which calls the current crisis the silent tsunami, reports that �last year wheat prices rose 77% and rice 16%, but since January rice prices have �risen 141%. The reasons include rising fuel costs, weather problems, increased �demand in China and India, as well as the push to create biofuels from cereal �crops. Hermite Joseph, a mother working in the markets of Port au Prince, �told journalist Nick Whalen that her two kids are �like toothpicks� they� re not […]

Boston doctor fasting for debt relief for Haiti

From http://www.boston.com/yourlife/health/blog/, an online-only feature of the Boston Globe: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 Boston doctor fasting for debt relief for Haiti A Boston doctor is fasting for three days as part of a national push to cancel Haiti’s debt to the developed world. Dr. Evan Lyon, a hospitalist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a researcher in its division of social medicine and healthcare inequalities, has worked in Haiti for the past 10 years through Dr. Paul Farmer’s organization, Partners in Health. Because of his connection to Haiti, Lyon got involved with the Jubilee USA Network, a coalition of 80 religious denominations across the country that wants Congress to cancel the debt of 26 countries and make it easier for other nations to find financial relief. “Hunger is the most important issue that we see” in Haiti, Lyon said in […]

International forum on Health and Human rights at Cange Plateau Central

Paul Farmer, a graduate doctor of the University of Harvard, originating in the center of also titular Florida of a doctorate in Anthropology, came for the first time to Haiti in 1981 after having worked with Haitian immigrants on farms of Florida and Carolina. And he founded “Zanmi Lasante/Partners in Health” at Cange, in the central region of Haiti. There health is free for all, the poor people come from all over the region just to receive health care, and �Zanmi Lasante� it is one of NGOs in Haiti which works closely with Haitian people. Dr. Farmer wants to provide Health for the poor because the poorest people don’t have any money to go to the hospital, but they have the right to health care. Some Americans Doctors come to work free and they love to give their time for […]

FDA Tracked Tainted Drugs Sold in Haiti

F.D.A. Tracked Tainted Drugs, but Lost Trail in China By WALT BOGDANICH After a drug ingredient from China killed dozens of Haitian children a decade ago, a senior American health official sent a cable to her investigators: find out who made the poisonous ingredient and why a state-owned company in China exported it as safe, pharmaceutical-grade glycerin. The Chinese were of little help. Requests to find the manufacturer were ignored. Business records were withheld or destroyed. The Americans had reason for alarm. �The U.S. imports a lot of Chinese glycerin and it is used in ingested products such as toothpaste,� Mary K. Pendergast, then deputy commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, wrote on Oct. 27, 1997. Learning how diethylene glycol, a syrupy poison used in some antifreeze, ended up in Haitian fever medicine might �prevent this tragedy from happening […]

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