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Wolfowitz and the World Bank: The Question Not Asked

May 21, 2007 7:00 PM The scandal over the salaries paid to World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz’s friends and lover opened the door to good questions about both the bank and its president. Wolfowitz’s resignation answered some of them, but one of the best questions of all has yet to be asked: is there a larger problem with an institution claiming to be “working for a world free of poverty” paying those salaries to anyone? The World Bank insiders who launched the scandal by revealing the annual salaries of Mr Wolfowitz’s domestic partner, Shaha Ali Riza ($193,590), and Bush Administration collaborators, Robin Cleveland and Kevin Kellems ($250,000 and $240,000 respectively), have not raised this question. That may be because the controversial salaries were not out of the ordinary. Ms Riza defended her pay as “quite common for World Bank staff […]

UN-Reliable

UN-Reliable The UN is misleading the public regarding its role in Haiti by Darren Ell The Dominion – http://www.dominionpaper.ca   UN armored personnel carrier guarding the entrance to Cit� Soleil in 2006. Photo: Darren Ell � On February 15, 2007, the United Nations News Service published an article stating that UN forces in Haiti � MINUSTAH � had transformed a former gang leader�s headquarters in Cit� Soleil into a free medical clinic following its raid on the man�s residence. I had just arrived in Haiti to work on a project about the impact of the 2004 Canada-backed coup d��tat. I knew MINUSTAH had brought in a few doctors for a photo op after their military operations in the seaside shantytown, but I didn�t realize that fully functioning clinics were being set up. Two days later, I attended a demonstration on […]

Half-Hour for Haiti : Call Congress on May 18: Join the Fight For Haiti’s Economic Independence

May 17, 2007Half-Hour for Haiti: Call Congress on May 18: Join the Fight For Haiti’s Economic IndependenceUpdate: This week’s good news: Monday was the one-year anniversary of President Preval’s inauguration on May 14, 2006. One year of continuous democracy is no reason to rest on one’s laurels, but it is a reason to hope, and to keep working to make many more such anniversaries possible.As a recognition of both the last year’s progress in establishing the rule of law in Haiti, and the huge amount of work left to do, Half-Hour for Haiti will now come out once every two weeks. If that’s not frequent enough to respond to the human rights situation in Haiti, we will either add occasional special alerts or return to the weekly format. In any event, let us know what you think. Former Haitian death […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Debt Cancellation Resolution

Update: This week�s good news: Monday was the one-year anniversary of President Preval�s inauguration on May 14, 2006. One year of continuous democracy is no reason to rest on one�s laurels, but it is a reason to hope, and to keep working to make many more such anniversaries possible. As a recognition of both the last year�s progress in establishing the rule of law in Haiti, and the huge amount of work left to do, Half-Hour for Haiti will now come out once every two weeks. If that�s not frequent enough to respond to the human rights situation in Haiti, we will either add occasional special alerts or return to the weekly format. In any event, let us know what you think. Former Haitian death squad leader Emmanuel Constant appeared in court Monday for sentencing on his mortgage fraud conviction. […]

Haitian Community to Demonstrate at Sentencing of Death-Squad Leader Constant in New York

Haiti Support Network (HSN) 1583 Albany Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210 (718) 421-0162 � For Immediate Release:�Contact: May 14, 2007�Ray Laforest, 646-352-1705 ������Lauren Melodia, 212-614-6464 � Haitian Community to Demonstrate at Sentencing of Former Haitian Death-Squad Leader Toto Constant at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn On Tuesday, May 15, 2007 from 8 to 9 a.m., Haitians will picket outside the Supreme Court of New York at 320 Jay Street in Brooklyn to demand that the judge sentencing former death-squad leader Emmanuel “Toto” Constant for mortgage fraud apply the maximum penalty possible. Emmanuel “Toto” Constant was a CIA agent and terrorist leader of the death-squad FRAPH during Haiti’s 1991-94 coup d’�tat, which claimed the lives of 5000. He fled from Haiti to the United States in December 1994 when a Haitian court issued a warrant for his arrest for murder and torture. […]

Haitians’ deaths at sea further fuels immigration debate in U.S.

Haitians’ deaths at sea further fuels immigration debate in US Published on�May 09, 2007 By Patrick MoserMIAMI, USA (AFP): �Activists pressing for relaxed US immigration policies toward Haitians say the deaths of dozens of migrants in shark-infested waters last week underscore the urgency of the issue.”It gives new impetus to the debate on Haitian immigration,” said Jean-Robert Lafortune of the Miami-based Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition.Haitian President Rene Preval is expected to take up the issue when he meets US President George W. Bush on Wednesday in Washington. Rescuers have pulled from the sea 54 bodies of people who died when on Friday when a sloop packed with about 150 Haitians trying to sail illegally to the United States capsized just off Providenciales, one of the group of Atlantic islands that make up the Turks and Caicos. US officials say the deaths […]

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