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Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Ask US Govt to Cease Aid to DR

Hundreds of returned Peace Corps volunteers who have served in the Dominican Republic since 1962 join together to demand the U.S. abide by its principles and pressure the Dominican government to ameliorate its citizenship crisis. In a powerful letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, 560 returned volunteers and 3 former country directors ask for the U.S. to act in accord with the Leahy laws, which call for suspension of aid to foreign security forces engaged in human rights violations. The letter notes as evidence the U.S. State Department’s own reports that Dominican security forces engage in rights violations, such as extrajudicial killings and torture. An excerpt from the article is posted below. Click HERE for the full article. Click HERE for the original letter. Ex-Peace Corps volunteers unite for U.S. action on Dominican immigration policies Mariano Castillo, CNN August […]

How the Clintons “Govern” Haiti

Hillary and Bill Clinton often discuss their love for Haiti ever since they traveled there for their honeymoon. However, their track record of unfulfilled promises to Haiti, especially after the 2010 earthquake, leaves more questions than answers. This article delves into the Clintons’ influence in Haiti and why some say that “after everything is in place…you see the Clintons at every level” of goings-on in the small country. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The King and Queen of Haiti Jonathan Katz, Politico Magazine May 4, 2015 Sunday, January 30, 2011. Two hundred thousand people occupied Egypt’s Tahrir Square, defying a military curfew to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. Tunisia’s authoritarian leader had just been overthrown, unleashing a wave of anti-government protests from Yemen to Syria to Morocco. South Sudan’s provisional president […]

How Did Haiti’s Earthquake Recovery Benefit USAID?

Five years after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, many are still waiting to see the results promised by those involved in Haiti’s reconstruction. Each year without progress begs the question “where did the money go?” In this interview with Jake Johnston of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Huff Post asks exactly that and finds out how aid most often benefits the US contractors, not the supposed recipients. Click HERE for the original. Where Did The Haiti Recovery Fund Go? HuffPost Live January 26, 2015   Click HERE for the original.

In Reconstructing Haiti, USAID Focuses on American Interests

Instead of focusing on the needs of the people it’s supposed to help, USAID’s projects in Haiti after the earthquake have focused on furthering American interests. USAID has used American contractors, which costs a lot more than using Haitians, and has only built a fraction of the houses initially proposed. Attempts to find out where all the money has gone lead into an impenetrable black box, which USAID claims is necessary to prevent demonstrations. As long as aid is disbursed in this way, Haiti will continue to struggle with rebuilding. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Is USAID Helping Haiti to Recover, or US Contractors to Make Millions? The international community pledged enough aid to give every Haitian a check for $1,000. The money went elsewhere. Jake Johnston, The Nation January 21, 2015 The corrugated […]

Why Earthquake Aid Should’ve Gone Through Haiti’s Government

After the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, many were excited at the prospect of seeing Haiti “build back better.” Five years later, not much has changed. This article discusses how aid organizations’ failure to funnel aid through the Haitian government played a major role in this squandered opportunity. Click HERE for the original article. A march around the institutions In future disasters the West should not treat the victims or the government like bystanders The Economist January 17, 2015 FEW countries have suffered an earthquake so devastating, or have been less prepared for such a calamity. The quake that struck Haiti on January 12th 2010 killed perhaps 200,000 people—no one is sure how many—left 1.5m homeless and caused economic damage equivalent to 120% of the country’s GDP. A cholera epidemic compounded the misery. These disasters called forth the biggest-ever […]

Where Did Earthquake Aid Go? Not to Haitians

This article discusses everyone’s top question since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti: Where did the aid money go? Not only in reconstruction efforts but also in the effort to eradicate cholera from Haiti, the money rarely goes to the Haitian government or Haitian contractors. This makes all these efforts a lot more expensive than they have to be. This, along with lack of confidence in the Haitian government makes donors reluctant to keep giving. Click HERE for the original article. 5 Years After Haiti’s Earthquake, Where Did The $13.5 Billion Go? Richard Knox, NPR January 12, 2015 Haiti’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake of Jan. 10, 2010, left 220,000 people dead, 300,000 injured and rubble nearly everywhere. The catastrophe also unleashed an unprecedented flood of humanitarian aid — $13.5 billion in donations and pledges, about three-quarters from donor nations and a quarter from private charity. […]

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