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Aid money goes to security profiteers

Posted April 14, 2010 | 01:25:55 (EST)

Each month, a handful of UN Agencies and a score of of international NGOs pay $1000 for each of hundreds of posts requiring 24/7 surveillance by Port au Prince Sécurité. But only 20% of that money goes to the security guards themselves.
Each assignment is typically covered...

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Haiti's Prison Break, Result Of The Earthquake Or Inside Job

Posted April 12, 2010 | 06:26:13 (EST)

In the aftermath of the earthquake, Haiti's largest prison was victim to what South Africa's Eyewitness News called, "the largest jailbreak in history." 4000 people escaped from prison, free to roam a country in crisis.

However, a joint investigation by the Ministry of Justice,...

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A roof from U$Aid!

Posted April 7, 2010 | 23:48:20 (EST)

Seen from above, Port-au-Prince would seem a PR dream for the aid agencies who have been distributing tarps here--the white and orange of Samaritan's Purse and World Vision, the beige of USAid, the blue of the UN agencies, giving a roof to thousands.
I spent the better part...

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Is Port au Prince Functional?

Posted April 2, 2010 | 21:33:29 (EST)

On Tuesday, my mother wrote me after watching a piece on the News Hour about the psychedelic pop art that decorates most public transport here: "This report makes Port au Prince looks as if it's actually a functioning city -- do you get that impression?"

Functional, perhaps not....

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Relocation Plans for Port-Au-Prince Are Unrealistic

Posted March 29, 2010 | 12:00:00 (EST)


In Haiti, the rainy season is about to begin, necessitating relocation of the scores of people displaced by the earthquake and currently living in over crowded camps. There are plans to move roughly 150,000 people currently living in the camps to the center of Port-au-Prince by...

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60% Of Port-Au-Prince Needs Demolition, But Who Will Do The Job?

Posted March 19, 2010 | 02:42:35 (EST)

All over Port au Prince, the same spray-painted scrawl designates thousands of half-collapsed houses and buildings "à démolir."

According to the US civil engineers, only 40% of homes in Port-au-Prince remain safe to live in after the earthquake. But having identified the buildings that need to...

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LA City Council Votes to Close 800 Marijuana Dispensaries

Posted January 21, 2010 | 09:56:41 (EST)

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit.

The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to close roughly 800 medical marijuana dispensaries in the city by passing the first reading of an ordinance which would also require 75% of remaining dispensaries to relocate. The vote, to be...

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LA City Council Plans To End Medical Marijuna Free-For-All

Posted January 14, 2010 | 17:28:03 (EST)

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit.

The Los Angeles City Council is close to ending to the free-for-all that has led to 800 new marijuana dispensaries opening in the last two years, despite stiff opposition from patients, advocacy groups and LA's growing cannabis business lobby,...

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