Haitians aren't living in tent and bed sheet cities because there was an earthquake on January 12. This is the lifestyle one gets used to when elites and the Delatour/Preval lobby machine run the economy.
Take a walk for ten years in Rea Dol's shoes and you might learn something about the imperialist attitude of NGOs in Haiti. "They would not help me before the quake. Why would I bother to ask them now?"
The UN claims there is a siege on Gaza when it has given $200 million to the strip in the past year -- $190 million more than it has given to Haiti after the natural disaster there claimed the lives of an estimated 230,000.
Like many U.S. policy watchers, I have been reserving judgment on the administration's development policy while they staffed up and worked through the PSD and QDDR. But, at sixteen months and counting, I have a nagging question.
I don't like to be the bearer of bad news, but as important as this discussion of Haiti's future is, there is a more urgent situation that must be addressed right now. Any day now, it is going to rain.
The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Defense Review is focusing on military problems in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq, rather than addressing the civilian mission of supporting good governance and poverty reduction.
Multi-tasking is de rigueur these days, so it comes as no surprise that renewable energy expert and conflict resolution specialist Steve Smith has his hands full. His specialty comes from years of practice.
On a sidewalk in Port-au-Prince, I saw a corpse burn. Thousands more are still buried within mountains of rubble throughout the city. And yet, despite the horror and devastation, hope is found in the people of Haiti.