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Tag: Haiti
  • Wycelf for President?

    Its official now:  Wyclef Jean is going to run for president of his home country of Haiti. According to Time Magazine, “If not for the earthquake, I probably would have waited another 10 years before doing this,” Jean says. “The quake drove home to me that Haiti can’t wait another 10 years for us to …

  • False Compassion: Not Compassionate at All

    Much has been said about the difference in death tolls in the Haitian and Chilean earthquakes:  Though the quake in Chile has considerably stronger, tens or possibly hundreds of thousands fewer people died.  While some of this is due to physical factors such as the distance of the quakes from the surface and from large …

  • Haiti: An American Crutch

    It’s naïve to think that the United States government is a generous institution that genuinely looks after the general welfare of its republic and others in need. After a long history of mismanaged occupation and indebtedness, the US feels the obligation to aid Haiti victims in the wake of the earthquake disaster. For those who …

  • The Face of Aid in Haiti

    Carel Pedre, a DJ from Haiti, captured this video of heavily armed UN troops overseeing food distribution in Port-au-Prince. Reuters later reported that troops fired tear gas at the crowd. Not the warm and fuzzy image of foreign aid portrayed on TV, is it?

  • Ron Paul Votes “No” on Government Aid to Haiti

    Ron Paul was the only Congressman yesterday to vote against a resolution to authorize government reconstruction plans for Haiti. His explanation for his vote is here, in which he argues that a US reconstruction plan is just a gateway to establishing Haiti as a long term US protectorate. This concern has been echoed by the …

  • Why is Haiti so poor?

    Newsweek posted an interesting interview with Michele Wuker of the World Policy Institute about the reasons for Haiti’s crushing poverty. She mentions US military intervention, along with farm subsidies and food aid, as being a big part of the problem. She said of Haiti’s devastated agriculture industry: As for Haitian farmers competing with U.S. imports, …

  • The Other Disaster in Haiti

    All this week I’ve seen my YAL Facebook friends asking for donations to the humanitarian aid efforts in Haiti. I have nothing but praise for this. People doing good through their free will is the only moral way to give to charity. But I can’t help but wonder why the crisis was so bad. Below, …

  • The humanitarian with a guillotine? Hopefully not.

    The UK’s Telegraph reports on accusations coming from both the French government and internationally-renowned Swiss emergency relief charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders): “This is about helping Haiti, not about occupying Haiti,” [a French official]said. Geneva-based charity Medecins Sans Frontieres backed his calls saying hundreds of lives were being put at risk as planes …

  • Haiti: the next Somalia?

    Today the French government accused the United States of occupying Haiti with military forces. While I certainly wouldn’t trust the French government any more than I would the United States government, I find it hard to believe Bob Gates’ defense of the US presence within Haiti.  See, this isn’t the first time that the United …

  • Should the US Military Go into Haiti?

    Laurence Vance says no, and I agree.  Why not?  Well, as has been discussed here at the YAL blog already, it’s wrong for the US government to respond to this horrible situation with forced charity.  Where the military specifically is concerned, it’s also a complete violation of military purpose: The main reason the U.S. military …