Monday, July 12th, 2010

Oh Yeah That: Haiti, Six Months Later

CAROLYN COLESix months later, what's going on in Haiti?
• "With an estimated 1.5 million Haitians still homeless, presidential and legislative elections are set to be held on 28 November. "
• "Jean Renald Clerisme, the presidential adviser, says that in any case the Haitian government hasn't received the money it was promised by the donors, which it would need to buy land and reconstruct. 'At a big donors' meeting in New York, we were promised $10bn (£6.64bn),' he says. 'But we haven't received even 2% of this money – how do you explain that?'"
• "International donors who promised earthquake relief money to Haiti will be getting calls from former President Bill Clinton asking them to ante up. As the six month anniversary of the quake approaches, Clinton says donors have given only 10 percent of the aid they promised."
• "There are currently 55,000 Haitians whose petitions to immigrate to the U.S. have been accepted but they are languishing on waiting lists dating back as far as 10 years."
• "The government had appointed Gerard-Emile 'Aby' Brun, president of Nabatec Development, a consortium owned by some of Haiti's most powerful families, to be in charge of relocating the squatter camps in Port-au-Prince. For that first relocation camp for 5,000 people, with clinics, food on premises and some electricity, he chose a piece of Corail-Cesselesse land owned by Nabatec. The company now stands to gain part of $7 million the government will spend compensating landowners. That's just a small part of the potential payoff."

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Cat and/or bear video, please?

carpetblogger (#306)

yah, why do you hate us today?

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

CaptainFantastic speaks for all of us.

Go back to the soccer drawings post and watch the youtube video I linked. Pretend the players are bears in uniforms.

mmmark (#4,458)

Because all the bears are dying, too. That's why.

jolie (#16)

@carpetblogger: They're punishing us for our behavior last week in re T*e D**ly Sh**, J**eb*l, E. G****, no?

garge (#736)

@jolie: but what about those of us who like boobs, and John Stewart, and Emily, and Olivia Munn, and saw the point in the Jezebel article, and objectify John Stewart, and thought that Michelle Dean's post was graceful and just watched? Can't we have a cotton candy special edition of the newsletter?

deepomega (#1,720)

@garge: That just means you won't have anyone on your side in the coming Daily Show Wars.

carpetblogger (#306)

It's like they get off on being withholding.

MikeBarthel (#1,884)

It's a sign of our short historical memory that no one's calling this "Obama's Haiti." Or maybe just because that would require a lot of explanation. Whatever.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Maybe a Category 5 hurricane would kickstart this thing.

johnpseudonym (#1,452)

This is what Americans do: pledge money, brag about it, and never give the money. Ask any 501c3.

roboloki (#1,724)

i am the director of a 501(c)3 and can vouch for the validity of this statement.

riotnrrd (#840)

Wait, I thought turning was twitter icon green was supposed to have fixed all this! I guess I didn't leave it green long enough.

riotnrrd (#840)



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