From Chris Floyd – Help Haiti: The Unforgiven Country Cries Out

Via Mark Crispin Miller, the Center for Constitutional Rights points to some venues for getting help to the people of Haiti: Partners in Health and the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund. You can find several more in this listing from the New York Times.
Yes, there will now be a great outpouring of immediate aid, as there always is after any spectacular disaster. And of course, this is laudable, and I encourage anyone who can to contribute what they can to these efforts. But unless there is a sea-change in American policy, unless there finally comes an end to the curse that has been laid on Haiti — not by God, or by the Devil, but by the hard hearts of elites following blindly in the cruel traditions of their predecessors — then this flurry of caring and attention will soon give way again, as it has always done, to callous disregard, brutal repression and inhumane exploitation.

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2 Responses to From Chris Floyd – Help Haiti: The Unforgiven Country Cries Out

  1. Ying says:

    Three presidents are now involved in the campaign to aid Haiti… How impressive! The question is, how come Haiti attracts so much political attention. China had a 7.9 magnitude earthquake back in 2008 and more than 70,000 people died. Did it stir up a reaction like this in Washington, DC? Not to discourage the humanitarian practice of the government, but I wish it could be as simple as that.

  2. G says:

    Interesting observation about the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. According to Wikipedia, the Chinese government allocated $772 Million within days, and received $457 million in additional donations., $83 million of which came from 19 countries and 4 international organizations. Xinhua reported that the US military flew 2 cargo planes with $1.6 million of supplies to Chengdu.

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