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January 22, 2010

2010.01.22: Facts About U.S. blocking Haiti Aid

Filed under: International Human Rights,Palestine,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 3:37 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, January 22, 2010 3:57 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: Facts About U.S. blocking Haiti Aid

As reflected in the following reports, Doctors Without Borders, Haitian grassroots activists and many others say that the U.S. and its allies (yes, including Israel) have exploited the disaster, rather than providing the necessary aid.


Haitian empowerment must be the prime goal (January 22, 2010)
As a result of the US decision to prioritise the accumulation of foreign soldiers over the distribution of emergency supplies, untold numbers of people have died needlessly. We demand that US commanders immediately restore executive control of the relief effort to Haiti’s leaders, and to help rather than replace the local officials they claim to support.

Nightmare in Haiti: Untreated Illness and Injury (January 20, 2010)
Partners in Health, an organization that has been providing health care in Haiti for two decades, estimated that 20,000 Haitians were dying daily from lack of surgery.

Doctors Without Borders Plane with Lifesaving Medical Supplies Diverted Again from Landing in Haiti (January 19, 2010)
“We cannot accept that planes carrying lifesaving medical supplies and equipment continue to be turned away while our patients die. Priority must be given to medical supplies entering the country.”

Officials Strain to Distribute Aid to Haiti as Violence Rises (January 17, 2010)
“There are 200 flights going in and out every day, which is an incredible amount for a country like Haiti,” said Jarry Emmanuel, the air logistics officer for the agency’s Haiti effort. “But most of those flights are for the United States military.  He added: “Their priorities are to secure the country. Ours are to feed. We have got to get those priorities in sync.”

Video: Haiti: Guns or food? (January 18, 2010)
Peter Hallward: Arrival of US military raises questions of motivations and memories of recent interventions.

Security “Red Zones” in Haiti Preventing Large Aid Groups from Effectively Distributing Aid (January 22, 2010)
As thousands of well-equipped US soldiers pour into Haiti, there is an increasing concern about the militarization of the country, supporting the soldiers and not the people. Or, as one doctor put it, “We need gauze, not guns.” Relief workers continue to report dire shortages of food, aid and medical supplies, amidst fears the dire conditions will spark outbreaks of infectious disease.

“The Real Looting in Haiti” (January 20, 2010)
Author Naomi Klein reported that within 24 hours of the earthquake, the influential right-wing think tank the Heritage Foundation was already seeking to use the disaster as an attempt at further privatization of the country’s economy.

Doctor: Misinformation and Racism Have Frozen Recovery Effort at General Hospital in Port-au-Prince (January 19, 2010)
Racism has slowed the recovery efforts of this hospital. Security issues over the last forty-eight hours have been our—quote “security issues” over the last forty-eight hours have been our leading concern. And there are no security issues.

US doctors beg their government to admit critically injured children from Haiti (January 18, 2010)
“We can’t evacuate any Haitian patients to the US,” John McDonald, from the University of Miami Medical School, said. “Our country treats the Haitians like s***. The people land, they get sent back. When Cubans land, they open restaurants.”

US accused of annexing airport as squabbling hinders aid effort in Haiti (January 17, 2010)
The Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières complained about flights with medical staff and equipment which were redirected to the Dominican Republic. “We are all going crazy,” said Nan Buzard, of the American Red Cross.

Video: Disputes emerge over Haiti aid control (January 17, 2010)
As we do our best here to ensure that people are donating and taking action in some way to assist in the relief efforts in Haiti, news updates indicate that alot of this aid is being delayed by certain forces, namely US and UN officials.

Many flee Haiti capital, govt plans tent cities (January 22, 2010)
France’s Cooperation Minister Alain Joyandet told The Associated Press that he had filed an official complaint to the U.S. government after two French planes, one carrying a field hospital, were denied permission to land.;_ylt=AmGVtowiA6AaCmUGC2zbJX5BXYh4;_ylu=X3oDMTM4b2MzbGcwBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMTE2L2NiX2hhaXRpX2VhcnRocXVha2UEY2NvZGUDbW9zdHBvcHVsYXIEY3BvcwMxBHBvcwMxBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcmllcwRzbGsDaGFpdGlhaWRmbG93

Israel’s compassion in Haiti can’t hide our ugly face in Gaza (January 18, 2010)
The remarkable identification with the victims of the terrible tragedy in distant Haiti only underscores the indifference to the ongoing suffering of the people of Gaza. . . . The disaster in Haiti is a natural one; the one in Gaza is the unproud handiwork of man. Our handiwork.

Haiti: An Israeli Public Relations Moment? (January 20, 2010)
Israeli publications ran opinion pieces Monday and Tuesday accusing Israel of using the disaster for publicity points or of ignoring a humanitarian disaster on the country’s front step in Gaza.

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