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    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Haitians angry over the cholera epidemic ignored exhortations from health workers to stop violence that is disrupting treatment efforts, and authorities feared more unrest in the capital Friday.

    Violence spread into Port-au-Prince for the first time Thursday after three days of upheaval in the country's north. Protesters threw rocks at U.N. peacekeepers, attacked foreigners' cars and blocked roads with burning tires and toppled light poles.
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    Default Did U.N. Peacekeepers Bring Cholera to Haiti?

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    Haiti, its infrastructure already weak, is recovering from a devastating earthquake in January and battling a worsening cholera epidemic that has already killed 2,000 people.

    The international community, represented by a 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force in Haiti, is insisting the political and security risks of postponing Sunday's elections are far greater than any current threats of violence or disruption.
    http://af.reuters.com/article/worldN...28687620101125
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    Default Cholera Reaches Port-au-Prince

    A very good article on the cholera situation in Haiti. Very difficult to say that the Nepalese are responsible for this. We are bracing for the Haitian election on 28 November and this problem will only be compunded by potential political violence that may take place. We have already had numerous instances of Haitians throwing stones at the Doctors without Borders personnel trying to help the cholera victims.


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    ORT-AU-PRINCE, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- At least 1,721 people died in the nation's cholera epidemic which began there just over a month ago, Haiti's Health Ministry said in a Monday statement.

    A total of 75,888 people have suffered infection, of whom 33, 485 needed hospital treatment, the ministry said. Northern city Artibonite, with 750 dead, is the worst affected. Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince saw 162 deaths.
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    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Dec. 7) -- A contingent of U.N. peacekeepers is the likely source of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed at least 2,000 people, a French scientist said in a report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

    Epidemiologist Renaud Piarroux concluded that the cholera originated in a tributary of Haiti's Artibonite river, next to a U.N. base outside the town of Mirebalais. He was sent by the French government to assist Haitian health officials in determining the source of the outbreak, a French Foreign Ministry official said Tuesday.

    "No other hypothesis could be found to explain the outbreak of a cholera epidemic in this village ... not affected by the earthquake earlier this year and located dozens of kilometers from the coast and (tent) camps," he wrote in a report that has not been publicly released.
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    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Protesters torched the headquarters of the government-backed presidential candidate, burned tires and blocked streets with rubble from earthquake-destroyed buildings on Wednesday morning, hours after the release of preliminary election results set off violence and new questions about vote rigging.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/09/wo...er=rss&emc=rss
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    Angry Haitian mobs have lynched at least 40 people in recent weeks, accusing them of spreading a cholera outbreak that has killed over 2,500 people across the country, officials said Wednesday.

    The number included at least 14 suspected sorcerers previously known to have been lynched in the far southwestern region of Grand Anse as local people feared they were spreading cholera with a magical substance.
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    The crisis gripping cholera-ridden Haiti in the wake of disputed elections and a debilitating earthquake could devolve into civil war, the nation's former interim leader said. * "This electoral process, at this current stage, could lead to civil war. We will all be both responsible for this situation and its victims," warned Boniface Alexandre, who ruled as interim president from 2004 to 2006.
    Translation : send money.

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    Default Earthquake Anniversary 12th January

    The UK press has these two separate reports in 'The Independent': on the Cuban medical aid 'brigade':http://www.independent.co.uk/life-st...e-2169415.html

    The situation:
    On Tuesday 12 January 2010, Haiti was jolted and broken by an earthquake which killed 230,000 people. Today, despite pledges of billions and the presence of thousands of aid groups and missions, its people's plight is a festering global scandal.
    Link:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...e-2179837.html

    This appears to accompany a C4 'Dispatches' documentary on tonight, on gangsters and more:http://www.channel4.com/programmes/d...s-78/episode-1
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    I was surprised that no one has come back to this thread earlier. What the frakk was Duvalier thinking?

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    Jon,

    Hat tip to FP Blog and a longer article on Haiti - which provides an answer:
    And so why has Duvalier come back? First, he is more nostalgic than anyone for the past and is personally deluded enough to dream that the disorganized Party for National Unity, Papa Doc's resuscitated old party, may lead him back to the collapsed National Palace. Over the years, he has made no secret of his desire to lead Haiti again, so that he can rectify the misdeeds -- he hints darkly at misuse of international funds -- of his successors. Secondly, he apparently believes that he committed no crimes and dismisses the possibility of being successfully prosecuted. Lastly, his physical degeneration has sparked persistent rumors that he is terminally ill and has come home to die.

    The larger question is why the Préval government permitted, indeed facilitated his return. Was it to thumb its collective nose at the international community that has just rejected the recent electoral results? Was it to curry favor with the Duvalierist forces Préval had long fought against? Is it some sort of charade to warn away Jean-Bertrand Aristide -- still in exile in South Africa -- whose return would have so much more legitimacy than Duvalier's?

    On his second day home, the police politely escorted Jean-Claude to the courthouse where he was charged with corruption, theft, and misappropriation of funds. As crowds waited outside, pro- and anti-Duvalier demonstrators hurled insults and protested. Soon after came the reek of tear gas. But Jean-Claude was not detained, and he returned to the Karibe Hotel.
    Link:http://www.foreignpolicy.com/article...ts_of_duvalier

    Bizarre and IMHO confirms that Haiti doesn't appreciate events like this decrease the ability of politicians to support Haiti. I cite in support this Canadian commentary:http://www.focal.ca/images/stories/H...an_12_2011.pdf

    Could Haiti become a territory similar to Somalia, a truly failed state?
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    Ripples from the pebble in the pond :

    NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City officials have confirmed that three New Yorkers contracted cholera while in the Dominican Republic for a wedding. The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, where thousands have died from the disease.

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    Default United States-Haitian Relations from 1791 to 1810: How Slavery And Commerce Shaped Am

    United States-Haitian Relations from 1791 to 1810: How Slavery And Commerce Shaped American Foreign Policy

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    United States-Haitian Relations from 1791 to 1810: How Slavery And Commerce Shaped American Foreign Policy
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    In 1789, on the eve of the French Revolution, Saint-Dominque (Haiti) was arguably the most valuable colony on earth. It was “an integral part of the economic life of the [agricultural] age, the greatest colony in the world, the pride of France, and the envy of every other imperialist nation.” Producing more sugar than all the British Caribbean islands combined, Haiti supplied over forty percent of the world’s sugar. For the United States, colonial Haiti was the second largest foreign trading partner, superseded only by Great Britain. As John Adams wrote in 1783, “[Haiti] is a part of the American system of commerce, they can neither do without us, nor we without them.” As a national commercial interest, trade with Haiti was especially important for New England merchants, where the French colony purchased sixty three percent of the dried fish and eighty percent of the pickled fish exported from the United States. It not only provided a dynamic outlet for American goods to keep the sugar plantations running, but many producers as well as shippers in America grew dependent on the island market.

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    Colonel Philip K. Abbott, U.S. Army, is currently the Chief, Americas Division on the Joint Staff, J5 Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate. He received a B.A. from Norwich University, an M.A. from Kansas University, and an M.S. from the National Defense University. He served in various Command & Staff positions in the United States and Europe and worked extensively throughout Latin America as a Foreign Area Officer.



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    Default Gangs, Netwar, and "Communiter Counterinsurgency" in Haiti

    Gangs, Netwar, and "Communiter Counterinsurgency" in Haiti

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    Gangs, Netwar, and "Communiter Counterinsurgency" in Haiti by David C. Becker, NDU's Prism. Here's the abstract:

    Haiti, the epitome of a fragile state, has been receiving international assistance via repeated UN missions and U.S. interventions for more than 20 years. Criminal gangs exploited the country’s sovereignty gap by wresting control over territory from the state and acquiring legitimacy among certain poor populations. The gangs can be understood as a network of “violence entrepreneurs” operating within a complex environment, a system of systems within the slums. While not as sophisticated as major international criminal organizations, between 2006 and 2007 the politically connected criminal gangs constituted a major challenge for the state and the UN peacekeeping mission, as well as a threat to national stability. The U.S. Government funded an innovative and integrated effort, the Haiti Stabilization Initiative (HSI), to counter the threat by investing in an analogous but countervailing approach reinforcing “social entrepreneurs” and their networks. This supplanted undesirable feedback loop effects with ones that enhance and consolidate stability. Risky participatory and community-led stabilization interventions marginalized and undermined gangs on their home turf. Using development tools for stabilization purposes, HSI stabilization goals were political rather than “needs-based” in nature. While the flexible and comprehensive approach generated important gains, there were also lessons learned and recognition of the initiative’s limitations.
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    Default How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

    A commentary on Haiti and the UN intervention, prompted by the tsunami hitting the Philippines:

    US readers may appreciate this passage:
    Some aid did reach the needy in those early weeks – and it was distributed mainly by the US military. The only people I ever saw in the camps, setting up field hospitals and actually placing food and blankets in the hands of people in need, were the soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division. They had the transport and logistics and they could take care of their own security. They also had a clear line of command and a natural focus on getting the job done.
    Now back to others:
    Between 2010 and 2012, the world promised $9.3 billion for Haiti, but even on the most generous estimate, only about half of this was ever delivered.... the actual amount of humanitarian aid was $2.5 billion – or 27 per cent of the headline sum. Of this, 93 per cent did not actually enter Haiti, but went directly to the various branches of the United Nations empire or international aid agencies.

    When I was in Port-au-Prince, almost 700,000 people were sleeping in the open every night because their homes had been destroyed. Astonishingly, after all the promises, about 300,000 of them are still homeless today.
    Incidentally the post's title comes from a book title.
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    Default The UN undermined both public health and human rights in Haiti

    Gone, maybe forgotten, but the 2010 cholera epidemic still resonates in this Open Democracy article sub-titled:
    Failing to acknowledge its involvement in the 2010 Cholera outbreak in Haiti, the UN undermined public health norms and violated the human rights standards that it asks countries to uphold.
    Link:https://www.opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/valerie-percival/un-undermined-both-public-health-and-human-rights-in-haiti?

    MINUSTAH is still there, the mission started in 2004 and is due for a review in October 2016. There are now:
    4,971 total uniformed personnel, including:up to 2,370 military personnel and up to 2,601 police
    Link:http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/mi...ah/facts.shtml
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    Haitian police have evacuated some 50 U.S. citizens to safety after attempted attacks by supporters of Haitian Senator-elect Guy Philippe, who was arrested and extradited to the United States last week, a police official said on Monday.
    Philippe, long wanted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and remembered for his role in a 2004 coup against former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was elected senator for the southwestern Grand'Anse region in polls on Nov. 20.
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    Default A Lesson On UN Peacekeeping – From Haiti

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    A Lesson On UN Peacekeeping – From Haiti

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