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The Rainy Season is upon us

February 28, 2010
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The Rainy Season is upon us

Feb 27, 2010 Haiti’s rainy season has begun. Last night torrential rain turned tent cities into misery for half a million homeless earthquake victims. This morning I visited the Place St. Pierre sheet and shanty refugee camp in Petionville where wet belongings hung to dry. An eighteen year old mother and two week old...
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Clowns Entertain Suffering Kids in Haiti

February 28, 2010
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Clowns Entertain Suffering Kids in Haiti

(Feb. 20) — Haitian children from a camp near the wrecked presidential palace got a brief respite from the hardships of life, thanks to the French Canadian charity “Clowns Without Borders.”
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U.S. Military Role In Haiti Met With Mixed Emotions-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian- Truth

February 28, 2010
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U.S. Military Role In Haiti Met With Mixed Emotions-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian- Truth

The U.S. military, stretched thin in Iraq and Afghanistan, has taken on another major operation after a massive earthquake hit Haiti. About 22,000 service members responded, many of them distributing food and providing medical aid. Now, American troops are preparing for another phase as Haiti tries to recover, and that has raised questions about...
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Chile’s quake 500 times more powerful than Haiti’s

February 27, 2010
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Chile’s quake 500 times more powerful than Haiti’s

In the end, though, the damage is not likely to be as heavy as in Haiti because of the depth of the quake, the population density and the amount of preparation. By Tracy WilkinsonFebruary 27, 2010 Reporting from Mexico City – The magnitude 8.8 earthquake that jolted Chile early Saturday packed roughly 500 times...
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’Grave’ flooding in quake-hit Haiti kills 11

February 27, 2010
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’Grave’ flooding in quake-hit Haiti kills 11

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, (AFP) – Flooding triggered by heavy rain killed at least 11 people in Les Cayes, Haiti’s third most populous city and an area unscathed by the devastating January 12 earthquake that flattened much of the country’s capital. Heavy rains washed more than 1.5 meters (60 inches) of water into Les Cayes, flooding...
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Mullen leads trip to Haiti, faces Preval’s ire on allegation-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

February 27, 2010
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Mullen leads trip to Haiti, faces Preval’s ire on allegation-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

By Craig Whitlock Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, February 27, 2010; A09 PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — Haitian President René Préval faces many challenges: a country in ruins, a government in tatters, a traumatized population. But on Friday, he wanted to get something else off his chest. On an unseasonably cool day in the capital, Préval...
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FLASH –FLASH–FLASH PREVAL MAKES OFFICIAL MOVE TO STEAL ALL HUMANITARIAN MATERIAL WHILE WORLD COMMUNITY DOES NOTHING!! Red tape, bad traffic, no power: ‘That’s Haiti’

February 26, 2010
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FLASH –FLASH–FLASH  PREVAL MAKES OFFICIAL MOVE TO STEAL ALL HUMANITARIAN MATERIAL WHILE WORLD COMMUNITY DOES NOTHING!!  Red tape, bad traffic, no power: ‘That’s Haiti’

By Soledad O’Brien and Rose Arce, CNN February 24, 2010 11:03 p.m. EST Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) — You hear it all the time in Port-au-Prince: “That’s Haiti,” people tell you when things move slowly, when the electricity goes off or traffic mysteriously comes to a halt. Some say it was like that even before...
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HAITI : Probability of 80 percent for an earthquake of magnitude 5 or greater in the next 90 days

February 26, 2010
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HAITI : Probability of 80 percent for an earthquake of magnitude 5 or greater in the next 90 days

USGS Updates Assessment of Earthquake Hazard and Safety in Haiti and the Caribbean / Released: 2/23/2010 Published by AlterPresse on February 24, 2010 The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) issued an update to its Jan. 21, 2010, statement, which includes the aftershock probabilities for the next 30-to-90-day period and for the overall year. U.S. Geological...
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After the quake Only plastic between Haiti homeless and storms -Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

February 25, 2010
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After the quake Only plastic between Haiti homeless and storms -Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

Seasonal rains and hurricanes spell trouble for Haiti in the best of times, but with hundreds of thousands of people living in flimsy makeshift shelters after last month’s earthquake, this year the dangers are much greater. The rainy season begins in earnest in early April and the hurricane season in early June, according to...
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Canadian military begins Haitian pullout Officials continue to try to track missing Canadians

February 25, 2010
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Canadian military begins Haitian pullout   Officials continue to try to track missing Canadians

By Juliet O’Neill, Canwest News Service; with files from Citizen News Services // Canadian military forces are starting to withdraw from crisis work in Haiti and the government is nearing a “tipping point” where many of 50 Canadians still missing six weeks after a massive earthquake will be deemed dead. That will boost the...
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First U.S. Paratroopers to Return From Haiti

February 25, 2010
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First U.S. Paratroopers to Return From Haiti

MIAMI – U.S. Southern Command will begin the redeployment of paratroopers supporting U.S. military relief efforts in Haiti Jan. 25 with the 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. In response to a request by the government of Haiti, the U.S. government deployed a military contingent to support relief...
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Haiti reconstruction official owns share of concrete company-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

February 24, 2010
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Haiti reconstruction official owns share of concrete company-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

WASHINGTON — Haiti‘s top reconstruction planning official owns part of the country’s largest concrete company, which stands to reap major gains from the coming wave of international rebuilding aid. Patrick Delatour, Haiti’s tourism minister, leads a commission that has been crafting plans to rebuild Port-au-Prince and other earthquake-devastated areas. He acknowledged he is 5%...
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FLASH-FLASH-FLASH DIMITRI VORBE – PREVAL AND ELIZABETH DELATOUR MAKE ANOTHER FORTUNE WHILE MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN DIE

February 24, 2010
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FLASH-FLASH-FLASH  DIMITRI VORBE – PREVAL AND ELIZABETH DELATOUR MAKE ANOTHER FORTUNE WHILE MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN DIE

Two days after the January 12 quake, President Preval gave Dimitri Vorbe a contract to purchase 200,000 food packages at $20.00 US pr package. Vorbe went to the Dominican Republic and purchased some time-expired items for $2.00 each and changed the dates. Even as trapped children scratched against collapsed ceilings in a futile hope...
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Chile: Unasur to provide $100 million to Haiti-Added COMMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

February 24, 2010
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Chile: Unasur to provide $100 million to Haiti-Added COMMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

The Associated Press Wednesday, February 24, 2010; 5:47 PM PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet says a group of South American nations has committed to providing $100 million in aid for earthquake-ravaged Haiti. She says the money from the 12-member Union of South American Nations is meant to help Haitian President Rene Preval...
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Who’ll rule the tent cities of Haiti?

February 24, 2010
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Who’ll rule the tent cities of Haiti?

Haitian survivors’ camps have started to reflect hierarchies and rivalries that vex nation’s politics. Andrew Chung Staff Reporter PORT-AU-PRINCE–They jockey for power. Cronyism is rampant, as is anti-democratic behaviour. And accusations of corruption fly. This may sound like Haiti’s famously dysfunctional national government, but it also describes the tent city spiralling around the main...
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Haitian voodoo leader vows ‘war’ after attack on ceremony-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

February 24, 2010
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Haitian voodoo leader vows ‘war’ after attack on ceremony-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

Haiti’s supreme voodoo leader vowed “war” on Wednesday after Evangelicals attacked a ceremony organized by his religion honoring those killed in last month’s massive earthquake. The attack on Tuesday in the capital’s sprawling Cite Soleil slum came with religious tensions rising, as Protestant Evangelicals and other denominations recruit in the wake of the earthquake...
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Recovery prospects dim for Haiti electric utility

February 24, 2010
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Recovery prospects dim for Haiti electric utility

By FRANK BAJAK The Associated Press Wednesday, February 24, 2010; 6:27 PM PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Six weeks after a catastrophic earthquake flattened downtown Port-au-Prince, power has returned to nearly half the city’s neighborhoods. Most, however, are in the hilly southern suburbs, which look down at night on the miles of near blackness where most...
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Miami architect devises prefabs for homeless

February 24, 2010
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Miami architect devises prefabs for homeless

Andrés Duany — the famed Miami architect — has designed a basic, inexpensive and easy-to-assemble house that could shelter thousands of displaced Haitians. BY ANDRES VIGLUCCI aviglucci@MiamiHerald.com Can a stripped-down, bunkhouse-like structure made of near-indestructible, space-age materials provide a solution to Haiti’s post-quake housing crisis? Famed Miami architect and planner Andrés Duany certainly thinks...
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Haiti quake is beginning to be felt miles away-Added COMMENTAYR By Haitian-Truth

February 24, 2010
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Haiti quake is beginning to be felt miles away-Added COMMENTAYR By Haitian-Truth

Haitian farmers in the countryside struggle to feed the displaced relatives they’ve taken in. As meager funds dwindle, they wonder how they’ll be able to buy seeds for the spring planting. February 23, 2010|By Ken Ellingwood Reporting from Saint-Marc, Haiti — Even in normal times, Edwin Andre has all he can do to eke...
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Questions Surface After Haitian Airlift -Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

February 24, 2010
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Questions Surface After Haitian Airlift -Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

By GINGER THOMPSON Published: February 23, 2010 PITTSBURGH — It was widely billed as the first uplifting story in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated Haiti’s capital: two young American women rescued 54 Haitian orphans in an airlift organized by Gov. Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania and supported by top Obama administration officials....
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