Haiti rebuilding

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Ex-GOP Rep Helping Baby Doc Get His Cash

Duvalier says he wants Swiss funds to help Haiti

(Newser) - Ex-congressman Bob Barr is helping “Baby Doc” Duvalier gain access to frozen funds left in Swiss banks. The former dictator “is very interested in trying to get those funds freed up, not for himself, but so they can be used to help the situation in Haiti,” Barr,... More »

Angry Haitians Protest Vote

Candidates call for cancellation, cite 'massive fraud'

(Newser) - As protesters hit the streets, presidential candidates in Haiti banded together yesterday to demand the election be canceled, citing foul play, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Twelve of the 19 candidates are accusing the outgoing president’s party of “massive fraud.” Protesters—some peaceful, some throwing stones—marched... More »

Months Later, Lone Senator Holding Up Aid to Haiti

1 million remain homeless

(Newser) - Nearly nine months after the earthquake, more than a million Haitians still live on the streets between piles of rubble. One reason: Not a cent of the $1.15 billion the US pledged in March for rebuilding has arrived. The US has already spent more than $1.1 billion on... More »

Haiti President to Meet Obama on US Aid

Rene Preval looking for long-term recovery help

(Newser) - As Haiti struggles with the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake, Haitian President Rene Preval is meeting with President Obama at the White House today to talk about how the US can aid the impoverished island nation's economic recovery. Preval's visit to Washington comes as US lawmakers look into trade... More »

Clearing Haiti Rubble to Take 1K Trucks 1K Days

Impending rains make debris an urgent problem

(Newser) - Six weeks after an earthquake reduced Port-au-Prince to rubble, Haitians face a monumental task: They don't just have to build a new city, they have to get rid of the old one. The collapsed stores, houses, and apartment buildings of the Haitian capital add up to 25 times the debris... More »

Clinton Back to Haiti to Oversee Aid Effort

Three weeks in, recovery just beginning

(Newser) - Bill Clinton is heading back to earthquake-stricken Haiti today to oversee aid efforts. The former president, now the UN special envoy to Haiti, will meet with local leaders, visit a clinic and deliver supplies, CNN reports. "More than three weeks after the earthquake, the relief efforts in Haiti have... More »

Haiti Desperately Short on Tents

Recovery efforts begin, over objections of hopeful

(Newser) - Haitian officials yesterday began the daunting task of finding shelter for the hundreds of thousands left homeless by the earthquake. International aid organizations identified three sites ideal for temporary shelters, but say they’re short on supplies. One organization estimates that they’ll need 100,000 tents to house some... More »

Clinton-Led Recovery Is the Last Thing Haiti Needs

Unofficial aid czar has a record of corrupt dealings

(Newser) - Bill Clinton's high-profile, perpetually teary-eyed presence on the ground in Haiti has snagged him the unofficial role of aid czar in the rebuilding effort, Mary Anastasia O'Grady writes in the Wall Street Journal , and that's very bad news for Haitians. As president, O'Grady writes, Clinton did plenty to show he... More »

Haiti Plans to Relocate 400K Homeless

US military works to repair capital's damaged port

(Newser) - Haitian officials are planning a massive relocation of 400,000 people from makeshift camps to the outskirts of the capital as the US government tackles repairs to the damaged main port—dual efforts to help residents survive the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake. The plan to temporarily relocate thousands is... More »

Clinton, Investors Work On 'Marshall Plan' for Haiti

They're trying to create 'composite plan' to rebuild the nation

(Newser) - Bill Clinton and Ireland's Denis O'Brien—Haiti's biggest foreign investor—are collaborating on a "Marshall Plan" for the nation. The leader of Irish telecom Digicel urged companies to re-invest in the earthquake-stricken nation. "Obviously we need foreign direct investment, but on a wider front we need a Marshall... More »

What Rebuilding Haiti Will Mean

Debt relief, housing quality, and a better government are key

(Newser) - World leaders have vowed to rebuild Haiti's infrastructure into something better than it was before; the Independent takes a look at what this would mean in practice:
  • Higher-quality housing: Haiti has no building codes; international donors should insist the new dwellings their funds build for those left homeless in the
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