While touring the destruction of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, Jim Lange, Candidate for US House District 15 and CEO of the Haiti Recovery & Development Company encountered groups already in Haiti appearing to be preparing to profiteer on Haiti’s misery. Mr. Lange warned them misuse of donations from US Citizens would be exposed and would
I have just returned from three days in Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The scenes are shocking and dispiriting. While approximately a million Floridians temporarily lost their electricity last week, I would say that more than ten million Haitian citizens lost much, much more when the storm passed over the island the week
If you admitted that you know little to nothing about the geopolitics of the Caribbean you wouldn’t be alone. Most Americans don’t. The same might be said about the United States government. For over 200 years, successive American administrations have intervened in this region, and their track record indicates they, too, find the geopolitics of
The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate. According to the indicators compiled by Reporters Without Borders,
Haiti’s Parliament Dissolves. Though the International press has, inexplicably, under reported Haiti’s present political crisis, it has been confirmed that Haiti’s Parliament has been dissolved and that President Martelly is presently ruling by decree. This is a highly explosive situation and armed conflicts seem inevitable. As a result, I have cancelled all but one of
In the midst of the chaos and turmoil Haiti is presently experiencing, HR&DC is proud to report a first in Haiti’s 210 year history. In the middle of the country’s most volatile area, without state or international funds, a group of unlikely colleagues (landowners and resettlement camp residents) have joined forces to construct a
Like characters in a Kafka novel, yesterday my in-country director (Reginald August) and I found ourselves in the middle of a police manhunt for Clifford Brandt and a yet-to-be-determined number of escapees from a maximum security prison. The brazen prison break (carried off by 10-15 armed assailants) occurred shortly before we were scheduled to
Haiti Trip (March); Day One: It’s very early Tuesday morning and I am awaiting my flight from Tampa to Miami en route to Haiti. Since I will be on the go from the moment I deplane in Port au Prince, I thought it wise to check-in now while I have a access to the
It’s January 12, 2011 and the clock on my desk continues to march forward. If it’s true that a joy shared is a joy made double than remembering Haiti’s 300,000 earthquake victims is surely agony made infinite. And though the fallen are one year removed from our grasp, to me the fallen have never been
World estimates prior to Haiti’s devastating earthquake indicated more than 1/3 the population lived in or around the Port-au-Prince (PaP). Because the earthquake was centered so close to the capital city, the destructive impact to Haitian people was magnified with over 300,000 losing their lives and more than 1.5 million people left homeless. Many authorities
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