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"Women's Movement Mourns Deaths of 3 Haitian Leaders"
by Jessica Ravitz of CNN
(CNN) -- One returned to her Haitian roots, to give voice to women, honor their stories and shape their futures.
Another urged women to pack a courtroom in Haiti, where she succeeded in getting a guilty verdict against a man who battered his wife.
A third joined the others and helped change the law to make rape, long a political weapon in Haiti, a punishable crime. Read more here...
Jan.21, 2010- Rebecca Zausmer
"The Roots of Poverty and Powerlessness"
It has taken an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude, causing momentous loss of life, to get the world talking about Haiti and its past. As the world digests the tragedy, it begins to remember and to criticize too. Rebecca Zausmer does a round-up of the commentary and analysis that is flowing fast about Haiti and the actors in its history.
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti on 12 January 2010 continues to devastate. The earthquake has killed tens of thousands and left millions homeless. Casualties now, however, are now being caused by the lack of aid on the ground. Despite the world’s efforts to get aid to Haiti, aid organizations are struggling to get these supplies to the people: ‘little help has reached the many people waiting for help in makeshift camps on streets strewn with debris and decomposing bodies.’ The primary problem; an airport bottleneck. The US military has taken over Port-au-Prince’s small airport, which is currently the main entry point for aid. Aircraft carrying aid supplies are being denied permission to land. There is increasing frustration and confusion as to why the aid that is mounting up at the airport is not being allowed to be distributed. Read more here..
"The right testicle of Hell: History of a Haitian holocaust"
‘There's no such thing as a 'natural' disaster,’ writes Greg Palast, ‘200,000 Haitians have been slaughtered by slum housing and IMF “austerity” plans.’ Palast takes a look both at international community’s response to the Haiti earthquake and at its role in impoverishing a nation that was once the wealthiest in the western hemisphere.
1. Bless the President for having rescue teams in the air almost immediately. That was President Olafur Grimsson of Iceland. On Wednesday, the AP reported that the President of the United States promised, ‘The initial contingent of 2,000 Marines could be deployed to the quake-ravaged country within the next few days.’ ‘In a few days,’ Mr Obama?
2. There's no such thing as a 'natural' disaster. 200,000 Haitians have been slaughtered by slum housing and IMF ‘austerity’ plans.
3. A friend of mine called. Do I know a journalist who could get medicine to her father? And she added, trying to hold her voice together, ‘My sister, she's under the rubble. Is anyone going who can help, anyone?’ Should I tell her, ‘Obama will have Marines there in “a few days?'Read more here....
Jan. 21, 2010 BY UHURU SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT
In the wake of the devastation following the 7.0 earthquake on 12 January 2010, the African People’s Solidarity Committee, a white organization working under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, expresses its deepest solidarity with African people in Haiti.
With at least 50,000 dead, hundreds of thousands injured and more than 3.5 million homeless, the conditions on the island have been described as unimaginable. With relief efforts moving slowly and the threat of mass starvation mounting, US military occupation forces are being sent in, raising the spectrum of the brutal treatment of African people in New Orleans following the 2005 Hurricane Katrina.
US president Barack Obama has promised a massive US relief effort with a pledge of US$100 million to be sent to Haiti as an outpouring of support comes in from throughout the U.S. and around the world. All major media sources have sent reporters to the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince.
We unite with the efforts to send massive resources into Haiti as quickly as possible. More...
By Eugene Mulero, CQ Staff
The House easily passed legislation on Wednesday that would allow taxpayers to claim Haiti earthquake-related charitable deductions on their 2009 tax returns, as long as they make the contributions before March 1. The bill (HR 4462), which passed by voice vote, is sponsored by Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel of New York. Without the legislation, taxpayers would have to wait until 2011, when they file their 2010 taxes, to take the itemized deduction for any Haiti donations this year.
“What this bill does is allow Americans and others to make generous cash contributions to the charity of their choice and at the same time not have to wait until next year to be able to deduct this as a charitable contribution,” Rangel explained on the floor.
The bill also would allow contributions made via text messages to be deducted. To qualify, filers would need to show a telephone bill to prove the donation, Rangel added.
An official with the American Red Cross said the nonprofit has received more than $22 million in text-based donations from U.S. users for Haiti relief efforts.
The Ways and Means Committee approved the measure Jan. 19. Cosponsors of the legislation include Ways and Means ranking Republican Dave Camp of Michigan, as well as majority Whip James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., and Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va.
“The people of these United States of America are going to call upon us in order to respond to the people of Haiti,” Clyburn said, adding: “And for us to offer all Americans the opportunity to deduct on their 2009 taxes in a contribution they make to this effort . . . will go a long way.”
The measure would decrease federal fiscal year budget receipts by $2 million over the period of fiscal 2010 through 2019, according to an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office. Senate leaders are expected to move ahead with their version of the bill soon, according to a Democratic aide. The Senate version would waive the normal rule that limits charitable deductions to 50 percent of individual adjusted gross income and 10 percent of corporate income.
The 6.1-magnitude aftershock was about 6.2 miles deep, with an epicenter about 35 miles (60 kilometers) west-southwest of Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Geological Survey said." Read full storyand view video here .
"In 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson took an historic step forward when he began flights from Cuba to the United States to prevent physical harm to people leaving that country by unsafe boats. By the time these flights ended, 265,000 men, women and children had flown to the United States, mostly aboard commercial airliners, coordinated by the federal government."
Ira Kurzban was the general counsel for the Government of Haiti for 13 years under the Aristide and first Preval administrations and is the author of Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook.
It is all too easy, seeing the appalling scenes from Port-au-Prince yesterday, to forget America's historic debt to Haiti, scene of the first successful slave revolt, which defined the destiny of Africans in the New World. The establishment of the first black independent state had tangible consequences. It denied Napoleon his foothold in the Caribbean and led him to sell New Orleans and the Louisiana territories to Jefferson.. Click here to continue.