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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

  • Doctor: Misinformation and Racism Have Frozen Recovery Effort at General Hospital in Port-au-Prince

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    "There are no security issues," says Dr. Evan Lyon of Partners in Health, reporting from the General Hospital in Port-Au-Prince in Haiti, where 1,000 people are in need of operations. Lyon said the reports of violence in the city have been overblown by the media and have affected the delivery of aid and medical services. [includes rush transcript]

  • US Accused of Militarizing Relief Effort in Haiti

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    The US military has taken control of the only airport in Port-au-Prince and is facing criticism for diverting some aid planes. Doctors Without Borders says five of its planes carrying surgical teams and equipment weren’t allowed to land and were diverted to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. US forces also turned back a French aid plane carrying a field hospital. Al Jazeera English aired this report on Sunday. [includes rush transcript]

  • Actor and Activist Danny Glover on Legacy of US-Haitian Relations Dating Back to 1804

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    Danny Glover is an acclaimed actor, director, producer and longtime friend of Haiti. His directorial debut, Toussaint, focused on the life of François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture, a former slave who became one of the fathers of Haiti’s independence from France in 1804. [includes rush transcript]

  • "Haiti is Shaken to the Core": Amy Goodman Reports from Port-au-Prince

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    "Haiti is devastated as if a bomb, many bombs, exploded throughout Port-au-Prince and beyond, where help has not arrived at all," reports Amy Goodman on her travels outside of Port-au-Prince to the epicenter of the earthquake. "The smell of death hangs in the air." [includes rush transcript]

  • "Haiti is Like Gaza": Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Haiti a Week After the Earthquake

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    Sharif reports Haitians are growing increasingly frustrated by how the United Nations is working with survivors of the earthquake. "They’re not interacting with people in the community," he said. "They’re not interacting with people who can distribute aid effectively in the neighborhoods around Port-au-Prince." [includes rush transcript]

  • Haitian Feminist Leader Myriam Merlet (1953-2010)

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    We end today’s show with the sad news of the passing of Haitian political activist Myriam Merlet. She died under the rubble of her home after it collapsed on her last week. Myriam Merlet was the Chief of Staff of the Haitian Ministry of Women and an outspoken feminist who helped draw international attention to the use of rape as a political weapon. We speak with playwright and activist Eve Ensler, who knew Myriam very well, and air video of Myriam speaking in 2008 at V-Day. [includes rush transcript]