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Haiti Topics

Democracy Now! reports on the latest developments in Haiti, and former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s historic journey home after seven years in exile in South Africa.

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  • Jazeera-haiti
    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...
    January 19, 2010 | Story
  • Danny-glover-democracynow
    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]
    January 19, 2010 | Story
  • Amy-goodman-haiti
    "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]
    January 19, 2010 | Story
  • Haiti-damage
    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]
    January 19, 2010 | Story
  • Myriam_merlet
    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...
    January 19, 2010 | Story
  • Dn-crew-haiti
    Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Elizabeth Press from Democracy Now are in Haiti reporting on the devastating earthquake. Tune in Tuesday for a report from Amy. For the latest updates visit the Democracy Now! Twitter page and Sharif’s Twitter page.
    January 18, 2010 | News
  • Democracy Now! just received an email from a medical worker at Hopital Sacre Coeur in Milot, 75 miles north of Port-Au-Prince. They have a 7 member trauma/ general surgery team but so far have received only 4 patients from Port-Au-Prince. The medical team is desperately seeking a way to inform relief organizations in Haiti that they can help treat patients.
    January 17, 2010 | News
  • Haiti-rescue
    The distribution of humanitarian supplies to Haiti is being hampered by infrastructure damage, blocked roads and severed communication lines. Reports are that those who survived Tuesday’s massive earthquake are now dying in huge numbers, and clean water, food and medical supplies are desperately needed. Dead bodies lie everywhere on the streets, and the Red Cross says it has run out of body bags. The Red Cross in Port-au-Prince estimates...
    January 15, 2010 | Story
  • Aristide-rxn
    Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide spoke out yesterday from exile in South Africa. "We feel deeply and profoundly that we should be there, in Haiti, with them, trying our best to prevent death," Aristide said. "As far as we are concerned, we are ready to leave today, tomorrow, at any time, to join the people of Haiti, to share in their suffering, help rebuild the country, moving from misery to poverty with...
    January 15, 2010 | Story
  • Randall-robinson
    We speak with TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson, author of An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President. On President Obama tapping former President Bill Clinton and former President George W Bush to co-chair US relief efforts in Haiti, Robinson says, "Bush was responsible for destroying Haitian democracy...Clinton has largely sponsored a program of economic development that supports the idea of...
    January 15, 2010 | Story