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Haiti gets pledge for $5.3 billion for rebuilding……

The world has stepped up to the plate to help this poor country…..Kudo’s to ex-presidents Bush and Clinton for their fundraising efforts…….

The first thing that should be done is better building codes!

The international community pledged $5.3 billion Wednesday for earthquake-shattered Haiti over the next two years, launching an ambitious effort not just to rebuild the hemisphere’s poorest nation but also to transform it into a modern state.

The amount exceeded by more than $1 billion the goal set ahead of a conference co-sponsored by the United Nations and the U.S. government. In all, countries, development banks and nongovernmental groups pledged nearly $10 billion for Haiti in years to come.

“This is the down payment Haiti needs for wholesale national renewal,” said U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. He emphasized, however, that donors must deliver on the promises of cash, something they have sometimes been slow to do.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton noted that nearly 50 countries made pledges, twice as many as contributed to rebuilding the area hit by the 2004 tsunami in South Asia. She announced $1.15 billion in U.S. funds for the nation-building effort in Haiti.

The reconstruction plan calls for building ports and hundreds of miles of new roads, resurrecting Haiti’s withered agricultural sector, relocating people from the crowded capital and establishing an efficient bureaucracy in a country that never had one.

More……..

March 31, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Haiti, Health, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Tsunami/Earthquakes, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

The Army's 82nd Airborne Division and others deploy to………Haiti……

An 82nd Airborne Div. paratrooper during a medical and security assessment at a Port-au-Prince quake camp.

The United States has deployed part of the 82nd Airborne in addition to Special Operators from the Navy’s Seal’s, and the Army’s Green Berets, Rangers and Air Force Air Commando’s to help stabilize, secure and scout around the countries major city after the rescue operation……

The Pentagon has begun to withdraw combat troops already but will be keeping support troops in the country for a while……

Here’s the piece…

For eight years, America‘s most elite secret warriors have tirelessly worked to kill terrorists.

But they’ve also been quietly saving lives in muddy camps here, where hundreds of thousands of homeless have pitched tarps and tents.

Troops who for years hunted Al Qaeda suddenly made unlikely temporary alliances with Cuban Communists or Doctors Without Borders – even Hugo Chavez pal Sean Penn – to coordinate aid to quake-battered Haitians.

“It’s great to be deployed to a place where they don’t hate Americans,” a grizzled Army sergeant said. “It’s probably the most pro-American place I’ve ever been.”

Nearly six weeks after the Jan. 12 earthquake killed 217,000 people and left more than 1 million homeless, the desperation has barely abated. There is still little running water, sanitation, electricity or reliable phone service in this city of 2 million.

The stench of death and the piles of bloated corpses are gone, but Port-au-Prince still looks as if God put his thumb on the poorest city on Earth. Entire neighborhoods were felled like sandcastles in the surf. Long lines for food and water remain.

But the U.S. military mission is now winding down. International relief services are stepping in.

“We’re beyond the catastrophe stage – we’re at the stage of improving what we’ve got,” said Lt. Col. James McFadyen, an 82nd Airborne commander.

That’s a sign of success, commanders say, for the masters of chaos sent here after the quake: Navy SEALs, Air Force Air Commandos, and Army Green Berets, Rangers and paratroopers.

These veterans of classified counterterror missions are known for their smarts and cultural sensitivity.

“Things tend not to surprise us,” Army Col. Barrett Lowe, deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations in Haiti, told The News.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/haiti/2010/02/21/2010-02-21_helping_not_hunting_wartough_gis_tackle_haitian_crisis.html#ixzz0gDOVk7LK

February 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Haiti, Health, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and others deploy to………Haiti……

An 82nd Airborne Div. paratrooper during a medical and security assessment at a Port-au-Prince quake camp.

The United States has deployed part of the 82nd Airborne in addition to Special Operators from the Navy’s Seal’s, and the Army’s Green Berets, Rangers and Air Force Air Commando’s to help stabilize, secure and scout around the countries major city after the rescue operation……

The Pentagon has begun to withdraw combat troops already but will be keeping support troops in the country for a while……

Here’s the piece…

For eight years, America‘s most elite secret warriors have tirelessly worked to kill terrorists.

But they’ve also been quietly saving lives in muddy camps here, where hundreds of thousands of homeless have pitched tarps and tents.

Troops who for years hunted Al Qaeda suddenly made unlikely temporary alliances with Cuban Communists or Doctors Without Borders – even Hugo Chavez pal Sean Penn – to coordinate aid to quake-battered Haitians.

“It’s great to be deployed to a place where they don’t hate Americans,” a grizzled Army sergeant said. “It’s probably the most pro-American place I’ve ever been.”

Nearly six weeks after the Jan. 12 earthquake killed 217,000 people and left more than 1 million homeless, the desperation has barely abated. There is still little running water, sanitation, electricity or reliable phone service in this city of 2 million.

The stench of death and the piles of bloated corpses are gone, but Port-au-Prince still looks as if God put his thumb on the poorest city on Earth. Entire neighborhoods were felled like sandcastles in the surf. Long lines for food and water remain.

But the U.S. military mission is now winding down. International relief services are stepping in.

“We’re beyond the catastrophe stage – we’re at the stage of improving what we’ve got,” said Lt. Col. James McFadyen, an 82nd Airborne commander.

That’s a sign of success, commanders say, for the masters of chaos sent here after the quake: Navy SEALs, Air Force Air Commandos, and Army Green Berets, Rangers and paratroopers.

These veterans of classified counterterror missions are known for their smarts and cultural sensitivity.

“Things tend not to surprise us,” Army Col. Barrett Lowe, deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations in Haiti, told The News.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/haiti/2010/02/21/2010-02-21_helping_not_hunting_wartough_gis_tackle_haitian_crisis.html#ixzz0gDOVk7LK

February 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Haiti, Health, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Bill Clinton returns to Haiti and is put in Charge of the U.N. efforts there……

Former President Bill Clinton, who is the United Nations special envoy to Haiti, returned here on Friday to meet with government and aid officials, visit a health clinic and deliver medical supplies, computers and generators.

Mr. Clinton praised the progress being made in the relief effort, especially in addressing the need for food, shelter and security, but he expressed a growing sense of urgency about the country’s requirements for sanitation and health care.

Mr. Clinton was given the added responsibility on Wednesday of overseeing United Nations aid efforts and reconstruction in Haiti after the magnitude 7 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince, the capital, and surrounding areas on Jan. 12.

Dr. Paul Farmer, the deputy special envoy to Haiti who toured the clinic with Mr. Clinton, said: “For sanitation and health, the key is going to be to create community-based solutions, which basically means hire Haitians and lots of them to begin tracking infectious diseases, doing follow-up on treatments, as well as building latrines and water infrastructure. It shouldn’t be seen as some radical notion that we need to inject the money into the Haitian population, because they are the ones who can actually do the follow up.”

United Nations officials echoed the concerns over sanitation and health.

If he is serious…he’s got a big job ahead of him……..

February 6, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Ecology, Family, Food, Government, Haiti, Health, Home, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

The future……Haiti will be rebuild…..in what image?

While the reports in the media is of getting supplies and aid to the living…..and the concern on the ground inevitably begins to turn to recovery…..the politicians…such as Secretary Hillary Clinton and others must turn to Haiti’s future…..as a country vanquished by tragedy…Haiti will have to be rebuild.…not discarding what being dealt with right now…but decisions…even at this moment, have to be made for the countries future…..

As in these cases…quite a few of those decisions will be made other’s than the Haitian’s themselves who are overwhelmed, grief stricken, disorganized and quite frankly…in over there heads……

One can only hope that those decision’s are being done with some sort of consultation with President Preval of the country……

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Government, Haiti, Health, Home, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates | | 8 Comments