Regions / Haiti
An overwhelming majority of Americans (84 percent) believe they have a responsibility to help Haiti. That's what a CBS poll tells us. But how much of this benevolence is media-driven, and how much represents a core belief of American attitudes toward foreign aid?
When representatives from 136 countries attended the high-level International Donors' Conference in New York on March 31, it looked like good news for Haiti.
Haiti never had a chance. It had been treated as a standing threat since its revolution in 1804.
Democracy, market forces, and religious apostasy aren't determining factors in the scores Chile and Haiti notched in this grim competition.
Development experts are about to give Haiti the same disastrous prescription for reform. But Haitians could still build a very different post-earthquake society.
Two weeks before a major donors conference, the Haitian government has estimated that the country will need some 11.5 billion dollars over the next three years to recover from the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake.
The UN donors' conference is an opportunity to help Haitians rebuild in a manner that respects their humanity and enables them to become more productive.
Three weeks after Haiti's devastating earthquake, nearly 100 U.S. lawmakers joined with key civil society groups here Thursday to urge the Group of Seven (G7) leading western nations to commit to cancelling all of the Caribbean country's multilateral debt.
Respecting human dignity is a principle no government can ignore, and one that needs to be applied when sending aid to the earthquake-ravaged nation.
The U.S. treatment of Haiti is, unfortunately, nothing new.