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NPR Video

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The following is latest from Planet Money and  Frontline’s look at the Haitian economy since January 12th. Enjoy.

NPR Video

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Gone Til November

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In news that should pacify nervous foreign investors and agitated citizens, Haitian President Rene Preval has announced that the country’s nine-member provisional electoral council should organise elections for November 28th. The presidential and legislative elections to be held on the day will signal the end of Preval’s five-year presidential term, which actually ends on February 7th. The Haitian parliament has voted to allow him to remain in office until May 14th should a successor not be chosen by February.

Skeptics might argue that this announcement be taken with a grain of salt as the current leadership has not been very effective since January 12th. However, just making the announcement is a good sign and , at the very least, buys Mr. Preval and his colleagues some time to cull together a plan of action for the both the short and long term.

Gone Til November

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UN Chief Calls For More Aid at G20 Summit

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recently called on the Group of 20 rich and developing nations, as well as the world superpowers, to continue to pump aid to struggling countries. He admits that only about 1% of the $5.3 billion in aid pledged to Haiti has been delivered; about $40 million from Brazil, but that the world needs to focus on nations like Haiti to create jobs, promote agriculture, build public health systems and shift to clean energy sources. He also promised that the U.N will make a concerted effort to streamline and increase the effectiveness of aid delivery in Haiti.

While this sounds good and noble, one must view this announcement with guarded expectations. Relief efforts of this scale are complex by design. What’s important is that the world is still very much focused on Haiti and it’s situation, and at least on the surface, appears to be working on creating practical solutions to the after effects of the January 12th earthquake.

UN Chief Calls For More Aid At G20 Summit

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Ti Jean Petro

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Yesterday was the feast of Ti Jean Petro, symbolized as St. John the Baptist. This is one of the most important feast days in the Vodou calendar. Yesterday we lit white candles and poured out some peppered rhum. Below please find an image of Ti Jean Petro and a video for a ceremony where he is summoned.

Ti Jean Petro

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US/Haitian Government Standoff (via Conversations with the Living: The Haitian AIDS Crisis)

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After a strongly worded statement by John Kerry criticizing Haitian leadership for stalling relief efforts, Haitian PM Jean-Max Bellerive had some choice words of its own. In a nutshell, he states that Haiti has a plan for rebuilding itself and won't be pushed around by anyone during this critical time. I say good for them. Even casual observers of politics understands that statements like the ones issued by Kerry are often preludes to occupation … Read More

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June 24, 2010 at 1:08 pm

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Bill Clinton Announces $20 Million Haiti Loan Fund

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Bill Clinton has announced a plan to help kickstart the rebuild and recovery in Haiti through a series of loans to be doled out to small and medium sized businesses. Half of the seed money will come from Mexico’s Carlos Slim and the remaining portion will be underwritten by Canada’s  Frank Guistra.

The $20 million fund is a project of the Clinton Foundation, through the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative, and Fundacion Carlos Slim, a philanthropic organization created by the Mexican telecom magnate who this year surpassed Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as the world’s richest man.

This is perhaps one of the smartest forms of relief. The small and mid-sized businesses are the lifeblood of Haiti. If they’re given a chance to build up, then the nation as a whole stands a better chance to solidify itself from within.

Bill Clinton Announces $20 Million Loan Fund

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Bob Johnson To Open Factories In Haiti

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US Black billionaire Bob Johnson’s investment company RLJ Companies has partnered with Global Building Solutions to form Caribbean Opportunity Holdings in order to manufacture  quick and cost effective mass housing for the over 1 million displaced Haitians in Port Au Prince and the surrounding areas. In addition, the two factories will build hurricane and earthquake resistant panels for housing on the island.

In the short term, this is a very sound venture as these materials are a necessity on an island prone to natural disasters. In the long term, this venture will empower citizens and provide much needed employment. One question.  Where are the other wealthy Blacks in the US that are stepping up? Just curious.

Bob Johnson To Open Factories In Haiti

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