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Haiti Makes Esquire

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Below please find a link to a preview of the latest issue of Esquire that hits the newsstands next week. Included in this issue is a preview of an interview with Bill Clinton where he pledges to commit the next three years to Haiti and its rebuild. Also in there are some words from Paul Farmer on the state of Haitian health care. Check it out and expect a feature length post here when the issue hits the stands.

Haiti Makes Esquire

Gede Greg C.

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Wicked Seeds Sown

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I must have missed this last week but it appears that the US based biotechnology company Monsanto has made a controversial donation of  475 tons of hybrid corn and vegetable seeds to Haitian farmers. While a nice gesture on the surface, Monsanto’s gift is prblematic when one does a little investigation. Hybrid seeds may not be suitable for replanting. Therefore, farmers will be dependent on Monsanto on a yearly basis to purchase new hybrid seeds in order to keep their farms running.

Naturally there has been an uproar surrounding this situation, as groups like the Peasant Movement of Papay state that accepting Monsanto’s gift would be akin to helping destroy Haitian agriculture. I alluded to this a few days ago and voila the corporate vultures are already swooping in. Does anyone really want to help us obtain “food sovereignty” or is it going to be more of the same?

Wicked Seeds Sown

Gede Greg C.

Til the Land and Sow the Benefits

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Here’s a question for all the superpowers participating in the relief effort. Why hasn’t there been more of an emphasis on rebuilding Haiti’s agriculture system? After all, an improved agricultural program can potentially create 3,000,000 jobs and help the disenfranchised become subsistent and independent. Haiti’s economy would get a serious shot in the arm and perhaps, shudder at the thought, maybe the country would be able to slowly pull itself out of poverty and become a player on the national stage.

Currently many countries profit of the fact that Haiti exports most of its produce, leaving citizens with little choice but to purchase overpriced exported goods. What kind of sense does this make? You live on a tropical island teeming with natural resources, yet you have nothing to show for it in your refrigerator or your wallet. Let’s see how this pans out. There is a lot of money and power at stake with this initiative and it’s going to be interesting to see who and what forces join the fray.

Til the Land and Sow the Benefits

Gede Greg C.

Haitian Elections Key to Success or Failure of Rebuilding Effort

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This title of this post is pretty self explanatory yet there are many layers to the issue that underline how this particular election may end up being the most crucial in Haiti’s history.

The populace is jaded after centuries of government corruption and the recent earthquake has highlighted the disparities of lifestyles between the poor majority of the populace versus the elite. And realistically, after January 12th, who is really thinking about elections. I think most people are more concerned with getting the basics in life like clean food, water, and shelter on a daily basis.

Politicians like Haitian President Rene Preval and US President Barack Obama feel, and rightfully so, that a stable government will make Haiti a more attractive place for foreign investors and help place the country on the proper road to recovery.

Upcoming Haitian Election Key To Country’s Future

Gede Greg C.

Lawrence Harrison Speaks

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I came across this vid by Lawrence Harrison the Director of the Cultural Change Institute who talks about Haitian history and events that may have led to Haiti’s vulnerable state pre-earthquake. He’s a controversial figure for sure, but some interesting points are raised. Your thoughts.

Lawrence Harrison Speaks

Gede Greg C.

Lwa Ogou

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Today is Wednesday, the day we serve the Lwas Ogou. Take a look into my world.

Gede Greg C.

Homegrown Leadership sprouting in Port Au Prince

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Nice article in the Miami Herald about new leaders sprouting up in tent cities across Port Au Prince. Our will is indomitable. Hopefully this kind of grassroots unity and organization helps guide us through the process of rebuilding. Maybe the elected officials and UN occupiers should take heed to what’s going on. They might learn a thing or two.

Gede Greg C.

http://www.miamiherald.com/582/story/1471814.html