Posts Tagged ‘reconstruction’

Haitian president, Dominican senator implicated in serious corruption scandal

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

[Translation of an article from the Dominican/Haitian web site Espacinsular.org for April 2, 2012. See original here and related article here.]

Port au Prince, April 2 – Just days after receiving the Dominican government’s highest decoration, the Haitian head of state finds himself implicated in one of the most serious cases of corruption known in the Dominican Republic, the central figure of which is Dominican Senator Félix Bautista.

The results of an investigation made public on the eve of Palm Sunday by prize-winning veteran journalist Nuria Piera on her program “Nuria en el 9,” confirm as facts charges widely circulated in Haiti since last year on the radio program of analyst Michel Soukar and involving leaders in both countries within the framework of the reconstruction of Haiti, devastated in the earthquake of 2010. (more…)

Floods in Brazil: The tragedy is repeated, the shame persists

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

((Página/12 photo))

[Translation of an article from Página/12 of Buenos Aires, Argentina, for January 14, 2012. See original here.]

By Eric Nepomuceno
In Río de Janeiro

It rains, and it rains hard. In several parts of Minas Gerais, in different regions of the Brazilian southeast and in the mountains neighboring Río, it is only with the help of the gods that one gets through the daily threat of being eliminated because nothing is to be expected from the government.

Exactly one year ago, the summer storms washed away two cities in the neighboring mountainous region – Teresópolis and Nova Friburgo – and caused heavy damage in a third, the most beautiful and important, Petrópolis. The tally of destruction was 918 dead and 215 missing, who surely are dead as well. It was the greatest disaster provoked by climate change ever recorded in Brazil. (more…)

Haiti: Land ownership questions hinder reconstruction

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

[Translation of an article from HaitiLibre for July 6, 2010.]

Disputes over the ownership of land, which can take years to resolve, are hindering reconstruction efforts in Haiti and discouraging needed foreign investment, experts say.

The Haitian government and international aid organizations are in competition over construction of dwellings for the 1.5 million people living in camps. But before even beginning reconstruction, they need to determine who owns the land – a major challenge after the earthquake, which killed some 16,000 government officials and destroyed an unknown number of land title records.

“The catastrophe has made land claims more difficult and this situation is going to get worse. After close to 250,000 deaths, inheritance and the sale of land raise a number of questions. Is the owner dead or alive? If he is dead, are there children with rights to the land?”asks Erik Vittrup, head of the United Nations Human Settlement Program (UN-Habitat), based in Rio de Janeiro. (more…)

Haiti: Is the reconstruction commission finally working?

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

The CIRH, beset by concerns about its effectiveness, will have its first working meeting on Thursday, June 17.

[Translation of an article from Le Nouvelliste for June 16.]

by Roberson Alphonse

Barring further mishaps, the Commission Intérimaire pour la Reconstruction d’Haïti (CIRH – Interim Commission for the Reconstruction of Haiti) will hold its first working meeting in Port-au-Prince on Thursday, June 17, 2010. The meeting will allow for the drafting of directives for disbursing funds, Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive, co-president of the Commission, told Reuters. “We have a program and a plan that have been accepted by everybody. Now we need the financial resources, the equipment, the know-how and the support,” he added.

At the Conference on the Future of Haiti in Punta Cana on June 2, Bellerive had declared, “The government and the CIRH will decide how the fiduciary funds will be distributed. President Clinton explained it very clearly and very firmly to the World Bank,” he continued, leaving to speculation fears about the difficulties of co-ordinating activities by different international financial institutions. (more…)

Haitian senate passes law giving extraordinary powers to president

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Leaves executive power and international advisors with no checks and balances

[Translation of an article from La Jornada of Mexico City for April 17.]

by Blanche Petrich

Port-au-Prince, April 16 – President René Préval received a blank check of incalculable value last night when the senate, in a one-hour session in the absence of the opposition bloc and with no debate, approved a new national emergency law granting him extraordinary powers and leaving no checks on the executive and his international counterpart, the Interim Committee for National Reconstruction.

The Committee will centralize all decisions concerning post-earthquake management of the country and, with no oversight by the legislature, will disburse the 5.3 million dollars approved for the next year and a half by the donors’ conference. The arrangement will be directed jointly by former United States President Bill Clinton and Minister of the Interior [sic] Max Bellerive. (more…)

In Haiti, nobody talks about elections anymore

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

What does Préval have in mind?

[Translation of an unsigned article from Haïti-Progrès for April 4.]

Around the end of February and the beginning of March, the electoral process was on everyone’s lips. Especially after President of the Republic René Préval asked the Conseil Electoral Provisoire (CEP – Provisional Electoral Council) to initiate the process and to draw up an electoral calendar. Toward mid-March, the much disparaged head of the CEP boasted, “My agency is technically ready to organize the next step having to do with legislative and presidential elections.” (more…)

Haitian opposition parties reject government reconstruction plan

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

[Translation of an article from AlterPresse of Haiti for March 30, 2010.]

Port-au-Prince, March 30 – Parties opposed to the administration of President René Préval have rejected a plan that the Haitian government will offer at a United Nations conference on reconstruction of the country in New York on March 31. (more…)

What is Washington planning for Haiti?

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

[Translation of an article from Haïti-Progrès for March 23, 2010.

René Préval, Barack Obama

On Thursday, March 11, the day after the the end of President René Préval’s visit to Washington, the Barack Obama government issued a report through the state department concerning human rights and corruption in the Préval/Bellerive government. The report covered the year 2009. Unfortunately, no country that we know of has yet produced a report on human rights and corruption in the United States. That might have curbed the arrogance of the leaders in Washington.

Let’s take a brief look at the contents of the Washington report. It says in the introduction, “The civil authorities in general have effective control over security forces. But occasionally elements of the Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH – Haitian National Police) act independently.” Farther along, in the second paragraph of the 21-page document, the US authorities broach the subject of human rights. “The following problems concerning human rights have been reported: parliamentary elections were not held on schedule… PNH agents are presumed to have engaged in killings… participation of the PNH in kidnappings… violence and social discrimination against women, abuse of children, human trafficking, violations of workers’ rights.” It seems like a fairy tale. What irony! Washington talking about violations of the rights of workers, children and women? When that country is the largest supplier of sophisticated weapons, which kill women and children in particular throughout the world. (more…)

In Haiti, social organizations reject government’s reconstruction plan

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

In anticipation of  March 31 meeting with donors

[Translation of an article from the Haitian website AlterPresse.]

by Ronald Colbert

Port-au-Prince, March 20 – Several social organizations have disapproved the content as well as the procedure that have come about in the writing of a document entitled “Action Plan for Development,” undertaken by the government of Prime Minister Joseph Jean Max Bellerive in preparation for a summit of international donors to be held at United Nations headquarters in New York on March 31, 2010, more than two months after the January 12 earthquake, which by official count resulted in more than 250,000 deaths. (more…)