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Update on Haiti

Because we at Philosophyhelmet have discussed the Haitian disaster before, I thought it appropriate to direct my readers to this comprehensive update from Bill Quigley, courtesy of Counterpunch.

The Devil in Haiti

As you know, Haiti was recently struck by a tremendous earthquake.  While any place would be devastated by an earthquake over 7.0 on the Richter scale, it was particularly destructive of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, which had become a vast shanty-town during the latter half of the twentieth century.  The earthquake was severe, but it was Haiti’s extraordinary poverty that made the natural disaster so horrible.  But why is Haiti so poor, after all this time?  And what can be done to cure such poverty? read more »