Thursday Night Haiti Update

Rescue efforts in Haiti are still facing difficulty in reaching the people. The Red Cross estimates 50,000 have been killed.

It's a race against time.

The pictures and news reports are harrowing. Looting is beginning, bodies are lining the streets and beginning to decay. Disease will begin spreading. The cemetaries are filled, and people are being put in mass graves.

Money is pouring in to relief organizations and countries around the world are trying to help, but the conditions there are so awful, it may be too little too late. The heavy equipment needed to dig out more potential survivors is still not there. People are still alive under the rubble. The medical care is not getting to them quickly enough. They need more supplies and pain meds.

The main port is closed, the airport is strained, relief workers say it's chaos.

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    Words are hard (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by christinep on Thu Jan 14, 2010 at 08:11:28 PM EST
    They are more than hard...words are impossible. Numbing sadness even at our sad distance. Maybe, bit by bit, we can help rebuild and beyond.

    WSWS: sanctimonious declarations (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Andreas on Thu Jan 14, 2010 at 11:39:45 PM EST

    Three paragraphs from the WSWS:

    In the aftermath of the quake, there has been no serious coverage in the US media of the social and historical roots of the tragedy, for which American capitalism bears principal responsibility.

    For its part, the White House has responded with hypocritical and sanctimonious declarations, along with a pittance of aid. President Obama declared, in his latest public statement pledging $100 million to Haitian relief, that assistance to Haiti is a top priority of his administration. The actual figures give the lie to this preposterous claim. The $100 million US pledge amounts to barely one hour's spending for the US war machine--and less than some of the bonuses being paid out this month to Wall Street bankers and speculators.

    Despite the claims of the US government, the United Nations and the American media, there is no massive mobilization of international assistance for the ravaged country. What is being sent to Haiti is a drop in the bucket, and even this limited assistance is useless without a distribution network to get it to the people in need.

    US provides more troops than aid
    Death toll mounts in Haiti

    By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2010

    thanks Andreas (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 12:00:55 AM EST
    for posting shorter excerpts. Much appreciaated.

    Amid all the chaos and horror (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 11:27:47 AM EST
    of this disaster, Cuba and the US take some baby steps and actually work together:
    As aid continued to pour into the devastated island nation, Cuba granted the U.S. government permission to fly through restricted air space on medical evacuation flights.

    The deal, which pushes aside decades of Cold War animosity between Washington and Havana, will cut a precious 90 minutes off the one-way flight from Guantanamo to Haiti.

    What am I missing? (none / 0) (#5)
    by diogenes on Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 11:10:33 PM EST
    Why not ship everything to the Dominican Republic and truck it over?  Are there no roads/trains or are there unpassable mountains?