Friday, March 13, 2009

Haiti's Hopes

Wrong crowd to invest in.

: When Was the Last Time You Heard About.... Haiti?

"Ban, Bill Clinton seek focus on Haiti" by Associated Press | March 10, 2009

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Former president Bill Clinton and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon sought to refocus international attention on Haiti yesterday with a visit they hope will lure more aid to keep the impoverished country from sliding back into chaos.

Sliding back from what? Hell?

Clinton and Ban toured Haiti's run-down capital and met with officials struggling with high food prices and the enduring effects of four devastating 2008 storms. The leaders called for more foreign aid and urged Haiti's weak government to take charge of its own development.


"We are here to mobilize international support . . . but at the same time, we expect the Haitian government to do their own role," Ban said. With a critical donor's conference in Washington and elections for 12 Senate seats scheduled in April, the International Crisis Group and others have warned that Haiti must get billions of dollars in international aid and better manage affairs at home or its short-lived period of political calm will end....

What, are they warning of another coup?

Underscoring that tension, hundreds of people affiliated with the Famni Lavalas party of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide staged a demonstration just beyond a police cordon at the airport holding signs saying "Clinton, we need your help."

Just going to be let down, Haitians.


And as quick as they arrived and the item appeared in my agenda-pushing paper, it then disappeared again!