Posts Tagged ‘Haiti’

Haitian children allegedly abducted by Christian group reunited with parents

February 3, 2010

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Three weeks after a massive earthquake, Haitian authorities on Tuesday indefinitely postponed upcoming legislative elections amid rising security concerns in the crippled Caribbean nation.

Aid workers, meanwhile, began to reunite with their families some of the 33 children that a US missionary group tried to sneak out of the country last week without government authorization.

Justice officials said the 10 Americans behind the alleged abductions, who are still to be charged, might have to be tried in the United States because of the post-quake chaos.

The Haitian government has been left largely dysfunctional since the 7.0-magnitude January 12 quake, which killed an estimated 170,000 people and left many official buildings in ruins.

Full article here


Haiti questions Americans over child “kidnapping”

February 2, 2010

Mica Rosenberg and Joseph Guyler Delva
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Haitian authorities questioned a group of 10 American missionaries on Monday who are accused of illegally trying to take children out of the quake-shattered Caribbean country.

A prosecutor met with the Americans at police headquarters in Port-au-Prince, where they have been held since they were arrested late on Friday trying to cross into the Dominican Republic with a busload of 33 children they said were orphaned by the devastating January 12 earthquake.

The Baptist missionaries deny Haitian charges they were engaged in child trafficking and insist they were only trying to help vulnerable orphans left destitute by the quake.

The case could be diplomatically sensitive at a time when the United States is spearheading a huge relief effort to help hundreds of thousands of Haitian quake victims, and as U.S. aid groups pour millions of dollars of donations into Haiti.

Full article here

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Haiti earthquake: orphans for sale for $50

January 29, 2010

Orphans in Haiti are being offered for sale to foreigners for as little as £30 amid warnings that up to one million children in the country have been left vulnerable to abuse and trafficking in the wake of the earthquake.

Haitian orphans at the UN compound in Port-au-Prince.

Daily Telegraph
By Nick Allen in Haiti
Published: 9:17AM GMT 28 Jan 2010

In a remote area north of Port-au-Prince, a man was reported to have offered to sell a young boy to a Canadian man for just $50.

The first confirmed case of a child being offered for sale since Haiti was devastated by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake on Jan 12 took place near Gonaives, 150km north of Port-au-Prince.

It was reported by Noel Ismonin, a Canadian pastor who rescues orphans in the area. A man offered to sell him the boy but the pastor refused.

Meanwhile, in camps around the capital there were several reports of men being lynched after being accused by earthquake victims of trying to steal infants from tents.

The incident near Gonaives raised fears that child trafficking gangs could move into desperately poor rural areas that have yet to be properly reached by aid agencies. The gangs are also be less likely to be picked up by authorities there.

Abduction of children by child traffickers was already a chronic problem in pre-earthquake Haiti, where thousands were handed by their families into lives of domestic servitude.

“There are an estimated one million unaccompanied or orphaned children, or children who lost one parent,” said Kate Conradt, a spokesman for Save the Children. “They are extremely vulnerable.”

As fears for the safety of Haitian orphans grew a group of 78 children sleeping in the street outside their shattered orphanage in the capital were being guarded at night by a group of local people.

The bodies of 56 other children remained buried under a three-storey section of the collapsed orphanage in the Carrefour slum area.

The youngest victims, Cedric Francois and James Alcius, were both just five months old.

Of the survivors, many had wounds to their heads and limbs. They sleep on blankets laid in the street. Three plastic sheets provided by Unicef have been strung from trees.

“If it rains it will be terrible,” said Eviline Louis-Jacques, 61, who runs the Notre Dame de la Nativite orphanage.

“There are 56 dead over there,” she said pointing to a pile of rubble. “Most of them were babies. That’s why they were in there, they were sleeping. But I have 78 left.”

Vanessa Line, three, was rescued after spending two days stuck in the rubble. She stares blankly ahead and does not speak, clearly traumatised by her ordeal.

Naika Simon, six, who suffered head wounds when timber fell on her, said: “It hurt me and I was crying. I could hear others crying as well. It was dark and I was scared. I miss my mummy and daddy.”

Another child, Reginald Gibbs, five, who has a broken leg, was brought to the orphanage by his parents after their home collapsed.

He was already up for legitimate adoption before the earthquake and a family in France is waiting for them.

His father, Daniel Gibbs, 50, said: “He is suffering. We want him to go to France as soon as possible because he will get better care.”

Haiti’s orphanages have also become targets for people desperate for food, water and medical supplies. Maison de Lumiere, which has 50 orphans, came under attack from a group of 20 armed men but security guards drove them off.

Charities and aid agencies are only supplying the orphanages with a few days of food and water at a time in case they are looted.

View the original article at Daily Telegraph

Crowds seeking aid in Haiti met with pepper spray and rubber bullets

January 27, 2010

Will Pavia
London Times
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

United Nations troops used pepper spray yesterday to hold off a crowd of hungry Haitians queueing for food at a makeshift camp in the grounds of the wrecked presidential palace.

“They’re not violent, just desperate. They just want to eat,” Fernando Soares, a Brazilian army colonel, said. “The problem is, there is not enough food for everyone.”

The UN’s Brazilian troops are experienced — they have been stationed in Haiti for years — but they were struggling to hold the line. As they began deploying the pepper spray, the crowd broke up and ran back across the road coughing, eyes streaming.

Raoul Gai, 36, pulled his T-shirt over the head of Dalima, 9, his daughter, as she cried and spluttered. “They are giving food but I don’t like the way they are doing it,” he said.

Yesterday, the 14th day after the Haitian earthquake, the World Food Programme (WFP) was trying to deliver 107 cubic tonnes of rice and oil and beans to the starving of Port-au-Prince, enough to feed 20,000 people for 15 days. Two rice trucks were heading for the palace.

Full article here

Do geothermal heating projects set off earthquakes?

January 25, 2010

Russia Today
Monday, January 25th, 2010

While the question the title of this article poses might seem like something from out of a Bruce Willis sci-fi action movie, geothermal drilling triggering seismic activity is very much the stuff of reality.

At least according to engineers from around the world, who recently studied a seismic event which occurred in Landau in der Pfalz, Germany. Some experts attributed the minor, 2.7-magnitude earthquake to the “enhanced engineered geothermal system (EGS)” that is providing heat and energy to the city. But engineers working inside the facility claim that the accusations are false. In their humble opinion, the shaking of the ground beneath their boots was nothing more than the routine geological activity according to the rules of Mother Nature.

Geothermal technology is derived by tunneling deep into the Earth’s underground in order to tap into water that is naturally warmed by the earth’s own heat. The water is then pumped up to the surface where it is used as energy to drive turbines that then generate electricity. EGS drilling tech however, goes much deeper into Earth. The massive drills bore through the bedrock and soil to depths of up to 10 kilometers. The enhanced drilling technology seeks to fracture the deep embedded rock and then pull out the heated water, bringing it up to the surface.

The major benefit of the geothermal energy is that, unlike oil or natural gas, it runs clean and is a sustainable green energy source. But does drilling for the energy cause earthquakes?

According to the earthquake experts at the US Geological Survey, seismic events occur when the stress that builds up from underground fault lines is suddenly released. The resulting “shaking of the ground caused by an abrupt shift of rock along a fracture in the Earth,” is what is known as a fault. While deep geothermal drilling is intended to unlock the potentially limitless reserves of heat and heated water from the Earth’s depths, it is the fracturing of the rock that has some engineers concerned about upsetting the Earth’s seismic inclinations, especially if the drilling is occurring too close to a seismic zone.

In a recent article drafted for ENR.COM, a popular trade magazine for engineering professionals, engineers opposed to the proliferation of EGS drilling are claiming that “fracturing the deep rock can cause earthquakes if the fracturing is too close to an active seismic fault zone.”

But Jefferson Tester, an MIT chemical engineering professor, believes that concern over serious earthquakes due to engineered geothermal drilling are unfounded. He backs up his beliefs by pointing out that the oil and natural gas industries have been drilling and fracturing the deep rock for decades without yet triggering a serious seismic event. “Yet” being the key word here.

However, according to Renewable Energy World.Com, it’s these very same engineering professors and experts who have no choice but to admit that “small seismic events known as microearthquakes have been recorded and monitored in the immediate vicinity of some injection sites. These usually have Richter magnitudes of 2 or 3 and are ordinarily imperceptible to people unless they are quite close to the epicenter.” What’s more, it is said that these microearthquakes, although triggered by geothermal drilling, pose no real “significant hazard” to surrounding buildings and infrastructure, be they homes, roads, bridges, commercial high-rises or, as in the case of Landau in der Pfalz, Germany, power plants.

Optimistic professors like Tester who defend geothermal drilling in order to tap into the Earth’s radiant core, are combating the naysayers by publicly cautioning the world against “unbalanced reports”. It is his professional opinion that, despite the microearthquake that occurred in Germany and another in nearby Switzerland, the intensity of the tremors caused by drilling is not “alarming” enough to be considered a damage-causing earthquake.

But one overriding question looms large: how inevitable is it that a so-called microearthquake might one day chain-react into a major earthquake of devastating proportions? With EGS tech becoming more popular and more deep holes being drilled down into the subterranean depths and more bedrock fractured unnaturally, only time and Mother Earth know the answer.

View the original article at Russia Today

Haiti’s Natural Disaster–Made in Israel?

January 24, 2010

The Ugly Truth
Sunday, January 24th, 2010

“Good things come to those who wait”, as the old saying goes. For me, it was an email I received this morning from one of the dozens of lists I am on. In this case, it was a link to a story appearing on an Israeli news site written some time ago entitled “Israel Makes Waves by Simulating an Earthquake” that read in part as follows–

“The Seismologic Division of the Ministry of National Infrastructure’s Geophysical Institute will attempt to simulate an earthquake in the southern Negev on Thursday. The experiment, financed by the U.S. Defense Department, is a joint project with the University of Hawaii and is part of a scientific project intended to improve seismological and acoustic readings in Israel and its environs, up to a 1,000 km/621 mile radius.

The experiment intends to improve the understanding of sound waves in the atmosphere. Scientists will then be able to fine-tune Israel’s seismological equipment to give advance warning of earthquakes. Measurements will also be taken in other countries, including Cyprus, Greece, France, and Germany.

Israel will create a controlled explosion of 80 tons of explosive material, which will simulate the intensity of a tremor after an earthquake of Magnitude 3. Natural earthquakes of a similar intensity occur in the Middle East region about once a week, without the public feeling them.

In the last few years, the Geophysical Institute has created several earthquake simulations in order to calibrate its equipment. In June 2004, the institute detonated 32 tons of explosives in the southern Negev. In June 2005, the institute detonated 20 tons in the Beit Alfa quarries in the Jezreel Valley south of the Galilee. The success of the experiments has significantly contributed to improving the accuracy of identifying earthquakes in Israel.”

So, in other words, the notion that “interested parties” can cause earthquakes is not as much an “Art Bell” topic as some may think. The fact that Israel is up to her ears in this kind of business and working alongside the US Department of Defense of all entities is rather interesting as well. Those who would scoff at such a notion should recall that years ago when a few brave souls were claming that Israel had developed an “ethnic bomb” (specifically-designed to kill those of Arab descent) and that the Jewish state was stealing organs of Palestinians they were called everything in the book from conspiracy theorists to anti-Semites. Now these are established facts,

As with all things taking place in our topsy-turvey world these days, the one question that must be asked time and again is “Who Benefits?” When news of the earthquake hit and it was obvious that the centerpiece of the coverage was not the suffering of the Haitian people but rather the fact that Israel was leading the charge in bringing humanitarian relief certainly caused my bushy eyebrows to raise a little. Added to this is the fact that the US sent 10,000–TEN THOUSAND–troops to the region, and not the National Guard types more suited for rescue-relief type work but rather PARATROOPERS is something worth noting as well.

Besides the obvious benefit to Israel’s image resulting from such an event where she morphs from a bloodthirsty killer of dark-skinned Palestinian and Lebanese women and children to the rescuer of dark-skinned Haitians, there is the other possibility to consider–that this was used as a demonstration to the rest of the world that a new weapon of war had been developed, one whose devastation could not be attributed to another country but rather would be seen as an “act of God” to everyone but the leaders of a particular country in the crosshairs of Israel and the US.

Would Israel, working in collusion with the US Defense Department go so far as to cause an earthquake by strategically placing nuclear weapons in certain geologically-sensitive places, thereby causing the deaths of tens of thousands in order to gain a PR victory from it at a time she is universally despised around the world?

Well, perhaps we should ask the 1.5 million Iraqis killed in the aftermath of 9/11 brought about by Israel’s Mossad for the purpose of bringing about the “war to end all wars” between the Islamic and Christian worlds.

View the original article at The Ugly Truth

No Military Occupation of Haiti

January 22, 2010

Ron Paul
Campaign For Liberty
Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Statement of Congressman Ron Paul
United States House of Representatives
Statement in Opposition to H Res 1021, Condolences to Haiti
January 21, 2010
I rise in reluctant opposition to this resolution. Certainly I am moved by the horrific destruction in Haiti and would without hesitation express condolences to those who have suffered and continue to suffer. As a medical doctor, I have through my career worked to alleviate the pain and suffering of others. Unfortunately, however, this resolution does not simply express our condolences, but rather it commits the US government “to begin the reconstruction of Haiti” and affirms that “the recovery and long-term needs of Haiti will require a sustained commitment by the United States. . . .” I do not believe that a resolution expressing our deep regret and sorrow over this tragedy should be used to commit the United States to a “long-term” occupation of Haiti during which time the US government will provide for the reconstruction of that country.

I am concerned over the possibility of an open-ended US military occupation of Haiti and this legislation does nothing to alleviate my concerns. On the contrary, when this resolution refers to the need for a long term US plan for Haiti, I see a return to the failed attempts by the Clinton and Bush Administrations to establish Haiti as an American protectorate. Already we are seeing many argue that this kind of humanitarian mission is a perfect fit for the US military. I do not agree.

Certainly I would support and encourage the efforts of the American people to help the people of Haiti at this tragic time. I believe that the American people are very generous on their own and fear that a US government commitment to reconstruct Haiti may actually discourage private contributions. Mr. Speaker, already we see private US citizens and corporations raising millions of dollars for relief and reconstruction of Haiti. I do not believe the US government should get in the way of these laudable efforts. I do express my condolences but I unfortunately must urge my colleagues to vote against this resolution committing the United States government to rebuild Haiti.

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View the original article at Campaign For Liberty

Police kill man in Haiti over allegedly stolen rice

January 22, 2010

Karl Penhaul,

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Haitian police shot and killed a man they suspected of stealing rice in earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince on Thursday, leaving his body on the sidewalk for hours as his family mourned.

The dead man’s mother identified him as Gentile Cherie, a 20-year-old carpenter. A companion with him was wounded, and a third man nearby was hit by what he said was a stray bullet.

Witnesses said no one was looting at the time. Josef Josnain, the owner of a shop near the city’s airport, said the five bags of rice the men were found with fell from a truck and passers-by picked them up. And Cherie’s wounded companion, who did not give his name, said a truck driver gave them the rice.

“A truck stopped and we jumped on, and the driver gave us the rice as a gift,” he said. “But the cops shot us.”

View the original article at CNN

Chavez says US ‘weapon’ caused Haiti quake

January 21, 2010

Press TV
Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez Wednesday accused the United States of causing the destruction in Haiti by testing a ‘tectonic weapon’ to induce the catastrophic earthquake that hit the country last week.

President Chavez said the US was “playing God” by testing devices capable of creating eco-type catastrophes, the Spanish newspaper ABC quoted him as saying.

A 7.0-magnitude quake rattled the desperately poor country on January 12, killing an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 people. As Haiti looks to the world for basic sustenance, the authorities say the biggest dangers facing survivors are untreated wounds and rising disease.

Following the quake, appeals for humanitarian aid were responded to globally. However, the nation is struggling with violence and looting as aid is still not enough for the tens of thousands left homeless and injured.

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Chavez said the killer earthquake followed a test of “weapon of earthquakes” just offshore from Haiti. He did not elaborate on the source of his claim.

The outspoken leader had earlier accused the US of occupying Haiti “under the guise of the natural disaster.”

At least 11,000 US troops have been dispatched to the country to provide security for aid distribution efforts.

Venezuelan media have reported that the earthquake “may be associated with the project called HAARP, a system that can generate violent and unexpected changes in climate.”

HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, is a study run in Alaska directed at the occasional reconfiguration of the properties of the Earth’s ionosphere to improve satellite communications.

Former US Secretary of Defense William Cohen in 1997 expressed concerned over countries engaging “in eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.”

View the original article at Press TV

Obama mobilizes military reservists to reinforce Haiti aid

January 18, 2010

Monday, January 18th, 2010

US President Barack Obama Sunday mobilized military reserves to help quake-hit Haiti, particularly medical staff to work on hospital ships and Coast Guard staff to secure the ports.

In a presidential order, Obama wrote it was “necessary to augment the active Armed Forces of the United States for the effective conduct of operational missions, including those involving humanitarian assistance, related to relief efforts in Haiti.”

He said he was authorizing Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to order to active duty any units of the reserve as needed.

The order would help both departments to support the massive US aid operation in Haiti, devastated by a 7.0-magnitude quake on Tuesday.

View the original article at AFP