Job Corps Created in Afghanistan and now Iraq - Why not Haiti?

  • Posted on: 7 December 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

There are a precedents for Governments creating job corps in varying forms.  The pictures on the left is of men working for the United States Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), created by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 as a form of "work relief" for unemployed families suffering from the Great Depression.  

 

Tourism in Haiti - Beating the Water to Make Butter?

  • Posted on: 6 December 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

Haiti BeachWe all know that Haiti once had a tourism industry...before the HIV/AIDS scare, several coup d'etats, and the kidnapping crisis.   The much more difficult questions concern whether Haiti could/will have one again and whether time spent in this sector would be better spent on infrastructure, education, etc.

 

Haitians Reject Flawed HIV/AIDS Research - Wyclef Jean Speaks Out

  • Posted on: 6 December 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

Haiti is a proud member of what is still a fairly small club - countries with generalized HIV/AIDS epidemics that have been able to not only halt it, but reverse it.  This is not a fluke - the involvement of the Haitan civil society, government, and the support of the international community has made a measurable difference.  Their successes in treatment have been applied in other countries such as Rwanda, Lesotho, and Malawi. Success can be contagious, and Haiti's results have inspired other countries.

  

One Billion Trees Planted in 2007 - But How Many in Haiti?

  • Posted on: 28 November 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf


According to the United Nations Environmental Program, more than one billion trees were planted worldwide.  Mexico and Ethiopia led the way.  Ethiopia, not exactly a model of good governance,  illustrates that when a government has the political will and when communities are aware of the importance of the environment, motivated to preserve it, and the resources to do it, social change can happen rapidly. 

Haiti, Go Solar! (by Denise Green)

  • Posted on: 28 November 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

What is happening in Haiti? Why is our economy getting worse every day? Why can’t we resolve basic issues and end poverty? I am still amazed to hear from family members that there are frequent periods without electricity that last more than a week! Can’t our government realize that is a terrible loss for a developing country? What has been done to resolve the problem of electricity?

 

Peace Corps Announces Creation of "Response Corps"

  • Posted on: 27 November 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf
In an announcement on November 19th, the Peace Corps stated that it would bolster the already existing Crisis Corps and rename it "Peace Corps Response" to reflect its increased breadth and depth. Most are familiar with Peace Corps,  but less have heard of the Crisis Corps.  The Crisis Corps was a mechanism through which returned volunteers could serve abroad for a period of several months to a year.  

Chinese Prepare to Deploy Sixth Team of Peacekeepers to Haiti

  • Posted on: 25 November 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

When we write about China, it usually involves whether the government will protest renewal of MINUSTAH's mandate as a result of Haiti's pro Taiwan stance.  But let us give credit where credit is due.   China has provided well trained, and much needed, peacekeepers for the Haiti Mission.  In fact, soon China will deploy its sixth team of 125 specially trained riot police. 

 

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