Rights Groups Denounce Duvalier Ruling, U.S. Urges Appeal

February 1, 2012 by

International and local human rights groups Tuesday strongly denounced the ruling by an investigating judge in Haiti that former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier should not face charges for massive human rights abuses committed during his 15-year reign, from 1971 to 1986. The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said it was “extremely disappointed” by the ruling.

Out of Options in Haiti?

September 1, 2011 by

Amid great fanfare, and surrounded by an entourage equal to his status as newly elected President of the Republic, Michel Martelly visited the Canaraan displacement camp out on the barren outskirts of northern Port-au-Prince early this summer. He had a message to the approximately 30,000 families who eke out an existence there: Factories are coming. Not just factories, but housing, jobs, services, investment, education, and opportunities—everything dreamed of but denied in the 20-cruel months which have followed Haiti’s earthquake.

An Easy Way to Improve U.S.-Latin American Relations

July 28, 2011 by

During his attendance at a recent African Union summit, former Brazilian president Lula da Silva critiqued the structure of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC): “it isn’t possible that Latin America, with its 400 million inhabitants, does not have permanent representation. Five countries decide what to do and how to do it, regardless of the rest of the humans living on this planet.”

Chilean Fishermen: The Secret Weapons of a Disaster-Struck Nation

March 1, 2010 by

On February 27, Chile suffered a more powerful earthquake than the far more famous one that struck Haiti just weeks before, and which was followed soon after by a large tsunami that devastated entire coastal communities. While the Haitian earthquake killed hundreds of thousands and decimated that nation’s already weak infrastructure, by all accounts Chile fared much better thanks to more stringent building standards and a history of stronger earthquake preparedness measures. However, certain segments of the Chilean population and economy have suffered far more than others.

U.S. Military: Stretched Thin?

February 1, 2010 by

Since the U.S. significantly escalated the size and strength of its armed forces following September 11, 2001, the U.S. has committed itself to new war fronts and established footholds in several regions throughout the globe, such as Africa and South America, where previously they had not had a presence. The recent earthquake in Haiti illustrates that U.S. forces, by the thousands, can be committed to humanitarian missions abroad, despite their commitments in a multitude of foreign arenas. However, budgetary issues and severely stretched forces remain areas of serious concern.