Irish Anti War Movement

[HAITI] Haiti’s never-ending tragedy has American roots

Haiti’s never-ending tragedy has American roots
Sunday, January 17, 2010  By Vincent Browne
 
Late last week, the White House website carried details of a 30-minute phone conversation last Friday morning between President Barack Obama and René Préval, the president of Haiti.

It reported: ‘‘President Obama said that the world had been devastated by the loss and suffering in Haiti, and pledged the full support of the American people for the government and people of Haiti as it relates to both the immediate recovery effort and the long-term rebuilding effort.

‘‘President Préval said that he has been touched by the friendship of the American people, and expressed his condolences for the loss of American citizens in Haiti.”

The report continued: ‘‘President Préval closed by passing a message to the American people - ‘From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of the Haitian people, thank you, thank you, thank you’.”

[HAITI] Haitian tragedy compounded by long, ugly history of exploitation

Haitian tragedy compounded by long, ugly history of exploitation

PETER HALLWARD

Peter Hallward is professor of modern European philosophy at Middlesex University in England and author o f Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment 

Irish Times - Fri, Jan 15, 2010

OPINION: The international community is as much to blame for the misery as the act of nature that caused the earthquake

ANY LARGE city in the world would have suffered extensive damage from an earthquake on the scale of the one that ravaged Haiti’s capital city on Tuesday afternoon, but it’s no accident that so much of Port-au-Prince now looks like a war zone. Much of the devastation wreaked by this latest and most calamitous disaster to befall Haiti is best understood as another thoroughly man-made outcome of a long and ugly historical sequence.

The country has faced more than its fair share of catastrophes. Hundreds died in Port-au-Prince in an earthquake in June 1770, and the huge earthquake of May 7th, 1842, may have killed 10,000 in the northern city of Cap Haitien alone. Hurricanes batter the island on a regular basis, most recently in 2004 and 2008; the storms of September 2008 killed more than a thousand people and destroyed thousands of homes.

Galway day of political discussion- from Obama's Wars, Justice for Palestine to Global Crisis

30/01/2010 - 12:00
30/01/2010 - 17:00

Galway's Socialist Day of Discussion

Saturday, 30 January 2010

12:00 - 17:00

Richardson's, Eyre Sq., Galway

Free my dad from Guantanamo, 12-year-old asks Brown

By Robert Verkaik
Monday, 11 January 2010

Afghanistan - the graveyard of US power?

Afghanistan - the graveyard of  US power?
By Marnie Holborow

Afghanistan toll
· There have been major losses of civilian lives since the invasion in 2001 – possibly  as many as 7,500. A UN mission recorded  1,013 in the first six months of 2009 alone which was a 24% increase on the same period the year before.
· Tens of thousands of Afghan civilians are also thought to have been killed indirectly as a consequence of displacement, starvation, disease, exposure, lack of medical treatment and crime and lawlessness resulting from the war.
· There have been 1,151 deaths of coalition troops in Afghanistan since 2001. 942 US soldiers have been killed, 242 British, 134 Candadian, 30 Danish, 36 French and 34 German. Irish soliders serving with the British troops have also been killed.  
· Seven members of the Irish Defence Forces are currently deployed in Kabul as part of the International Security Assisitance (ISAF) which is a back up force to the NATO led invasion. Ireland is also contributing to the deadly technology employed in Afghanistan with a Dublin  company, Acra Control Ltd, supplying material for the US drones which have killed  civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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