The 2010 Haitian earthquake
65th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3
By Stefan Steinberg, 25 February 2015
Raoul Peck’s film focuses on a middle class couple whose home in Port-au-Prince has been ruined by the 2011 earthquake. Tudor Giurgiu’s feature looks at all-pervasive corruption in Romania.
By John Marion, 20 January 2015
While the US refuses to account for earthquake reconstruction funds it promised, hundreds of thousands in Port-au-Prince are still without secure shelter.
By John Marion, 12 January 2015
More than 80,000 victims of the quake are still living in squalid conditions, despite billions pledged by foreign governments.
63rd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 5
By Stefan Steinberg:, 6 March 2013
The latest film by Haitian-born director Raoul Peck focuses on the aid operation organised by the US and Western powers in the wake of the deadly earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010.
By John Marion, 15 January 2013
Three years after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, hundreds of thousands of people continue to suffer from its effects.
By John Marion, 24 June 2011
On June 15, the whistleblower web site WikiLeaks began releasing US diplomatic cables from the period immediately following the devastating Haitian earthquake of January 2010.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 January 2011
One year after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, the horrors facing its population have only deepened, with a cholera epidemic claiming thousands of lives and hundreds of thousands left stranded in fetid tent camps.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2010
Protests against United Nations troops have spread to the capital of Port-au-Prince Thursday as growing numbers of Haitians die of cholera in the absence of significant aid from the UN or other relief agencies.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2010
Haiti remains tense in the wake of Monday’s violent clashes between protesters and United Nations troops that left at least two dead and over a dozen wounded in Cap-Haitien, the country’s second largest city.
By Patrick Martin, 13 November 2010
The United Nations issued an emergency appeal for aid as the death toll in Haiti passed the 800 mark.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2010
Like the massive death toll inflicted by the earthquake last January, the outbreak of a cholera epidemic in Haiti is not some natural disaster, but rather the product of desperate poverty created by imperialist oppression.
By Tom Eley, 26 October 2010
At least five cases of cholera have been confirmed in Port-au-Prince, a week after the epidemic emerged in central Haiti. By Monday evening the national death toll was reported to be 259.
By John Marion, 16 October 2010
The November 28 elections in Haiti will be a travesty of democracy, in which foreign investors seek to manipulate an election held amid terrible conditions after the January 2010 earthquake, with large sections of the electorate robbed of the right to vote.
Six months since the earthquake
By Patrick Martin, 13 July 2010
The six-month anniversary of the earthquake that destroyed much of Haiti was observed Monday, with media coverage admitting there has been virtually no progress in rebuilding the devastated country.
By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2010
Six months after an earthquake destroyed much of Haiti and killed more than 300,000 people, little has been done for the survivors.
Bush, Clinton visit Port-au-Prince
By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2010
Bush and Clinton preached capitalism as the solution to Haiti’s problems, pressing President René Préval to lift restrictions on the use of land by foreign NGOs and corporations. During the visit, Préval issued the decree demanded by Washington.
By Hiram Lee, 12 March 2010
President Obama and Haitian President René Préval met at the White House on Wednesday to discuss ongoing recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti.
By David Walsh, 2 March 2010
According to the Wall Street Journal, the impact of the Chilean earthquake is a vindication of the fascist dictatorship of General Pinochet.
By Guy Charron, 25 February 2010
Canada’s Conservative government has been anxious to assert a leading role in the relief and reconstruction of Haiti, so as to advance the interests of Canada’s corporate elite in the Caribbean and assert Canada’s claim to be a major power.
By Alex Lantier, 19 February 2010
Mass protests greeted Sarkozy’s arrival in Haiti, as plans proceed for the US and other major powers to take control of Haiti’s government and indefinitely suspend elections.
By Hiram Lee, 18 February 2010
A new report released by the Inter-American Development Bank declares the disaster still unfolding in Haiti as the worst in modern history.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2010
Haiti’s wealthy ruling elite and US corporations are looking forward to increased riches and big profits off of post-earthquake reconstruction as millions of working class and poor people face the threat of starvation and infectious epidemics.
Four weeks after earthquake
By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2010
On Sunday, Haiti saw one of its largest protests since the January 12 earthquake. as four weeks after the disaster, frustration with continuing hunger and homelessness mount.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2010
Three weeks after the January 12 earthquake leveled most of Port-au-Prince and claimed the lives of over 200,000 people, anger in Haiti over the slow pace of relief and the impotence of President Rene Preval’s government has erupted into protests.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 4 February 2010
After the January 12 earthquake that devastated Haiti, the French government has moved to quell political opposition in Europe to the US military occupation of Haiti.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2010
Ten members of a Baptist-affiliated group from Idaho are accused of child trafficking for attempting to spirit 33 Haitian children out of the country, supposedly for adoption in the US. Several of the children said their parents are not dead.
By Alex Lantier, 1 February 2010
Starting last Wednesday, the US military refused to fly wounded Haitians to the US for medical treatment.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2010
In his State of the Union speech Wednesday President Barack Obama barely mentioned the historic catastrophe unfolding on America’s doorstep, with the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Haitians and millions more left injured, hungry and homeless.
By Patrick Martin, 28 January 2010
Troops under UN command have fired on crowds of hungry Haitians, a sign of impending confrontation between the people of the earthquake-wracked country and the armed forces sent there under the auspices of the imperialist powers.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 January 2010
The US Marines sent to Haiti by the Obama administration are being told to model their mission on the “success” of the 20-year occupation of Haiti by US Marines that ended in 1934.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2010
Government ministers, international bankers and aid agencies gathered in Montreal Monday to discuss plans for reconstructing earthquake-ravaged Haiti. At the heart of their proposals is the exploitation of Haitian workers at poverty wages.
By Jerry White, 26 January 2010
Two weeks after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, there is growing criticism of the US for undermining rescue and relief efforts by focusing almost entirely on the military occupation of the Caribbean nation.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2010
The Haitian government together with United Nations authorities announced the official end to efforts to rescue people trapped in the rubble from the January 12 earthquake, even as survivors were still being pulled out alive.
By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2010
The Nation reacted to the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the earthquake in Haiti and exacerbated by the US military occupation of the country by praising the Obama administration.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 January 2010
With thousands of Haitians dying every day for lack of medical care and supplies, the Pentagon has announced that it is expanding the US military presence in the country, maintaining its priority of troops over humanitarian aid.
By Alex Lantier, 21 January 2010
The US military intervention in Haiti continues to block arrival of critical humanitarian supplies.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2010
The death and suffering inflicted upon Haiti by the January 12 earthquake has laid bare a massive international crime by US imperialism, which prepared this catastrophe with a century of oppression and is now exploiting the disaster for its own ends.
By Tom Eley, 20 January 2010
The Obama administration has taken extraordinary measures to prevent desperate Haitians from entering the US since a January 12 earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation.
Death toll at 200,000
By Tom Eley, 19 January 2010
The Haitian government declared a state of emergency on Monday to be enforced by the US military, six days after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake laid waste to much of the nation and killed at least 200,000, according to the latest estimate.
By Alex Lantier, 18 January 2010
Washington has focused on establishing indefinite military control of Haiti, to the detriment of aid and rescue operations.
By Patrick Martin, 18 January 2010
In selecting his two immediate predecessors to head up fundraising for relief efforts in Haiti, President Obama has demonstrated that the devastating human tragedy in Haiti will not bring any alteration in the rapacious role of US imperialism in that impoverished semi-colonial country.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2010
The first contingents of a US military force expected to reach 10,000 troops arrived in Haiti as anger mounted over the failure of international aid to reach the millions left injured, homeless and destitute by Tuesday’s earthquake.
US provides more troops than aid
By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2010
More than 48 hours after a devastating earthquake leveled much of the city of Port-au-Prince, millions are without shelter, power, food and water. The estimates of the death toll range from 50,000 to ten times that number.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2010
In a statement on the earthquake in Haiti, President Obama spoke of the “long history that binds us together.” Neither he nor the US media, however, want to examine that history and its relation to the catastrophe confronting the Haitian people.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2010
Officials warned Wednesday that the earthquake which devastated the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince may have claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
By Alex Lantier, 13 January 2010
A severe earthquake hit the Haitian capital city of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday.