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Summary | Natural Disasters: Week of October 10

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  • The Betrayal Of Haiti
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  • For Haiti, U.S. aid remains just a promise
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Jim Morin

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The Betrayal Of Haiti,  Ashley Smith, Z Communications/Axis of Logic

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  • The U.S., France, Canada and the UN--not to mention a range of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with connections in high places--have done next to nothing to provide alternative shelter to refugees. They have failed to remove the rubble, let alone begin reconstruction, and they reneged on their pledges to deliver aid.
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  • For Haiti, U.S. aid remains just a promise
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  • Haiti: 1,000 dead, who cares?
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For Haiti, U.S. aid remains just a promise, Jonathan M. Katz and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press/Boston Globe | MA
The authorization bill that would direct how the aid is delivered remains sidelined by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) "because it includes an unnecessary senior Haiti coordinator when we already have one" in U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Merten, Coburn spokeswoman Becky Bernhardt said.
Meanwhile, deaths in Port-au-Prince are mounting, as quake survivors scramble to live without shelter or food.

Haiti: 1,000 dead, who cares?, Sokari Ekine, New Internationalist

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  • Haiti and media hypocrisy
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  • Haiti: The white curse
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The Betrayal Of Haiti

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  • The U.S., France, Canada and the UN--not to mention a range of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with connections in high places--have done next to nothing to provide alternative shelter to refugees. They have failed to remove the rubble, let alone begin reconstruction, and they reneged on their pledges to deliver aid.
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  • For Haiti, U.S. aid remains just a promise
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  • Haiti: 1,000 dead, who cares?
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Ashley Smith, Z Communications/Axis of Logic

Six months after Haiti's catastrophic earthquake, the promises of the world's most powerful governments to provide billions in aid to one of the world's poorest and weakest governments have been betrayed.  

There was an immediate outpouring of solidarity after the quake struck Haiti on January 12--people from the U.S. to Palestine and beyond gave to NGOs and charities, even when they couldn't afford much themselves.

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For Haiti, U.S. aid remains just a promise, Jonathan M. Katz and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press/Boston Globe | MA

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  • The authorization bill that would direct how the aid is delivered remains sidelined by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) "because it includes an unnecessary senior Haiti coordinator when we already have one" in U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Merten, Coburn spokeswoman Becky Bernhardt said.
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  • Meanwhile, deaths in Port-au-Prince are mounting, as quake survivors scramble to live without shelter or food.
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Haiti: 1,000 dead, who cares?, Sokari Ekine, New Internationalist

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  • Haiti and media hypocrisy
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  • Haiti: The white curse
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Turkey and Russia Defy America's Imperial Design in the Middle East and Central Asia

The new Ottomans and the new Byzantines are poised for an intercept as the US stumbles in the current Great Game.

Eric Walberg, Global Research

The new Ottomans and the new Byzantines are poised for an intercept as the US stumbles in the current Great Game.

The neocon plan to transform the Middle East and Central Asia into a pliant client of the US empire and its only-democracy-in-the-Middle-East is now facing a very different playing field. Not only are the wars against the Palestinians, Afghans and Iraqis floundering, but they have set in motion unforeseen moves by all the regional players.

The empire faces a resurgent Turkey, heir to the Ottomans, who governed a largely peaceful Middle East for half a millennium. As part of a dynamic diplomatic outreach under the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkey re-established the Caliphate visa-free tradition with Albania, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya and Syria last year. In February Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay offered to do likewise with Egypt. There is “a great new plan of creating a Middle East Union as a regional equivalent of the European Union” with Turkey, fresh from a resounding constitutional referendum win by the AKP, writes Israel Shamir.

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Obama at the UN: The arrogant voice of imperialism

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  • In its tone and its content, the Obama speech was the authentic and arrogant voice of US imperialism.
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  • Parroting remarks delivered by George W. Bush from the same podium, Obama began by invoking September 11, 2001, once again exploiting the terrorist attacks of that day to justify the acts of military aggression committed by both US administrations in the intervening nine years.
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Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site

President Barack Obama used his speech at the United Nations General Assembly Thursday (Sep 24) to defend US wars and state terror abroad and to proclaim that the economic crisis has been resolved thanks to his Wall Street bailout.

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The US president received a noticeably tepid response from the assembled UN delegates. While in his first address to the body last year, he was able to pose as a fresh alternative to the crimes carried out by the Bush administration, by now it has become clear to most on the international stage that his administration’s policies are largely in continuity with those of its predecessor.

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