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The Haitian government has been largely silent since the January 12 earthquake. Publicly, that is. Who knows what officials are saying behind closed doors to international governments and other donors? Citizens don't.

A makeshift quake-relief camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, shortly after after the earthquake, 01/29/10. (photo: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
A makeshift quake-relief camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, shortly after after the earthquake, 01/29/10. (photo: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

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0 # Guest 2010-03-01 02:39
Aid often comes at a price. Cui bono? Follow the money, the motives become clear. Disasters open the door to foreign interests that are far from altruistic. Sadly, Haiti is a pawn in a game. Lack of preparation invites opportunistic moves on the global chessboard, as we are witnessing. Look for drilling rigs off the coast later this year...
0 # Guest 2010-03-01 06:03
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0 # Guest 2010-03-01 12:54
Yeah, you're right. The United States is using taxpayers money to give aid. They should immediately cease and only people who wish to contribute to aid then write some checks. No doubt there would alot less money and aid, but no one could then criticize it.

Hey, maybe Russia or China could come in and help. I'm sure their aid would be better anyway, right?
0 # Guest 2010-03-01 15:21
I don't understand why Chile with the highest earthquatke number ever recorded has so far less than 1000 casualties, (granted it may go up, but not orders of magnitude) and Haiti whose 6.9 has been matched by aftershocks in Chile has over 100,000. Toppled buildings in both place, two major cities in Chile, - it doesn't make sense.

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