Aid obstruction

 

US Military control trumps humanitarian aid from around the world

Officials Strain to Distribute Aid to Haiti as Violence Rises

The World Food Program finally was able to land flights of food, medicine and water on Saturday, after failing on Thursday and Friday, an official with the agency said. Those flights had been diverted so that the United States could land troops and equipment, and lift Americans and other foreigners to safety.

"There are 200 flights going in and out every day, which is an incredible amount for a country like Haiti," said Jarry Emmanuel, the air logistics officer for the agency's Haiti effort. "But most of those flights are for the United States military.

He added: "Their priorities are to secure the country. Ours are to feed. We have got to get those priorities in sync." Full story http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/world/americas/17haiti.html?hp
 
Other stories
 
Cuba is Missing from US Reports on the International Response to Haiti's Earthquake. Dave Lindorff. Friday, January 15, 2010 http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/15-6

Haitian doctor takes more than 100 patients into his home as refuge from devastation. Mike Melia Associated Press Writer. January 16, 2010.
 
 The Right Testicle of Hell: History of a Haitian Holocaust. Blackwater before drinking water. Greg Palast for The Huffington Post. Sunday, January 17, 2010. http://www.gregpalast.com/the-right-testicle-of-hell-history-of-a-haitian-holocaust/

Haiti: MSF cargo plane with full hospital and staff blocked from landing in Port-au-Prince. MSF demands deployment of lifesaving medical equipment given priority. 17 January 2010.
http://www.msf.ca/news-media/news/2010/01/haiti-msf-cargo-plane-with-full-hospital-and-staff-blocked-from-landing-in-port-au-prince/

 

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