Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Class, Life and Death in Post-Earthquake Haiti

Tom Eley, who has been covering the rescue efforts (both real and fake) in Haiti for the World Socialist Web Site, reports that if you have enough money, you can get in and out of Haiti, but otherwise, you're screwed. From Washington shuts door on Haitian refugees: "The State Department has exempted private charter flights from Haiti from the “anti-terror” requirements. These firms can call in the names of passengers who rent airplanes for as much as $4,000 an hour or can afford $1,000 for a one-way ticket to Florida.
The sheer indifference and cruelty of the US embargo against Haitians coming to the US was underscored by an on-the-spot report broadcast Tuesday by CBS radio news describing thousands of Port-au-Prince residents crowding the beach in a desperate effort to board already overcrowded ferries."

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