Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Our role in Haiti's plight



Our Role in Haiti's Plight

by Peter Hallward


Any large city in the world would have suffered extensive damage from an earthquake on the scale of the one that ravaged Haiti's capital city on Tuesday afternoon, but it's no accident that so much of Port-au-Prince now looks like a war zone. Much of the devastation wreaked by this latest and most calamitous disaster to befall Haiti is best understood as another thoroughly manmade outcome of a long and ugly historical sequence
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Avi Lewis brilliantly (and concisely) contextualizes the history that leaves Haiti particularly vulnerable to "natural" disasters: