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Haiti: It’s not Only America’s Duty to Help
Walid Phares, Ph.D. - 2/5/2010
For almost a week, news reports have shocked the world with images of tens of thousands of Haitians dead and injured by the devastating earthquake. More images show millions of Haitians roaming the streets of Port-au-Prince seeking medical attention and food.

Haiti's Compounding Food and Health Crises
Rupa Chinai - 8/18/2008
Haiti today is a tragic case study of how developing nations can lose the sovereign right to ensure access to healthcare when they lose their right to local food self-sufficiency under globalization.

Haitian Food Riots Unnerving But Not Surprising
Mark Schuller - 4/29/2008
Beginning early April, Haiti was gripped by a nation-wide mobilization to protest high food prices, reaching a crescendo on Thursday the 10th, as thousands of people took to the streets. Some protestors burned tires, blocking national highways and city streets in Port-au-Prince, and a few looted local stores. Clashes with police and UN troops resulted in an official count of five dead.

Energy Integration and Security in Latin America and the Caribbean
Ariela Ruiz Caro - 3/31/2008
The integration of energy markets in Latin America has been discussed for more than three decades. An expression of it was the creation of the regional organizations ARPEL (Association of Petroleum Enterprises of Latin America), CIER (Regional Electrical Integration Commission), and OLADE (Latin American Energy Organization), during the decades of the 60s and 70s. These initiatives took place within the framework of important participation by the State in companies tied to the energy sector.

Two Decades of Aftershocks from Mexico's 1985 Earthquake
Laura Carlsen - 10/17/2005
Twenty years ago, on September 19th 1985, an 8.0 earthquake struck Mexico City. Over 20,000 people died that day, or in the aftershock the following day. A nation mourned, surrounded by a devastation unimagined in the complacency of urban daily life. But as in the 2005 hurricane that hit New Orleans, the wreckage revealed that the fault lay not so much in the natural disaster as in disasters of the human variety.

Jamaican OverDrive - Outsourcing and Offshoring Case Study
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 7/6/2005
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) tried and failed to find proof or traces of widespread outsourcing and offshoring. “There is little hard evidence of the extent of international outsourcing and offshoring, despite widespread media attention.” - its baffled analysts conclude in a June 2005 report.

Fair Trade Business Model in Haiti
Marcelle Strazer - 5/19/2005
The fair trade market offers small coffee farmers a chance to benefit from globalization through direct links to markets in wealthy countries. But these advantages do not come automatically with fair trade certification. Small-scale farmers, inexperienced in global trade and markets, rely on key partnerships with their fair trade buyers and other support agencies to lend critical organizational development assistance to the farmer cooperatives. Long term success of fair trade initiatives depends on these partnerships and whether or not there is a mutual commitment to transforming the fair trad...

Latin America's Embrace of Red China
Luis Figueroa - 1/21/2005
It is not by chance that one of the most horrible dinosaurs is called Tyranosaurus. It is also not by chance that the two last dinosaurs and tyrants of communism, Hu Jintao and Fidel Castro embraced themselves in brotherly love 'to advance Socialism.' Hu noted on his visit to Cuba that "The Chinese government expects that Cuba continues with his socialist system", said the president of the People´s Republic; and added that "we hope that the Cuban people advances through the road of building socialism". [1]



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