Wednesday, June 8, 2011

WikiLeaks Cables Reveal "Secret History" of U.S. Bullying in Haiti at Oil Companies’ Behest

The Nation magazine, in partnership with the Haitian weekly newspaper, Haïti Liberté, has launched a series of reports based on more than 19,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. Called "The PetroCaribe Files," the series begins with an exposé of how the United States—with pressure from Exxon and Chevron—tried to interfere with an oil agreement between Haiti and Venezuela that would save Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, $100 million per year. "It’s really amazing to see an ambassador pushing around a president, and all his officials telling them what to do, that they don’t understand this, they don’t understand that, trying to tell them what Haiti’s interests are. It’s the epitome of arrogance," says the report’s co-author, Kim Ives.

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Press TV: Haiti cholera cases see sharp rise

Clinics in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince have been witnessing a sharp soar in cholera, with over 300 new cases emerging every day, a recent report says.
Cholera cases have increased in the densely populated area of Port-au-Prince's western downtown, at a rate which is more than three times the rate witnessed during the epidemic's earlier stages in the fall, international aid agency Oxfam said.
According to Haiti's health ministry, cholera has claimed the lives of over 3,500 people and affected more than 320,000 since its outbreak last October.
Haiti's government and medical groups have increased treatment for the waterborne disease, as it spreads at a quicker rate during the rainy season.
The country has yet to recover from the devastating January 2010 earthquake that killed 250,000 people and left the capital in ruins.
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