World View: Hurricane Sandy a New Disaster for Haiti

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  • Hurricane Sandy a new disaster for Haiti
  • Hillary in Algeria to discuss military invasion of Mali
  • Al-Assad bombs Damascus, to celebrate end of Syria's 'ceasefire'

Hurricane Sandy a new disaster for Haiti

The only good thing about this picture is that the floods are hiding the piles of garbage littering the streets
The only good thing about this picture is that the floods are hiding the piles of garbage littering the streets

Hurricane Sandy has been disastrous for the eastern United States, destroying the New Jersey shore where I grew up, but not nearly as disastrous as it's been for Haiti. Haiti has still not come close to recovering from the January, 2010, earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of Haitians, and collapsed most buildings, leaving thousands of people buried under the wreckage and hundreds of thousands without homes. (See "Haiti, seething with ethnic violence, may require US forces for a long time") The United Nations humanitarian team from Nepal brought cholera with them, and that's spread across the country. There are still 270,000 Haitians living in refugee camps, and Hurricane Sandy has just been one more disaster piled on a stream of previous disasters, killing 54 and leaving refugee camps flooded. But the worst may be yet to come: the floods are spreading cholera again, and there has been massive destruction of crops, raising the specter of famine, and a repeat of the violent "food price" riots of 2008. Guardian (London) and Reuters

Hillary in Algeria to discuss military invasion of Mali

With terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) increasingly taking control of the northern two-thirds of the country of Mali, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting Algeria to discuss regional plans for military intervention. The plan is for the nations of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) to supply 3,300 troops to retrain Mali's army and help retrain the north. These forces will depend heavily on help from Algeria for military intelligence and logistics. The French are playing a heavy role in preparing the Ecowas force, and this is causing growing unease among Algerians who presumably fear that their formal colonial power, whom they only got rid of in 1962, will refuse to leave after the military action has ended. For that reason, Hillary Clinton is promising greater United States involvement in the military effort, to reduce the concerns of the Algerians. VOA

Al-Assad bombs Damascus, to celebrate end of Syria's 'ceasefire'

About 500 people were killed over the weekend, during the so-called ceasefire negotiated by U.N. envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. To celebrate the end of the ceasefire, the regime of president Bashar al-Assad bombed opposition-held territory in Damascus, and the rebel opposition claimed responsibility for the assassination of al-Assad's air force general, Abdullah Mahmud al-Khalidi. BBC and Daily Star (Beirut)


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