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.
Camille Chalmers in post-earthquake work conditions: sharing a desk in a borrowed office (Roberto (Bear) Guerra, 2010) The Haitian government has been largely silent since the January 12 earthquake. Publicly, that is. Who knows what officials are saying behind closed doors to international governments and other donors? Camille Chalmers’ comments are a merger of a February 24 email to Beverly Bell and others, a February 11 interview by Beverly Bell, and a January 28 teleconference with the Center for Economic and Policy Research.