Over Christmas, headlines across Britain screamed that Victorian-era diseases had returned. The past five years had apparently witnessed a 136 percent increase in scarlet fever cases, a remarkable 300 percent rise in the confirmed cases of cholera along with reported occurrences of other once-vanquished diseases like tuberculosis, measles and whooping cough.
Recent immigration actions by the Dominican Republic are not likely to result in mass deportations of Haitians, as some fear, but could exacerbate already difficult conditions in Haiti, says expert Michele Wucker.
The death of Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier of Haiti is the subject of a reminiscence Elliott Abrams wrote for the November issue of Commentary. The Reagan administration played a key role in removing "Baby Doc," and Abrams tells the story.
Jacques-Philippe Piverger interviewed by Toni Johnson
One year after Haiti's earthquake, a contested presidential election, the return of Baby Doc Duvalier, and problems with redevelopment hobble the country's efforts to rebuild, says Haitian philanthropist Jacques-Philippe Piverger.
The cholera epidemic that has added to the list of Haiti's post-earthquake miseries is a reminder that what Haiti needs more than anything else is good governance that would lead to better infrastructure and safe water.
Haiti's cholera outbreak is exacerbated by unclean water and a subpar sanitation system, andlagging infrastructure repairs highlight the inadequate global response to the country's earthquake in January, says CFR's Laurie Garrett.
The $9.9 billion pledged toward Haitian reconstruction at last week's donors' conference will be ineffective without insisting that funding for housing and jobs be wedded to overall goals for Haitian political and economic stability, says CFR expert Kara McDonald.
Speakers: Pamela Cox, Arvind Subramanian, and Michele Wucker Presider: Marcus Mabry
Three panelists with expertise in the Latin America region and on development aid discuss options for helping Haiti after the earthquake, highlighting new approaches to institution building, migration, and decriminalization. The discussion also explores what support outsiders can provide to the government of Haiti as well as the limits to what they can do.