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UK Only Article: standard article Issue: How science goes wrong Fly Title: Haiti’s army Rubric: Michel Martelly pushes ahead with reviving the army Location: PORT-AU-PRINCE Main image: 20131019_AMP001_0.jpg THIS month, as every year since 2004, the United Nations Security Council agreed to extend its peacekeeping mission in Haiti. But the UN is at last making plans for its departure. The budget of the mission, known as Minustah, is down by 30% in the past two years, and its headcount is at its lowest in a decade. Many Haitians may rejoice. They blame poor sanitary practice by Nepalese UN troops for a cholera epidemic which has killed more than 8,000 people since 2010. The UN denies responsibility, but on October 9th two NGOs filed a claim against it in a New York court. Other Haitians fret that the winding down of Minustah may leave a security vacuum in a country still rebuilding after a devastating earthquake almost four ...
The United Nations was charged in a lawsuit with gross negligence in Haiti’s cholera epidemic, and accused by an anticorruption organization of oversight lapses in its own peacekeeping operations.
Paolo Woods sought out Haiti as a place to ponder the meaning of the state and statehood, taking photographs that eschew the jarring visual tropes of misery, grime and violence.
UK Only Article: standard article Issue: All creatures great and small Fly Title: The effects of growth Rubric: Contrary to popular belief, economic growth may be good for biodiversity Main image: Returning to a river near you Returning to a river near you COMPARISONS BETWEEN ADJOINING countries separated by politics or economics can be instructive. North Korea’s forests have been shrinking by around 2% a year for 20 years; South Korea’s are stable. Satellite pictures of the island of Hispaniola in the Antilles show that the western side (Haiti, with a GDP per person of $771 a year) is barren, whereas the eastern side (Dominican Republic, GDP per person $5,736) still has plenty of dense forest. Economic growth is widely believed to damage species other than man. But as the contrasting fortunes of forests (a fair proxy for biodiversity) on the Korean peninsula and Hispaniola suggest, it is not so much growth as poverty that reduces biodiversity. Poverty without growth, combined with lots of ...
UK Only Article: standard article Issue: How India got its funk Fly Title: Trade in Haiti Rubric: Haiti’s government tries a risky experiment with industrial policy Location: PORT-AU-PRINCE Main image: Don’t count them before they’re taxed Don’t count them before they’re taxed FOR the past two months Haiti has been in a one-sided trade war with its neighbour, the Dominican Republic—an unusual development in a country that, as well as being the poorest in the hemisphere, has the most liberal tariff regime in the Caribbean. Though a settlement may be imminent, the Haitian government of President Michel Martelly has sought to ban the import of poultry and eggs, claiming there was a risk of bird flu, a charge vigorously denied in Santo Domingo. Since the start of August it has also cracked down on the use of polystyrene containers, 80% of which come from the Dominican Republic. Though ostensibly a measure to rid Haiti of rubbish, ...
Adding to assertions that United Nations peacekeepers inadvertently brought a strain of cholera to Haiti, a new Yale University report holds the organization responsible for a recent outbreak.
Rodolfo Zelaya scored off a saved penalty kick in the second half, and El Salvador edged Haiti to advance in the Concacaf Gold Cup in Houston.
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