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NEWS BRIEFS

Attorney General Forms Hate Crime Task Force

The task force will study hate-motivated crimes and review existing legal protections for victims ...

Portland Art Museum Celebrates Art Museum Day with Free Admission on May 25

Portland Art Museum joins art museums across North America, with great works of art and public programs ...

June Key Delta Community Center Hosts May Week ’18 Health Fair May 26

Event includes vision, glucose screenings, medication disposal and car seat installation ...

Mississippi Avenue Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 22, 10 percent of proceeds from participating Mississippi Ave. businesses will go to SEI ...

Oregon advances with 11-1 run-rule victory over Kentucky

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — DJ Sanders hit a grand slam in a seven-run second inning and the Oregon Ducks are headed to the women's College World Series after an 11-1 run-rule victory over Kentucky Saturday night in the deciding game of the Eugene Super Regional.Shannon Rhodes hit a solo home run...

Amtrak: No evidence injured passenger was in fight

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The family of a 22-year-old train passenger found severely injured next to railroad tracks in Truckee, California, suspects he may have been the victim of a hate crime, but Amtrak said Saturday that investigators have found no evidence of foul play.Aaron Salazar's family...

City aims to block release of dangerous psychiatric patients

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — The city that houses Western State Hospital, Washington's main psychiatric facility, is fighting to keep patients from being released into its boundaries.The News Tribune reports Lakewood on Monday approved a moratorium on city business licenses for new adult family...

Missing fisherman found by divers in submerged vessel

SEATTLE (AP) — The body of a missing fisherman was found by divers inside the sunken vessel, the Kelli J.The Coast Guard said Saturday that the body was found before the vessel was refloated by contractors in Willapay Bay on Friday.The Pacific County Sheriff's Office took the fisherman's...

OPINION

Racism After Graduation May Just Be What's on the Menu

Dr. Julianne Malveaux says that for our young millennials, racism is inevitable ...

Prime Minister Netanyahu Shows Limits of Israel’s Democracy

Bill Fletcher, Jr. on racial politics in Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s uneven treatment of African immigrants ...

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime

Grandview Golf Club asks five Black women to leave for golfing too slow ...

Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis discusses the DTU Journalism Fellowship & Scholarship Program ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Meeting draws people angry over fatal police shooting

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 200 people turned out for a community meeting Saturday to protest the death of a young black man who was fatally shot by a Virginia police officer after he ran naked onto an interstate highway.Speakers at the meeting at Richmond's Second Baptist Church said...

The Latest: Family: Police need to handle people better

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal police shooting of a naked and unarmed man in Richmond (all times local):5:16 p.m.Family and friends of a man who was fatally shot by Richmond police after running naked onto an interstate highway are calling on police to find non-lethal ways of...

White neighbor gets prison for harassing black family

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A neighbor accused of harassing and using racial epithets against a black Pennsylvania family for years has been sentenced to prison.A Northampton County judge sentenced 45-year-old Robert Kujawa to the term Friday after a jury convicted him of ethnic intimidation,...

ENTERTAINMENT

Glenn Snoddy, inventor of fuzz pedal for guitarists, dies

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee (AP) — A recording engineer whose invention of a pedal that allowed guitarists to create a fuzzy, distorted sound most famously used by Keith Richards in the Rolling Stones' hit "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" has died.Glenn Snoddy was 96. His daughter Dianne Mayo...

Reaction to criminal charges filed against Harvey Weinstein

Reaction to rape and other criminal charges filed in New York on Friday against Harvey Weinstein:"I hope this gives hope to victims and survivors everywhere, that we are one step closer to justice. Because one win is a win for all of us." — Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan, to The Associated...

Vindication, triumph, also fear: Weinstein accusers react

NEW YORK (AP) — Watching the stunning images of Harvey Weinstein walking into a courthouse Friday in handcuffs, a detective on each arm, Louisette Geiss still felt a shiver of fear in reaction to the man who, she says, once cornered her and tried to physically force her to watch him...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Klay Thompson score 35, Warriors force Game 7 in West finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson hit nine 3-pointers and scored 35 points, the Warriors held James...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on border stats _ and a Merkel mystery

WASHINGTON (AP) — Illegal border crossings, as President Donald Trump measures them, have gone up since he...

US Gulf Coast prepares as Alberto brings wind, rain north

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida, Alabama and Mississippi launched emergency preparations ahead of the...

Declassified US cables link Uribe to Colombia drug cartels

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — As Alvaro Uribe, Colombia's most powerful politician, was making his rise to the...

Ebola vaccinations begin in rural Congo on Monday: Ministry

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Ebola vaccinations will begin Monday in the two rural areas of Congo where the...

Israeli soldier badly wounded in West Bank arrest raid dies

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a soldier who was seriously wounded in action this week has...

Special to the NNPA from the New York Carib News

Is Haiti on the road to some semblance of recovery, three and a half years after the mind-boggling, deadly and monstrous earthquake that struck in January 2010?

Some figures compiled by the International Organization for Migration, Oxfam and other international organization suggest the answer is a qualified yes. But before we declare the global and Haitian national reconstruction effort to be irreversible and well on its way, we should pause and insist that more needs to be done quite quickly, especially in the areas of housing, security and economic development.

When the IOM announced less than a week ago that 279,000 Haitians were still living in squalid conditions in tent cities, most of them in and around Port-au-Prince, the capital, the news was an improvement over the 360,000 displaced persons living hand to mouth in almost 500 tent camps in January this year, the third anniversary of the calamity. Clearly, it was a far cry from the 1.5 million Haitians left homeless after earthquake had pummeled the nations but such a large number is obviously untenable.

The international community, especially donor nations and individuals from around the world have earmarked almost $10 billion in assistance to help put Haitians back on their feet and improve living conditions but quite frankly there is more, much more that should have done to help the homeless, those who suffered serious injuries and to rebuild the country's infrastructure and the economy which suffered significant damage.

There is enough blame to go around, beginning with the international community which earmarked large sums of money at door conferences but took back much of the money to reimburse their treasuries for humanitarian activities they undertook after the act of nature left a trail of devastation across Haiti. A report of the Center for Global Development indicated that about a third of $ 6 billion set aside by to help in the rebuilding drive actually went back to the donors to reimburse them for their own civil and military work in Haiti. Much of the remainder reportedly went to international NGOs and private contractors to finance their Haitian operations. If accurate, those figures illustrate what's tragically wrong with the reconstruction of Haiti. Here was a dreadful situation that needed urgent and selfless responses but far too many donors seemed more interested in getting their share of their own money and NGOs taking their cut of the assistance instead of moving swiftly to help the economically and socially disadvantaged souls.

After all, Haiti was the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation where more than 40 per cent of the population existed below the poverty line, long before the act of nature impoverished so many people. It was as if every ounce of humanity was drained from the relief effort and siphoned off into less noble pursuits. It seemed to be a reflection of international greed and galloping and unbridled selfishness.

Although Haitian government officials aren't far wrong when they complain that less than 10 per cent of the humanitarian relief funds went to the government and that a mere one per cent of assistance was set aside for Haitian social services institutions and business, people there must shoulder some of the blame for the failures. Inefficiency and callousness took a painful toll on initiatives to relief people's suffering. Just as bad the current and previous administrations were far too slow in putting concrete and transparent initiatives in place to reduce the suffering, cut much of the chaos and return the country to some semblance of order.

That's why it didn't come as a surprise when the United Nations called on President Michel Martelly and his ministers to accelerate the pace of reconstruction and to do more to protect people's human rights. Martelly came to office pledging to cut the suffering almost immediately but it's clear that he hasn't lived up to his word.

But there were some extenuating circumstances to this awful situation. Not long after the earthquake which took more than 250,000 lives; left more people homeless than there are people in Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, Dominica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and their Eastern Caribbean neighbors put together; and caused billions of dollars in infrastructural damage, a cholera epidemic erupted causing the deaths of almost 8,000 people. The health care calamity was traced to United Nations troops brought to the country to maintain law and order but ended up unleashing a deadly disease that Haiti hadn't experienced in more than a century.

As if those tragedies weren't enough, floods and hurricane-force winds washed away roads and bridges, destroyed food crops and polluted rivers and streams, major sources of drinking water. Haiti has had more than any fair share of difficulties, certainly more than any of its better-off Western Hemisphere neighbors.

What's needed is better coordinated action that would quicken the pace of re-development. The situation demands a more humane and collective approach to the problem by the international community and the Haitian government. For one thing, donor countries must link arms with Haitian institutions and stop treating them as if they were step-children in their own country. There is also a need for greater transparency in government operations that would eliminate the suspicions that abound about corruption there. The public sector and civil society must act in a way that inspires confidence in national institutions. International NGOs that act as if they are a law unto themselves in Haiti must be reined in by the foreign governments that supply them with the funds that keep their executives in Haiti living in grand style without recognizing that they are accountable to Haitians, in or out of the government or the private sector.

That may appear to be a tall order but it's the only solution to the indifference and the neglect that are commonplace in Haiti.

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