Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake

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Pub. Date: 2012-01-15
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Summary

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti's capital on January 12, 2010 will be remembered as one of the world's deadliest disasters. The earthquake was a tragedy that gripped the nation-and the world. But as a disaster it also magnified the social ills that have beset this island nation that sits squarely in the United States' diplomatic and geopolitical shadow. The quake exposed centuries of underdevelopment, misguided economic policies, and foreign aid interventions that have contributed to rampant inequality and social exclusion in Haiti. Tectonic Shiftsoffers a diverse on-the-ground set of perspectives about Haiti's cataclysmic earthquake and the aftermath that left more than 1.5 million individuals homeless. Following a critical analysis of Haiti's heightened vulnerability as a result of centuries of foreign policy and most recently neoliberal economic policies, this book addresses a range of contemporary realities, foreign impositions, and political changes that occurred during the relief and reconstruction periods. Analysis of these realities offers tools for engaged, principled reflection and action. Essays by scholars, journalists, activists, and Haitians still on the island and those in the Diaspora highlight the many struggles that the Haitian people face today, providing lessons not only for those impacted and involved in relief, but for people engaged in struggles for justice and transformation in other parts of the world.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction Mark Schuller and Pablo Moralesp. 1
Geopolitical Structures: The Earthquake, Underdevelopment, and International Political Economy
Haiti's Vulnerability to Disastersp. 11
Humanitarian Assistance in Gonaïves after Hurricane
Haiti's 500-Year Earthquake
The Neoliberal Legacy in Haiti
Haiti and Catastrophes: Lessons Not Learned
Rat Mode, Soufle: Foreign Dominationp. 35
Foreign Domination in Haiti: When Will We See a Rupture?
Deconstructing the Reconstruction: The IHRC
Assumptions and Exclusion: Coordination Failures During the Emergency Phase
Mission Accomplished? MINUSTAH in Haiti, 2010-2011
The Republic of NGOsp. 57
Earthquake, Humanitarianism, and Intervention in Haiti
NGOs and the Business of Poverty in Haiti
The Transparency of Relief Organizations in Haiti
NGOs: What Government Are You?
Disaster Capitalismp. 75
After the Quake, a "Gold Rush" for Haiti Contracts
Building Illusions: A Case Study of Bill Clinton's Photo-Op Philanthropy
Cash for What?
Teleco, Haiti's State Phone Company, Finally Privatized
On-the-Ground Realities: Displacement and Its Discontents
Moun Andeyò: Persistent Legacies of Exclusionp. 95
Haiti's Earthquake: A Further Insult to Peasants' Lives
Resettlement Plan Excludes Almost 200,000 Families
Abse Sou Klou: Reconstructing Exclusion
Position Statement After the January 12, 2010, Earthquake
The Camps and Being Displacedp. 111
Diary of a Survivor in Haiti
The Situation of the Displaced Six Months Later
Unstable Foundations: NGOs and Human Rights for Port-au-Prince's Internally Displaced People
Do It Yourself: International Aid and the Neoliberal Ethos in the Tent Camps of Port-au-Prince
Forced Eviction and the Right to Housingp. 131
Workshop on the Right to Housing
Combating Forced Evictions in Haiti's IDP Camps
Vanishing Camps at Gunpoint
New Threats of Eviction After One Death in a Port-au-Prince IDP Camp
Impacts on and Participation of Womenp. 151
Hearing Our Mothers: Safeguarding Haitian Women's Representation and Practices of Survival
Our Bodies Are Still Trembling: Haitian Women Fight Rape MADRE, CUNY School of Law, BAI, IJDH
Sexual Violence in Haiti's IDP Camps: Survey Results CHRGJ, NYU School of Law
Women Say, Enough Is Enough!
Rights and Public Healthp. 171
First, Do No Harm: The Haitian Cholera Epidemic and International Aid
Responding to Cholera in Post-Earthquake Haiti
"We've Been Forgotten": Haiti's IDP Camps Eight Months After the Earthquake
"Waiting for Helicopters"? Perceptions, Misperceptions, and the Right to Water in Haiti
Emerging Movements: Political Restructuring in Haiti
Politics From Above: Elections and Geopoliticsp. 193
The November 28, 2010, Elections: Another Catastrophe for Haiti
Haiti's Fatally Flawed Election
Martelly's Election: Shades of Populism and Authoritarian Rule
The Haitian Diaspora: Supporting Reconstruction From the Centers of Power
Politics From Below: Solidarity, Participation, and Emerging Movementsp. 213
"We Bend, but We Don't Break": Fighting for a Just Reconstruction in Haiti
Gender Shadow Report Women's International Network of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), Equality Now, Gender and Disaster Network, Groots International, Huairou Commission, Lambi Fund of Haiti, MADRE, ORÉGAND (Observatoire sur le développement régional et I'analyse différenciée selon les sexes), PotoFanm+Fi: Rebuilding Haiti Initiative, g+dsr 221
"We Need to Stay Vigilant": An Interview with Lise-Marie Dejean 227
Final Resolution: International Forum on the Crisis of Housing in Haiti, May 19-21, 2011 FRAKKA 231
Conclusion: Shifting the Tertainp. 239
Why Haiti Needs New Narratives Now More Than Ever
The 1987 Constitution: A Lever for the True "Re-Foundation" of the Nation
Contributorsp. 253
Indexp. 265
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