As current scholars in one of the nation's more prestigious universities, we are already living in the top 1% of the world's population. What then, is our role in seeking to make sense of the current situation in Haiti? How should we address it? Should we raise funds? Should we seek to educate the rest of the student body? People are saying this is an "Unnatural" disaster. The effects of the earthquakes are accentuated by Haiti's severe poverty. How can we go about understanding how and why Haiti has found its place as one of the hemisphere's poorest nations? How can we go about addressing such poverty to ensure that our actions and daily lives do not function to perpetuate such poverty?
Post links, read ones that are posted, and let's dialogue about what our next step is.
Democracy Now! US Accused of Militarizing Relief Effort in Haiti
The Underlying Tragedy-Op-Ed by David Brooks
Click HERE to find numerous articles on Aid relief from the Development Research Institute at New York University
Haiti Crisis Prompts Fresh Talk of Pooling U.S. Relief , NYTimes-Stephanie Strom
Tales from the Hood -a blog from someone on the ground in Haiti and reporting back as a veteran-aid worker
Some Frank Talk About Haiti , Nicholas Kristof
Haiti Is Again a Canvas for Approaches to Aid , NEIL MacFARQUHAR
How To Rebuild Haiti , Robert Zoellick
Scrabbling for Survival , The Economist,
Haiti's Unnatural Disaster , Paul Farmer