Whatever Happened to Hope for Haiti?
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On January 10, a massive 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti. Six months later, relief efforts are moving very slowly. Has Haiti's government been an obstacle in the flow of aid? Why are donors taking so long to actually provide the funds they promised? How are people on the ground being helped and what do they need? Also, BP delays testing a new containment cap and drilling a relief well, and it just gets curiouser and curiouser – the case of Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, who says he was kidnapped by the CIA. Sara Terry sits in for vacationing Warren Olney.
Banner image: Haitians demonstrate in front of an earthquake destroyed house July 13, 2010, to demand the resignation of President Rene Preval and the CEP (Conseil Electoral Provisoire) in Port-au-Prince. Photo: Thony Belizaire/AFP/Getty Images
BP Delays Testing New Cap and Drilling Relief Well ()
BP has announced that a critical pressure test on the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico has been postponed, as scientists review the test procedures. Tom Fowler, who reports on energy and business for the Houston Chronicle, has an update.
- Tom Fowler: Energy and Business Reporter, Houston Chronicle
Haitian Recovery Efforts ()
It's been six months since a devastating magnitude-7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, killing as many as 230,000 people and leaving more than a million homeless. Governments, aid agencies and individuals all responded swiftly to the disaster, pledging more than $5 billion in aid, but only two percent of that money has actually reached Haiti. The US Senate has expressed its concerns about how aid is being managed. What's gone wrong? Why have relief efforts stalled? Could the American government pull back on its pledge of help? What about other countries? What support has actually reached those in need?
- Deborah Sontag: Correspondent, New York Times
- Julie Sell: Spokeswoman, American Red Cross in Haiti
- Robert Perito: Director of the Haiti Program, US Institute of Peace
- Brian Concannon: Director, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
Defector or Kidnap Victim, Nuclear Scientist Returns to Iran ()
Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri is on his way home to the United States, ending a long, strange intelligence drama. The US says he defected, but Amiri says the CIA abducted him and the Iranian government says they can prove it. Amiri has changed his story a few days, but now appears to be sticking with abduction. Laura Rozen, who writes the ‘On Foreign Policy' blog for Politico, picks up the story.
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