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Six Months Later, Earthquake-Ravaged Haiti Receives
Only 10% of $5.3 Billion in Aid Pledged

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Interview with Kim Ives,
editor and writer
with Haiti Liberte newspaper,
conducted by Scott Harris


Six months ago on Jan. 12, the nation of Haiti was devastated by the most deadly earthquake in its history. The hemisphere's poorest nation, battered by this magnitude 7.0 earthquake, saw an estimated 230,000 of its citizens killed under hundreds of thousands of collapsed homes and commercial buildings in the capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding cities and towns. Another 300,000 people were injured and 1.5 million people were made homeless by the quake.

Despite a flood of international media attention and initial shipments of food, water and medical aid in January, many of the 3 million Haitians affected by the earthquake remain homeless and without the basics of life, such as adequate food, clean water, sanitation and medical care. People in Haiti's destroyed cities -- still living in makeshift tents in more than 1,300 camps -- are frustrated by the lack of coordination between the government and NGOs to deliver aid to those who need it most.

Despite pledges of $5.3 billion for reconstruction from around the world, only 10 percent has thus far been donated. A new commission led by former U.S president Bill Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive has been established to supervise the rebuilding of Haiti's infrastructure and push donors to honor their commitments.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kim Ives, an editor with the newspaper Haiti Liberte, who recently returned from a fact-finding visit to Haiti. He discusses the lack of progress in many areas of aid distribution and the determination of many Haitians to take action to improve their desperate situation.

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Kim Ives is also a documentary filmmaker. Read Ives' articles online at

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Former Army Col. Ann Wright Recounts
Israeli Assault on Gaza Aid Flotilla

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Excerpt of talk by Former Army Col. Ann Wright
on Israeli assault on Gaza aid flotilla,
recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus


Ann Wright is a 25-year military veteran who rose to the rank of colonel, then retired and joined the State Department, where she was second in command when the U.S. opened its embassy in Afghanistan in December 2001. She resigned from the diplomatic corps in protest when President Bush invaded Iraq in March 2003.

After her resignation, Wright has been a full-time peace activist with Code Pink and other groups. She was on board the Greek flagged ship "Sfendoni," one of six ships in an international aid flotilla that was trying to break the blockade of Gaza in order to carry tons of humanitarian aid to the Palestinian population there. Israeli soldiers boarded the ships on May 31, resulting in the deaths of nine activists -- eight Turks and a Turkish-American. An Israeli military investigation into the naval raid concluded in a July 12 summary that the killing of the aid flotilla's activists was justified, though the operation was beset by flaws in planning and intelligence. The U.N. and governments around the world continue to demand a full and impartial international investigation into the incident.

Ann Wright recently spoke about her experience aboard the aid flotilla to an enthusiastic, capacity audience at the West Haven, Conn. library a few weeks after returning from the Middle East. In this excerpt of her talk, she describes what happened when the Israelis boarded her ship, and the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the nine activists who were killed aboard the largest ship, the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara.

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Ann Wright is a former Army colonel and U.S. diplomat, now a peace activist who was aboard the Gaza Freedom flotilla. For more information on the Free Gaza Movement, one of the groups coordinating the Gaza aid ships, visit their website at

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Department of Justice to Sue Arizona
Over Immigration Law

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Interview with Manuel Perez-Rocha,
associate fellow with
the Institute for Policy Studies,
conducted by Scott Harris


President Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced that the Department of Justice will sue Arizona for its new immigration law that many charge will result in racial profiling of Hispanic citizens. The lawsuit was initiated because Holder believes the Arizona statute impinges on federal jurisdiction over immigration enforcement. The Justice Department has made it known that it will be monitoring any actual incidents of racial profiling, after the law, SB 1070 takes effect on July 29, which could initiate additional legal action.

Despite widespread vocal opposition and anger against the Arizona law among America's Hispanic community, a recent CBS News public opinion poll found 57 percent of Americans surveyed believe the Arizona law is "about right" in the way it addresses the issue of illegal immigration.

Although President Obama and some Democrats in Congress had hoped to use the controversy over the Arizona law to bolster support for a debate on comprehensive immigration reform legislation, there are many others who fear a voter backlash. They believe that the faltering economy and high unemployment has made immigration a hot-button issue for many citizens, who feel illegal immigrants are taking American jobs.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Manuel Perez-Rocha, an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, who looks at the Obama administration's response to Arizona's new immigration law. He also examines the effect of free trade policies that he maintains is a prime motivator for so citizens from Central and South America countries to emigrate to the U.S.

Manuel Perez-Rocha is a member of the Mexican Action Network on Free Trade. Read Perez-Rocha's articles online at the Institute for Policy Study's website:

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

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  • Climate scientists implicated in the so-called "Climategate" scandal of leaked emails in Britain have been cleared in an independent inquiry. ("'Climategate' inquiry mostly vindicates scientists," Associated Press, July 7, 2010; "Climategate inquiry clears scientists of dishonesty over data," The Guardian, July 7, 2010; "Climate scientist vilified by skeptics 'relieved, vindicated and back at CRU, climategate-scientist-relieved-vindicated, The Guardian)
  • Venezuela has extradited to Havana a Salvadoran man suspected in bombings in Cuba during the late 1990s. ("Venezuela to Send Detained Salvadoran to Cuba," Miami Herald, July 6, 2010; "Venezuela Govt: Arrested Salvadoran Confesses to Violent Plans," The Wall Street Journal, July 4, 2010; "President of El Salvador to Visit Cuba," Cuba News, July 9, 2010)
  • U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, asserting it unconstitionally interfered with a state's right to define marriage. ("Judge topples U.S. rejection of gay unions," New York Times, Associated Press, July 6, 2010; "Gay marriage ban unconstitutional, ruled federal judge in Boston," Christian Science Monitor, July 8, 2010)

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