Death toll at 200,000
By Tom Eley, 19 January 2010
The Haitian government declared a state of emergency on Monday to be enforced by the US military, six days after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake laid waste to much of the nation and killed at least 200,000, according to the latest estimate.
By Alex Lantier, 18 January 2010
Washington has focused on establishing indefinite military control of Haiti, to the detriment of aid and rescue operations.
By Patrick Martin, 18 January 2010
In selecting his two immediate predecessors to head up fundraising for relief efforts in Haiti, President Obama has demonstrated that the devastating human tragedy in Haiti will not bring any alteration in the rapacious role of US imperialism in that impoverished semi-colonial country.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2010
The first contingents of a US military force expected to reach 10,000 troops arrived in Haiti as anger mounted over the failure of international aid to reach the millions left injured, homeless and destitute by Tuesday’s earthquake.
US provides more troops than aid
By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2010
More than 48 hours after a devastating earthquake leveled much of the city of Port-au-Prince, millions are without shelter, power, food and water. The estimates of the death toll range from 50,000 to ten times that number.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2010
In a statement on the earthquake in Haiti, President Obama spoke of the “long history that binds us together.” Neither he nor the US media, however, want to examine that history and its relation to the catastrophe confronting the Haitian people.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2010
Officials warned Wednesday that the earthquake which devastated the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince may have claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
By Alex Lantier, 13 January 2010
A severe earthquake hit the Haitian capital city of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2009
Hundreds of thousands of workers joined a day-long general strike Thursday in opposition to the layoffs of tens of thousands of public employees ordered by the island territory’s Governor Luis Fortuño.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2009
The Puerto Rican government’s announced layoff of 17,000 public employees has provoked protests and strikes.
By David Walsh, 30 July 2009
In the largest tragedy involving Haitian refugees at sea in several years, dozens of people remain missing after a boat on which they were traveling broke up on a reef near the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos
By Mike Head, 2 July 2009
Warning of continuing “weak” and “fragile” conditions in the Australian and world economy, global financial institutions have insisted that the Rudd government must make deep spending cuts in coming years to pay off mounting debts.
By Tom Eley, 15 May 2009
A boat carrying an unknown number of Haitian immigrants capsized and sunk off the Florida coast on Wednesday, killing at least nine. Sixteen survivors face detention and eventual deportation.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2009
While the media has focused its attention on the handshakes between Obama and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, what dominated the Americas Summit was the absence of agreement on policies to confront the deepening capitalist crisis.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 March 2009
The sweeping purge of top government officials announced last week in Cuba is symptomatic of a bourgeois nationalist regime in deep crisis, which is conspiring against the interests of the masses of Cuban working people.
Sarkozy government sends 300 police reinforcements
By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 February 2009
The government of President Nicolas Sarkozy has responded to the general strike in Guadeloupe by escalating the repression that resulted in the death of a striker, Jacques Bino.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 16 February 2009
General strikes in Guadeloupe and Martinique have now lasted almost four weeks and two weeks, respectively. Demonstrations have mobilized as many as 100,000 of Guadeloupe’s 500,000 inhabitants and 25,000 of Martinique’s population of 400,000.
By Françoise Thull and Pierre Mabut, 9 February 2009
A general strike against rising living costs has been in progress on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe since January 20, bringing economic activity to a standstill.
By Naomi Spencer, 11 November 2008
At least 94 school children have been killed, and at least 150 more injured, as a result of last Friday’s collapse of a school in Petionville, Haiti. Rescue workers continued to search through the rubble for survivors on Monday.
By Naomi Spencer, 12 September 2008
The death toll in Haiti continues to rise following a series of devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean. Official government figures have placed the number dead between 600 and 1,000, with more than 800,000 people—half of them children—in need of emergency aid throughout the country. Some 60,000 people in the hard-hit port city of Gonaives remain in temporary shelters.
By Naomi Spencer, 8 September 2008
More than 500 have been left dead in Haiti after last Monday’s landfall of Tropical Storm Hanna, according to conservative official estimates, and more than 650,000 Haitians are desperately in need of emergency aid.
By Jerry White, 1 September 2008
As of this writing Hurricane Gustav is bearing down on the US Gulf Coast after its destructive passage through the Caribbean left more than 80 people dead in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica and severe damage and flooding in western Cuba, where the storm, considered the most powerful in half a century, included sustained winds of 150 miles per hour.
On the class nature of the Castro regime
24 March 1998
A reply to inquiries about the SEP's analysis of the Cuban revolution and the Castro regime.