Thursday, May 19, 2011


Haiti: Aid falls short, and the homeless face evictions, and, as if that were not bad enough, there is also a "critical shortage" of hotel space, oh my...

FROM THE ARTICLE: "The DC-based Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) notes that while little is being done for Haiti's displaced population, one US charitable organization is addressing what it calls a "critical shortage of hotel space that meets even the most basic standards for business travelers." The Clinton Bush Fund, which was established after the earthquake by former presidents Bill Clinton (1993-2001) and George W. Bush (2001-2009), is spending $2 million to finish building the Oasis Hotel, a luxury facility whose construction was delayed because of the earthquake. "The Oasis Hotel symbolizes Haiti 'building back better,' and sends a message to the world that Haiti is open for business," according to Paul Altidor, the fund's vice president of programs and investments in a May 9 press release. " (CEPR, Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch, May 6, May 11; Clinton Bush Fund press release, May 9)

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