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Haiti Three Years On: Facts and Figures from the Earthquake Recovery

Three years ago on Saturday the western hemisphere experienced the worst natural disaster in recent memory when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook the heart of Haiti. Over 200,000 people were killed. A massive humanitarian disaster — and a massive international response ensued.

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5 Questions for UN Peacekeeping Chief Hervé Lasdous

I recently caught up with the head of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Lasdous. In the conversation below, Mr. Lasdous discusses some of the hotspots in which peackeeping is currently engaged–or may engage in the future.

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In Haiti, First A Food Emergency May Lead to Political Crisis

Americans should start paying attention to this budding crisis, and soon.  The United States has dispatched its military to Haiti three times in the past 15 years. Unless this humanitarian emergency is nipped in the bud, we can expect a political crisis to explode.

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Hurricane Sandy lashed Haiti with heavy winds and rain this week, flooding earthquake survivors' camps and tents with garbage. Credit: International Rescue Committee

Sandy’s Devastation in Haiti Way, Way Worse Than New York or New Jersey

Haiti was spared a direct hit by Sandy, but the damage, death, and displacement caused by the storm is much, much worse than anywhere else on the planet right now.

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Sandy’s Path of Destruction: How the United Nations Deals With Disasters

The wealthiest city in the most powerful country on the planet is poised to get hit by an epic storm. Things will be bad, but the city of New York and the federal government of the United States has the capacity and wherewithall to manage this crisis. But what happens when a storm or natural disaster of equally destructive magnitude hits a place that does not have that same ability to deal with a natural disaster?

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Hurricane Isaac Bears Down on Haiti

Here in the USA, Isaac has mostly been met with chortles (from Democrats) about how the storm may disrupt the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida next week.  But this is a storm to be taken very seriously. It has all the markings of a an impending humanitarian catastrophe.

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