Colonialism as 'Help' and the Haiti Crisis

Video from February 2, 2010 Haiti talk

Event description: On January 12, Haiti was hit with an earthquake 7.0 on the Richter scale, leaving possibly 200,000 dead and 3 million affected. Much of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, is now living in makeshift camps with their water, food, and health at risk. While many countries around the world responded with aid, the US and Canada also quickly deployed troops. This talk will discuss current events and press coverage in the context of the past decade of Western policy towards Haiti, as well as the prospects for constructive relief and solidarity work.

[*I admit embarrassment at mistakenly saying "earthquakes" rather than "hurricanes" (00:48) and then making the reverse mistake (01:51), but have posted nonetheless... -dfm.]