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(NPR)   Remember that money you donated to help Haiti after the earthquake? Yeah, it's still just sitting around   ( divider line
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2011-01-12 01:47:10 AM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: moothemagiccow: Scottathon: Is there a wall dividing Hispaniola or something? Life in the Dominican Republic doesn't seem to be great, but I don't understand why there is such a huge difference between the two countries.

Ok now think Mexico and USA

Contrary to very widespread belief, Mexico is a fairly wealthy nation, having a trillion dollar economy which currently ranks 14th in the world.

It may be especially interesting to note that they have a higher GDP per capita than the much vaunted "super economic power house", "world power" and "owner of the U.S." - China.

ok now go to the part of mexico without a beach
2011-01-12 02:14:33 AM  

Ben Enya: I'm already against the next natural disaster.

You keep emergency pants in your desk drawer?
2011-01-12 02:41:20 AM​n​tainer-wb - data.html (new window)

Cost to import (US dollar per container) in Haiti

This page includes a chart with historical data for Cost to import (US dollar per container) in Haiti. The Cost to import (US dollar per container) in Haiti was reported at 1560.00 in 2008, according to the World Bank. In 2009, the Haiti Cost to import (US dollar per container) was 1545.00. Cost measures the fees levied on a 20-foot container in U.S. dollars. All the fees associated with completing the procedures to export or import the goods are included. These include costs for documents, administrative fees for customs clearance and technical control, customs broker fees, terminal handling charges and inland transport. The cost measure does not include tariffs or trade taxes. Only official costs are recorded. Haiti is the poorest and least developed country in Central America. Almost 80% of the population lives below the poverty line. The agricultural sector, mainly small-scale subsistence farming vulnerable to frequent natural disasters, is the main source of income for two-thirds of Haitians. Mangoes and coffee are two of Haiti's most important sources of foreign trade. Foreign aid makes up approximately 30 to 40% of the national government's budget.

// You ship $10 worth of merchandise to Haiti, it will cost you $15450.00 once it hits the docks.

// My opinion, crop dust Haiti with gasoline and kerosene then drop a flare.
2011-01-12 04:24:14 AM  
Doctors Without Borders all the way.

And I'm shocked -- shocked! -- to see Catholic Charities with one of the worst percentages.

/not shocked
2011-01-12 07:09:18 AM  
This whole article nothing about the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (^)
That money hasn't moved to Haiti either.

What are they waiting for?
2011-01-12 07:11:40 AM  

bostonowns: Thunderpipes: Haiti charges charities 40% tax on anything they import. I could not believe it, they deserve to starve. The charities have to make a choice between aid and paying cash, it is unreal.

where did you pull that from?

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High taxes are also a hindrance to helping hands. Haiti tacks a 40 percent import tax on to everything that crosses the country's border, from eggs to automobiles. That often forces aid groups to make the hard decision between importing much needed medicine and the means with which to deliver it.

Adam Marlatt of Global DIRT (Disaster Immediate Response Team, says he's seen brand-new, fully donated pick-up trucks designated for aid groups sitting idle at the airport for so long, weeds grew up to the windows. The aid groups the trucks were sent for can't afford, or choose not to spend, the thousands of dollars they would have to pay the Haitian government to use them. It's like winning a free car, but you can't afford to pay the taxes on it.

Aid groups are eligible for a tax exemption, but obtaining the exemption is a long and lengthy process. A year later, few who were not operating in Haiti before the quake are eligible for the tax break.

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2011-01-12 07:56:38 AM  

Thunderpipes: Haiti charges charities 40% tax on anything they import.

Source or citation? The only thing that came up in google when I searched for this was your very own statement.
2011-01-12 10:37:46 AM  
DRTA, but listened to the show last night. Some 46% of pledges have been rec'd. Of the cash disbursed, some of it goes to multi year capital projects. The projects with multi year cash outlays (like building 45 schools) are reserving those funds. So immediate aid dollars are spent, future cash outlays are not. The need is so great, however, that some capital projects have been reduced so the money could go to immediate needs.
2011-01-12 10:54:54 AM  
There was a great report from This American Life on Haiti a while back. It described the hoops a woman had to jump through just to get milk crates into Haiti (to be used to hold mangoes for shipping). The procedure took a couple of years, and just when everything finally came together the earthquake hit. Haiti needs to have its government shut down and recreated from scratch, it's too corrupt and inefficient to do anything useful.
2011-01-13 12:42:35 AM  
La Fee Verte: This whole article nothing about the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (^)
That money hasn't moved to Haiti either.

What are they waiting for?

They're waiting for people to forget that "The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund" even exists. Then they'll cash out the laundered money of criminals and the naive suckers who think either Bush or Clinton actually give a damn about any other people besides themselves.
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