Carronade The Yankee Sailor Carronade

The Sea is a choosy mistress. She takes the men that come to her and weighs them and measures them. The ones she adores, she keeps; the ones she hates, she destroys. The rest she casts back to land. I count myself among the adored, for I am Her willing Captive.

I've relocated to a new Yankee Sailor.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Haiti Nearing Collapse

With all the terrorism related headlines swamping the media coverage, there's a major crisis brewing in America's neighbor to the south that's getting little recognition. There are a lot of calls for action flying around in diplomatic circles, and they all call for one thing: intervention. Check out some of these stories as background:

U.N.: Haiti Peacekeepers Should Stay - CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti — Haiti will need U.N. peacekeepers for several years as the impoverished nation struggles to rebuild its ill-equipped police force after the bloody uprising that ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide last year, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said Saturday.

Police in Haiti continue the killing - Port au Prince, Haiti (HIP) - The Police Nationale d Haiti (PNH) launched another bloody incursion into a poor neighborhood of Haiti s capital today. The U.N. refused to comment on the operation that reportedly led to the deaths of three people and left four people wounded.

Without greater UN help, Haiti will soon collapse - Without U.S. Marines, money and diplomatic muscle to help the United Nations mission, the crisis in Haiti will explode.

Ottawa warns Canadians to avoid Haiti - Ottawa has issued a travel advisory warning Canadians to avoid Haiti. "Canadians [should] not travel to Haiti unless they have critical or compelling business or family reasons," said Sébastien Théberge, spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Canadian abducted in Haiti says captors beat her - A woman who returned to Canada from an abduction ordeal in Haiti said her captors burned her feet with candles and beat her. The accusations by Huguette Goulet, 65, followed her release last week after paying an undisclosed ransom to a group of kidnappers.

Kidnappings plague Haiti - PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Jean Henold Buteau's wife listened frantically to the brusque voice on the other end of the telephone line: We've got your husband. Give us $1 million or start planning his funeral.

Senior U.S. official visits unsettled Haiti - The U.S. State Department's top man for Latin America and the Caribbean arrived in Haiti on Wednesday to assess a surging wave of violence and increasing demands for the resignation of U.S.-backed Prime Minister Gerard Latortue.