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The border of Haiti and Dominican Republic. PRE-EARTHQUAKE.

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Comment by Raymond M. Kristiansen on March 6, 2010 at 8:45am
wow. which one is Haiti? Forested, or de-forested?
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 6, 2010 at 8:47am
Guess.
Comment by Raymond M. Kristiansen on March 6, 2010 at 9:05am
ouch. i would guess Haiti is deforested. Poor country, lousy government.

But Dominical Republic vs Haiti ... historical differences? Was one a colony for longer time than the other?

Interesting! keep this in mind!
Comment by Jake Baird on March 6, 2010 at 1:08pm
Wow. That is a powerful picture. Crazy to think you can see the border just like that. I award +1 Knowledge Share.
Comment by Marko Kolovrat on March 6, 2010 at 9:02pm
I saw that one all I can say is wow.
Well they at least respect the borderlines right
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 7, 2010 at 12:20am
Alot of the start difference had to do with a single dictator in Dominican Republic who decided to aggressively nationalize the parks and resources, protecting them (often at the expense of his people).

Also, the big investors in Haiti have been like locusts, and the more you read about what they did to Aristide and any attempt at reforming their labor and environmental systems, the more obvious why Haiti is in such dire straits becomes.

I'm not an anti-capitalist, but I hate seeing people acting unethically in any ideology. And the bad capitalists (mercantilists, really) have been abusing Haiti for hundreds of years.
Comment by John D. Boyden on March 7, 2010 at 8:14pm
+1 knowledge share :) NOW..lol blog WHAT you think!
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 8, 2010 at 7:26pm
I think that all the international efforts to rebuild Haiti are coming from the right place (at least for now), but unless some concerted attempt to restore their watersheds, replant their forests, reform their building practices and restart their economy is made then they'll be right back where they are now when the next earthquake or hurricane comes along.

If you read my blog about the work I did in Thailand, I used to think things like restoring forests after a disaster were lame and inappropriate, but I've since learned that there are many positive economic and social benefits that healthy natural systems provide if we just protect them instead of commodify and exploit them.

Haiti needs more than just rebuilding, it needs country-wide restoration at every level. We can't allow the disaster capitalists and mercantilists seize power, but unless the locals are empowered while all the international attention is focused on them, they will.
Comment by Raymond M. Kristiansen on March 10, 2010 at 10:07am
I wonder how the site admins think about my *bump* - but this is basically a *bump*. Wow. So much in the discussion from one picture. Who takes this further? Are these issues being recognized by a lot of people, or is it seen as more esoteric?
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 10, 2010 at 5:21pm
I think there is sort of a 'nose to the grindstone' mentality right now, which is unfortunate, because they've got a clean slate in so many ways to start addressing the myriad issues facing them.

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