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the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

A Drop in the Aid Bucket

Jan 18, 2010

The U.S. government is approving 100 million dollars to aid Haiti.

Surely there will have to be more to follow. The lives of a third of Haiti’s 9 million people are immediately at stake. How much of that 100 million dollars will actually get to the people?

Thirty-three dollars in aid per person won’t do. Plus, it’s a very tiny amount, when compared to the 136 BILLION dollars that Congress recently approved to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But then, Haiti is not in a region where the world’s major gas and oil powers are competing.