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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:51 AM
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Folks, Haiti was devastated by AIDs. And the baseball-sewing industry has gone to China.
They've been slapped by several different kinds of whammies in the recent past.
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:53 AM
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1. "Recent past"??
At what point in its history as an independent nation has Haiti NOT been screwed?
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:56 AM
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2. Yes. But I was focusing on the immediate causes of the demographic shift, etc.
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 11:57 AM by Captain Hilts
that have exacerbated an already bad situation.

The collapse of the baseball industry has hurt them hard.
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peacetalksforall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:00 PM
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3. Exactly, Mercutio. And I've only heard one person say that things (don't know which) were turning
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 12:02 PM by peacetalksforall
around in the last coupld of years. However, when we look at the year that the US, France, Canada, The IMF and WorldBank took over the country by hijacking a man and the people who elected him - we haven't seen much. It still appears that poverty at a high percentage is status quo.
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tosh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:08 PM
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4. Haiti was not "devastated by AIDS".
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 12:09 PM by tosh
Its tourism industry was devastated by the flood of misinformation at the time of the earliest outbreaks of AIDS. Haiti was wrongly blamed as being the source.

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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:11 PM
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5. True! That's part of it. But it did affect the demographics somewhat. Healthcare
there isn't what it is here. Same for birth control, etc. Haiti's infection patterns are pretty typical for under-developed countries, and they got hit harder, faster and recovered more slowly.

But, yes, you are right about the distortion. Probably from the Jamaica, Bermuda, Costa Rica tourist boards...
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5X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:53 PM
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6. And now you. n/t
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