First Wednesday: Haiti

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Paddy O'Connell of BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House will again be
in the chair for another of our lively discussions. First
Wednesdays are an opportunity to debate with experts and
commentators on a wide range of issues; This month we will focus on
Haiti ahead of the International donors' meeting at the United
Nations headquarters in New York in March to discuss rebuilding the

Almost three weeks after an earthquake devastated Haiti killing
200,000 and leaving 1.5 million homeless, the discussion will focus
on the colonial history of Haiti and the role of the international
community in shaping its future: What are the prospects for genuine
reconstruction of the country?

We are hoping that a member of United Haitians in the UK will
attend this discussion.

Panel so far: Orin Gordon, of BBC News and former head of the
Caribbean Service; Astrid Zweynert, deputy editor of AlertNet; and
Christian Wisskirchen, Haiti Support Group;

Peter Hallward, professor Modern European Philosophy at
Middlesex University and author of Damming the Flood: Haiti,
Aristide, and the Politics of Containment and Clare Lockhart,
co-founder and CEO of the Institute for State Effectiveness will be
with us for the first half of the evening.


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