Haiti has called off the search for survivors from last week’s earthquake and will now focus solely on providing services to those who survived, BBC News. Haiti says more than 110,000 are now confirmed dead, CNN. A discussion of the role of journalists in natural disasters- do journalists help or hurt?, NPR.
In the aftermath of clashes between Muslims and Christians in the Nigerian city of Jos that ended this week, residents are realizing that the violence may have been even worse than thought. Bodies are now being found in wells and sewer ditches, including 150 found in wells in the village of Kuru Jantar, Al Jazeera.
In his weekly address, President Barack Obama said the Supreme Court overturned more than a century of law when it ruled that corporations have a constitutionally protected right to spend unlimited amounts of money in political campaigns, White House. Transcript. The ruling will have an impact on existing laws in some states, New York Times.
Survivors of last week’s earthquake in Haiti got another shock yesterday when a powerful 6.1 tremor again shook the island. This time, the aftershock was centered 35 miles west of the capital Port-au-Prince, Christian Science Monitor. Many survivors are choosing to sleep outdoors rather than risk being in a building collapse. Many are calling for Haiti’s building codes to be overhauled, CNN. 400,000 are being relocated to tent cities, BBC News. One of Port-au-Prince’s piers has opened and much needed aid is now being moved into the capital, CNN.
The Nigerian city of Jos has reopened after days of fighting between Muslim and Christian groups. More than 460 people are reported to have died. Many residents have fled to refugee camps. The Nigerian military is now in control of the town, Al Jazeera.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in a 5-4 decision that it is unconstitutional to restrict campaign spending by corporations and other organizations, including unions, New York Times.
Massachusetts today as holds a special election to replace the U.S. Senate Seat vacated when Sen. Edward Kennedy died last year. The seat was thought to be reliably Democratic, but the Republican in the race, Scott Brown, has been taking the lead in pre-election polls. Brown opposes health care reform and has pledged to vote against health care reform bills in Congress, Wall Street Journal.
Somali pirates released a Greek oil tanker after being paid a reported $5 million ransom. At least 3 pirates died after fighting broke out over distribution of the ransom, Bloomberg.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy responded to complaints by some French officials of the U.S. military’s de facto control of the Port-au-Prince airport by praising U.S. efforts in Haiti, BBC News. Looting has become a growing concern in Haiti. CNN reporter Anderson Cooper says some are breaking into stores to steal food that they plan on selling later, CNN. Refugees are leaving Port-au-Prince for the countryside, New York Times. The story of a woman rescued on day 6, PBS Newshour.
Mongolia has suspended the death penalty and is moving toward a permanent ban, Al Jazeera.
An election commission overseeing Iraq’s national elections on March 7 has barred 500 candidates from the elections. Most had ties to Saddam Hussein’s Baath party, BBC News.
U.S. President Barack Obama announced yesterday that he will seek additional taxes on banks which received federal bailout money and have since recovered, CNN.
Google’s created a public spreadsheet for reports from Haiti, Haiti Situation Tracking Form. Powerful photos of the earthquake aftermath in Haiti, The Big Picture.
Victims of Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti slept outdoors for a second night. Relief teams have arrived on the island. The airport at Port-au-Prince is back in working condition and planes are able to takeoff and land. The U.S. has sent military units to aid with the relief efforts as well as a search and rescue team from Fairfax, Virginia, Wall Street Journal. More on the logistical hurdles facing relief workers, Los Angeles Times. Aftermath of the earthquake in pictures, BBC News. More background on the tragic history in Haiti, BBC News.
Google announced on Tuesday that the company is willing to pull out of China if the country does not relax its censorship laws. Google says that Chinese human rights advocates using the Gmail service have had their accounts attacked. Chinese officials responded by saying that companies doing business in China must follow Chinese laws, even if they include censorship, New York Times.
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti yesterday afternoon, just after 5 pm local time. The epicenter of the quake was just 15 kilometers southwest of the capital of Port-au-Prince. Many buildings collapsed and basic services including power and water were knocked out. Thousands are feared injured or dead. International aid organizations have sprung into action, BBC News.
Many buildings in Port-au-Prince were damaged or leveled, including the Presidential palace and the United Nations headquarters. Unconfirmed reports say as many as 200 people may have died in the UN building collapse and that no one who was in the building at the time of the collapse survived. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gave a statement this morning, praising the immediate assistance provided by the international community. Ban confirmed that the head of the UN mission in Haiti is missing. Ban announced that $10 million from the Central Emergency Relief Fund has been immediately released to aid in the relief effort.
Haiti is one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere. Facts about Haiti, CNN. Haiti Factbox, Reuters.
More than 40 aftershocks, including some above magnitude 5, have followed the initial quake, Times Online.
Moving entries from the blog of Port-au-Prince resident Troy Livesay, The Livesay Weblog.
Medical facilities used by the international aid organization Doctors Without Borders were heavily damaged in the earthquake, DWB field report.
A list of legitimate services you can use to help the earthquake victims, ABC.
In a blog post on the U.S. State Department Web site, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills called for those hoping to help to donate $10 by texting “HAITI” to “90999.” The $10 donation will be given automatically to the Red Cross “to help with relief efforts” and will be charged directly to your cell phone bill, the Web site said.