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"Sweet Mickey" Hitches Haitian Recovery to Washington Bandwagon

Inter Press Service - WASHINGTON, 8 Apr (IPS) - With hundreds of thousands of Haitians living in destitution as the country flounders under political, economic and climate wreckage, critics say celebrations of the inevitable profits of disaster capitalism have already begun between the right- wing President-elect Michel Martelly and his neoliberal allies in Washington.

In a statement released here Thursday, the chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Ileana Ros-Lehtinen proclaimed, "Once Haiti's new government is in place, it will be incumbent on its leadership to undertake& reforms necessary to allow all Haitians to participate in a formal economy."

She went on to laud "new opportunities for U.S. companies seeking to do business in& Haiti as it continues on its path of recovery" under Martelly, who went by the moniker "Sweet Mickey" during his former career as a pop singer. Read more.

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