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January 29, 2010

TONIGHT ON LARRY KING LIVE!

Posted: 08:55 PM ET

We're devoting our entire hour to the heartbreaking story of Haiti's orphans, whose lives - like their fellow Haitians - have been turned upside down. The fear now is that their vulnerability could turn them into targets for exploitation. Actor and activist Sean Penn will join us from Port-au-Prince to talk about these dangers. We'll also tell you how you can help Haiti's orphans.

That's all tonight at 9pmET/6pmPT!

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Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN   January 29th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

I have a good idea, everybody that makes $100 or $200 thousand yearly should be able to feed ,clothe and shelter these young orphans. It's time the rich give a little of their time to help the poor!


Cajazz76:24:8   January 29th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Larry, Haiti is one of many heartbreaking vestiges on this planet where children are the casualties beyond injury because they are children. They have no vote within their fragile voices, no choice to determine their welfare and too often due to their vulnerabilities become the bullseye of exploitation as your theme denotes or suggests. This is why we need all governments to freely welcome efforts of organizations like the United Nations and dozens of other relief efforts available to assist without extending the suffering of those innocents. I would like to see all efforts exhausted before those children are expatriated beyond their home borders. Too often, I see those willing to adopt, do so with the same enthusiasm one has when acquiring a new born puppy, more so a novelty than a lifelong commitment. Jim Zajac


MaryRM   January 29th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

All of the 'rich' people I know are philanthropists. They appreciate the bounty they have been blessed with and are not only happy but ever ready to share and do good works. They understand the passage, 'to whom much has been given, much will be expected.'


Dodie   January 29th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Good Evening Larry King, CNN staff and other bloggers!

Very tragic regarding the children of Haiti! I certainly agree with Larry King, these children are vulnerable for all kinds of trafficking, child labor, sex just to name a few!


Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN   January 29th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

But will they take in an orphan?


Jean   January 29th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

I have been thinking that since the earthquake there has been no rain in Haiti. I view this as the love and mercy of God who also sends His sun and rain, for good reasons. I am praying that rain will not fall in Haiti for some months until the Haitians can establish themselves with proper tents/protection.
Visualize what it will be like for the Haitians if rain falls. The last thing they need at this time is rain.
Let us all pray to God to keep back the rain from falling at this time and in the future for months. May God hear our prayers and assist Haiti accordingly.


angela   January 29th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

i fail to see why we are relocating these children to an entirely new land. it was an earthquake, they can happen anywhere, you cant run from mother nature. it would seem less knee jerk to me if we or the united nations did what they were suppose to do and that would be step up, make temporary shelters and build orphanages. this is going to turn into yet one more mess, of broken families, some getting help, others not and on and on. wait till they get here and need health care, who is going to pay?


Roman Deutsch, Butler, PA   January 29th, 2010 10:13 pm ET

Hey Larry, I heard once you didn't believe in God. I'm here to tell you otherwise. For I AM his Son and I will not allow one thunderous Tropical Storm or Hurricane to come upon the land this year or the next. Sean Penn keep the Faith, for I know of your love for people. I will bring a New Beginning.


IKHAN   January 29th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

This really tears your heart out. This is indeed suffering unimaginable & also shows the depths which human depravity can touch. Child traficking at such a time ??
Larry, i think all relief organizations working their right now should collaborate to put a stop to this. I am also certain that well to do good people around the world & here would reach out to hapless children of Haiti.

Larry i am also compelled to add , as many on your blog had raised this question, that Muslim Relief of USA is right there pitching tents as also Muslim Relief of Canada. From Pakistan Al-Khidmat Group & Edhi Foundation are there mobilizing relief efforts. They have the experience as they did memorable work after the devastating 2005 earthquake that struck Northern Pakistan in which 80,000 people perished & exactly the same conditions were seen for orphaned children. So these people can do a lot in Haiti.
So folks Muslims are right there with those of other faiths. The only faith there now is faith in humanity.


angela   January 29th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

here we go the truth finally, ita a male thing in Haiti, the trafficking has been going on a long time, so these fools come on and make an urgent appeal to help the kids, but the Haitians need to change from within.


Tim   January 29th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

The Haitians have been forced by their government to live in poverty and oppression for so long they have become a rare breed of survivors. We should be looking into the corruption of the Haitian leadership and holding them accountable if we are giving millions of dollars to the people. We must make sure the corrupt officials don't get rich from our aid. Disasters like this earthquake show the world the horrible conditions these humans have had to exist in every day. Similar to Katrina victims their previous lives in many cases weren't much better than the current situations. God help them all!


Sally   January 29th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

It is absolutely amazing how many people can come together in the name of humanity, during a crisis, and I am so uplifted by the rescue effort...While Sean's efforts are admirable in every way he is wrong about one thing...The Haitians have never been bullied by God..Quite the opposite...when the majority of the developed world turns a blind eye to the death and suffering of those less fortunate than themselves... the Haitians have learned to call on God, rather than their fellow man, because for the most part it is Him who has sustained them when we have let them down. When will everyone learn to take on the responsibility of our brothers and sisters in agaony....for the long haul, not just in a crisis. I pray fervently, that this disaster will be a "wake up" call. God Bless them all.


Dodie   January 29th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

@IKHAN

Well stated and heart-felt! I agree with you, Muslims are also helping. As I said earlier, I have noticed Muslims in my community always willing to lend a hand and help others. Sometimes more often than others!


Jean   January 29th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

UN and UNICEF should work with all organizations and most of all the government to assist those vulnerable children.
The government should legislate the Law against child trafficking, using children as slaves of whatever nature and also employing those who are underage.
The government most do more for it's children who are the future adults of Haiti. Education programming is essential to parents and children alike.
A lot of money will be collected through donations to assist Haiti. This is the time, the monopology, for all these organizations who wish to help Haitains rebuild their lives, homes and society to communicate with the government to establish a Law against this trafficking and employment of young, underage people. It can be done with cooperation from the government and UN and UNICEF and other organizations.


Judynegrita   January 29th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

Did I hear correctly that Sean Penn said that "God has bullied the children of Haiti?" Huh? What? I am deeply offended and horrified to hear such a stupid and deplorable comment. Shame on you Mr. Penn. Is it possible that the Haitian government hasn't done enough to protect its citizens or invest in decent infrastructure, rather than corruptly take $ for themselves?? Mr. Penn I truly hope you didn't mean what you said, because if you did, I truly pity you.

I am a believer that our God is a loving, all knowing, beyond our limited abilities and God would never, ever, delight in anyone's suffering. I have and will continue to pray for Haiti. I've sent $ to the Clinton Bush fund already, but sadly I will not support your fund for your thoughtless and foolish comment.


michael armstrong sr. TX.   January 29th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

if the stars want to help so much then why dont they build a new orphan home .


angela   January 29th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

so we need to change the Haitian culture according to your panelist? i think this is overload, cant you focus on one thing at a time like shelters, food, burials, medical facilities etc. i think we need to make a huge effort to rebuild the orphanages, and educate these kids. I do not want huge amounts of Hiatians to be relocated here, sorry, it doesnt go over well with me. We are struggling now with our own issues and other immigration problems. We have to learn to stop piling on the social issues that we know very well in our hearts will come back to trouble us.


Lee and Bob Miyamoto, Pebble Beach CA   January 29th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

Similar to Katrina, why have we not heard yet about the animals – zoos, farms, pets – when will we know the stories here – when will we know how to help, what animals are available for fostering and/or adoption. Thank you!


A. Smith, Oregon   January 29th, 2010 10:35 pm ET

Haiti has at most 4 months, others speak of only WEEKs before the tropical rain's return to Haiti and the hundreds of thousands of homeless Haitians will need shelter or die from exposure to the rains and Hurricane winds that follow.

Despite repeated calls from everyone – from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Haitian President Rene Preval – only a few thousand tents have so far arrived in Haiti.

"The priority for flights has been given to bringing in food and medical supplies," says Christopher Gascon from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

He is in charge of building the mushroom tent camp. He has 40,000 more tents on their way from Panama, but by ship, not by air. And even when those do arrive, they will not be nearly enough.

Why isn't America flooding Haiti with surplus military tropical hammocks and unused tents? The need is now for shelter.


JoAnn   January 29th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

Thanks to CNN and to Larry King for keeping the spotlight on Haiti and for focusing on the most vulnerable. Haiti may fade from the headlines, but the problems will not go away as quickly.

Thanks also to David Diggs for the great work Beyond Borders is doing. I don't know why their website isn't on the list of organizations mentioned on the show's website.


A. Smith, Oregon   January 29th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

The guest wants every child in Haiti to have a education in a public school. That's a fine and outstanding goal, however not even in America is every child afforded that opportunity.

And as the deep recession continues across America cutting into higher education institutions, who resort to greatly increasing semester and quarterly fee's, fewer and fewer would-be college students can even 'AFFORD' to go to State and University Colleges.


JT   January 29th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

Larry,
Nice show about child trafficking and slavery. I think you would have better information if you had at least one Haitian among your guests. I am from Haiti and I heard something in your show that I've never heard before. I wil not say it's not true, but you may need more clarification: There is no such thing as a cut-off age to receive remuneration as a servant.
Again, I appreciate your show. Child slavery is an unfortunate part of the Haitian culture and I'm hopeful that it will end soon.
Your guests are amazing and I'm grateful for their work in Haiti.


michael armstrong sr. TX.   January 29th, 2010 10:43 pm ET

Why did Haiti let there population get so out of control in the first place whats done is done but the wild rabbit birth rate needs to be put under control with birth control .


kovan   January 29th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

It's amazing to see Larry talks about Haiti with other guests and not even invited a Haitian to balance the debate.
For instance, Aaron Cohen (one of the guest) who made some untrue comments about children slaves being traded or being sold by their parents... Next time it would be better to have Haitian to pour some Caribbean flavor into the show


angela   January 29th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

so let me get this straight "t-boz", whoever she is, just wants the baby if its from Haiti? see this is why we need to not let people take these kids.


A. Smith, Oregon   January 29th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

Its the Catholic oxymoron Micheal, no birth control via the Pope's edict. If you ask me its BS! starving, famine and disease because overpopulation is a horrible fate to be born into. The Pope should be in the middle of his making there in Haiti's Port au Prince!


ELEANOR BETHELL   January 29th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

Aaron Cohen and your other guest commented that orphans are taken to the Bahamas as sex slaves. LET ME MAKE IT STRAIGHT FROM THE BAHAMAS. THESE ASSERTIONS ARE FALSE AND WRONG. I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THAT. HAITIANS COME TO THE BAHAMAS FROM TIME TO TIME TO SEEK EMPLOYMENT.. NO CHILDREN COME HERE AS PART OF A SLAVE TRADE. TELL HIM TO GET HIS FACTS CORRECTLY. DEAD WRONG ON THAT ONE.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS


A. Smith, Oregon   January 29th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

Excellent, Solidad is hosting AC360 Tonight! I wonder if the heavy handed censorship there is different tonight?


Cleo Wallace   January 29th, 2010 10:49 pm ET

A guest on LKL just stated that The Bahamas has Haitians in sex slavery, a statement that is untrue, and unsubstantiated. He needs to clarify his comments as that was the only country that was identified. Does he have evidence of this???


Dodie   January 29th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

@ A. Smith

On the local news, several companies, one in Oregon and 2 in Calif have packed up thousands of tents, blankets, etc but are unable to get only but a few shipped to Haiti! There seems to be a problem as you just stated due to the need for food and water which takes presence!


michael armstrong sr. TX.   January 29th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

A Smith in other words common since has no place in catholic religion that sounds about right .


angela   January 29th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

i agree Michael, i simply dont understand , its called birth control, one of the most fundemental practices of a society. i do not get why these poor countries do not practice this so that they can stop being poor. it is disgusting to me on a visceral level.


carmeles ceant   January 29th, 2010 10:53 pm ET

HI DEAR LARRY I AM PLEASE THE WAY CNN COVER THE SITUATION IN HAITI THANKS


CA Adoptive Mom of 2   January 29th, 2010 10:55 pm ET

The situation in Haiti is so tragic. However if we paid the same media attention to the children in the U.S. that need homes, maybe there would be more domestic adoptions!

I adopted from Lifetime Adoption Center and they are a superb organization. I know their African American program is second to none in the US.

If you SERIOUSLY want to help a child, adopt at home, right here in the US. The need is JUST as real as the need in Haiti.


Gerard Mc Ardle, Belfast & Drogheda, Ireland   January 29th, 2010 10:55 pm ET

Dear Larry & Team,

I sent the following to you about ten days into the tragedy, I'm thinking of setting up or looking into a setup like this in Ireland. & you seem to be talking of an idea like this tonight...I am glad people are now thinking like I thought 10 days ago...Good work on your part & Haiti will never be far from my thoughts...let's all keep them, especially the children, in our minds & hearts for a long time to come...yours, Gerard Mc Ardle.

Message I sent you.

The Haitian's have been through so much this week...heard so many promises...put their trust in us & they are still dying by the day, because of lack of the basics of life. Water especially & even enough morsels of food to keep them surviving...I saw a little Haitian girl die tonight just a few minute's ago on the BBC for lack of an emergency operation. Yesterday, the day before, she could have survived if the operation was carried out then. But she died...& her hopes & dreams died with her...& her relatives dreams for her ...died. Her breathing slowing down by the second I could swear I heard her slowing heartbeats. Why the children...why the hope...why the dreams...& lastly why our "Promise"!

Tomorrow I will send a cheque off & when this is all over I will adopt a child not in the sense that I will take him or her from the parent or families in Haiti...but I will support the parents in his/her upbringing & schooling. This is my promise to that dead child!

Why don't we all adopt a child this way?


A. Smith, Oregon   January 29th, 2010 10:57 pm ET

From what I see and have seen, the Christian Catholic religion is entirely dictatorial, from the Pope's Papal Bulls on down to their faithful followers. Excommunication is routinely threatened and at times carried out against those that do not fully comply.


JB   January 29th, 2010 10:57 pm ET

Some non-secular philanthropic groups in Haiti have invited doctors into their communities to perform vasectomies. Other groups do education on natural family planning and contraception.


michael armstrong sr. TX.   January 29th, 2010 10:59 pm ET

Dixie's got it strait


Mary Svacina   January 29th, 2010 10:59 pm ET

Larry, All this talk about adoption and not a word about SPONSORSHIP! Many of the ngo's in place in Haiti have sponsorship programs. We've sponsored a little boy there for 6 years. He gets food, education and basic medical care through Compassion International with a small monthly contribution from us. PLEASE spread the word. I think that this is the answer to caring for the children, since it's immediate, compared to the adoption process will take years! You don't have to HAVE the child to HELP the child!!


A. Smith, Oregon   January 29th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

Good Show Larry, thank you for your sincerity and support of the Haitian relief efforts.


sue   January 29th, 2010 11:02 pm ET

Angela,
Unfortunately , Haiti is not unique to these type of illegal child trafificking activities. If you go to any third world countries,asia and Africa where poverty is prevalent the poor children are always vulnerable to these atrocious kind of trafficking, child labor, sex slaves.


angela   January 29th, 2010 11:04 pm ET

a smith.... why would you watch him if he censors your comments, i dont watch him any longer, that censorship element totally creeps me out, i have heard too many being silenced, surprise surprise AC360.


Theresa   January 29th, 2010 11:05 pm ET

The Haitian children are beautiful –we see all these beautiful faces but let's remember not everyone is parent material! Your guest to me seems as if the idea was great but only from Haiti. To me if she really wanted to be a parent it shouldn't matter what country the child is from. It irritated me when you stated to her that she should get in touch with so &so & maybe it could get pushed up. Why is she so special-by the sounds of it she hasn't even had a home study.


Ronni Einsohn   January 29th, 2010 11:07 pm ET

If there were already 380,000 orphans BEFORE the earthquake, it would seem that the orphanages would know whose parents were dead and who were abandoned from this group. Do the parents ever come back for their children once they've been abandoned or dropped off? It would make sense for these children to be allowed to be adopted. I can understand wanting to make sure that a child who is homeless and parentless SINCE the earthquake would not be allowed to be adopted but I don't understand why it makes sense to keep the others from having a better life now. Resources are scarce and the pre-earthquake children should be given a break!


Dodie   January 29th, 2010 11:11 pm ET

@ Sue

you are right on target with that comment. We have severe problems right here in the USA with child trafficking


Dodie   January 29th, 2010 11:18 pm ET

Angela

I think 360 becomes overwhelmed with so many bloggers. Some of the bloggers are not censored...but most are!


Jason   January 29th, 2010 11:18 pm ET

Larry,
If you want to know about the culture and norm of the people of Haiti , you should have hired an Haitian expert on your panel. You are getting a sense of their culture through a foreigner point of view.
It's like asking Japanese about American culture and their norm.

Obviously one the gentleman on your panel (in black) is uninformed about child labor. He is confusing the poor people who cannot take care of their kids with odious foreigner traffickers that go to the country to kidnap and sell these kids for a profit.

I volunteered in Haiti for many years. These poeple are God fearing and very family oriented. I doubt it if they are selling their children because they don't care and want to make a profit.

Due to extreme proverty some parents are forced to send their kids to better off relatives or friends ,the elite in exchange for a better life for their children.


Gerald Jolly   January 29th, 2010 11:31 pm ET

@ Micheal Armstrong Sr. Tex.

Your comment sickens me.

Just in case you havent checked lately, and I'm sure you have'nt.

The Stars from Hollywood, Country Music, and Pop Music have donated more than 300 million dollars to date.

In this kind of situation and disaster it is better to leave the building of anything to the experts.

Tell me Micheal Armstrong Sr. What have you donated or done??????


Dodie   January 29th, 2010 11:37 pm ET

Bill gates just donated 10 billion dollars for vaccines and other medical research. $10 billion dollars is a lot of money, ~whew~ even for Bill gates


Nancy   January 29th, 2010 11:44 pm ET

I would like to congratulate David Diggs of Beyond Borders for his understanding of the plight of rural Haitians. Haitian parents do not sell their children, they send them to live with families (most often relatives) that can care for and educate them. Some actually pay for their children to be placed in good homes. They might be illiterate, but they understand the value of a good education and would send their children to Russia if they knew it would increase their chance of getting a better education. Haitian men might not be angels, but they would never traffic their own children. That first panelist was wrong.

Thank you Mr. Diggs.


Sarah   January 30th, 2010 12:02 am ET

Angela,
Before you sound like a judgmental, uninformed and self-absorbed person, you should take the time to research on people you don’t know about. before you judge people you need to understand their situations. First of all, Haiti is a highly catholic country, did you know that the catholic church(Pope) does not believe in birth control nor abortion? The mormons and the Amish are well known for having large families do you also demonize them ?

The major problem in Haiti is desperate poverty which result in lack of education . There is a direct correlation between the average educational level of a country especially the educational level of a country's women and a low birth rate.

In most poor country , uneducated women don't want to have one child after another but they don't know what to do about it or don't have enough power within the family to make their own reproductive decisions.


Dodie   January 30th, 2010 12:03 am ET

CCTV just stated the US is sending black hawk helicopters to Haiti. Would that be for aid or to police?


A. Smith, Oregon   January 30th, 2010 12:08 am ET

@ angela, good question. If the active feedback on AC360 is so heavily moderated and many comments are deleted and censored WHY even watch?

Tonight, I almost laughed out loud when I saw no comments for a entire minute being posted during the broadcast. That told me some very heavy censorship was going on. Yes, 1/2 of mine comments were, but with 50-100 blogers online at the same time you have quite a few commenting every minute of the entire program. No comments for one minute tells me a large number of those comments were deleted.

Overall, I enjoyed Soledad as a reporter, her timing was good and her use of both English and French was excellent. I would like to see Soledad more often on AC360.


James31   January 30th, 2010 12:14 am ET

@Dodie,
$10 billion from Bill Gates. See, Dodie, there are good things to be said about CEOs :-).


Dodie   January 30th, 2010 12:16 am ET

@ A. Smith

many of mine were censored. Especially if I used a word or phrase like 'ram down the throat" etc.


A. Smith, Oregon   January 30th, 2010 12:18 am ET

@ Dodie, the Black Hawk helicopters are very well used for a large range of missions. They are medium lift and can carry sizable amounts of persons as well as cargo. They can land in moderate landing zones and have a sizable range of operation.

Unfortunately, as I pointed out previously of all the recent flood of hundreds of millions of US taxpayer aid dollars to Haiti for earthquake relief, 33 cents on the dollar is going to the US Military and only 6 cents on the dollars is going on FOOD.

Meanwhile in current news, the Pentagon has notified the US Congress of the pending Bush-Cheney 6.7 Billion dollar arms deal to Taiwan which has the Chinese jumping up and down in anger:

114 Patriot missiles ($2.81bn)
60 Black Hawk helicopters ($3.1bn)
Communication equipment ($340m)
2 Osprey mine-hunting ships ($105m)
12 Harpoon missiles ($37m)

Looking at the figures, is that 5 MILLION dollars per Black Hawk helicopter? or 50 MILLION!!!


Dodie   January 30th, 2010 12:19 am ET

@ James31

ROFL!

I don't hate CEO'S, I have a family member who is a very big CEO making many millions of dollars a year.

I just like a balance and have concerns that large corporate American will end up taking over.


Dodie   January 30th, 2010 12:24 am ET

Laughing... A. Smith! The only reason the Chinese are jumping up and down is because their now well educated affluent middle class to upper middle class Chinese do not like what the USA is doing and will make huge protests if the government does not do something.

Hence, the Chinese government would rather deal with the USA than deal with their angry people...

I say to China... welcome to democracy! LOL


Josh   January 30th, 2010 12:54 am ET

Larry,
I am a bit disappointed that you did not invite any Haitian on your panel to discuss Haiti culture and its people to get a well balanced view of the issues. Aaron Cohen has no clue about Haiti and obviously he got his own agenda.

I was a missionary in Haiti for many years. Your guess is an opportunist and he is exacerbating the demonization of these poor people. For years these people as been vilified and demonized in the media and the panelist Aaron Cohen inaccurate and reckless comments are not helping the matter. I applaud David Diggs of Beyond Borders for correcting this fool.

Two things the people of Haiti value the most are their faith and their families. The typical Haitian family house consist of three generations they all take care of each other. They have a deep bond with their families which I cannot say the same for most of us in the US.
Even though they are poor; they highly value and appreciate good education.
The rural Haitian parents would never sell their children, they send them to live with well off relatives or distant relatives or friends that would take care for and give them a better education. Like any parent would do if they want their kids to get off poverty.


kovan   January 30th, 2010 1:16 am ET

Hi Larry,
I was very disappointment by Aaron Cohen false statement who doesn't know much about Haitian Children reality, there is no such thing as Haitian children traded as slaves in Bahamas, that is not true at all.. I guess he should apologized for misleading...Also it does not make any sense talking of Haiti for one hour and not having a Haitian on the panel. How would it be like talking of American's children issues without an American? that is the reason why a man like Aaron Cohen has air time to lie to your audience...


Anna   January 30th, 2010 1:21 am ET

Thank you for explaining why the country has halted adoptions for now. Displaced children need time to try to get reunited with their families. As much as it sounds good to run over and take care of the kids, its just not the right thing to do at this time. As an adoptive mother, I can tell you that less than 1% of all orphans and homeless children in the world are ever placed in forever homes. If your heart is leading you to adopt, please do, but be sure to do it the right way and for the right reasons. Not because the media shows sad pictures or out of charity, but so you can become a parent to a child and add a child to your family. It becomes a win win when you go at it from that direction.


Kim   January 30th, 2010 1:26 am ET

I feel for the people in Haiti and our thoughts and prayers go out to them, But what about our own Native Americans that are suffering, starving, freezing and dying due to the winter conditions here in our own country.
Mainly Pine Ridge in South Dakota, why isn't the media covering that crisis?? Where are the politicians now?? Where is the help for these people??
Soladad O'Brien has covered Blacks in America, Hispanic in America and other ethnic groups but no coverage on Native Americans. The First People of North America.
So Please Mr.King we know you have the influance to get the desperate help they need and to be heard. Can you follow up on this or even take a look at what these people are going through.

Thank you


Rebecca   January 30th, 2010 1:30 am ET

I've heard 2 stories of UNICEF harassing orphanages for taking in new homeless children in the last two days. Would they be better off in the tents? Would they be safer? Better fed? Less tramatized? The orphanges PROTECT kids from becoming slaves in Haiti. These are licensed orphanages which are known for their good standards of care. What is UNICEF thinking? Why are they so anti-adoption? Why do they think they are the only ones who really care? Why are they so anti-American? They are not part of the solution, they are part of the problem.


Jean   January 30th, 2010 1:52 am ET

Hi Larry '

I am devasteted to watch this woman discouraged TLC not to consider adoption In Haiti She really don't know what she's talking about For me this woman show al lack of humanitarian Please i am Haitian teel TLC to call me or send me a E Mail I will help her to find the better way to adopt a haitian child I know people in Haiti I have two nevew and niece well known in A Haiti all of them are doctor ,surgeon
please TLC sen d ME a E Mail


Shirley   January 30th, 2010 1:56 am ET

It may be necessary to remove many of the child orphans from Haiti, either temporarily or permanently and relocate them into suitable facilities where they can be cared for and educated. The USA may have space in closed military bases in several states. The base at Guantanamo can accommodate many more individuals than are there now. There are vacant shopping malls and vacant industrial spaces large enough to accommodate hundreds.

Create some kind of program for unemployed teachers, health care workers, recent college graduates who could help care for them under programs such as VISTA or Peace Corp. These children might be eventually reunited with their families, or adopted by parents who want to give them a home. The priority should be to remove them immediately from harm and predators.


Jean F Colin   January 30th, 2010 1:59 am ET

Re: CNN report on Restavek as Slavery in Haiti.

This article was written before the earthquake, in response to Sanjay Gupta report on restaveks as little slaves in Haiti. The real problem in Haiti is not the earthquake, the real problem is the unhumane living conditions that has existed before Jan 12, 2010 , and that is now exposed for everyone to see.
Haiti is an international crime scene – 300 years of slavery and 200 years of isolation and inhumane misery as an” independent nation” because we dare to free our people– dislocated Africans enslaved in the Americas.

Haiti wan the battle against slavery in 1804.

The domestic abuses unjustly suffered by the kids and the extreme level of poverty that most of Haitian families have to cope with are the by products of a dysfunctional society of maroons created by the slave trade and very similar to the black ghettoes that the white societies created in their own nations.

Now that CNN has visited Haiti, the western societies “lost slave ship” and its old, disfigured and disoriented “citizens, I look forward to your follow up story as we look and search for a port where we can end this miserable journey that started so long ago from Goree Island in West Africa – that President Obama visited recently with his innocent daughters.

I sincerely hope that we show as much humanity, fairness and justice for the whole nation of Haiti as our kids, the restaveks, deserve.
What Dr Gupta witnessed in Haiti was poverty, inhuman misery not slavery. The slave owners in Haiti were sent to "hell" a long time ago during our proud struggle for independence.

Domestic abuse is a very serious crime ... and so is abortion, by the way, in the mind of some human rights advocates. So, let us not rationalize concept such as "modern-day slavery" as a way to diminush the diabolic crimes against humanity that took place during the Atlantic slave trade and that continue to affect its victims' life today or a way to discount the Haitian Revolution's accomplishments in ending slavery in the territories that it reached in the Americas.

Words matter!

Slavery is a capital offence in Haiti ... if you really know some slaves owners in Haiti , please report them the local police, we have a to make them disappear and make sure that they meet their gods.

Now, that the earfhquake has exposed the dark secrets of Western civilization - the agony of Africans in the Americas - and that the world has encounted the liberated "slave ship" in which I was born, Haiti, I just hope that world community doesn't treat my brothers and sisters as "restaveks". They are wonderful human beigns of unparallel strenght, courage and will to survive.


nicole   January 30th, 2010 2:03 am ET

hello Larry,
Again thank you for all that you do for my people. I have been glued to CNN. Larry, could you please bring in a pannel to discuss this topic: Haiti needs temporary colononization by either france or the USA. It does not seem that Obama would agree to do this right now for fear of criticism since it is his first year in office and he has a lot going on. The french are affraid that the Haitians will reject or not trust them. Maybe Spain or Germany or England should do it. Haiti has no government right now and we never did. I know that she is an independent country but she needs structured help at this time- capable hands at the till to plow the ready ground for a different Haiti. The so called current government need to say "country first" and step aside and allow willing capable people to work for the future of THE PEOPLE until the people can hold free election. PLEASE, SOMEBODY SAY SOMETHING.... FREE HAITI ROM TH 200-YEAR-OLD MISERY. PLEASE HELP!!!!!! THANK YOU... MERCI!!!!


Evelyn   January 30th, 2010 2:10 am ET

I can not believe in this great world we can not solve how to get food into Haiti,also I am so upset that the children are suffering there are plenty of ways to solve problems ask a mom who raised a large family.If the UN can not figure this out then maybe they should listen to the public.Also medical supplies should be on top of the list.I am a white women and my best friend is Hatian we can not get her 2 yr old niece out of Haiti she has lost her parents and we want her here.No one listens I am very upset.I am 62yrs old and I am tired of listening to the problems between the republican and the Democrats.We are all brothers and sisters in this world.


Magalie   January 30th, 2010 2:10 am ET

I am in shock on how the two women are discouraging adoption of Haitian children. I tuned in to Larry King live just so I can gain information on how to adopt as a Haitian-American. My heart poors out to these children and am shocked at the way these women so eloquently discouraged T-BOZ. I am beginning to think that the U.S. is anti-adoption of Haitian children. If this was Eastern European or Asia children the process would be flawless. The U.S. would make sure of that, but since the children may Haitian automatically Americans start talking from "flip-flopping on the issue. I am sorry the refugee camps is not the answer. Open up the adoption process. CNN have reported that the are 400K orphan prior to the earth quake STOP THE DOUBLE TALK.


Magalie   January 30th, 2010 2:25 am ET

I agree Josh, I guest Haitians have no point of view. As a Haitian-American it is overwhelming the way CNN seldomly have any Haitian input. Anytime there is tragedy any where else in the world there is usually someone from that country. Saving Haiti without any Haitian or Haitian American input. Unforgiven.


Ted   January 30th, 2010 10:30 am ET

There are several comments on the high birthrate in Haiti, they being mainly catholics and the Pope forbidding contraceptives.

The greatest danger to our world is not the atomic research done by Iran, although the whole western world concentrates on the subject, but the overpopulation of this globe.
in 1945 we had approximately 2.4 billion humans, now China and India together has as many and the whole world is getting to 7 billion or nearly triple of the population only 65 years ago.
At this rate we will have at least 12 billion by year 2050, if not more!
Who is going to feed them? We will have femine, widespread illnesses and constant wars for the remaining food and clean water. Do we want our grandchildren to have such a life or will we take the first steps NOW to stop the growth of population.

Our natural resources are coming to end, oil will be scarce and so will other items such as phosphat needed to produce food.

The world must concentrate on a program that limits every woman to two children, regardless what the pope says!! If China can force one child per family, (although it works only in cities, on the land they still have 3-4 children), than we can initiate a two children program.
Those idiots in the Vatican live in a haze of ignorance and not the catholic church, but the government of the country should decide over contraceptive measures.

With two children per family the population will decrease over the centuries to an agreeable 3-4 billion or less.
With 2.4 billion in 1945 we were not underpopulated and in then future we will have much less to divide!

In Ireland the catholic church had to pay this year 1.8 billion dollars settlement to 12,000 misused children. Yes, 12,000!!!!!
In Berlin, Germany, Jesuits in a catholic highschool misused children for years, the attorney general just started a major investigation.
The pope should clean up his house first!!!


Diane   January 30th, 2010 11:27 am ET

My heart bleeds for the people of Haiti and I pray for them daily. I remember how the United States watched them drown in their little rickety "boats" while they tried desperately to reach these shores. Remember also that Verizon, the bloodiest, deadliest and most corrupt corporation in the world has caused the same type destruction in the lives of so many. Mr. Raymond W. Smith former head had the nerve to show up to the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth empty handed. Not even a "bad check marked insufficient funds for Mrs. Coretta Scott-King. An executive vice president for the company told me that their equipment is used to look up information on their enemies. The blood of so many is pouring out of that building including Dr. King's, Amadou Diallo, mine, my husband's, others that worked for the company who committed suicide. Mr. Smith's bank account is filled with blood-soaked and stolen money and money belonging to widows and children.


Amy Snider   January 30th, 2010 1:00 pm ET

Thank you for your program about the work that's being done in Haiti. I financially support Beyond Borders and appreciate that David Diggs was able to share his perspective and what BB is doing. Haiti needs us to be there for them for the long haul! Thank you again!


Ted   January 30th, 2010 1:17 pm ET

@ Gerald Jolly

You are being generous with the timing, if we fight China on their own terrain we get wiped out in a week or two.

They can put up an army of 80-100 million, can survive and fight on a handfull of rice a day. Our soldiers need coca-cola, icecream and three meal a day. Half of our soldiers are overweight, taking drugs regularly while the sergeants look the other way, (do not rock the boat and do not tell mentality), physically not in a top shape and could care less about winning or losing.
I have an over 40 years experience and could write a book.

The other side of the coin, if we do not sell those arms to Taiwan, then the british, the french, the germans or the russians do it!!
Might as well we collect the money and give them what they want.


Dodie   January 30th, 2010 1:46 pm ET

@ CA Adoptive Mom of 2

I am delighted there is someone out there which can see the immense problem here in the US. So many children removed from their homes due to sexual exploitation or physical abuse, so many children handed over by the parent(s) for adoption. A mother sells her 6 month old baby for sex in return for drugs.

Our state and county children’s homes are filled to the max. There is no more room for the additional children coming in. Due to the over crowding, the children are often being returned to the abusive home prematurely in the hopes the family will stop the abuse; which seldom happens. Therefore, these children become a statistic of the “revolving door syndrome” Our society does not want to look at or address this situation for fear we will have to take a good look at our country and ultimately ourselves!!!


IKHAN   January 30th, 2010 2:14 pm ET

@Dodie
thanks for your words of encouragement. I wanted to set the record straight.

The outpouring of feelings for Haitians just overwhelms one. You are right in pointing out the problems in US, we have got to look inwards on so many issues.


IKHAN   January 30th, 2010 2:50 pm ET

@Sally

your comments are thought provoking. Especially that the world should not just focus on relief efforts when tragedy strikes anywhere but that it should be for the long haul. This point is very pertinent to what happened in Haiti. The world turned a blind eye to the conditions in Haiti for so long & we blame Haitians for what befell them.
The same goes for other places where human dignity is battered by oppression, wars, poverty, disease, illiteracy etc & the world sits & watches untill disaster strikes.
You & others are also so right in pointing out that it is heartening to see so many people regardless of race or creed coming together to help out. Wish this spirit prevails for the long haul everywhere.
Let me add again for the benefit of all those who come together on Larry's much needed blog that the following countries have donated millions of dollars, resources manpower & supplies to Haiti. I am naming them as you wouldn't see them mentioned in our media:
Algeria,Bahrain,Indonesia, Iran,Jordan, Kuwait,Lebanon,Malaysia, Morocco,even poor Palestine,S.Arabia,Tunisia,Turkey & UAE among others.
Muslim American Doctors have already set up clinics in Haiti.
Despite our dismay there is still hope for living in harmony on this planet.


Dodie   January 30th, 2010 2:59 pm ET

@ Ah Ted! Always right on target. Yes, limiting the family to the number of children is the bottom-line solution to our ever growing problem that will NOT go away! The problem of available resources to support the population! It’s a numbers game. Like a bank account. Resource is money in the bank and population is drawing money out of the bank. With so many withdrawals, there will be no more money (resources)

I predict future wars will be about available fresh drinking water and food.

Haiti is like a snap shot of the future world! @ As A. Smith, Oregon Stated: “starving, famine and disease because overpopulation is a horrible fate to be born into”. China saw their fate and made immediate changes. They educated their population regarding their future scenario. The people made a choice not to have more than “one” child per family. This was/is a “people’s choice” not government control. Just ask any Chinese citizen.

@ Gerald Jolly

You are absolutely correct! Taiwan, like Hong Kong is a part of China. And the US selling arms to Taiwan is akin to China selling arms to California, and you know we Californians are radical@!

The scenario I see if a war developed between the US and China… The US would be defeated in less than one week! They have more military members then we have population in the US. Their war weaponry is equal to ours, just all underground! Their Nuclear bases are inside mountains. Unlike the US, they keep quiet!

Ah, Gerald, you certainly do have a way with words. I just love your statement about borrowing from China to fund a war with them.

You are absolutely correct; Gerald, I have seen our military play war games and I came across the Chinese military playing war games in an obscure area of Tibet! From what I could see, which is still burned into my mind, we would be defeated within a week!

@ Ted, I completely agree! The timeline would be less than a week! No one can even possibly imagine, in their wildest dreams, the military might of China! You would have to see it in order to believe it! I was in utter shock and horror!


Gerald Jolly   January 30th, 2010 3:55 pm ET

Having lived and worked in China for seven years I had the opportunity to travel the country quite a lot.

Because I was awarded a distinguished person status by the Central Government I was able to go into many military facilities with an escort, and what I saw truly amazed me.

Graduating High School students see the way to their future in the military or law enforcement as a positive way to their future.

Imagine going into a training center where 14 year old kids are taught Kung Fu and other martial arts disciplines at a level that we accept as a black belt level in martial art.

Imagine a young girl approximately 5 ft. tall able to kick and break a hardood target with her foot.
Imagine a 14 year old boy striking 10 hardwood board targets with his bare hands and breaking them all in 10 seconds.
This type of hand to hand combat is obligatory for every recruit in the military before he is confirmed as a member of the chinese armed services.
Imagine dozens of trainees shooting a number of different weapons and scoring 10 out of 10 time and time again.

The big difference a chinese military trainee has over his American counterpart is, dedication, commitment, and the desire to excel beyond expectations, and that process begins when they are just small children, which is also the reason they excel way beyond the level of our American kids in school.
@ Ted, you are so right about your comment that a chinese military person can survive on a handful of rice a day.

One only needs to study the period when Japan was invading China, and read in depth, the story of the thousand mile march to Chongqing with little or no supplies, the loss of personnel was a mere .02 percent.


Ed Kallery   January 30th, 2010 4:03 pm ET

Sean Penn opened up his interview last night by saying God has "bullied theses people" ( the Haitians) for too long. How pathetic that a man who has been blessed with so much would blame God for the plight of the Haitian people. God has blessed this planet with abundant resources. We have the technology and the resources to provide food and shelter for every person on this planet. Can anyone deny that?
The problem is our priorities. Most people who have been blessed to have been born into abundant lives just want more, more, more... While others have nothing.
People on this thread are talking about the military of China and of the U.S.. Think of the resourses that have gone into building just those two military powers. Tell me with those type of resourses, we couldn't provide food and shelter for everyone on the planet?
The problem is not that God is a bully, Mr. Penn. The problem is our priorities. It's a heart problem. Selfishness. How much money has gone through your hands in the past five years Mr. Penn? How much of it did you send to Haiti? Answer that, while you accuse God of being a bully to the Haitian people.


IKHAN   January 30th, 2010 5:52 pm ET

@Dodie,Ted,Gerald Jolly

The scenario you guys project in a US-China confrontation is an eye opener & I'm sure you folks are speaking from knowledge.
Discipline,dedication & commitment for sure added to military might, render a force formidable however another ingredient that is indispensable for winning a war is – cause.
Just ordering military into war never works it has to be driven by a cause- the lack of which we saw when we invaded Iraq.


Jerome   January 30th, 2010 6:52 pm ET

Social Security:

Has anyone noticed that social security taxes have gone UP since the first of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wonder when the Income Tax will start....


ckelly   January 30th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

@ Gerald and Dodie-

I couldn't agree more-what is the US thinking? Does Japan really feel that threatened? or is this about securing leverage from China against North Korea-Just a thought?


ckelly   January 30th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Larry-its great that you and CNN are providing excellent coverage of the people of Haiti.

Children's mental health services are vital now-as are mental health services for adults down the road. Great coverage-please keep it up CNN!!!!

Thank you
C Kelly


ckelly   January 30th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Americans and Candians are quite hypocritical about adoption.

They want babies not older children and their are 100,000's of thousands of children to adopt in the US and in Canada. (pre Haiti). They don't want children who have been abused, or had drug addicted parents or children over 3....or children with disabilities-they want a doll-something to dress up and to model in their own image-cute infants.

Lets clean up our own back yard and support the infants of Haiti and their families to stay safely and with life in Haiti-instead of adopting into the US and Canada-Canada is expediting 100's of claims this week. ...and its all over the news.


Gerald Jolly   January 30th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Hey Folks, I am so dispondent about the blog I am about to write that I am truly beside myself, but I feel compelled to do so.

I have supported President Obama throughout the past year because I was convinced he was the right man for our time of trouble and termoil.

But I write now about my total lack of respect for him and his administration.

During the past week, the.U.S. ARMS industr shipped 1.3 billion dollars of weaponry to Taiwain, against the promise that Barack Obama made to President Hu jin Toa, that (the ARMS deal would never happen), when he met with the Chinese President 3 months ago, given that this is true fact, how can we expect China to trust us???

The President of the United States of America has the power to veto such a deal from happening, by simply signing an order that forbids the deal from happening.

Now what this has led too, is a statement by the chinese government that all military exchanges and cooperation will be ended.

This is something that the President of the United States could have prevented and sometging that could lead to a cold war scenario between our two countries.

Something that only a complete idiot would ignore.

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH OUR DIPLOMATIC CORP.

Should we judge this as another issue of somebody in our state department falling asleep at the switch.

I can only assume that this is the reason why our diplomatic corp are not armed, because doing so would probably lead to a bunch of "MORONS' shooting themselves in the foot.

GEEEEEEZZZZZ! I'm so damn disappointed.


Carlos Espinosa   January 30th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

Hello Mr. King,

I believe this is a great opportunity for all the nations to act together for develop a new Haiti. A comprehensive master plan must be prepared and implemented as soon as posible with the help of the United Nations. State of the art energy, water, food, transportation, housing, social and economical organization, government structure and financing structures must be implemented in this nation. From now on, Haiti must reflects the potential of the nations to improve the living conditions in this planet.

Thank you


A. Smith, Oregon   January 30th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

@ Gerald Jolly, hopefully this is just a tempest in a teapot and will blow over. It seems curious that the previous Bush-Cheney administration heavily relied on China to loan USA the billions of extra dollars so they could conduct two foreign wars and at the same time sell 6 Billion dollars worth of military weapons to Taiwan under the next administration.


ckelly   January 30th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

@ everyone.

Elitist global politics as usual.


Minnie Allen   January 30th, 2010 10:35 pm ET

YOuv'e got to be kiding in the USA WE have have hundres of thousands of children for adoption, what is wrong with them? Is this just the latest thing to do now, another passing fad?


Alison Roepe   January 30th, 2010 10:57 pm ET

I just watched your segment about Dan Wooley that was rescued from under the Hotel Montana. My friend, Dr. Frank Vaughters is presumed to be under there as well. who were the others that he was speaking to? are they continuing to search for those others? Is there any word on Frank Vaughters


Dodie   January 30th, 2010 10:59 pm ET

@ Gerald

I am sorry to hear of your disconsolate feelings. The bottom line… China knows never to trust us. They just tolerate us. They are focused on building their country. However, when they are ready to step out into the world, we had better take notice. We are an empire built on the backs and riches of other countries.

I cannot explain the reasons Pres. Obama allowed this to transpire, I would assume because we are in terrible financial crisis.


Mona in Louisiana   January 30th, 2010 11:16 pm ET

My heart aches for the Haitians and all involved in this devastating tragedy. Thank you Larry King and CNN for all you do.
I've taken calls for Hope for Haiti and American Red Cross and I have to say I am proud to be an American and to see the outpouring of generosity of my fellow Americans. God bless you all !
Larry King, I have watched you for years and I was was appalled at the guy that said you were arrogant the other night...I've never seen an ounce of arrogance in you. And God bless you for your compassion and all you do. I don't care if this gets posted or not, I just pray you get this message to Larry....God Bless You Larry King !


Gerald Jolly   January 30th, 2010 11:59 pm ET

@ Dodie.

It's not just a matter of being disconsulate about the situation it's about a situation of something very important to our national security, where the governement has dropped the ball on our national interest and security.

Remember that in the chinese culture they still practice the phylosophy that once you give your word it's tantamount to giving up your life to honor your promise.

OBAMA MOST DEFINATELY GAVE HIS WORD, AND IN THE EYES OF THE CHINESE NEGOTIATORS, "HE BROKE HIS WORD".

The same as e broke our word when we did not honor our promises when China helped us to negotiate a resolution to the "SIX PARTY TALKS" and broke every promise we made.

Obama had an opportunity to make those broken promises right with the chinese government, but neglected to do so.

In my opinion our government and state department has failed to recognize the fact that the chinese negotiators are not as incompitent as our state department would have us believe, and in fact have underestimated their ability to deal with very complex situations "BIG BIG MISTAKE OF DIPLOMACY"

I think that the foriegn affairs department of the U.S. need to go back to school and learn the true meaning of diplomacy and how to deal wqith the problems they are responsible for creating.


helene   January 31st, 2010 12:01 am ET

Larry, all I hear is how bad off Haitians are. Could You Please Mention The Aids Epidemic In Haiti. Let the people know what is really going on.
I am so tired of hearing about Haitis poor and how they need money. Talk Real


helene   January 31st, 2010 12:18 am ET

Let the people know who want to adopt what they might be in for. Who is going to pay for theire medicine? It just goes on.
Leave the Haitian children in Haiti, and treat them there. Adoption is not the answer for Haiti. A new government, education, leadership
Aids is real in Haiti. one in fifteen has aids
So, with the hundreds that have entered America how many of them bring aids with them. The families probably, werent told and therefore can spread it to others.


TJ   January 31st, 2010 12:32 am ET

Helene,

I am not sure what you really want to know about Aids cases in Haiti especially during this disaster. I am hoping you are talking out pure ignorance. But as a medical professional who volunteered there for many years, we always following normal medical hygiene protocols; we wear gloves and make sure medical instruments are sanitized .

By the wat HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is not easily spread. In fact according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the chances of a health care worker becoming infected with HIV from an open cut or even an open wound is no higher than approximately .3 percent.

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about the AIDS problem in Haiti during this crisis and he said that “(AIDS) is the very least of the problems that health care workers will face in Haiti.

The prevalence of HIV in Washington, D.C.,Louisiana, New York, California, District Of Columbia , illinois, Georgia ,California , Florida is much higher

than that in Haiti . Therefore an emergency room health care personnel who sees a lot of trauma in a general hospital in these states is at an even greater risk of getting stuck with a contaminated needle…than is a health care worker in Haiti”

In recent years, Haiti has shown some improvement in infection rates and antiretroviral use. As of the United Nations’ last report, Haiti has lower HIV/AIDS prevalence than the Bahamas and other carribean islands. According to the World Health Organization, two thirds of HIV infections are in sub-Saharan Africa.


Elijah   January 31st, 2010 12:50 am ET

The women on last night that represented Haiti, gave me the feeling they wanted Haitian orphans to be adopted by whites and they were terrified that T-Boz would get a black child.


Mona in Louisiana   January 31st, 2010 1:14 am ET

TJ
I don't think helene is talking out of ignorance, but a lack of compassion and pure callusiness...but thank you for trying to enligthen her !!

helene
I'm still reeling from your first comment...Larry... talk real ??
I beleive he does and he has alot of compassion for a devasting tragedy in Haiti....,
And God bless any family who is adopting children from Haiti and giving them a chance at a better life.
helene... I truly feel sorry for you and your lack of compassion for such
a horrific tragedy....I will continue to pray for you.


Christa   January 31st, 2010 1:20 am ET

As a Canadian, I would like to thank CNN for the coverage of the horrible disater in Haiti.

I must add that our Media in Canada can be as bias as some media network in the US. They are less interested in giving us the truth about the haitians people and how they survive this ordeal. They are obsessed with people fighting for food and show us riots of people who have not have a decent meal in more than two weeks. They also place deep emphasize on women safeties and rapes eventhough it may be an isolated incident. I am tired of them showing people looting when in reality these people are trying to survive.

I know these things happen can happen everywhere where they are a disater. I must say CNN reports are more accurate and give us hope for the future of this island and its people. Keep on the good work.


Alison Roepe   January 31st, 2010 1:52 am ET

Did Dan Wooley get the names of the others he was with before being dug out from the hotel Montana? I am looking for my friend, Dr. Frank Vaughter that set up a medical clinic in Cite Soleil. thank you. There are many of us praying for his survival.


Dodie   January 31st, 2010 1:54 am ET

@ Gerald

You are a man of honor. And it would be nice if we were a country of honor! In a perfect world, it would also be nice to have diplomacy! However, I cannot remember when we ever did either. As you know, the arms sale to Taiwan is no threat to China; however, they are really upset because we are meddling in their country.

China’s Foreign Ministry says it's going to postpone military exchange programs, along with talks on security and arms control with the US, adding that the arms suppliers in the package will not be sanctioned.
China’s Defense Ministry is also infuriated.

(Wondering what President Obama was thinking when he approved this deal) This Arms deal places added income with specific government contractors. I certainly would like to follow this money trail to its final resting place!


Sheila   January 31st, 2010 2:10 am ET

Larry,
I worked with an orphanage in Haiti for several years. I think your expects are confusing child trafficking with domestic servitudes. The recktaveks are not kids that are being trafficked by the Parents. Haitian people even though they are poor they love their family dearly.

Often time the rural parents who cannot educate their kids will place them with rich people or relatives in the city who guarantee the parents they will educate and take care of their kids in exchange for house chores. Unfortunately, sometimes the kids do get abused by their hosts because there is no social services that monitor these kids. There are no slave trade going with the parents.

If anything they need to focus on how many foreigners that go to the country to abuse and kidnap these children for profits.

This poor country is already the most misunderstood country in the western hemisphere. Please get your facts straight before we continue to demonize these people.


hemkk   January 31st, 2010 3:59 am ET

In regards to the opiniions of Helene, and the disgrunted readers towards her. I think the readers miss read her comments.
The one reader mentioned the medical professionals use gloves. I believe you, but you miss read her comment-it is not about You–it is about the circumstances and culture of the (some) Haitian people
And to the other reader who mentioned Helene lacks compassion, I think you miss read her comment also, you are up in arms to defend Haitian children Helene never said not to adopt the children. She did say to be knowledgeable about what you are getting into.

I think if the readers want to comment on this blog they need to put their subjective feelings aside and learn to read properly.

People can't or refuse to believe that a Haitis culture or way of life is not like we imagine it.......or what we take for granted

I do agree with the one reader, who mentions in America there are plenty of families who need food,housing and adoption


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A. Smith, Oregon   January 31st, 2010 4:47 am ET

Frank Bajak writing and reporting for the Associated Press today in
Port-au-Prince, Haiti stated that ten Americans were detained by Haitian police on Saturday as they tried to bus 33 children across the border into the Dominican Republic, allegedly without proper documents.

The Baptist church members from Idaho called it a "Haitian Orphan Rescue Mission," meant to save abandoned children from the chaos following Haiti's earthquake. Their plan was to scoop up 100 kids and take them by bus to a rented hotel at a beach resort in the Dominican Republic, where they planned to establish an orphanage.

Whether they realized it or not, these Americans — the first known to be taken into custody since the Jan. 12 earthquake — put themselves in the middle of a firestorm in Haiti, where government leaders have suspended adoptions amid fears that parent-less or lost children are more vulnerable than ever to child trafficking.

Hmm, scoop up 100 children that appeared homeless and bus them across the border to a beach resort in the Dominican Republic? And its a surprise they were ARRESTED? How many times have they done that before? I imagine the members in that Baptist Church will be paying for legal representation, bribes and fines for quite some time.


ANNE ST PAUL   January 31st, 2010 11:26 am ET

HI Larry,
My name is Anne, I just got this very disturbing news from a friend of mine in Haiti saying that they are selling the goods sent to help the victims; and that men are breaking into people's home and addition walking around raping women, the young women sleeping outdoors have no protection... imagine the spread of sexual diseases which is already a problem in the country.
thank you for your coverage on Haiti and for helping the haitian people... WE LOVE YOU AND ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL!!!!!!!!!!


Gerald Jolly   January 31st, 2010 11:37 am ET

Hey! Folks, for any of you that might be interested in China's comment on the Arms sale to Taiwan, there is a great article on the MSN home page titled.

CHINA'S STRIDENT TONE STIRS WORRIES.

As this current ARMS deal is not yet concluded President Obama still has the opportunity to stop it, and keep his promise to the chinese government that the U.S. will not meddle in China's affairs.

I think it's time for Mrs. Clinton to step in and try to smooth over China's ruffled feathers.

The reality is that the U.S. cannot continue fighting the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without financial support from China, or raising our taxes.

If any of you recall, this is exactly how we got into many conflicts by stepping on someones toes.

The problem is that CHINA wears STEEL TOE BOOTS.

Bad news for America.


Gerald Jolly   January 31st, 2010 11:43 am ET

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AND SELL BABY SELL

Please note the question marks after your ????TITLE "PROFESSOR"

Why is it that you "LIMEYS" think you need to impress Americans with your titles.

You should read a little American history, "BOSTON TEA PARTY COMES TO MIND"


Judith Lundy   January 31st, 2010 11:55 am ET

There is not a person who has adopted a child from Haiti in the last few years that would support UNICEF. It is a well known fact that this organization is AGAINST international adoption. They turned about an 8 month adoption process into 3 years by putting pressure on the Haitian government. Now, they have managed to stop it altogether. They make all kinds of allegations of kidnapping etc., to gain favor with the public with no real evidence. They talk about Haitian children having their body parts used....but have nothing to support their crazy claims.
Here are the true facts. There are thousands of starving orphans living in Haiti. This was true even before the earthquake. Within their own country, there is no one that would adopt them. The restavic system flourishes there. Now, claims UNICEF, these children would be better off with distant relatives who live in tent cities and have lost everything....homes, jobs, and even a source for food.
Yes, Haitian parents who have been separated from their children definitely should be re-united with them. The process in doing this can take time. However, those children that were in orphanages and were in the process of being adopted should be allowed to go to their adoptive families. There, they would enjoy a loving home and stability in their life instead of living under horrid conditions.
SHAME ON UNICEF!!


Ted   January 31st, 2010 1:03 pm ET

@ TJ

If you are working in the medical field you must know that babies born to mothers with AIDS may also have the HIV virus in their blood!!
In that case we are importing a lot of sick children who will cause heartbreaks and a lot of financial problems to their new parents.

Helene is right, we should screen those children very carefully before they board a plane or ship heading to the USA.
Even better, set up orphanages in Haiti and let them grow up in their own land.


IKHAN   January 31st, 2010 2:07 pm ET

@Gerald Jolly, Dodie

I quite share the sentiments expressed by Gerald Jolly reg Obama admn.
Look guys nothing is going to change as far as our foreign non-policy is concerned. Be it the Middle East, Our ambitions in Central Asia, China ,Indo-Pak sub continent, United Nations or other issues it will remain in complete disarray & without the sense of direction we as leader of the free world should demonstrate.
We are still treading the dirt path Bush-Cheney admn had unfortunately cluttered for this country on foreign policy issues. Driven by idealogy, biases, greed, foolish arrogance & influenced by forces loyal to other than American interests.
Obama admn doesn't seem to have the weighty push to wade thru this clutter & simply decided to go with the status quo.
Look at that inept leader Tony Blair exhibiting his idiocy & reliance on half truths, lies during Britain's inquiry into Iraq debacle. We had leaders in the same mold here then & are continuing with their legacy.


Gerald Jolly   January 31st, 2010 2:40 pm ET

@ IKHAN.

The thing is that it's not to late to reverse the ARMS deal because the product has not been shipped yet.

There are three reasons why this idiocy happened.

# 1: The Whitehouse may not be aware of this particular deal, with all the other problems they're having to deal with,

# 2 They're simply not intelligent enough to understand the diplomatic reprocusions this can and eventually will lead too.

# 3 They just dont give a damn and have low morals when it comes to honoring their word.

In my opinion I opt for the third reason..

If a person does not value his honor or integrity, that person cannot be trusted.

You see, if you have never had to face an enemy in a real war situation, you cannot appreciate the value of HONOR AND A HIGH MORAL CODE.


Dodie   January 31st, 2010 2:41 pm ET

Thank you for the information A. Smith. You are always a wealth of knowledge.

The operational word here: “appears homeless” Amidst this chaos, one never knows if some family members are alive and just unable to find their children.

Imagine what a horrible fate bestowed upon a person who survives this quake and chaos only to have their children removed unknowingly! Talk about a tragedy. Dominion Republic and Haiti are both sovereign countries even though they share the island of Hispaniola. It would be like scooping up a 100 children from the USA and take them across the border into Mexico; not to mention there has been a 60+ year conflict between these two countries.

People need to understand, removing a child out of its prime culture due to these circumstances may be beneficial in the short-term; however, over the long-term, it translates into an ultimate lost of identity specifically in preteen – teen years. These people’s strength resides in their ‘close-knit’ society which most Americans have no concept of, or understand. We only look only at their financial standing and ignore the rest!

Sometimes the best intentions of some can translate into catastrophe for others


PROF Dave W. Dawson   January 31st, 2010 3:19 pm ET

*** THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE WAITING TO DO THE RIGHT THING ***
All massive Relief Efforts need CONCISE Teamwork.
In many cases, the Rescue Teams know exactly what they're going to say next.
Notice how concise modern day wording is at scenes of large scale destruction.
Because they know the Rescue Effort must go on.
Modern-day Humanity against "natural" disasters is enormous proof of our kinship with The Almighty.
We're learning the ways of the World.
Earthquakes are a fact of Life, like many facts of Life.
Chernobyl was a major turning point in International Relief Efforts.
Politics got in the way in Chernobyl.
Recognising adverse influences in & around Disaster Zones is now part of the Effort.
Looting is expected in every Disaster Zone.
Some Disaster Zones are influenced by warlords.
The Global collection of Intelligence with the most advanced technology is part of the Rescue Effort.
Keeping adverse influences under control speeds up Rescue Effort.
Then CONCISE Triage & Counselling for post-traumatic shock brings Survivors to their Senses.
How quickly can Victims be made to face their Life ahead?
How many orphaned Children need channeling after such an Apocalyptic event?
The Rescue Effort is in no doubt that something Apocalyptic happened & not just in Haiti.
San Fransisco's had its' share of Apocalyptic events over the years.
Charity Events & Charity Shops feed as many Humanitarian Causes as they can.
Minimising complications at Disaster Zones has been part of our Rude Awakening.
Knowing that MAJOR THUGGERY hampers many Humanitarian Causes, it's time to highlight yet another fact of Life & that's something called the MORTALITY OF COWARDICE vs the IMMORTALITY OF HEROS.
Can any member of the COWARDLY Mafia compare themselves to this new breed of RESCUE HEROES?
Will the Mafia do anything for the Orphans of this Apocalyptic tragedy?
The Mafia know how to make Orphans don't they?
We know how to spit on Mafia graves don't we?
How do you tell someone BAD that we've got all the GOOD People on our side?
How many times would the Mafia like us to spit on their graves?
For the Common GOOD is not for the Common BAD.
Can the Mafia tell that I ain't going to Hell?


JBT.   January 31st, 2010 6:34 pm ET

I want to denounce that in the port of Hasco Port-au-Prince Haiti a barge call Carribean Pride that came from Puerto Rico with more than 40,000 tons of aid for the haitian People is being stolen by the owner of the Port. One of the richest family in Haiti.

Please send journalist for a follow up of this situation. I don't want to give my name.


Dianne   January 31st, 2010 10:08 pm ET

China does not always uphold their word. They are no more honorable than any other country in this world. China has promised several times to keep North Korea in line and does not. This is not the first time the USA has sold weapons to Taiwan and not the only country to have done so.


Dianne   January 31st, 2010 10:13 pm ET

It is not that The Obama administration does have the grit. It was a lesson Bush/Cheney could not understand. There is a new world order and the USA is not the economical power it once was or will ever be again. India, Brazil, Taiwan and other small countries are becoming financial successful as well as China. The USA and Europe will never be the powerhouse. And it started long before Obama


Dianne   January 31st, 2010 10:17 pm ET

@Gerald According to your definition of honor and your word can only exist for someone if they have been to war? Please. That is so untrue and does a dishonor to millions of people and A
mericans


Dianne   January 31st, 2010 10:23 pm ET

@Dodie To remove a child from destitution, extreme poverty, and lack of education is not hurting that child. It is giving this child a future, a chance to live and not survive, a choice for their own future. If this child is given the love and understanding and feels safe and secure, he or she will do find. Look at the many children adopted from china,
Russia, Poland and other countries, they do find. Love goes a long ways when given food, shelter, clothing, and security.


ROBERT   January 31st, 2010 10:49 pm ET

just a thought about the population difference between the Haiti adults and the children there ...my thinking is theres a lot of single mothers includeing teenage mothers here in U.S.A. if theres enought adults in haiti to take care of the children ...why cant the adults in haiti take care of the children there and take responcability for them and take care of the children ,as good as an american can if there country can be built back why cant they take care of there own people ...I think this is whats wrong with Our nation today sure we should do all we can to help haiti people but there comes a time when people need to stand on there own two feet and take on some kind of responcability ...thanks for your time ....A CONCERNED AMERICAN From MARION NORTH CAROLINA U.S.A.


larry   January 31st, 2010 10:53 pm ET

Where is the Goverment of Haiti why do we have to do everything?? cant they help themselves at all we have a lot of homeless and needy people here in the USA


Dianne   January 31st, 2010 10:59 pm ET

@Robert Children come from all over the world to the US. Why should Haiti children be different? I remember all that came during the airlift from Vietnam. Lets not for get Asia, Mexico, and Eastern Europe. Who knows with a good family , good education, maybe someone will invent or find a cure for something.


r carty   January 31st, 2010 11:06 pm ET

Why can't a dna database be established for identifying and tracking orpaned and displaced children so that they can be brought to the U.S. to be cared for... and would enable their familial family to find them?


Dianne   January 31st, 2010 11:24 pm ET

@larry the USA is not the only nation helping. Many nations are as the way we helped the tsunami victims. Generally speaking, I doubt if the USA would allow any nations to fully take charge because as a security point it is very close to home


ROBERT   January 31st, 2010 11:25 pm ET

@ DIANNE I agree with you im sure they would have a better life.. your message opened my eyes ..


Jovie   January 31st, 2010 11:44 pm ET

@Larry,

In case you've been on the moon. A catastrophic 7.0 earthquake that may have killed 200,000 people is not an easy task for a well developed country let alone a small island with weak infrastructure. That's why they call it an international relief aid for natural disaster.

As a medical professional working there. I can tell you that the United States was not the first country there . and the US is the not the country helping out either. You have more than 100 countries and 100 NGOS and private citizen who are helping. Of course you are not going to see them in our media.

The country of Haiti and its people are unable to help themselves because our government and the other 19 wealthiest countries never gave them the chance to do so.

Go google American occupation of Haiti 1915-1934,embargoes, Sanctions, US support of military Coups and continuation of US domination of the Haitian economy and their democracy.

After all these people are not a nuisance to you. Our government owe them . You are just an uninformed and self-absorb American that has no clue what their government are doing overseas. It's time to get a clue.


Bea   January 31st, 2010 11:51 pm ET

@Larry

The time of being a nationalist is long gone due to globalization. We are no longer citizens of the States but citizens of the world. Sure we have our own poverty and other internal problems. But we are still better off than most people in the world. Sure we should take care of our own citizens first but our neighbors well being should be as important as ours because that is what going to keep our borders safe.

But above all, we act for a very simple reason: in times of tragedy, America always steps forward and helps. That is who we are. Whether it was rebuilding our former adversaries after World War II, dropping food and water to the people of Berlin, helping people to recover from a catastrophic tsunami in Asia or helping the people of Bosnia and Kosovo rebuild their lives and their nations. At no time is that more true than in moments of great peril and human suffering. ...

Eventhough we are hurting due to the recession, I think every American can look at this relief effort with the pride of knowing that America is acting on behalf of our common humanity


Dianne   January 31st, 2010 11:57 pm ET

@Jovie, I know the history of what America has done even in recent history. Not only Haiti, Gernada, many countries in South America, the Carribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia in the USA history has been filled with robbing other nations of their wealth, resources and people. For the love America say for democracy, America has supported many countries who surpress their people for their on wealth and benefit. I stated earlier, that the USA and Europe will not have that hold on the world with many becoming educated and rising in the financial world. It is a new world order. It is something Bush/Cheney would not learn. We must use different tatics and ideas to remain a part of the top world order. We must learn to get along and think intelligently and prepare for this new way and world order.


Taylor   February 1st, 2010 12:36 am ET

@ Larry King

I know you are a fair journalist but if you are going to talk about Haiti and its culture . I think it is only fair to hire a Haitian panelist that can give you a better insight on the country. There are plenty of knowledgeable people you could have called. I seen Anderson Cooper interviewed a lot.

I was disgusted watching your panelist Aaron Cohen keeping a straight face by making false statement and accusations about kids slave trade in Haiti. Your producer should have check this bonehead credentials.
I doubt it if Aaron Cohen ever set foot in Haiti. Haitian parents don’t turn their kids into slave. This is not part of their culture. there is no such thing as Haitian children traded as slaves by their parents in Bahamas nor any other countries.

I’ve seen Anderson cooper and many other reporters repeat the same false statements. The restavek or domestic servant kids are not sold my their parents. The rural parents want a better life for their kids by sending them or placed them with people that promise to educate them nad take care of them.

The notorious child traffickers are not the people of Haiti. They are the foreigners,fake missionaries, some of the NGOs members and believe it or not the United states and Canada are the biggest offenders in trafficking kids Haiti.


Gerald Jolly   February 1st, 2010 12:54 am ET

@ Dianne.

Point made but not accepted.

If you serve inthe military, one of the most important things you lear is, HONOR, PROTECT YOUR BUDDY, DO NOT LIE, and MOST OF ALL, IF YOU GIVE YOUR WORD, YOU ALSO GIVE YOUR HONOR.

President Obama have never served in the military, otherwise when he gave his word of honor to the chinese government about the promise that we would never sell "ARMS" to Taiwan, or meddle in Chinese affairs, the chinese government accepted his promise and word.

It's about a code of honor, that brave people live by, President Obama broke his word, there is no denying it, the ARMS sale to Taiwan only created a situation that America does not need. "AND OBAMA COULD HAVE PREVENTED"

Consider this!!! what the hell are we going to do, if China refuses to lend us more money to fight the two wars we are involved in??

Like most citizens of America of which I am one this was a completely "STUPID" thing to do, in order to appease the weapons industry in America.

If you really believe that china is concerned ABOUT THOSE WEAPONS, YOU ARE LIVING IN "lala" LAND.

"Its about honor, and keeping ones word when a promise is made, and as to your comment that I am attacking the honor of Americans, you are sadly mistaken, I happen nto be one of those Americans that truly believes in honor, and having the intestinal fortitude to support that belief even under the pain of death.


Dianne   February 1st, 2010 1:12 am ET

@Gerald My parents have passed away. I have been the wife of a military man. But I totally disagree. When I give my word, it is my bond. My greatgrandfather and great grandmotherm my grandparents and my parents, may God rest their souls, taught and instill in me and my sisters and cousins that your word is your bond, and we are women who have never been in the military. I have known men who fought in Vietnam both high school and college, some are honorable and some are not. Everyone does take away from war the same thing I donot need to be in the military to know that. That is people. Somethings donot change. Iknow honorable men and women of all races that I am proud to call friend, that is honorable friend, not acquaintance.


Dianne   February 1st, 2010 1:18 am ET

@Gerald Review your history, Obama is not the first President to sell them weapons. Bush sold weapons too, Daddy Bush, Clinton and even Reagan. What will China do if we stop their imports? You think their coffers would remain full? It is a symbiotic relationship. I am proud our President do not let China dictate to us out of fear. I could hear all the Obama haters and Republicans raising cain about that. No matter what, America gave Bush a complete walk without answering to anyone, yet for everything this President does is wrong., He cannot win. That is why I donot beleive it is only his policy, it goes deeper, entrenched in America .


Dianne   February 1st, 2010 1:21 am ET

Once again, Cut that cake anyway you want. China is no more honorable than any other country or government. I go there every month. The government allow its citizen to copy patent items and keeps promising to stop. Where is the honor. The government allow them to sell bootleg items . Where is the honor.? In fact I will be returning on Thursday. China is like other nations as to what benefits them.


Fey   February 1st, 2010 1:29 am ET

@Dianne,
I agree with you. It's amazing how quickly people demonize the President without knowing the facts. Do they actually think these deals happened overnight?

The weapons deal is the second part of a package that was announced at the end of the Bush administration. The Bush administration approved the sale of advanced F-16 jet fighters to Taiwan. The arms deal, valued at over $5.8 billion, outraged mainland Chinese officials and was viewed as the reversal of a 10-year old policy limiting military assistance to Taiwan.

President Obama administration has been consulting with Congress about Taiwan's defense needs . The approval was brought about by economic factors, as the deal directly resulted in more jobs for US workers. Obviously the President did not sign the bill without congress approval.


Nancy Zurawski   February 1st, 2010 1:39 am ET

Dear Larry,
Someone should look into the abundance of shipping containers that are in our ports. I am sure many of these containers either, no longer have an owner, or are surplus due to the falling economy. These empty containers could be used for temporary housing in Haiti. Some houses in the United States are not as big as the inside of one of these containers.l
Can someone, that has the connections, look into this.
Thank you,
Nancy Zurawski


Dianne   February 1st, 2010 1:58 am ET

@Fay. Thank You. I cannot beleive that Americans donot know the powers of Congress or the Presidient. America is not a dictatorship. Arms cannot be sold overnight. There are many steps and committees foreign affairs must go through. Perhaps if more Americans understood their government they would stop blaming President Obama for everything in this country. The Constituition gives explicit powers to the three braches of government.
There is not a king in this country.


Dianne   February 1st, 2010 2:07 am ET

Also, China deals in espionage as well as anyother country. America has caught them before as well. Where is the honor? Governments exist to protect their people, at least a democracy does. This is the reaqson I cannot understand fellow Americans and the Republican Party who keep fussing about the Dems providing some financial, insurance, and food stamps to our states to help our own 10 percent of people who donot have jobs. They donot complain about the large amounts sent Israel and other countries. America helps others as Indonesia and Haiti, rightly so. Why all this complaint about helping our own without taking the dignity from our unemployed citizens. Most donot want to be unemployed. They have paid their taxes when our fellow Americans were working. We the people and the government should help when our own is in need. They have paid us and those of still employed, careful for anyone of us can be out tomorrow. Stop all this fussing about the dems and our President lending our own a helping hand.


Gerald Jolly   February 1st, 2010 2:16 am ET

@ Dianne & Fey

You dont seem to get the message.

Taiwan is part of China, and this was agreed upon by the U.S. and all countries that are affiliated with the U.N.

Try and understand that supplying weapons to a state that is part of a country is tantamount to imposing ones policies on a country that is considered united under the U.N. charter.

Try to understand that if China supplied ARMS to California and Texas because they want to seperate from the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. thats it's O.K.

Would you not consider that China was meddling in U.S. affairs??????????

What do you think our government would do?? say O.K. that's allright
I dont mind if China wants to supply Texas and California with Nuclear weapons to be used against fellow Americans

I guess in your opinion China should have the right to supply weapons to those two states under the guise of free trade for profit "RIGHT"

Are you so uninformed that you would agree that China has the right to meddle in American affairs.

As the supposed SUPER POWER and POLICE FORCE for the world America has the right to do whatever it wants and the rest of the other countries had better agree or else America will send it's military power to exact justice against any country that would consider not agreeing with that policy.

The only problem with that is, that if America decided to engage China in a war, the U.S. forces would be destroyed in less than a month, now is that sound logic???

I believe you buy into the propaganda that our state department, and pentagon spew every day, and have failed to truly analyse our military strength and ability to defeat our enemies.

Just think about this, without funding from China, we could not sustain our presence in Iraq ands Afghanistan.

It has taken the U.S. military more than ten years to resolve the issue of Iraq, and according to our own state department we will probably be in Afghanistan for a minimum of eight more years with both countries claiming populations of approximately 60 million people.

China has a population of 1.3 billion people and a military of 30 million soldiers, sailors and airforce personnel, against approximately one million in total of our miulitary force.

The only country in the world that has sophisticated weaponry equal to the U.S. is China, and ever pundet that studies military issues state that if America went to war with China, the best they could hope for is to last "ONE MONTH" before they were crushed by the chinese military.

And all this could have been prevented if only we had honored and kept our word about not meddling in Chinese\ affairs.

"PRETTY STUPID, WOULD'NT YOU SAY"


Gerald Jolly   February 1st, 2010 2:46 am ET

@ Dianne and Fey.

A liitle add on to my original message to both of you.

China has never forgiven the U.S. for betraying them after the pacific war against Japan was resolved.

Even to this day China feels that they were betrayed by General MaCarthur, who insisted that the U.S. should do everything in their power to rebuild Japan, while at the same time they turned their back on the only ally they had in the far east which was China.

While the U.S. spent billions to rebuild Japan, they did not spend a dollars to aid in the reconstruction of China.

We read every day about the Halocaust and the death of six million jews, but nowhere do we read about the 33 million Chinese citizens that were "WIPED OUT" by the Japanese military.

The "RAPING" of Nanjing where women were raped repeatedly, and slaughtered by the Japanese after they had satisfied their lust, babies scewered on the bayonets of Japanese soldiers, chinese women who had babies ripped out from their stomachs, for the sheer pleasure of watching them die.

Why do you think Americans are so ill thought of, my the majority of elderly chinese, who witnessed those atraucities, yet still helped America to defeat the Japanese.

This period has brought only shame on America, because they could have done something to prevent those atraucities.

So I hope you can understand why America needed to show a degree of common sense regarding the "IDIOTIC" Arms sale for no other reason than GREED AND PROFIT.

HOW ABSOLUTELY STUPID OF OUR STATE DEPARTMENT AND OBAMA GOVERNMENT.

We had the opportunity to make things right with the chinese government, but elected to place profit over common sense.

By the way, I VOTED FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA, much to my shagrin.


Dianne   February 1st, 2010 2:48 am ET

Review your history, Go on the computer and read taiwan's history, because you donot know the why of things. This not a matter of debate, it is a fact. Do you not beleive if China thought it could , they would shovel more than talk? donot be naive, it is politics It is not a matter of beleiving the government when you you can read and look at past history from many sources not just American. Where were you when Bush started this avtion of arms. It has been happening for years and Bush was not the only one. Think about if China could not trade with us.? It is a symbiotic relationship. Things are only stupid when you profess to know something and it is in black and white for the history of Taiwan and the way legislation is handled. The President cannot decide to sell arms without tyhe approval of Congress. It is in Black and white. So stop blaming President Obama for things he did not do which obviously you donot know. You just have an intense dislike for the President, so you blame him unfairly instead of past President. We did not start owing money under this President. He was not the first to borrow. Look it up for yourself and do beleive me , news are anyone else. It is called RESEARCH. Good Night


Dodie   February 1st, 2010 2:49 am ET

@ Dianne

We need to wait until the dust settles before we start yanking these children from their homeland. They might have relatives who are searching for them. How would you like to have your children, if you have any, taken away after devastation just because you did not find them in a couple of weeks?

Instead of just assuming, we also need to ASK the people of Haiti how they feel about this!!! Now isn't that a nice and novel thought!


Dodie   February 1st, 2010 2:51 am ET

@ Dianne

Gerald knows more about China, than you will ever! He has lived there for many years!!!! How about You???


Dodie   February 1st, 2010 2:53 am ET

The Chinese talk not because they are afraid or can't do anything, but because they are a Gracious and dignified culture! You have no idea about Chinese culture! That is obvious from your blogs!


Dianne   February 1st, 2010 2:54 am ET

@ Dodie yes and they donot spy and steal weapon knowledge bec use they are gracious.


Dianne   February 1st, 2010 2:56 am ET

I have been going to China for quite a few years. I know better than reading a book. Try it Good Night. As you two have patted each other on the back many times and many readers think you are a CNN blogger. Bye


Dodie   February 1st, 2010 3:03 am ET

Diane

You may have been to china, but you still do not understand the culture. If China wanted to consume Taiwan, the could easily. Being basically a Buddhist country, they believe in negotiation and peace, unlike this country. You have no idea of their power and might! They just keep quiet! That is also in their nature!


Gerald Jolly   February 1st, 2010 3:23 am ET

@ Dianne.

Your last blog proves you complete lack of knowledge about China

"YOU HAVE BEEN GOING TO CHINA FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS"???

In my opinion the only thing you know about China, is your weekly dose of ???CHINESE FOOD??? prepared by some dumb american cook that thinks he knows something about Chinese cuisine.

If you despise Chinese culture so much, why do you go there every year??

You claim to go there every year?? YOU ARE A CRAVEN LIAR!!

Dianne you are what is ill about Americans that SPEW their VENOM, about China, and know nothing about i's culture or it's people.

READING BOOKS????

The books you refer too are the PROPAGANDA books all you redneck biggots read.

I TRULY FEEL VERY SORRY FOR YOU, FOR YOU DO NOT HAVE THE INTELLIGENCE TO THINK FOR YOURSELF..
YOU ARE IN FACT AMERICA'S SICKNESS.

By the way, when you go to china, do you go to China in San Fransico or New York

GOD I HATE LIARS.

And about my being an employee or a blogger on behalf of CNN, once again you prove your stupidity.

Do you really believe that CNN plants bloggers on their WEB SITE??

Althought I must tell you that I am a spy for the Chinese government DUMMY

GEEEEEZZZZZ!

Oh! By the way, the next time you buy chinese food be sure to check it, it may contain a BOMB IDIOT.


Dodie   February 1st, 2010 3:27 am ET

@ Gerald

Speaking of China... This just happened......

A magnitude-5 earthquake in southwest China's Sichuan Province has killed one person and injured 13. More than 2 thousand have been relocated.


Dodie   February 1st, 2010 3:35 am ET

The Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform said that Beijing will implement 6 major "golden sunlight" projects in order to accelerate solar energy development and application. The 6 major "golden sunlight" projects are composed of a 20,000 kW rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation project, a 50,000 kW on-grid solar power station. This will promote the development of the new-energy industry and develop Beijing into a solar energy technological, research and development center, a high-end manufacturing center as well as an application and demonstration center.

hmmmmmm wondering when the US will start using Solar energy to this level? All the homes in China now come with Solar water heating.

@ Gerald... A bomb in the food? You are too funny!


Dodie ~ CA   February 1st, 2010 12:42 pm ET

@ Gerald Jolly

Shhhhhhhhh! Don't let them know who I work for. That would be taking the fun out of this :~ )


Ted   February 1st, 2010 2:18 pm ET

Dianne and Gerald

What a heated discussion you have and I would like to have the pleasure of putting my 10 cents worth of opinion right middle of it!

Gerald,

in all Asia, meaning China, India, the arabs and the jews, etc, it is an honor to pull you over the table! The more they cheat you, the more honor is due to them. They do not think that it is unfair to steal your design and use it to make a product or to sell you an item praising it to be valuable when it is a cheap imitation. I am sure the chinese government cheats and lies as all governments and politicians do, not to forget the clergy!!

In our military we have honest persons, however the higher you go the more dishonest they will be. Why do you think they make the ranks, because they play by the book? Forget it!
General Westmoreland lied on a daily base on the conditions in Vietnam, Gen. McChrystal lies about Afghanistan, they lied about Abu Ghraib and the many CIA prisons spread all over Europe.
Politicians lie practically every day, so does our government.
Blair and Bush started the Iraq war with a lie, at least the british have the guts to investigate him. Why don´t we investigate Bush and Cheney? Because nobody has the guts to stand up, the do not rock the boat and do not tell mentality prevailing in our military and political szene.

It is a fact that we blew the advantage we had 60 years ago by rebuilding Japan and Germany! They are much smarter than we are and slowly, but surely they surpassed us in everything important.
The new star on the horizon is China with a history of almost 10,000 years. They do not shoot off their mouth and start wars all over the globe like we do, but slowly build up their industrial and military power.

How did they do it? They sold us a lot of junks that we bought eagerly, because it was cheap. Then using our money and all the information they could steal they copied items of better quality and sold it to us. With this constant circle repeating itself they got our money, then loaned it back to us, so today we cannot exist without their financial help.
Just an example, they could dump on the financial markets only half of our bonds they hold and could ruin the dollar in an instant, creating a panic that surpasses the present financial bank crises.
They have us by the balls and thank our past five presidents and the congress for it. It was Reagen who started big to spend more that we had and Clinton had seven years deficit years ending with a surplus in the eighth year. However, that surplus was minimal compaired to the deficits of the seven years.

Conclusion, we better be careful or China will buy the White House and install a chinese type McDonald in it. Springrolls to go!!


Theresa   February 1st, 2010 2:25 pm ET

I cannot believe an American church group just got a gretat idea to whisk 33 Haitian children out of their homeland to a neighbouring country without proper documentation & permission from the homeland!!! What were they thinking of?? Guess what-they weren't thinking!!!


Gerald Jolly   February 1st, 2010 2:42 pm ET

@ Ted, excellent blog,

I think there are some folks that think I am defending the chinese agenda, but I am not, but what I write is done from either actual experiences or research

Getting back to the issue at hand.

Whether you are for or against the Arms deal, "IT IS WRONG" and the reason it is, is that we have no business interfering in the domestic affairs of China, or any other country that we deem as an ally or friendly nation.

The other issue concerning Dianne, is that I have discovered that she comes from TEXAS, a state well know throughout the world as the capital of "LIARS"

Dianne tells us that she gors to China every year.

Tell me, why would a person that despises and hates China and it's people want to go there every year????

It either does'nt make any sense or that statement is a lie.

It would be interesting to to know the "TRUTH" about that, dont you think??


A. Smith, Oregon   February 1st, 2010 3:44 pm ET

How would America feel about China shipping missiles and anti-ship missiles to Cuba?

America's lawmakers are making the arms sell decision based on their assumptions of bringing balance and stability to the region.

Couldn't the same be said for a Chinese arms sale of weapons to Cuba?


Tom   February 1st, 2010 3:53 pm ET

It took a catastrophe to put Haiti back on the political map. Yet its contribution to world civilization is considerable. Having extended the 1789 French revolution to Haiti, Black Jacobins ended slavery, leading the way for abolition in the Americas. Western governments never forgave this impertinence, imposing crippling debt, occupations and dictatorships.

But Haitians never lost awareness that they could overcome and, if necessary, overthrow. In 1986, a mass movement kicked out the murderous Duvaliers whom the west had backed for decades, and in 1990 elected Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a liberation theologist determined to move the population "from destitution to poverty with dignity". He prioritized food security, health and education, encouraged agricultural co-operatives, and raised the minimum wage. Within months a US,Canada,France-backed coup overthrew him. Elected again in 2000 with over 90% of the vote, he was again removed in 2004, not by "a bloody rebellion" but by bloody US marines.

Haitians continue to call for Aristide's return. Will the only person with a mandate to govern be kept from leading their recovery and reconstruction?


Dodie ~ CA   February 1st, 2010 5:26 pm ET

@Dianne

You are correct! There was copyright infringement all over China years ago, especially with Microsoft Windows and the latest movies; however, that is quickly being eradicated. These shops have all gone underground due to the Chinese government placing pressure on businesses with extensive fines if found with non authorized copies of any software/movies. China is as capitalistic as the US so naturally their industry would have spies just like we do. After all, it is Big Business!!!

As of last year, China has been working on an operating system that will be compatible with Intel. Therefore, you need not worry about copyright infringement, as they will be marketing an operating system most likely better than Microsoft and selling it at 1/10th the cost all over the world.

Selling arms to Taiwan is no different than selling arms to the Bahamas regardless if the agreement was decided during the Cheney/bush era.

If the 6 billion dollar deal becomes consummated, I would be very interested in following the ‘money trail’


Karen A.   February 1st, 2010 5:44 pm ET

Why does UNICEF belive that keeping orphans in Haiti is a better solution than allowing international adoptions?

Why are other countries sending Haitian's orphans home but the U.S. is not? Why is the UN controlling U.S. policies?

Why


Madison   February 1st, 2010 6:51 pm ET

Please tell me am I just stupid . Looks to me like the haiti groverment wants the children to make money of off selling them as slaves . All the money the U.S.A. collected should go for food and meds please don;'t give this money to the groverment there send in the food and meds and send no money there Haiti groverment will just steel it


Gerald Jolly   February 1st, 2010 7:48 pm ET

@ A. Smith Oregon.

Precisely my point, and just what does the U.S. mean when they say that they are bringing balance and stability to the region.

The region is China and only China, by it's own admission the U.S. administration agrees that Taiwan is a part of China, always has been and always will be.

I dare say that if China for instant provided 6 billion dollars of weaponry to "SAY" Puerto Reco a U.S. territory, all hell would break loose.


Cindy   February 1st, 2010 9:39 pm ET

I fully support America's great company, Microsoft. I hope China will have a Bill Gates someday to offer so much to humanity. Yea, sure.


Gerald Jolly   February 1st, 2010 11:50 pm ET

@ Cindy,

Althought they are not "BRAGGING" about the aid they have and are providing to Haiti, China has sent two fully loaded ships and several aircrafts with experts on earthquakes, "SICHUAN EARTHQUAKE" personnel with experience in such matters, several million dollars of medical supplies, and 200 tons of food products, and they have promised to continue with their aid until such time as they are no longer needed,

Your PUN on Microsoft vs. China's, internet and computer software and hardware, explains exactly what you are.

Did you know that 65% of the worlds computer software and hardware comes from China, and Bill Gates's company has always had a very strong business relationship with China.

JUST THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH A KNOW NOTHING!!


Cindy   February 2nd, 2010 12:08 am ET

@Gerald Jolly,
Yes, GJ, I know a lot about Microsoft. i believe I spoke specifically about Bill Gates. I am really disappointed in CNN that you are allowed to call people LIARS and "KNOW NOTHING." And some stoop to your level and support your every word.

Yes, GJ, just for the record, many companies have had strong relationships with China and also have given them a lot of jobs. Maybe you should thank the US for some of the ways they have helped China.

Now to your point, just exactly what am I or who am I? You seem to feel you know; so let's have a good life and let you tell me.


Dodie   February 2nd, 2010 12:17 am ET

Mongolia is struggling due to the horrific winter. China is sending aide to Mongolia as many people are now starving and freezing! Mongolia has requested world aide!


jim   February 2nd, 2010 2:09 am ET

WOW. What a mess Haiti is in. Now that Sean Penn is there it will really be messed up.


Gerald Jolly   February 2nd, 2010 9:56 am ET

@ Cindy.

The U.S. did not give jobs to CHINA you are completely wrong on that matter.

The people who gave jobs to CHINA are the greedy S.O.B.'s that prefered to send those jobs to CHINA, to exploit the cheap labor offered there.

While workers in the U.S. are suffering the greatest unemployment level in the last forty years "GREEDY" American corporations continue sending jobs to CHINA to further enhance their profitability. and the U.S. continue rewarded those GREEDY BASTARDS with incredibly large tax breaks, while our government is forced to go "HAT IN HAND" to "BEG" CHINA to lend them "MORE MONEY" so they can continue to fight their unjust wars.

The last known sighting of Osama Bin Ladin was the remains of a man that died from liver cancer, two years ago, so it makes no sense to believe that we are killing thousands of Muslim because we want to get Bin Laden.

WAL-MART the great American success, gets 82% of the products they sell from China and still charges prices equal to what you would buy a similar American product for.

But of course SAM WAL was held at gun point and his entire family was threatened with death if he did not buy his products from Chinese manufacturers, and that is why he gets American scientists and technical people to send their tech knowledge to CHINA "AND THERE IS NO SALT WATER IN THE OCEAN"

But we must also remember that WAL-MART has created thousand of jobs that pay only minimum wages here in America. "REAL BENEFACTORS" HU!

As for calling persons a "LIAR" you still have not explained why you would want to go to CHINA every year when you hate them so much, why dont you try HAITI instead, they could probably make good use of the few SHEKKLES you would spend there.

I was not aware that folks in TEXAS knew how to use Microsoft products, I thought they spent most of their time bowing to their GODS GWB, AND Gov. Perry the two most vile "LIARS" that have ever existed.

Can you explain why TEXANS think that it's a privilidge to be called a "LIAR"


Cindy   February 2nd, 2010 10:46 am ET

@Gerald Jolly,
Have a good day. By the way, I think you are confusing me with some others. I am no where near Texas; I have never posted anything to suggest traveling to China.
As for you, I assume you are at least remotely connected to the US.


A. Smith, Oregon   February 2nd, 2010 1:01 pm ET

DANGER! DANGER!

With CNN's Wolf Blitzer continuously pouring out the Republican talking points on WHY America cannot afford the 'entitlements' known as 'Social Security and Medicare-Medicaid it is appearing more and more like the American Public has been blind-sided by the actual intention of the Republican Party for pushing America's economy into the abyss it now is struggling to remove itself from.

The Republican party fought tooth and nail against the creation of Social Security and Medicare-Medicaid programs and Ronald Reagan echoed that battle cry continuing thru each Republican president including Bush jr. who vainly attempted to privatize Social Security just prior to the world dropping 6 Trillion dollars into a very select few pockets.

Didn't anyone ever think about the timing on Bush jr's attempt to push Social Security into the hands of Wall Street bankers? If Bush jr. had succeeded in doing that, Social Security now would be over, gone, history! CNN's Wolf Blitzer's constant echoing of the Republican battle-cry against Social Security and Medicare-Medicaid is the threat of bankrupting America over the next 10 years. That is purposely chosen strong language, however the Millions of American's depending on Social Security would certainly not be swayed to 'drop' their Social Security payments voluntarily!

The Republican Party and namely Bush-Cheney always found plenty of money to fund two foreign wars and pour hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars into the greedy hands of their friends in the huge defense contractor corporations. Regardless if they begged, borrowed or stole that money, funding for two wars and so-called 'homeland security' wasn't a problem the Republican party.

I cannot imagine the horrific impact of cutting off the Social Security entitlements would have on millions of America's Senior citizens and millions of American's with special needs. The vast number of homes that would be foreclosed as a result of that would only be exceeded by the infamous Bush-Cheney depression era. This would result in pushing hundreds of thousands of America's Senior citizens out into the streets, homeless, starving and without medical care.

Baby boomers and America's Senior citizens should be very much concerned and aware of the Republican's hidden agenda in this unfolding fiasco. The Republican agenda is to shut down Social Security and Medicare-Medicaid under the guise of potentially causing our government to go bankrupt. All the while, two foreign wars, enormous military contracts and the creation of the giant worthless new department of homeland security are to blame. All created under the infamous Bush-Cheney era. All designed to drain critically needed funds from all domestic programs for years to come.

Does true Homeland Security exist when American's have no health care? Does true Homeland Security exist when America pushes its Senior Citizens out into the streets and seizes their homes after cutting off their entitlements they paid into for decades?


Alethea   February 2nd, 2010 2:06 pm ET

Larry and Staff,

I have been amazed at the coverage that you guys are providing on Haiti and the efforts you all have made in raising funds for the relief effort. On Friday, January 29, 2010, I viewed Mr. King's report on Haiti's Orphans. I am interested in finding out information on one of the children you guys showed on some footage that played while Ms. Ann Foster was speaking. Approximately twenty-eight minutes into the broadcast the tape revealed several children riding on a bus. There was a little girl with her hair braided to the back who was staring out the window with tears in her eyes. She tugged at my heart. I am interested in learning whether she is adoptable. If not, I would also be interested in serving as a foster parent or just supporting her financially. If at all possible would you please tell me how I could possibly find out additional information on this young girl such as where she is currently being housed to see if there was some way that I could learn if she was in fact an orphan and whether or not she was adoptable . I would prefer that this comment not be posted, but I wanted to see if you guys could provide me with assistance in learning about this child.

Thank you.


Ronda   February 2nd, 2010 5:11 pm ET

Sadly, exploitation of child domestics is a global problem, not a Haitian "slavery" issue:

The Restaveks are children, primarily girls, work as domestics in Haitian households. The majority of these children come from rural Haiti and are sent to the cities by their parents in hopes that they will receive food, education and shelter in exchange for their labor.

Often, in addition to long hours and hard work, these restaveks are subject to abuse, violence and neglect.

In May 2003, Haiti passed legislation prohibiting trafficking in persons, and banning the provision of the labor code which formerly sanctioned child domestic labor. The bill followed a law enacted in October 2001, which banned all forms of corporal punishment
against children. In addition, Haiti is taking specific measures to ensure that restavek children get an education. Government scholarship funds for the 2003–2004 school year will target
restavek children, and President Aristide has called on all families who have restavek children living in their homes to send them to school.

These advances were dismissed by the U.S. State Department, which, in a particularly cynical move, placed Haiti in the category of “least compliant countries” in relation to the trafficking of persons.

The State Department report ignored the recent legislation, as well as other Haitian government measures against trafficking—including stepped up border patrols and the creation of a special police unit to protect minors against all forms of abuse. The report failed to
acknowledge Haiti’s Universal Schooling Program, even though the State Department cited increased school enrollment in other countries as a significant preventive measure against trafficking.


Ronda   February 2nd, 2010 5:13 pm ET

Exploitation of child domestics is a global problem, not a Haitian "slavery" issue:

An estimated 400,000 young children, primarily girls, work as domestics in Haitian households. The majority of these children come from rural Haiti and are sent to the cities by their parents
in hopes that they will receive food, education and shelter in exchange for their labor. Often, in addition to long hours and hard work, these restaveks are subject to abuse, violence and neglect.

In May 2003, Haiti passed legislation prohibiting trafficking in persons, and banning the provision of the labor code which formerly sanctioned child domestic labor. The bill followed a law enacted in October 2001, which banned all forms of corporal punishment
against children. In addition, Haiti is taking specific measures to ensure that restavek children get an education.

Government scholarship funds for the 2003–2004 school year will target restavek children, and President Aristide has called on all families who have restavek children living in their homes to send them to school. These advances were dismissed by the U.S. State Department, which, in a particularly cynical move, placed Haiti in the category of “least compliant countries” in relation to the trafficking of persons.

The State Department report ignored the recent legislation, as well as other Haitian government measures against
trafficking—including stepped up border patrols and the creation of a special police unit to protect minors against all forms of abuse. The report failed to acknowledge Haiti’s Universal Schooling Program, even though the State Department cited increased school enrollment in other countries as a significant preventive measure against trafficking.


john sadowski   June 6th, 2010 4:02 pm ET

RE OIL ,
Dear Larry, watch your show almost every night,will not waste your time,i am canadian prospector ,geologist trained,bush pilot ,over 50 years,pres of small mining exp co, 3 grown children,6 grandkids,marrieid same broad 47 years,a miracle ,any way just a thought on the oil spill,as i love the outdoors and everything about it,wild live etc, it seems to me if they designed a very large Condom and covered the hole,filled it up flow it to surface puncture a hole on top and drain to tanker ship and repeat process it would work,their is designe ,science to work out but it seems so simple maby no one thought it.,just an idea,but never know,not looking for a medal just a concerned earth clitzen with a broken heart after seeing the wildlife and people who make up our great planet suffering,Sincerly John S.


Jim Kadel   June 7th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Why are the major networks (CNN, FOX, MSNBC, etc) so ignorant of what's going on in the Gulf? Larry King has a guest oil company expert tonight stating that the Deepwater Horizon spill is as rare a happening as the Shuttle disasters – YET at this very moment and from before May 1st there is ANOTHER oil rig leaking in the Gulf called "Diamond Offshore". Skytruth has recently identified an oil slick from this rig but it has been known by the government from before May 1st.


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