Intellihub.com |HomeHow to fix Port-au-PrinceFrom above, much of Port-au-Prince looks more like a great grey beach of crumbled concrete than the bustling port city of 2.8 million people that it once was and will be again. Entire city blocks have collapsed upon themselves, the streets that bisected them now filled with the rubble of people's homes and apartments. The shattered hospitals are in as much of need of help as the sick and wounded streaming toward them. The offices of some international organizations - the people who usually help to rebuild after a disaster such as Tuesday's devastating earthquake - also were destroyed, and aid workers are among the missing and dead. With as many as 45,000 people believed to be dead, it's hard to imagine that eventually life will return to something approaching normal in Port-au-Prince. But history tells us that Port-au-Prince will rebuild and recover, at least to its previous state. Recent precedents are encouraging. "The reality is that this will take a long time to rebuild.
The Sanctuary for Independent MediaTransnational InstituteIf Anderson Cooper Can’t Win After an Earthquake, When Can He WiEarlier this week, CNN came under scrutiny by media watchbirds for participating in the epic story that is the aftermath of last week's devastating Haiti earthquake. After Anderson Cooper saved a child on-camera, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta put his medical skills to use operating on a girl whose life was in danger, critics like Poynter's Bob Steele accused them of "muddling the journalistic reporting." Mediaite wondered whether they had become, rather than reported, the story. While Gupta and Cooper used their unique talents (in Gupta's case, his surgical skills; in Cooper's, the bulging biceps he's always careful to show when he's on location in an emergency), at-home anchor Campbell Brown fought back tears while reading the news. Cooper has made his reputation at CNN on his in-depth, sometimes difficult-to-watch reporting from disaster areas like Darfur and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. So how has he done these past few weeks, during the aftermath of the Haiti quake?
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