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The Day Haiti Moved

January 13, 2010

Archimedes once quipped that he could move the world if you gave him a long enough lever and a spot upon where he could stand. Yesterday’s devastating earthquake in Haiti was not caused by a lever, but instead it was caused by plates that “slide past one another in an east-west direction” with an epicenter that was only “10 miles southwest of the capital Port-au-Prince.”

With initial estimates of 100,000 dead, there is no doubt that this natural disaster has triggered a humanitarian crisis. With the world focusing on Haiti right now, let’s also take a look at the political crises it has endured such as Woodrow Wilson’s marine occupation (1915-1934) to the CIA-backed coup that lead to the exile of the democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (1991).

The world is responding by sending tweets to help victims. Here is how you can help.

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