January 27, 2010
Posted: 1729 GMT

Hello again from Port-au-Prince,

Today we'll bring you a story on how the Haitian capital's roughest neighborhoods are surviving in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated large swaths of the city.

We traveled to the ironically named "Bel Air" section of town. This is rough gangland, where life was hard even before the earthquake with guns, drugs and prostitution.

After the disaster, people tell me they have not received aid here yet. They say they have no running water, no tents, and no access to relief shipments. We spoke to former Bel Air resident Stevenson Merisier, who works for us as a translator here, and who guided us through the unforgiving streets of his childhood neighorhood.

Also today on the show, we will go live to Davos, where French president Nicolas Sarkozy is opening the World Economic Forum. He's expected to talk about the economic crisis and what the international community's response to the disaster in Haiti should be. This is an important political stage for the French President. We'll break it down for you.

In other news, we're monitoring the results of Sri Lanka's election. Incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa was declared the winner in yesterday's poll but his challenger, the country's former army chief, is challenging the results.

Plus, ancitipation is building about Apple's new tablet computing device. As always with Apple, there is great secrecy surrounndig the release of the company's latest product. Some details have been leaked but we will only know what the tablet looks like and whether it will be an industry game-changer in the 1pm Eastern hour, just as IDesk goes to air.

All that and the rest of the day's top stories, as always.

See you at the Idesk,


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Thot   January 27th, 2010 6:47 pm ET

I remember that, in the first years I came to Portugal, my mum used take Red Cross supply tickets (sorry don’t know the exact word in English) to get food. I remember it because I used to go with her.
Delivering supplies tickets could be a way for helping people to get supplies in more organized way. But then we know Haiti is in a chaos, so I don’t see if that would be possible. And to deliver people those types of tickets would mean the existence of some type of people identification.
But if it was possible it would be a more fare way of distributing supplies.
In the reports I’ve seen, I see, in the waiting lines, adults and children. How many of those people are getting food for the all family? And how many have several members of the same family to getting supplies?

behrooz   January 27th, 2010 8:11 pm ET

Iran has accused usa for making the earthquake in haiti by some unkown and strong devices and then occupying that country keyhan(iranian newspaper reported) i wanted you to mention this point and talk about it.

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