The Center for Economic and Policy Research is joining the call for the United Nations to take responsibility for the cholera epidemic that was caused by UN peacekeepers during the international response to the deadly Haiti earthquake.

“This is gross negligence that would have landed them a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit if they were a private corporation, or even criminal prosecution,” wrote Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Weisbrot said building an infrastructure to create safe drinking capabilities in Haiti would cost $800 million, which equates to what he says the UN spends each year for peacekeepers in the country.

The Iranian government is facing mounting complaints for its failed response and recovery of two large earthquakes that left 300 people dead.

Government officials announced the search and rescue for earthquake survivors was completed less than 24 hours after the earthquakes struck, leaving many skeptical that some areas were never reached by rescue crews, including rural villages. Local politicians complained the government did not supply enough tents for survivors following the earthquakes.

Two earthquakes, measuring 6.4 and 6.3 magnitude, struck eastern Azerbaijan Saturday morning. The mud-brick infrastructure of many buildings was blamed for the large destruction in Iran’s northwest villages.

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