January 12, 2022: In history, on this day in 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook Haiti nearly to death. The initial quake demolished buildings and flat-out damaged hospitals and other essential facilities. And that was just the initial shock. There were multiple aftershocks the first day, and they continued on into the night and for several more days. That was 12 years ago, and Haiti still has not fully recovered.
January 3, 2022: In history, on this day in 1990, Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. military troops. Today, in 2022, Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry fled from the city of Gonaïves after hearing gunshots nearby. In America, inclement weather as well as the spread of Covid-19 are to blame for thousands of flight cancellations. Also in America, the continuing investigation of the January 6 Capitol riots underscores a common theme of Democracy being threatened by power-hungry groups as well as autocratic leaders.