I know many of you are using Haiti as a way to focus your students on economic issues. Here's a very informative piece from National Public Radio's Planet Money blog. (I especially like the information in the table.) It speaks to a number of ideas: globalization, specialization, tariffs and trade, incentives, and economic growth.
There was a companion story on All Things Considered that spoke to Haiti's need for trade rather than aid. In both cases, the comments are even worth perusing. Please share what you and/or your students think.