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    What Should it Mean to be Haitian in 2014

    by Pascal Robert

    The white colonialists have never forgiven Haitians for the revolution of 1804, the first successful revolt against white supremacy. “The slander and degradation against us about our poverty, alleged political incompetence, and poor educational infrastructure is tied to the persistent desire of our historical enemies to wipe our revolution from our minds and the rest of the world’s.”

    The Pain Rush in Haiti

    by Ezili Dantò

    The crime against Haiti is seen in the poverty of its people, victims of horrific crimes at the hands of the European tribes. “The Haiti struggle is cleared of cognitive dissonance only when you factor in structuralized white supremacist hatred – its genocidal germs, guns and steel.”

    Haiti: Capitalist Plunder and Empty Promises

     

    by Ama Biney

    Disaster capitalism operates in the raw in Haiti, where foreign governments, corporations and non-governmental organizations conspire with a venal local elite to mass poverty and brazen resource theft. “It is highly debatable as to whether the lives of most Haitians have markedly improved, if at all, since these NGOs arrived.”

    Seismic Imperialism: Haiti’s Buried Cry for Help on the Third Anniversary of the Earthquake

     

    by Jesse Hagopian

    Under Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, Haiti has been deprived of its sovereignty and ability to defend herself from natural disaster and human predators. “The world's most powerful governments and institutions have imposed policies that have compounded the damage done by the earthquake.”

    One Year After Quake: Million Plus Remain Homeless and Displaced in Haiti

    by Bill Quigley and Jeena Shah

    Statistical tricks are being used to minimize Haiti’s gargantuan homeless crisis. An outfit called the International Organization for Migration is claiming false “progress” in resettling earthquake victims based on the fact that thousands have left displacement camps. However, that’s an illusion, since “of an estimated 1,268 displacement camps, at least 29% have been forcibly closed – meaning tens of thousands of people have been evicted.” And “people moving from displacement camps in the city to living in a tent in the countryside have not really moved out of homelessness, they have just moved.”

    Nine Months After the Quake – A Million Haitians Slowly Dying

    by Bill Quigley

    After all the media fanfare about American “generosity” to Haiti – a nation tortured by the U.S. throughout its history – one million people have been left to rot with not a penny of aid from Washington. “Every park, every school yard, every parking lot appear to have people living under sheets or lean-to tents,” writes the author, from Port-au-Prince. But “only 13,000 temporary structures have been built and they are far away from family, school, jobs and healthcare. There is no place to go.”

     

    One of the World's Best Kept Secrets: Cuban Medical Aid to Haiti

    Cuban doctors in Haitiby Emily J. Kirk and John M. Kirk
    Consumers of U.S. corporate media were given the impression that the American invasion/disaster relief action was the primary foreign benefactor to Haiti’s hundreds of thousands of earthquake victims. Not so, not by a long shot. Cuba, Venezuela and the neighboring Dominican Republic were first on the scene with the most help, and have committed to building a comprehensive health care system for Haiti.

    Freedom Rider: Pornography of Suffering

    congoby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
    The American mentality seems hopelessly rooted in the gutter, keenly attuned to tales of rape and bestiality but supremely indifferent to the elementary facts of life and history. The current genocide in Congo is as little known as that country’s previous holocaust, at the hands of the Belgians, more than a century ago.

    Defending Haiti

    black is back haiti demoby Charo R. Walker
    The entire African diaspora owes Haiti much more than simple gratitude for establishing the model of Black resistance to slavery and dehumanization – it owes Haiti a vigorous defense against its oppressors. “We need to let the Haitian people re-gain control, be owners of their own destiny.”

    The U.S. Ain't No “Model”: Defend Haiti in Miami, February 20

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    Haiti's people don't need occupying armies; they “deserve a massive human response to their material needs, and they deserve solidarity in their struggle to regain national self-determination.” Join the Black is Back Coalition this weekend for a National Mobilization in Defense of Haiti. “A free and independent Haiti can only rise under the democratic direction of Haitians, themselves – not under the guns of U.S. neocolonialism.”

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    U.S. Brags Haiti Response is a “Model” While More Than a Million Remain Homeless

    Tent city in Haitiby Bill Quigley
    U.S. officials are full of themselves, hawking their military expeditionary mission to Haiti as the future of humanitarian crisis response. Meanwhile, Partners in Health director Dr. Louise Ivers reports “’there is more and more misery’ in Port au Prince as fears of typhoid and dysentery haunt the camps as the rainy season looms.”

    Under the Pretense of Haiti Disaster Relief, U.S. Running a Military Occupation

    haitians fenced inby Arun Gupta
    The United States has seized on the Haitian earthquake crisis, not only to establish a full-blown military occupation but to vastly expand its neoliberal economic restructuring of the country. “It’s clear that the Shock Doctrine is alive and well in Haiti.”

    Eshu’s blues: An Open Letter to President Obama on Haiti

    by BAR columnist michael hureaux perez
    Even when claiming to speak to the nation and world about Haiti, Barack Obama winds up talking about America – and himself. The author writes, “Mr. President…“I am always astounded to see just what a shallow and pretentious presence your elevation to the national scene has become, even at this moment of colossal tragedy.”

    Protecting Haiti's Interest

    by John Maxwell
    The “Big Three” tormenters of Haiti – the U.S., France and Canada – now posing as the quake-struck nation's benefactors, ponder how to rebuild Haiti without Haitian input or permission. “France, the United States and Canada owe the Haitians billions in damages. It is not for them to tell the Haitians what to spend it on.”

    What Next for Haiti as “Recovery” Replaces Relief?

    wrecked shantytownby Danny Schechter
    The U.S. corporate media, the Empire’s mouthpieces, blame the powerless people and feeble institutions of Haiti for their plight. “Few reviewed the history of Washington’s occupations and support for dictators as a reason for why the country was kept so poor and unable to run a relief effort when they needed to.”

    Freedom Rider: Useless Aid, No Donation Without Agitation

    from the rubbleby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
    The time has come for a new paradigm: No donation without agitation.” The United States has succeeded in plunging mainstream disaster “relief” into disrepute. “No donations to groups like the Red Cross, who sit on millions of dollars but do nothing but hand out blankets and move victims away from their homes in order to convenience the powerful.” And, especially, no donations to any group associated with George Bush or Bill Clinton.

    US Military's Haiti "Relief" Ops A Rehearsal For Troop Deployments in Latin America

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
    When the U.S. sent thousands of troops into Port au Prince airport, earthquake relief was clearly not the primary mission. Otherwise, ships and whole military units would not have arrived with only supplies for themselves.

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    Haiti 2010: An Unwelcome Katrina Redux

    cynthiaby Cynthia McKinney
    The United States, having stolen so much from Haiti, now dictates what and when foreign aid will reach the Haitian people. Haitians know that their independence is their greatest treasure. “Haitians know, too, that the United States has installed its political proxies and even its own soldiers onto Haitian soil when the U.S. felt it was necessary.”

    No, Mister! You Cannot Share My Pain!

    John Maxwellby John Maxwell
    French and Americans have conspired to humiliate and exploit Haiti throughout the history of the world's first Black republic. Now, in this time of catastrophe, they claim special relationships based on shared history. What outrageous, profane nonsense – as if the victim and perpetrator of atrocity share some bond that should be treasured.

    Eshu's blues: Pat Robertson, the U.S. Ruling Class and Haiti

    you know what this meansby michael hureaux perez

    African Americans who want to help Haiti – and improve Black people's condition worldwide – “need to reclaim our own independent black agency and move accordingly.” Our own unique perspective on the world should enable us “to see that what delays the rescue effort in Haiti is the same bloody business-centered indifference that was visited upon tens of thousands of our people in New Orleans five years ago.

    Untold Stories: Haiti, White Supremacy, US Foreign Policy and Corporate Media

    more on haitiby Solomon Comissiong
    The U.S. corporate media have a difficult time covering the Haiti catastrophe. “Haiti's poverty and economic desolation were largely made-in-America,” an inconvenient fact to transmit to American audiences. Corporate media's “job is to invoke pity, confusion, and ignorance, as well as to uphold the benevolence of white supremacy.”
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