By PATRICK COCKBURN - January 15-17, 2010
So much of the criticism of [previous US] President Bush has focused on his wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that his equally culpable actions in Haiti never attracted condemnation. But if the country is a failed state today, partly run by the UN, in so far as it is run by anybody, then American actions over the years have a lot to do with it.
By Ashley Smith - January 16, 2010
...[A]s previous U.S. presidencies have done before, the Obama administration has worked to aid Haiti's elite, sponsor international corporations taking advantage of cheap labor, weaken the ability of the Haitian state to regulate the society, and repress any political resistance to that agenda.
Profiteers ready to capitalize on disaster; Pentagon blocking aid.
Ignored by most commentators is the truth of Haiti’s historic and ongoing poverty – in classic “blame the victim” coverage. E.g., it’s not mentioned that Haitians won their war of independence against Napoleon’s crack troops in 1804, and were celebrating their bicentennial when the U.S. kidnapped and exiled (for the second time) their popular President Jean-Bertrand Aristide who won two landslide victories in internationally monitored elections.
By Dan Freeman-Maloy - January 16, 2010
Over the course of the past decade, Canada's leading officials and most prestigious commentators have learned how to approach Haiti in the spirit of cynical power politics and racist condescension...while maintaining a posture of national self-flattery. With attention again riveted on Haiti following the horrific tragedy inflicted by Tuesday's earthquake...established patterns of "help" for Haiti need to be overcome if the destructive impact of this catastrophe is to be somehow limited.
Washington will use this disaster to further exploit Haitians.
Pat Robertson indicates that Haiti has been cursed ever since the Haitians signed a pact with the devil for their independence. He is alluding to the ceremony of the Bois Caiman that was held in Haiti during the night of August 14th, 1791 under the guidance of the Jamaican-born Voodoo Priest Dutty Bookman.
by Ted Rall - Thursday, January 14, 2010
An earthquake isn't just an earthquake. The same 7.0 tremor hitting San Francisco wouldn't kill nearly as many people as in Port-au-Prince...Earthquakes are random events. How many people they kill is predetermined. In Haiti this week, don't blame tectonic plates. Ninety-nine percent of the death toll is attributable to poverty.
Pierre Labossiere, a Haitian national, co-founder of the Haiti Action Committee, has been a long-time social-justice activist and advocate for the Lavalas Party of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, currently exiled in South Africa. Emiliano Echeverria is a Central American scholar and a long-time activist who has traveled often to Cuba where he received excellent medical care and appeared in the film Sicko.
By Anthony Fenton - 12 August 09
Two years ago today, one of Haiti's most tireless and well-known political and human rights activists, Lovinsky-Pierre Antoine, was kidnapped. He has not been seen since and has presumably been killed; for now, he remains 'disappeared,' both literally and figuratively - his body has yet to surface, and the media and the self described 'friends of Haiti' (Canada, France, the U.S.) refuse to report on or press for an investigation into his abduction.
Plus ça change...Canada has Forgiven Haiti's Debt, but Doubts Remain if it Will Help the Poor Majority
Mariam Ibrahim | Vue Weekly
While the debt relief will likely alleviate some of the country's financial problems, which have rendered the Haitian government virtually incapable of investing in social infrastructure, the conditions imposed on the government may in fact make life more difficult for ordinary Haitians.
Honoring a blessed man.
Media support for sham Haitian elections.
Imagine holding a national election and virtually no one shows up.
By Washington edict, Haitian elections are shams.