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CounterCurrents Newsletter 18 January, 2010 – What You Can Do For Haiti

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US Military Tightens Grip On Haiti
By Alex Lantier

Amid the humanitarian tragedy following the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, Washington has concentrated on establishing indefinite military control of the country. Fearing mass protests and riots by desperate Haitians against inadequate rescue efforts, US logistical efforts are focused on massing tens of thousands of troops for use against the population

Cooperation Spirit Is Put To The Test In Haiti
By Fidel Castro

Haiti will put to the test the endurance of the cooperation spirit before egoism, chauvinism, ignoble interests and contempt for other nations prevail

Disaster Capitalism Headed To Haiti
By Stephen Lendman

Haiti faces crushing burdens – deep poverty, vast unemployment, overwhelming human needs, severe repression, poor governance, Washington dominance, a burdensome debt, and much more before the January 12 quake. Now the disaster, militarization by the Pentagon, and disaster capitalism soon arriving besides what’s already profiteering

Witness To A Nightmare
By Jesse Hagopian & Eric Ruder

Jesse Hagopian, a teacher in Seattle and contributor to, was in Port-au-Prince with his 1-year-old son to visit his wife when the earthquake hit. His wife, an aid worker, works until the evening on most days, but by sheer luck, she came to the hotel where they were staying early on Tuesday—just minutes before the quake struck at 4:53 p.m. This spared Jesse and his family agonizing hours or days trying to find one another amid the chaos. Jesse got a crash course in treating severe injuries—broken bones, head wounds and more—as people desperate for help kept arriving. Jesse spoke with Eric Ruder via telephone from Port-au-Prince on January 15 and 16 about the crisis unfolding around him

What You Can Do For Haiti

Donations and aid are desperately needed in Haiti. Here are some organizations with connections to the grassroots movements in the country

We Are A Forgotten People
By Olden Polynice & Dave Zirin

Olden Polynice played center in the NBA for 15 seasons. During that time, he distinguished himself as more than a hardnosed rebounder. He was the most visible Haitian athlete in the history of U.S. sports. Polynice spoke with Nation and columnist Dave Zirin about the post-earthquake calamity in Haiti

Martin Luther King’s Legacy And Israel’s Future
By Ira Chernus

Every year, apologists for Israel’s occupation of Palestine eagerly await Martin Luther King Day. Then they trot out these words, spoken by Dr. King shortly before his death: “When people criticize Zionists they mean Jews; you are talking anti-Semitism.”

A Second Gaza War Around The Corner?
By Hasan Abu Nimah

Israel’s recent assassinations of Palestinian resistance activists look ominously like the aggression that preceded last winter’s attacks in Gaza

Obama’s Yemeni Odyssey Targets China
By M.K. Bhadrakumar

Most important for US global strategies will be the massive gain of control of the port of Aden in Yemen. Britain can vouchsafe that Aden is the gateway to Asia. Control of Aden and the Malacca Strait will put the US in an unassailable position in the “great game” of the Indian Ocean. The sea lanes of the Indian Ocean are literally the jugular veins of China’s economy. By controlling them, Washington sends a strong message to Beijing that any notions by the latter that the US is a declining power in Asia would be nothing more than an extravagant indulgence in fantasy

Ethiopia Commits Genocide, Eritrea Gets Sanctioned
By Thomas C. Mountain

The UN inSecurity Council has done it again in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia has been committing genocide in the Ethiopian Ogaden and in response the UN Security Council, in a closed door meeting, passed sanctions against…Eritrea?

Why We Can’t Wait: Reading Dr. King
In The Age Of Obama
By Billy Wharton

Today, Barack Obama is held up as the logical outcome of the movement King led. Such a claim avoids a basic fact of American history. Elections do not deliver much in the way of social change. More often they provide sleeping pills – skillfully crafted illusions meant to de-mobilize, to dull the senses and to prevent serious demands for justice from emerging. King understood this process well

Remembering Jyoti Basu
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Jyoti Basu lived upto his convictions, a truly Marxist, an atheist and a firm believer in science. He donated his eyes and his body will be used by medical science student for research purposes. What a contrast when you see the cremation of political class and I do not want to say just upper castes but of every religion. Jyoti Basu has debunked all those who feel that India can not be a country of non believers. Even when millions of believers are coming to Kumbha fair and destroying the Ganges, the conviction of Jyoti Basu need to be applauded

Nehruvian Foreign Policy: Misplaced Criticisms
By Ram Puniyani

While Tharoor’s press conference seems to have exonerated him from the axe of the blind venerators of Gandhi-Nehru, the deeper issues raised by Parekh-Tharoor and also BJP line on these issues is what needs to be debated and proper perspective of Gandhi-Nehru ‘moral running commentary’ needs to be understood in the light of the holistic needs of the nation at that point of time

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