U.S. Attempts to Erase Haitian Nationhood By Glen Ford

10 February, 2010 — Black Agenda Report

The world’s sole superpower behaves as if Haitian sovereignty no longer exists. Notions of legality are wholly absent in America’s occupation of Haiti, where the U.S. poses as the internationally recognized authority. Washington arrogantly improvises the terms of the Haitian ‘protectorate.’

‘The Haitian people ‘need democracy and self determination, said the U.S.-based Black is Back Coalition.’

Proud Haiti has been reduced to a de facto ‘protectorate’ of the United States – a grotesque form of non-sovereignty in which the subjugated nation is ‘protected’ by its worst enemy. Namibia under white-ruled South African administration comes to mind, although in Haiti’s case the United Nations does not even pretend to be on the side of the oppressed, acting instead as agent and enforcer for the superpower.

As Haiti writhes under the agony of hundreds of thousands dead, Bill Clinton picks through the bones in search of prime tourist spots and mango plantation sites. America’s most successful snake oil salesman is pleased to do the Haitian people’s thinking, planning and dreaming for them – and quite willing to speak for the afflicted country, as well. ‘This is an opportunity to reimagine the future for the Haitian people, to build what they want to become, not rebuild what they used to be,” Clinton told the global oligarchs at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

In one sweeping sentence, Clinton claimed a kind of sovereignty over the Haitian people’s very imaginations, assigning himself the right to filter what was good or bad about Haiti’s past, and what is permissible in the future. Haitians are no longer allowed to possess their own dreams and remembrances, which have apparently been placed in United Nations trusteeship, under control of UN special envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton.

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Anonymity in the field By LETICIA MARTÍNEZ HERNÁNDEZ

8 February, 2010 — Granma International – PHOTOS: JUVENAL BALÁN

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti.— Surgeon Oscar Suárez says that, without the medical electronics technicians, known as the “electromédicos,” they would be nothing. “We have worked nights, into the morning… but they aren’t far behind us. These young guys have also been sweating; they are often our anonymous help, because you always see the doctors attending to people, but behind us, there has to be an electromédico.”

“You see all of this here? They’ve set it all up. And every time we have a problem, there they are. They’re ‘doctors’ too, but doctors who take care of us.” That is how surgeon Suárez talks about the team of medical electronics technicians who set up Cuba’s five field hospitals in Haiti. In addition to this one that was readied in Arcahaie, about 20 km from Port-au-Prince, there are the four in Croix des Bouquets, Jacmel, Carrefour and Leoganne.

cuba-haiti-1.jpgThe team is made up of five Cubans, from Camagüey, Las Tunas, Matanzas and Havana, and since they arrived in Haiti, they have forgotten the fact that they come from different provinces, or that they have different specializations, or even their baseball rivalries. They are like the “five musketeers” as they set up the hospital. At the count of three, and with the help of the doctors, they carry heavy boxes, install electrical networks and put together the tiny screws and pieces of medical equipment as if it were a complicated jigsaw puzzle. That is when the hefty Osmín Camero, who has just carried a heavy load, says he could use the hands of a woman. Even so, not one screw escapes him, and he ends up putting together the monitor for the intensive care unit with incredible dexterity.

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Haiti Newslinks 9-10 February, 2010

10 February, 2010

Amy Goodman on the Plight of Haiti
“Haiti, Forgive Us” — The tragedy of the Haitian earthquake continues to unfold, with slow delivery of aid, the horrific number of amputations performed out of desperate medical necessity, more than a million homeless, perhaps 240,000 dead and the approach of the rainy season, which will be followed by the hurricane season.

Eugene Robinson on Haitian Children Kidnapped
“Kidnapping Is Not Charity” — Even in the midst of a terrible natural disaster, spiriting away a busload of kidswith vague plans to worry about the “paperwork” lateris no act of charity.

Haiti PM: rebuilding could take 10 years
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Four weeks after an earthquake shattered its capital, Haiti remains in a precarious situation with no clear idea of how to house …

Angelina Jolie visits Haiti with UN refugee body
The Associated Press
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Angelina Jolie began two days of meetings with Haiti earthquake victims Tuesday in her role as a goodwill ambassador for the UN …

Haiti single is ‘fastest seller’
BBC News
Simon Cowell’s Haiti song featuring Leona Lewis and Mariah Carey, has become the fastest-selling charity single this century. The Official Charts Company …

Haiti quake toll rises to 230000
BBC News
The number of people killed in the Haiti earthquake could be 230000, the Haitian government says, revising its latest estimate up by 18000. …

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Fox News lashes out at RT over anti-war activist interview

25 December. 2009 — RT.com

Fox News talk show host Bill O’Reilly has ruthlessly criticized RT for its interview with former anti-war activist Bill Ayers last week, which has subsequently thrust the US medias bias to the fore.


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Haiti: Four weeks after earthquake hunger sparks growing protests By Bill Van Auken

9 February, 2010 — World Socialist Website

On Sunday, Haiti saw one of its largest protests since the January 12 earthquake, as four weeks after the disaster, frustration with continuing hunger and homelessness mount.

Thousands of demonstrators, most of them women, marched through the streets of Petionville, a Port-au-Prince suburb, denouncing the local mayor, Lydie Parent, for hoarding food for resale and not distributing it to the hungry.

A significant amount of food aid has been channeled into Haiti’s informal markets, sold at elevated prices and clearly yielding a profit for some officials who are in charge of its distribution.

Congregating in front of the local municipal building, the demonstrators chanted “if the police shoot at us, we will burn everything,” Reuters reported.

“I am hungry, I am dying of hunger,” one of the marchers told the news agency. “Lydie Parent keeps the rice and doesn’t give us anything. They never go distribute where we live.”

Petionville, up the mountain from the capital, has traditionally been the preserve of Haiti’s economic elite. Shanty towns sprung up around the walled mansions of the country’s businessmen and politicians, however. Since January 12, one of the principal watering holes of the well-heeled, the Petionville Club, has been transformed into the capital’s biggest homeless encampment, where more than 40,000 quake victims have sought refuge on the club’s nine-hole golf course.

Sent in to police this yawning social divide are 360 US combat troops from the 82nd Airborne Division, who have set up camp around the club’s swimming pool and restaurant.

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