The kidnapping of Haiti By John Pilger

28 January 2010 — John Pilger

[A timely reminder with this excellent essay by John Pilger from 2010. WB]

The theft of Haiti has been swift and crude. On 22 January, the United States secured “formal approval” from the United Nations to take over all air and sea ports in Haiti, and to “secure” roads. No Haitian signed the agreement, which has no basis in law. Power rules in a US naval blockade and the arrival of 13,000 marines, special forces, spooks and mercenaries, none with humanitarian relief training.

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Flight Logs Put Clinton, Dershowitz on Pedophile Billionaire’s Sex Jet By Nick Bryant

22 January 2015 — Gawker

Bill Clinton took repeated trips on the ” Lolita Express“—the private passenger jet owned by billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein—with an actress in softcore porn movies whose name appears in Epstein’s address book under an entry for “massages,” according to flight logbooks obtained by Gawker and published today for the first time. The logs also show that Clinton shared more than a dozen flights with a woman who federal prosecutors believe procured underage girls to sexually service Epstein and his friends and acted as a “potential co-conspirator” in his crimes.

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The Clinton-Yeltsin Relationship in Their Own Words

2 October 2018 — National Security Archive

Clinton Presidential Library Releases Memcons and Telcons of the 1990s

“We’ll build the partnership on the basis of our friendship, yours and mine, and we’ll do so for the sake of world peace”

“I understand your point Bill, and I will act as you suggest I should, especially since this is part of past practice established between you and me, and it has never failed us in the past” (Yeltsin to Clinton, September 12, 1998)

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 640

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Outsourcing Haiti: How Disaster Relief Became a Disaster of its Own By Jake Johnston

16 January 2014 — Boston Review

Across the country from Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, miles of decrepit pot-holed streets give way to a smooth roadway leading up to the gates of the Caracol Industrial Park, but no further. The fishing hamlet of Caracol, from which the park gets its name, lies around the bend down a bumpy dirt road. Four years after the earthquake that destroyed the country on January 12, 2010, the Caracol Industrial Park is the flagship reconstruction project of the international community in Haiti. Signs adorn nearby roads, mostly in English, declaring the region “Open for Business.” In a dusty field, hundreds of empty, brightly colored houses are under construction in neat rows. If all goes as hoped for by the enthusiastic backers of the industrial park, this area could be home to as many as 300,000 additional residents over the next decade.

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Black Agenda Report for 11 April 2013: Obama's 2nd Term? Or Reagan's 9th? Fear of a Ded Planet

11 April 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

Is This Barack Obama’s 2nd Term? Is it Bill Clinton’s 3rd? Or Is It Ronald Reagan’s 9th?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

They say that elections do matter, and that there are real differences between Republican and Democratic presidents. But backing up the view to 30 years, that difference looks a lot more like continuity, both at home and in America’s global empire.

I want my fair share–and that's ALL OF IT. The Kochs & the XL Pipeline By Greg Palast

14 February 2013 — Greg Palast

According to the transcript of the secretly recorded tape, Charles Koch was chuckling like a six-year old.  Koch was having a hell of a laugh over pilfering a few hundred dollars’ worth of oil from a couple of dirt-poor Indians on the Osage Reservation.

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Black Agenda Report December 5, 2012 — Shameless Susan Rice Supporters, Latinos Lead the Way

6 December 2012 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

The Shameless Vacuity of Susan Rice’s Black Boosters

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Africa doesn’t matter, U.S. wars don’t matter, nothing matters to the Black Misleadership Class except the sickly prestige of basking in the (distant) glow of power. Susan Rice’s “Black boosters embrace an abettor of genocide and endless military interventions as one of their own – and indict themselves.”

Black Agenda Report October 24, 2012 — Melissa Harris-Perry VS Alice Walker, Romney & Obama as Imperial Lodge Brothers

17 October, 2012Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

Melissa Harris-Perry VS Alice Walker: Sista Courtier VS the Real Sista Citizen

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Professor Melissa Harris-Perry has an MSNBC show and a byline in The Nation as “Sister Citizen.” But what would the output of a “sista citizen” look like? Would it extol and praise the Great Man, excusing him from responsibilities and his own promises, or would it ask him, and the rest of us hard questions? What’s the difference between a citizen and a cheerleader?

Democracy Now! 14 July 2011: Dr. Paul Farmer on Haiti After the Earthquake

14 July, 2011 — Democracy Now!

Dr. Paul Farmer on Haiti After the Earthquake: “How Can We Do a Better Job of Cleaning Up This Mess?”
Eighteen months ago this week, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake that killed as many as 300,000 people, injured hundreds of thousands, and left more than one million homeless. At the time of the earthquake, Haiti was already the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere, and now it is still struggling to recover. We spend the hour with Dr. Paul Farmer, who has been working in Haiti for nearly three decades, and since 2009 has served as the U.N. deputy special envoy for Haiti working under former President Bill Clinton. Watch/Listen/Read

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Lie To Me By Joel S. Hirschhorn

12 June 2011 — Delusional Democracy

What is the main lesson from the recent fiascos of former Senator John Edwards and Representative Anthony Weiner? If you follow the news shows you saw a number of video clips where each of them had lied many times about what eventually they confessed to, their stupid, sleazy sexual misconduct. As I watched the videos I was amazed how good their lying behavior was, without any hint of their blatant dishonesty in how they looked or sounded. Of course, I was also reminded how terrific a liar Bill Clinton was when he went on television to lie about his sexual misconduct.

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Haiti's colonial overlord By Ashley Smith

5 August, 2010 —

Ashley Smith analyzes the role of Bill Clinton’s Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission and other institutions that claim to look out for the interests of Haiti’s poor.


Bill Clinton speaks to the press as a little boy, badly injured in the earthquake, rests (Master Sgt. Russell E. Cooley IV)

AMID THE hoopla over Chelsea Clinton’s wedding at a posh estate north of New York City, there were plenty of toasts in the media to Bill Clinton and the good works he’s performed since leaving the White House.

In particular, Clinton’s role in working with Haiti, both before and after the catastrophic earthquake last January, was singled out.

To the U.S. media, Clinton is a compassionate statesmen, with only the best interests of the Haitian people at heart. Particularly since this year’s quake, he has been viewed as a decisive leader who can ‘get things done,’ in contrast to the country’s ineffective government. Because of his role as co-chair of the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission (IHRC), Esquire magazine called Clinton ‘CEO of a leaderless nation,’ the Miami Herald repeatedly refers to him as the ‘czar of the recovery effort.’

Ordinary Haitians have a different view. They remember Clinton as the man who, while president, demanded Haiti follow the ‘Plan of Death’–the neoliberal prescriptions of the IMF and World Bank that ‘structurally adjusted’ the Haitian economy in the interests of U.S. business, at the expense of the country’s peasants and poor.

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HLLN 7 July, 2010: Flashpoint interview – latest news direct from Haiti | Open letter on Haitian agriculture to CEO of Monsanto | Bill Clinton’s Heavy Hand on Haiti’s Vulnerable Agricultural Economy: The American Rice Scandal

7 July, 2010 — HLLN

Recommended HLLN Link: Listen to the latest news about and from ground zero in Haiti, Kevin Pina interview with Ansel Hertz in Port au Prince | Live from Haiti: Flashpoints Radio broadcast June 28 |

Vodun Jazzoetry-Ezili Dantò’s Red, Black & Moonlight (Video Reel)

Bwa Kayiman

Bio of Ezili Danto, 1791

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– An open letter on Haitian agriculture to the CEO of Monsanto

– Bill Clinton’s Heavy Hand on Haiti’s Vulnerable Agricultural Economy: The American Rice Scandal

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National Security Archive Update, May 30, 2010: Secret U.S. Overture to Iran in 1999 Broke Down Over Terrorism Allegations

U.S. Also Misunderstood Iran’s Leadership Dynamics
in Attempting Exclusive Contact with President Khatami

For more information, contact:
Malcolm Byrne – 202/994-7000 /

Washington, DC, May 30, 2010 – A highly confidential U.S. overture to Iran in summer 1999 foundered because the intelligence community and FBI believed members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) had a role in the infamous Khobar Towers bombing of June 1996, and because U.S. officials overestimated the Iranian president’s ability to manage the sensitive matter of U.S. relations within Iran’s power structure, according to newly declassified documents.

The new documents, including President Bill Clinton’s message to Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and Tehran’s response, highlight the complexities facing current U.S. policy-makers in their ongoing approaches to the Islamic Republic, particularly the challenge of balancing closer ties to Tehran with concerns over allegations of past support for terrorist groups. Those concerns led the Clinton administration — notwithstanding the president’s personal interest in a rapprochement with Tehran — to order updated contingency plans for military strikes against Iranian targets.

The National Security Archive received the previously Top Secret correspondence from the William J. Clinton Library in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Visit the Web site of the National Security Archive for more information about today’s posting.


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For $10 Billion of "Promises" Haiti Surrenders its Sovereignty By Kim Ives

25 April, 2010 — Global Research

It was fitting that the Mar. 31 ‘International Donors Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti’ was held in the Trusteeship Council at the United Nations headquarters in New York. At the event, Haitian President René Préval in effect turned over the keys to Haiti to a consortium of foreign banks and governments, which will decide how (to use the conference’s principal slogan) to ‘build back better’ the country devastated by the Jan. 12 earthquake.

This ‘better’ Haiti envisions some 25,000 farmers providing Coca-Cola with mangos for a new Odwalla brand drink, 100,000 workers assembling clothing and electronics for the U.S. market in sweatshops under HOPE II legislation, and thousands more finding jobs as guides, waiters, cleaners and drivers when Haiti becomes a new tourist destination.

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HLLN 30 March, 2010: Delatour, Clinton, Free Trade and the lost of over 830,000 rural jobs to wage slavery sweatshops/Haiti: Stuck in a Trap | What Bill Clinton's Mea Culpa Should Mean

30 March, 2010 — HLLN

Recommended HLLN Link:
MARCH 12th, 2010- Address to the Camps, Bataye Ouvriye

What’s Clinton’s empty apology worth to Haitians living under tents, sheets, old cardboards or tarps…

The U.S.-promoted agricultural policies, such as forcing Haitian rice farmers to compete against U.S.-subsidized agribusiness, cost an estimated 830,000 rural jobs. Real jobs where the people of Haiti actually made more, relatively speaking than .38 cents an hour, owned more land, had better shelter and security in the countryside and ate food from the land that was non-cancerous unlike Arkansas nutrition-less rice and other US food imports. It’s no secret that US food is full of pesticides/harmful hormones and the most cancerous food on the planet, which is why HLLN has noted that US health care reform must also integrate US food system reform. (Healthcare reform also requires food system reform by Ezili Dant of HLLN

The Sweatshop Hoax

Haiti and the Aid Racket
How NGOs are Profiting Off a Grave Situation

Changing Haiti’s Paradigm: Haitians must rebuild Haiti not the failed Internationals (UN/USAID/Clinton/IFIs/NGO poverty pimp industry in Haiti)

Photos: Ezili Dant Vodun Remembrance to Honor Quake Victims

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Haiti: Stuck in a Trap
By Richard Morse, Huffington Post, March 28, 2010

Ruth Messinger: What Bill Clinton’s Mea Culpa Should Mean

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HLLN 24 March, 2010: Haiti's Great White Hope? by JOHN MAXWELL | What's Clinton's empty apology worth to Haiti?

24 March, 2010 — HLLN

In this post

Excerpted from “What’s Clinton’s empty apology worth to Haiti? by Ezili Dantò)

– Haiti’s Great White Hope? by JOHN MAXWELL

– Improved U.S. terms for Haiti textile imports sought Pascal Fletcher, Mar 22, 2010

Ezili Dantò Note:

Excerpted from “What’s Clinton’s empty apology worth to Haiti? by Ezili Dantò)

“The U.S.-promoted agricultural policies, such as forcing Haitian rice farmers to compete against U.S.-subsidized agribusiness, cost an estimated 830,000 rural jobs.

Then, …former U.S. President Bill Clinton – now U.N. special envoy to Haiti – …publicly apologized this month for championing policies that destroyed Haiti’s rice production. Clinton in the mid-1990s encouraged the impoverished country to dramatically cut tariffs on imported U.S. rice.

“It may have been good for some of my farmers in Arkansas, but it has not worked. It was a mistake,” Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on March 10. “I had to live everyday with the consequences of the loss of capacity to produce a rice crop in Haiti to feed those people because of what I did; nobody else.” (With cheap food imports, Haiti can’t feed itself by Jonathan M. Katz, AP. March 20, 2010 –

But note: Hillary Clinton’s State Department and Bill Clinton along with Obama are STILL promoting sweatshop slavery supposedly to give Haiti a mere 100,000 assembly plant jobs at less than .38 cents an hour when US policy FORCED Haiti to lose 830,000 rural jobs.

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HLLN 22 March, 2010: Haiti & Africa: The Horrors of Humanitarian Aid | Bipartisan oppression of Haiti- Clinton/Bush together in an occupied Haiti where majority party and masses excluded, banned from elections since Bush Regime change 2004

22 March, 2010 — HLLN

Haiti & Africa: The Horrors of Humanitarian Aid

Bipartisan oppression of Haiti- Clinton/Bush together in an occupied Haiti where majority party and masses excluded, banned from elections since Bush Regime change 2004

“U.S.-promoted agricultural policies, such as forcing Haitian rice farmers to compete against U.S.-subsidized agribusiness, cost an estimated 830,000 rural jobs.”

Clinton apologizes for neoliberal policies that destroyed Haiti’s rice production…|

USAID paid at least $160 million of its total Haiti-related expenditures to the Defense Department, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, two local U.S. search and rescue teams and, in at least two instances, itself. Tens of millions more went to U.S.-based aid groups…much of that bought food and other necessities for Haitians, often from U.S. companies — including highly subsidized rice growers whose products are undercutting local producers, driving them out of business. One cent of every dollar has gone to the Haitian government… (Billions for Haiti, a criticism for every dollar By JONATHAN M. KATZ (AP) – Mar 5, 2010)

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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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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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