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The Militarization of Aid to Haiti

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The Militarization of Aid to Haiti

http://coat.ncf.ca/our_magazine/links/65/InvAID.htm

"this is a list of 100 web links to articles on the hyper militarisation of development assistance to Haiti"


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US [and Canada] Attempts to Erase Haitian Nationhood

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/02/10-11

"Proud Haiti has been reduced to a de facto 'protectorate' of the United States [and Canada], a grotesque form of non sovereignty, in which the subjugated nation is 'protected' by its worst enemy.."


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Battle Begins Over Lucrative Haiti Cleanup Contracts

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/02/09-5

Haiti, Forgive Us

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/02/10


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Haiti Hunger Sparks Growing Protests

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/feb2010/hait-f09.shtml

4 weeks after earthquake


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Haiti Has Its Own Rebuilding Plans

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Haiti-has-its-own-rebuildi-by-Ezili-Dan...

The US/UN must stop blocking Haitian relief..


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Fidel Castro Ruz: We Send Doctors Not Soldiers.

 

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In the midst of the Haitian tragedy, without anybody knowing how and why, thousands of US marines, 82nd Airborne Division troops and other military forces have occupied Haiti. Worse still is the fact that neither the United Nations Organization nor the US government have offered an explanation to the world's public opinion about this relocation of troops.

Several governments have complained that their aircraft have not been allowed to land in order to deliver the human and technical resources that have been sent to Haiti.

Some countries, for their part, have announced they would be sending an additional number of troops and military equipment. In my view, such events will complicate and create chaos in international cooperation, which is already in itself complex. It is necessary to seriously discuss this issue. The UN should be entrusted with the leading role it deserves in these so delicate matters.

Our country is accomplishing a strictly humanitarian mission. To the extent of its possibilities, it will contribute the human and material resources at its disposal. The will of our people, who takes pride in its medical doctors and cooperation workers who provide vital services, is huge, and will rise to the occasion.

Any significant cooperation that is offered to our country will not be rejected, but its acceptance will fully depend on the importance and transcendence of the assistance that is requested from the human resources of our homeland.

It is only fair to state that, up until this moment, our modest aircrafts and the important human resources that Cuba has made available to the Haitian people have arrived at their destination without any difficulty whatsoever.

We send doctors, not soldiers!

 


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Never heard of reporter Catherine Mercier, who was just on the CBC radio "news" (11 am) about Haiti and the "need" for military assistance because 5000 convicts escaped, and were armed and amuk.  At the time of the earthquake there was another story like this, useful propaganda.  But CNN(!) showed the gates and doors wide open.  CBC and others said the prison had collapsed. 

The national penitentiary was outrageously overcrowded and without plumbing, with prisoners locked in 24/7. A 2008 doc vid showed young men with puffy ankles and feet, beri beri, congestive heart failure, from useless white rice they'd been fed.

 


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I forgot to add that practically none of the people in the national penitentiary had been charged, tried, given any sort of hearing, or convicted of any particular offense --- other than perhaps being Aristide/Lavalas supporters.

Another aspect of the traps being laid is Harper's statement that our donations will be matched dollar for dollar.  Right, for CIDA, with its miserable history in Haiti, to hand out.  For the list of blunders or devious CIDA doles, see Richard Sanders:  Putting the Aid in Aiding and Abetting: CIDA's agents of Regime Change in Haiti's 2004 Coup.  Online at coat.ncf.ca/our_magazine/links/62/62.htm


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Haiti Is Open for Business:

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2010/02/haiti-is-open-for-business.html

"Under American militarized control, Haiti is occupied for profit, the pseudo government largely invisible and predators aimed to cash in to the fullest.."


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Haiti: Private Contractors 'Like Vultures Coming to Grab the Loot'

http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=50396

"Critics are concerned that private military contractors are positioning themselves at the center of an emerging 'shock doctrine' for earthquake ravaged Haiti.."


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Three in a Million - Voices from the Haitian Camps

http://www.truthout.org/three-a-million-voices-from-haitian-camps57024

"The United Nations reported there are 1.2 million people living in 'spontaneous settlements' or homeless camps around Port-au-Prince. These people living in the camps spoke with this author this week, before the hard rains fall."


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http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/02/10-11

This article was a good summary highlighting the ongoing military occupation.

Amy Goodman's article was a good summary of the debt issues. 

others noted the offshore oil, and minerals, as well as cheap labour.

The protests by Haitians calling for Aristide's return went unreported in mainstream news.  very bad.

my gut still can't get past some labels in some articles. it's not that i'm not trying.

anyway, for this region the message is:

Reinstate their elected president, remove our military and the rapacious corporations they protect, provide reparations for historic assaults which will allow Haitians to do their own rebuilding.

 

 


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I've been on-the-ground in areas where international monetary aide is given directly to the local government. What I've seen is that the money goes into the bank accounts of the 'elected' thugs, while the poor in the back country get diddled. Is having a foreign military controling the disbursement of aide better? I dunno, but I sure hate to see a local disaster grounds for further enriching thuggish local powerbrokers. And for what it's worth, my experiance with UN organizations handling aide efforts has not been a positive experiance.

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Harper's Haiti 'HardPower'

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/feb2010/hait-f25.shtml

"The Conservatives have also seized on the Haitian relief effort, which has been enthusiastically supported by the media and all the opposition parties, as a means of reviving popular support for their more 'robust foreign policy', the centerpiece of which has been the leading role played by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in the Afghan counter-insurgency war.

In an action closely coordinated with Washington, Canada deployed 2,000 CAF personnel and two navy battleships to Haiti in the days following the earthquake - one of the largest overseas deployments since WWII.."


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Haiti and the Aid Racket: How NGOs are Profiting

http://www.counterpunch.com/smith02242010.html

"Overall, the catastrophe in Haiti revealed the worst aspects of the US government and the NGO aid industry.."


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Chile Built For Resistance, Haiti to Crumble

http://www.ottawasun.com/news/world/2010/02/28/13057896-ap.html

"The earthquake in "Chile was far stronger than the one that struck Haiti last month - yet the death toll in this Caribbean nation is magnitudes higher. The reasons are simple. Chile is wealtier and infintely better prepared, with the strict building codes, robust emergency response and a long history of handling seismic catastrophes..."


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Haiti: The Militarization of Aid, Public discourse and Political Action (vid)

http://www.zcommunications.org/haiti-the-mobilization-of-aid-public-disc...

"examined  how the mobilization of aid is occurring through the media, diasporas, ngos, the military - especially CF - and other governmental institutions and to what effect.."

 


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Haiti: Disaster Capitalism on Steroids

http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/03/haiti-disaster-capitalism-on-steroids/

"Two months after the devastating earthquake the situation in Haiti is downright criminal. The situation is a catastrophe."

Clinton Family Pockets Haiti Assets

http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/clinton-family-pockets-haiti...

"Backed by the might of the US military and their own official positions, the Clinton power couple plus brother in law have muscled themselves into the Haitian telephone monopoly."


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Just What Haiti Doesn't Need: Rwandan Police

http://www.sfbayview.com/2010/just-what-haiti-needs-rwandan-police/

Canada's RCMP were bad enough...


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The Pentagon is Using Haiti as a Training Ground for Afghanistan

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=18118

"The Canadian military has adopted a similar pattern. Haiti is used as a long launchpad for redeploying combat troops to the Middle East war theater. Canadian troops initially dispatched to Haiti under a humanitarian mandate are being sent to Afghanistan..."

Again where are our 'representatives' and why aren't they on this?


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Canada To Pay $100 M to Join 'Haiti Recovery Team'

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2010/03/28/13385986-cp.html

"Canada is preparing to pay $100M to join an exclusive new international club that would guide the recovery of earthquake ravaged Haiti.."


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Haiti Watch: Disease Threatens Infants and No Plans to Stop It

http://www.opednews.com/articles/1/Haiti-Watch-Disease-Threa-by-Georgian...

"..there remains a serious gap in preparedness, early warning and rapid response in regards to pediatric diarrheal disease in Haiti. I am petitioning everyone I can reach to raise awareness...I think this needs to be addressed by the media.."

please forward the info to your local media..


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In Haiti as in Afghanistan there is a major disconnect in that Canada isn't critiquing the regime in power. 

When Western governments gave infrastructure support to Stalin, they functionally supported his atrocities.

The current regime in Haiti is a coup 'government' - the elected president Aristide is in exile, pushed there by Canada, the US and France.

The 'aid' and 'development', as in Afghanistan, will function to entrench structures to devastate the people over the long term.

 


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Grad Student Uncovers Haiti's Declaration of Independence: 'Liberty or Death!'

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/grad-student-uncovers-haiti...

"Sitting at a quiet table in the National Archives in London earlier this year, Canadian graduate student Julia Gaffield opened a bound book of documents from 1804 and unearthed the only known printed copy of Haiti's declaration of independence...The blacks of Haiti were survivors or descendants of survivors of the Middle Passage, members of the African diaspora in the New World, but they identified with the Taino Amerindian population decimated upon Christopher Columbus's arrival on the island of Hispaniola. The name 'Haiti' was taken from the Taino word for 'mountainous country'.


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Gang Violence Increases as Angry Haitians See Quake Aid Benefiting the Wealthy Elite

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/18/haiti-tension-gang-violence-...

"Gangs who once supported the president of Haiti, Rene Preval, are arming themselves against the government...The country's parliament expires next month, but with no elections on the horizon Preval has moved to consolidate his control over the country's reconstruction. The senate voted last week to extend the state of emergency 18 months, creating a reconstruction commission to administer billions in aid that will be overseen by Preval and former US president Bill Clinton...

'We are going to fight Preval and the government. We have already got the guns. We have people here from Cite Soleil who want to fight. We are not going to live in this misery. We have many groups  who are getting organized. Preval must go and we are the people who helped him get elected. He hasn't come to see us and has nothing to say to us...'"


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For $10 Billion of 'Promises' Haiti Surrenders Its Sovereignty

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=18847

"It was fitting that the March 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 Rene Preval in effect turned over the keys to Haiti to a consortium of foreign bankers and governments, [including Canada!] which will decide how to 'build back better' the country devastated by the Jan 12 earthquake.."


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Preparing Haiti for Exploitation and Plunder

http://mostlywater.org/preparing_haiti_exploitation_and_plunder

"Over 15 weeks post-quake, Haiti's imperial takeover is proceeding."


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'WE WANT OUR VOICES TO BE HEARD!': Democracy in Haiti's Earthquake Zone

http://www.haitiaction.net/News/AFD/5_3_10/5_3_10.html

"We are living in the mud. We are wet and we are hungry.."

and the news has moved on..


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Haitian Farmers Committed to Burning Monsanto's Hybrid Seeds

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/5/17/122734/198

"they're ruining our chance to support ourselves.."


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Canada pushes for Haitian elections

'Canada is pushing Haitian President René Préval to hold elections as soon as possible.

'Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon says he wants a clear indication from Préval that he is willing to hold presidential elections by the end of the year.

' "We're looking for a commitment from the government," Cannon said Friday after addressing a conference in Montreal on Haiti's reconstruction ... '


Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2010/05/21/mtl-cannon-haiti-elections.html#ixzz0obCw6XVX

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