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The Militarization of Aid to Haiti

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Fidel
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Life No Better in Haiti, One Year Later by grtv

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Nicole Lee: Stability of markets depends on countries like Haiti remaining poor, Europe, US's commitment is to their own subsidies only

News Flash: Cash crop capitalism fails another desperately poor third world capitalist nation.

Viva la Revolucion!

 


Noah_Scape
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I have to recant a bit, it is not all about corruption and "disaster capitalism". Some of the problem is EGO and self-glorification on the part of the charities themselves. A CBC reporter, on air but not in print or online, said that "95% of the rubble remains, because charities don't want to spend their funds on the inglorious task of cleaning up".

Using military power to assert the control needed for disaster capitalism is a key part of the strategy. From the link at top in this thread, a couple quotes:
"[T]he U.S. in fact used its relief' operation to disguise a military occupation of Haiti..."

""The Conservative government [Canada] has been anxious to ...advance the interests of Canada's corporate elite in the Caribbean... In an action closely coordinated with Washington, Canada deployed 2,000 CAF personnel and two navy battleships to Haiti...one of the largest overseas CAF deployments since World War II. ..."

 

Asidethought:

When we elect governments to run our nations we give them many powers, including control of the military. Governments tend to be made up of "wealthy elites" because they were the ones who set government up in the first place, mostly to help them protect and expand their wealth and holdings. So, government is mostly about business and serving the wealthy. Perhaps it is not appropriate to give such governments control of the military - a separate body of elected citizens, none of whom have much money [and therefore would not have the interests of the Elite Wealthy as their priority] might help ensure that military powers are not abused.

 


Fidel
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Baby Doc out of Haiti!

May his blood scream for all eternity.


Caissa
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Former dictator Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier, who has been living in France for the past 25 years, has returned to Haiti, Haitian national TV reports.



Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2011/01/16/haiti-duvalier-returns.html#ixzz1BJ4hsLI4


Le T
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If Baby Doc comes back to power it is entirely because of the actions of Canada and other international agitators. They would rather see another generation of Haitians terrorized than a popular anti-capitalist leader. Amazing that news agencies are reporting on Baby Doc's return and not linking it the to Canada/France/US sponsored Coup. Fucking lies upon lies.

 

It's also hilarious that Michelle Jean has written in her new post as special envoy of her shock that Baby Doc could just return to Haiti. She has obviously forgotten her role as Commander-in-Chief of the occupying army that chased democracy from the island.


NDPP
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Baby Doc simply rejoins the growing plague of bloodsucking insects draining Haiti. These include  Clinton business interests, the Canadian PGO (pro-governmental organization) mafiaosi, RCMP, and military personnel,  as well as UN types and other good-gig servants of the imperial court, like Jean. There's really not all that much political space between BD and MJ in the great scheme of such things. Even the UN only comes there to shoot them down in Cite Soleil and infect them with cholera, accidentally I'm sure. And somebody really should find out where all the money went. Certainly not to the people of Haiti, that's for sure.


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It remains to be seen how easy it will be for some others to return.

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OHANNESBURG — Exiled former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide said Friday he was ready to return to his quake-devastated country, but it was not clear when or how. Aristide, appearing with his wife in front of reporters at an airport hotel in Johannesburg, spoke of Haitians waiting to be rescued from the rubble of Tuesday's quake. "We feel deeply and profoundly that we should be there, in Haiti, with them, trying our best to prevent death," said Aristide, who has been exiled in South Africa since being ousted in a 2004 rebellion.

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¶7. (C) On Aristide, Patriota said that the mere fact of Aristide’s existence will always be problematic in terms of his influence on some elements of Haitian society, however much the international community works to isolate him. That said, the GOB had been encouraged by recent South African Government commitments to Brazil that the GSA would not allow Aristide to use his exile there to undertake political efforts (NFI). It always remains important to include in political dialogue those elements of Lavalas that are willing to “leave Aristide behind them,” Patriota said. Patriota and Fisk agreed that accelerating and enhancing assistance projects that have direct impact on Haitians remains a key priority, and that the GOB and U.S. should work together in this. Patriota observed that Brazil has 10 assistance projects underway, in cooperation with IFI’s, other countries or on its own.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34874060/ns/world_news-haiti_earthquake/

http://propagandapress.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/aristide-will-never-retu...


Fidel
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I think the fact that the motherfucker has returned to Haiti is meant as a threat to ordinary Haitians. It says, forget about any plans for people's democracy. His very presence in the country says to Haitians that they should forget about hope for the future. It represents more terrorizing the people. Paralyzing the people with fear and hopelessness is their way.


Caissa
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Haiti's run-off election on March 20 to determine a president will be contested by law professor Mirlande Manigat and popular musician Michel Martelly, the country's Provisional Electoral Council said Thursday.

The announcement on the council's website means government-backed candidate Jude Celestin will drop out of the contest.

Preliminary results from the Nov. 28 election indicating that Celestin had edged out singer (Sweet Micky) Martelly for second place - and the final spot in the run-off - set off often violent protests in December. Manigat was the first-place candidate

http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2011/02/03/haiti-runoff-election-martelly-...


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Is This MINUSTAH's 'Abu Ghraib Moment' in Haiti (and vid)  by Mark Weisbrot

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/sep/03/minustah-...

"...And make no mistake about it, the UN occupation of Haiti is really a US occupation - it is no more a multilateral force than George W BUsh's 'coalition of the willing' that invaded Iraq. And it is hardly more legitimate either. Rcent WikiLeaks cables also confirm that the US government sees MINUSTAH as an instrument of its policy there.

The images from this video are symbolic of what the 'international community' has been doing to Haiti since the world's first successful slave-led revolution."


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@#39 NDPP wrote:

Anger Erupts at UN as Cholera Toll Nears 1,000

"Demonstrators blame foreign peacekeepers for introducing the infectious disease into the country. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the strain of cholera bacteria spreading in Haiti matches the one endemic in South Asia. An estimated 400,000 people could be sickened before the epidemic is brought under control, an effort that could take up to six months.."

Haiti group demands UN pay for cholera outbreak

November 8, 2011

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(AP) PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti--A human rights group says it has filed claims with the United Nations seeking damages on behalf of more than 5,000 Haitian cholera victims and their families.

The claims filed by the Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti argue that the U.N. and its peacekeeping force are liable for hundreds of millions of dollars for failing to adequately screen peacekeeping soldiers. They say the infected soldiers caused the outbreak when untreated waste from a U.N. base was dumped into a tributary of Haiti's most important river.

Haitian health officials say cholera has sickened nearly 500,000 and killed more than 6,500.

The group says it filed claims with the U.N. mission in Haiti and in New York.

PRESS RELEASE:

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Over 5,000 Haitian Cholera Victims Sue UN, Seeking Justice

Attorneys deliver claims requesting compensation and constructive action for the UN's introduction of cholera to Haiti

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, New York, Port-au-Prince - On Thursday, November 4, 2011, over 5,000 Haitians, all victims of cholera or relatives of victims, submitted claims to the United Nations (UN) and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), for damages from MINUSTAH's October 2010 introduction of cholera into Haiti. The cholera epidemic has killed over 6,600 Haitians and sickened over 475,000 to date. The epidemic is ongoing.

The victims' petition explains that the UN and MINUSTAH are liable for hundreds of millions of dollars for: 1) failing to adequately screen and treat peacekeeping soldiers arriving from countries experiencing cholera epidemics; 2) dumping untreated wastes from a UN base directly into a tributary of Haiti's longest and most important river, the Artibonite; and 3) failing to adequately respond to the epidemic.

The cholera victims demand individual compensation, an adequate nationwide response by the UN, and a public apology. They insist that the nationwide response include medical treatment for current and future victims and clean water and sanitation infrastructure, the only solution to the cholera epidemic.

BAI Managing Attorney Mario Joseph said, "This is an opportunity for the United Nations to demonstrate that its stated ideals of eliminating disease and encouraging respect for rights are not just empty promises."

Brian Concannon, IJDH's Director, added, "The majority of the petition's facts come from UN reports. The UN developed much of the law we cite. Our clients are challenging the institution to act consistently with what it knows to be true and just."


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Cholera Death Toll in Haiti Rises to 6,435: UN Official Says Hardships Remain in Camps

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20111004/Cholera-death-toll-in-Haiti-ri...

"Haitian health authorities on Friday said the death toll from cholera has risen to 6,435 since October and that 'the number of people infected with cholera almost reached half a million.."

I seem to recall an awful lot of money being raised post-quake from various sources by various international aid groups and charities  - where exactly did all the money go since quite clearly it didn't go to Haitians? They're still camped out in tents on mud. Another ghoulish fiasco  barely remembered..


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The 'Enforcers': MINUSTAH and the Culture of Violence in Port-au-Prince  -  by Courtney Frantz

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/11/30-2

"Many Haitians connect this systemic violence to MINUSTAH's suppression of democracy in the region, such as its supervision of fraudulent elections and its efforts to thwart peaceful protests. They view MINUSTAH's presence as 'an occupation of their country', enforcing the role of a largely hostile international community.."

and right they are...


M. Spector
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From an interview with Dr. Jorge Balseiro Estevez, who was invited to do a speaking tour to some 15 cities across Canada in October and November 2011. The tour was organized by the Canadian Network on Cuba and its local affiliates, with sponsorship from a broad range of trade unions, health professionals and Haiti solidarity groups:

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How many Haitians have been served by Cuba's medical mission?

Dr. Jorge Balseiro Estevez: According to my most recent statistics from several weeks ago, since 1998, the Henry Reeve Cuban Internationalist Medical Brigade has treated more than 18 million cases in Haiti. We have performed 304,577 surgeries and vaccinated 1,501,076 people. We estimate the number of lives we have saved is 284,239.

Since the earthquake, we have treated 347,601 people and performed 8,870 surgeries. We have delivered 1,631 babies and vaccinated 74,493 people.

The post-earthquake work is very complex, with large numbers of injured people to treat. Rehabilitation services have been provided to 75,013 people. So far, 75 people have received prostheses to replace lost limbs. Psychosocial treatment is also needed for survivors. 116,000 children, for example, are receiving some form of psychosocial assistance.

Rodent and mosquito control in communities and in the survivor camps is an important part of our work, too.

The cholera outbreak must have been quite a burden to pile onto the existing post-earthquake work?

JBE: Yes, but we had no choice but to respond quickly. The Brigade established 44 cholera treatment units (complete with testing laboratories) and 23 cholera treatment centers. Those numbers are today at 45 and two, respectively. We also have 46 cholera detection units in operation in communities.

Our total number of patients in the first year of the epidemic was 76,130. Thirty percent of those were under the age of 15. We suffered 272 deaths in the areas we were serving, but we are very proud to report that we have had no deaths in the past 267 days. Our mortality rate from cholera has declined to 0.36% per patient, compared to the country-wide rate of 1.41%.

 


M. Spector
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From an open letter to Canada's MP's and Senators:

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The Government of Canada has declared its primary role in Haiti as provision of “security,” defined as training and equipping police and prison institutions.[2] It has spent large sums on prison and police equipping and training (although we note an irony that even misguided programs such as these are unfulfilled[3]).

This preoccupation with security is providing little justice. The Canadian-assisted prison system holds nearly 80 percent of its prisoners in preventive detention, without formal charge or trial.[4] Former dictator Jean Claude Duvalier is living in a state of near-impunity following his return to Haiti in January of this year.[5] Women and girls in the camps of earthquake survivors are suffering unprecedented levels of sexual violence.[6]

The security regime that Canada assisted in imposing in 2004 following the overthrow of Haiti’s elected government, specifically the 13,000-strong UN Security Council police/military occupation force known as MINUSTAH, is facing a groundswell of popular anger and calls for its withdrawal from the country.[7] The Latin American countries that contribute personnel to MINUSTAH are facing increasing domestic pressure to end their participation.[8] The force stands accused of neglect in causing the introduction of cholera to Haiti and is now facing a legal action by 5,000 Haitian complainants.[9]

 

Footnotes:

[2] New Canadian-funded prison to open soon in Haiti
[3] Three years, $18M later Haiti's police academy remains unbuilt
[4] International Center for Prison Studies (University of Essex)
[5] Haiti's 'Baby Doc' Dines Out As Prosecution Stalls; Amnesty International Urges Haiti to Bring "Baby Doc" to Justice and Comprehensive Update on Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier Prosecution, by Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
[6] Human Rights Watch Report, Aug 31, 2011: “Nobody Remembers Us”
[7] Protest demands withdrawal of MINUSTAH from Haiti
[8] Latin Americans Express Indignation at Renewal of MINUSTAH Mandate
[9] Haiti Group Demands UN Pay for Cholerea Outbreak, CBC News, Nov 8, 2011


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Haiti: Seven Places Where the Earthquake Money Did or Did Not Go

http://indigenist.blogspot.com/2012/01/seven-places-where-haitis-earthqu...

"...The UN estimated international donors gave Haiti over $1.6 Billion in relief aid since the earthquake (about $159 per Haitian) and over $2 Billion in recovery aid (about $173 per Haitan) over the last two years. Yet Haiti looks lke the earthquake happened two months ago, not two years.

Over half a million people remain homeless in hundreds of informal camps, most of the tons of debris from destroyed buildings still lies where it fell, and cholera, a preventable disease, was introduced into the country [by UN troops] and is now an epidemic killing thousands and sickening hundreds of thousands more.

It turns out that almost none of the money that the general public thought was going to Haiti actually went directly to Haiti. Haitians ask the same question as many around the world:'WHERE DID THE MONEY GO?'

Here are seven places where the earthquake money did and did not go..."


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UN Soldiers Brought Superbug Strain of Cholera to Western Hemisphere

http://cryptogon.com/?p=26997

"Compelling new scientific evidence suggests United Nations peacekeepers have carried a virulent strain of cholera - a superbug - into the Western Hemisphere for the first time..."


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Haiti To Be Fleeced Of Its Riches by Canadian Corporations - by Dady Chery

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=30786

"Haiti's mineral wealth is marked for super-exploitation by a Canadian corporation that has already wreaked havoc in the neighboring Dominican Republic. The operation requires construction of a deep-water port in Haiti's northeast, threatening the country's marine ecosystems.."


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Haiti: Humanitarian Aid for Earthquake Victims Used to Build Five Star Hotels

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31646

"As some 500,000 Haitians still live in displaced camps, five star hotels are being built amid shanty towns. A controversial Haitian government program funded by Canada has been offering $500 to dwellers who leave and find a home elsewhere. In practice this leads to the defacto expropriation of slum dwellers in high value central downtown areas of Port-au-Prince.."


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