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Starvation killing Haitian kids

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- At least 26 severely malnourished children have died in recent days in Haiti, and aid groups fear many more deaths unless more help comes quickly to this impoverished Caribbean country.

At least 65 other severely malnourished children have been treated on site or evacuated to hospitals, said Max Cosci, who heads the Belgian contingent of Doctors Without Borders in Haiti.

 

The Dominican Republic is right next door, and they have all sorts of fancy resorts serviced daily by Air Canada. How come Air Canada doesn't donate at least 1 flight per week to bring in food aid? Is that too much to ask?

Fidel

Manitoba Girl wrote:
  The Dominican Republic is right next door, and they have all sorts of fancy resorts serviced daily by Air Canada. How come Air Canada doesn't donate at least 1 flight per week to bring in food aid? Is that too much to ask?

Yes, I agree. Haiti is a client nation of the US for a long time running. I understand that subsidized rice and other staples originating in the US are dumped in Haiti, but it's expensive for Haitians to buy since so many are poor and have had their means of self-support(rice growing and farming in general) undermined by cheaper U.S. food exports. Peoples revolutions have been put down by the US military and their thugs in Port Au Prince over 25 times from last century to this decade. Haiti is the freest trading nation in the Caribbean according to Washington 

Lard Tunderin Jeezus Lard Tunderin Jeezus's picture

Most Canadians are completely oblivious about Canada's role in this unfolding disaster.

It is not Air Canada's responsibility, it is our military and federal government's job. They created the mess, they must try to fix it.

Fidel

Haiti: US client nation. It is not for our colonial administrators in Ottawa to decide. Mow Uncle Sam's grass for him in the backyard and reap the consequences. Hands off Haiti.

genstrike

Fidel, I agree with you that we shouldn't be involved in Haiti, but I think you're letting Canadian capitalists off the hook a little too easy by portraying them as lackeys for American capitalists.  Canada was a major player in the coup against Aristide, and Canadian capitalists such as Gildan run quite a few sweatshops.  Canada is not a victim, we are an imperialist power in our own right, albeit not as large or powerful as the US (who is these days?) but a decent sized imperialist power nonetheless.

Canada and Empire

Fidel

genstrike wrote:

Canada and Empire

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Those who would dispute this tend to argue principally that the Canadian economy suffers from massive and debilitating levels of foreign ownership, so much so that its economic elites cannot be considered an independent class in their own right. This argument is repeated throughout the nationalist Left. But does it actually stand up to inspection?

And then McNally goes on to describe how for every $1 dollar in DFIIC, $1.70 flows out of the country, and we can only assume he means from the deep pockets of our own imperialist-capitalists looking to takeover corporate America. Except that, Canada's oligarchs own controlling interest in zero sectors of U.S. economy. By comparison, more than 30 sectors of Canada's economy are majoriity foreign-owned and controlled, and mostly by rich Americans. And that $1.70 we're bleeding is probably Canadian pension funds and savings invested anywhere but Canada, and that's because there are few areas of Canada that aren't both profitable and already majority foreign-owned and controlled... and mostly by Americans since Mulroney scrapped Trudeau-NDP's FIRA. Canada is Satan's little helper for sure, but our capitalist class won't be dictating national energy policy to Americans anytime soon or owning over 50% of America's manufacturing base either. Dream on. Canada is a weak colony, a Northern Puerto Rico with some oil and gas left and maybe a few polar bears still. "Road to serfdom", that's us.

And as for Paul Martin helping out with the overthrow of democracy in Haiti, they did to help create an air of legitmacy with "international concern" this time around. The Yanks were beginning to blush with how many times(25 times from last century to 2004 at rough count) the US Army and CIA invaded that island to put down peoples' rebellions against intolerable, and brutal, US-backed dictatorships, and just 55 miles from Cuba, too.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I think that Canadian corporations have come into their own as far as acting like global buccaneers. Sure they are the second string team but it means they just try harder and that means that people from Haiti to Nigeria etc. etc will be murdered by a kinder gentler Canadian imperialist.  But it seems to me if you are on the receiving end of the capitalist stick one would really not care that big brother is even nastier than the new kid trying to break into the big time.

The last thing that Haiti needs is more foreign intervention unless maybe a Cuban peace keeping force to protect the ghettos and help heal the people's wounds and show them a better path. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ From North of Manifest Destiny

genstrike

Fidel wrote:

And then McNally goes on to describe how for every $1 dollar in DFIIC, $1.70 flows out of the country, and we can only assume he means from the deep pockets of our own imperialist-capitalists looking to takeover corporate America.

Not just sections of corporate America, but sections of other developed countries, and, most relevant to this article, the Global South.  These days, every major capitalist country has capitalists which invest in other capitalist countries and vice versa.

Canada is more than just a lapdog.  We have a fully developed capitalist class, and our capitalists are just as guilty and just as imperialist as American capitalists, and the same goes for our government.  Maybe we aren't quite as powerful, but we are a middle imperialist power in our own right.  Just ask all the people who work in Gildan sweatshops or are being displaced and poisoned by Canadian mining companies.

Saying that we are just a lapdog is just a way of shifting the responsibility for Canada's role off of our capitalists and onto the American capitalists, which is something that I really think is pointless and counterproductive, especially considering I have no affinity for Canadian capitalists either.

Fidel

genstrike wrote:
Not just sections of corporate America, but sections of other developed countries, and, most relevant to this article, the Global South.  These days, every major capitalist country has capitalists which invest in other capitalist countries and vice versa.

With the distinction that no other rich country allows a third much foreign ownership in its manufacturing sector. And which G20 country allows this much US ownership and control of its energy sector with corporate America dictating Canada's national energy policy?

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Canada is more than just a lapdog.  We have a fully developed capitalist class, and our capitalists are just as guilty and just as imperialist as American capitalists,

Canada was sometimes referred to as the "icebox" by America's far right Pentagon capitalists, a veritable treasure trove of natural resource wealth guarded by a weak and corrupt plutocracy. Canada is almost a rightwing Libertarian dream for devolved power, a series of weak provinces and territories whose leaders are there to be bribed and cheated of their resources and massive energy reserves and raw materials made easier since CUSFTA and NAFTA, and soon, TILMA, and whatever McGuilty and Charest are cooking up in closed door meetings.

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and the same goes for our government.  Maybe we aren't quite as powerful, but we are a middle imperialist power in our own right.

Canada's economy is said to resemble that of developing world economies with hewer and drawer status once again as of 2005. It actually operates on an old world colonial model whereby a rich imperial master nation bleeds Canada of its massive energy stores and raw materials, and ships finished products back to us. Canada is the USSA's largest export customer for a long time. "Never let them make so much as a hair pin" -- Ben Disraeli on dealing with Britain's colonies. 

Canada in Haiti
Who Engineered the Overthrow of Democracy?

Canada and the "department of colonies"

Paul Martin was yet another Canadian stooge, a shameless toady to the vicious empire

genstrike

Fidel wrote:

Canada in Haiti
Who Engineered the Overthrow of Democracy?

Canada and the "department of colonies"

Ummm, I think that article is proving my point. We played an integral role in this, and Paradis and Pettigrew did a lot of work on this issue.  Hell, it sounds like Paradis was really instrumental in getting the ball rolling.  And the Canadian state wasn't in it for American capitalists, it was in it for Canadian sweatshop owners like Gildan.  Canadian capitalists had an imperialist stake in Haiti.  Try telling a Haitian that Canada is just some colony and not an imperialist country.  He'll find it real funny as he's going to work at his Canadian sweatshop.

And Paul Martin is a lot of nasty things, but he isn't a stooge.  He is a full-fledged asshole and capitalist (he owned his own shipping company!) in his own right.  Calling him a stooge just shifts the responsibility for his assholery from him onto some supposed puppetmaster.

Fidel

Paul Martin was both a corporate stooge and an asshole-deluxe like Mulroney and Pearson and Diefenbaker and St Laurent etc ad nauseum

And you seem to have skimmed over several pertinent parapraphs:

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In September 2000, Madeleine Albright convened the first "friends of Haiti" meeting. The purpose of the meeting, according to CNN, was to "pressure Haiti to strengthen democratic procedures in advance of presidential and legislative elections in November." That is, the elections that everyone knew Aristide was going to win in a huge landslide.

By this point, the OAS had updated its view of the elections: from minor irregularites, where 10 out of 7000 overall positions were disputed due to tabulation discrepancies, to "serious irregularities and deficiencies."

On this basis, and without providing any further evidence, the Clinton administration had "already vowed to impose economic sanctions on Haiti if it [did] not change its ways," as one CNN report put it. It was at this point also that Luis Lauredo, U.S. ambassador to the OAS, announced that the U.S. government would begin the economic strangulation of Haiti by sending "nearly all bilateral assistance... through private and nongovernmental organizations, thus bypassing the Haitian government." Clinton blocked Haiti from receiving international loans and aid, a policy that continued with the Bush Administration. In four years, over $300 million in aid and loans was blocked; the Haitian government's annual budget is just over $400 million.

The reasons given for Clinton's drastic actions against Haiti cannot be taken seriously. While a series of dictators were in power in Haiti in the 1980s, and the murder of dissidents was a regular occurrence, no such sanctions were imposed

The U.S.-Haiti Connection: Rich Companies, Poor Workers

Another U.S. sponsored coup d'etat

Latortue is a US installed puppet

Papa doc Duvalier and tontons macoutes-FRAP, one of the world's most notorious secret police/death squads

Canada's stooges follow instructions from Warshington but dont give them. Haiti is part of "the backyard" Our latest stooge in Ottawa was instructed to sign a trade deal with a US-backed Colombian death squad government recently. Kow-towing to Uncle Sam is what corporate  hirelings in Ottawa do well. Canada is a ship without a rudder, a weak colony that does as its told. Trust and obey is the old line party way.

genstrike

Fidel wrote:

Canada's stooges follow instructions from Warshington but dont give them. Haiti is part of "the backyard" Our latest stooge in Ottawa was instructed to sign a trade deal with a US-backed Colombian death squad government recently. Kow-towing to Uncle Sam is what corporate  hirelings in Ottawa do well. Canada is a ship without a rudder, a weak colony that does as its told. Trust and obey is the old line party way.

Canada's capitalists aren't just some lackey of the US.  They have their own interests, although these interests do tend to coincide because both Canadian and American capitalists are imperialst capitalists.  That is why you see them working together on issues from NAFTA to the SPP to Afghanistan to Haiti.

Do you seriously think that Harper signed the FTA with Colombia at the behest of Bush and American capitalists?  No, it was Canadian capitalists.

I think what is going on here is that you simply don't want to admit to the full scope of Canada's role, possibly because you don't want to admit that your country is an imperialist one.  So you feel you have to argue that Canada is a colony and a victim of imperialism with no choice but to follow the US, thus absolving Canada and Canadian capitalists of all the blame and shifting it onto the US and American capitalists.

Face it, there is nothing different about Canada compared to any other imperialist middle power.

Fidel

Colombia is one of several US frontline states in the war on democracy. It's not our imperial troops and military hardware in that country. And it's not CSIS but CIA in Colombia, and sniffing around Venezuela's richest oil state today. Harper was following orders from Warshington to make friendly with their stooge in Bogota. Uribe's death squads and paramilitaries weren't trained in the black art of murder and torture in Canada - that was the notorious US based Skool of the Americas. 

I think you dont appreciate my references to both wings of the Canadian business party as "the stoogeocracy."  Latin America is Uncle Sam's backyard. Has been for a long time. The number of Canadian companies doing business in Latin America is tiny compared to the blood, sweat, and tears extracted by corporate America for over a hundred years. When it comes to Canada's Liberal and Conservative politicians and corporate America, I'm afraid it's a stooge-off. Introducing 36(and missing a few) of Uncle Sam's most loyal, and corrupt, and brutal colonial administrators over the years I cant see our stooges being so ambitious as to even strike out in the world with a colony of its own. Canada's mini-me oligarchs simply ride the coattails of their vicious masters, aye-aye.

 

genstrike

Fidel wrote:

The number of Canadian companies doing business in Latin America is tiny compared to the blood, sweat, and tears extracted by corporate America for over a hundred years.

Admittedly, we have fewer companies operating in these countries and have less capability for covert actions, but that is just because we are a smaller country with fewer companies in general.  But our companies can and do invest in and take advantage of developing countries, especially our mining companies which poison and displace people.

The Canadian state and Canadian capitalists are a willing partner in imperialism, not a reluctant lackey.  We go along with it because we have similar interests, not because we are somehow dragged along.  I think you underestimate the imperialist tendencies of Canadian capitalists.

Fidel

There are complicit lackeys in dozens of thirdworld US friendly countries and who profited handsomely by US empire. Think back to Roman times and how they bribed leaders of the barbarian hordes into accepting Roman occupation and rule. Our bribed hirelings in Ottawa and captains of industry are fully complicit with US imperialism, sure they are. Our stooges in Ottawa are not full fledged imperialists though. Canada is to US empire in the kind of way that Egypt was to Rome, except Canada supplies a lot more than just grain to feed the troops and general population. Canada supplies massive amounts of oil and total energy and raw materials to the most wasteful and most oil-dependent economy in the world, and without any consideration for future energy demand here in the northern colony. Our stooges pretty much betrayed any plans for creating a strong and sovereign nation with the free trade betrayals. Canada is a vast preserve of natural resource wealth for corporate America to raid at will. America doesnt want to trade freely with Canada - they want to dominate Canada and own our valuable resources. And our stooges sometimes volunteer our colonial troops to aggressive US combat missions, and in addition to helping Uncle Sam put down slave revolts in "the backyard." 

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Five years on: Haiti's suffering continues under occupation

By Roger Annis - February 24, 2009

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Five years ago, on February 29, 2004, Haiti's popular, elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was overthrown by a right-wing paramilitary rebellion that received essential material and political backing from the United States, France, Canada and neighbouring Dominican Republic.

Tens, probably hundreds, of thousands of Haitians will commemorate this event with angry protests at the end of this month, directing their anger at the foreign occupation authority that took control of their country and has brought it to ruin.

An apparatus of the UN Security Council, known by its acronym MINUSTAH, has played a dominant role in the affairs of the country since 2004. It is the only political/military mission in UN history to intervene in a member country without the assent of its government or major political forces.

MINUSTAH consists of 10,000 military, police and administrative personnel. It spends some US$600 million per year, double the annual budget of Haiti's national government. Brazil plays the leading role in the military side of the UN operation.

On December 16 of last year, tens of thousands of Haitians marched across the country to protest MINUSTAH's heavy-handed police and military patrols. The rallies condemned its failure to direct its resources towards tackling the country's crushing poverty.

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Country in ruin

Conditions at every level have worsened in Haiti since 2004. Poverty and hunger are rising. Agricultural production is weak and suffered further blows following a succession of four hurricanes this past summer.

Malnutrition is widespread and starvation appeared in some pockets of the country after the storms. Unemployment is estimated at 80 per cent.

Half of Haiti's children do not attend school. Half of its 9 million people have no access to medical care. The medical situation would be a whole lot worse but for networks of clinics operated by the Cuban government, Zanmi Lasante (founded by Dr. Paul Farmer and his Partners in Health project) and Doctors Without Borders.

The Haitian people are running out of patience. Demands and protests are growing for the mission to end.

Another measure of this popular anger was the visit to Washington by President Réné Préval in early February. He met with the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the first foreign leader to do so. He called on her government and international financial institutions to assist Haiti with $100 million in immediate aid.

"Political stability has been restored," he said, "but what is necessary is the creation of jobs."

Préval also said he wants an end to the U.S. policy of channelling all its aid money to Haiti through non-governmental organisations (NGOs). It should instead go directly to the sovereign government, which Preval says can do a better job in most cases.

This is an explosive issue in Haiti, not only because so much NGO money is wasted on foreign salaries and bureaucracies but also because NGOs have been used by the big powers as a weapon against Haitian sovereignty.

Most of the largest international NGOs operating in Haiti supported the overthrow of Aristide in 2004, or they acquiesced through silence.

Human rights agencies such as Amnesty International and the Washington-based Human Rights Watch were largely silent during the foreign-appointed regime of human rights violations that ruled Haiti from 2004 to 2006 and was responsible for thousands of Aristide supporters being jailed, exiled or killed.

Political confrontations growing

In early February, the Provisional Electoral Council that oversees elections in the country announced that it had rejected all 17 candidates registering on behalf of Fanmi Lavalas for a senatorial election scheduled for April 19. The party was founded by Aristide and colleagues in 1996....

Fanmi Lavalas was barred from the 2006 election by virtue of the widespread political repression under the 2004 to 2006 regime....

Aristide lives in exile in South Africa. Speculation swirls in Haiti and among the 2 million Haitians living abroad as to whether and when he could return to the country.

His personal security would be vulnerable. The foreign powers would do their all to block a return, because it would unleash a torrent of popular welcome that would put a lie to their claims that he was an unpopular leader whose "removal" in 2004 was welcomed by the majority.

A return by Aristide would set up expectations among the masses that would be difficult to meet, given the hostility of the foreign powers and the fact that they have their hands all over the purse strings of the Haitian government and state.

Fidel

According to Washington, Haiti is the freest trading nation in the Caribbean.

And Haitians still need a good revolution to clean the bastards outa town.