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The Brutal Dictator Baby Doc and UN "PeaceKeepers" Commit Crimes With Impunity In Haiti: Haiti News

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 01:02:46 +0000

Haiti News Update: For too long the wealthy and powerful have operated with impunity in Haiti. Both the violent Dictator Jean-Claud "Baby Doc" Duvalier and the United Nations' (UN) Stabilization Mission to Haiti (MINUSTAH) have committed grave crimes against the Haitian People: and neither are being held accountable. The lack of accountability in Haiti must end! In 1971 when the violent dictator Francois-Claude "Papa Doc" Duvalier died, his presidency and his personal militia called the Tonton Macoutes were passed to Francois-Claude's 19 year old son, Jean-Claude, "Baby Doc". For 15 years Jean-Claude continued to terrorize Haiti. The Haitian army and the feared Tonton Macoutes sys­tem­at­i­cally beat, impris­oned, tor­tured and killed Duvalier’s polit­i­cal oppo­nents and any­one who chal­lenged his thugs’ author­ity. Jean-Claude stole hundreds of millions of dollars from public funds while Haitians struggled to survive. Jean-Claude was finally forced out of Haiti in 1986 by a popular uprising. After living in exile in France for 25 years, in January Baby Doc Duvalier unexpectedly returned to Haiti. Instead of being imprisoned he is enjoying a life of luxury. UN Peacekeepers were recently caught on video sexually assaulting a teenager, and this isn't the first time UN troops have been accused of rape in Haiti. The UN also obstructed the Haitian justice system’s investigation into the hanging death of a 16-year-old boy inside a UN base. WikiLeak US Embassy cables prove that the UN is involved in numerous massacres in pro-Aristide neighborhoods. And The UN Peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti, which caused over 6000 deaths and sickened more than 440,000 Haitians. MINUSTAH's annual budget is $850 million which is nine times the amount budgeted to fight cholera. Numerous studies and experts have concluded that the MINUSTAH troops inadvertently brought cholera to Haiti. Haitians suspected that the source of cholera was the Nepalese base, when in October 2010 they saw sewage spurting out of the latrine into the Artibonite river which is their primary source of water. After months of refusing to investigate the source of cholera and obstructing investigations the UN finally admitted the link between the Nepalese base and the spread of cholera. Yet the UN hasn't even apologized to Haitians, let alone offered any compensation. As of Aug. 29 Cholera has caused 6290 deaths and sickened 442349 Haitains. The Return of Dictator Jean Claude Duvalier & the Tragic Comedy of November 28, 2010 (IJDH-BAI: English, French) The result of impunity today is sim­ple: If it is so easy to accept the fail­ure to pros­e­cute Duva­lier under the guise of pre­scrip­tion, there will be no need to con­sider any pros­e­cu­tion of the UN occu­pa­tion force, MINUSTAH, which mas­sa­cred hun­dreds of peo­ple in Cite Soleil; on whose base in Cap Hait­ian the dead body of a 16 year old boy was found hang­ing; and whose actions have lead to the tragic deaths of thou­sands of Haitians by the con­t­a­m­i­na­tion of cholera in the Art­i­bonite River. Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil for MINUSTAH Withdrawal from Haiti, November 5, 2011 CONTINENTAL MEETING FOR THE IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL OF UNITED NATIONS TROOPS FROM HAITI (*) The UN has finally recognized that the cholera bacteria was introduced to the country by the Nepal unit of MINUSTAH. The epidemic has infected more than 300,000 Haitians and killed more than 5,800. The annual cost of MINUSTAH is U.S. $850 million— nine times the amount budgeted to fighting the cholera epidemic. (I will post an Action Alert dairy Next week.) [...]



Haiti News Update

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 01:08:36 +0000

Haiti News Update:

But a little history first:

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Parliament and Property (Slaves), The Black Jacobins: Haiti

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 00:22:09 +0000

The history of liberty in France and of slave emancipation in San Domingo is one and indivisible (P61). Effect of the French Revolution on Haiti:

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In 1789, San Domingo (Haiti) was France's most profitable colony, perhaps the most profitable colony any where, at any time. It was the world's largest producer of coffee and it supplied half of Europe with sugar, coffee and cotton. However, its wealth was produced by slaves, and as it was the world's most prosperous colony, it was the most brutal colony. As   Eric Williams noted, by 1789 this ‘pearl of the Caribbean’ had become, for the vast majority of its inhabitants, ‘the worst hell on earth’.

News of the fall of the Bastille reached San Domingo in September 1789. The planters (rich slave owners) most heavily indebted to the maritime bourgeoisie were the first to join. The Exclusive was particularly burdensome for the planters and caused many to go into deep debt. The Exclusive set prices, dictated that the colonists could trade only with France, and even chose the shipping company. The planters knew they could make significantly more by selling to England. They resented The Exclusive and hated Royalty's oppressive representatives, the bureaucracy, who ruled the colony.

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With the French Revolution came talk of liberty and equality. The French bourgeoisie understood that slavery was abhorrent and a betrayal of all they claimed to stand for. But in 1789, France was in desperate need of money and dependent on the revenues from its small colony, Haiti, that produced more than all its other colonies combined. Parliament  tried to forget the colony’s sadistic system of slavery that produced this wealth. Aware that the colony could not exist without slavery, the French decided it best to ignore the colonial issue. But the betrayal of  principles would take the air out of the revolution: The colo­nial question again and again split the bourgeoisie, made it ashamed of itself, destroyed its morale and weakened its capacity to deal with the great home problems which faced it. ...the colonists wanted to get colonial questions removed from general discussion... (The Black Jacobins P70).

The colonists tried to emulate the French Revolutionaries, excluding of course, any talk of principles. Lofty principles had no place on San Domingo. While in France there was talk of liberation and equality, in San Domingo there was no such talk because liberation and equality would be the end of the French rule of Haiti. For the colonist, prosperity justified their brutality.




Haiti News Update: US Continues to Push for Privatization

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 19:52:16 +0000

Haiti News Updates on Wednesdays and Fridays (may change to one day a week).

This week in Haiti:
After having his 1st 2 nominations rejected by Parliament, President Martelly's 3rd nomination for Haiti's most powerful position--Prime Minister--is  Gary Conille.  Gary Conille is Bill Clinton"s Chief of Staff for Clinton's role as the UN Special Envoy to Hati.

Wikileaks reveals--The Clinton Bush Fund's VP is Timothy Carney. He green-lighted an assault on a pro-Aristide slum despite knowing there would be "inevitable civilian causalities." Instead of trying to prevent the assault, he advised the Haitian elite who were planning it about how to handle its aftermath.

Wikileaks reveals-- That the US' priority in Haiti is privatization, not effective recovery.

Yet another study proves that the Nepalese UN troops brought cholera to Haiti.

The new report on conditions for women in Haiti is bleak. However, grassroots women's groups are organizing and fighting for rights.

The report on USAID's role in recovery paints a dismal picture of US foreign aid.

Brazil has the largest contingent of UN troops in Haiti; they are called MINUSTAH. Talk of Brazil pulling troops out of Haiti continues to grow.




Haiti News Update: "The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice."

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 19:14:55 +0000

Haiti News Updates on Wednesdays and Fridays (may change to one day a week).


"The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice."
"What, then is to be done? Speaking of events since the 1991 coup, Noam Chomsky has noted that 'honest commentary would place all of this in the context of our unwavering opposition to freedom and human rights in Haiti for no less than 200 years.' The first order of business, for citizens of the United States, might be a candid and careful assessment of our ruinous policies towards Haiti. Remorse is not a very fashionable sentiment. But for many, old-fashioned penitence might be the first step towards a new solidarity, a pragmatic solidarity that could supplant both our malignant policies of the past and the well -meaning but unfocused charity that does not respond to Haitian aspirations. The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice." (The Uses of Haiti P. 307)



Haitians are Dying Unnecessarily and Unnoticed: Haiti News Update

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 22:59:28 +0000

Haiti News Updates on Wednesdays and Fridays (may change to one day a week).

This week in Haiti: 1.Cholera is out of control and NGOs left with the media and the donations. Now many NGOs claim they are out of money 2.Oxfam's Haiti director stepped down because of allegations (will not say what) of misconduct. 3.Calls for UN Troops (MINUSTAH) to leave Haiti grow amid new allegations of sexual abuse and allegations of dumping sewage in a River. 4.Martelly has yet to name a third candidate for prime minister. His first two ultra right-wing candidates were rejected. The Haitian government remains in flux with no prime minister.




The Black Jacobins Chapter 1:The Property: Haiti Book Diary

Thu, 11 Aug 2011 22:23:53 +0000

Haiti was Christopher Columbus' second stop, having first arrived in the new world at the island of San Salvador. Friendly natives greeted Columbus, and directed him to Haiti when he inquired about gold. On his way to the island, a ship was wrecked. So peaceful and honest were the Native Indians that they helped him save almost the entire cargo. Nothing was stolen.

In return, for the Indians' kindness:

The Spaniards, the most advanced Europeans of their day, annexed the island, called it Hispaniola, and took the backward natives under their protection. They introduced Christianity, forced labour in mines, murder, rape, blood­ hounds, strange diseases, and artificial famine (by the destruction of cultivation to starve the rebellious). These and other requirements of the higher civilisation reduced the native population from an estimated half-a-million, perhaps a million, to 60,000 in 15 years. (The Black Jacobins, Pg 3-4)




UN Caught Dumping Feces Near a River in Haiti, AGAIN: Haiti News Update

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 20:18:20 +0000

Haiti News Updates on Wednesdays and Fridays (may change to one day a week).

UN troops in Haiti are called MINUSTAH and MINUSTAH was caught dumping sewage near a Haitian river. This is unacceptable! (Please see action alert below) It was just last year the Nepalese troops were caught dumping sewage in the Artibonite river. Haitians fear another cholera outbreak.

This week (US Puppet) President Martelly continues to travel, evict homeless families from IDP camps, and stubbornly refuse to nominate a candidate for prime minister who the Haitian Parliament will appoint. So far he has nominated two ultra-right wing candidates.

Wikileaks reveals that after the 2004 coup the US and UN oversaw the remaking of the Haitian police force. They purged Aristide loyalists, of whom many, were jailed and, according to reports, some were killed, and they appointed ex-army and ex-paramilitary to the police force.




Haiti news update

Sat, 06 Aug 2011 00:52:51 +0000

Haiti News Updates on Wednesdays and Fridays (may change to one day a week).




Storms, Evictions, and Indifference: Haiti News Update

Wed, 03 Aug 2011 21:07:15 +0000

Haiti News Updates on Wednesdays and Fridays (may change to one day a week).
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By late 1803, to the universal astonishment of contemporary observers, the armies led by Toussaint and Dessalines had thus broken the chain of colonial slavery at "what had been, in 1789, its strongest link." Renamed Haiti, the new (and utterly devastated) country celebrated its independence in January 1804. Of the three great revolutions that began in the final decades of the eighteenth century -- American, French, and Haitian --  only the third forced the unconditional application of the principle that inspired each one: affirmation of the natural, inalienable rights of all human beings. Only in Haiti was the declaration of of human freedom universally consistent. Only in Haiti was this declaration sustained at all costs, in direct opposition to the social order and economic logic of the day. Only in Haiti were the consequences of this declaration -- the end of slavery, of colonialism, of racial inequality -- upheld in terms that directly embraced the world as a whole. The declaration of Haitian independence thereby dealt the myth of white supremacy a mortal and thus unforgivable blow. (As you might expect, the bicentenary celebration of this independence, in 2004-04, would prove scarcely more welcome than the original achievement itself.) (Damming the Flood, 11)




Haiti News Update: Aristides Life In Danger; Evictions, Protests and Gov repression

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 22:55:39 +0000

Haiti News Updates on Wednesdays and Fridays (may change to one day a week).

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Over the last twenty years, Lavalas has developed as an experiment at the limits of contemporary political possibility. Its history sheds light on some of the ways that a political mobilization can proceed under the pressure of exceptionally powerful constraints. (Damming the Flood, P 324)




Haiti News Update: Life Gets Worse for Haiti's Poor

Fri, 22 Jul 2011 22:04:45 +0000

New Haiti Diary series: I have been posting Haiti news Updates in Black Kos comments since Haiti's devastating Earthquake. After many suggestions to make diary,

Haiti News Updates on Wednesdays at 5:00 pm and Fridays (may change to one day week) at 3:00 Pacific time.
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Haiti Wikileaks Wednesday: News Update & Action Alert

Thu, 21 Jul 2011 00:07:27 +0000

New Haiti Diary series: I have been posting Haiti news Updates in Black Kos comments since Haiti's devastating Earthquake. After many suggestions to make diary,

Haiti News Updates on Wednesdays and Fridays (may change to one day week) at 5:00 Pacific time.

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Haiti News Update: Evictions and Martelly's Disturbing Prime Minister Pick

Sat, 16 Jul 2011 00:15:27 +0000

New Haiti Diary series: I have been posting Haiti news Updates in Black Kos comments since Haiti's devastating Earthquake. After many suggestions to make diary,

Haiti News Updates on Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:00 Pacific time.




Haiti News Update

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 23:59:34 +0000

New Haiti Diary series: I have been posting Haiti news Updates in Black Kos comments since Haiti's devastating Earthquake. After may suggestions to make diary,

Haiti News Updates on Fridays at 3:00 Pacific time and Wednesday 5:00.

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Cholera Returns To Haiti "Too often, Haitians die without reasons and without consequences."

Sun, 10 Jul 2011 03:33:27 +0000

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Cholera is devastating Haiti. The official numbers are horrifying and the real numbers are significantly higher: 5,500 people have died and 370,00 cases of cholera.  

"Too often, Haitians die without reasons and without consequences.  

How We Helped Pave Haiti's Road to Cholera Hell

The current second wave of cholera cases has gone largely unnoticed in the North American media. This is convenient, because the resurgence shows how little the UN has done to eliminate the squalor that cholera thrives on.




Haiti News Update: New Diary Series

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 22:12:07 +0000

New Haiti Diary series: I have been posting Haiti news Updates in Black Kos comments since Haiti's devastating Earthquake. After may suggestions to make diary,

Haiti News Updates on Fridays at 3:00 Pacific time and Wednesday 5:00.




USAID Disastrous Plan for Haiti: Travesty in Haiti Chapter 7

Sun, 08 May 2011 13:47:18 +0000

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In the 1970s Haiti, like much of Latin America, was rural, made up mostly of small farmers. Its economy actually grew at a respectable 2.5% per year, and its GDP was better than that of most Central American countries. Haiti was poor, but able to feed itself.

And then US policy makers saw the opportunity to further enrich the $100 billion garment industry, while at the same time to dump heavily subsidized US agricultural products. In a cynical move, the US policy makers designed a Plan that would use International Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to help carry out their scheme to deliberately destroy Haiti's farm economy thereby harming the "poorest of the poor," the very people the NGOs are assigned to help.

As it turns out, CARE had become involved in what was a very deliberate undermining of the Haitian peasant economy, the cornerstone of a plan that the World Bank and USAID had designed. This is how it happened. (Travesty in Haiti, Pg. 107)




And an Industry of Poverty Emerged: Travesty in Haiti Chapter 5

Sun, 03 Apr 2011 14:33:50 +0000

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As the Nutritionalist scolded Schwartz his mind drifted. He thought about the history of foreign aid in Jean Makout county. International Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) began arriving in the 1950s by the 1970s there were more than a dozen and by the 1990s there were seventeen. Some of the largest NGOs with offices around the globe and tens of thousands of employees were represented in the small Haitian county:




In the Small Village of Meille, People started dying: Haiti Justice, Not Charity!

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 00:01:50 +0000

In October, in the small village of Meille, directly downriver from the Nepalese base, people started dying; many within hours of becoming ill, and all with an unknown intestinal illness. The first confirmed cholera case was a young man from the same village who became ill on October 14th, 2010; the Artibonite River is the region's primary source of water.




Haiti Damming The Flood Conclusion: Nothing Changes Intimidation, Fraud & Disfranchisement

Sun, 12 Dec 2010 20:14:04 +0000

"Over the last twenty years, Lavalas has developed as an experiment at the limits of contemporary political possibility. Its history sheds light on some of the ways that a political mobilization can proceed under the pressure of exceptionally powerful constraints." (Damming The Flood, P314)




Haiti: Justice, Not Charity

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 01:57:03 +0000

This is the 202nd diary since the earthquake in Haiti. The first diary was by Dallasdoc and previous diaries are linked below. This is the Justice, Not Charity! edition of the diary.


"The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice."
"What, then is to be done? Speaking of events since the 1991 coup, Noam Chomsky has noted that 'honest commentary would place all of this in the context of our unwavering opposition to freedom and human rights in Haiti for no less than 200 years.' The first order of business, for citizens of the United States, might be a candid and careful assessment of our ruinous policies towards Haiti. Remorse is not a very fashionable sentiment. But for many, old-fashioned penitence might be the first step towards a new solidarity, a pragmatic solidarity that could supplant both our malignant policies of the past and the well -meaning but unfocused charity that does not respond to Haitian aspirations. The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice." (The Uses of Haiti P. 307)



Haiti's Flawed Election: The 2004 Coup Continues...

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 20:12:17 +0000

Ernseau Bolivar, a student living in La Saline, tried to get the New York Times to grasp the point that his neighbors already understood only too well. "The army and the people with money always were against the poor. Traditionally the political class used the army to oppress us.  That is what we fear. President Aristide made a lot of mistakes, it is true. But he was always representing people of the poor, people of my class." Bolivar could see perfectly well what his interviewer could not. "He said he thought Mr. Aristide had been forced out by American pressure. He called the president's fall a coup. 'We elected Mr. Aristide,' Mr. Bolivar said. 'How can the Americans now come and take him away? What about our Constitution? What about our laws?'" Sony Aurelien, a port-inspector who lives in La Saline, made the same point a few days later. "With Aristide, for the first time we have started to live. I am the first one in my family to have a regular job. Aristide tried to lift us up, so America kidnapped him and took him away." (Damming The Flood, P252)




ACTION: ...Cholera Devastating Haiti-Resources are going to fund sham elections

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 01:05:21 +0000

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Cholera is devastating Haiti. The official numbers are horrifying and the real numbers are significantly higher: 1,344 people have died and 57,000 cases of cholera.  

“I’ve been doing Haiti work for 15 years now, and I’ve never been this pessimistic,”said Brian Concannon, director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti,. . . “I think this is setting Haiti up for five years of social unrest.” Concannon hopes he’s wrong. So should we all.




Extended Campaign of Terror in Haiti-Damming The Flood Chapter 10 Pt 2

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 16:10:11 +0000

There were two additional and crucial steps that the 2004 Haiti coup perpetrators (US, France, Canada and Haiti's tiny class of elites) took in order to keep the Fanmi Lavalas (President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's Party/movement) movement from remobilizing and electing another FL or FL like president.  The first step was the re-militarization of the Haitian National Police, thereby returning political power to a military force.  The second step was the systematic imprisonment of FL members, supporters and especially any potential leaders.




Cholera, Floods, Hurricanes and nowhere to go: Haiti

Sat, 06 Nov 2010 02:08:28 +0000

Cholera, Floods, hurricanes, and nowhere to go. It is the system that is killing Haitians and if enough of us speak out it can change.

The earthquake didn't kill them, the hurricane didn't kill them either, neither did cholera the system killed them and until we speak out loudly enough and change US policy the system will continue to kill them.




Haiti IDPs Told to Evacuate Camp But Given NOWHERE To Go! Clinton, Red Cross WHERE IS OUR MONEY

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 20:45:46 +0000

IDPs have been given an evacuation order but nowhere to go! With Tomas on its way NGOs admit that they are not prepared. They do not have anywhere for the IDPs to go and they do not have equipment.   Bill Clinton has been silent, not a word about Haiti since the cholera outbreak which the NGOs were also not prepared for.

6700 people have been hospitalized with cholera and 442 deaths-the storm will blow the cholera all over and we are looking at yet another catastrophe.

I posted this on Tuesday and was asked to repost it.  I made some minor changes.




Haitian Told to Evacuate Camp But Given NOWHERE To Go! Clinton, Red Cross WHERE IS OUR MONEY

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 03:32:12 +0000

Camp Corai IDPs have been given an evacuation order but no where to go!  We promised not to abandon Haitians, again.




Lies, kidnapping, Death Squads-US Haiti Policy: Damming The Flood Chapter 10

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 14:41:11 +0000

Brief Background

The US' role in Haiti's 2004 coup was particularly blatant. There was no other choice. Despite the large, well-funded destabilization campaign and the creation of a new paramilitary with Haiti's most violent ex-army and ex-FRAPH militants the US could not oust President Jean-Bertrand Aristide using only its paramilitary proxies. Unlike the 1991 coup in Haiti, this time the US Marines had to remove President Aristide themselves. On February 29, 2004 in the middle of the night Aristide was escorted out of his home by US Marines under the threat of a mass blood bath in Port-au-Prince.




Cholera Outbreak in Haiti-This is Bad-Didn't have to happen!

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 00:55:13 +0000

Cholera is especially dangerous because of the short duration of the disease . It can be treated with rehydration and antibiotics but many people do not get help in time. It can cause death in 2 hours.  In Haiti there are not enough beds in hospitals for the people, so they are laying on blankets dying.  This did not have to happen. I am not religious, but I am Praying for Haiti and anyone with family of friends there. Short diary still speechless.




Haiti: 19 Dead and 100s Have Symptoms Possible Cholera Outbreak

Thu, 21 Oct 2010 03:23:30 +0000

USAID gives itself an A while Haitians die.  The USAID released a report that claims humanitarian AID has met the needs of the earthquake survivors.  I am speechless. Finally a short diary.




The Earthquake Didn't Kill Him The System Did, Loresca's Story: 9 Months After EQ

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 21:05:27 +0000

Nine Months After the Quake -- A Million Haitians Slowly Dying

"If it gets any worse," said Wilda, a homeless Haitian mother, "we're not going to survive." Mothers and grandmothers surrounding her nodded solemnly.

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With other human rights advocates from CCR, MADRE, CUNY Law School, BAI and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, I am huddled under faded gray tarps stamped US Aid. Blue tarps staked into the ground as walls. This is not even the hot season but the weather reports the heat index is 115.

The floor is bare dirt, soft from a recent rain. Our guide works with a vibrant grassroots women's organization, KOFAVIV, which is working with women in many camps, and she encourages residents to tell us their stories.





ACTION: Help Haiti recover Call your Rep Today

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 19:39:13 +0000

It is a critical time for Haiti.  There is an upcoming election November 28, 2010, that will determine how Haiti is rebuilt. It will determine whether there is justice, opportunity and equality in Haiti, or whether the elite and US continue to pillage the country. Unfortunately so far it looks like it will be the latter -- the slogan build back better seems to be nothing more than a slogan.

Please stand with Haitians and demand a fair and free election in Haiti.  We are funding it!  Today is the last day that Rep Maxine Waters' letter is open for signatures.  See below for details.

URGENT UPDATE from ijdh




PROTESTS FROM STUDENTS AND THE G184 Damming The Flood Chapter 8 Pt 2: Justice, Not Charity

Sun, 03 Oct 2010 17:59:01 +0000

This is the Justice, Not Charity! Haiti book diary.  RunawayRose and I are  writing these book diaries because we became shocked by the truth of Haiti’s history and what really is needed to help the Haitians after the earthquake.

"It's as if Aristide was put in charge of a house that was falling apart and was expected to fix it.  But then his enemies start setting fire to the back door, they send people with guns to attack the front door, and when these people finally manage to break in they said 'Look! He didn't wash the dishes in the sink!  He never repaired the leak in the roof!'  They made him spend all his time trying to put out the fire and to protect the door, and then once they got rid of him they said he was pushed out because he'd failed to repair the house."  (Damming The Flood, P131)




Please Ask Your Rep to Support Rep Maxine Waters: Justice, Not Charity

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 16:40:35 +0000

Representative Maxine Waters wrote a letter to Sec Clinton asking that the US fund fair and inclusive elections in Haiti only (more information below).  This is Justice, Not Charity Thursday diary.


"The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice."
"What, then is to be done? Speaking of events since the 1991 coup, Noam Chomsky has noted that 'honest commentary would place all of this in the context of our unwavering opposition to freedom and human rights in Haiti for no less than 200 years.' The first order of business, for citizens of the United States, might be a candid and careful assessment of our ruinous policies towards Haiti. Remorse is not a very fashionable sentiment. But for many, old-fashioned penitence might be the first step towards a new solidarity, a pragmatic solidarity that could supplant both our malignant policies of the past and the well -meaning but unfocused charity that does not respond to Haitian aspirations. The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice." (The Uses of Haiti P. 307)




NGOs everywhere and Haitians continue to get poorer: Damming The Flood, Chapter 8, pt1

Sun, 26 Sep 2010 23:01:10 +0000

This is the Justice, Not Charity! Haiti book diary.  RunawayRose and I are  writing these book diaries because we became shocked by the truth of Haiti’s history and what really is needed to help the Haitians after the earthquake.

"It's as if Aristide was put in charge of a house that was falling apart and was expected to fix it.  But then his enemies start setting fire to the back door, they send people with guns to attack the front door, and when these people finally manage to break in they said 'Look! He didn't wash the dishes in the sink!  He never repaired the leak in the roof!'  They made him spend all his time trying to put out the fire and to protect the door, and then once they got rid of him they said he was pushed out because he'd failed to repair the house."  (Damming The Flood, P131)




UPDATE w/correction Clinton and Haiti's elite are making some shady deals: Justice, Not Charity

Wed, 22 Sep 2010 22:35:46 +0000

This is the 204th diary since the earthquake in Haiti. The first diary was by Dallasdoc and previous diaries are linked below. This is the Justice, Not Charity! edition of the diary.  


"The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice."
"What, then is to be done? Speaking of events since the 1991 coup, Noam Chomsky has noted that 'honest commentary would place all of this in the context of our unwavering opposition to freedom and human rights in Haiti for no less than 200 years.' The first order of business, for citizens of the United States, might be a candid and careful assessment of our ruinous policies towards Haiti. Remorse is not a very fashionable sentiment. But for many, old-fashioned penitence might be the first step towards a new solidarity, a pragmatic solidarity that could supplant both our malignant policies of the past and the well -meaning but unfocused charity that does not respond to Haitian aspirations. The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice." (The Uses of Haiti P. 307)



W/Poll: Which of these stories do you think is getting most msm coverage?: Justice, Not Charity!

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 23:52:15 +0000

This is the 200th diary since the earthquake in Haiti. The first diary was by Dallasdoc and previous diaries are linked below. This is the Justice, Not Charity! edition of the diary.


"The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice."
"What, then is to be done? Speaking of events since the 1991 coup, Noam Chomsky has noted that 'honest commentary would place all of this in the context of our unwavering opposition to freedom and human rights in Haiti for no less than 200 years.' The first order of business, for citizens of the United States, might be a candid and careful assessment of our ruinous policies towards Haiti. Remorse is not a very fashionable sentiment. But for many, old-fashioned penitence might be the first step towards a new solidarity, a pragmatic solidarity that could supplant both our malignant policies of the past and the well -meaning but unfocused charity that does not respond to Haitian aspirations. The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice." (The Uses of Haiti P. 307)




"Damming The Flood" Chapt 6-Aristide's 2nd Term: Justice, Not Charity!

Sun, 05 Sep 2010 18:42:08 +0000

This is the Justice, Not Charity! Haiti book diary.  I am writing these book diaries because from my concern about Haiti after the earthquake I became shocked by the truth of Haiti’s history and what really is needed to help the Haitians.

"It's as if Aristide was put in charge of a house that was falling apart and was expected to fix it.  But then his enemies start setting fire to the back door, they send people with guns to attack the front door, and when these people finally manage to break in they said 'Look! He didn't wash the dishes in the sink!  He never repaired the leak in the roof!'  They made him spend all his time trying to put out the fire and to protect the door, and then once they got rid of him they said he was pushed out because he'd failed to repair the house."  (Damming The Flood, P131)




What if you could vote for MeteorBlades for President?

Tue, 31 Aug 2010 21:58:12 +0000

This is the 197th diary since the earthquake in Haiti. This is the Justice, Not Charity! edition of the diary.

There is a realm of realistic presidential candidates that the ruling class deems acceptable.  Meteor Blades certainly would not fit in the "acceptable" spectrum.  It would be silly to believe that he could ever be elected for US' president.  What does this have to do with Haiti?  




US Interference in Haiti Election

Fri, 27 Aug 2010 16:17:24 +0000

This is the 195th diary since the earthquake in Haiti. The first diary was by Dallasdoc and previous diaries are linked below. This is the Justice, Not Charity! edition of the diary.


"The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice."
The Uses of Haiti last paragraph pg. 307
"What, then is to be done? Speaking of events since the 1991 coup, Noam Chomsky has noted that "honest commentary would place all of this in the context of our unwavering opposition to freedom and human rights in Haiti for no less than 200 years." The first order of business, for citizens of the United States, might be a candid and careful assessment of our ruinous policies towards Haiti. Remorse is not a very fashionable sentiment. But for many, old-fashioned penitence might be the first step towards a new solidarity, a pragmatic solidarity that could supplant both our malignant policies of the past and the well -meaning but unfocused charity that does not respond to Haitian aspirations. The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice."



Damming The Flood chap4 pt2: Justice, Not Charity

Sun, 22 Aug 2010 20:42:58 +0000

This is the 194th diary since the earthquake in Haiti. The first diary was by Dallasdoc and previous diaries are linked below. This is the Justice, Not Charity! edition of the diary. I am writing these book diaries because from my concern about Haiti after the earthquake I became shocked by the truth of Haiti’s history and what really is needed to help the Haitians. I have learned so much reading about it’s history and the prevailing distortions that I’ve taken on this project to educate myself and share what I’ve been reading with interested people here on Daily Kos.

I’ve included a lot of names of people and organizations in this diary because these names come up in the news a lot and I hope it will help us all determine who is credible and who is a propagandist.




The vilification of President Aristide, Damming The Flood Chapter 4

Sun, 15 Aug 2010 14:08:37 +0000

This is the 190th diary on the earthquake disaster in Haiti. The first diary was by Dallasdoc and previous diaries are linked below. This is the Justice, Not Charity edition of the diary.

I am writing these book diaries because from my concern about Haiti after the earthquake I became shocked by the truth of Haiti’s history and what really is needed to help the Haitians. I have learned so much reading about it’s history and the prevailing distortions that I’ve taken on this project to educate myself and share what I’ve been reading with interested people here on Daily Kos.

I’ve included a lot of names of people and organizations in this diary because these names come up in the news a lot and I hope it will help us all determine who is credible and who is a propagandist.




Wyclef will announce his candidacy for President of Haiti on a US TV show??: Justice, Not Charity

Thu, 05 Aug 2010 00:04:18 +0000

This is the 187th diary on the earthquake disaster in Haiti. The first diary was by Dallasdoc and previous diaries are linked below. This is the Justice, Not Charity edition of the diary.


"The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice."
The Uses of Haiti last paragraph pg. 307

What, then is to be done? Speaking of events since the 1991 coup, Noam Chomsky has noted that "honest commentary would place all of this in the context of our unwavering opposition to freedom and human rights in Haiti for no less than 200 years." The first order of business, for citizens of the United States, might be a candid and careful assessment of our ruinous policies towards Haiti. Remorse is not a very fashionable sentiment. But for many, old-fashioned penitence might be the first step towards a new solidarity, a pragmatic solidarity that could supplant both our malignant policies of the past and the well -meaning but unfocused charity that does not respond to Haitian aspirations. The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice.




"Damming The Flood chap 2 pt 3:  Justice, Not Charity

Thu, 29 Jul 2010 19:32:55 +0000

This is the 181th diary on the earthquake disaster in Haiti. The first diary was by Dallasdoc and previous diaries are linked below. This is the Justice, Not Charity edition of the diary.


"The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice."
The Uses of Haiti last paragraph pg. 307
What, then is to be done? Speaking of events since the 1991 coup, Noam Chomsky has noted that "honest commentary would place all of this in the context of our unwavering opposition to freedom and human rights in Haiti for no less than 200 years." The first order of business, for citizens of the United States, might be a candid and careful assessment of our ruinous policies towards Haiti. Remorse is not a very fashionable sentiment. But for many, old-fashioned penitence might be the first step towards a new solidarity, a pragmatic solidarity that could supplant both our malignant policies of the past and the well -meaning but unfocused charity that does not respond to Haitian aspirations. The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice.




Sen Lugar trusts Halliburton more than Haiti's gov: Justice, Not Charity

Mon, 26 Jul 2010 12:11:18 +0000

This is the 181th diary on the earthquake disaster in Haiti. The first diary was by Dallasdoc and previous diaries are linked below. This is the Justice, Not Charity edition of the diary.


"The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice."
The Uses of Haiti last paragraph pg. 307

What, then is to be done? Speaking of events since the 1991 coup, Noam Chomsky has noted that "honest commentary would place all of this in the context of our unwavering opposition to freedom and human rights in Haiti for no less than 200 years." The first order of business, for citizens of the United States, might be a candid and careful assessment of our ruinous policies towards Haiti. Remorse is not a very fashionable sentiment. But for many, old-fashioned penitence might be the first step towards a new solidarity, a pragmatic solidarity that could supplant both our malignant policies of the past and the well -meaning but unfocused charity that does not respond to Haitian aspirations. The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice.




"Damming The Flood" chapter 2 pt 2:  Justice, Not Charity

Thu, 22 Jul 2010 22:52:02 +0000

This is the 178th diary on the earthquake disaster in Haiti. The first diary was by Dallasdoc and previous diaries are linked below. This is the Justice, Not Charity edition of the diary.


"The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice."
The Uses of Haiti last paragraph pg. 307
What, then is to be done? Speaking of events since the 1991 coup, Noam Chomsky has noted that "honest commentary would place all of this in the context of our unwavering opposition to freedom and human rights in Haiti for no less than 200 years." The first order of business, for citizens of the United States, might be a candid and careful assessment of our ruinous policies towards Haiti. Remorse is not a very fashionable sentiment. But for many, old-fashioned penitence might be the first step towards a new solidarity, a pragmatic solidarity that could supplant both our malignant policies of the past and the well -meaning but unfocused charity that does not respond to Haitian aspirations. The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice.




Clinton has no business co-chairing Haiti's Recovery Commission: Justice, Not Charity!

Sat, 17 Jul 2010 22:20:47 +0000

This is the 177th diary on the earthquake disaster in Haiti. The first diary was by Dallasdoc and previous diaries are linked below. This is the Justice, Not Charity edition of the diary.


"The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice."
The Uses of Haiti last paragraph pg. 307

What, then is to be done? Speaking of events since the 1991 coup, Noam Chomsky has noted that "honest commentary would place all of this in the context of our unwavering opposition to freedom and human rights in Haiti for no less than 200 years." The first order of business, for citizens of the United States, might be a candid and careful assessment of our ruinous policies towards Haiti. Remorse is not a very fashionable sentiment. But for many, old-fashioned penitence might be the first step towards a new solidarity, a pragmatic solidarity that could supplant both our malignant policies of the past and the well -meaning but unfocused charity that does not respond to Haitian aspirations. The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice.




UPDATE: The Press Release Fake AP Has the story  Sorry.

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 18:27:11 +0000

I am sorry the press release was a hoax.  See below for details and our regular diary.


"The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice."
The Uses of Haiti last paragraph pg. 307

What, then is to be done? Speaking of events since the 1991 coup, Noam Chomsky has noted that "honest commentary would place all of this in the context of our unwavering opposition to freedom and human rights in Haiti for no less than 200 years." The first order of business, for citizens of the United States, might be a candid and careful assessment of our ruinous policies towards Haiti. Remorse is not a very fashionable sentiment. But for many, old-fashioned penitence might be the first step towards a new solidarity, a pragmatic solidarity that could supplant both our malignant policies of the past and the well -meaning but unfocused charity that does not respond to Haitian aspirations. The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice.




Tomorrow is the Matching Fund diary: What I learned at HERF event

Sun, 11 Jul 2010 19:35:25 +0000

This is the 173rd diary on the earthquake disaster in Haiti. The first diary was by Dallasdoc and previous diaries are linked below. This is the Justice, Not Charity edition of the diary.


"The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice."
The Uses of Haiti last paragraph pg. 307

What, then is to be done? Speaking of events since the 1991 coup, Noam Chomsky has noted that "honest commentary would place all of this in the context of our unwavering opposition to freedom and human rights in Haiti for no less than 200 years." The first order of business, for citizens of the United States, might be a candid and careful assessment of our ruinous policies towards Haiti. Remorse is not a very fashionable sentiment. But for many, old-fashioned penitence might be the first step towards a new solidarity, a pragmatic solidarity that could supplant both our malignant policies of the past and the well -meaning but unfocused charity that does not respond to Haitian aspirations. The Haitian people are asking not for charity, but for justice.