Haiti Waking Up 5 Years later
Demanding Accountability for Quake funds, Saying No to Dictatorship
Fifth Anniversary of Devastating Earthquake in Haiti
Haitians Step Up Their Fight for Independence and Democracy
In this Charles Boylan radio broadcast from Vancouver, Canada, conducted on Jan 7, 2015, Ezili Dantò discusses the eleven-year US occupation of Haiti that’s outsourced to the UN military; the charitable industrial complex fronts; the events leading up to the 5th year anniversary of the earthquake; the foreign pillage of the $9 billion collected ($6billions donor country/$3billion private charities) in the name of the Haiti quake victims; the dissolution of Parliament on January 12, 2015 and beginning of official dictatorship in Haiti; the convergence of veteran freedom fighters with a new generation of patriotic forces that’s arisen since the occupation. Haitians are protesting both in Haiti and abroad saying Haiti is not for sale, NO to dictatorship, no to American imperialism, no to the international gangsters, no to being ruled by criminals and known drug-dealers supported by the International Community. Ezili Dantò points out MINUSTAH is the AFRICOM of the Western Hemisphere. Cuba, Venezuela, the African Union, Latin America and the CARICOM nations have turned a blind eye to the US occupation of Haiti, even participating in the pillage and plunder. See partial excerpt published by TMLW .
Five years ago, after the catastrophic Haiti earthquake, the International Community (a self-defined “Core Group”), under the leadership of former President Bill Clinton, took over Haiti recovery and reconstruction and announced they would “build Haiti back better.” But this was a euphemism for land grabbing, privatization, occupation and imperial plunder.
Black lives in the United States don’t matter to the power-structure, much less in Haiti. Western capitalism and culture of consumption is built on the foundation that African and indigenous peoples are incapable of running their own affairs, must be starved, raped, murdered, subjugated, kept on their knees, their labor, lands, resources and very bodies used to service white supremacy and only the assimilated are civilized. It’s the 1492 story to the present. Haiti is the counter and rebel of that story.
Eleven years ago, on the bi-centennial of Haiti’s independence in 2004, there was a U.S.-Canadian-French regime change against the democratically elected president of Haiti. The 2010 earthquake was used to bring back dictatorship and to strengthen the US-Euros military and the “Left-Right” colonial hold on Haiti.
But events in Haiti show the Haitian people are finally waking up from the shock and awe of the US-led “reconstruction” of Haiti.
On a January 7, 2015 interview with Vancouver Co-op Radio’s Discussion, I talked about this for the 5th anniversary of the January 12, 2010 earthquake that killed over 316,000 Haitians in 33 seconds. Haiti demands accountability for the earthquake funds and says “no” to dictatorship and US occupation.
I explained how for Bill Clinton as UN envoy to Haiti and the Barack Obama Administration, “reconstruction” of Haiti, these last five years, meant the brutal and immoral use of the earthquake trauma to tightened foreign domination, return Haiti to dictatorship, make the rich richer, oppress and imprison dissenters, amend the Constitution and laws to better service the one percent, take Haiti lands, resources and offshore islands. A partial transcript of the interview is found here. Listen to the complete audio interview here.
Despite the brutal US occupation behind UN mercenary guns, a new generation of dynamic Haiti revolutionary voices managed to surge to the forefront of the fight against dictatorship and impunity. There’s a Haiti proceeding filed against Bill Clinton for an accounting of Haiti quake funds and another lawsuit is on-going for corruption against the Michel Martelly presidential family. The widespread anti-government, anti-UN, anti-NGO protests continue to gather momentum despite the UN shooting live ammo and chemical agents at unarmed demonstrators and the militarized police regularly lobbing foul, skin-scratching water, tear gas and rubber bullets at the demonstrators.
“I hope that the United States doesn’t brutally silence these people with death. I think I see a change. We hope not too many more people die. We hope that it’s not a bloodbath coming up in the next three weeks.”–Ezili Dantò on Discussion interview with Charles Boyland, Jan 7, 2015
(For more details on the situation, see Former US Ambassador to Haiti lied, Martelly held a U.S. passport ; Haiti is broken because of intervention; Haiti Dreadlocks Protest Eurocentric Profiling; Diaspora Music interview Ezili Dantò with Norman Otis Richmond –UN-MINUSTAH mission in Haiti is America’s AFRICOM in the Western Hemisphere, Oct 26, 2014; Haiti Message to US Ambassador Pamela White: “Stop Blocking Removal of Corrupt Martelly-Lamothe Regime” ; Haiti Protest Caracol & Martelly Regime ; Vertieres 2014-Haiti Resist US Occupation & Martelly-Lamothe Puppet Gov ; No to Sham Elections and US Occupation and Rebuilding on Quicksand: Haiti after the US (s)election.)
The US-led false charity and benevolence in Haiti is a two century-old colonial blueprint that moves forward unabated. Empire’s horrid beat goes on. (See, Haiti”¬ Protest at Bill Clinton’s Harlem Office.)
The hero/villain pathology of Western imperialism hides the fact that foreign “aid” is money laundering. It’s tied aid. Foreign aid is mostly corporate welfare for the power elites on the Washington beltway.USAID’s purpose is to make foreign markets for Wall Street.
The human rights debacle and international crimes in Haiti go on year round. But Haiti may count on the mass media landing there on the anniversary of the terrible earthquake and for there to be lots of coverage this one time per year.
Some of the news coverage, like Russia Today (RT), will publish a good summary of the Haitian aid fraud. Others will make you see red, like the January 12, 2015 press release where the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gushes about the “remarkable progress five years after Haiti earthquake“.
Considering the CDC, UN and the World Health Organization (WHO) were complicit in the initial delay in acknowledging UN accountability for the source of the cholera disease, their assertion is as much an affront to thinking people as the fake, 40-year $2.27 billion UN-plan, to eradicate its cholera from Haiti. These rosy announcements are blithely made, when Haiti waterways are poisoned and not even back to where it was before the quake in terms of public access to clean water. Over 10,000 Haitian humans are dead of UN-imported cholera, 850,000 sickened since October 2010 and the cholera deaths keep rising in the rainy season.
Haitians are systematically denied medical human rights along with clean water infrastructure reparations by the world arbiters of human rights. Last week a US judge dismisses Haiti cholera lawsuit against United Nations. The General Hospital at the epicenter of providing quake relief for Haitians before international help landed, still remains destroyed and not a reconstruction priority. Nearly 300,000 quake victims are still homeless 5-years after the quake, and thousands evicted from their makeshift homes. But beautiful luxury hotels for tourists were built with money meant for homeless people.
WHO/CDC short term cholera vaccines and ineffective, even weaponized vaccines and vitamins, swallowed down with foul drinking water on hungry stomachs are far from “significant progress toward rebuilding the national public health system.” The neonatal tetanus vaccine by the UN and WHO administered in Kenya that some found deadly and causes permanent infertility, was also given to all child bearing Haiti women from ages 14 to 49 under the reign of this US occupation behind UN guns, World Bank, CDC and Dr. Paul Farmer of Harvard as UN envoy to Haiti and the UN water guru for the 40-year, UN $2.27 billion cholera de-poisoning plan.
On January 11, 2015, a day before Haiti Parliament was set to dissolve, leaving President Michel Martelly to rule by decree for failure to hold local and parliamentary elections in three years, the US Embassy continued to ignore the Haiti protestors refusal to live in a dictatorship and insisted the US government would “safeguard the significant gains we have achieved together since the January 12, 2010 earthquake.”
A point to be highlighted is that, contrary to the general impression given by the mass media coverage of the overall Haiti situation, the crisis of government legitimacy in Haiti began in 2004 with the ouster of Haiti’s democratically elected president, not just in 2010 after the earthquake with the Martelly-Lamothe doctored elections. In fact, Haiti recently marked “One Hundred Years of Haiti Resistance to US imperialism in all its faces.”
“Yo di y ap ede nou, men se nou k ap mete manje nan bouch yo.– They say they came to help us but it Haiti that’s feeding them.”
Most of the “experts” on Haiti will not clearly emphasize what Ezili’s HLLN has been pointing out as critical since before the earthquake; since before the US, under President Barack Obama, sent in 20,000 US military troops and paid themselves in “aid-dollars-to-Haiti” for this largess, instead of sending in what the victims actually needed: 20,000 doctors, and access and investment in clean water, electricity, sanitation local agriculture and manufacturing – real infrastructure aid after the earthquake. Clean Water is life and Health for Haiti. (See, Zili Dlo Clean Water, Skills Transfer and Solar Power; Zili Dlo: 2012 delegation.)
|Jan 11, 2015 Haiti Anti-US Occupation Protest: No to Martelly
For instance, Haiti has the lowest crime rate in the Caribbean. But the poverty pimps at the State Department, their Core Group gangsters and international NGOs, promote the image of Haiti’s violence in order to rob Haiti while convincing the world of their “heroic” works in Haiti. When in fact, Haiti is broken because of intervention.
US-led intervention is what actually brings violence, death, disease, impunity, injustice, dictatorship, dependency, endless debt and containment-in-poverty to Haiti’s world. (See, End the Left-Right White Solidarity against Haiti ; The Quiet Genocide in Haiti. How it is wielded from FDR to Obama. The United Nations, a criminal organization from Lumumba to Aristide ;Neonatal tetanus Vaccine by UN and WHO is found DEADLY and causes permanent infertility; Obama sides with the UN against Haiti in the cholera case; The Plantation Called Haiti: Feudal Pillage Masking as Humanitarian Aid ; I pay this price for you: Haiti is open for business; the “Life and Debt” documentary on the Jamaica situation which illustrates why tourism, an export economy, sweatshops and privatization of pubic assets are not development for Haiti, Africa or the Caribbean; and Haiti: Foreign Investment means Death and Repression: A Historical Perspective.)
For the truth about Haiti and the horrific consequences of Western intervention, the hidden US occupation, Dominican Republic apartheid and Haiti resistance, share the photo essay and presentation by Human rights attorney, Ezili Dantò titled “The Quiet Genocide in Haiti. How it is wielded from FDR to Obama. The United Nations, a criminal organization from Lumumba to Aristide.”
Let the world know that contrary to popular belief Haiti has the lowest crime rate in the Caribbean. And although Haiti’s prison population has doubled since the 2010 earthquake and further US militarizing Haiti policing, Haiti still has the lowest prison population in the Caribbean.
Why are UN soldiers in Haiti, a country with one of the lowest crime rates in the Western Hemisphere? Why is the UN not in the Dominican Republic or Brazil, which have more violence than Haiti, or even Arizona with its much higher crime rates than Haiti? Why is the US the largest funder of the UN mission in Haiti? The reason, is unbelievable for Americans, fed a diet of mainstream lies, to absorb. But the results of colonial interventions everywhere on planet earth bear this out. It’s obvious in the Caribbean nations surrounding Haiti. The warmongering UN, US and their private military security contractors (PMSCs), like DYNCORP, are in Haiti to assure Haiti becomes as violent and incarcerated as the rest of the “developed” Caribbean.
That’s why, although Haiti still has the lowest crime rate, since the US-UN got there in 2004, Haiti has experienced a massive increase in the incarceration of the Black man and woman. More so than anywhere else in the Caribbean. Haiti has the lowest crime rate, but the highest number of prisoners in the Caribbean who have NOT been tried or convicted of any crime – the highest numbers of pre-trial detainees in the Caribbean!
70% of Haiti’s prisoners are warehouse detainees who are made prisoners but have never had a trial or been convicted of a crime. The United Nations mission to Haiti used an estimated $ 9billion dollars in overhead and salaries over the course of their eleven year occupation to help the US-Euros increase Haiti’s crime rate and incarceration rate. (Go to “Slave Patrol origins of US police & Military and Rebuilding on Quicksand: Haiti after the US (s)election.)
In fact, the self-defined international “Core Group” as represented by former Obama Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Edward Mullet at the UN and the OAS in 2010, for instance, incarcerated the entire Haiti population into more torment by de-legitimizing elections to impose the unconstitutionally-qualified Martelly-Lamothe regime.
Not once a year, but every moment of Haiti’s agony, here are the questions Ezili’s HLLN constantly point to that all Haitians of conscience and caring world citizens should have an accurate answer for:
1. QUESTION: What’s so important in Haiti that the United States would built its fourth largest embassy in the world there, while funding a UN proxy occupation force for over 11-years now?
Haiti homicide rate is 6.9 per 100,000. But the Dominican Republic has FOUR times more violence than Haiti at 25.0 per 100,000. Haiti has the lowest prison population rate in the Caribbean and the lowest crime rate in the Caribbean. Why is the UN not bringing stability to the more violent DR? Or, in Brazil, Detroit, Washington DC, Jamaica, Mexico, Bahamas – all with greater violence than Haiti?
2. QUESTION: Why is there a UN, Chapter 7, shoot-to-kill “peace enforcement” mission in Haiti for over 11 years? A country not at war, without a peace agreement to enforce, with less violence than most countries in the Western Hemisphere and the lowest crime rate in the Caribbean?
3. QUESTION: Haiti has trillions of dollars in natural resources – gold, copper, oil, natural gas, iridium, uranium, zyconium, et al– why does Haiti need Obama/Bush/Clintons’ meager 41cent an hour sweatshop jobs or US charity (false NGO aid) with so much of its own resources to develop the local economy?
“Grenadye alaso sa ki mouri n”ap vanje yo!” ”Indigenous Army of Ayiti, 1791
The Plantation Called Haiti: Feudal Pillage Masking as Humanitarian Aid
Photos from the Jan 11,2015 Haiti Protest
Haiti says NO to dictatorship. No to American imperialism. No to Martelly,
Down with UN/MINUSTAH
Viv yon AYITI granmoun!
Aba MINISTA KOLERA!
End the US occupation of Haiti behind UN mercenary guns, end the NGO invasion. FREE HAITI
That’s my blood down there– Djab La Di L ap Manje Nou, Se Pa Vre!
Je ne suis pas Charlie
by Gueemaston Maitre Jupiter
Moi, je ne suis pas Charlie
Je suis ” HAÃTI”
Je suis “victime du Cholera MINUSTAH”
Je suis “victime de l’imperialisme capitaliste”
Je suis “DESSALINES”
Je suis “HAÃTI inclue l’ile de la navase”
Je suis “Victime de la dictature féroce du regime sanguinaire des Duvalier”
Je suis “victime du massacre de Saint Jn Bosco
Je suis père Gerrard Jean Juste
Je suis étudiant
Je suis Charlemagne PERALTE
Je suis “peuple haÃ¯tien”
Je suis “ressources minières d’HaÃ¯ti”
Wi, tout kategori sa mwen mansyoné yo, yo tout viktim de yon fiziyad kelkonk. Kidonk, mwen pa “charlie” mwen se tout kategori moun sa yo.
Je suis “masse defavorisée.”
See, Paris: Little and Big Monsters ;
State Sponsored Terrorism: Who Was Behind the Charlie Hebdo Paris Attacks?; and
Who are the terrorist: Those who commit the terrorist act or those (states) who create, finance and support the terrorists?)
MINUSTAH is the AFRICOM of the Western Hemisphere
Never forget the foundation of the United State’s Law and Order forces.
“The genesis of the modern police organization in the South is the “Slave Patrol” (Platt 1982). The first formal slave patrol was created in the Carolina colonies in 1704 (Reichel 1992). Slave patrols had three primary functions: (1) to chase down, apprehend, and return to their owners, runaway slaves; (2) to provide a form of organized terror to deter slave revolts; and, (3) to maintain a form of discipline for slave-workers who were subject to summary justice, outside of the law, if they violated any plantation rules. Following the Civil War, these vigilante-style organizations evolved in modern Southern police departments primarily as a means of controlling freed slaves who were now laborers working in an agricultural caste system, and enforcing “Jim Crow” segregation laws, designed to deny freed slaves equal rights and access to the political system.” —The History of Policing in the United States, Part 1 by Dr. Gary Potter.
Also, the US military rose from same genesis. Today the mercenary Blackwater sort of “private military security contractors” (PMSCs)”, a euphemism for mostly white mercenaries, rose in large part from the South African apartheid killer cops/military left without jobs after the end of legalize killing of Black South Africans under apartheid in 1994. Now they’ve gone GLOBAL working for the UN, the US military, the Euro-Israeli tribes, AFRICOM and, in Haiti , these private mercenaries are subcontracted by MINUSTAH and the Pentagon/USAID. — Ezili Dantò, 2014
The Fraud of the Charitable Industrial Complex: Haiti 5-years after the earthquake
Rebuilding Haiti at Canaan? – Jan 9, 2015
Five years after the devastating earthquake a quarter of a million people
now live in a new shanty town of a hill outside of Port au Prince
without any of the basic government services that were expected. Not
tents but one step up : cinder block or corrugated metal walls.
5 Years After the Quake: Haiti’s Rich Get Richer, Emily Troutman, Jan. 12, 2015
Haiti by the Numbers, Five Years Later, CEPR, Jan. 8, 2015
Haiti 5 Years After Devastating Earthquake
Haiti: 5 years after the earthquake, Miami Herald, Jacqueline Charles
Status of Post-Earthquake Recovery and Development Efforts in Haiti (USAID, December 2014)