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LASC report on Haiti: rains, foreign occupation threaten progress

Posted by Charles II on March 23, 2010

The full report is here. An excerpt:

Near universal complaints and demands that we heard include: The demand for the return of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was removed from office and flown into exile by the U.S. military on Feb. 29, 2004.

The charge that MINUSTAH (and now the U.S. military) has become a force of repression and criminality rather than stability and that Haiti’s security and stability would be better guaranteed by expenditures on schools and human resource development than on the foreign occupation.

The charge that international aid is not reaching the poor majority, where it is most urgently needed, but has instead been spent on building prisons, or for
salaries and vehicles for international NGOs, or has been siphoned away into the pockets of political cronies of the current government.

Charges that economic development plans for Haiti are strictly in line with a failed neoliberal model of privatization and low wage assembly plants that will
keep Haiti from developing, while driving down wages in other countries of the hemisphere, including those in the U.S. and Canada.

7 Responses to “LASC report on Haiti: rains, foreign occupation threaten progress”

  1. MN Roofing said

    Gosh i swear haiti is just a mess! =/

    • Charles II said

      MN Roofing, just as a precaution to make sure that your comment is not commercial spam, I have edited the URL to make it “dotcom” rather than “.com”. This defeats the goal of commercial spammers, which is to obtain lots of links and thereby higher search engine rankings, while not disallowing the possibility that you are trying to join in a genuine conversation.

      As for Haiti, it’s only a mess because the US government wants it to be a mess. The people are wonderful, brave people, who have endured way too much.

  2. Reminds me: Bill Clinton just admitted that policies he and Bush pushed during their presidencies to help Arkansas and other US rice farmers wound up adding to Haiti’s pain: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/20/AR2010032001329.html

    • Charles II said

      It would be so nice if he (and his wife) would recognize the errors of their neoliberal policies before they turn into mass suffering. As it is, it looks as if the jackals will use Haiti’s distress to turn it into a full corporate libertarian paradise.

  3. jo6pac said

    Charles
    The former king g is a racist its not about germs but Bill is there to try and help, I would like to believe.

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