Yet another individual involved with exposing the fraud of the Clinton Foundation, to the surprise of no one, has turned up dead.
Democracy's Real Enemy: Two days after the fraudulent amendment of the #Haiti Constitution and on the very same day of the shameful constitutional coup against Paraguay´s President Fernando Lugo, the UK announced its plans to re-open the British Embassy in Paraguay and a new British Embassy in Haiti. No need to add that the UK is one of the major financial contributors to MINUSTAH, the UN´s occupation force in Haiti.
UK to reopen embassy in Paraguay and new embassy in Haiti
(...Hat tip to Mike Perrett @ No Shock Doctrine for Haiti)
(Hat tip @DadyChery | Haiti Chery)
ALBA expels USAID from member countries
(ALBA PRESS RELEASE)
Social Movements´Letter to #UNASUR Demands Withdrawal of #MINUSTAH Troops From #Haiti
ALBA Political Council Requests Immediate Expulsion of USAID
June 22, 2012
"... the decision was taken after considering the open interference with the ALBA countries domestic policy by the USAID which, under the pretext of “planning and managing US economic and humanitarian assistance in the world, funds non-government organizations, actions and projects aimed at destabilizing legitimate governments, which
do not respond to its interests."
(via Ezili Danto)
SPOTLIGHT: US "Free Trade" Fraud Promotes Famine in Haiti
A collection of links presented by the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN)...
"During the 1980s, USAID workers along with industrialists and large landholders dedicated themselves to create agro-processing facilities while simultaneously promoting the release of surplus subsidized U.S. agricultural products onto the Haitian market. The main goal of these restructuring exercises was to develop Haiti’s cities into exporting bases (i.e. manufacturing sites for American companies, particularly textiles). This restructuring program, in conjunction with the ...dismantling of the island’s rural economy, spurred massive migration of former Haitian farmers from the countryside to urban centers. However, upon their arrival, it quickly became apparent that there were not sufficient tangible opportunities available.. Seemingly, this imbalance was created by design: Haiti otherwise would lack the comparative advantage in any market. So, by spurring mass migration to the cities, workers would have to vie for even the least desirable jobs, thus creating an ideal situation in which workers would readily be vulnerable to exploitation. The abundance of dirt-cheap labor was and still is Haiti’s most reliable “comparative advantage,” and the process soon saw Haiti serving as an export platform for island rice grown by foreign agro industry that was too expensive for domestic consumption. "
"For several decades, the U.S. has fattened its farmers with outright subsidies. U.S. Farm Bills are debated every five years, and Farm Bill 2012 offers an unprecedented chance to end much of this traditional welfare to agribusiness. There is no question that there will be cuts. The only debates concern which sectors and how deep. Will the worst loser be rice, peanuts, cotton, or corn? Probably not corn, since current U.S. President Barak Obama is from a corn-growing state (a...nd not a rice-growing state like Arkansas, as was Bill Clinton). Let us make sure it is rice. A major cut or the elimination of the subsidies to U.S. rice farmers, particularly those in Arkansas, would represent a lifeline to many Haitian farmers.
Farm Bill 2012 is being debated now. People of good will in the U.S., who wish to see Haiti regain some modicum of independence, should march, call their congresspeople, write, etc. to demand an end to rice subsidies in Farm Bill 2012."
Dady Chery|Haiti Chery
The IMF -- along with the WTO and the World Bank -- has put the global economy on a path of greater inequality and environmental destruction. The IMF's and World Bank's structural adjustment policies (SAPs) ensure debt repayment by requiring countries to cut spending on education and health; eliminate basic food and transportation subsidies; devalue national currencies to make exports cheaper; privatize national assets; and freeze wages. Such belt-tightening measures increase poverty, reduce countries' ability to develop strong domestic economies and allow multinational corporations to exploit workers and the environment
(via The Haitian Blogger here on Facebook)
Washington's Role in Haiti's Food Crisis ( 08 Apr 2009 ).
Haiti's Artibonite valley is it's heartland where most of it's food is produced. The latest imported disaster by the "international community" to the Artibonite was the UN cholera....
CEPR:Agricultural Support Needed, But Who From?: http://bit.ly/Ls6yzn
"Chemonics is a subsidiary of ERLY Industries, which is also the parent company of American Rice Inc. American Rice was perhaps the largest benefactor of the influx of "Miami rice" in the 80s and 90s in Haiti, wiping out thousands of Haitian farmers who could not compete with the cheaper, subsidized imported rice. American Rice Inc. officials were found to have paid bribes in 1998-1999 to custom officials in order to avoid import tariffs (already by then some of the lowest in the hemisphere due to IMF and World Bank policies). Chemonics has close ties to USAID, and relies on government contracts for over 90% of its revenue."
"The advent of NGOs in Haiti began with a large influx of funds to subvert the democratic process between the expulsion of Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1986 and the election of Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1990. During this period, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funneled over $2.3 million into Haiti. According to USAID’s own estimates, by 1988 U.S. funds reached at least one third of the 1,200 or so NGOs in the country. The current number of NGOs has grown to 16,000 (one ...NGO per 560 Haitians).
As the association between USAID and the NGOs has solidified, the hunger has intensified. Since 1990, for example, those U.S. NGOs that accept aid from USAID have been allowed to cover their expenses by selling non-emergency food aid in Haiti’s markets, in a policy called “monetization.” The food is generally of poor quality and foreign to Haitians. For example, this has included unfortified Arkansas rice that caused scurvy in prisoners."
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is an arm of the US State Department. Founded in 1961, USAID serves as a ‘velvet glove’ for US foreign policy. The political bias of its operations in Haiti goes back decades.
Cash for dictators, sabotaged food production and enforced trade liberalisation: Leslie Mullin explains how USAID has undermined Haitian development.USAID has a major impact on Haiti’s economy, both directly and as an agent for big financial institutions like the IMF.
"Politically the NGOs fit into the new thinking of imperialist strategists.While the IMF - World Bank and MNCs work the domestic elites at the top to pillage the economy, the NGOs engage in complementary activity at the bottom neutralizing and fragmenting the burgeoning discontent resulting from the
savaging of the economy. Just as imperialism engages in a two pronged macro-micro strategy of exploitation and containment, radical movements must develop a two prong anti-imperialist strategy."
NGOs: In the Service of Imperialism by James Petras
(Reposted from Mike Perrett @ No Shock Doctrine for Haiti)
Haiti: 7,260 UN MINUSTAH cholera deaths as of June 10
Cases: 555,328 / Hospitalizations: 299,119 / Deaths: 7,260
MINUSTAH Total Appropriation $676.70 million. 2012/13
UN:OCHA Global consolidated "Humanitarian" appeal 2012 is $7.7 billion dollars while the UN has just funded "slightly more than $7 billion" for 14 United Nations "Peacekeeping" Operations for the next 12 months.
TOP 5 UNDERFUNDED APPEALS
Mauritania 2012 (9%)
Haiti 2012 (19%)
Afghanistan 2012 (25%)
Cote d'Ivoire 2012 (25%)
Somalia 2012 (32%)
"If you have not figured this out by now from observing the outcome of the aid to Haiti, I’ll say it again. Aid from the U.S. to Haiti in particular, and the Third World in general, is a way of laundering government paybacks to industry, with USAID usually serving as the intermediary. The aid is not intended to help the recipient but to assist U.S. companies that cannot sell their goods."
Dady Chery | Haiti Chery