Aristide Should Be Allowed to Return to Haiti

By Mark Weisbrot January 20, 2011 – Haiti’s infamous dictator “Baby Doc” Duvalier, returned to his country this week, while the country’s first elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is kept out. These two facts really say everything about Washington’s policy toward Haiti and our government’s respect for democracy in that country and...

January 23rd, 2011 bye Africa Speaks 

Zimbabwe: U.S. Must Come Clean – SA Envoy

The Herald April 14, 2010 South Africa is maintaining pressure on the United States and Europe to lift their illegal economic sanctions on Zimbabwe with the latest call directed on Washington to engage Harare in dialogue rather being “divisive” and polarising the country. South African President Jacob Zuma has been calling on the West to remove the sanctions regime saying the embargo puts...

April 14th, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

Zimbabwe: PM Morgan Tsvangirai tells West to face reality

New Ziana-Herald Reporter The Herald – April 10, 2010 PRIME MINISTER Morgan Tsvangirai said on Thursday President Mugabe is part of the solution to the political equation in the country and the West should recognise this. Addressing delegates to the Zimbabwe-Africa Business Opportunities Day commemorations, PM Tsvangirai advised cynics to accept the reality of the country’s political situation. “If...

April 11th, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

Behind Washington’s Iran policy: Myths and reality

By Stephen Gowans February 26, 2010 – While Washington’s Iran policy is often described as oriented toward containment of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the aims are much broader, and the assumption that Iran has nuclear weapons ambitions is without foundation. US policy is directed at eclipsing the rise of Iran as an independent economic, military and political power, and seeks...

March 6th, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

Zimbabwe: Haiti As Seen Through Pan African Eyes

By Tichaona Zindoga February 23, 2010 – The Herald FOLLOWING the devastating earthquake that left over 200 000 people dead and destroyed almost everything in Haiti last month, the world was treated to eccentric Western hype about self-inflicted poverty, hopelessness and the heroism of foreign rescue efforts. The West, through its media, even justified the occupation of this second largest Caribbean...

February 23rd, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

Haitians will defend their sovereignty

Haitians will defend their sovereignty By The Real News Ronald Charles: This way of providing aid is a way to humiliate us and many Haitians will not accept it. (more…)
February 2nd, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

Q & A with the State Department on Haiti

Sending in the Marines By Judith Scherr January 29, 2010 – THE FRENCH COOPERATION Minister Alain Joyandet accused the U.S. of “occupying” Haiti rather than helping in the wake of the devastating January 12, 7.0 earthquake. Doctors Without Borders and officials from the Caribbean community expressed similar frustrations, as US military personnel controlling the airport turned...

January 29th, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

Freedom Rider: Useless Aid, No Donation Without Agitation

By Margaret Kimberley January 27, 2010 – “DOLLARS must come with demands of non-interference in Haiti’s affairs and demands of accountability to charitable organizations.” A telethon hosted by celebrities succeeded in raising more than $57 million in funds for the relief of Haiti earthquake victims. Yet that sum and the many millions more donated by individuals around the...

January 29th, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

The Kidnapping of Haiti

By John Pilger January 27, 2010 THE THEFT OF HAITI has been swift and crude. On 22 January, the United States secured “formal approval” from the United Nations to take over all air and sea ports in Haiti, and to “secure” roads. No Haitian signed the agreement, which has no basis in law. Power rules in an American naval blockade and the arrival of 13,000 marines, special forces, spooks and mercenaries,...

January 28th, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

Focus on Haiti – The Politics of Rice

By Al Jazeera English January 25, 2010 – IN 2008, in the midst of the global food crisis, we travelled to Haiti to look at the politics of rice – how such a fertile country became dependent on food aid. In the wake of this current disaster, that dependence is – initially – going to deepen. (more…)
January 26th, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

Media Failures on Haiti: Great Television, Bad Journalism

By Robert Jensen January 25, 2010 – CNN’s STAR ANCHOR Anderson Cooper narrates a chaotic street scene in Port-au-Prince. A boy is struck in the head by a rock thrown by a looter from a roof. Cooper helps him to the side of the road, and then realizes the boy is disoriented and unable to get away. Laying down his digital camera (but still being filmed by another CNN camera), Cooper...

January 25th, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

Haiti: the real looters are sitting in Washington

By Viv Smith Socialist Worker FOUR DAYS AFTER the disaster in Haiti, the media shifted its attention from images of suffering to those of looting. Talk has turned to keeping “law and order”. Haitians are increasingly depicted as savages. But the real savages and looters are the US ruling class. Instead of helping to rebuild Haiti’s infrastructure to meet people’s needs, the US is ensuring that the...

January 23rd, 2010 bye Africa Speaks