MINUSTAH and the Epidemic: Cholera in Haiti

By Fidel Castro December 09, 2010 About three weeks ago news and photos were published showing Haitian citizens throwing stones and protesting in indignation against the forces of MINUSTAH, accusing it of having transmitted cholera to that country by way of a Nepalese soldier.. (more…)
December 9th, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

Media Failures on Haiti: Great Television, Bad Journalism

By Robert Jensen January 25, 2010 – commondreams.org CNNs 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 Haitis infrastructure to meet peoples needs, the US is ensuring that the...

January 23rd, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

Haiti: overthrowing slavery and resisting the IMF

By Sadie Robinson Socialist Worker THE SUFFERING of Haitis people today is rooted in slavery and imperialism. The Times newspaper has described Haiti as the unluckiest country while the racist US evangelical Pat Robertson said that Haitians had swore a pact to the devil when they rose up against slavery in the 1790s. But it is imperialism, not the resistance to it, which has been the problem. ...

January 23rd, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

How US imperialism has devastated Haiti

Peter Hallward, one of the foremost experts on Haitis history, spoke to Socialist Worker THE EARTHQUAKE in Haiti caused, and continues to cause, such terrible destruction and loss of life because the country is so poor. There are three main reasons for that. Firstly, it is the only place where slavery was overthrown solely by slaves. But it meant a war that lasted 12 years, killed a third of the population,...

January 23rd, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

The hate and the quake in Haiti

By Sir Hilary Beckles January 23, 2009 – nationnews.com THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES is in the process of conceiving how best to deliver a major conference on the theme “Rethinking And Rebuilding Haiti”. I am very keen to provide an input into this exercise because for too long there has been a popular perception that somehow the Haitian nation-building project, launched on January...

January 23rd, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

Haiti, Katrina, and Why I Won’t Give To Haiti Through the Red Cross

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon January 22, 2010 – blackagendareport.com What’s charitably given isn’t always charitably distributed. In 21st century American and its empire, our corporate and military elite wield immense power. Corporate philanthropy serves corporate interests, not human interests, and corporate control over government, culture and media ensure that even funds...

January 22nd, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

Haiti: An Unwelcome Katrina Redux

By Cynthia McKinney January 22, 2010 – globalresearch.ca President Obama’s response to the tragedy in Haiti has been robust in military deployment and puny in what the Haitians need most: food; first responders and their specialized equipment; doctors and medical facilities and equipment; and engineers, heavy equipment, and heavy movers. Sadly, President Obama is dispatching Presidents...

January 22nd, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

The myth of Haiti’s lawless streets

To withhold aid because of the ‘security situation’ is a miserable excuse for agencies’ failure to deliver desperately needed help By Inigo Gilmore January 20, 2010 – guardian.co.uk As a member of the media covering the tragedy in Haiti, it’s with a sense of alarm and astonishment that I’ve witnessed how some senior aid officials have argued for withholding aid of...

January 21st, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

Haitis tragedy: A crime of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken January 21, 2010 – wsws.org The immense death and suffering inflicted upon the people of Haiti by the January 12 earthquake has laid bare a massive international crime by US imperialism, which prepared this catastrophe with a century of oppression and is now attempting to exploit the disaster for its own ends. The estimated 200,000 who have died, the quarter million or more...

January 21st, 2010 bye Africa Speaks 

The Rescue Operation’s Priorities in Haiti

Class and Race Fear By Nelson P. Valds January 18, 2010 – counterpunch.org “The contempt we have been taught to entertain for blacks, make us fear many things that are founded neither in reason nor experience.” Alexander Hamilton in letter to John Hay, 1799. “Only those who hate the black population, see hatred in blacks” - Jos Mart, Montecristi Manifesto, 1895 The...

January 18th, 2010 bye Africa Speaks