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 – counterpunch.org 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 – blackagendareport.com “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 – aljazeera.net 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 – commondreams.org 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 

Haiti: overthrowing slavery and resisting the IMF

By Sadie Robinson Socialist Worker THE SUFFERING of Haiti’s 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 Haiti’s 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