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Displaced and Desperate Makes For Good Copy

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According to this piece in the NY Times, only 28,000 of the 1.5 million displaced Haitians in Port Au Prince have moved into new homes. Port Au Prince is still a wretched tapestry of filthy tent camps, strewn rubble, and congestion. The Haitian government isn’t acting fast or firm enough for citizens or the international community pledging donations to have much faith in the future of the rebuild. There have been some success stories, mostly by NGO’s and citizens joining forces, but they have been far and few in between.

Any country attempting to rebuild from such a catastrophe would find it a monumental task, but it feels like there’s an underlying tone in this story that is somewhat discomforting. The onus of the rebuild failure has been disproportionately placed on the Haitian government. There hasn’t really been unbiased reporting on how past US and European foreign policy and Haiti’s historically troubled relations with the superpowers of the world helped to lead the country into such an unstable state pre-Januuary 12th.

Usually, propaganda disguised as investigative reporting like this, is used to convince the world that the nation in question (Haiti) may need the assistance (read takeover) of the aforementioned superpowers. We’ve seen the US and European nations do this many times in the past, and there’s no reason to think that this disaster coverage isn’t a prelude to a full out US and EU occupation of the island. After all, they must protect the citizens from themselves and do the job that their own government seems incapable of doing. Wink, wink.

Mark my words, this has the potential to happen quicker than anyone would like to believe, or at least quicker than your local news outlet would have you.  The clock is ticking towards the November 28th elections. If the Haitian government doesn’t get it “right” once and for all, expect a press conference at the UN announcing an occupation to bring stability to the region.

All for the greater good of the citizens of Haiti of course.

Displaced and Desperate Makes For Good Copy

Gede Greg C.

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Haiti Makes Esquire

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Below please find a link to a preview of the latest issue of Esquire that hits the newsstands next week. Included in this issue is a preview of an interview with Bill Clinton where he pledges to commit the next three years to Haiti and its rebuild. Also in there are some words from Paul Farmer on the state of Haitian health care. Check it out and expect a feature length post here when the issue hits the stands.

Haiti Makes Esquire

Gede Greg C.

International Pressure For Fair Haitian Elections

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I found this pretty interesting. On reliefweb.int there is a call for the international community to pressure the Haitian government for fair elections come November 28th. I think its pretty interesting that now the international community is interested in Haiti having fair elections. Where were they during Papa Doc and Baby Doc’s eras?

I wonder if this call to democracy has anything to do with the number of international interests popping up all over Haiti after January 12th?

International Pressure For Fair Haitian Elections 

Gede Greg C.

US/Haitian Government Standoff

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After a strongly worded statement by John Kerry criticizing Haitian leadership for stalling relief efforts, Haitian PM Jean-Max Bellerive had some choice words of its own. In a nutshell, he states that Haiti has a plan for rebuilding itself and won’t be pushed around by anyone during this critical time. I say good for them. Even casual observers of politics understands that statements like the ones issued by Kerry are often preludes to occupations by superpowers.

Seriously, does anyone really believe that the US is really interested in the well being of Haitians? Or do you think that they’d like the rebuild to happen as quickly as possible so that they can fortify their interests in the island and exert their influence before the other powers can jump in and do their thing. Historically, Haitians don’t allow themselves to get pushed around by anyone. I don’t see that happening in this case either. This situation really bears watching. I smell conflict.

US/Haitian Government Standoff

Gede Greg C.

US Pressures Haiti To Hold Elections

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The US Congress has officially warned Haitian President Rene Preval that he needs to get his act together and set a date for the next Haitian Presidential and Parliamentary elections. As well, Mr. Preval needs to do some restructuring to Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP). It seems that the international community doesn’t trust that all their precious aid monies will be effectively distributed with the Haitian government showing such weak leadership and with its traditionally corrupt backstory.

I advise Mr. Preval and all the other politicians back home to get their act together and do it fast. The country is at probably the most vulnerable point in its history and its very easy to see a UN occupation on the horizon. The world is looking for any excuse to take over Haiti and divide its resources up for for their benefit.

I strongly urge the people in power in Haiti to read between the lines and cut the monkey business before we become a Puerto Rico, or worse. The old saying goes, “One monkey don’t stop the show”, and the world has already shown that it has no time for our brand of monkey business. Take heed, you’ve been warned.

US Pressures Haiti To Hold Elections

Gede Greg C.

Haitian Elections Key to Success or Failure of Rebuilding Effort

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This title of this post is pretty self explanatory yet there are many layers to the issue that underline how this particular election may end up being the most crucial in Haiti’s history.

The populace is jaded after centuries of government corruption and the recent earthquake has highlighted the disparities of lifestyles between the poor majority of the populace versus the elite. And realistically, after January 12th, who is really thinking about elections. I think most people are more concerned with getting the basics in life like clean food, water, and shelter on a daily basis.

Politicians like Haitian President Rene Preval and US President Barack Obama feel, and rightfully so, that a stable government will make Haiti a more attractive place for foreign investors and help place the country on the proper road to recovery.

Upcoming Haitian Election Key To Country’s Future

Gede Greg C.

Another Deportation Story

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Please read this story in today’s New York Times. It seems that over 30 Haitian earthquake survivors that were waved onto a rescue plane by U.S. Marines have run into some legal issues. It seems that upon arrival in the States, they were detained by Immigration officials. On top of that, as the INS is wont to do, these detainees haven’t been granted the basic services needed to deal with the psychological aftermath of the earthquake, instead they are being treated the same as the hundreds of thousands of detainees in the U.S. that have committed crimes. Its’ puzzling how situations like this occur. I really am interested in hearing some sort of explanation for this.

Another Deportation Story

Gede Greg C.