Friday, 22 January 2010

Haiti Links from GPJA

For those wanting to look more in depth at what is happening in Haiti, and the background to the current disaster, the latest Global Peace & Justice Auckland newsletter has an extensive summary of on-line articles. The West’s role in Haiti's plight Haiti Disaster Capitalism Alert: Stop Them Before They Shock Again Greg Palast: History of a Haitian Holocaust Haiti – The Price of Freedom By Carolyn Cooper – The US refused to recognisethe new Haitian republic and imposed an embargo that lasted until 1862. In1915, the US invaded Haiti to protect its economic interests and remained inoccupation until 1934 Haiti: A natural and human-made catastrophe combine Disaster Imperialism in Haiti by Shirley Pate Patrick Cockburn: The US is failing Haiti – again A must watch from Al-Jazeera: “Most Haitians here have seen little humanitairian aid so far. What they have seen is guns, and plenty of them... It looks more like the Green Zone in Baghdad than a centre for aid distribution.” He ended years of brutal regime. Now an exiled ex-president wants to be the saviour again. By Andrew Buncombe. Is the Haiti Rescue Effort Failing? By Danny Schechter, AlterNet. Haiti Smashed, Diaspora Shaken, Deportations Frozen By Michelle Chen Haitians plead: `Where is the help?' Haiti – a kinder gentler imperialism CNN: A working hospital in Haiti: “Cuban medical personnel are giving medical attention ... six to seven hundred patients a day, several dozen surgeries a day...” Relief Efforts in the Shadow of Past “Help”: Moving from crimes-as-charity to actual support for Haiti by Dan Freeman-Maloy Cruise ships still find a Haitian berth – Luxury liners are still docking at private beaches near Haiti's devastated earthquake zone US Corporations, Private Mercenaries and the IMF Rush in to Profit fromHaiti's Crisis Haiti earthquake: US ships blockade coast to thwart exodus to America Haitian Earthquake: Why the Blood Is on Our Hands By Ted Rall US accused of ‘occupying’ Haiti as troops flood in: France accused the US of “occupying” Haiti on Monday as thousands of American troops flooded into thecountry to take charge of aid efforts and security. Haiti, Again? Phyllis Bennis – The marginalisation of the UN and the militarisation of the US aid effort in Haiti reflect how the humanitarian needstake a back seat to the Pentagon's priorities. Debt is Haiti’s real curse – Eric Toussaint and Sophie Perchellet of the Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt (CADTM) explain how Haiti wasforced into a debt trap from its founding.

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