1/15 Haiti: How & Why this Horror is Sickeningly Familiar http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/263
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ONE FULL WEEK OF WAR - OCCUPYING KILLERS ARRIVE TO PLAY SAVIORS
The u.s. once supported the Haitian uprising to kick out its rival French imperialists. Ever since Hait's great revolutionary victory the U.S. has tried to kill Haiti's liberation struggle ---- fearful then and now that their revolution would inspire other African descendants, north amerikan Black slaves.
Imperialist War Southern Command in Charge: Barbarity Born of Fear and Vulnerability
The United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), located in Miami, Florida, is one of ten unified Combatant Commands (COCOMs) in the Department of Defense. It is responsible for providing contingency planning, operations, and security cooperation for Central and South America, the Caribbean (except U.S. commonwealths, territories, and possessions), Cuba; as well as for the force protection of U.S. military resources at these locations. SOUTHCOM is also responsible for ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal and canal area.
Under the leadership of a four-star commander, SOUTHCOM staff is organized into directorates, component commands and military groups that represent SOUTHCOM in the region of Central America, South America & the Caribbean. www.southcom.mil/
SOUTHCOM is a joint command comprised of more than 1,200 military and civilian personnel representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and several other federal agencies. The services provide SOUTHCOM with component commands which, along with our Joint Special Operations component, two Joint Task Forces, one Joint Interagency Task Force, and Security Assistance Offices, perform SOUTHCOM missions and security cooperation activities. SOUTHCOM exercises its COCOM authority through the commanders of its components, Joint Task Forces/Joint Interagency Task Force, and Security Assistance Organizations.
United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM)
U.S. military forces are mobilizing to support international disaster relief efforts underway in Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake that ravaged the Caribbean nation. The focus of the mission, named Operation Unified Response, is search and rescue and disaster relief. All military efforts are in support of USAID, which is orchestrating U.S. government contributions to the relief mission. Mission details (Jan. 19): SOUTHCOM is the lead DoD agency for information regarding U.S. military support to Haiti relief ops. Media queries: 305-427-1213 Media embeds: Click Here Please include phone and email contact information for all embed requests.
- Jan. 14: Gen. Fraser SOUTHCOM briefing
- Jan. 15: President Obama remarks on situation in Haiti
- Jan. 15: Gen. Fraser press briefing
- Jan. 18: Flight info into Haiti Press conference with USMC, general to brief Marine Haiti ops, Lt. Gen. Keen press briefing
APAN (All Partners Access Network) is being used by U.S. Southern Command to facilitate information-sharing and collaboration between DoD, non-DoD, U.S. Government, Non-Governmental Organizations and International Organizations involved in the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operation currently underway in Haiti
U.S. Southern Command has established Joint Task Force-Haiti to oversee U.S. military relief efforts in Haiti and has appointed U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ken Keen as commander.
The task force mission is designated Operation Unified Response.
Approximately 11,000 U.S. military personnel are currently supporting task force operations within Haiti and from U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels off shore.
U.S. mass murderers destroy another nation and people in the interests of its world-destroying supremacy. Far surpassing Goebbel's in its propaganda's reach, resources and sophistication, imperialist state terrorism blames those they have oppressed, the Haitian people, for the abysmal impoverishment it created and enforces. Journalists, now embedded with u.s. military, contradicting aid workers and reporters, whip up racist scare stories designed to win support for the u.s. military take-over. Blatantly racist, false regurgitations of 'looting & violence', 'escaped gang leaders' being responsible for blocking u.s. 'rescue and recovery' - which the u.s. blocked for a week, until after hundreds of thousands died in unimaginable agony and desperation. In another grotesque display of his total commitment to the u.s. agenda, Obama chose Bill Clinton & GWB to head the merger of 'soft humanitarian' power with Pentagon hard military power in this new front of the u.s global world war. Make no mistake, this is war.
A major U.S. fear in this war is the unity of the Haitian diaspora with the u.s. Black nation [ http://lizburbankdigest.blogspot.com/2006/03/racist-genocide-in-new-orle... ]
U.S. state terror is visible. Less visible but just as real, is the driving, murderous fear of those it oppresses, the only power capable of ending the tyranny of capital's rule. While the U.S. military invasion and occupation of Haiti takes full advantage of a 'natural disaster', its genocidal occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and African countries, especially Niger, meet fierce resistance [ aka 'islamic extremism', 'insurgencies','terrorism', etc] to imperialist zionism and its proxies.
Previous digest issues delve into Haiti's history of fascist exploitation and oppression - and its glorious history of resistance and revolution. This is what we need to remember and act in solidarity with: the increasing strategic vulnerability and fear beneath the surface of, and driving the U.S. material and rhetorical 'obey us' juggernaut of destruction, attempting less and less successfully to portray it as the invulnerable power.
In this critical historical conjuncture, the world's worst enemies headed by U.S., face the growing strength of 2 major capitalist rivals, China & Russia,
and growing blocs of anti-US domination unity worldwide. Most importantly, as it digs itself ever deeper to expand its hegemony in order to survive, the nationalist resistance it can never defeat keeps kicking its deadly ass despite endless billions, bombs and surrogates, forcing it to wage war in its 'homelamd' too, producing ever-more of its own eventual revolutionary gravediggers.
Officials try to prevent Haitian earthquake refugees from coming to U.S.
...Experts see no signs for now of a seaborne exodus, although history shows that such events are difficult to predict. Still, South Florida counties have prepared contingency plans, immigration authorities have cleared space in a 600-bed detention center in Miami and Obama administration officials have begun discouraging Haitians from attempting the hazardous 600-mile sea crossing to Florida."Please: If any Haitians are watching, there may be an impulse to leave the island and to come here," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Saturday at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Fla., where she joined Vice President Biden in speaking to relief workers at a federal staging area. "This is a very dangerous crossing. Lives are lost every time people try to make this crossing," Napolitano said, adding that Haitians caught at sea will be repatriated. "Please do not have us divert our necessary rescue and relief efforts that are going into Haiti by trying to leave at this point." The warnings come paired with a giant humanitarian operation to rebuild Port-au-Prince, position U.S. military assets in the area, and adjust U.S. and international immigration policies. In the long run, such measures would be the most effective tools to prevent a refugee crisis, current and former government officials said. With as many as 3 million people affected by Tuesday's quake, the stakes for the Obama administration in heading off a wave of migrants are high. "We don't want to have destabilization in Haiti, and deaths of this magnitude in Haiti cause destabilization and have political implications," said Andrew S. Natsios, a veteran foreign aid official who led U.S. relief efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan and during the Asian tsunami in 2004..."You cannot prohibit people from moving under international law if they feel threatened. But you can create incentives to stay," said Natsios, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2001 to 2006... After a coup in Haiti in 1991, the U.S. government housed 12,000 Haitian migrants in Guantanamo Bay and admitted 10,000 before a new government was in place in 1994... Spurred by reports that Cuban leader Fidel Castro was in failing health in 2006, the U.S. government embarked on an intensive contingency plan, called Operation Vigilant Sentry, signed by Michael Chertoff, then homeland security secretary, in 2007. A central feature of the plan is a public messaging campaign designed to dissuade Cubans -- then the focus -- from risking the life-threatening 90-mile journey across the Florida straits. Although electronic mass media in Haiti is virtually nonexistent ...the enormous pending flow of aid, troops and official statements is conveying a similar message.
coming soon the usual war stories and pics of 'miraculous' recoveries by merciful marines'
US doctors beg their government to admit critically injured children from Haiti
January 18, 2010
American doctors are begging their Government to accept critically injured Haitian children after one baby girl was airlifted to hospital in Florida. US immigration officials had been refusing to allow children into the country until next weekend. However, as Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, arrived to assure Haitians that America stood ready to help “in any way we can”, doctors managed to persuade the US authorities to cut through immigration rules used to bar entry to the US for Haitians even in extreme circumstances to allow in Jean, a four-month-old Haitian girl for treatment....
“We can’t evacuate any Haitian patients to the US,” John McDonald, from the University of Miami Medical School, said. “Our country treats the Haitians like s***. The people land, they get sent back. When Cubans land, they open restaurants.” Another doctor at the tented clinic said she was so desperate at being forced to discharge children still in grave danger of dying from infection she wanted to “scream and scratch people”. For want of bed space “we are sending wounded children back on to the streets of Port-au-Prince with no plan even for how they will be fed,” said Jennifer Furn, from Harvard Medical School. Dr Furn’s task was complicated by instructions from the UN to vacate the tents by 8am yesterday. “The UN say they need these tents as a staging post for regular personnel,” Dr Furn said. “It’s breaking my heart. How can I send children with wounds and head bandages out into the streets?” A spokesman for Minustah, the permanent UN operation in Haiti, insisted that alternative premises were being found, but there was no sign of them hours before the deadline....
Anger Erupts at US Takeover of Haiti Airport
France, Brazil, Red Cross furious at flight diversions
By Jane Yager|, the Guardian
(Newser) – The global relief effort in Haiti has devolved into a nasty power struggle, with countries and aid agencies furious at the US takeover of emergency operations. France, Brazil, which runs the UN peacekeeping operation in Haiti, Doctors Without Borders, and the Red Cross all lodged complaints after their aid shipments were diverted to the neighboring Dominican Republic so that US military flights could land at Port-au-Prince's congested airport, where just one runway is operable. "We are all going crazy," a Red Cross official told the Guardian, as a UN World Food Program officer complained in the New York Times that US military has muscled out other relief efforts. "Their priorities are to secure the country. Ours are to feed. We have got to get those priorities in sync." ...
by John Andrews / January 19th, 2010
Ever since the infamous Monroe Doctrine of 1823 Haiti has had the dubious pleasure of being considered an ‘American interest’ – an honour now shared by the entire planet. Of course the people of Haiti had no say in the matter – they might have thought of themselves as capable of running their own affairs (having been the first slave nation to successfully overthrow their oppressors) – but then as now, Washington knew better.... if my country had just been devastated by some awful catastrophe and I had to rely on a foreign government coming to save me, a government that quite cheerfully ignored the plight of tens of thousands of its own citizens when they had been similarly struck down, I’d be fairly worried...
.... A reporter at a news conference asked a senior US politician who had something to do with the ‘relief’ effort why they didn’t just parachute in essential supplies, like food and water, to the desperate survivors ...naturally scavenging anything they could......before quickly moving on answered that if they did that there would be carnage as desperate people fought over whatever was supplied. In other words they’re not supplying immediate relief because that’s in the Haitians’ best interests.... the world’s media arrived in Port-au-Prince without any difficulty, and the US sent half its navy to the scene...together with thousands of ground troops...They say a picture tells a thousand words, and another brief clip shown on the BBC this morning was particularly helpful in this respect. It showed the US marines helping the relief effort. Ahhh… This was they how they were doing it: one marine was handing one small bottle of water to one Haitian child. Behind that child was another, and perhaps another child behind that one. All very ordered; all very controlled. You could almost see that image on the recruiting page of the US Marines website beneath a caption reading “Saving Childrens’ Lives in World Disasters.”... In a country like Haiti, which has every reason to be deeply suspicious of American soldiers, the population needs to be adequately ‘prepared’ to accept the authority of a foreign army. Normally the preparation of suspicious populations requires considerable bombing and armed invasion – but because nature provides the prerequisite devastation free of charge ...if that was in fact the case here... the people of Haiti have not only been struck down by a terrible catastrophe, they are forced to rely on the most ruthless government in existence for their relief.
Humanitarian Aid or Military Occupation?
by Ashley Smith / January 19th, 2010
...The Heritage Foundation [ed: geostrategic think-tank 'targets' other imperialist architects - media's state propaganda targets public] accurately described the aims driving U.S. in Haiti:
"...The U.S. response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti earthquake offers opportunities to re-shape Haiti’s long-dysfunctional government and economy as well as to improve the public image of the United States in the region. While on the ground in Haiti, the U.S. military can also interrupt the nightly flights of cocaine to Haiti and the Dominican Republic from the Venezuelan coast and counter the ongoing efforts of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez to destabilize the island of Hispaniola. This U.S. military presence, which should also include a large contingent of U.S. Coast Guard assets, can also prevent any large-scale movement by Haitians to take to the sea in rickety watercraft to try to enter the U.S. illegally....the U.S. must insist the Haiti government work closely with the U.S. to insure corruption does not infect the humanitarian assistance flowing to Haiti. Long-term reforms for Haitian democracy and its economy are badly overdue...."
The truth is that disaster relief for the poor is not the mission in Haiti, just as it wasn’t the priority in New Orleans or any other disaster.... the Obama administration prepared a military occupation, claiming armed forces are necessary to control what they expected [ed: propagated] to be angry Black people.... media coverage shifted from initial sympathy with victims ...to scare stories about looting.... media took a few isolated conflicts and blew them up into an implication that Haiti’s poor are a violent threat–and the real obstacle to relief efforts. These scare stories became justification for not delivering aid. Writer Nelson Valdes reported:
"...U.S. authorities on the ground are telling those who want to directly deliver help not to do so because they might be attacked by “hungry mobs.” Two cargo planes from Doctors Without Borders have been forced to land in the Dominican Republic because the shipments have to be accompanied within Port-au-Prince by U.S. military escorts, according to the U.S. command..."
Asked why the U.S. hadn't used the C130 transport planes to drop supplies into Port-au-Prince,
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said, “It seems to me that air drops will simply lead to riots.”
Of course, precisely the opposite is case. People will riot because they lack food and water. The real situation is quite different. As author Richard Seymour wrote:
"The striking fact, patiently reported by observers on the ground, is that Haiti is not gripped by anarchy, “mob rule,” mass slaughter or anything of the kind. There was probably no more violent crime this weekend, and probably less than in some American cities. Instead, while aid is obstructed, Haitians have cooperated to undertake rescue efforts and administer aid without the assistance of relief workers."[...]
Bush and Clinton personify the pernicious role American imperialism has played in Haiti for the last century. It is no exaggeration to say that their administrations caused as much death and devastation in that country as last Tuesday’s earthquake.
U.S. Information Warfare's 'War on the Net'
DOD "CLARIFIES" DOCTRINE ON PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS
The Department of Defense issued a new publication to update and clarify its doctrine on "psychological operations."
Psychological operations, or PSYOP, are intended to "convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences ... Fundamentally, psychological operations are tethered to the reality of U.S. government actions...As the new doctrine notes, "Every activity of the force has potential psychological implications that may be leveraged to influence foreign targets." NEW: "When authorized, PSYOP forces may be used domestically to assist lead federal agencies during disaster relief and crisis management by informing the domestic population." Perhaps the PSYOP forces are supposed to inform the domestic population without "targeting" them....
It endorses a new, negative definition of the term "propaganda,"...formerly been used to refer to "Any form of communication in support of national objectives designed to influence the opinions, emotions, attitudes, or behavior of any group in order to benefit the sponsor, either directly or indirectly." From now on, propaganda will refer only to what the enemy does: "Any form of adversary communication, especially of a biased or misleading nature, designed to influence the opinions, emotions, attitudes, or behavior of any group in order to benefit the sponsor, either directly or indirectly." The new doctrine also dictates that the term "perception management" shall be eliminated from the DoD lexicon...
"Psychological Operations," Joint Publication 3-13.2, Joint Chiefs of Staff, January 7, 2010: http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/jp3-13-2.pdf
embedded with military 'journalists' cannot block all the truth
One week after Haiti quake, aid for all is elusive
The world still can't get enough food and water to the hungry and thirsty one week after an earthquake shattered Haiti's capital. The airport remains a bottleneck, the port is a shambles. The Haitian government is invisible, nobody has taken firm charge, and the police have largely given up
"TENS OF THOUSANDS OF EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS NEED EMERGENCY SURGICAL CARE NOW!!!!!" said press a release from Partners in Health, co-founded by Dr. Paul Farmer, the deputy U.N. envoy to Haiti. "Our medical director has estimated that 20,000 people are dying each day who could be saved by surgery."...
[ed: plus countless thousands whose injuries are exacerbated by dehydration, starvation, massive infections with no available meds., and extreme systemic depletion under another transparently grotesque replay of U.S. imperialist controlled genocide like Indonesia 2004, Bill Clinton presiding ,and Katrina 2005, GWB presiding ]
faithful servant 'overwhelmed' by U.S. strategic restructuring
Haitian President Préval largely absent in quake's aftermath
An aloof politician who was educated abroad, President René Préval has spoken far more to foreign audiences through satellite television than to his own people.... As foreign aid and troops flow into this ruined capital, a Haitian government led by a diffident president has been overwhelmed, making it largely invisible since the earthquake throttled the country six days ago Although he has served at the highest ranks of government for nearly two decades, Préval has been known more as a surrogate than as a powerful politician in his own right.... The U.S. government views Préval...as a technocrat... Since the ouster of dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1986, Haiti's elected government has been weak. Largely mistrusted by its people, the government has been unable to lift the country from severe poverty despite billions of dollars in annual international aid. ..Préval and his ministers are sitting now at the volatile intersection of a sputtering aid effort and the rising demands of millions of Haitians traumatized by the quake and desperate for basic assistance. The emergency-triage stage will soon give way to long-term planning for how to rebuild a country virtually from scratch.
US military tightens grip on Haiti
By Alex Lantier
The US military intervention in Haiti is criminal in both form and content. Disguised as a humanitarian rescue operation, its main aim is to build up the necessary firepower to terrorize the masses into accepting a shocking lack of treatment without protest [ed: and its strategic plan: u.s. rule by proxy if not a permanent u.s. military base] Even taken on its own terms, the US occupation of Haiti has not taken the opportunities available to it to treat wounded Haitians... As of yesterday, US search-and-rescue teams had only dug out 15 people from the rubble....
The rescue efforts in Haiti are held hostage by US national security completely impervious to popular sympathy for the victims of the earthquake, and unanswerable to the masses—of Haiti or any other country...as the death toll mounts, there is unspoken but unanimous agreement in the international media that it is legitimate for the US military to dictate how operations will proceed...
US officials made clear that treating Haitian victims is not a US priority. Medical facilities on the US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, steaming off Haiti’s shores, will not treat Haitians. The senior medical officer on board, Commander Alfred Shwayhat, told the Wall Street Journal he had plans to "treat 1,000 Haitians if necessary," but said he had received no orders to do so. "If the captain authorizes it, I will take anyone ... [the Vinson’s facility] exceeds anything in the civilian sector, bar none." Lieutenant Commander Jim Krohne, a spokesman for the Vinson’s captain, explained the carrier’s mission was "sea-based." The Vinson later sent two doctors onshore to help treat Haitian patients.
US officials are warning Haitians if they try to flee from Haiti to the US, they will be deported back to Haiti. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said: "There may be an impulse to leave the island to come here. You will not qualify for TPS [Temporary Protected] status." This would allow the US to deport them upon arrival.
Officials in Miami, a city with a large Haitian immigrant population, are watching for signs of a mass flght from Haiti to the US...officials are preparing prisons for potential Haitian refugees. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it would move 400 detainees from the Krome detention facility to an undisclosed location, to free up space in case any Haitians manage to reach US shores. http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=62294&s2=19
u.s. recovery blocking kills thousands of Haitians and inflames inter-imperialist rivalry
US accused of 'occupying' Haiti as troops flood in
8:15PM GMT 18 Jan 2010
The French minister in charge of humanitarian relief called on the UN to "clarify" the American role amid claims the military build up was hampering aid efforts.."This is about helping Haiti, not about occupying Haiti," Mr Joyandet said. Geneva-based charity Medecins Sans Frontieres backed his calls saying hundreds of lives were being put at risk as planes carrying vital medical supplies were being turned away by American air traffic controllers.US commanders insisted their forces' focus was on humanitarian work and last night agreed to prioritise aid arrivals to the airport over military flights, after the intervention of the UN.The diplomatic row came amid heightened frustrations that hundreds of tons of aid was not getting through....The death toll is now estimated at up to 200,000 lives. Around three million Haitians – a third of the country's population... require food assistance....
Haiti was occupied by the US between 1915 and 1935, and historical sensitivities together with friction with other countries over the relief effort has made the Americans cautious about their role in the operation. American military commanders have repeatedly stressed that they are not entering the country as an occupying force. US soldiers in Port-au-Prince said they had been told to be discreet about how they carry their M4 assault rifles... they were authorised to use "deadly force"... only as a "last resort".
Doctors Without Borders Cargo Plane With Full Hospital and Staff Blocked From Landing in Port-au-Prince:
Port-au-Prince/Paris /New York, 17 January 2010
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urges that cargo planes carrying essential medical and surgical material be allowed to land in Port-au-Prince in order to treat thousands of wounded waiting for vital surgical operations. Priority must be given immediately to planes carrying lifesaving equipment and medical personnel. Despite guarantees, given by the UN and US Defense Department, an MSF cargo plane carrying an inflatable surgical hospital was blocked from landing in Port-au-Prince Saturday, and re-routed to Samana, in Dominican Republic. All material from the cargo is now being sent by truck from Samana, adding a 24-hour delay for the arrival of the hospital. A second MSF plane is currently on its way and scheduled to land today in Port- au-Prince...the inflatable hospital includes 2 operating theaters, an intensive care unit, 100-bed hospitalization capacity, an emergency room and all the necessary equipment needed for sterilizing material. MSF teams are currently working around the clock in 5 different hospitals in Port-au-Prince, but only 2 operating theaters are fully functional, while a third operating theater has been improvised for minor surgery due to the massive influx of wounded and lack of functional referral structures.
CARICOM BLOCKED...as US takes control of airport
Rickey Singh Barbados
Sunday, January 18th 2010
THE CARIBBEAN Community’s emergency aid mission to Haiti, comprising Heads of Government and leading technical officials, failed to secure permission Friday to land at that devasted country’s aiport, now under the control of the United States. Consequently, [it] had to travel back from Jamaica to their respective home destinations...’Prior to the US taking control of Haiti’s airport, some 30 Cuban doctors left Havana to join more than 300 of their colleagues who have been working there for more than a year. Last evening the frustration suffered by the Caricom mission to get landing permission was expected to be raised in a scheduled meeting at Jamaica’s Norman Manley International Airport with US Secretary of State Clinton. Among urgent matters to be discussed with Secretary Clinton was possible use of the Norman Manley Airport as a primary hub, given its short distance from Haiti (45 minutes), for all emergency missions. The Community’s Secretary General (Edwin Carrington) explained that proper use of the Norman Manley Airport would be consistent with a decision last week for Jamaica to serve as the Sub-regional Operational Focal Point (SOFP) responses to the Haitian humanitarian crisis....
Friday afternoon the US State Department confirmed signing two ’Memoranda of Understanding’ with the Government of Haiti that made ’official the United States is in charge of all inbound and outbound flights and aid off-loading...’Further, according to the agreements signed, US medical personnel ’now have the authority to operate on Haitian citizens and otherwise render medical assistance without having to wait for licences from Haiti’s government....
Asked whether the difficuties encountered by the Caricom mission may be related to reports that US authorities were not anxious to facilitate landing of aircraft from Cuba and Venezuela, Prime Minister Golding said he could ’only hope that there is no truth to such immature thinking in the face of the horrific scale of Haiti’s tragedy...’
Survivors ask, `Have we been abandoned?'
Help steps up, so does scale of Haiti tragedy
By ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU and MIKE MELIA | Associated Press
January 17, 2010 - Tensions are rising on the streets of Haiti as the bulk of earthquake survivors continue to go without food, medicine or proper shelter... Some aid groups and foreign officials have blamed the U.S. military for slowing down aid deliveries, saying the American units that took charge of the small Port-au-Prince airport last week gave priority to U.S. military flights. Doctors Without Borders said Monday its specialists were 48 hours behind on performing surgery for critically injured patients... a "huge demand for lifesaving surgery for those who suffered terrible injuries,"... because three cargo planes loaded with supplies were denied clearance and forced to land almost 200 miles away in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic..."It's astonishing what the Haitians have been able to accomplish," he [Clinton] said. The U.S. Air Force itself resorted to an air drop of aid Monday. A C-17 from Pope Air Force Base, N.C., parachuted pallets of food and water into an area outside Port-au-Prince secured by U.S. forces. The Americans have been reluctant to use air drops for fear of drawing unruly crowds... In New York on Monday, U.N. chief Ban asked for 1,500 more U.N. police and 2,000 more peacekeepers to join the 9,000 or so U.N. security personnel in Haiti. Alain Le Roy, the U.N. peacekeeping chief, said a "tremendous" number of requests had come in to escort humanitarian convoys. Haitian police had returned to the streets in only "limited numbers," he said.The Security Council was expected to approve the reinforcements on Tuesday.
Frustration mounts over Haiti aid
Al Jazeera's Teresa Bo, reporting from Port-au-Prince, said... People could see helicopters flying overhead, US military vehicles in the city and aeroplanes arriving at the airport with supplies, so it was difficult to understand...quake survivors in the capital were growing increasingly frustrated.... Haitians were trying to help each other, our correspondent said, with some turning homes into hospitals...but food supplies and other resources were running out... Speaking to Al Jazeera, PJ Crowley, a spokesman for the US state department, defended the US handling of Haiti's airport and international aid.Amid shouts of "where is the food? Where is the help?" from survivors, asked if he feared riots over the delays in aid, Ban Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary general, who visited Port-au-Prince on Sunday, appealed to the Haitian people "to be more patient"...
Elderly and abandoned, 84 Haitians await death
By ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU , AP, 01.17.10, 09:31 PM EST
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The old lady crawls in the dirt, wailing for her pills. The elderly man lies motionless as rats pick at his overflowing diaper. There is no food, water or medicine for the 84 surviving residents of the Port-au-Prince Municipal Nursing Home, barely a mile (1 1/2 kilometers) from the airport where a massive international aid effort is taking shape.
"Help us, help us," 69-year-old Mari-Ange Levee begged Sunday, lying on the ground with a broken leg and ribs. A cluster of flies swarmed the open fracture in her skull. One man had already died, and administrator Jean Emmanuel said more would follow soon unless water and food arrive immediately. "I appeal to anybody to bring us anything, or others won't live until tonight," he said in the morningmotioning toward five men and women who were having trouble breathing, a sign that the end was near. Hours later, an elderly woman succumbed. The dead man was Joseph Julien, a 70-year-old diabetic who was pulled from the partially collapsed building and passed away Thursday for lack of food. His rotting body lies on a mattress, nearly indistinguishable from the living around him, so skinny and tired they seemed to be simply waiting for death.
With six residents killed in the quake, the institution now has 25 men and 60 women camped outside their former home. Some have a mattress in the dirt to lie on. Others don't. Madeleine Dautriche, 75, said some of the residents had pooled their money to buy three packets of pasta, which the dozens of pensioners shared on Thursday, their last meal. Since there was no drinking water, some didn't touch the noodles because they were cooked in gutter water.Dautriche noted that many residents wore diapers that hadn't been changed since the quake."The problem is, rats are coming to it," she said....
Though very little food aid had reached Haitians anywhere by Sunday, Emmanuel said the problem was made worse at the nursing home because it is located near Place de la Paix, an impoverished downtown neighborhood...."Of all the wars and revolutions and hurricanes, this quake is the worst thing God has ever sent us," Jacqueline Thermiti, 71, said. Initially, Thermiti and others believed their relatives would come to feed them, because many live in the slums nearby. "But I don't even know if my children are alive," she said.Thermiti was surprisingly feisty for someone who hadn't eaten since Tuesday. She attributed that to experience with hunger during earlier hardships. "But I was younger, and now there's no water either," she said. She predicted that unlike other pensioners, she could still hold out for at least another day."Then if the foreigners don't come (with aid)," she said, "it will be up to baby Jesus."
One of the struggling residents had died by nightfall Sunday, when Associated Press journalists returned to the nursing home. Tsida-Edith Andre, about 90, had been too old and too weak to hold out through the afternoon heat, said Nixon Plantain, a hospice cleaner who was planning to spent the night there. Next to him, Michele Lina, 22, was spoon-feeding boiled rice to her paralyzed grandfather in a wheelchair. Plantain said she was the first relative to have come with food. He helped Lina give out tiny mouthfuls to others. That food, along with a carton of water bottles brought by an AP reporter, was the only aid the residents received Sunday, Plantain said. The cleaner-turned-caretaker tried to pour a trickle of water into the mouth of Mesalia Joseph, one of a small group he said probably wouldn't make it through the night...
Haiti's elite spared from much of the devastation
By William Booth Washington Post Foreign Service
January 18, 2010
Although Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake destroyed many buildings in Port-au-Prince, it mostly spared homes and businesses up the mountain in the cool, green suburb of Petionville, home to former presidents and senators.A palace built atop a mountain by the man who runs one of Haiti's biggest lottery games is still standing. New-car dealers, the big importers, the families that control the port -- they all drove through town with their drivers and security men this past weekend. Only a few homes here were destroyed. "All the nation is feeling this earthquake -- the poor, the middle class and the richest ones," said Erwin Berthold, owner of the Big Star Market in Petionville. "But we did okay here. We have everything cleaned up inside. We are ready to open. We just need some security. So send in the Marines, okay?"... the rich simply have supplies to last....search-and-rescue operations have intensely focused on buildings with international aid workers, such as the crushed U.N. headquarters, and on large hotels with international clientele. Some international rescue workers said they are being sent to find foreign nationals first. There is an extreme, almost feudal divide between rich and poor in Haiti. The gated and privately guarded neighborhoods resemble a Haitian version of Beverly Hills, but with razor wire. Elias Abraham opened the door of his pretty walled compound, a semiautomatic pistol on his right hip and his family's passports in his back pocket.His extended family's four-wheel-drive sport-utility vehicles are filled with gas. He has a generator big enough to power a small hotel... his maids are dressed in crisp, blue uniforms and his hospitable wife is able to welcome visitors with fresh-brewed coffee...
In Ravaged Haiti, Cruise Ships Still Dock
(Newser) -cruise ships are still visiting private Labadee beach. Though Royal Caribbean defended its decision to dock Friday, some customers are “sickened,” the Guardian reports
Quigley's analysis frames US war on Haiti in vulgar economist terms obscuring U.S. geopolitical strategy, but these condensed facts are useful
...the briefest history of some of the major US efforts to break Haiti.
In 1804, when Haiti achieved its freedom from France in the world’s first successful slave revolution, the United States refused to recognize the country for 60 more years. Why? Because the US continued to enslave millions of its own citizens and feared recognizing Haiti would encourage slave revolution in the US.
After the 1804 revolution, Haiti was the subject to crippling economic embargo by France and the US. US sanctions lasted until 1863. France ultimately used its military power to force Haiti to pay reparations for the slaves who were freed. The reparations were 150 million francs. (France sold the entire Louisiana territory to the US for 80 million francs!)Haiti was forced to borrow money from banks in France and US to pay reparations to France. A major loan from the US to pay off the French was finally paid off in 1947. The current value of the money Haiti was forced to pay ... Over $20 Billion.
1915-1934 The US occupied and ruled Haiti by force. President Woodrow Wilson sent troops to invade in 1915. Revolts by Haitians were put down by US military — killing over 2000 in one skirmish alone. For the next nineteen years, the US controlled customs in Haiti, collected taxes, and ran many governmental institutions...
1957 to 1986 Haiti was forced to live under US backed dictators “Papa Doc” and “Baby Doc” Duvlaier. The US supported these dictators economically and militarily because they did what the US wanted and were “anti-communist”... US and the US dominated world financial institutions — the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank...
2004, US coup against Haiti’s elected President Aristide...
The Haitian people have resisted the economic and military power of the US and others ever since their independence...US power has forced Haitians to pay great prices — deaths, debt and abuse. It is time for the people in the US to join with Haitians and reverse the course of US-Haitian relations.
from The Briefest History by Bill Quigley http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/01/why-the-us-owes-haiti-billions/
Global Capitalism and Devastation in Haiti
by Tanya Golash-Boza / January 18th, 2010
...This story is not unique to Haiti. The story of pillage and plunder and coups and the CIA is the story of much of the Third World. The story of global inequality is the story of capitalism. Except, in Haiti, it goes back right to the beginning of capitalism.
Haiti, led by revolutionary Touissant L’Ouverture, defeated France in a war for its independence in 1804 — making it the first non-slave republic in the Americas. After losing the war, the French demanded reparations from Haiti, to the tune of 150 million gold francs. This was eventually reduced to 90 million gold francs — the equivalent of over $20 billion current US dollars. Haiti did not finish paying this crippling debt until 1947. Haiti provided more wealth to France than any of its other colonies prior to Haiti’s independence. After independence, the debt prevented Haiti from gaining a solid economic footing. France, in contrast, has flourished.
Throughout the 19th century, the United States and the rest of the Americas kept a close eye on Haiti, doing what they could to prevent any of the other nations and colonies from experiencing a major slave revolt. The specter of Haiti sent fear through the hearts of plantation owners throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Twentieth century Haitian history is marked by US interventions, occupations, and interference. Haiti was occupied by the United States military from 1915 to 1934. From 1957 to 1951, Haiti was ruled by “Papa Doc” Duvalier, a brutal dictator who was backed by the United States because of his anti-communist stance. When “Papa Doc” passed away, his son, “Baby Doc” became President. He ruled Haiti under the same reign of terror until he was finally overthrown in 1986. In 1991, Jean-Bertrand Aristide was democratically elected by the Haitian people — the first democratically elected president of Haiti. Eight months later, he was ousted in an effort orchestrated by the CIA. In a twist of events, US-backed forces restored Aristide to power in 1994, and the US military occupied Haiti from 1994 to 2000. Haiti was occupied again by US and UN forces in 2004. UN forces continue to occupy Haiti to this day.
The constant influence and interventions of the United States and Europe have kept Haiti a poor and tremendously unequal nation. A 7.0 earthquake is a horrible event whenever it strikes on or near a land mass. However, the proportions of the disaster were much greater in Haiti because of its poverty. Over twenty years ago, in 1989, a 7.0 earthquake struck the Bay Area in Northern California. In that quake, 63 people were killed. In Haiti, the Red Cross estimates that as many as 50,000 people have died in Haiti. Already, thousands of people have been buried in mass graves.
Poverty exacerbates natural disasters for many reasons. Some of these reasons are the poor structures people inhabit, overpopulation in urban areas, deforestation of hillsides, and a lack of an adequate infrastructure.
When “Baby Doc” was in power in Haiti, the Haitian business community and the United States developed a plan to implement neoliberal reforms that would take Haitians out of rural poverty and into the modern world. As a “modern” nation, Haiti could take advantage of its location close to the United States and supply cheap consumer goods to its wealthier neighbor.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) developed “aid” programs in Haiti that were designed to transform subsistence farmers into laborers for export-oriented farming. Peasants that could not find jobs as farm laborers could go to urban areas and work in the newly built low-wage sweatshops making T-shirts for Walt Disney Corporation and other US-based companies.
The farming for export idea failed and there were not nearly enough jobs for the working poor in the cities. The “development” plan did not work, and Haitians were left worse off. Of course, the USAID and other initiators of the plan never fixed the disaster they created. Eventually, the “American planners and Haitian elites decided that perhaps their development model didn’t work so well in Haiti, and they abandoned it,” leaving Haiti worse off than before.
Failed development initiatives left Port-au-Prince extraordinarily vulnerable to natural disasters. USAID initiatives in the countryside combined with dumping of US-subsidized agricultural products forced peasants out of subsistence farming and into the cities to seek out survival. Many of these urban migrants live in houses made of cinderblock or other substandard materials that are very susceptible to earthquake damage. The fact that so many people live in inadequate housing structures adds significantly to the destruction.... also led to deforestation. People too poor to afford kerosene or gas for cooking turn to wood for fuel. In addition, European and US companies have been mining Haiti’s natural resources (cement, marble, granite, aggregate, gold and copper) and razing forests for lumber for decades. The extreme deforestation of Haiti makes the country more vulnerable to landslides and earthquakes.
The story of Haiti — a nation that broke the rules from the beginning by standing on its own two feet — is the story of how global capitalism works to keep most people in poverty. When Haiti won its independence from France, France and its allies ensured through military means that Haiti paid its debt — and much more — to France. When investors in the US were looking for a source of cheap labor, they looked to Haiti. Maintaining global inequality though military force and profiting off of cheap labor from poor countries is how global capitalism works — or does not work, according to your perspective. The earthquake in Haiti is a prime example of how unbridled capitalism kills....
Tanya Golash-Boza is on the University of Kansas faculty. Read other articles by Tanya, or visit Tanya's website.
recommended reading: Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (1993): diasporic blacks' many common traits as a result of their experiences of enslavement.
...share a “memory of slavery"... not dormant...a resource for the cultural, political and ideological struggles that breathe life into the global black community.
C.I.A. Sharing Data With Climate Scientists
January 5, 2010
The nation’s top scientists and spies are collaborating on an effort to use the federal government’s intelligence assets — including spy satellites and other classified sensors — to assess the hidden complexities of environmental change. The collaboration ... has the strong backing of the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Secrecy cloaks the monitoring effort ... because the United States wants to keep foes and potential enemies in the dark about the abilities of its spy satellites and other sensors. Controversy has often dogged the use of federal intelligence gear for environmental monitoring. About 60 scientists — mainly from academia but including some from industry and federal agencies — run the effort’s scientific side. All have secret clearances. The C.I.A. runs the program and arranges for the scientists to draw on federal surveillance equipment, including highly classified satellites of the National Reconnaissance Office. Officials said the effort to restart the program originated on Capitol Hill in 2008 after former Vice President Al Gore argued for its importance with Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, who was then a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee; she became its chairwoman in early 2009.