Not a word from President Barack Obama,
the man of CHANGE, or the newly appointed UN Special Envoy, former
President Bill Clinton, man from HOPE, condemning the UN’s shooting
of, as Marguerite “Ezili Danto” Laurent reports, “peaceful, unarmed
protesters in Haiti” June 18, 2009. The
shooting took place at the funeral for Father Jean Juste outside
the Port au Prince Cathedral.
Laurent, Human Rights Lawyer and President
of Haitian Lawyer Leadership Network, writes that mourners were
shot at as they exited the cathedral. People immediately took
the body of Father Juste to protect it from being vandalized.
Mourners also picked up the body of a fallen protester and “marched
it to the National Palace” while UN soldiers continued
to shoot into the crowd.
This isn’t the first attack on the people
carried out by MINUSTAH, the United Nation’s Stabilization Mission
in Haiti. The UN “peacekeeping”
mission patrol the poor neighborhoods “in armored personnel vehicles,
[with] their automatic weapons, rather than their hands, extended
to the Haitian people,” write Mario Joseph and Brian Coconnon,
According to the School of Americas Watch, The UN troops were particularly disturbed by the poor
and the religious priests (like Father Juste) who actually served
to protect the poor. In December, January, and February, 2007,
repeated assaults on the crowd in the poor neighborhoods of Cite
Soleil left dozens of women, children and elderly dead. A UN spokesperson
claimed that the 22,000 bullets fired into the crowd were meant
for “gang members.”
From this window, Haiti is the American
Revolution. Haiti is the face of revolution in the Southern
Hemisphere of the Americas.
is the face of enslaved rebellion against capitalist tyrants.
man of hope, the man who dared to speak of the poor and working
classes desire for change, received 92% of the vote in Haiti.
It is 2000. Jean-Bertrand Aristide has won re-election to the
presidency. In the U.S. Bush II has won his election to presidency
through vote fraud. Masses of Black Americans had their votes
stolen or their names illegally removed from the polls.
The wealthy class of white and mulattoes
Randall Robinson explains, “did not make a public political religion
of their treatment of black Haitians. As the ruling class, they
“hid behind its black puppet dictators” (An Unbroken Agony:
Haiti, From Revolution to
the Kidnapping of a President). But former military soldiers,
on behalf of the ruling class, waged guerrilla attacks and stirred
revolts, creating unrest in Haiti.
and International press blamed Aristide for the chaos. The
people don’t want Aristide!
9-11 allowed for a more aggressive approach
Left ideology is a “terrorist” ideology, and therefore, undemocratic!
“Democratic forces” magically embodied
the vocal ruling class and their guerrillas. “Mr. Aristide and
his cronies persist in perverting the democratic order in that
country,” according to the Haiti Democratic Project in June 2003.
February 2004, Secretary of State Colin Powell assures Aristide
that the “thugs,” the ruling class guerrillas will not “remove
a democratically elected government” (Robinson). In another call,
Robinson writes, Powell warns: “Guy Philippe” is coming to kill
Aristide and the U.S.
“will do nothing to help him.” On February 29, 2004, the U.S.
Marines came and swooped Aristide and his wife out of the country
in the middle of the night. CIA-operative Michel Francois, Chief
of Haiti’s Police, led the coup against Aristide, according to
School of Americas
Watch. Francois, trained at the School of Americas (SOA), turned
power over to Raoul Cedras, (graduate of the SOA).
In the place of the man of hope came death.
A paramilitary UN contingent, on a mission to “stabilize” Haiti along with U.S. State Department troops now
imposed punishment to Haiti’s
people who desired democracy. According
to the Haiti Action Committee, some 8,000 people were killed and
35,000 girls and women were raped in Port-au-Prince
by the “Washington-backed government.”
But Jean-Bertrand Aristide was a bad man
is still not stabilized and in October 2009, the UN Stabilizing
Mission is due to come to “an end” - so we are told.
Keep that date in mind - October 2009!
In the years since Aristide’s removal
by the U.S.,
the Lavalas Party, representing 70 percent of the poor in Haiti,
have been harassed, incarcerated, or killed, and in the U.S. and International press,
the voice of the people has been muted in favor of images of violence
and unrest, labeled Lavalas - terrorist. The soldiers of misdirection
and the wealthy class’ police and military forces want the international
public to associate Lavalas with economic terrorism. Haiti has been economically
ravished but not by Lavalas, the representatives of the people.
Under Haitian President Preval, writes independent
journalist Kevin Pina in “Lavalas Flexes its Muscles in Haiti,” the poor have been “disillusioned by his
initiation of the garment industry and privatization agenda” and
his complicity with U.S.
political and economic tyranny.
from representing Haiti’s
majority poor and working class, Lavalas organizers successfully
waged a boycott (Operation Closed Door) of the April 19, 2009
Senatorial elections. Only 10% of Port-Au-Prince’s residents voted
and the vote was as low as 3% nationwide, Pina reports. The boycott,
Operation Closed Door, “revealed the ruling classes” imposed brand
of “democracy.” Operation Closed Door spokesperson charges U.S. Ambassador Janet Sanderson
“for pressuring the Preval administration to issue arrests warrants
for 42 of the organizers of the election boycott.” According to
the spokesperson, Sanderson publicly announced an investigation
of the boycott organizers. As a result, Pina reports, Rene Civil,
leader of the Lavalas’ Mobilization
and Communication committees, and other Lavalas organizers
are now in hiding while the ruling class and U.S. overseers have
“invented a new and bizarre charge” against Lavalas - “obstruction
Nonetheless, the people still called for the return of Aristide,
and Rene Civil announced: No Lavalas - no elections!
alliance consisting of the Popular Initiative and other groups
have joined with Lavalas at a press conference in Spring 2009
to announce plans to “step up pressure for the return of Jean-Bertrand
Aristide from exile,” writes Pina. The alliance declared “May
and June months of mass mobilization against elections that exclude
Lavalas” and vowed to continue “to fight what they call the ‘growing
misery and poverty as a result of the removal of our democratically
elected president on Feb. 29, 2004.’”
Organized citizens stayed away from the polls on June 21, 2009. The
second successful boycott of the Senatorial run-off election emptied
the streets and the election polls were free of long lines. No
Aristide - no vote! The streets were empty and polls deserted
not because the people feared “violence,” as reported by the Associated
Press. The people and the Lavalas leadership are strategizing
the struggle against the Goliath to the North and its surrogate
representatives in Haiti. “Lavalas is clearly the predominant political
organization,” HaitiAction.Net. The only thing people wanted
to know is when President Aristide will return to Haiti!
people want their democratically elected Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
What are the U.S.
and the International response: Bill Clinton - the man from
Hope, Arkansas to
aid the UN in stabilizing Haiti!
U.S. President Bill Clinton and UN head Ban Ki-Moon Ban visit
Haiti in March 2009. By May,
according to the AP, Clinton racked up $324
million dollars from Washington donors and
investors to aid Haiti,
the “poorest nation in the Hemisphere” that has been “mired for
decades in political and social turmoil.”
19, 2009, Ban Ki-Moon, UN Head, makes it official: Bill Clinton
is the UN’s Special Envoy to Haiti
charged with helping the “stabilizing” efforts with attracting
private and government investment for the ravaged country.
2009 is around the corner. The U.S.
wants to devote its attention to “stabilizing” Afghanistan,
Iraq, and Pakistan. It doesn’t want
to worry about poor and working class Haitians and the strong
organization of Lavalas!
Dark Side policies:
Randall Robinson writes, know their history. “The Haitian peasants
may have had few material possession to speak of, but they kn[o]w
what their slave ancestors had done to the French, to the English
and to the Spanish.” Haiti’s “liberation” from France came with economical
tyranny. As Noam Chomsky writes in “U.S.-Haiti,”
March 2004, Z Net, the U.S.
supported the right of France
to charge Haiti
for liberating itself from tyranny, and the U.S.
right to charge Haiti
a “huge indemnity,” a burden that Haiti
“has never escaped.”
policies toward Haiti
are in direct response to its “fear of democracy” (Bellegarde-Smith
cited in Chomsky), fear of the re-emerging Left in the Americas. As Chomsky writes, the “threat of democracy”
in 1991 was “even more ominous” after “the international financial
institutions (World Bank, IADB) to Aristide's programs, which
awakened traditional concerns over the “virus” effect of successful
independent development.” Marc Bazin, the champion of the ruling
class was the U.S.’s choice for president.
What chance did democracy in Haiti
under Aristide have with a neighbor like the United
Bush I redefined “democracy” in Haiti. As Chomsky writes,
he considered the “democratic forces,” those “wealthy elites and
the business sectors, who, along with the murderers and torturers
of the military and paramilitaries, who had been lauded by the
current incumbents in Washington, in their Reaganite phase, for
their progress in ‘democratic development,’ justifying lavish
new aid.” In the meantime, Haitians, mainly supporters of Aristide
who tried to escape the violence of the ruling class, were turned
around at U.S.
shores. After the 1991 U.S.
backed-military coup that overthrew Aristide, the Organization
of American States “declared an embargo on Haiti’s
ruling class. The U.S.,
under Bush II, declared the embargo undemocratic and violated
it “by exempting US firms.”
Then Bill Clinton becomes president in
1991: a re-packaged Pax Americana soldier concealing corporate
interest under the guise of a humanitarian operation! The
will try one more attempt to save Haiti from self-destruction!
In 1994, Clinton’s administration reaches into its imperialist box for a card
trick. Where’s Aristide? Send him home - that’s an order! And
Aristide is flown back to Haiti
while Clinton makes himself
the Savior to the Rescue, fulfilling the wishes of the
Haitian poor and working class! That’s the story! Cameras prepare
for the moment… But not before some business is sealed in the
The day before Washington
stages the dramatic return of Aristide to “restore democracy,”
in Haiti, Clinton “secretly”
authorizes the “Texaco Oil Company to ship oil to the junta illegally,
in violation of presidential directives,” writes Chomsky. Suppressed
information to be sure, for it received, Chomsky writes, only
“scant mention buried in the business press.”
But that’s not all!
“Bill Clinton Named New UN Envoy to ‘Stabilize’ Haiti,”
Jeremy Scahill refers to a Los Angeles Times report at
the time that explained the challenges Haiti and the duly elected
Aristide faced with its democratic and liberty for all
Goliath neighbor to the north.
In a series of private meetings, Administration officials admonished
Aristide to put aside the rhetoric of class warfare … and seek
instead to reconcile Haiti’s
rich and poor. The Administration also urged Aristide to stick
closely to free-market economics and to abide by the Caribbean
nation’s constitution - which gives substantial political power
to the Parliament while imposing tight limits on the presidency.
officials have urged Aristide to reach out to some of his political
opponents in setting up his new government … to set up a broad-based
coalition regime. … the Administration has made it clear to Aristide
that if he fails to reach a consensus with Parliament, the United
States will not try to prop up his regime.
Almost every aspect of Aristide’s plans for resuming power - from
taxing the rich to disarming the military - has been examined
by the U.S. officials with whom the
Haitian president meets daily and by officials from the World
Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other aid organizations.
The finished package clearly reflects their priorities. …
A free and dully elected President of
Haiti, Aristide, returns to Haiti
in chains - thanks to Bill Clinton!
Aristide’s entourage consists of 20,000
“peacekeeping” troops intended to “assure IMF demands were observed,”
writes Stephan Lendman in “Reviewing David Cromwell and David
Edwards ‘Guardians of Power’”). Along with U.S.
military, Aristide was given conditions that would ensure
plans for Haiti’s
economic sovereignty would be doomed because Aristide would
be forced to fulfilling the demands of U.S. corporations and the
free market rather than attend to the needs of the poor and working
The U.S. and International media effort to misdirect
public attention from the ruling classes’ guerillas portrayed
Aristide as a corrupter of democracy. In “Behind Aristide’s Fall:
What Led to the Coup?” Helen Scott writes that Aristide was forced
to close the school system. But U.S.
and International media reports didn’t report that the schools
were closed after they came under attack by arsonists. After Aristide “signed on to U.S.
conditions for his return to power in 1994,” he had begun “managing
the system, not fighting it.”
In the meantime, the immigrant policy
changed with a President Aristide: Haitians escaping a violent,
undemocratic regime were allowed to enter the U.S.
engaged Dark Side policies in Haiti.
Scahill writes in “Bill Clinton Named New UN Envoy to ‘Stabilize’
policies helped systematically destabilize the country. “When
Clinton came to power, he played a vicious
game with Haiti
that allowed the coup regime to continue rampaging Haiti.”
2009, when the people of Haiti
are peacefully mourning a man who truly brought them hope, who
sacrificed his life on behalf of the peoples’ interests, they
are reminded of the UN’s “stabilizing mission” - with the U.S. not far behind.
the people call for the return of Aristide, they are given Bill
Clinton as a U.N. Special Representative!
definition, an envoy is a “messenger,” an agent on a “special
diplomatic mission,” sent to represent a governing body.
“the first Black President” of the U.S., Bill Clinton, will work closely with
U.S. Ambassador Janet Sanderson to tame the unruly poor and working
class for once and for all!
Clinton did a number on Black Americans with the Violent Crime
Control and Law Enforcement Act, 1994, the Anti-Terrorism and
Effective Death Penalty Act, 1996, and the Welfare Reform Bill,
1996. Now he’s set to finish off the people of Haiti
and Lavalas with his corporate followers eager to “stabilize”
Haiti as colony
of the U.S.
corporations. Send Aristide out the back down and drive the smiling
Clinton to the front door!
torture? “Clinton in Haiti
as Special Envoy” is the U.S.,
the UN and the Western International interest practice of slow
torture on a people struggling for freedom from the tyranny of
corporate rule. No doubt, there will be photos of Clinton
surrounded by little Haitian children. There’s Clinton with his hand on the shoulder of a poor Haitian woman. The
photo will freeze a caring-looking Clinton. But he’ll have the interests of the ruling class and the U.S.
corporations in his heart.
the people know their history!
the Haitian people know the interests of the U.S.
and the U.N. has never been favorable to their interests.
people have to remain alert and active, for the profit-
and power-obsessed Pax Americana apparatus never sleeps.
the watch of another democratic U.S.
president - Barrack Obama - trained thugs on behalf of the ruling
classes of Honduras and U.S. corporate interests has defied the Left and
the will of the people. On Sunday, June 28, 2009, the Pentagon-funded
and CIA-trained Army School of America (SOA) thugs notified the
Obama administration days in advanced, Michael Parenti,
progressive political analysts, reports, before waking the dully-elected President
Manuel Zelaya from his sleep and flying him at gun point to Costa
the coup leadership the U.S.’s
collection of special envois to the Honduras by way of the SOA?