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The earthquake that devastated Haiti on 12 January 2010, killing 220,000 people, produced a terrible and disgusting failure by those who came from abroad to help the survivors. Among these were UN soldiers from Nepal, which was then in the middle of a cholera epidemic, who brought the disease with them and allowed it to... Read More
Stark Madness and Inmiscibility
Mr. Trump’s comment regarding his preference for immigrants from Norway instead of “shithole countries” such as Haiti engendered among the commentariat a great squealing. I cannot fathom this. Are they geographic virgins, and just don’t know anything of the world? Is it only the usual schadenfreudian gotcha pile-on? The if-A-then-B response to stimulus of a... Read More
Friday finds me in an unusually buoyant mood about the immigration outlook—long term. But first, was the President’s much-denounced remark fair? Let’s investigate. In Haiti‘s case the President’s remark was very apt. From the National Public Radio website, dated July 29th 2017: You Probably Don’t Want To Know About Haiti’s Sewage Problems (by Rebecca Hersher)... Read More
In its recent obituary on Ambassador Al Adams, my former boss, the New York Times mentions his getting Haitian dictator Prosper Avril out of bed in the middle of the night and convincing him to pack his bags and leave the country by daybreak. Adams’ success in getting Avril to fly off to US exile... Read More
Jean-Claude Duvalier, Haiti’s former president, known to one and all as “Baby Doc,” died of a heart attack last week in Port-au-Prince, aged only 63. He was not mourned. Rumor in Haiti had it that the son of “Papa Doc,” the fearsome late dictator, Francois Duvalier, had died as a result of a deadly curse... Read More
An Interview With Ashley Smith on Haiti and the NGOs
MW--In your article in CounterPunch titled "Haiti and the Aid Racket", you said that "The catastrophe in Haiti has revealed the worst aspects of the U.S. government and the NGO aid industry". Can you explain what you mean? Ashley Smith---After the earthquake, the imperial powers and international NGOs collected billions of dollars with the promise... Read More
The last thing earthquake and poverty ravaged Haiti needs is "Baby Doc," aka Jean-Claude Duvalier. But he's back! Being the son of an iron-fisted dictator would be tough for anyone – especially when your father was Haiti's fearsome "Papa Doc." But "Baby Doc" is no "Papa Doc." I met Haiti's "President for Life," Dr. Francois... Read More
The Haitian earthquake is an enormous tragedy made worse by politicians and the media. I note with dismay that relief supplies are backed up because of the terrible destruction in the port and also at the international airport, which has only one operating runway. Nevertheless, US pols like Hillary Clinton and the major TV networks... Read More
When Haitian Ministers Take a 50 Percent Cut of Aide Money It's Called "Corruption," When NGOs Skim 50 Percent...
The US-run aid effort for Haiti is beginning to look chillingly similar to the criminally slow and disorganized US government support for New Orleans after it was devastated by hurricane Katrina in 2005. Four years ago President Bush was famously mute and detached when the levies broke in Louisiana. By way of contrast President Obama... Read More
Today the acid test for all democrats in North and South America is the issue of the military occupation of Haiti ,the economic pillage and denial of elementary political and human rights of the Haitian people. In 2004 a US-led invasion force overthrew the democratically elected government of Jean Bertrand Aristide and subsequently promoted and... Read More
Stenographers to Power
The most extraordinary part of the coup in Haiti was not the fact that the Bush Administration was directly involved in the deposing of a democratically elected leader. No, that type of criminal behavior is almost a requirement of the office at this point in time. The real surprise is that not one major newspaper... Read More
Regime Change in Haiti
This long-simmering crisis is largely of Mr. Aristide's making. His failure to adhere to democratic principles has contributed to the deep polarization and violent unrest that we are witnessing in Haiti today." Press Secretary, Scott McClellan The Bush Administration's response to the rebellion in Haiti is the most explicit example of contempt for democracy we've... Read More
The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.
The evidence is clear — but often ignored
The unspoken statistical reality of urban crime over the last quarter century.
The major media overlooked Communist spies and Madoff’s fraud. What are they missing today?
What Was John McCain's True Wartime Record in Vietnam?