Rebecca Zausmer presents a comprehensive roundup of commentary on Haiti in this weeks Pambazuka News.
Yet criticism of the US extends beyond their immediate control of the crisis. Commentators are asking why Haiti has been so badly affected. The devastation is being seen as partly natural disaster, but also manmade. The finger of blame is being pointed at the West. Peter Hallward writes: ‘… it’s no accident that so much of Port-au-Prince now looks like a war zone. Much of the devastation wreaked by this latest and most calamitous disaster to befall Haiti is best understood as another thoroughly manmade outcome of a long and ugly historical sequence.’ Hallward reminds us that while we praise the ‘noble “international community”’ for its aid efforts, it is they who are most to blame for the extent of devastation. The poverty and powerlessness in Haiti has been created through colonial exploitation and continued postcolonial oppression…… Continue Reading
Next week I do a roundup of blog posts on Pambazuka’s Blogging Africa – so far African bloggers have been overwhelmingly silent – if anyone has a blog post please send to me via the contact box on this blog.