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Earthquake, Haiti

Roundup of commentary on Haiti

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

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2 Comments

  1. Herbert

    The horrific scenes and footages on our screens are no doubt a fallout of the callous and inhuman adventures embarked upon,and clinically executed by Western Powers.
    Haiti is a classical example of the evils of Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
    They continued exploitation of Haiti ,especially the forceful deposition of its only and recent-credible President Aristide is a clear indicator that the slave drivers are still around.Haiti drew their irie when it revolted against the slave masters.Haiti was marked for exploitation and destruction for daring to demand for Independence and equality.It was Haiti that took the lead for the emancipation of the entire black race from the clutches of Western humiliations and inhumanity.
    Its Independence raised hope amongst those in the African heartland and thereby trigered the agitation for self-determination.It was a source of hope for millions of negro slaves the world over. It ushered-in rays of hope to those slaves who never believed that they could say No to their masters.Even when it was evident that to say No would mean death.Its Independence made Africans to realise that they are capable,able,gifted and more powerful than the slave masters if they pull forces together.It is not surprising the Western Powers swore never to let go and never to forgive Haiti.In shools we were ,and are still being taught about the Bush men of Australia,no mention was made about British genoicidal acts against the Aborigines(the original owners of the Land).Black history is awash with failures and negativities.A systemic,perfected and institutionalised ploy to dupe the unsuspecting young minds and future generations into beleiving that the Black is subhuman and inferior.
    HOW MANY AFRICAN,HAITIAN,ASIAN,ARAB,CAUCAUSIAN AND WHITE KIDS ARE TAUGHT THAT NAPOLEAON THE GREAT WAS DEFEATED IN HAITI BY A BLACK MAN?.In the entertainment industry negative roles are ment for the Black people.– BLACK JUDAS AND WHITE JESUS CHRIST.
    Nothing has changed.My hope is that the future Western policy makers would re-think their policies towards Haiti and Africa.
    What we have today in Haiti is an imposed leadership.Clowns that does their masters biddings.A leadership that abscounded in the hour Need.
    I have always believed that Haiti is the face of Africa.It is a mirror of both its past and future.Events as they unfold in Haiti would remain the barometer by which modern history and posterity shall judge the Western Powers,China and Russia.
    But its not enough to blame the slave drivers,Haitians and Africans should and must pick up the pieces.Now is the time to pull forces together once again.
    IF NAPOLEON THE GREAT WAS HUMILIATED,DEFEATED AND DRIVEN OUT OF HAITI BY AN AFRICAN SLAVE,NOTHING IN THE WORLD,I MEAN NEITHER POLITICO/ECONOMIC EXPLOITATIONS NOR ARMIES CAN STOP HAITI.THE ANCIENT IMPERIAL-EGYPT THOUGHT SHE WOULD ENSLAVE JEWS FOREVER.IT ENDED IN MISERY FOR EGYPT.TIME AND YEARS MAKES NO DIFFRENCE TO GOD.
    AFRICA AND THE BLACK SHALL NOT ALWAYS BE THE LAUGHING STOCK OF HUMANKIND.
    THERE IS TIME AND PURPOSE FOR EVERYTHING.BUT WOE UNTO THE WICKED.

  2. Herbert

    The horrific scenes and footages on our screens are no doubt a fallout of the callous and inhuman adventures embarked upon,and clinically executed by Western Powers.
    Haiti is a classical example of the evils of Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
    The continued exploitation of Haiti ,especially the forceful deposition of its only and recent-credible President Aristide is a clear indicator that the slave drivers are still around.Haiti drew their irie when it revolted against the slave masters.Haiti was marked for exploitation and destruction for daring to demand for Independence and equality.It was Haiti that took the lead for the emancipation of the entire black race from the clutches of Western humiliations and inhumanity.
    Its Independence raised hope amongst those in the African heartland and thereby trigered the agitation for self-determination.It was a source of hope for millions of negro slaves the world over. It ushered-in rays of hope to those slaves who never believed that they could say No to their masters.Even when it was evident that to say No would mean death.Its Independence made Africans to realise that they are capable,able,gifted and more powerful than the slave masters if they pull forces together.It is not surprising the Western Powers swore never to let go and never to forgive Haiti.In shools we were ,and are still being taught about the Bush men of Australia,no mention was made about British genoicidal acts against the Aborigines(the original owners of the Land).Black history is awash with failures and negativities.A systemic,perfected and institutionalised ploy to dupe the unsuspecting young minds and future generations into beleiving that the Black is subhuman and inferior.
    HOW MANY AFRICAN,HAITIAN,ASIAN,ARAB,CAUCAUSIAN AND WHITE KIDS ARE TAUGHT THAT NAPOLEAON THE GREAT WAS DEFEATED IN HAITI BY A BLACK MAN?.In the entertainment industry negative roles are ment for the Black people.– BLACK JUDAS AND WHITE JESUS CHRIST.
    Nothing has changed.My hope is that the future Western policy makers would re-think their policies towards Haiti and Africa.
    What we have today in Haiti is an imposed leadership.Clowns that does their masters biddings.A leadership that abscounded in the hour Need.
    I have always believed that Haiti is the face of Africa.It is a mirror of both its past and future.Events as they unfold in Haiti would remain the barometer by which modern history and posterity shall judge the Western Powers,China and Russia.
    But its not enough to blame the slave drivers,Haitians and Africans should and must pick up the pieces.Now is the time to pull forces together once again.
    IF NAPOLEON THE GREAT WAS HUMILIATED,DEFEATED AND DRIVEN OUT OF HAITI BY AN AFRICAN SLAVE,NOTHING IN THE WORLD,I MEAN NEITHER POLITICO/ECONOMIC EXPLOITATIONS NOR ARMIES CAN STOP HAITI.THE ANCIENT IMPERIAL-EGYPT THOUGHT SHE WOULD ENSLAVE JEWS FOREVER.IT ENDED IN MISERY FOR EGYPT.TIME AND YEARS MAKES NO DIFFRENCE TO GOD.
    AFRICA AND THE BLACK SHALL NOT ALWAYS BE THE LAUGHING STOCK OF HUMANKIND.
    THERE IS TIME AND PURPOSE FOR EVERYTHING.BUT WOE UNTO THE WICKED.