Clinton, Bush, Monsanto's gift, and now France. Wow, how lucky can Haiti be? Clinton apologized, Bush co-chairs earthquake relief and France, well, France cannot be outdone. France will stay with us for 50-years and cough, cough, pay Haiti the Independence Debt ( ¬17 billion) back!
If it wasn't a hoax, as one of Haiti's current occupiers, just like US when they forgive Haiti debt or "give" aid, France would be PAYING THEMSELVES. Haiti is under occupation, not independent. Besides which, even without the military occupation, due to the neocolonialism blueprint engrafted on Haiti from its beginning, Haiti has no trade, diplomatic or military leverage. The hoax is a win-win for Dessalines' descendants because it suddenly highlights France's wretchedness and everlasting false benevolence. Sign petition demanding France repay Independence Debt
According to a July 14, 2010 Statement, from a fake website, purporting to speak on behalf of the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France will pay back to Haiti the Independence Debt it and its Euro/US allies gathered together to force Haiti to pay. It took Haiti 122 years (1825 to 1947) to finish paying France and the endless debt and its continual modifications and recalculation impoverished Haiti for two centuries. (French foreign ministry probes fake website! For info on the very REAL Independence Debt owed by France to Haiti, go to: HLLN Campaign Seven - Demand France Pay back the $22Billion Independence Debt: France Vertieres and Ayisyen Ginen)
This amazing news is a hoax.
it weren't a hoax, there would be a catch somewhere. But... even with
the hidden Trojan Horse that would have been inserted, it would be good
news because France had previously refused to even acknowledge they
owed this debt to the people of Haiti. This is a good teaching moment
anyway. For if this wasn't a hoax, it would be a good piece of evidence
for our children that France has admitted to the Independence Debt.
But, first things first. Besides being a good precedent, it would have
been a bold move by France. And a big "Thank You!" would go to
President Jean Bertrand Aristide, the ONLY Haitian president to ask
France to return the Independence Debt. We still say Thank YOU
president Aristide. Thank you.
Bravo President Aristide. Chapo Ba.
No matter what the catch is, why this hoax, this is a good time as any to request, once again, that France ADMIT they were in error and owes Haiti a debt of $21 billion as of 2004. If that is done, the next generation of Haitians will have something to enforce and to lift up the winning struggle of the Ancestors. No matter. We are the Haitians, from the womb to the tomb, our lives are about struggle and we won't give slack until we're free, all debts owed Haiti are duly paid. Long live Jean Jacques Dessalines and the indigenous army that defeated Napoleon. Ayibobo Ayisyen!!!! Ayibobo President Jean Bertrand Aristide for demanding France pay back the Independence Debt. This cost you the presidency and the lives of tens of thousands of Haitians during the Bush Regime Change in 2004, but generations upon generations of Haitians shall re-member the price paid for Haiti's dignity and that Ayisyen continue to pay for their liberty daily. No matter if the catch today is that France wants to mine Haiti's seabeds, or take its oil, gold, iridium, La Gonave or more of Jacmel. No matter. We'll meet those challenges also. Alone if we have to, just as we've stood for the Independence Debt when all the schooled Haitians who will now start to yack (in French), did not. This, Ayisyen Fran, this my people, is the best news, if it were true, to be heard since February 29, 2004. Alas, Grenadye a la so.... (See, Oil in Haiti, reasons for the US occupation, Part 1 and Part 2; Oil Deposits in the Caribbean basin - largest deposit ever; and Did Gulf oil drilling destabilize faultline cause Haitiquake and, Did mining and oil drilling trigger the Haiti earthquake?)
Here's the questions that come quickly to mind: Like all nations France is motivated by interests, not conscience. So why would they suddenly admit error, like the sudden empty admission of error by Clinton about US destroying Haiti's agriculture? Uhmmm? If it were true, would this money go to the UN/Clinton/Farmer relief fund efforts? A French NGO or entity like the Clinton/ Bellerive Haiti reconstruction project?
have their post quake commission for reconstruction, would France be
creating hers behind this benevolent facade to absorb the money that
will be returned to Haiti, the way USAID/Clinton/UN do with "foreign
aid" and "quake relief" to Haiti? (See, The Plantation called Haiti: Feudal Pillage Masking as Humanitarian Aid; Colonization of Haiti's food and seeds not earthquake relief.)
Clinton and the US stakeholders have their billions (in pledges and donations) and the private charity/NGO industry have their billions, France would be expanding its role, its part in the "rebuilding of Haiti" with this 50-year long commitment to "refund Haiti 17 billion Euros?" The hoaxsters have a sense of humor, inquiring minds say. Like France would really catch a conscience! For, it's always about money, resource wars and the interest of the rich few, not that of the poor and the Black masses in Haiti. As I've already pointed out, despite all the money collected for earthquake relief, there are more homeless Haitians living on the streets of Port au Prince today, under tents, sheet, tarps, heavy rains, filth and sweltering heat, 6-months after the quake, than there were on the day of the earthquake. Yet, billions have been raised in the name of the victims under tarps, sheets and tents. (Sarkozy's visit to Haiti, Independence Debt and Sovereignty)
They don't give money to help out the kids, they must have hard hearts to let us suffer everywhere "- A Haiti quake orphan.
(See also, Who is Rajiv Shah, What are Haiti concerns about Shah/USAID; Bill Clinton's Heavy Hand on Haiti's Vulnerable Agricultural Economy: The American Rice Scandal; and Haiti a police state run by the US & UN; Huge Sums Raised, Much Unspent, After Haiti Quake : NPR ; US Has Delivered Zero on $1B Aid Pledged to Haiti and Video - Haiti aid pledges still unfulfilled, Militarization of aid, foreign soldiers getting paid more than 710million per year, but no security of Haitian women, Rapes soar in quake-hit Haiti; Report Questions NGO Accountability in Haiti - Disaster Accountability Project (DAP) report slam NGOs for shocking lack of transparency, "violating public trust when they have so much cash on hand that would help to alleviate the suffering of the homeless and impoverished. It is now the rainy season and refugee camps and tent cities offer shelters that are little more than sweltering ovens;" and Poverty Pimps Masturbating on Black Pain: Monsanto Joins pack.)
Since we're looking at this hypothetically as if France had made an admission of error, we ask when will the US pay its part of the Independence Debt paid by Haiti from 1914 to 1947? Compensate Haiti farmers for the lost of our agriculture per Clinton's apology? Compensate Haiti farmers for USAID's destruction of Haiti's KreyÃ²l pigs - the savings of the peasants that was destroyed? In addition to the money, perhaps France will give President Aristide a free journey on Air France to return home. They might also return the bones of Toussaint L' Ouverture from the cold Jura mountains. The list is simply endless. But this surprise move by France, assuming it were true and not a hoax, would inspires us to listing what's been taken unjustly from Haiti. More could be listed. Stay tune to Ezili's HLLN the only Haitian-led organization to pick up the demand made by President Jean Bertrand Aristide and continue a consistent campaign for its repayment since 2004 under the FreeHaitiMovement. Who would get this money if one day our struggle attains it? The Euro NGOS or would it be put, in trust, and run by trustworthy Haitians, with good credentials with the poor populace, for the benefit of the people of Haiti? (See, Ezili DantÃ²'s Sarkozy's visit to Haiti: A Buzzard Looking For a Free Meal? But Haitians Demand Back The Independence Debt and Claim Haiti's Sovereignty.)
Anyway, I've got a brilliant counter-offer for France. Forget the hoax. Here's what France can do now. Promises to Haiti, like the promises to Americas' black and indigenous peoples, are hardly ever kept. Recall 40 acres and a mule? Consider to date, 6-months after the earthquake, the US has delivered zero on the $1B aid pledged to Haiti and the Red Cross is waiting for "later" to spend the half billion its raised in the name of the quake victims as they die now.
I say why don't we nix the hoax, nix the half-century payment plan contemplated by the hoax and just ask Sarkorzy to do the necessary to get his good friend, that one little ol' lady, France's richest woman - L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt - who is worth $20 billion euro dollars and doesn't seem to know what to do with it. Seems her daughter, Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers, says she's not suing because she needs the money. Soooo... France, what say we nix the 50-year payment or any payment plan to Haiti that may come in the furture, put the scandal aside about illegal contributions by the heiress to his campaign, have Sarkorzy do right, convince his dear friend the L'Oreal heiress to sign over her estate to a Haiti trust for the people of Haiti? Uhmmm? If France wants to do something, she can guarantee collection for Haiti, and we'll call it a draw? Sounds like a win-win scenario to me. We all save 50-years of hassling paperwork. Haiti gets paid near to one lump sum so-to-speak. The charming society man accused of conning the 87-year-old, mentally frail heiress out of cash and artworks worth euro1 billion ($1.2 billion) and even out of an Island, walks away with nothing. Justice served. Whatchasay? Ok, ok, you're right, the butler deserves a reward. Haiti will throw in an extra incentive. We'll let the butler come and start his very own charitable NGO in Haiti. The butler will now live well like the rest of the NGO executives in Haiti with his own gardeners, cooks, chauffeurs, expense accounts, tax write-offs, exploitation sex with young barefoot Haitian girls or boys with no choice, cars with tainted windows, tropical ocean breeze, sandy beaches and 14,000 UN security. C'est magnifique!
Ezili Danto of HLLN
July 15, 2010