where over-dependence on tourism limits opportunity
Strong opportunities for diversified natural resource development"
"and modern, environmentally sound, industrialization
Local value-add, e.g. precast & prestress concrete
Agro-chemicals and industrial minerals manufacture. (See, Matraco-Colorado Haiti Venture -A Power-Point Presentation.)
In fact, before the earthquake, the former president of the Dominican Petroleum Refinery (REFIDOMSA), Leopoldo Espaillat Nanita, even
said, "there is a multinational conspiracy to illegally take the
mineral resources of the Haitian people. In addition, there are more charitable organizations in Haiti - over 10,000 NGOs - than practically anywhere else in the world. But the people are poorer and more abused than before the democratically elected government was removed and these organizations landed to benefit from the US invasion. See: Haiti's riches, Haiti's Oligarchy and Travesty
in Haiti - False aid, false charity, false orphanages, false benevolence.)
Since the 2004 US/UN, Canada, France occupation, drug-trafficking, human trafficking, indefinite detentions without charge, trial or hearing; rape of Haitian women and children by soldiers, charity workers and pedophile priest were running rampant. Much more so than when Haiti had a democratically elected government.
But the US military is busy landing at the airport, deploying its power to the hotels, and places where the wealthier live. The UN troops are busy going to banks to secure the bags of money underneath the rubble. (See Soledad Obrien's CNN report.)
Ezili's HLLN was practically the lone international voice clamoring for the world to look beyond the racist mainstream headlines that Haiti was poor because its people were innately violent and corrupt. The myth of "the violent Haitians" causes death, depravation and sets the stage for perennial Haiti exploitation. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta reported, for instance, that a group of Belgian doctors simply left their critically ill earthquake patients in the hospital alone because the authorities feared rumors of riots.
Earthquake victims, writhing in pain and grasping at life, watched doctors and nurses walk away from a field hospital Friday night after a Belgian medical team evacuated the area, saying it was concerned about security. (See, Security concerns cause doctors to leave hospital, quake victims.)We know the digging of Haiti's mountains that is going on in the North of Haiti, if not the drilling for oil and gas we suspect that is also happening, may have triggered this massive holocaust in Haiti. We know the poverty in Haiti is man-made because Haitians are denied a share in the true value of the natural resources of their country through deceit, force, stealth and shock and awe regime changes like the further entrenchment of US domination we're witnessing right now. It's well-known that Haitians are more hungry because Haiti's lack of food sovereignty is US-orchestrated with the dumping of Arkansas and "Miami" rice that undercuts/destroys Haiti's agriculture. (See, US Free trade fraud promoting famine in Haiti .) Moreover, US corporate welfare and assembly plant policies helped create the poverty and overpopulation in Port au Prince. But if Haitians were allowed a share in the natural resources of their country, not so many would be dying on the high seas, getting eaten by sharks, or wasting in immigration detention camps because of their endless efforts to find life somewhere else. Our people would enjoy better living standards, perhaps live and work in the Haitian "outback" with proper sanitation systems, clean water, electricity, roads, good schools and organically-grown foods. Or, at least be better able to afford to live in earthquake and hurricane protected buildings with solid infrastructure. But the US has no remorse. France and Canada have no accountability for orchestrating the regime change that disenfranchised Haiti's people in order to plunder Haiti. No.
Rumor has it, as the capital area is being depopulated, as the people suffer and die, France, US and Canada are haggling over divvying up "zones of protection" so they can help Haitians some more.
Canada wants the North of Haiti. The US wants Port-au-Prince and the Island of La Gonave and is willing to give France something, how about Jacmel in the South? It's artistic. France ain't hearing it. France wants the oil and gas rich Island of La Gonave. The tussle even made it on the public stage because since France isn't getting the part of Haiti it wants, it openly accused the US of occupying Haiti. Something must have been resolved because France soon retracted. China, the sleeping giant with UN veto power, is a problem for all of them, because it wants to know, what is its share? Meanwhile Haitians continue to be helped to suffer and die to accommodate.
Ezili DantÃ² of HLLN
For 500 years the whites (settlers/colonists) have tried to erase us. Today they want us to believe they're the only ones who can save us" --- Edike from Daniel 'Dadi' Beaubrun's Lataye
Recommended HLLN Links (Energy and Mining in Haiti): The wealthy, powerful and well-armed are robbing the Haitian people blind
Oil in Haiti - Economic Reasons for the UN/US occupation
Oil in Haiti by Dr. Georges Michel
- Haiti is full of oil, say Ginette and Daniel Mathurin, [French Original], Radio Metropole, Jan 28, 2008- Advertisement -
Why Bill Clinton as UN Envoy, the UN occupation and another reasons for being in Haiti: Deep Water Ports -(Daulphin Dunn)
Haiti Riches: Listen to CKUT Interview (in English - 34:03) with Ezili DantÃ² on Mining of Haiti Resources and Riches by Chris Scott for CKUT (90.3 FM) in Montreal, April 29, 2009
Haiti Riches: Lakounewyork (KreyÃ²l) Interview with Ezili DantÃ² on environmental degradation concerns of gold/copper mining in Haiti, May 6, 2009