In this essay, I post six videos from the alternative news media -- four from Democracy Now!, one from Aljazeera dealing with the huge and celebrity welcome for Aristide. The last video is by a young Haitian on the March 20th fantasy the US is calling an "election" in Haiti. (See, Haiti Abstains).
The purpose of this post, complete with Ezili HLLN's on-the-ground-report of Aristide's historic return to a celebrity welcome, is to tell our stories and honest vignettes of the historic return. Stories the mainstream media will not deign to record. (See, Why Aristide Shouldn't Be Allowed Into Haiti By Tim Padgett, Time.com, March 21,2011 ).
At HLLN, we witness to ourselves like the sun. When I first sent this piece to the Ezili Network, a longtime supporter from California, wrote:
Why would they want to highlight the US/UN shame, embarrassment, and rejection, by African countries no less? And he returned on my birthday!!! What a great present. "
Another HLLN member from England, wrote:
"Sister, no surprise to those who believe in openness and understand the media but so many believe what they read and hear -- prepared for it by their experiences of school, too" Exclusion has always been a tool of oppression and exploitation. The USA is extremely skilful at it. "
This writing is a libation poured for the Haitian ancestor's legacy so maligned by the bi-centennial coup detat and dedicated to former president Jean Bertrand Aristide, now Doctor Aristide and his family, for his lion-hearted courage in always denouncing social and economic injustice in Haiti, his perseverance, love for the people of Haiti and for speaking truth to power.
It's good to see the people's happiness for once. But the change that's needed in this world cannot take place with a person. Only structural change in the military-industrial complex that vies for Haiti's soul, only change that puts people before profit has the potential for making a global and sustainable difference.
Without that fundamental change, at the end of the day, like with Obama in the U.S., no hope will translate into sustainable progress. Like Obama, the "change" will simply be reduced to a new window-dressing and re-branding of the same old monopolistic East and West India (trade and colonizing) Company and their pirates and mercenaries -- all, of course, in sheep (Anderson Cooper/Bill Gates/Bono) clothing to obfuscate the despotic nature of the system, make it more consumable for these current times. The world Oligarchs or Nazi slave-traders, no longer up front, merely work behind these consumable curtains.
The profit-over-people system must be annihilated before any "leader" may be effective for the world's people. At HLLN we believe, the world needs a new narrative, where certain universal access to basic health care, clean water/non-GMO foods, safe shelter, relevant education, human dignity/self-reliance, clean air/waterways and a healthy environment are deemed HUMAN RIGHTS of every human being in the world and governments are charged with making sure everyone has access to these basics ahead of corporate profits. The "free market" can haggle over all else with their manufactured supply and demand games. Of course, we dream" But it's a dream worthy of our life force and talents.
In terms of this idea that the traders are "waiting" for a better and more competent native Haiti president, or are worried they Aristide's return will further delay earthquake recover, this ruse is too old for sane people to still be buying it. It's plain laughable. That old dog shouldn't be able to hunt. Fact is, Haiti's "recovery" would put 16,000 charities and the NGO industry in Haiti out of a job! So, there will be no recovery by US donor funds. Period, no comma. That the traders are "waiting" for "stability" in Haiti before they disburse back, for the "benefit" of NGO-colonized- and-UN occupied-Haiti the donor monies (profits) they've collected on the head of Haiti's colonized misery/enslaved peoples, is too old a bait and switch trick. Since when do capitalists disburse their profits made on the misery of poor people back to said same poor people out of the goodness of their hearts? (Vision of Plantation #Haiti -- A White Pearl, Again! ; The Plantation called Haiti: Feudal Pillage Masking as humanitarian Aid ; Colonization of Haiti's food and seeds is not earthquake relief ; and Tell The Truth About Haiti Forum with Ezili Dantò of HLLN ).
On March 18, 2011, former president Aristide, in defiance of the United States, France, Canada and the UN, who each exerted tremendous power to stop his returned from their deportation to Africa, returned in a South African plane back to Haiti to a huge and historic celebrity welcome. We again thank president Zuma of South Africa and his government for refusing to keep former president Aristide a hostage any further and for not giving in to the pressure. Thank you.
The people in Haiti were so very happy they walked with president Aristide's car the many miles from the airport to his residence in Tabarre.