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Haiti: The soul of Africa, not for sale

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Haiti: The soul of Africa, not for sale

By Ezili Dantò, May 18, 2012,
cross post from ezilidanto website for the FreeHaitiMovement

May 18, 2012 marks Haiti's 209th flag day. The first Haitian flag lifting up Haiti's independence was on May 18,1803 at Arcahaie. 

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Those of us with a conscience will spend the day exposing the Haitians helping in the imperial exploitation of Haiti and defending Haiti against this brutal US re-colonization. (See video, We would rather die standing. Hear Prof. Bayyinah Bello explain history of Haiti flag- Ezili's May 18th Kreyol feature. )

Haitians own more land than any other nationality in the Caribbean. But their lands are now being robbed. The Haitians from the Diaspora provide the platform for Clinton, Bush, Obama and other members of the US-Euro corporatocracy to take Haiti lands. Haiti belongs to Haitians. It is our legacy. A sacred land, paid for in combat, in oceans of blood, rivers of sweat and tears and a thousand terrors. Paid for, in hard centuries of labor. Paid for in hard cash, again and again, even after independence. Paid for in centuries of struggle against neocolonoliasm, centuries of enduring unendurable cruelties, centuries of possession against all odds.

Haiti has provided sanctuary to the oppress, defended and freed many nations from Euro-US enslavement.

Chalermangne Peralte,
assassinated by US Marines
during the first U.S. occupation
and then nailed to a door
(Source: The Crucifixion of
Emmanuel Dred Wilme
during second US occupation
of Haiti, April, 2005)


There is less violence in Haiti than in Washington D.C., Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Honduras. Than in most of the countries in the Western Hemisphere. (See UN Global Study on Homicide at pg 93.)

What's a Chapter 7, peace enforcement UN mission doing in Haiti for over 8-years when there is no peace agreement to enforce, and when there's more violence elsewhere in the hemisphere, including much more in Brazil who heads the UN mission?

2010 Homicide Rates (Pg 93)

Haiti - homicide rate 6.9 per 100,000 for 2010.  Washington D.C. 21.1 /100,000 for 2011; New Orleans homicide rate is 52/100,000 and USA - 5.0/100,000 (for 2009). Brazil (22.7/100,000), Mexico (18.1/100,000) Columbia (33.4/100,000), Bahamas (28.0/100,000), Jamaica (52.1/100,000), Dominican Republic (24.9/100,000), Trinidad and Tobago (35.2/100,000) , Honduras (82.1/100,000). "Also there's more HIV/AIDS in Washington, DC/USA (3.0) and in the Bahamas (3.0) than there is in Haiti (2.2), but Haiti is the one whose HIV rate is constantly recalled... the Western country's paternalistic narrative uses Haiti to boost their egos. Their cruel projections mostly don't survive objective inspection." -- To Tell The Truth About Haiti Forum; Trinidad and Tobago now rivals Jamaica as the most violent country in the Caribbean


Other than to maintain the white savior's narcissistic, racist and very profitable narrative of white supremacy, the occupation of Haiti is for plundering Haiti's Riches -- oil, gold, silver, copper, iridium, deep water ports, fertile lands and to control Haiti's strategic position. It's been so, since 2004 with the current US occupation behind UN guns and Paul Farmer's tool-of-war NGO missionaries.

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But these perennial liars' indecency and hypocrisy are boundless.

So, since before the fall of the US-supported Duvalier dictatorships in 1986, the US has been bringing "hope," democracy, development and human rights to Haiti.

As intended, it has systematically manifested the exact opposite.

The newest, profit-over-people sweatshop hoax is Caracol, a sweatshop project masking US colonial expansion in the Northeast -- its appropriation, in post-earthquake Haiti, of fertile lands and construction of a deep water port at Caracol, just 9 miles from Canada's  flourishing gold mining operations.

The exploitation of Haiti's riches -- gold, copper, silver, deep-water ports, oil, natural gas, iridium, offshore Islands like Latoti, Lagonav, Ilavach, Lanavaz; northern ports such as Fo Libete, Mol-Sen-Nikola, Labadi -- and the destruction of fertile lands in Haiti, continues in this second occupation unabated.

There's no dissent from the world's moral arbiters like the religious institutions, the universities, the investigative establishments like the media or trend setters like the arts or the so-called progressive political parties. Until Haiti's freedom fighters speak again, as in 1791, it seems that Haiti shall remain surrounded in an ocean of colonized nations and peoples who mostly accept the story they're fed about Haiti and accept their own "better conditions" as the height of humankind's marvelous progress.

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