Democracy Now interview with Danny Glover: Former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide "Mystified" at U.S. Resistance to His Return , Feb. 10, 2010 (mp3)
Video - Press Conference:
If Obama can do it why can't Preval? (Text)
by Kevin Pina, HIP, Feb. 9, 2010
As we examine this rush to rebuilt DESTROYED Haiti, let's
remember the earthquake destroyed 70% of Port au Prince but 90% of
Leoganes and Petit Goaves. All eyes are on Port au Prince in a way it
never was when Gonaive was destroyed TWICE, once in 2004 and then in
2008. Why? Because Port au Prince is where the major government
offices, the foreign embassies, Haiti universities and, especially the
Haitian Oligarchy and 45,000 US foreign nationals and other foreign
But, as the media drenches itself in their "Haiti is destroyed, needs complete rebuilding" sensationalist spiel. Let us remember Haiti is NOT buildings. Haiti's soul is its PEOPLE, it's history, its culture of resistance and resilience. Haitians are historically immune to adversities. Always have been. Nou La! And we're still here.
Yes with an unthinkable, gut-wrenching half-a-million people probably crushed to death by the earthquake. Yes some have lost all their family, friends, work colleagues. Yes, and with another 500,000 living, breathing suffering Haitians in desperate, desperate need of medical attention and over 1 million displaced and in need of water, food, shelter, nurturing, medical and trauma counseling. But Haiti is all its people. It's not foreigners, foreign embassies, foreign NGOs, UN programs, USAID's vision for Haiti, their media spins, self-serving narratives and constant stories of Haitian corruption as if Haiti's corruption was somehow worst than US or European government corruption.
outside of Port au Prince ARE taking in their relatives from Port au
Prince. Out of 10 million, there are two million shattered sentient
beings in Port au Prince, but 8 million Haitian people outside of Port
au Prince are very much ALIVE and right at this very moment, rebuilding
theri families, re-uniting separated souls and ready to take in
whatever humanitarian help comes from compassionate people who want to
help them help themselves to recover and REBUILD a new Haiti. A Haiti
where people don't go hungry and foreign policy doesn't strum
dependency and destroy the people's voice in their own democracy.
Why is everyone rushing to ignore these Haitians? They are competent, alive and more motivated than any international saviors, than the UN, than Paul Farmer, than Bill Clinton, than George Bush, than the Red Cross, World Vision, World Food Aid Program, CARE International, et al. With the little they have, they are already taking care of their own and themselves, as usual.
In all these "marshall plans," all these plans, plans, plans for rebuilding Port au Prince, WHERE are the Haitians of Kafou, Site Soley, La Saline, Croix Des Bourquet, Leoganes, Petit Goaves, Cap Haitian and the rest of Haiti who've been pushing to change the paradigm for Haiti WITHOUT militarization, without foreign ownership, without NGO charity dependency, without foreign meddling, for decades after decades? Where is the Haiti who only wants solidarity of its more powerful neighbors, not paternalism. Where is the re-memberment of two centuries resistance to Western re-colonization and becoming a US/France client state, no less?
Where is the acknowlegement that the forcibly removed, democratically elected president of Haiti , along with Haitians, from all the professions, already HAVE put together a plan for a private/public partnership to REBUILD Haiti, back when Haiti was free and that said information is outlined, as well as, what Haiti's resources/riches are to finance this rebuilding, in a book called "Investing In People: Lavalas White Book under the direction of Jean-Betrand Aristide (Investir Dans L'Humain)? (See, Oil in Haiti, the economic reason for occupation .)
Four million Haitians abroad should NOT be blocked because the United States has unilaterally decided to use the occasion of the earthquake to take over Haiti's ports, airports and stop commercial flights into Haiti for its own purposes. This hinders these millions upon millions of Haitians abroad from entering Haiti with resources, authentic and DIRECT help for their families, their people, their homeland.
Those displaced and those taking on relatives in their outback hometowns ought to be assisted and empowered, not prevented from seeing their own flesh and blood with more resources who want to go to Haiti and help them without military guns in their faces, US draconian policies preventing legal residents from leaving Haiti and especially without the disrespect of occupation in Dessalines' land.
Haiti has no major "security" issue and doesn't need 20,000 US soldiers. The militarization of Haiti and emergency relief must end. Haiti sovereigny and Haitian self-determination respected. The blockage by the US of Haitians entering Haiti MUST stop. 80% of Haiti's populations live OUTSIDE of Port au Prince. Haiti is not the Republic of Port au Prince where the internationals congregate.
Here are articles to underline these points. See, With capital in ruins, northern Haiti struggles ; Danny Glover on DemocracyNow -Former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide "Mystified" at U.S. Resistance to His Return ; and, If Obama can do it then why can't Haiti's Preval?; The Kidnapping of Haiti by John Pilger; and, "Haiti: Killing the Dream": Excerpt of Documentary on Centuries of Western Subversion of Haitian Sovereignty. Listen to excerpt of Democracy Now, Feb. 10, 2010 coverage.
"if Obama could reach across party lines to invite Clinton and Bush to work for Haiti during this crisis, then why can't Preval do the same by inviting Aristide to return? (If Obama can do it then why can't Haiti's Preval?);
" Before the earthquake, Port-au-Prince absorbed masses of impoverished Haitians who left the outlying provinces in search of better economic opportunities; it also attracted thousands of students and fortune seekers. Now, many of those same people are returning home en masse...Families are generous ... they share what they have...Even if the house is small, they always find a place to put someone affected by the catastrophe." (With capital in ruins, northern Haiti struggles.)
"...there's a stalemate right now as to why he can't return in some capacity. Wouldn't it be--wouldn't it be, I think, appropriate for him to be there at this particular moment, as the Haitians go through this suffering, but also to be--in some capacity, work with the reconstruction of Haiti, as well? You know, we know that at some point there has to be some unifying force. The government has been devastated by this. The government also only receives a small portion of the aid money that goes there. Less than a cent, that it goes there...