*edit, March 10, 2015 – Someone read this early post today, which is why I read it. (I am always curious about what interests people on my blog.) That’s when I realized that it’s very deficient. Short blog posts aren’t the problem. This had no excerpt. No pics. Nothing more than a blurb from me about the terrible things happening in Haiti. True, There was a link. But it’s my duty to give the reader of my post a reason to click on that link and, here, I failed to do so. So, I’m beefing up the post a little. And in case anyone wonders whether I’m interested in Haiti personally, I am. I decided, when my country helped to eject the democratically elected government of Haiti last time around, that I wasn’t going to forget about or be quiet about that. And I haven’t forgotten or kept quiet about it. I might not be in a position to make the greatest amount of noise about it, but I have not done nothing.
The following is an excerpt from the above linked-to article by Kevin Pina:
The Haiti Information Project recently published a short article reporting that the Provisional Election Council (CEP) had allowed the Fanmi Lavalas party to register to run in elections scheduled for early 2010. According to reliable sources an original document requested by the CEP and signed by Aristide was delivered to the offices of the council shortly after 1:00 pm on November 23. There was no indication on the part of the CEP or the Fanmi Lavalas party that anything was amiss in the process and it appeared a fait accompli.
Three days later the CEP would publish the names of those political parties allowed to participate in the elections and the Fanmi Lavalas party did not appear on the list. The CEP now clings to the same flimsy excuses it used to exclude Lavalas in the Senatorial race. The party did not meet all the legal requirements to register followed by incoherent legal opinions masking their true political intent. We humbly apologize for the mistaken assumption in our reporting that the CEP was telling the truth and willing to play by the rules of the democratic game in Haiti. Apparently they have no shame…
What of the silence of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Haiti today? While the OAS takes a principled position on not recognizing bogus elections sponsored by the coup regime in Honduras their silence is deafening concerning the decision of the CEP to bar Lavalas in Haiti. Where are the OAS lectures to the Preval administration about the necessities of democratic inclusion and free elections in the hemisphere?
All of this begs the question, what does the US and the international community have to fear from Lavalas that they would not condemn Preval and his handpicked CEP for excluding them from the political process? It must preoccupy them greatly that after three years of hellish repression, thousands killed, arrested or forced into exile, that a Lavalas victory at the polls would expose their ultimate justification for Aristide’s removal and United Nations forces occupying Haiti. How would a Lavalas return through democratic elections color their longstanding argument that Aristide had lost the support of the Haitian people and that Lavalas was nothing more than a violent political organization intolerant of opposition from civil society?
An even greater fear must also be that a Lavalas victory would interfere with the US/UN development plans for Haiti. One could not imagine that a low minimum wage suited to make Haitian sweatshop operators and their international partners hefty profits would have passed so easily in a parliament where Lavalas held sway.
Here we see vividly the corporatocracy in action. Politicians, and ‘democratic’ institutions they work with, talk about promoting democracy, while they busy themselves making the world safe and open for neoliberal (antisocial, undemocratic) capitalism.
When criminals get away with criminal behavior, the lesson they learn is that crime pays. Where’s the motivation for them to change? Haiti, and it’s destruction (as a country belonging to, and protecting and nurturing, the majority of it’s citizens) explains, partly and to a great extent, Honduras.
I see that besides having powerful enemies like Bill Clinton, Haiti is also kept down by misinformation coming from CIA/Hollywood’s camp. See Kevin’s blog (HIP which stands for Haiti Information Project) for an post about Sean Penn’s glowing words of praise for Haiti and it’s recovery. What was he smoking?
The blog is a mess however. I emailed someone via a contact button. We’ll see. If I can have a blog for free that makes me look like a pro or a rich corporation, then what is the excuse for activists doing important work to put out a blog like HIP? I truly don’t understand it. You wouldn’t know, from landing on the introduction page, that there’s a blog attached to it. There’s some pics on the right of the page and one says to click on it for more information about that particular pic. But no mention is made of a blog. The blog looks a little better than the introductory page, but not much. The first mention of Sean Penn is in a hyper link that doesn’t work. But the post it links to can be found further down the same page.
Check out the entry on HIP titled “Sean Penn’s ‘Corner’ in Haiti: Don’t believe the hype.”
A excerpt follows:
Despite this rising tide of discontent, the messages most Americans hear about Haiti are filtered through the voices of celebrity experts like Sean Penn who recently denied anything is wrong and pronounced the small Caribbean nation has finally “turned a corner.” In a recent tome published June 18 in Newsweek magazine Sean Penn wrote, “Haiti’s economy is among the fastest-growing in the Caribbean, as the government continues to make economic development a priority.”…
While citing roads being paved and homes built, rebuilt and retrofitted since the earthquake is all well and good, Penn also offered this statement to demonstrate his bullish view of Haiti’s progress, “Crime rates have dropped, and in May 2011, one political party transferred power to another peacefully after an election for the first time in modern history.” Penn’s assertion that crime rates have dropped is not borne out by any available data…
Penn’s next assertion, that Martelly’s election in 2011 represented a peaceful democratic transition, appears to be an absurd attempt to rewrite history. The violence preceding and following the first round of the November 2010 presidential elections in Haiti is well documented. In fact, it is equally documented that most of the violence was perpetrated by the supporters of Michel Martelly after it was announced by the electoral council that Jude Célestin and Mirlande Manigat would face each other in a second round of balloting. This violence led to an infamous intervention in Haiti’s election process by the Organization of American States (OAS), backed by the US, to overturn the results. The legitimacy of the election was already in question as “nearly three-quarters of the electorate didn’t vote…” according to Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). Both rounds of the presidential elections that brought Martelly to power were marked by low voter turnout as a result of the banning of Haiti’s most popular political party, Fanmi Lavalas.
See Stephen Lendman’s article titled “UN Peacekeeping Paramilitarism.”