Five Reasons to Care about Haiti’s Sham Elections | CommonDreams.org. – by Bill Quigley and Nicole Phillips
*edit, April 3, 2017 – I’ve tidied up this post. Enclosing marks have been changed (asterisks switched for other characters, since I’ve been cautioned that asterisks could screw with things), a typo corrected, and I see that a link has been hijacked, which I indicate in the body of the post as well as here.
*edit, June 22, 2012 – Anthony Fenton has gone back to school and is working on other things, a book I think, and has abandoned his blog. I understand the education thing, but I don’t get why he would abandon his blog, as in it’s not there at all. It had some useful info on the Responsibility To Protect doctrine. Then again, It’s not like others are not talking about, and explaining it. So you can find info about it online. In any case, Now that links to articles and other info on Web Of Democracy won’t take you anywhere, I thought I’d throw in at least one link to an article on R2P by Fenton, found on the always useful Third World Traveler website. I put that link at the bottom of this post.
An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:
First, Haitian elections are supposed to choose their new President, the entire House of Deputies and one-third of the country’s Senate. But election authorities have illegally excluded all the candidates from the country’s most popular political party, Fanmi Lavalas – and other progressive candidates. Lavalas, the party of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, has won many elections in Haiti – probably the reason it was excluded. If this were the US, this would be like holding elections just between the Tea Party and the GOP – and excluding all others. Few Haitians will respect the outcome of these elections.
My online, typo-corrected, response to the top of page linked-to article follows. I activated the link to Fenton’s article for your convenience:
Without legitimate leaders Haitians won’t fix any problems? You have fake democracy, and real corporatocracy, everywhere. It’s not that things don’t get done. The wrong things get done, as is the wish of the exploitative ruling classes and their partners in the private sector.
And here’s a question: Why aren’t progressives – with loud voices – clamouring for the UN chief’s head while it’s blue [helmets] are acting as enforcers for Haiti’s elites and their foreign partners? This is what I find most astonishing in all this reportage about UN blue [helmets] murdering people.
The NGO system isn’t just broken. It’s corrupt. But when not every NGO is corrupt, I understand that you might not want to dismiss the efforts of good NGOs by painting all NGOs as corrupt. Regardless, You need to look at how ‘few’ NGOs are doing good work. Are a majority of them corrupt? I don’t know. But I’ve read enough about so many of them being a part of the problem (such as recounted in a book I recently read titled “A Game As Old As Empire” and another book I’m reading at present, by Peter Hallward, titled “Damming The Flood,” which is about the rape of Haiti by imperial powers), that it doesn’t seem to me that a majority of them are any good. You don’t want to fix something corrupt, Do you? Or do you?
You get trouble when you go that route. When you go along with special interests who need to ‘manage’ the people, including their activists, then you get things like the solution to the Republican Part[y], namely the Democratic Party, and the solution to George W. Bush, namely Barack Obama, who is presiding over great destruction and evil in the world and fuelling many fine, hand-wringing, disappointment-filled articles and statements by well meaning allies of victims.
Yes, The bad guys should do the right thing. And I should win the lottery.
Here’s Anthony Fenton’s latest blog entry about NGOs and related stuff:
*edit: The link is broken. Therefore, I’m going to give you this. I am pretty sure that this was the link target. I failed to provide a useful identifier, such as the article or blog post title and so have to guess here. Sorry.
link: “Foundations & Anthropology and the ‘NGO incursion into geopolitical affairs'” [hijacked link; article may be cached but I don’t have the skill to dig out]
There’s enough information flying around out there about corrupt NGOs. Fenton, with Yves Engler, has also written about Haiti. His book is title “Canada In Haiti.” And his website has a section on the corporatocracy’s ‘democracy enhancement’ programs and their legalistic tool, ‘the responsibility to protect’ doctrine, also known as R2P.
Also, Check out Eva Golinger’s (author of The Chavez Code, which I’ve yet to read) blog, ‘Postcards From The Revolution’: http://www.chavezcode.com/
Check out Stephen Lendman’s article titled “UN Peacekeeping Paramilitarism [In Haiti],” found on the Third World Traveler website.
“Haiti And The Dangers Of Responsibility To Protect (R2P),” by Anthony Fenton