Caricom and Haiti: The raising of Caribbean's Iron Curtain

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Caricom and Haiti: The raising of Caribbean's Iron Curtain

Post by Ezili Danto » Sun Oct 08, 2006 1:20 pm

Caricom and Haiti: The raising of the Caribbean's 'Iron Curtain'
Myrtha Desulme's contributions to Haiti all the way from Jamaica

International propaganda notwithstanding, those in-the-know know that the Haitian people are a great nation - resilient, hard-working, honest and resourceful - who have boosted the economies of The Bahamas, Turks & Caicos Islands Dominica, the U.S.A., Canada and France. Haiti's labour force benefits from a structural youthfulness, as 40 per cent are under 15 years old, 55 per cent are under 65, and only 5 per cent are over 65. (excerpt from Caricom and Haiti: The raising of the Caribbean's 'Iron Curtain', Myrtha Desulme, Contributor)

Ezili Danto's Note:
Cultural activist and human rights defender Myrtha Desulme,* a contributor to the article below is an HLL Network member and has been supporting HLLN, its campaigns and Ezili Dantò's works for more than two years. Thank you Myrtha Desulme. Good and informative article. Thank you for looking out for Haiti's interests in the halls of power at CARICOM, UN and in Jamaica. Thank you for always standing on the side of Dessalines' children no matter how difficult and unpopular. When the faint of heart abdicated responsibility and accountability, you where there, taking a position. Meeting with us in Jamaica. Writing articles, speaking out, saying "Haiti now, others in the Caribbean next..". Helping Haiti's masses in our fight during the bloody Boca Raton regime years to stop the recognizing of the US-imposed government by CARICOM. Chapo ba fanm zantray nou, chapo ba my Haitian sister for all that you do, the stands you take, the principles for justice you've never compromised on. Ak ou, nou la! Toupapou. Dessalines is Rising. (See more on Myrtha Desulme in article entitled "Stop the killings in Haiti now - Myrtha Desulme" BY BASIL WALTERS Observer staff reporter Monday, December 06, 2004 ... ESULME.asp )

We have met, and dialogued and are maintaining a relationship with many other great folks such as the iconic journalist and indefatigable Haitian rights defender, John Maxwell of Jamaica, senior economic and international and economic policy analyst, such as our dearest Ms. Hazel Ross Robinson in St. Kitts, policy folks living in the Caribbean who also, like you, are part of the "...great movement afoot to undo .. centuries of division and the isolation of Haiti, the "sacrificial lamb" - the country which paid such an exorbitant price for pioneering, through the sacrifice of blood and fire, the cycle of emancipation and decolonization in the Western Hemisphere."

We would hope that as the newly elected Rene Preval government in Haiti find its footing, that whoever it assigns to work with CARICOM shall look to tapping your wealth of information and that of the other proven stalwarts, Myrtha Desulme, and to join with you and the thousands upon thousands in the Caribbean who have DEDICATED their heart, soul and part of their lifework to eviscerating the international propaganda that tell lies about Haiti the better to contain it in poverty, the better to steal its wealth and capacity for advancement. HLLN has met none as tireless in informing the world as the honorable John Maxwell, who every Sunday does not forget to remember Haiti in his weekly article in all the years we've become aware of his work. If noone ever says thank you, HLLN does. We have been more than privileged to built the HLLN coalition with follks like you, who revere Haiti's great sacrifices, its historical contributions and its courage to continue to say NO to re-colonization so that all could live free. Our work makes headways because it's your work. HLLN knows that. Haiti has many good sons and daughters everywhere. It is only the few that make our life so difficult. But tomorrow's sun has risen.

There's a learning curve here for Haitians in Haiti to be able to take advantage of the opportunities presented with this new relationship with CARICOM that could be made easier if folks like you, John Maxwell, Hazel Ross Robinson, Myrtha Desulme and others, are searched out for consultation and to help in connecting Haiti with the key stakeholders in CARICOM and throughout the Caribbean who have always stood with the Haitian majority. We hope that Haiti's government learns from the mistakes of the past and not squander the opportunities offered by those who were there, in its darkest of night under the whip of the US, Canada and France since Feb. 29, 2004 and who stood firm for what is right, Constitutional and ethical. We hope Haiti's popularly elected government has learn that the ones with the MOST money, most "traditional" views are not always "a friend to Haiti" and honors and steps to the edge with the multifaceted but humane, just and authentically democratic views and works of folks, like the honorable Ralph E. Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent, Randall Robinson and Hazel Ross Robinson of St. Kitts, John Maxwell and you Myrtha Desulme, and with all decent folks, throughout the Caribbean and the world, Dessalines' "Lovers of Liberty," who stood for democracy and equity for Haiti's majority from the heart against powerful winds, overwhelming obstacles and who were ostracized for the positions they stood for, in our name.

This new relationship with CARICOM offers amazing opportunities for one and all. For one, the new CARICOM passport is something that will, virtually, for the first time, offer Haitians the opportunity to legally travel, freely, throughout the Caribbean. To meet the requirements to get this passport is something Haitians need understand. It makes basic schooling something Haitians must be afforded. For without skills and useful education this opportunity will not be made available to the majority as necessary. The learning curve for Haitians is steep, dissemination of useful information critical.

But, men anpil chay pa lou.

Kenbe fèm sè mwen. Pa lage.

Ezili Dantò
October 8, 2006

[quote] Caricom and Haiti: The raising of the Caribbean's 'Iron Curtain'
published: Sunday | October 8, 2006, Reuters

Myrtha Desulme,* Contributor

CARICOM'S total population is about 14 million, 60 per cent of which are Haitian, making the most-spoken language in CARICOM not English, not even French, but Haitian Creole, the language of the majority.

OK, no need to panic! Just a little shock therapy to see whether you were paying attention! CARICOM being a monolingual organisation, (quite a rare phenomenon in the world of international institutions), has already declared that English will remain the official language of the community, though it has conceded that efforts should be made to deepen the use of French in the region.

A great number of Haitians speak English, either because they have studied in American universities, or have at some point lived in the U.S. Be that as it may, the hard opening facts above are nevertheless the prism through which some Haitians view CARICOM.

The integration of Haiti into CARICOM remains the biggest challenge, which the community has yet to face, owing to the social, linguistic, judicial, political, and economic obstacles to be overcome. How will we reconcile Haiti's judicial system, which is based on the French Napoleonic Code, with the Caribbean Court of Justice's English common law regime? Owing to IMF dictates, Haiti has the lowest tariffs in the region. The question of tariff harmonisation will also have to be resolved if Haiti is to join CARICOM's Common External Tariff. Many quandaries still remain to be sorted out. If this integration is achieved, however, it will be CARICOM's most rewarding milestone, and a great triumph for the hemisphere as a whole.


The Caribbean has inherited a three-fold pattern of division from its former colonisers:

The traditional enmity, which existed between France, Spain and Britain.

A "divide and conquer" policy which the European powers used to maintain control.

The systematic isolation of Haiti, as the country which won its Independence on terms that the metropolis considered unthinkable and unacceptable, (the seizure of the State, and the banishment of the French).

There is a great movement afoot to undo these centuries of division and the isolation of Haiti, the "sacrificial lamb" - the country which paid such an exorbitant price for pioneering, through the sacrifice of blood and fire, the cycle of emancipation and decolonisation in the Western Hemisphere. Haiti was granted provisional membership in CARICOM in 1997, and became a full member in 2002. After a 28-month suspension, owing to the unconstitutional ouster of President Aristide, and the imposition of a puppet interim regime by the U.S., CARICOM has welcomed Haiti back into its fold in response to the return of democratic rule, after the election of René Préval in February.

Although present trade with CARICOM is only 1 per cent of Haiti's total trade with the rest of the world, it is likely that it will rise in the median to long-term, owing to better access to trade information and harmonisation of rules and standards, which will help to open business horizons and opportunities.


Haiti is a virgin market, which needs everything. Its nine million people represent a vast market for goods and services. The Haitian import market is more than US$3 billion per year. There is a tremendous amount of business to be done, and CARICOM cannot only foster Haiti's development, but also benefit from the expanding networks. Mobile telecommunications giant Digicel, which is operating in 20 Caribbean countries, has found Haiti to be its most profitable market. International propaganda notwithstanding, those in-the-know know that the Haitian people are a great nation - resilient, hard-working, honest and resourceful - who have boosted the economies of The Bahamas, Turks & Caicos Islands Dominica, the U.S.A., Canada and France. Haiti's labour force benefits from a structural youthfulness, as 40 per cent are under 15 years old, 55 per cent are under 65, and only 5 per cent are over 65.

CARICOM members will open banks and businesses in Haiti. Competition of more firms opening businesses will help to make Haitian firms more efficient and create employment. A wider variety of goods and services will become available at better prices to the Haitian consumer. Direct foreign investment and private and sovereign loans are bound to increase with integration, and stimulate the economy.

Membership in a large economic bloc will strengthen Haiti in international negotiations with institutions such as WTO, FTAA, etc. The Regional Negotiating Machinery of CARICOM can be an appropriate instrument for strengthening Haiti's bargaining position in trade negotiations, and giving it a more effective voice in international fora. Existing free-trade agreements between CARICOM and other countries will automatically benefit Haiti.

Some trade gains can accrue immediately in areas where Haiti already has a competitive advantage, such as arts and craft. Haiti's art is widely appreciated and acknowledged as being incontestably the most original of all Afro-Caribbean cultural manifestations. Haiti has a cultural identity which distinguishes it from other CARICOM countries. There can be no doubt that British imperial rule has more profoundly shaped the nations under it than the French system was able to do in Haiti, falling short of about 160 years of British influence.

During the last CARICOM Conference, the Heads of Government meeting in St Kitts pointed to Haiti's cultural usefulness in terms of Caribbean integration, in the following statement:

"It is necessary to point out that Haiti has a great contribution to make to Caribbean life in terms of culture, and to the development of a Caribbean identity."

CARICOM leaders have paid many wonderful tributes to Haiti's historical significance and cultural richness, and have often expressed their eagerness to assist Haiti, and embrace her into the Caribbean family; but they have systematically failed to give any tangible demonstration of this goodwill to the Refugees, who have collapsed on their doorsteps, in search of protection and assistance.


Haiti is Africa in the Caribbean. She is actually the eldest daughter of France and Africa. Haiti is: roosters crowing at dawn, coffee plucked wild from mountainsides, red sunsets plunging behind majestic mountain peaks, headlong valleys, bright and exotic flowers, vast ruins of a glorious past, the call of the conch, drums and burning cane fields in the night, rum from ancient iron kettles, proud peasants, sparkling seas, dainty gingerbread houses, exquisite French Creole cuisine, romance from the catch of a meringue, the swirl of white-robed priestesses dancing for the gods of Africa, a French taste for luxury and refinement, an explosion of art, colour and music.

Embracing Haiti means that the Caribbean would have come full circle, and matured to the point where it is now ready to return to its roots. This does not mean regression as some might think. It does not mean that we do not also embrace all of the other ethnic and cultural influences which form an integral part of who we are, making us "Out of Many, One People". It just means that we embrace and honour our full identity in all of its multifaceted and multicultural diversity, so that the Caribbean can take its place within the family of nations, not as dependencies, but as a strong unit, confident in its unique identity, "walking with heads erect, proud owners of a New World, admitting no inequality, feeling no inferiority, only a great humility and wonder, for the Destiny that shall be theirs." (H.D. Carberry)

Myrtha Desulme is President of the Haiti-Jamaica Society.
(Emphasis Added)

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Triumphant, Free and Sovereign - Se Granmoun nou ye

Post by Ezili Danto » Mon Oct 09, 2006 10:30 pm

Onè e respè la sosyete:

Djab la di l'ap manje nou, se pa vre. Sa se jwèt timoun, sa se blag.

Thank you Hazel Ross Robinson, Caricom, African Union, Venezuela, Cuba and the Congressional Black Congress for standing against tyranny and oppression disguised as benevolence and for standing with the Haitian masses against those who stood with the imposed Baco Raton regime and for recognizing the Haitian people's sovereign and inalienable right to elect their own leaders, decide their own methods of extending self into the world, and that we are free and sovereign. Ibo Granmoun lakay Ibo.

The February 7th vote defeated all the blan-peyi yo, all the Gerald and Youri Latortures, Guy Phillipes, Louis Jodel Chamblains, Black overseers and their depraved 'International' supporters. Our Haitian struggle from Feb. 29, 2004 to Feb. 7, 2006 evidences how Haiti thanks CARICOM, African Union, and all, including Hazel Ross Robinson, Dr. Gonsalves, John Maxwell, Myrtha Desulme et, al..; How Haitians thanks the lovers of liberty who stood against rule by force; how and why Haitians, in Haiti and abroad, thank and rejected and still rejects all those who would criticize CARICOM, Patterson, Mbeki, Venezuela or any other conscientious folks solely on the basis of their support to the Constitutionally elected Aristide/Neptune government and majority of Haiti.

Divide and conquer is the rule of thumb of white neocolonists. He corrupts and bribes, murders and uses subterfuge to exploit and enrich himself. The long-term objective of black liberation is not a priority for these folks.

So Mr. Deibert is concerned about Ross-Robinson's turning "a tidy profit?" To what end?! Whose interest is he protecting, defending?

What would such folks have in common with the lovely, amazing, multi-talented, well-respected, accomplished Hazel Ross-Robinson and righteous and honorable John Maxwell? Not a darn thing!

What? Mr. Deibert lives in a ghetto and therefore has some authenticity which John Maxwell, doesn't because he, what was it Deibert inferred? Oh yeah, supposedly John is not as "intrepid,' as "courageous?" as Deibert for he won't accept Deibert's "offers to take him through Cite Soleil!???" Deibert basically directly says, the equivalent of: John Maxwell is perhaps too cowardly to 'annoy' himself as Mr. Deibert does, with "on-the-ground" reporting, he prefers not "leaving Stony Hill in Kingston (a neighborhood akin to Laboule in Port-au-Prince, perhaps even a bit more affluent)."

The sheer arrogance of Diebert is breathtaking.

This is what's meant by: white IMPOSITION.

Mr. Deibert's journalistic credentials are non-existent compared to those of John Maxwell. Frankly and sincerely, I would stand in a court of law, lay my hands on a thousand bibles and still could not make this statement with more sincerity and with absolutely no qualms: Mr. Michael Deibert is not worthy to even lick Mr. John Maxwell's boot in the world of journalism accompishments and that is no exageration. The truth is the truth and it is an absolute defense against defamation. Why would John Maxwell have a need to go through Site Soley with a journalistic neophite like MDeibert?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Could MDeibert get more disrespectful and racist? Are we back to the days when grown Black men cannot say "NO" to a white boy without facing ostracism, isolation and the wrath of these superior beings? Back to the days when grown Black men could not be addressed as "Mr." and afforded the respect accrued by virtue of their professional accomplishments and stations in life by the likes of MDeibert? Deibert's incredible arrogance, his unmerited, self-serving, self-promotion as an intrepid 'journalist' in Site Soley rest on zilch that's solid. His statements here and shoddy book are more than solid proof of his unremitting quackery. (See: Notes from the Last Testament by M Deibert)

According to public information, Michael Deibert first visited Haiti in 1997 and served as the Reuters correspondent in Port-au-Prince from 2001 until 2003. That, ladies and gentlemen, is his level of qualification to step to John Maxwell on Haiti issues and journalism practices?!!!

In contrast, here is what credible, legitimate and in-the-know folks have written about John Maxwell:[quote]The awesome spectre of John Maxwell has loomed large and impressive over Jamaican journalism, and every practising journalist under the age of 65, which is almost everybody currently in the profession, has grown up in the shadow of this enigma. .... young reporters know that he is the journalist's journalist, someone the university people would describe as the quintessential journalist.

Who can adequately tell the John Maxwell story? Short of the voluminous book itself - which must come, and come soon if Jamaican journalism is worth anything - that story was never going to be easily written. His is a journey that meanders through an unending series of colourful, often controversial anecdotes, pregnant with historical significance. He is trenchant. Fearful of no one. Fully armed and suited up to do battle at the drop of a hat. A type of gladiator wielding a merciless pen.... That is why every talk show on Jamaican radio instinctively reaches for him.

John William Maxwell, if anyone, was born with that infernal ink in his blood. He entered journalism on the eve of Independence and has witnessed and influenced the changing fortunes of the profession since. And now, a half century of hard-fought experience later, this journalistic iconoclast is aptly shaping young minds at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (Carimac). He'll leave his indelible trademark, for good or bad, on the future of journalism... ... WELL__.asp

My people, Deibert's arrogance here, these references Diebert makes about John Maxwell are so disrespectful and arrogant, they bring to my mind what Feliks Moriso Lewa meant about "Blan mannan" - "arrogant, shameless, lowly pariah whites are the worst whites! " (See, Moriso Lewa's "Blan Mannan" ... nanEnglish )

It is my great and most humble pleasure to be given an opportunity to shout out John Maxwell's amazing talents, his peerless reverence for the history of Haiti, its peoples' culture and indominatable spirit to live free. The venerable John Maxwell is a venerated journalist speaking truth-to-power as a respected humanitarian and revolutionary for OVER 70 years! Tireless and living in struggle. What would Deibert understand about being a non-sell out Black man, with immeasurable talent and compassion, but living in this Bartholomew De la Casas new world? No one has walked the long struggle with Haitians as well, as consistently and with as much dedication as John Maxwell.

Indeed, our John Maxwell is "a gladiator wielding a merciless pen." No one has written more about Haiti these last two years and throughout the years and decades than John Maxwell. (See a few articles at: ) I've often remarked to John, he is the modern day Boukman. John, some decades ago, I believe, even inaugurated a “Boukman society" in Jamaica. John Maxwell's credentials are unimpeachable. He simply does not need defending here against "the murmurings of the dead." (See Ayi Kwei Armah, "Two Thousand Seasons")

These tactics of divide and rule are distasteful.

Nothing will ever divide HLLN from its respect and gratitude to our dearest Hazel Ross Robinson, the honorable and iconaclastic John Maxwell, and all the valiant men and women of CARICOM who suffered greatly and lost much for standing with Haiti's masses and for the principles and practices of democracy. Division doesn't work with us and we cannot be bought. Hazel Ross Robinson's voice, John Maxwell's voice, Ralph Gonsalves's voice are our voice. We look outwards together. They don't think and extend that Haitians are “fouled up,” “failed,” “gangsters,” "corrupt," "unworthy" and in need of the Empire's paternalism, which is what? “progress,” “democracy” and “worthy???”

Bush the father's first coup d'etat was contained and marginally reversed by the blood of more than 5,000 Haitians, 300000 internal refugees, three years of hell in Haiti, and 70000 Haitian refugees passing through Guantanamo Bay. Countless never, ever having made it to even that hellhole as they were feed for sharks on the open seas. Then in 2004, Bush the son, came back to finish his father's job. Mr. Deibert and his ilk stand with these tyrants under the pretext of concern for the Haitian people because Aristide was arming militants in Site Soley and he knows what's best for us Haitians and it's not dictator Aristide! Sing that song. But do not expect the Haitian majority, in Haiti and abroad to thank you for the bloodshed and underdevelopment you've helped bring to Haiti, AGAIN. For, to marginally reverse this second coup d'etat against the peoples of Haiti, for Haitian sovereignty and against neocolonialism, Haitians have suffered a thousand deaths without dying, have paid with over 20000 Haitian lives, 4000 illegally imprisoned, hundreds of thousands as internal refugees and suffered the humiliation of having French soldiers put their boots on Dessalines' land as proprietors come to "restore order" and stop "bloodshed."

Haitians have been struggling against neocolonialism since 1806. We know all the tricks: the debt that breeds dependency and the cycle of domination. We know how foreign "aid" grants and "investments" are used to fund divisions, to polarize Haitian society, destabilize, starve democracy, keep the majority contained-in-poverty, foment violence and coups d'etat. From 1825 to 1947 it was done by the Independence Debt, ecclesiastic colonialism, Manifest Destiny, Monroe Doctrine, and by different versions of gunboat diplomacy. Since 1947 and the first occupation, Haiti has been 'contained' by the Haitian army left by our "benevolent" US friends and from 1990 to the present, a combination of coups d'etat, US direct interventions, and debts mostly under "democracy enhancement programs" or the guise of bringing "development, justice and peace." (See, HLLN on USAID/OTI Program Fact Sheet Report: More than 10 million US Dollars spent since May 2004 to decimate the Lavalas Party in Haiti ... html#traps ).

Deibert, take your "International order", take your false benevolence, take your divisions and Economic Hit Man, take the Black overseers and let Haiti and Haitians be. ( See, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: How the U.S. Uses Globalization to Cheat Poor Countries Out of Trillions , and Black People Remain Oppressed, The Herald (Harare) NEWS, May 25, 2006 )

So MDeibert, was Ross-Robinson & Associates supposed to work for free? Why? Because it's headed by a Black woman? Don't we deserve value back from our work? Or, would Ms. Ross-Robinson's firm have been fine working for free as black women did for the Europeans for 300 years in Haiti? Why are you not concerned about the white folks who were employed by the Haitian government, the Mevs and Boulos' for instances. The economic elites upheld by empire in Haiti, who increase their wealth no matter the climate, coup d'etat or misery of the masses? (See, the seven mercenary families #subcontractedwealth ) Are you also writing in a disparaging manner about these families in Haiti - Acra, Nadal, Coles, Baussan, Vital, Madsen, Mevs, Brandt, Vorbes, and others - working, in the shadows, plotting with foreigner transnational interests to keep Haitian society polarized the better to bring coup d'etat and neoliberalism death projects that benefit their wealth at the expense of the country's productive development."

Are you counting their income also? For, I guarantee you they made quite a bit more than 367,966 under Aristide's governance. If not, why not? Why aren't you researching their monies and assets from Haiti and how they come by them? Why single this black woman' small firm? Could it be because we are easy targets? That Haiti, Aristide and Lavalas has been so maligned by the State Department, the administrations of the father and the son and corporate media that it's easier to plug in to the "Aristide card" and take a ride atop the hatemongering crest? Uhmmmm. Yep, that's really courageous.

Mr. Diebert, when you stand against the wind, for a lifetime, getting up over and over and over again, never losing dignity, always taking the high road and keeping your eye on the prize, even then you couldn't hold a candle or be able to step to John Maxwell, Hazel Ross Robinson, Ralph Gonsalves, et al and be taken seriously.

Bon, ann kite kantik pran priyè.

Why aren't you expressing concern about the subcontracted Haitians who were PAID over hundreds of millions of dollars to be "opponents" to the Lavalas Movement and set up a parallel government and fake civil society fronts against the national interests of the peoples of Haiti? (See, HLLN's "The Subcontracted Haitians paid by Western powers and their (IRI/NED/USAID/EU/CIDA and Breton Woods, et al..) NGO's to feed dependency, starve democracy and foment violence and Coup D'etat in Haiti" )

Why are you just expressing concern about a paltry amount ($367,966), allegedly paid for services rendered to a firm by Haiti? But you express here, no concern, that in the first coup d'etat, the US spent over $2 billion dollars in Haiti from 1994 to 1997. No disarmament was done, no reform benefited the Haitian majority, in the short or long term? Halliburton's subsidiary, Brown & Root made millions upon hundreds of millions in Haiti. What? are they sacrosanct and beyond your "journalistic" reach?

International consulting firms, such as CHECCI, profited from Haiti, to the tune of the "tidy sum" of over $146 million to "reform" Haiti's judiciary. In fact, CHECCI hired a white lawyer who was disbarred in the US to help them run their fleecing gig in Haiti. (60 minutes did an expose on it) Why are you not concerned about these folks' "friendship" with Haiti? Inquiring minds wanna know???

Why, Deibert, are you not concerned that, in this current, and continuing second coup d'etat, the US, France and Canada are masturbating in their man-made disaster in Haiti - have profited in the billions upon billions, with quasi-government groups giving grants and loans to themselves on behalf of the Haitian masses. With the IMF and World Bank signing Haiti to endless debt. Why have you said zilch about the fact the UN makes more than $25 million per month, is responsible for countless documented massacres of Haitian civilians, including unborn fetuses; has brought Haiti soldiers who don't have democracy in their own countries and there's even talk of bringing to Haiti judges from all over the world to "reform Haiti," including from Mauritania, where SLAVERY is still acceptable.

Why, Mr. MDeibert, are you, with arrogant disdain and disrespect, stating how CARICOM "sat on its hands while the 2004 floods killed thousands of people in Haiti, sending not a single relief worker or a dollar of aid", but fail to talk of your involvement in the propaganda that ousted the Constitutional government, propped-up the fake group "184 civil society" and thereby made it more likely that the imposed government would have destroyed whatever civil emergency infrastructure there was to respond to hurricane emergencies, and that said government with folks who BOUGHT themselves their positions of authority throughout Haiti, having no popular mandate, would not care how many the 2004 flood killed? (Group 184/'private sector'/civil society where fake civil society fronts with no large popular support because even with the 2004 coup d'etat, with all their political opponents in exile, dead, in hiding or in prison, even with all the odds on their side, and all the electronic advantages in their realm, they simply could not garner more than than 8 to 12% of the Haitian vote.)

The US, France and Canada had since the Ottawa Initiative, committed to formally orchestrate the fall of Haiti's constitutional government. The aim of all the Aristide-is-corrupt propaganda wasn't about Haitian progress and advancement but to bring in a client government, the rule of the Latortue puppets and then a Kosovo-like UN protectorate rule to Haiti. All in pursuit of formally containing-Haiti-in-poverty and re-colonizing Haiti. (See: the Ottawa Initiative, )

Why, Mr. MDeibert, was it the duty of CARICOM and not the responsibility of the puppet Latortue government and their technocrats; why was it MORE the responsibility of CARICOM and not the UN being PAID to protect Haitian lives, or the responsibility of the governments of the US, Canada and France who staged the ouster, to assure and give concrete help and save the over 4,000 Haitians that perished in the floods?

Why, Mr. MDeibert, are you so concerned about John Maxwell's living standards, Hazel Ross Robinson's wages earned and paid, but express NO concern that the US-imposed Boca Raton government, handed three years tax breaks to the most wealthy in Haiti; 10-years back pay (over 30mil) to the murderous Haitian army and put over 4,200 people into indefinite detention while cutting Haiti's minimum wage by 50%, from about $3.60 for a 12 hour day, down to $1.60?

Why do you say nothing, Mr. MDeibert, that "the UN occupation continues, most of the prisoners unreleased and those who never where voted in by any Haitian populace are being divvied jobs in the "new government" because they participated, though were not elected, but because they "participated" in the coup d'etat elections on the heel of the blood and death of thousands of Haitian citizens who protested the coup d'etat, ouster of the Constitutional government and UN occupation?"

So, Mr. MDeibert, you are concerned about John Maxwell living in the cushy suburbs, what? - pretending militancy? and the Ross-Robinson's firm earning $367,966 under the Aristide government, thanks uhmmm, as you say, to her "friendship" with Haiti. But express no qualms about the fleecing of Haiti by Canadian companies such as St. Genevieve Resources and KWG Resources; the plundering and pirating of Haitian natural resources, with fourteen sites throughout the country found for natural gas, being exploited by foreign companies under cover of this second coup d'etat - with gas, gold, copper, uranium, iridium, and two billion tons of calcium carbonate in Miragoane and other natural resources and reserves throughout the country simply being lifted out under the protection of UN soldiers! Why sir, is what this most honorable Black woman's firm made, (a paltry $367,966) legitimately and with no hint of impropriety or overreaching, such a scandal to you but the organized, systematic and OBVIOUS thievery of the coup d'etat transnational corporations, UN, US, Canada and France get no mention?
(See: Expose the lies of the International Community about Haiti, its people and resources by Marguerite Laurent, Haitian Perspectives, June 26, 2006, )

It's simply reprehensible, outrageous, racist and immoral to seek to mask the Boca Raton regime's barbarity as Haitian “progress” that is worthy of international support. As Ayi Kwei Armah explains a zombie's mutterings are meaningless.

Ayi Kwei Armah explains what's to be done with such predators and their blan-peyi Haitian lackeys, for they are dead: “Leave them in their graves. Whatever waking form they wear, the stench of death pours ceaseless from their mouths. From every opening of their possessed carcasses comes death's excremental pus. Their soul itself is dead and long since putrefied. Would you have your intercourse with these creatures from the graveyard?”

NO. Leave the dead in their graves. Haitians speak their righteous message not to these “long rotted ash” but address our messages, to the living and look only to Dessalines' descendants worldwide. His legacy is liberty. We speak to liberty lovers, worldwide. (See, Kanga Mundele: Our mission to live free or die trying, Another Haitian Independence Day under occupation by Marguerite Laurent, Haitian Perspectives, January 1, 2006, )

Your words, Mr. MDeibert, maligning amazing talents like Ross-Robinson, maligning Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and John Maxwell are utterly dead. The long-term objective of black liberation is not your priority, but ours.

Ezili Dantò
October 9, 2006
"Sèl blan ki bon blan se blan k met fizi sou move blan yo"

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CARICOM technical delegation visits Haiti &

Post by Ezili Danto » Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:44 pm

You're welcome, Jaf. I was read your last post under the events honoring Dessalines subject heading. Indeed it's heartening to see how well Haitians know what's going on in Haiti. ( "Weekend Special En Hommage A Jean Jacques Dessalines"

I am posting an update below on the Caricom delegation to Haiti.

Thank you Jaf, for the work you and Manzè Choublak have been doing for so long now...

Yesterday, the community came together in Brooklyn and Dessalines' spirit was indeed in the room. After I performed "Anba Dlo, Nan Ginen" folks came to their feet. It was Dessalines they were remembering. It was our heroes, our culture, being Ayisyen. There was not one Haitian, who spoke to me, who didn't understand to be Ayisyen is to be born in struggle and live in struggle in order to exist. I might say, "I'm tired of the struggle" and inevitably, a Haitian elder than I in determination, would respond, "we have no choice but to struggle." Last night folks sat together and, in their various ways, through songs, poems, discourse, dialogue, explained why Dessalines' name horrify despots, enslavers and tyrants, everywhere. Last night we came together to honor Dessalines legacy and unparalleled triumphs.

Last night, it was good to be Haitian in that room. We are under occupation right now. But, no Haitian in that room last night was CONFUSED about Dessalines' zero tolerance for the white enslavers who wouldn't allow Blacks to live free and independent. In fact, I heard many complain that Haitians are turning away from Dessalines' Zero Tolerance for despots where he, basically said when Leclerc begin his campaign of extermination and Haitian genocide: We will detonate and burn Haiti down. We all rather die before we are returned to slavery and colonialism. Desalin di: Depi teritwa nou an menase, "koupe tèt, boule kay" paske Ayisyen pap retounen lan esklavaj

Thank you Jaf for the words of support above. The struggle continues my brother. It's exhausting. It takes EVERYTHING. But, as last night reminded, there exist NOTHING nobler than to stand with Dessalines Descendants against the most powerful, barbaric and well connected "beautiful people" extending to Haitians their fears, neuroses, their terrors, oppressions, their financial colonialism, white patriarchy and racism. At the end of the day, we're still here.

[quote]Jean Jacques Dessalines, said, "I Want the Assets of the
Country to be Equitably Divided" and for that he was assassinated...that was the first coup d'etat, the Haitian holocaust continues (with Feb. 29, 2004 marking the 34th coup d'etat). Haiti's peoples continue to resist the return of despots, tyrants and enslavers who wage war on the poor majority and black, contain-them-in poverty through neocolonialism' debts, "free trade" and foreign "investments;" Refuse to allow an equitable division of wealth, excluding the majority in Haiti from sharing in the country's wealth and assets.

Ezili Dantò
October 16, 2006
"I want the assets of the country to be equitably divided.." Jean Jacques Dessalines

[quote]AHP News - October 16, 2006 - English translation (Unofficial)

A CARICOM delegation visits Haiti to gather data that will enable it to develop a program of assistance to Haiti

Port-au-Prince, October 16, 2006; (AHP)- A CARICOM technical mission has been working in Haiti since Sunday in an effort to follow through on promises made by the regional organization to the new Haitian government.

The delegation of seven members is led by Ambassador Colin Granderson, who is CARICOM's Assistant Secretary General. The primary objective of the mission is to collect data for specific detailed proposals for a program of assistance by CARICOM that reflects the priorities of the Haitian government as well as to identify the areas requiring immediate expert missions.

The delegation will remain in Haiti until October 20 and also includes a senior official of the Caribbean Development Bank, Alan Flusher, as well as Hugh Cholmondeley, coordinator in chief of the CARICOM Working Group on Haiti, and several specialists in agro-industry, research and agricultural development.

Proposals will be made regarding the reopening of the CARICOM office in Haiti and working sessions concerning commercial agreements and regional integration will be organized with the working group set up by the office of the Haitian president.

The mission will evaluate the level of expertise of the Haitian administration with a view to its effective participation in CARICOM institutions.

Alongside the work of the technical mission, three CARICOM government ministers are expected to arrive in Haiti Wednesday to demonstrate CARICOM's support to the Haitian government.

The ministers are Saint Lucia's Prime Minister Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister Denzil Douglas from Saint Kits and Nevis and Roosvelt Skerritt from Dominica.

AHP October 16, 2006 1:20 PM

Empress Verite

Haitian-Jamaican on Caricom

Post by Empress Verite » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:26 pm


You have probably read this already but I thought that it was a good piece to publish in the Gleaner. I think that Jamaicans should start shedding the prejudice that they have against Haitians at home before they bring it with them abroad. I think that Michael Dash has written about this somewhat in an old article in the Haiti Progres. He did not specify his comments to Jamaica specifically but discussed how the entire Caribbean sees Ayiti.


Stop denigrating Haiti
published: Sunday | November 12, 2006

The Citadelle Laferriere, declared a UN World Heritage Site, is sometimes described as the world's eighth wonder.

Myrtha Désulmé, Contributor

Last year, as I started to focus on the integration of Haiti into CARICOM, I decided that this was a momentous event, which was fraught with a great number of challenges, and that I, as a Haitian-Jamaican with a legacy in business and politics, had a duty to play my part in facilitating the process of integration, by attempting to introduce Haitians and Jamaicans to each other's cultures, and fostering links between my two homelands.

To this end, I founded, along with John Maxwell, Cecil Gutzmore, and some other friends and scholars, who have an abiding love for, and interest in, Haiti, an association called the Haiti-Jamaica Society.

Mindful of the fact that the first battle in any war has to be waged for the hearts and minds of the people involved, and conscious that it would take a tremendous uphill battle to counter the centuries of disinformation, vilification, denigration, malignment and consequent prejudice, which existed against Haiti, I decided to write an article, which would marshal and highlight every positive fact and notion, in prose or in verse, about Haiti and its integration into CARICOM, intent as I was on convincing the readership of the wonderful new world of possibilities, which this integration afforded all parties.

Fast forward to a few weeks later, as I sat on my balcony, enjoying a bright and sunny Sunday morning, with a cup of coffee and my Sunday papers. Upon opening The Gleaner, I very nearly fell out of my lounge chair, when I came across my own article ('CARICOM and Haiti: The Raising of the Caribbean's Iron Curtain', October 8, 2006).

Depressing photograph

I was floored to find my 'feel good'article drowned by the most depressing photograph dominating the entire page. The photo depicted a Haitian orphanage, wherein sat a miserable woman, in the most squalid of surroundings, holding an infant on her lap, and flanked by two naked babies, while a hungry and forlorn-looking toddler stood in the forefront - the very image of destitution and abject poverty itself.

I was appalled, owing to my conviction that the picture, being worth a thousand words, had single-handedly torpedoed every word of hope and optimism, which I had so laboriously garnered, by eliciting in the readership the self-same visceral prejudices, which the article sought to counter. When I inquired from the relevant party, what could possibly have inspired the choice of such a disheartening photograph, I was told that searching for a recent picture of Haiti, they had come up with the photo in question, freshly received from Reuters.

Squalor and violence

As I hung up the phone, I reflected on the incident. I realised at that moment, that the problem was much bigger and ran much deeper than I thought. This went far beyond the selection of the particular individual who had actually chosen the picture. It was clear to me that a copy editor in any given news room, searching for a picture of Haiti, would probably be very hard put to find a pleasant one, because news photographers only go to Haiti to record images of disaster, chaos, squalor and violence.

I also realised, then and there, that more important than the cultural, linguistic, judicial, economic, social and political obstacles to be overcome, in order to achieve a successful integration of Haiti into CARICOM, was the deconstruction and reversal of the centuries of systematic vilification.

Let us examine what has brought on this irrational state of affairs. The methodical denigration of Haiti by the media is a 200 year-old tradition, which stems from the campaign of ostracism led by the U.S. and the European powers, appalled and terrified by the success of the Haitian revolution. In Haiti's Impact on the United States Greg Dunkel writes:

"The U.S. bourgeoisie, which was in large part a slavocracy, was completely shocked that the enslaved Africans of Haiti could organise themselves, rise up, smash the old order, kill their masters, and set up a new state, that was able to maintain its independence."

Major threat

This rebellion, which was inconceivable in a political framework totally saturated with racism and the denigration of people of African ancestry, was also a major threat to the existence of the slavocracy. 'The slaves of Haiti had embarked upon an irreversible revolutionary course' Petrified slave owners fled to Cuba, Jamaica, New Orleans, and the United States, the closest havens.

The U.S. press was filled with lurid stories about the 'chaos' that gripped the island, the satanic rites that drove slaves into a rampaging frenzy of destruction, about white slave owners fighting for their lives.

The shadow of St. Domingue haunted the southern press. As early as 1794, the Columbia Herald of South Carolina ran a series of articles drawing the lessons of the slave insurrection. The southern states followed the lead of the Spanish colonies in banning the importation of slaves from St. Domingue, to prevent their enslaved people from learning about Black emancipation and Jacobin ideas of republican government. So terrified were slave owners that some states briefly barred the importation of slaves from anywhere.

Whether the major U.S. slave insurrections led by Gabriel Prosser in 1800, Denmark Vessey in 1822, Nat Turner in 1831, and John Brown in 1859, were inspired by the Haitian Revolution is an open question, but both the abolitionists in the North and the slave-owners' press in the South analysed them in that context.

Profitable institution

"For over 70 years, Haiti was the example that Southern slave owners raised to defend their peculiar and profitable institution against abolition, even to the last days of the Civil War. The image of slaves breaking their chains was burned into their consciousness. (After John Brown's bold attempt in 1859, to seize the arsenal and armoury at Harpers Ferry in Virginia), the Southern press resurrected the themes of the Haitian revolution in lurid, emotionally charged articles, as if these were fresh events, not 60 to 70 years in the past. Even during the Civil War, Confederate propaganda used Haiti as an example of how the Confederacy was needed to protect white families from the evils of Jacobinism and abolition."

This is what the great Black leader, orator, author, and escaped slave, Frederick Douglass had to say about Haiti, in a speech in 1893:

"While slavery existed amongst us, her example was a sharp thorn in our side and a source of alarm and terror. She came into the sisterhood of nations through blood. She was described at the time of her advent, as a very hell of horrors. Her very name was pronounced with a shudder. She was a startling and frightful surprise, and a threat to all slave-holders throughout the world, and the slave-holding world has had its questioning eye upon her career ever since."

We have witnessed in our times the many U.S. efforts to overthrow the Cuban revolution through economic sabotage, blockades, sanctions, encirclement, and military aid for invasions. All of these same tactics were used against the Haitian revolution in an age when Haiti had no allies, and survived in extreme isolation. Even after the American Civil War, which resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation, it remained crucial for the international media to maintain that a black state could not govern itself. Hence, the ongoing propaganda and demonisation.

The name of Haiti is seldom called without the auditor being duly informed that it is indeed "the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere", so infallibly in fact, that one would almost think that that was part of its name.

I have always been disturbed by the fact that the Caribbean media, which one would have expected to be more discerning on the subject than the international media, has not only swallowed the prejudice lock, stock and barrel, but has also created its own tradition of denigration.

I want to hold the media morally accountable, and ask it to subject itself to a critical appraisal of its motives. The actions which we undertake in order to carry out our grander purposes should be based upon the most critical moral reflection. We need to ensure that the unrestricted freedom of expression, which is the prerogative and foundation of an effective media, is not misused to create a parallel universe, which segregates those of us who benefit from this freedom of expression, from those of us who are victimised by it. More often than not, we find that the truth is precisely in what is not said.

Myrtha Désulmé is the President of the Haiti-Jamaica Society.
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