haiti on my mind

as if i could think about anything else right now. dear god, if you exist, please make america stop sucking the life out of this place.

“US corporations, private mercenaries, Washington and the International Monetary Fund are using the crisis in Haiti to make a profit, promote unpopular neoliberal policies, and extend military and economic control over the Haitian people.” (please click to read)

Bob Moliere, an organizer within the popular political party Fanmi Lavalas was killed in the earthquake. His wife, Marianne Moliere, told IPS News after burying her husband, “There is no life for me because Bob was everything to me. I lost everything. Everything is destroyed,” she said. “I’m sleeping in the street now because I’m homeless. But when I get some water, I share with others. Or if someone gives some spaghetti, I share with my family and others.”

It is not this type of solidarity that has emerged in the wake of the crisis – and the delayed and muddled response from the international community – that most corporate media in the US have focused on. Instead, echoing the coverage and calls for militarization of New Orleans in the wake of Katrina, major media outlets talk about the looting, and need for security to protect private property.

One request from Erwin Berthold, the owner of Big Star Market in Petionville, Haiti, reflects this concern for profit over people. Berthold told the Washington Post about his supermarket, “We have everything cleaned up inside. We are ready to open. We just need some security. So send in the Marines, okay?”

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4 Responses to haiti on my mind

  1. Bejai says:

    This article is so infuriating.
    I don’t know why I thought things would be any different with Obama in office…
    naivety, I guess… but it’s frustrating because this is exactly the kind of thing which I had high hopes for Obama on… passing healthcare and making domestic reforms are really difficult things, but the american people don’t (actually) care about Haiti, which, perhaps paradoxically, I had hoped would allow the new administration to improve our foreign policy in situations like this, under the radar so to speak…
    guess not.

  2. bejai says:

    but i door u :-)

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