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The Other Black History: The Maroons and Zumbi dos Palmares

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

African slaves in the US, the Caribbean and Brazil ran away whenever they could. In favorable situations, escaped slaves called maroons were able to form villages and settlements and defend themselves against their former masters. The most successful maroon settlement was Brazil's Palmares, which held out for a hundred years ending in 1695

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America’s Obligations to Haiti

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Glen Ford

The United States does as it pleases in Haiti, behaving as a conqueror while pretending to have no responsibilities for the welfare of the people whose government Washington has stolen. “The U.S. is obligated to spend as many billions as it takes on the human needs of the people of Haiti – not as a matter of charity, but as a solemn legal responsibility” – or set Haiti free.

Haiti for Sale! La Gonave

by Pascal Robert

In the video below, CEO of Global Renewable Energy, Fred E. Price discusses the neo-liberal plan for taking over La Gonave, Haiti: A small island to the west of Haiti's mainland under its domain. This plan came close to being consummated in 2009 with the full participation of the Haitian government, but voices advised the government that it was not to the advantage of the Haitian people. After the January 12, 2010 earthquake, how we can be sure such plans have not been revived.

Haitians in the Bahamas Harrassed, Hunted and Scapegoated

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Two centuries after the world's most successful slave rebellion Haitians are still being punished, both in their own country and in the nations to which they emigrate.  In the Bahamas, Professor alex Morely explains, Haitians are an underclass, over-policed, over-exploited, underpaid and under surveillance.  The Bahamian ruling elite have learned to blame Haitians like Lou Dobbs blames Mexicans.

Freedom Rider: Useless Aid, No Donation Without Agitation

from the rubbleby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
The time has come for a new paradigm: No donation without agitation.” The United States has succeeded in plunging mainstream disaster “relief” into disrepute. “No donations to groups like the Red Cross, who sit on millions of dollars but do nothing but hand out blankets and move victims away from their homes in order to convenience the powerful.” And, especially, no donations to any group associated with George Bush or Bill Clinton.

US Military's Haiti "Relief" Ops A Rehearsal For Troop Deployments in Latin America

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
When the U.S. sent thousands of troops into Port au Prince airport, earthquake relief was clearly not the primary mission. Otherwise, ships and whole military units would not have arrived with only supplies for themselves.

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Untold Stories: Haiti, White Supremacy, US Foreign Policy and Corporate Media

more on haitiby Solomon Comissiong
The U.S. corporate media have a difficult time covering the Haiti catastrophe. “Haiti's poverty and economic desolation were largely made-in-America,” an inconvenient fact to transmit to American audiences. Corporate media's “job is to invoke pity, confusion, and ignorance, as well as to uphold the benevolence of white supremacy.”

Free the Cuba Five, Mr. President

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
If President Obama sincerely wants to improve relations with Cuba, he can show he is serious by freeing the Cuba Five. The Cuban intelligence agents were given long prison terms for infiltrating Cuban exile terrorist groups in South Florida. With this week's U.S. Supreme Court refusal to review their case, only President Obama can resolve this festering political problem.

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Cuba, the US and the OAS

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by John Maxwell

Even though both Castro brothers repeatedly stated that Cuba has no desire to rejoin the Organization of American States (OAS), Latin America demanded that the ban against Cuba be dropped. “For them the OAS has been a yanki weapon against all of them, from Arbenz to Allende to Aristide to Fidel, Chavez and Morales. It does not end.” The U.S. tried to find a graceful way to accept its diplomatic defeat, and avoid further isolation in the hemisphere it once overlorded like a caudillo.

Revolutionary Haitian Priest Gerard Jean-Juste, Presente!

father justeby Bill Quigley
He was sometimes called the most "dangerous man in Haiti." Father Gerard Jean-Juste was a tower of moral strength and political principle, who "constantly challenged both the powers of Haiti and the U.S. to stop killing and starving and imprisoning the poor." A practitioner of liberation theology, Father Jean-Juste tirelessly advocated for "justice for the poor. Freedom for those in prison. Comfort for those who mourn." He died May 27 at age 62, in Miami.

Is Bill Clinton Haiti's Great White Hope?

John Maxwell



Ban Ki Moon is playing another macabre joke on Haiti. In naming Bill Clinton as his "special envoy" to Haiti, the United Nations Secretary General has chosen a man that has already betrayed Haiti's people several times over. "President Clinton made several pledges to Aristide and to Haiti, but history does not seem to record that any were kept." Partly because of Clinton's depraved policies, "Haitians are still scooping water to drink from potholes in the street and stave off hunger with 'fritters' made from earth and cooking fat."

A Sincere and Painful Apology to the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus

Alberto Jonesby Alberto N. Jones
Mainly white Cuban exiles in Miami, Florida, and Union City, New Jersey, who have never been friends of Blacks in either Cuba or the United States, now claim to be champions of racial equality on the island. The author, an Afro-Cuban whose roots go back to Jamaica, apologizes to Black U.S. lawmakers for the antics of the hypocritical Cuban rightwingers. Afro-Cubans, who have the most loyal to all of Cuba's revolutions, need no assistance from "mercenaries" from Miami.

Raul Castro, Barack Obama, Hugo Chavez: Who Are The Big Men?

leadersA Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR Executive Editor Glen Ford

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What does putting "everything on the table" mean, in discussions among nations? Cuba's Raul Castro says he means literally everything, including exchange of political prisoners, as long as talks are held on the basis of equality. Barack Obama claims the next move is up to Cuba, but it appears Raul has already made an authentic offer. Besides, there is something fundamentally wrong when the nation that continues to commit crimes against its neighbor - the U.S. - asks for concessions before it will cease and desist.

Haitians Shun Senate Elections

haiti elections empty ballot boxesby Al Jazeera English

When Haiti held its first democratic elections in the 1990s after decades of occupation and US sponsored dictatorship, optimistic voters waited all night to cast their ballots and turnout was in the 90 percent range. Much has changed in the years since. Haiti's popular president, John Betrand Aristide has been kidnapped and exiled by the United States and France. The country has been brutally re-occupied by a multinational UN force. Lavalas, the party which gets better than 85% of Haitian votes every time it is permitted to compete, is banned, and its militants hunted by the occupiers. Another election, this one for the Haitian senate, occurred last week. By all accounts, almost nobody voted. Since the American press didn't cover it at all, we here reprint this April 20 dispatch from Al-Jazeera.

 

With Cuba Embargo, U.S. Isolates Itself

ViveCubaLibreOnly two countries stood with the U.S. when the United Nations General Assembly condemned Washington's 46-year embargo against Cuba for the 17th time: Israel and the tiny island nation of Palau.
 
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