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The Non-Election for the Non-Government of the Non-Sovereign State of Haiti

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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The Haitian people didn’t want it, even most of the candidates rejected it, so who was supposed to benefit from last Sunday’s farcical election? “The exercise only has value for those who paid for it, the Americans, who spent $14 million on this fraud in hopes of disguising the fact that Haiti is a U.S. colony.”

 

The Non-Election for the Non-Government of the Non-Sovereign State of Haiti

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

There is no Haitian state to speak of, no prize to win.”

The multitudinous assaults on Haiti's dignity reached a crescendo with this weekend’s elections, imposed by foreigners for the benefit of foreigners against the wishes of the Haitian people and even of most of the candidates. It is as if severely wounded and sick hospital patients – make that prison hospital patients – were ordered to dance and sing for the pleasure of rich visitors. As should have been expected, most Haitians refused to perform like circus animals, on demand.

The Haitian sham elections for president and most of the legislature may go down as the most bizarre and macabre exercise in hypocrisy in the history of U.S. imperialism. Haiti’s most popular political party – no, the ONLY political party with a truly mass following – the Fanmi Lavalas organization of exiled president Jean Bertrand Aristide, was barred from running. By the time Sunday rolled around, 12 of the 19 candidates for president were denouncing the government for perpetrating a “massive fraud” on the citizenry. Turnout was probably not much more than single digits – which is actually the usual for Haitian elections in which Aristide’s party is not allowed to participate – an electoral travesty equivalent to outlawing the Democratic Party in New York City, Boston or Chicago.

With at least 1.5 million Haitians without adequate shelter, the entire population still in shock over the lost of 300,000 in January’s earthquake, an economy in ruins, a non-existent infrastructure and a raging cholera epidemic that international observers say could spread to 200,000 people, Haiti is the last place to stage an election. But the most important question has been: an election to what? There is no Haitian state to speak of, no prize to win. Haiti is no longer a sovereign nation, but has been reduced to a protectorate of the United States, France and Canada, with blue-helmeted United Nations soldiers acting as internal security. French African colonial regimes wielded more authority in the transition to independence than Haiti’s shell of a government exercises, today.

Haiti is no longer a sovereign nation, but has been reduced to a protectorate of the United States, France and Canada.”

Haiti is an occupied country, the victim of multiple invasions. The U.S. invasion of 2004 and the kidnapping and expulsion of its president opened Haiti to United Nations occupation – proud Haiti, stepped on and ground underfoot by an international cast of foreign armies paid for largely by the United States. Haitians themselves call the country the “Republic of NGOs,” with more foreign “aid” outfits per capita than any place in the world, all of them doing their own thing with no accountability to a single Haitian, including the despised, outgoing president, Rene Preval. Only a fraction of the billions raised for earthquake reconstruction have been spent, and only a small part of that was allocated to the Haitian government.

So, what election, for what government? The exercise only has value for those who paid for it, the Americans, who spent $14 million on this fraud in hopes of disguising the fact that Haiti is a U.S. colony. The U.S. insists on treating Sunday's results as valid, which may mean that a singer named “Sweet Micky” who sometimes wears diapers on stage will become the nominal head of state. And why not? There is no Haitian state. That is something for the Haitian people to build, once they have thrown off the dictatorship of Washington. For Black Agenda Radio, I'm Glen Ford. On the web, go to www.BlackAgendaReport.com.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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Haitians Deserve Human Rights And Reparations

Like all slave descendants, our long-suffering Haitian brothers and sisters have no Human Rights.  Until we Afrodescendants collectively establish these fundamental Rights, secure massive Reparations and experience Ethnogenesis, we will remain completely exploited and victimized.  We cordially invite Black Agenda Report to interview the first President of our Afrodescendant Government, Ajani Mukarram, on the quest for justice for all 250 million slave descendants in the western hemisphere.

Peace Be Unto You,

Minister Malik Al-Arkam

www.muhammadspeaksonline.net

Haitian sham elections

Brother Ford:

You are right on the money! We need to put more pressure from the belly of the beast on the beast. U.S., French and Canadian imperialism and their allies, the Haitan elite are responsible for the calamities Haiti faces. This includes the lack of democracy, cholera, and the state of Haiti after earthquake and storms. We must also hold them accountable for the money they've raised that's hasn't reached the Haitian people. Thanks for your words Brother Ford. Keep Pushing!!!!

MOST NON AGGRESSIVE PEOPLE ON EARTH

Are the Haitians the most enslaved people on our planet because they are the most stupid? Quite the reverse, as gifted President Aristide, insightful leaders of his political party and all their creative artists and performers establish.

All those NATO fascist troops establishing a police state, is that because Haitians are a tribe most aggressive and dominant? Again the absolute reverse, and that is the heart of their problem.

For if we want to see the Haitians free, get aggressive, pushy and organized against our Empire we must be.

For Haitians are the most friendly, laid back, cooperative, non-aggressive, not in the slightest assertive and bend over backwards to please type people since the beginning of slavery, and to this very day.

Surely they are never going to fight to be free, that is a burden for you and me, and the blood guilt ours alone if it never comes to be. That’s what I always say.

  Alabama_John: I do love

 

Alabama_John:

I do love My heritage and country but you are certainly right about what you said. Haitians are the most non-aggressive people on Earth, well when it comes to the Black race. That is why we have been struggling for so long, and still is struggling. If this was anywhere else, I bet the people in power, including the UN, would've gotten a taste of their own medicine long long time ago. I'm not saying violence is to solve the problem, cause it would not -- only cause more chaos and bring more reason to send more troops in. But I believe that we need a more militant, rebellious approach in order to achieve control of  OUR country  and destiny. There should be NO reason for only a tiny amount of people and a pack of FOREIGNERS to determine everything and continue to cause corruption. Enough is enough.



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