Racism and Poverty

By John Maxwell, Oct. 25, 2008

Wi Nou Kapab - Barak Obama Commercial to Haitian-Americans

Ezili Dantò on Help for the Hurricane Victims in Haiti, Sept. 12, 2008

Haiti aid effort unravels by Mike Thomson, BBC News, Oct. 24, 2008

Ezili's HLLN on dual citizenship, the Diaspora Middlemen for the colonists and Constitutional Amendment, Haitian Perspectives, Oct. 25, 2008
Ezili's HLLN on the Counter-Colonial Narrative on Deforestation

USAID's Prison for Haitian Children, 2005

Turning Haiti into a (Penal) Colony: Criminalization of Haiti's Children for Haiti's own good and democratic development

Haitian Americans Ask of the US Congress and New US President
By HLLN, Haitian Perspectives, Sept. 2008

Miami Herald Audio Slideshow - Haiti's human wreckage , Sept. 8, 2008


"Asylum, Amnesty and Justice denied our kind" (See, "Breaking Sea Chains" )

- RBM Video Reel


Marguerite Laurent/Ezili Dantò performs the Yanvalou for
So Much Like Here (See text and RBM 2004 Video Reel)

Dessalines Is Rising!!
Ayisyen: You Are Not Alone!


Sam Cooke-It's Been A Long Time Coming...But Change Gonna Come

HLLN Urgent Action Alert: Help the people of Gonaives, Haiti directly - Also, ask for TPS for Haitians nationals

HLLN SAMPLE LETTER Asking President Bush to Assist Haiti's Recovery Efforts by Granting Haitian Nationals TPS

Editorials urging the President to Grant TPS to Haitians

See our List of Requested Items for the Storm Victims

Black is the Color of Liberty

Ezili Dantò performs the banda dance as a Gede for Breaking Sea Chain (See also Intro to Breaking Sea Chains and PhotoGallery)

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zilibuttonCarnegie Hall
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No other national
group in the world
sends more money
than Haitians living
in the Diaspora
Red Sea- audio

The Red Sea

Ezili Dantò's master Haitian dance class (Video clip)

zilibuttonEzili's Dantò's
Haitian & West African Dance Troop
Clip one - Clip two

So Much Like Here- Jazzoetry CD audio clip

Ezili Danto's

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Update on
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Angry with
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A group of Haitian migrants arrive in a bus after being repatriated from the nearby Turks and Caicos Islands, in Cap-Haitien, northern Haiti, Thursday, May 10, 2007. They were part of the survivors of a sailing vessel crowded with Haitian migrants that overturned Friday, May 4 in moonlit waters a half-mile from shore in shark-infested waters. Haitian migrants claim a Turks and Caicos naval vessel rammed their crowded sailboat twice before it capsized. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Dessalines' Law
and Ideals

Breaking Sea Chains

Little Girl
in the Yellow
Sunday Dress

Anba Dlo, Nan Ginen
Ezili Danto's Art-With-The-Ancestors Workshops - See, Red, Black & Moonlight series or Haitian-West African

Clip one -Clip two
ance performance
zilibutton In a series of articles written for the October 17, 2006 bicentennial commemoration of the life and works of Dessalines, I wrote for HLLN that: "Haiti's liberator and founding father, General Jean Jacques Dessalines, said, "I Want the Assets of the Country to be Equitably Divided" and for that he was assassinated by the Mullato sons of France. That was the first coup d'etat, the Haitian holocaust - organized exclusion of the masses, misery, poverty and the impunity of the economic elite - continues (with Feb. 29, 2004 marking the 33rd 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." These neocolonial tyrants refuse to allow an equitable division of wealth, excluding the majority in Haiti from sharing in the country's wealth and assets." (See also, Kanga Mundele: Our mission to live free or die trying, Another Haitian Independence Day under occupation; The Legacy of Impunity of One Sector-Who killed Dessalines?; The Legacy of Impunity:The Neoconlonialist inciting political instability is the problem. Haiti is underdeveloped in crime, corruption, violence, compared to other nations, all, by Marguerite 'Ezili Dantò' Laurent
No other national group in the world sends more money than Haitians living in the Diaspora


Oct 17 – Day of Heroes In Haiti- See
Dialogue between Two Haitians

What's in a name?
Some names horrify enslavers, tyrants and despots, everywhere...

Jean Jacques Dessalines

zilibuttonOctober 17, 2007
October 17, 2006,
October 17, 2005
From Slave to Emperor, His Majesty, Jean Jacques Dessalines, The greatest story marginalized and never told.....

Three ideals of Dessalines

I Want the Assets of the
Country to be Equitably Divide

Blan Mannan
(English translation)

Kouwòn pou Defile

Defile Manman "Chimè?"
Libète Ou La

Mesi Papa Dessalines -
Thank you Father Dessalines
Three ideals of Dessalines
What Ayiti Calls Forth

The Revolutionary Potential of Haiti, its creeds, values and struggle

F.M.I., travay Feliks Moriso Lewa

Lewa's Audio recording
of FMI

Haitian Children put in Chain by the whites (Listen to Kreyol audio recorded for - Ezili Dantò's Witness Project)

Racism and Poverty
by John Maxwell

The people of Haiti are as poor as human beings can be.

According to the statisticians of the World Bank and others who speculate about how many Anglos can dance on the head of a peon, Haiti may either be the second, third or fourth poorest country in the world.

In Haiti’s case, statistics are irrelevant.

When large numbers of people are reduced to eating dirt – earth, clay – it is impossible to imagine poverty any more absolute, any more desperate, any more inhuman and degrading.

The chairman of the World Bank visited Haiti this past week. This man, Robert Zoellick, is an expert finance-capitalist, a former partner in the investment bankers Goldman Sachs, whose 22,000 ‘traders” last year averaged bonuses of more than $600,000 each.

Goldman Sachs paid out over $18 billion in bonuses to its traders last year, about 50% more than the GDP of Haiti’s 8 million people.

The chairman of Goldman took home more than $70 million and his lieutenants – as Zoellick once was – $40 million or more, each.

It should be clear that someone like Robert Zoellick is likely to be totally bemused by Haiti when his entertainment allowance could probably feed the entire population for a day or two. It is not hard to understand that Mr. Zoellick cannot understand why Haiti needs debt relief.

Haiti is now forced by the World Bank and Its bloodsucking siblings like the IMF, to pay more than $1 million a week to satisfy debts incurred by the Duvaliers and the post-Duvalier tyrannies. Haiti must repay this debt to prove its fitness for ‘help’ from the Multilateral Financial Institutions (MFI).

One million dollars a week would feed everybody in Haiti even if only at a very basic level – at least they would not have to eat earth patties. Instead the Haitians export this money to pay the salaries of such as Zoellick.

But Zoellick doesn’t see it that way. According to the World Bank’s website the bank is in the business of eradicating poverty. At the rate it does that in Haiti the Bank, I estimate, will be in the poverty eradication business for another 18,000 years.

The reason Haiti is in its present state is pretty simple. Canada, the United States and France, all of whom consider themselves civilised nations, colluded in the overthrow of the democratic government of Haiti four years ago. They did this for several excellent reasons:

• Haiti 200 years ago defeated the world’s then major powers, France (twice) Britain and Spain, to establish its independence and to abolish plantation slavery. This was unforgivable.

• Despite being bombed, strafed and occupied by the United States early in the past century, and despite the American endowment of a tyrannical and brutal Haitian army designed to keep the natives in their place, the Haitians insisted on re-establishing their independence. Having overthrown the Duvaliers and their successors, the Haitians proceeded to elect as president a little black parish priest who had become their hero by defying the forces of evil and tyranny.

• The new president of Haiti, Jean Bertrand Aristide refused to sell out (privatise) the few assets owned by the government (the public utilities mainly);

• Aristide also insisted that France owed Haiti more than $25 billion in repayment of blood money extorted from Haiti in the 19th century, as alleged compensation for France’s loss of its richest colony and to allow Haiti to gain admission to world trade;

• Aristide threatened the hegemony of a largely expatriate ruling class of so-called ‘elites’ whose American connections allowed them to continue the parasitic exploitation and economic strip mining of Haiti following the American occupation.

• Haiti, like Cuba, is believed to have in its exclusive economic zone, huge submarine oil reserves, greater than the present reserves of the United States

• Haiti would make a superb base from which to attack Cuba.

The American attitude to Haiti was historically based on American disapproval of a free black state just off the coast of their slave-based plantation economy.

This attitude was pithily expressed in Thomas Jefferson’s idea that a black man was equivalent to three fifths of a white man. It was further apotheosized by Woodrow Wilson’s Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan who expostulated to Wilson: “Imagine! Niggers speaking French!”

The Haitians clearly did not know their place. In February 2004, Mr. John McCain’s International Republican Institute, assisted by Secretary of State Colin Powell, USAID and the CIA, kidnapped Aristide and his wife and transported them to the Central African Republic as ‘cargo’ in a plane normally used to ‘render’ terrorists for torture outsourced by the US to Egypt, Morocco and Uzbekistan.

Before Mr Zoellick went to Haiti last week, the World Bank announced that Mr. Zoellick’s visit would “emphasize the Bank's strong support for the country.” Mr. Zoellick added: "Haiti must be given a chance. The international community needs to step up to the challenge and support the efforts of the Haitian government and its people."

“If Robert Zoellick wants to give Haiti a chance, he should start by unconditionally cancelling Haiti’s debt,” says Brian Concannon of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. “Instead the World Bank- which was established to fight poverty- continues to insist on debt payments when Haitians are starving to death and literally mired in mud.”

“After four hurricanes in a month and an escalating food crisis it is outrageous that Haiti is being told it must wait six more months for debt relief,” said Neil Watkins, National Coordinator of Jubilee USA Network.

“Haiti’s debt is both onerous and odious”, added Dr. Paul Farmer of Partners In Health. “The payments are literally killing people, as every dollar sent to Washington is a dollar Haiti could spend on healthcare, nutrition and feeding programs, desperately needed infrastructure and clean water. Half of the loans were given to the Duvaliers and other dictatorships, and spent on Presidential luxuries, not development programs for the poor. Mr. Zoellick should step up and support the Haitian government by cancelling the debt now.”

“Unconditional debt cancellation is the first step in addressing the humanitarian crisis in Haiti,” according to Nicole Lee, Executive Director of TransAfrica Forum. “There is also an urgent need for U.S. policy towards Haiti to shift from entrenching the country in future debt to supporting sustainable, domestic solutions for development.”

The above quotations are taken from an appeal by the organisations represented above.

Further comment is superfluous.Poverty and Globalisation
President Jean Bertrand Aristide, now in enforced exile in South Africa, might be sardonically entertained by a new report just published by the world’s Club of the Rich, the OECD –Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

This report, titled “Growing Unequal” examines the accelerating trend toward economic inequality in the societies of the world’s richest countries.

The report contains several mind-blowing discoveries which will, no doubt, amaze journalists and policy-makers in the Western hemisphere and keep them entertained for many years.

The major finding is that globalisation and free trade have hurt millions of people, particularly the poorest.

Another ground-breaking discovery is that “work reduces poverty”.

One of these days Jamaicans and other Caribbean people may decide to find out whether these are true and whether if they are, we should have signed on to the new EPA with the European Union.

If our ginnigogs* were able and willing to read they might become aware of a phenomenon called the “resource curse’ which appears to condemn developing countries with enormous mineral wealth to misery, war, corruption and destitution.

If our ginnigogs could or would read, they might find it useful to discover whether an acre of land under citrus or pumpkins is not more productive, sustainable and valuable than that same acre destroyed for bauxite.

If our ginnigogs could or would read, they might become aware of the fate of the island of Nauru, ‘discovered’ less than two hundred years ago, mined for phosphate, returning a per capita national income rivaling Saudi Arabia’s two and three decades ago and now to be abandoned because the land has been mined to death and is destined to disappear shortly beneath the waves of global warming.

Softly, softly, catchee monkee

If our ginnigogs were able to read and willing and able to defend the interests of Jamaica and the Jamaican people they might discover that bauxite mining will, within a relatively short time, contaminate all the water resources of Jamaica, destroy our cultural heritage, wipe out our priceless biological diversity, deprave our landscape and reduce those of us who survive to a state of penury and hopelessness. Goodbye tourism, goodbye farming, welcome hunger, welcome clay patties.

According to the experts if you drop a live lobster into a pot of boiling water the creature will make frenzied efforts to escape. If, on the other hand, you put him in a pot of cold water and bring it slowly to the boil, the lobster will perish without a struggle.

Jamaica, on the atlas, is shaped a bit like a lobster.

Bon appetit.

Copyright © 2008 John Maxwell
jankunnu@gmail. com

*A ginnigog (Jamaican patois) is a VIP, especially and sarcastically, one who inflates his own importance, a self-important bureaucrat or capitalist.


In the The Nescafè Machine, 2005, John Maxwell, writes:

"...Marguerite Laurent, perhaps the most eloquent of the fighters for Haitian freedom now writing, believes that the recolonisation of Haiti is an essential fraction of the doctrine of globalisation.

"... In Haiti, the imperialists have also found the formula for outsourcing wars so that the blood of their sons and daughters are not on the line."

A prison for children
The UN forces in Haiti, are made up of troops from the developing countries. These poor, black and brown soldiers are now fighting the imperialist's' wars for him in Haiti.

Even the African Union's rejection of the re-colonisation of Haiti is reported to have been neutralised with the sending to Haiti of African soldiers from the Francophone countries. Not surprising, considering France's investment in Haiti's bicentennial coup d'etat.

It was, after all, Francophone Africa that was used to stop the spread of Pan-Africanism after the independence movement, mainly through French expatriates like Houphouet Boigny and Leopold Cedar Senghor.

In Marguerite Laurent's opinion, the recolonisation of Haiti is not simply a political action, it is part of a programme to criminalise the people of Haiti and to control them by taking away all their rights.

"...The scariest thing to happen to Haiti and Haitians this month, has gone unnoticed with these election terrors of the imperialists and their Haitian sycophants morbidly drawing attention away from the colonial realities of the matter.

"USAID has started its FIRST prison for children in Haiti.

"Yes, the systematic criminalisation of young black males in Haiti, parallels their criminalisation in the US. There are some white towns in the US where the townspeople's sole income comes from the incarceration of young black and brown men who make up the bulk of the prisoners.

The imperialists' game plan for Haitian boys and men, is moving along well. By the time a puppet Haitian president, like Preval, Simeus or Bazin, is installed in Haiti on February, 2006, more prison centres will have to be built to contain the Haitian 'criminal elements' ..." (From The Nescafè Machine
Common Sense by John Maxwell, Nov. 6, 2005;
See also: Turning Haiti into a (Penal) Colony: Criminalization of Haiti's Children for Haiti's own good and democratic development)



Ezili's HLLN Counter-Colonial Narrative on Deforestation

...Environmental Minister Jean-Marie Claude Germain indicated in an AP article titled Haiti's Efforts to Save Trees Falters, "reforestation projects and efforts to preserve trees in three protected zones were set back by the violent rebellion that ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004 and prompted the U.N. to send in thousands of peacekeepers to restore order. Even though there were agricultural laws, the laws were not respected," Germain said. (See also - HLLN on the causes of Haiti deforestation and poverty.)


Since the beginning of Haitian president, Rene Preval's term in office in 2006, the Haitian Legislature has been, in turn, arguing over corruption, the Senator Boulos disqualification to hold office, dual citizenship, corruption. They spent four months haggling over selecting a new Prime Minister after the April 2008 food riots help get rid of the last one and today, October 25, 2008, said President and government officials are occupied in round the clock meetings with International representatives and NGOs, begging, with no sense of history, authority or dignity, for "help" from the Internationals, all presumably because of the four September hurricanes/storms*. These folks do not represent Dessalines' legacy or descendants, whatsoever.

On February 29, 2004, Bush-the-second, along with Colin Powell, Condi Rice and Kofi Annan of the UN, helped take down Haiti's Constitutional government, legitimizing the Boca Raton imposed regime from the US, creating unprecedented anarchy, slaughtering 20,000 Haitians from Feb. 2004 to 2006, and then setting up a shadow government of foreign NGOs to run Haiti behind the proxy UN-firepower cover. By 2006, an "elected-under-occupation" Preval government was installed. The Bush regime change in Haiti is perhaps similar to Bush abandoning free trade to save free trade. Read: corporate welfare, courtersy of US government firepower and super-power muscle, or socialism for Wall Street.

Bush-the-son's USAID/US Embassy functionaries in Haiti destroyed Haiti's democracy to save it for easier plundering and pillaging. Today, gold, silver, copper, iridium, uranium, granite, limestone, coal, chalk quarries, oil/gas exploration contracts are all being pursued behind the headlines, as the US builds its masssive, most expensive new US embassy compound, the largest in the world except for Iraq, Afghanistan, China and Germany, in tiny Haiti with over 1,000 employees. This, in a country that's facing FAMINE, klorox hunger and that presumably has no U.S. strategic and economic interests as there is in Iraq, Afghanistan, China and Germany.

So what is the US doing in Haiti with this UN proxy occupation, other than masking its pillaging and plunder; letting the world know of only the colonial narrative - that Haiti is resourceless and selling the myth of the innately "violent Haitians" who brought deforestation upon themselves, coupled with the US/mainstream-benevolent/charitable chorus of how hard the US tries to assist "these-failed-blacks-who-cannot-rule-themselves!?"

Why do they need such a huge new investment in Haiti after getting rid of Haiti's democracy in 2004 and bringing on UN proxy occupation? To serve the needs of poor, hopeless Haitians? Those "failed" and always "fighting-each-other-Haitians," who've single-handedly rendered Haiti, as the corporate media never misses an opportunity to say, directly or indirectly, in a myriad of ways: "the hemisphere's eternal basket case - a dismal repository of poverty where there is no future?"

In sum, as intended, this post-Bush coup d'etat Haitian puppet government offers absolutely no impediment to the empire's corporate benefactors, no HAITIAN leadership, vision, sustainable development, no viable solutions other than the acceptable, hat-in-hand cow-towing and BEGGING. And don't at all, address effectively the immediate necessities of the Haitian masses for food, health care, fair wage jobs, schooling, lower prices for food and fuel, dignity, sovereignty, respect, self-determination, self-sufficiency, need for personal safety, energy, freedom from UN imprisonment, abuse or answers to any other major welfare concerns of the people of Haiti. For, the new puppet Haitian government's job is to keep a dynamic people and indigenous Vodun culture passive as the Internationals' dominate, tie Haiti down with unfair trade laws, endless IMF/World Bank debts, failed neoliberal economic policies, dump food and other imports into Haiti that eviscerate Haiti's domestic growth and cause famine, with USAID/US Embassy engineering a shadow government of its approved NGOs to oversee the entire project, using the colonial narrative and UN firepower to silence dissent while robbing Haiti blind of its riches. (See, Haiti's Riches; Eurasian Minerals acquires 27 exploration licenses in Haiti and Recommended HLLN Links (Energy and Mining in Haiti): The wealthy, powerful and well-armed are robbing the Haitian people blind).

The Haitian people are hungry, dying, being raped, terrorized, abused and slaughtered by the UN soldiers whose non-development mandate the Haitian government just renewed on October 14, 2008. ("We don't have a development mandate and never will" said U.N. Special Representative Hedi Annabi, according to the Asociated Press. See, also: Rich countries use trade deals to seize food from the world's hungriest people).

Haitian children don't have schools to go to and moreover, cannot even safely venture outside without fear that some UN pedophile will pull them into their UN war tanks and trucks for rape and sexual molestation.

On the other hand, the high price of living is reflected in that many are simply dropping dead of hunger, some eating dirt as sustenance... while the four September 2008 storms/hurricanes have destroyed all the major bridges, flooded the rice harvest, left mud cities from the exacerbation caused by unregulated US and other foreign mining, digging, pillaging of Haiti's soil, minerals and resources the 2004 Bush regime change was all about, which no Miami Herald/Jacqueline Charles article, intent on finding no indigenous Black-Haitian environmentalist/conservationists in Haiti and on blaming the Haitian peasants for deforestation, will ever mention.

It is against this backdrop, against the backdrop of a people dying of hunger, disease, mired in the devastation of the various Bush regime change, fraudulent free-trade mud slides and floods, some right now have not eaten for 7 days. Some telling Ezili's HLLN that they are so eaten up by mosquitoes from the toxicity of the storms flood waters that there's no more skin left on their bodies to be bitten off... It's against this backdrop that we address the lastest Miami Herald colonial narrative on Haiti and deforestation.

Such Miami Herald articles on Haiti and the hurricanes won't ever mention US/USAID's trade deals and "reform projects" - that annihilated the peasant Haitian farmers' rice production incomes or which eradicated the Haitian pig, causing the peasants to then start cutting more trees to sell for charcoal to survive - as factors that led to the harsh realities of greater deforestation in Haiti when traditional Haitian avenues of producing income were destroyed by US trade laws and USAID free trade projects and reforms. Don't expect to learn how a people with a Vodun culture that reveres nature and especially the Mapou (oak-like or ceiba pendantra/bombax) trees, and other such big trees as the abode of living entities and therefore as sacred things, were forced to watch the Catholic Church, during Rejete - the violent anti-Vodun crusade - gather whole communities at gun point into public squares, and forced them to watch their agents burn Haitian trees in order to teach Haitians their Vodun Gods were not in nature, that the trees were the "houses of Satan."

No. Miami Herald articles on Haiti myopically centered only in present-day crisis, won't give its readers any context. Won't explain how once upon a time, trees were sacred things in Haitian/African culture, looked upon as living energies that provided strength to the people. Thus, cutting down trees was relatively a taboo. But these core Africanist values were scorned and desecrated by the influences of Western colonialism and Christian missionaries on traditional Vodun. These core values were uprooted during the anti-Vodun Rejete campaigns (1940-41) as a means for the Catholic Church to get rid of Vodun as its rival religion and philosophy in Haiti and as a way for the US to clear peasant Haitians off lands they wanted to acquire for their agricultural initiatives in Haiti in the 1940s during the post-U.S.-occupation presidency of Elie Lescot (1941-46).

The Catholic Churches' brutal anti-superstition campaigns in the 1940s, which made it alright to destroy trees that holds up, not only the land but a culture, adds to deforestation in Haiti. For, once these core values were broken down and substituted with foreign ideals (senility?) - foreign psychology irrelevant to Haitian survival, things in Haiti for the vast majority, as Chinua Achebe, would put it: began to "fall apart..."

Haitians who had acquired generations-deep strong beliefs that certain trees were the houses of the spirits that gave them strength, continuity, familial identity and connections to the Ancestors were deliberately traumatized.

Rejete, the "anti-superstition campaign" in 1941-42 that killed Vodouist priests, destroyed their sacred temples, drums, artifacts including centuries-old trees in Haiti, was also tied in to the US government's and the Port-au-Prince bourgeoisie's agricultural policy in Haiti that required the appropriation of peasant lands. So, in addition to the psychological trauma inflicted on Vodouist Haitians, forced to watch the US agents- left over trained Haitian military, instigated by the Catholic clergy, burn down their sacred familial trees, the land tenures upon which these trees and Vodun temples stood, these sacred spaces that gave the majority of Haitians grounding, spiritual roots as well as their livelihoods, sources of income and food were simultaneously destroyed.

In partnership with the US, the mullato President Elie Lescot (1941-45) summarily expelled peasants from more than 100,000 hectares of land, razing their homes and destroying more than a million fruit trees in the vain effort to cultivate rubber on a large plantation scale. Also, under the pretext of the Rejete campaign, thousands of acres of peasant lands were cleared of sacred trees so that the US could take their lands for US agribusiness and for the unsuccessful try to make Haiti a Western-controlled rubber kingdom where it would grow sisal or rubber trees (for portable bridges, the tires in military jeeps, planes, aircraft guns, et al...) for the US war efforts during World War II. (See also, Ezili Dantò's The Avatar Movie from a Black perspective.)

Once Haiti's natural zones for agriculture were confiscated by big agribusinesses and pushed off their ancestral lands, disenfranchised peasants had no choice but to go into the harsher lands in the mountains or wherever they could, to try to grow some food to feed their families, while a small group of the world's rich - such as the procession of US lumber companies in the 19th century and then, in the 20th century the procession of US lumber, sugar and fruit companies paid large sums to corrupt government officials to cut down pine, mahogany, cedar, oak and other trees for access to the Haitian forests and peasant lands in order to pillage Haiti's resources, under the guise of "development," "job creation" or, "anti-superstition." Questionable companies such as: Haitian American Sugar Company (HASCO, 1915), Haitian American Development Corporation (1926), or Elie Lescot's Societe Haitiano-Americaine de Developpement Agricole (SHADA, 1941), et al - uprooted all that was valuable. Made millions and exported it all overseas, leaving behind only poverty, depleted soil and tremendous environmental degradation.

One pertinent example of this sort of Western chicanery and plunder that tampered with Haiti's zones for forest use, and zones for forest conservation and natural access to responsible wood consumption is how during the Duvalier era, it was an American company that simply and without conscience or remorse clear cut major portions of the dense pine forest - Forêt des Pins - in Thiote, Haiti, a forest of centuries old, if not thousand-year-old giant pine trees, and took Haiti's precious lumber to the US. The US company, with the complicity of Haiti's mercernary mafia families and Haiti's dictator, did not only hack into a national heritage of the people of Haiti but left an ecological disaster and tragedy behind -areas left bare and certain neighboring residents, used to the soil protection, productivity and cool climate provided by the mature forest, facing alone a devastatingly dry, hot, arid climate, no more food or fuel sovereignty, not to mention no means to make a livelihood from the responsible uses of the forests' natural bounty; not to mention facing alone the dangers from drought, floods and mudslides now that the centuries-old lush Haitian pine forest no longer protected the surrounding area villages. Villages like Bodarie, et al. With no tree roots to hold the soil, topsoil disappears and fewer vegetables can grow. Fewer trees also means there is less rain.

This massive neocolonial logging post-independence and the overexploitation when Haiti was a wealthy French colony caused more harm to Haiti's forests and soils than, say, was caused on the Dominican Republic side of the island where, post independence, more Europeans immigrated to and therefore their lives more valued, their environment relatively allowed to be more protected. Moreover, during colonial times, Spain, who owned the Dominican Republic side did not exploit the land as much but raised cattle and sold their skins. Haiti land, rivers, seas, mountains have been more exploited before independence and after independence than probably any other Caribbean island. This, combined with ecological factors** - the fact that Haiti naturally gets less rainfall, for instance, than the Dominican Republic side of the island compounds deforestation, soil erosion, sediment loads in the rivers, loss of watershed protection, and more loss of soil fertility in Haiti.

Clearly, environmental degradation in Haiti cannot simply be ascribed to the "peasants cutting trees for charcoal." Environmental degradation is a result of the economic, social, cultural, and political choices of the morally repugnant economic elites in Haiti and their foreign patrons.

Haiti's attempts at developing sound environmental protection policies and protecting natural reserves as maintained, in the initial quote beginning this essay, by the environmental Minister Jean-Marie Claude Germain "were set back by the violent rebellion that ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004 and prompted the U.N. to send in thousands of peacekeepers to restore order. Even though there were agricultural laws, the laws were not respected." ( Haiti's Efforts to Save Trees Falters. See also - HLLN on the causes of Haiti deforestation and poverty.)

But the multiple causes, which accelerated the deforestation in Haiti and that, don't involve blaming the poor Haitian peasant, won't be outline by colonial narratives written by the likes of Jacqueline Charles of the Miami Herald. These narratives completely ignore, for instance, the European genocide of the Tainos-Haitians and enslavement of Africans in Haiti to clear the forests for sugar and coffee also ushered in the desecration of nature. These mainstream media narratives ignore the Atlantic slave trade was called the Triangular Trade because, Africans were kidnapped out of Africa, transported as cargo to Haiti and then the ships that brought the enslaved to Haiti would return to Europe with cargos of Ayiti timber (sugar, coffee, et al.) None of these mainstream media boilerplate narratives on Haiti's deforestation will mention that today practically every Catholic Cathedral bench in Spain and in France all these tourists are sitting on, were made out of wood cut down from Ayiti. And, that the red dye used to color deep crimson or bright scarlet those French and Spanish monarchs' and noblemen's clothes you see displayed in horrendous pictures of the time, evidenced at, for instance, the Palace of Versailles in France, came from trees from Ayiti. Nor, will such mainstream media significantly factor in a consciousness of the crisis of global warming evident.

No. The mainstream media's colonial narrative blames the Haitian victims of US trade liberalization policies, unbridled capitalism and greed. Completely ignoring, for instance, as Celia Hart wrote, that however typical they are in the Caribbean, "hurricanes are now growing in size and number as a result of human disdain toward nature's balance. We are condemned by the insatiable greed of the wealthy of the world and their mortal obsession with using their money to pay for what their poor souls just can't perceive to deal with these new enemies who turn up in the summer to threaten –- for a change -– the fragile Caribbean islands along with all their dispossessed... unbridled capitalism kills nature while we’re left to breathe worse, starve to death and suffer from the ravages of their squandering...” (See, Celia Hart Santamaría for Kaos en la Red, Sept. 3, 2008; and Celia Hart's last essay; and Miami Herald article by Jacqueline Charles - Ravaged environment keeps Haiti at risk).

For instance, many, in hurricane-ravaged Gonaives, Haiti are using tiny, useless brooms to push against fatigued muscle sinew, pushing mud to clear houses and belongings from beneath the storms' death jaws.

It is against this backdrop that we address the Haitian Diaspora (Haitians living abroad) and the Haitian government and say, make feeding the people a PRIORITY. Stop begging. Use what's in your hands and kindly don't go back to arguing in the Legislature about concerns that are NOT priorities to the people of Haiti right now. Concerns like who gets more Legislative and Executive power in Haiti (i.e. dual citizenship) while Haiti is under foreign occupation, indefinite detentions, unnecessary militarization, free trade famine, endless fraudulent neo-liberal World Bank/IRI/USAID/IMF impositions. Not to mention the pillaging and fleecing of Haiti's oil, gas, gold, irdium and other natural resources that is taken place and not reported whatsoever behind this racist, abusive "humanitarian intervention" facade, of UN guns and the Christian NGO's anarchy and de facto rule of Haiti since Bush W's Haiti regime change, 2004.

(See below: Forwarded Mail on Ezili's Comment on need for Constitutional Amendment in Haiti - Not A Priority, Haitian Perspectives, Oct. 25, 2008; See also,

"... a lot of NGOs do as they wish and the (Haitian) government has not been able, so far, to coordinate their efforts," says Haiti's Prime Minister, Michelle Pierre-Louis. Go to: Haiti aid effort unravels by Mike Thomson, BBC News, Oct. 24, 2008; HLLN's "What Haitian-Americans Ask the US Congress and of the New U.S. President"; HLLN on the causes of Haiti deforestation and poverty ; Racism and Poverty By John Maxwell, Oct. 25, 2008; Ezili Dantò on Help for the Hurricane Victims in Haiti, Sept. 12, 2008, and The forgotten occupation).

Ezili Dantò/HLLN
October 25, 2008

*Three hurricanes, one severe storm in September 2008, Haiti


**"(The Island of Haiti)/Hispaniola's rains come mainly from the east. Hence the Dominican side (eastern) part of the island receives more rain and thus supports higher rates of plant growth. Hispaniola's highest mountains (over 10,000 feet high) are on the Dominican side, and the rivers from those high mountains mainly flow eastwards into the Dominican side. The Dominican side has broad valleys, plains, and plateaus, and much thicker soils; in particular, the Cibao Valley in the north is one of the richest agricultural areas in the world. In contrast, the Haitian side is drier because of that barrier of high mountains blocking rains from the east. Compared to the Dominican Republic, a higher percentage of Haiti's area is mountainous, the area of flat land good for intensive agriculture is much smaller, there is more limestone terrain, and the soils are thinner and less fertile and have a lower capacity for recovery. ...Haiti was a colony of rich France and became the most valuable colony in France's overseas empire, while the Dominican Republic was a colony of Spain, which by the late 1500s was neglecting Hispaniola and was in economic and political decline itself. Hence France could and chose to invest in developing intensive slave-based plantation agriculture in Haiti, which the Spanish could not or chose not to develop in their side of the island. France imported far more slaves into its colony than did Spain... The combination of that higher population density and lower rainfall was the main factor behind the more rapid deforestation... on the Haitian side. ... In addition, all of those French ships that brought slaves to Haiti returned to Europe with cargos of Haitian timber, so that Haiti's lowlands and mid-mountain slopes had been largely stripped of timber by the mid-19th century." (Excerpted from the book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond at page 339 to 340.)




Ezili's HLLN on Dual Citizenship, No, Not a Priority
Saturday, October 25, 2008 2:54 PM
From:"zili danto" <erzilidanto@yahoo.com>

The Diaspora Middlemen for the colonists and Why Constitutional Amendment is not a priority for Haiti right now: Food, Fuel, Schools, Sanitation, Social welfare, Job Generation and Building Flood Barriers, Roads and Infrastructure, etc ... are more immediate priorities for Haiti

Constitutional amendment, at least relative to dual citizenship in Haiti, is not the most immediate concern of the nation of Haiti. It may not even be for the greater good.

There is enough evidence that the Diaspora acts on behalf of foreign interests, per the Boca Raton so-called technocrats. It has become increasingly clear that no Haitian, with citizenship elsewhere, NEEDS legislative or executive power just to assist Haiti's sustainable development, or to claim their Haitian heritage.


"...It is not the blue collar, minimum wage, working Haitian, living abroad, sending $2 billion in remittances to Haiti who is asking for dual citizenship, but red-tie, suited Haitian, mostly in the professions, who think they are BETTER than Haitians living in Haiti, who are nonetheless looking for JOBS in Haiti!!!!! Haiti needs no more self-proclaimed LORDS!!!!"

"...It was, after all, Francophone Africa that was used to stop the spread of Pan-Africanism after the independence movement, mainly through French expatriates like Houphouet Boigny and Leopold Cedar Senghor..." (See, Nescafe Machine by John Maxwell)

The function of the Diaspora Middlemen to the war profiteering neo-colonist is to give a plausible "Haitian, Black or progressive" facade to financial colonialism and to turning Haiti into a penal colony to assist in keeping Haiti in endless debt, under foreign domination and dependency.


See also: Turning Haiti into a (Penal) Colony: Criminalization of Haiti's Children for Haiti's own good and democratic development

Those who offer that position show a sort of naivety and know NOTHING of the imperialist uses of the African, Caribbean and Latin American populations that maintains neocolonialism (financial colonialism) throughout these territories - Just look at any Latin American country, look at the case of Argentina -http://www.youtube.com/

Those bankers are all Argentines, educated elsewhere, come back to fleece their own.!!!!

Haitians who live in Haiti and still hold their own Haitian citizenship OUGHT to have greater rights than those who may be used by empire to further enslave and contain Haiti in USAID/NGO bourgeois democracy.

The time may come, in our opinion, when the un-assimilated African-Haitians in Haiti are strong enough to step toe-to-toe with the assimilated Haitian in the Diaspora -(albeit, necessary as that assimilation may have been for their survival as immigrants abroad.), that time may come when the machinations and Eurocentric arrogance of the Haitian Diaspora, in general, as most have evidenced in their absolute Eurocentric manners to date, can be properly balanced and absorbed in due course. But, in our opinion, that time is not now while we are under occupation by foreign powers using mostly Diaspora, Pepe and foreign-educated assimilated Haitians to maintain their Haitian facade over US/France/Canada neocolonialism. ....

Dual citizenship for the Diaspora is not a priority for Haiti. Food sovereignty, access to affordable fuel, the people's right to affordable Haitian schools (not Pèpè or ecclesiastic education), access to clean water, to sanitation and the nation's need for building structures for social justice, social welfare, sustainable jobs; building flood barriers, roads and infrastructure, et al, are more immediate priorities.

To the best of our knowledge, Haitians living in the Diaspora have all the rights of Haitians living in Haiti right now, pursuant to the 2000 law enacted under president Aristide. The only right they do not have is the right to hold certain high political office (like president and senator), and that is as it should be. If a Haitian wants to hold high political office in Haiti, for the moment, considering the corrupt institutionalized reign, for 200 years, of the multi-passported mercenary families, that Haitian ought to be willing to meet the residency requirements and give up their foreign passport. Otherwise, considering how foreigners buy our elected officers, they're simply not serious about an unwavering allegiance and commitment to the interests of the people and nation of Haiti.

We underline the thoughts of the writer below, that the Haitian Constitution ought to be applied right now. In fact, a little experience in that application may assist create a stronger nation, interested FIRST in the public good of the citizens living within its territory. So Ezili's HLLN hereby reiterate this writer's view that:

"Demandons plutot que la constitution soit respectée en exigeant l'électricité 24/24, la gratuité de l'éducation primaire... en combattant l'arrestation et la détention illégales, etc. C'est mieux." (It is far better to demand that the Haitian Constitution is respected, to ask for electricity 24/7, for more public schools, a stop to illegal arrest and detentions.. . See Forwarded e-mail below).

In view of the neo-colonial blueprint worldwide, Haiti's most recent Bush Regime change history and the traditional indigenous Haitian struggle to be a Black ruled independent nation, for the Haitian Diaspora to ignore it already has the right to do ALL that is necessary in Haiti, right now, except hold Presidential and Legislative power is too familiarly despotic. No public heritage is preserved by this current demand. For demanding more direct POLITICAL power under the sentimental guise of "Helping Haiti" instead of being "of service" because one must do so as a Haitian, screams of a sense of ENTITLEMENT that is dangerously patronizing, self-serving and divisive.

Fulfilling Leclerc's imperative through debt, free trade and wage slavery

A genocide is going on in Haiti right now. When only a handful of Haitians are working, when theres 70% unemployment and those actually formally working are only making .22 cents (70 gourdes) an hour and forced to pay the Haitian Oligarchs for food to eat at high U.S. import prices, starvation is a given. It's economic slavery. ( The Slavery in Haiti the Media Won't Expose; Zeitgeist: Addendum).

This conversation for dual citizenship won't change the miserable status quo for Haiti's majority, only allow for the white colonial blueprint to continue. Haiti's Parliament is already too non-Haitian as it is. These folks are not only paid by foreigners, they've adapted wholesale foreign methods, modes and values that make no practical sense to Haitian existence. There could be a 110-degree heat wave outside and these folks are wearing dark, three piece suits, speaking in ecclesiastic French most don't even understand and mimicking English debating rules that have no root in Haitian traditional conflict resolution! They're using Roberts Rules as their Parliamentary procedure when African mediation have little to do with Western notions of Bourgeois democracy or other such values, Euro-cultural profit-over-people imperatives and so-called cost-effectiveness rules. They've been pacified into fighting using Queensbury rules when the Haitian people's enemies use no rules, only overwhelming power and shock and awe to paralyze and destroy the poor's will to fight. Tout se makak madigra. Kiyes politisyen sa yo ap sevi si se pa blan kolon? Jounen jodi a, se yo ki zouti kap tranche nashon an. Afè Lakou a, konbit la, travay tè, pataj, Kreyòl, Vodun, Sevi lasosyete, kòmand Desalin, paròl Grandèt yo, ah! Sa pa gade yo. Yo vle fè sa blan ap fè. Anbasadè Meriken e Bill "Sonthonax" Clinton se Dye pa yo.

Moreover, it not hard to imagine the mentally colonized, visa-carrying privilege Diaspora, exerting their power over the Haitian, without dollars, jobs and visa power, living inside Haiti. Thus increasing our fear of each other. Said fear, divides and thereby assist our traditional enemies and keep Haiti from moving forward. Let's recall Sonthonax came to uphold the rights of the Mulatto to vote and to maintain slavery of the Africans in Haiti. The Haitian revolution got rid of physical enslavement. Today, economic enslavement reigns unfettered.

Fifty years from now, if the paradigm doesn't change, what the Spanish did, within 30 years of setting foot in Haiti, - that is, cause the death of all the inhabitants, one million Taino-Haitians, will be matched by today's "International Community" with the genocide of perhaps 9-million Afro-Haitians living in Haiti. That's when Haiti shall be developed, no longer stigmatized and at peace. For, Lecler's imperative shall have been fulfilled, albeit over two centuries later with the Blan's bicentennial return conquest of Africa's negroes in Haiti that started in 2004. (See, The Kidnapping Coup).

"It is not everything to have removed Toussaint, there are two thousand other chiefs here to have taken away...Here is my opinion of this country. It is necessary to destroy all the negroes of the mountains, men and women, sparing only children under the age of twelve, and destroy half of those of the plain, without leaving a single colored man in the colony who ever wore an epaulette. Without that, the colony will never be at peace." ---French General Charles Victor Emmanuel Leclerc

Part of the reason Leclerc's peace and security has not been accomplished sooner is because, for close to two centuries, the Haitian majority did not depend on the Euro/US dollar to eat. They grew their own food, had the Lakou and Konbit (cooperatives) and went to market to barter for what they did not grow. That system has been destroyed by "free trade" in the last 30 or so years. Dependency on the Mulatto/Freedmen/Affranchis or "Black" bourgeoisie as metastasized today in the new face of the deracinated Haitian Oligarchy, who get their liberty by being more into the US/Euro monetary system/capitalism and white profit-over-people culture than the whitest of white man, to bring Africa's children food is death. Who doesn't understand that?" (To understand further the US/Euro monetary system, go to: Zeitgeist: Addendum).

"Haiti's history reveals that the bourgeoisie - economic elite - will not throw their lot in with the African masses unless they are already on the way OUT." Power concedes nothing unless it has to. Social stratification, oppressive laws, injustice, elitism and the profit-over-people coporatocracy cannot be eradicated unless we change our profit-over-people values and notions of achievement. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (See also, Haiti's Linyon Fè la Fòs - The union in Haiti that's never wavered.)

There was a time, when we too at Ezili's HLLN looked upon dual citizenship as necessary and expedient for the Haitian
Diaspora, but experience in Haiti affairs for almost two decades, study of the current Haitian laws on the books that offer reasonable rights already to the Diaspora, project of development that we ourselves have assisted grassroots organizations in Haiti and abroad with, show that it is a power that may become a new form of AGGRESSION that ONLY further excludes the Haitian masses in Haiti from the citadel of power in their own country. It is not the blue collar, minimum wage, working Haitian, living abroad, sending $2 billion in remittances to Haiti who is asking for dual citizenship, but red or blue-tie, suited Haitian, mostly in the professions, who think they are BETTER than Haitians living in Haiti, who are nonetheless looking for JOBS in Haiti!!!!! Haiti needs no more self-proclaimed LORDS!!!!

"...It was, after all, Francophone Africa that was used to stop the spread of Pan-Africanism after the independence movement, mainly through French expatriates like Houphouet Boigny and Leopold Cedar Senghor..." (See, Nescafe by John Maxwell- http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/nescafe.html)

The function of the Diaspora Middlemen to the war profiteering neo-colonist is to give a plausible "Haitian, Black or progressive" facade to financial colonialism and to turning Haiti into a penal colony to assist in keeping Haiti in endless debt, under foreign domination and dependency.

Haitian officials should not be wasting time on the dual citizenship issue right now. For, feeding the Haitian people is more critical, sustainable development, jobs, education and investing in domestic agriculture and Haiti's infrastructure, demilitarization, ending the occupation and more participation of the masses in the decision making process are much more immediate.

Moreover, the nation-state idea is fairly obsolete in this world of globalization. Haitians in the Diaspora have the entire world as their oysters and ought to use that passport to market Haiti and the culture that is so maligned, instead of trying to attain power in a tiny territorial teapot. The Haitian legacy is that of Pan-Americanism and Pan-Africanism. It seems a much more worthwhile pursuit to push for ONE American Hemispheric passport than merely dual citizenship.

Likewise, for the moment, it seems much more realistic and advantageous to Haitians abroad and at home, to push for Haitian equality in Caricom, than accepting the current discrimination of Haitians citizenship there. Just a few thoughts we add to this conversation. ...

Our duty, those of us who have MORE and have other citizenship, ought to be about countering the colonial narrative, being of service to our heritage and history, of service of our people and to generally assist ourselves and our children's legacy by ELEVATING Haiti and our brethren in Haiti towards self-reliance and the nation's highest good. It ought not to be about getting MORE political and economic power over those who are already traditionally excluded from power by the Haitian economic elite.
(See, for instance, The Slavery the Haiti the Media Won't Expose,The Kidnapping Coup, Haiti Policy Statement for the Obama Team, What UN Special Envoy Bill Clinton may do for Haiti and the FreeHaitiMovement Demands).

Ezili Dantò/Marguerite Laurent
Founder and President, Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network ("HLLN")
Oct. 26, 2008

Last updated August, 2009


--- On Sat, 10/25/08, Josué PIERRE-PAUL <> wrote:
From: Josué PIERRE-PAUL <>
Subject: Amendement constitutionnel, un imperatif !
To: ______@ yahoogroups. com
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2008, 10:36 AM


Je pense que pour la constitution n'a pas encore besoin d'un amendement ou d'une modification quelconque. La constitution ne met pas de barrière empêchant la diaspora à participer activement au développement du pays. Il n'y a aucun article qui empêche un individu, même l'étranger, de venir donner sa contribution à l'amélioration de vie en Haiti.

En ce qui concerne les postes électifs qui, selon mon ami, ne font appel à aucune exigence, je pense que c'est normal. Les ministres, de par l'étymologie du mot, sont les véritables gestionnaires des affaires de l'Etat. Et si l'Ecole primaire n'est pas assurée en Haiti, ce serait illogique de parler de plus grandes exigences.

Les analphabètes sont en grand nombre parce que la constitution n'est pas respectée. Ce n'est pas l'amendement qui va réduire le nombre d'analphabètes dans le pays.

Donc ce qu'on doit faire, c'est respecter la constitution. On ne change pas une constitution sans l'avoir fidèlement appliquée. comment sait-on que la constitution ne convient pas tandis que les articles fondamentaux sont méprisés ?

Demandons plutot que la constitution soit respectée en exigeant l'électricité 24/24, la gratuité de l'éducation primaire... en combattant l'arrestation et la détention illégales, etc. C'est mieux.

Institut Privé de Gestion & d'Entrepreneuriat (IPGE)
16, rue marcelin, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, WI
Tel.: (509) 3697 4962 / 3818-1679 / 2221-1720
Email du bureau : ipgehaiti@gmail.com
Site web de l'IPGE : www.ipge.fr.gd


See also: Turning Haiti into a (Penal) Colony: Criminalization of Haiti's Children for Haiti's own good and democratic development




The systemic criminalization of black males in Haiti by Haiti's US-imposed Miami government and now the UN forces, parallels U.S. habits

"...For, in Haiti, the imperialists have also found the formula for outsourcing wars so that the blood of their sons and daughters are maintly not on the line.

The UN forces in Haiti, are made up of troops from the developing countries. These poor Black and Brown soldiers are now fighting the imperialists' wars for him in Haiti. Even the African Union's rejection of the re-colonization of Haiti is reported to have been neutralized with the sending, to Haiti, of African soldiers from the Francophone countries. Not surprising considering France's investment in Haiti's bicentennial coup d'etat. It was, after all, Francophone Africa that was used to stop the spread of Pan-Africanism after the independence movement, mainly through French expatriates like Houphouet Boigny and Leopold Cedar Senghor.

The Haitian comparison with Miami's Latortue, or US-citizen Andre Apaid or to Marc Bazin are inescapable. (The comparison also applied to Texas' Simeus when he was attempting to negate the Haitian Constitution, illegally profit by the coup detat and unconstitutionally become a candidate in the Feb. 7, 2006 elections. Simeus was even indirectly endorsed by a Condoleezza Rice visit to Haiti.) Houphouet Boigny and Leopold Sedar Senghor were seen by many as the main destroyers of Pan Africanism and African unity in Africa. They were both President of their countries, held in power by the foreign interference of France, as well as being French citizen, and were, even for a time, French National assembly members. Boigny even initially opposed independence outside the French community. These Eurocentric Africans, like US/Euro-centric- Latortue, Apaid, Bazin, et al, share many similarities. For instance, both Latortue and Bazin played pivotal roles, as middlemen, in coup d'etats in Haiti (1991 for Bazin and 2004 for Latortue and Bazin) intended to destroy Haiti's pro-democratic Lavalas Movement and to legalize the re-colonization of Haiti. Boigny and Senghor helped to destroy the institutionalization of Patrice Lumumba and Krame NKrumah's Pan-Africanism and the democratic initiatives of their own countrymen, effectively keeping their African countries as French colonies with themselves as France's handpicked overseers to run their countries as a plantation for the French. (Simply...A history Pan-Africanism - http://www.newint.org/issue326/simply.htm )

Like the Ivory Coat's Boigny and Senegal's Senghor, Latortue, Bazin, Apaid, et al, are the Haitian middlemen who forged international careers on the premise that economic development in Haiti will only come when the white men and his IMF-World bank structures dominate Haiti and, thus, they represent these international structures, UN, World Bank, are the "subcontractors" for sweatshops conglomerates and transnational corporations, ultimately helping to give a "black" face to the re-colonization of Haiti through the bi-centennial coup d'etat that is a cover for implementing the Washington consensus, financial colonialism and UN de facto protectorate. HLLN, November 4, 2005.



Haiti aid effort unravels
By Mike Thomson, BBC News, Oct. 24, 2008,
Today programme

More than six weeks after the fourth cyclone in three weeks hit Haiti the relief operation has almost ground to a halt according to a major aid organisation there.

Max Cosci, spokesperson for Medicins Sans Frontieres in Haiti, says that a mixture of red tape and a failure to properly coordinate the work of different aid agencies is to blame.

"There are a lot of organisations, especially NGOs and humanitarian organisations, international or national and there is not a clear coordination among them" he says.

Mr Cosci is particularly concerned about the lack of progress in helping the people of the badly hit town of Gonaives.

"The streets are full of mud, the houses are still destroyed. People are living on their roofs. If you went there you would say, oh my God, the cyclone was yesterday - not a month or five weeks ago."

No coordination
At least 800 people are known to have been killed in the storms, the last of which hit Haiti in early September. Many people are still missing and hundreds of thousands are still homeless.

Many homeless people still sheltering in churches and schools have been pushed out onto the streets, as classes and congregations reclaim the buildings.
Aid has also been stolen and sold on the black market and malnourished children given the wrong type of food, delaying their recovery even further.

Haiti's Prime Minister, Michele Pierre-Louis, agrees that the relief operation is badly organised and that her government is finding it impossible to coordinate the work of many international aid agencies.

"It's true that there is a major coordination problem. You see, a lot of NGOs do as they wish and the government has not been able, so far, to coordinate their efforts," she says.

Ms Pierre-Louis says this is because western countries have long viewed Haitian governments as corrupt and inefficient.

As a result they channel their donations through international aid agencies, or NGOs, who then virtually run the show.

She insists that times have changed and foreign aid organisations should now allow her ministers to better co-ordinate their activities.

But Ms Pierre-Louis believes the world's financial crisis, which has resulted in much of the promised aid failing to arrive in Haiti, is an even bigger problem.
"Close to a month after [the last cyclone] we only got 10% of the amount solicited," she says.

Haiti is a largely mountainous country and many remote villages were hard to reach even before roads and bridges were damaged or even washed away by the hurricanes.

As a result helicopters are vital to the relief operation. But these are in short supply and expensive to use.

MSF's Max Cosci says the consequence of this is a growing desperation in areas hard or virtually impossible to reach by road.

"People are beating each other to get some small things. When we go there by helicopter they are starting to fight because they think that we have food. It is the consequence of the hunger of the people and the lack of humanitarian aid in these regions," he says.

With rice crops in many areas of Haiti wiped out by the cyclones and much of the world still consumed by its own financial woes the people of Haiti face an increasingly worrying future.

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2008/10/24 07:55:57 GMT


Eurasian Minerals Inc. Acquires 27 Exploration Licenses in Haiti and the Historic Meme Copper-Gold Mine

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2008) - Eurasian Minerals Inc. (the "Company" or "EMX") (TSX VENTURE:EMX) is pleased to announce it has been awarded twenty-seven new exploration licenses in northern Haiti. This property package, in combination with EMX's previous license awards, gives the Company a commanding land position along 130 kilometers of strike length in an emerging new gold belt. Included in the new license grant is the historic Meme copper-gold mine. All of the new properties are subject to the Company's Regional Exploration Alliance with Newmont Ventures Ltd. ("Newmont").

EMX's Exploration Portfolio in Haiti. EMX's twenty-seven new licenses, granted by the Bureau of Mines and Energy, Republic of Haiti, cover 230,560 hectares in northern Haiti. EMX's exploration land holdings now total 281,858 hectares, and cover approximately half of the Massif du Nord metallogenic belt in Haiti (please see attached map). This regional scale gold-silver-copper mineralized belt consists of an early Cretaceous island arc assemblage, located along the northern margin of the Caribbean tectonic plate, and hosts EMX's La Miel, La Mine, and Champagne projects, as well as the Pueblo Viejo deposit in the adjacent Dominican Republic. Pueblo Viejo has 215 million tons of proven and probable reserves containing 20.4 million ounces of gold, 117.3 million ounces of silver, and 423.5 million pounds of copper as of year-end 2007 reporting (www.barrick.com). EMX, and exploration alliance partner Newmont, are aggressively exploring the Company's extensive property portfolio in what is gaining recognition as one of the world's premier, early stage gold exploration terrains. Please see the Company's web site at www.eurasianminerals.com for more information.

Historic Meme Mine.
Two of the new licenses, totaling 18,600 hectares, are centered over the historic Meme copper-gold mine and Terre Neuve mining district. The Meme mine was an underground operation primarily active during the 1960s, and produced approximately two million tonnes of ore grading 2.0 % copper from five working levels accessed by a series of adits (Kesler, 1968; Louca, 1989). Copper and gold mineralization is associated with three small intrusions that are present within a northwest trending structural zone, with the Meme mine located at the southeast end of this trend. Louca's 1989 United Nations summary report indicates that the Meme mine hosts a historic resource of 1.5 million tonnes grading 2.0% copper and 2.0 g/t gold. This historic resource estimate is relevant, but does not meet National Instrument 43-101 or CIMM resource reporting standards. A qualified person has not performed sufficient work to classify the historical estimate as current mineral resources, and EMX is not treating the estimate as current mineral resources. The historical estimate should not be relied upon until it can be confirmed by the Company.

Gold and copper mineralization is also present at the Casseus prospect, located two kilometers to the northwest of Meme. The Company will evaluate the Meme mine, Casseus prospect, and surrounding license package to identify additional gold and copper mineralization and exploration targets.

Regional Exploration Alliance. The new properties in Haiti are covered by a Regional Exploration Alliance with Newmont. Under this agreement, the companies will jointly fund exploration with Newmont funding 65% and EMX funding 35% starting in 2009 (see Company news release dated April 28, 2008). Newmont commenced a regional airborne magnetic survey over the Company's entire northern Haiti property package in early December.

NOTE: To view the map associated with this release, please click the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/emx1217.pdf.

EMX is exploring and investing in a first class mineral property and royalty portfolio in some of the most prospective, but under-explored mineral belts of the world.

The Company's Exploration Manager, Haiti, Keith A. Laskowski, MSc. is a Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects of the Canadian Securities Administrators, and has reviewed and verified the technical information contained in this news release.

Forward-Looking Statement
Some of the statements in this news release contain forward-looking information that involves inherent risk and uncertainty affecting the business of Eurasian Minerals Inc. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

For more information, please contact
Eurasian Minerals Inc.
David M. Cole
President and Chief Executive Officer
(303) 979-6666
Email: dave@eurasianminerals.com
Website: www.eurasianminerals.com

Eurasian Minerals Inc.
Kim C. Casswell
Corporate Secretary
(604) 688-6390
Email: kcasswell@eurasianminerals.com



Eurasian Minerals Inc. Acquires Grand Bois Gold Deposit Property, Haiti, News Releases, Jan 26, 2009

Vancouver, British Columbia, January 26, 2009 (TSX Venture: EMX) - Eurasian Minerals Inc. (the "Company" or "EMX") is pleased to announce the acquisition of 100% interest of the Grand Bois Property in Haiti from Societe Miniere Citadelle (hereinafter referred to as "SMC"). The acquisition is focused on the Grand Bois historic, non-NI 43-101 compliant resource of 4.3 million tonnes with average grades of 2.24 g/t gold and 14.92 g/t silver. This historic non-NI 43-101 compliant resource is based on drilling that intersected near-surface, oxide gold mineralization, including an intercept of 49 meters averaging 6.06 g/t gold.

Newmont Ventures Limited ("Newmont" or "NEM"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corporation, has selected the Grand Bois property to be included in a "Designated Project" under the NEM-EMX Strategic Venture Agreement. Please see attached map and the Company's web site at www.eurasianminerals.com for more information.

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Grand Bois Property Overview. The Grand Bois property covers an area of 50 square kilometers of mineral rights located 28 kilometers southwest of the port city of Cap Haitien, in northern Haiti, and is entirely surrounded by exploration licenses recently acquired by the Company (see Company news release dated December 17, 2008). The property is situated in mountainous terrain adjacent to National Highway #1 that connects Cap Haitien and the capital city of Port Au Prince. Prior to EMX's acquisition, the Grand Bois property was held by SMC, a Haitian private corporation, through a Mining Convention issued by the Bureau of Mines and Energy, Republic of Haiti. The Mining Convention essentially establishes a mining permit that is subject to terms and conditions of Haiti's mining law.

The Grand Bois gold mineralization is hosted within a high-sulfidation epithermal gold system that was recognized by Kennecott Exploration in 1975. The gold mineralization is near-surface, oxidized, and open for extension. The property has undergone historic exploration, including four drill campaigns totaling more than 7500 meters. The historic drilling returned intercepts including 49 meters averaging 6.06 g/t gold starting at surface (0-49 m, hole GBS-D6). A summary of the historic exploration work includes:

1975 - Kennecott Exploration completed mapping, pitting, trenching, soil geochemistry, geophysics and 10 diamond drill holes totaling 1,680 meters.

1978 - Penarroya completed mapping, trenching and 11 diamond drill holes for 1730 meters, nine of which are within the deposit area.

1983 - The United Nations Development Program ("UNDP") completed mapping, pitting, trenching, metallurgical work, and 51 diamond holes for 2,003 meters.
The UNDP work produced an non-NI 43-101 compliant historical resource estimate, termed a "geological reserve", of 4.3 million tonnes averaging 2.24 g/t gold and 14.92 g/t silver. (Focsa, et al., 1986, Le Gisement d'or de Grand Bois/Limbe. Project HAI/84/016-02-P01 UNDP/BME). The historical resource was based upon a polygonal estimate at a 0.5 g/t gold cutoff. The UNDP historical "geological reserve" does not use the resource and reserve categories as defined in NI 43-101. A Qualified Person has not performed sufficient work to classify the historical estimate as current mineral resources, and EMX is not treating the estimate as current mineral resources. The historical estimate should not be relied upon until it can be confirmed by the Company. However, the drill-delineated Grand Bois gold mineralized deposit described by the UNDP report is considered relevant.

1997 - KWG Resources ("KWG") completed a topographic survey and 16 diamond drill holes totaling 2131.6 meters. KWG's drilling included twin and duplicate holes that generally supported and confirmed the prior drill results reported by the UNDP.

The Grand Bois gold deposit is located on the top and flank of a hill (elevations range from 580-720 m), that would have a favorable stripping ratio for a potential open-pit operation. The base of oxidation extends to a depth of 90 meters. The deposit as currently defined is roughly circular in outline, with dimensions of 300 by 350 meters, and consists of a poorly consolidated tabular body of mineralized and oxidized volcanic rock with an average thickness of approximately 20 meters. The gold mineralization remains open for expansion. A limited number of drill holes that extended below the oxide gold zone intersected significant copper mineralization, including 0.62% copper over 53.5 meters (64.9-118.4 m, hole DDH-1). The copper mineralization may be related to a porphyry system, and provides further upside exploration potential to the property.

The Grand Bois gold deposit area is located in the northern half of a polymetallic mineral district which covers roughly 24 square kilometers, and contains 46 prospective gold-silver, copper, zinc and lead mineral occurrences. Select historic rock sample assay results from massive barite, barite-sulfide, sulfide, and quartz-sulfide mineralization collected from Grand Bois mineral prospects contain up to 27 g/t gold, 627 g/t silver, 30.2% copper, 2.25% lead, and 23.9% zinc (Louca, 1989).

EMX Due Diligence Results. EMX due diligence work on the Grand Bois property included metallurgical test assays, as well as soil and rock sampling over the known mineralization and surrounding target areas. The preliminary metallurgical test assays were conducted on historic drill core pulps from 21 intervals, and yielded an average of 91% gold recovery using traditional oxide leach recovery technology. EMX's results are consistent with metallurgical test data outlined in historic reports from the UNDP and KWG. EMX conducted a soil geochemical survey over the known mineralization and Rivage Ridge areas totaling 585 samples. The gold-in-soil anomalies (i.e., > 0.1 g/t Au) define a 1000 by 530 meter north to northwest trending zone over the known deposit footprint, with a higher grade zone (i.e., > 0.3 g/t Au) measuring 690 by 320 meters. There are two additional northwest trending gold-in-soil anomalies over Rivage Ridge, measuring 620 by 200 and 920 by 200 meters. EMX also collected 104 rock-chip samples from a three square kilometer area covering the Grand Bois deposit and surrounding areas. The results include 21 samples (20%) assaying greater than 1.0 g/t gold. Significant gold and trace element anomalies were also confirmed in the Trompette-Fondbele area, the Rivage Ridge area, and the southern Grand Bois polymetallic area. The five rock samples from Trompette-Fondbele all report anomalous gold, with values up to 19.85 g/t gold. Rivage Ridge extends 800 meters to the southwest of the deposit area, and EMX rock samples returned up to 0.94 g/t gold. The combination of the historic non-NI 43-101 compliant gold resource, the underlying intercepts of copper mineralization, and the gold and polymetallic occurrences to the south of the deposit further indicate the potential to expand the size of the gold, silver and copper mineralized system at Grand Bois.

Terms of Agreement.
EMX, through its Haitian subsidiary Ayiti Gold Company S. A., purchased 100% interest in the Grand Bois property from SMC, subject to making the payments as outlined below under the Purchase Agreement (the "Agreement") (all amounts are US dollars unless noted otherwise):

* EMX paid SMC $1,000,000 subject to certain deductions required to maintain the property in good standing.

* On the first anniversary of the Agreement, EMX has the option to pay SMC the equivalent of $1,000,000 as follows: $750,000 in cash or EMX stock and $250,000 in cash.

* Upon completion of a feasibility study, EMX has the option to pay SMC the equivalent of $3,000,000 in either EMX stock or cash, or any combination thereof.

* SMC retains a 20% net profits interest. EMX has the option at any time to purchase SMC's net profits interest for $15,000,000.

Newmont Designated Project. The Agreement to acquire the Grand Bois property from SMC is subject to EMX's Strategic Venture Agreement with Newmont (see Company news release dated April 28, 2008). Newmont has elected to include the Grand Bois property in a "Designated Project" venture, and work on the property will be governed by a Designated Projects Joint Venture Agreement. Newmont is responsible for all expenditures on the project until such time as it earns its interest.

Newmont can earn 65% interest in the Property by choosing to either (all amounts are US dollars unless noted otherwise):

* Fund 100% of the initial $10 million expenditures on the project within 6 years, or
* Complete a positive feasibility study on the property within the first six years.

Newmont has reimbursed EMX for the initial $1,000,000 payment to SMC (subject to deductions). EMX will be responsible to make the second $1,000,000 payment on the first anniversary of the Agreement. If Newmont continues to work towards its earn-in after the second anniversary of the Agreement, then Newmont will reimburse EMX for this second $1,000,000 payment. After Newmont earns 65% interest in the project, EMX has 120 days to elect one of three options: a) fund its proportionate share of expenditures for the program; b) let Newmont fund EMX's share of expenditures to production in exchange for receiving an additional 5% interest in the project up to 70%; or c) convert its 35% interest to a 3.5% NSR royalty and receive annual $1,000,000 advance minimum royalty payments.

2009 Program. The Grand Bois property hosts a historic non-NI 43-101 compliant gold resource with potential for expansion and a possible copper-gold porphyry system at depth. EMX and Newmont plan an aggressive program of surface exploration and drilling to evaluate the district scale potential of the system and to test additional targets. The 2009 EMX / Newmont programs in Haiti, including the Regional Exploration program and the two Designated Projects, Grand Bois and La Miel, have a proposed combined budget in excess of $5,000,000 USD.

Comments on Sampling, Assaying, and QA/QC. EMX's geochemical samples were collected in accordance with accepted industry standards and procedures. The samples were submitted to the ALS Chemex laboratories in Reno, Nevada (ISO 9001:2000 accredited) and Vancouver, Canada (ISO 17025 and ISO 9001:2000 accredited) for analysis: gold was analyzed by fire assay with an AAS finish, and multi-element analyses were determined by ICP MS/AAS techniques. EMX conducts routine QA/QC analysis on all assay results, including the systematic utilization of certified reference materials, blanks, field duplicates, and umpire laboratory check assays.

The Company's Exploration Manager, Haiti, Keith A. Laskowski, MSc. is a Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects of the Canadian Securities Administrators, and has reviewed and verified the technical information contained in this news release.

EMX is exploring and investing in a first class mineral property and royalty portfolio in some of the most prospective, but under-explored mineral belts of the world.

For further information contact:
David M. Cole President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (303) 979-6666
Email: dave@eurasianminerals.com
Website: www.eurasianminerals.com

Kim C. Casswell
Corporate Secretary
Phone: (604) 688-6390
Email: kcasswell@eurasianminerals.com

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.



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