Alex Hillan is no stranger to this blog. Indeed, he has done several posts that were reblogged there. He holds a rather radical philosophical stance that provokes the interests of many. Here is an important post by him. Read it, and be sure to think about it.
I don't usually write notes, but the situation in Haiti and Americans' attitude toward it has been totally pissing me off. So I decided to use a few minutes and write this brief history of how the USA and other developed nations have screwed Haiti time after time.
People need to realize that the only reason Haiti is poor is because they've been screwed time after time by the United States of America and the other developed countries. If you want the situation in Haiti and other 3rd world countries to improve, you need to join in and fight against this system, civilization, which makes it profitable for the rich to steal from the poor, and for the powerful to destroy the land.
I'll start in 1825 when the King of France forced Haiti to pay his country 90 million francs , which was worth WAY more back then. This caused Haiti to be poor, and with poverty came corruption and constant conflict for money, power, and resources.
From 1912 to 1914, French, U.S., German and British forces took advantage of Haiti's the unrest in Haiti and forcefully claimed large sums of money from Haiti's treasury.
The USA occupied Haiti from 1915 to 1934, and native peasants held rebellions against them. During this time, Marines indiscriminately killed 3250 natives according to a US General. Since this number came from the USA, which was the perpetrator of the crimes, that number probably does not accurately represent the truth.
When the USA left, they took land from the Dominican Republic in order to establish a border between the Dominican and Haiti. This caused the leader of the Dominican Republic to send troops into the disputed land to kill 10,000 to 20,000 innocent Haitian civilians in less than three days.
From 1957 to 1986, the Duvalier family ruled Haiti as dictators. They were VERY corrupt. They created the private army and terrorist death squads, and most Haitians tried to flee to the US and Canada. However, the USA provided military and financial aid to this the brutal regime in hopes of getting cheap labor for US companies in Haiti.
In 1990, the first democratically elected president of Haiti took power. He had won with more than a two-thirds majority. President Aristide was re-elected in 2000, and in 2004 his government was threatened by a group of Haitian insurgents. Because Aristide had demanded reparations from France, and was going to attempt to hold accountable the countries who had screwed Haiti in the first place, the USA, under President Bush, removed all of its security forces, which had been protecting the constitutional government in Haiti, kidnapped president Aristide, and forced him into exile in Africa.
In the late 2000s, the USA started importing food to Haiti at a very low cost. Local farmers could not compete with the imported food and went out of business. Then, the USA made the prices of imported food in Haiti double what they were originally. In Haiti, the average citizen now has to pay the equivalent of 100 US dollars for one regular meal, and they are dependent on food imported from the USA, which mean the USA has them by the balls. We can now make them do whatever we want them to.
And then we blame THEM for being poor and corrupt.
And that's the truth about Haiti.
"Read about the history of the place that we live in, and stop letting corporate news tell lies to your children." -Immortal Technique
I am certain that this post might arouse controversy. But given the recent state of affairs, this is important.
So it takes an apocalyptic earthquake for the U.S. to know that Haiti needs help…
(EDIT: Bungie Studios, developers of the Halo games, have started up an event to raise money for Haiti. You can find it at: http://bit.ly/7k0gYx)