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Feb 6, 2010
Haiti after 5 centuries of genocide, slavery, isolation, colonization and globalization

"With the devastation of the Haitian earthquake of January 12, many Americans are literally learning of Haiti for the first time. The following is an attempt to present a very brief outline of Haiti’s history: first being dominated by Spain, then France and certainly for the last two centuries the United States."

"Professor Robinson demonstrates how U.S. foreign policy changed in the 1970s from supporting dictators across the globe to an official policy of “democracy promotion.” Unfortunately the democracy being promoted was not the small ‘d’ democracy that Lincoln defined as government “of the people, by the people and for the people.” It was polyarchy instead in which there is elite rule and the masses are given the illusion of democracy by participating in regular elections for pre-screened candidates. In polyarchy, the emphasis is on the forms and institutions of democracy such as regular elections, political parties and the rules and laws governing such. This is what passes for democracy in the U.S. There is no concern of what the results are. Whether these forms of democracy produce a government of, by and for the people is of no concern. While other sources are listed throughout the paper, it is Professor Robinson that is the source and my hope is that I have been able to do justice to a much needed understanding of the effects of U.S. foreign policy on our neighbors and ourselves."

"We witness nightly on our television screens the courage and independence of the Haitian people who won their freedom defeating Napoleon’s army and then dealt with isolation from the great powers. Especially the United States which ignored its neighbor for the first century and then invaded, occupied and manipulated the Haitian government in pursuit of its own agenda of neo-liberal globalization (free trade, free markets, no regulations and tax cuts for the wealthy)."

My thoughts...

Clearly, Haiti needs an altruistic protector (at this time) to oversee the rebuilding and stability of their nation until they get on their feet. Any nation or organization that wants to help them should not be allowed to exploit  these people for capitalistic purposes, push them into their religions, but simply help them rebuild their society and maintain their own culture and belief systems. The US government, corporations and "Christian" organizations are FILLED TO THE BRIM with corruption. Let's not force our own inadequacies and falsehoods on other nations and cultures, especially since the USA is a morally and economically deficient country itself.

Those organizations that have true altruistic motivations will be recognized immediately and embraced by the Haitians...and will also do a great service to their own nations...and the world.
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