Ezili Danto

Ezili Danto
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Ezili Dantò is an award winning playwright, a performance poet, author and human rights attorney. She was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in the USA. She holds a BA from Boston College, a JD from the University of Connecticut School of law. She is a human rights lawyer, cultural and political activist and the founder and president of the Ezili’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN). She runs the Haitian Perspectives on-line journal and the Ezili Dantò Newsletter. Ezili’s HLLN is the recognized leading and most trustworthy international voice in Haiti advocacy, human rights work, Haiti news and Haiti news analysis. HLLN’s work is central to those concerned with the welfare of the people of Haiti, Haiti capacity building, sovereignty, institutionalization of the rule of law, and justice and peace without occupation or militarization. Ezili Dantò is also an educator who specializes in teaching about the light and beauty of Haitian culture; the Symbolic and Archetypal Nature of Haitian Vodun; the illegality and immorality of forcing neoliberal policies on Haiti and the developing world... Since the UN-imported cholera outbreak on October 2010, Ezili' HLLN has insisted that environmental clean-up, clean water and sanitation are the only permanent solution to stop the UN cholera spread. Zili Dlo is a humanitarian project that provides free clean water. For more go to the Ezili Danto/HLLN websites at http://www.ezilidanto.com/ and http://www.ezilidanto.com/zili

JANUARY 29, 2010 2:42PM

Oil in Haiti, reasons for the US occupation, Part 2

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I wrote Part 1 of Oil in Haiti as the economic reasons for the US/UN occupation back in October, 2009. After the earthquake I questioned whether oil drilling could have triggered the earthquake (Did mining and oil drilling trigger the Haiti earthquake?)

Then suddenly, after spending years hitting myself against Officialdom's colonial rock that kept denying Haiti had significant resources. After being called crazy and un-American for writing that the 2010 earthquake gives the US the perfect disaster-capitalism opportunity to come out from behind the UN and openly occupy Haiti to secure Haiti's oil, strategic location and other riches for the corporatocracy. Just after I wrote about oil drilling causing earthquakes, on the following Tuesday, a veteran oil company man comes forward in Businessweek to say, and one wonders how he can so authoritatively speculate about the area of the faultline without intimate knowledge of the drillings, explorations, Haiti's wellheads and oil map, et al, but nonetheless his sudden, seemingly unprompted REVELATION, is that Haiti lies in an area that has undiscovered amounts of oil, it must have oil and the earthquake "may have left clues" to petroleum reservoirs! Oil that, uhmmm, "could aid economic recovery in the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation, a geologist said." (Haiti Earthquake May Have Exposed Gas, Aiding Economy by Jim Polson, Jan. 26, 2010, Bloomberg.) Yep, yep he may really mean: "that could aid Haiti's US-occupied economy recover its strategic oil reserves" for the global elite. No? I could be wrong, but I am thinking "and the cover up, starts." But I won't say so. Let Stephen Pierce tell the story:

The Jan. 12 earthquake was on a fault line that passes near potential gas reserves, said Stephen Pierce, a geologist who worked in the region for 30 years for companies including the former Mobil Corp. The quake may have cracked rock formations along the fault, allowing gas or oil to temporarily seep toward the surface, he said yesterday in a telephone interview.

“A geologist, callous as it may seem, tracing that fault zone from Port-au-Prince to the border looking for gas and oil seeps, may find a structure that hasn’t been drilled,” said Pierce, exploration manager at Zion Oil & Gas Inc., a Dallas- based company that’s drilling in Israel. “A discovery could significantly improve the country’s economy and stimulate further exploration.

...The Greater Antilles, which includes Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and their offshore waters, probably hold at least 142 million barrels of oil and 159 billion cubic feet of gas, according to a 2000 report by the U.S. Geological Survey. Undiscovered amounts may be as high as 941 million barrels of oil and 1.2 trillion cubic feet of gas, according to the report. Among nations in the northern Caribbean, Cuba and Jamaica have awarded offshore leases for oil and gas development. Trinidad and Tobago, South American islands off the coast of Venezuela, account for most Caribbean oil production, according to the U.S. Energy Department.


For the record, Haiti has a large reserve of oil and natural gas. How could it not? It shares the waters with oil producing island from all around. We noted this also. Besides, this is not new or a surprise to the United States and certainly shouldn't be new to "a geologist who worked in the region for 30 years for companies including the former Mobil Corp."

There's always been oil in Haiti. The US /USAID guaranteed an oil contract for an American businessman named Charles C. Valentine back in November 1962 that gave his company a monopoly control over pretty much everything to do with oil in Haiti and seems to have also paid him to back out of it.

Valentine successfully claimed $327,304 from the development agency, a sum USAID was itself able to extract from the Haitian government along with $4,396 in interest charges.

According to Haitian scholar Dr. Georges Michel, the US has known there's oil and natural gas reserves in Haiti since 1908 and did their explorations in the 1950s and locked up what they found as "strategic reserves for the US" to be tapped when Middle Eastern oil became less available. (See, Oil in Haiti by Dr. Georges Michel) I've been writing for years now that the US has been trying to get rid of Haiti's democratically elected government since 1991 so they could get to "their" strategic reserves without any fear of a populous president nationalizing the oil and gas reserves to benefit the miserably poor majority in Haiti as has been done in Venezuela or elsewhere in Latin America. (See, Haiti is full of oil, say Ginette and Daniel Mathurin, where these scientist say there's more oil in Haiti than in Venezuela.) No one has been listening. Not even the white liberals who are such defenders of Haiti. To the best of my knowledge, other than Haitians, over the long years before the earthquake, the only non-Haitian observers who ever paid attention and picked up on our reports and concerns about the plundering and pillaging of Haiti's riches, were John Maxwell and Chris Scott of CKUT Radio in Canada.That's it. All the others bought the State Department line that Haiti was a charity case and had no resources to mention. I supposed if they acknowleged Haiti could be self-reliant, these savoirs, wouldn't have a gig to support themselves and their heroic self-image, right?

Today Haiti has oil and it's all good cause 20,000 troops are down there to secure it and Haiti's other riches while the vision is to perhaps herd the displaced earthquake victims - who don't die from their TV-aid - into hastily constructed pre-fabricated houses and let the ghettos fester as they do in Kingston, Jamaica, while the areas the whites and Haitian oligarchy want are developed into tourist havens and all capital is flown out of Haiti.

Notice where the earthquake fault line is. Its juxtaposition to the Bay of Port au Prince where the drilling was taking place and the damage at Kafou Fey's Morne L'Hopital where the poor built their houses on the mountainside and all around Kafou, near the epicenter of the earthquake and the Southern coastal towns by the Bay of Cayes where there's oil according to Haitians and the geologist map of Haitian resources in the Lavalas white book. Notice how the earthquake was LOCALIZED to these areas and Port au Prince and never reached the Dominican Republic and there was no tsunami...

The earthquakes may have just been a large hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" operation designed to release the hydrocarbons from isolated pockets so oil and natural gas could be more easily accessed. Or, perhaps drilling at the existing wellheads in Port au Prince some 10 to 20 miles North of the fault line or offshore in the Bay of Port au Prince may have linked up with existing fractures and interconnected to affect the fault-line and cause the earthquake as an unintended consequence. There have been reports of minor earthquakes in Port au Prince these last few years of very small magnitudes. They could have caused damaged that interconnected with the latest fracking to destabilize the fault line, cause the earthquake.

The Lavalas map of Haiti's resources show five hydrocarbon (HYC/HYT) markings for oil and gas reserves just at the bay of Port au Prince, with two of them inland in Port au Prince not far from the coastline. The fault line that slipped causing the earthquake runs right along or just below the two HYT/HYC locations at Port au Prince. Surrounded by the other three oil locations making up the five sites geologists Ginette and Daniel Mathurin say gives Haiti a huge reservoi of oil, greater than that of Venezuela. (See, Did mining and oil drilling trigger the Haiti earthquake? )

In The Fateful Geological Prize Called Haiti, F. William Engdahl explains that:

Haiti straddles one of the world’s most active geological zones, where the deepwater plates of three huge structures relentlessly rub against one another—the intersection of the North American, South American and Caribbean tectonic plates.

The rubbing against each other of these underwater structures produces the oils, gas and rare strategic minerals and pushes them up fault lines and cracks in the earth to the surface. The convergence of such plates is what makes the Middle East region so rich in oil and gas. Engdahl, writes:

The vast oil reserves of the Persian Gulf and of the region from the Red Sea into the Gulf of Aden are at a similar convergence zone of large tectonic plates, as are such oil-rich zones as Indonesia and the waters off the coast of California. In short, in terms of the physics of the earth, precisely such intersections of tectonic masses as run directly beneath Haiti have a remarkable tendency to be the sites of vast treasures of minerals, as well as oil and gas, throughout the world. (The Fateful Geological Prize Called Haiti)
Here's the article I wrote, last year documenting that Haiti had oil and that was the reason for the US/UN forced removal of President Jean Bertrand Aristide. I do so hope, this time, to honor the lives lost and really help protect the remaining survivors of Bush the first and Bush the lesser's two regimes changes in Haiti and now this total occupation, that conscious Americans and all decent folks on this earth, are paying attention and will help us stop this latest travesty.

The just thing for now, is to allow former President Aristide who was kidnapped out of Haiti on a rendition plane by the US Special forces and has been practically under house arrest in South African for 6-years, forbidden first by US Secretary of State Condi Rice and now Hillary Clinton from returning home, to return to his country. He ought to be returned to Haiti so he may assist Haiti’s majority at this agonizing time and help in the relief and rebuilding of the nation. (Go to: Part I, Oil in Haiti and Oil Refinery - an old notion for Fort Liberte as a transshipment terminal for US supertankers )

Don't fall for this hoax. The powers-that-be are already drilling and for years, HLLN has been pointing to the Lavalas' white book detailing Haiti's
resources as part of the reason for oustering President Aristide and putting in Haitian puppets to empire. Now that 20,000 US troops are in Haiti behind the pretext of humanitarian aid, oh yeah, by the way the EARTHQUAKE "may have left clues to petroleum reservoirs that could aid economic recovery in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation, a geologist said"!!!

Never mind that stealth offshore and on-land drilling may have disturbed the fault line, those Haitians are Black idiots anyway. Just yesterday I was called CRAZY for saying Haiti had oil and substantial mineral resources. But today, today, if the white man says it, it must be true! Don't fall for the empire's latest spin and clean-up job. Two many defenseless people are still dying behind this earthquake and classquake. Too many long-suffering flesh and blood who won't get rescue, recovery, relief and rebuilding, but the cold steel of military occupation.

Ezili Dantò of HLLN



The northern slope of the Canapé Vert Mountain. (aka, Morne L'Hopital)
These houses on Morne L'Hopital tumbled down one on top of the other, leaving horrible carnage. Photo credit: J.J. Augustin

Haiti's Riches

Digging up Haiti

Recommended HLLN Links (Energy and Mining in Haiti): The wealthy, powerful and well-armed are robbing the Haitian people blind

Robbing Haiti blind: Pillage and plunder - Bronze cannons, gold and emerald pieces stolen at certain sites in Ile-à-Vaches

The Fateful Geological Prize Called Haiti by F. William Engdahl, Global Research "Behind the smoke, rubble and unending drama of human tragedy in the hapless Caribbean country, a drama is in full play for control of what geophysicists believe may be one of the world’s richest zones for hydrocarbons-oil and gas outside the Middle East, possibly orders of magnitude greater than that of nearby Venezuela...The regions of convergence of such plates are also areas where vast volumes of oil and gas can be pushed upwards from the Earth’s mantle."

It is critical to note that, more than half a century ago, a group of Russian and Ukrainian geophysicists, working in state secrecy, confirmed that hydrocarbons originated deep in the earth’s mantle under conditions similar to a giant burning cauldron at extreme temperature and pressure. They demonstrated that, contrary to US and accepted Western ‘mainstream’ geology, hydrocarbons were not the result of dead dinosaur detritus concentrated and compressed and somehow transformed into oil and gas millions of years ago, nor of algae or other biological material.[6]

The Russian and Ukrainian geophysicists then proved that the oil or gas produced in the earth’s mantle was pushed upwards along faults or cracks in the earth as close to the surface as pressures permitted. The process was analogous to the production of molten lava in volcanoes. It means that the ability to find oil is limited, relatively speaking, only by the ability to identify deep fissures and complex geological activity conducive to bringing the oil out from deep in the earth. It seems that the waters of the Caribbean, especially those off Cuba and its neighbor Haiti, are just such a region of concentrated hydrocarbons (oil and gas) that have found their way upwards close to the surface, perhaps in a magnitude comparable to a new Saudi Arabia.[7]

Haiti, a new Saudi Arabia?
(The Fateful Geological Prize Called Haiti .)


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Zyskandar Jaimot
Take a look at Baldwin's article. The first part is the clueless colonial narrative of the threatening, corrupt and violent Black Haitians. But the second part is worthy of note: WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON IN HAITI? By Chuck Baldwin
January 26, 2010 | NewsWithViews.com
Zyskandar Jaimot

So it's your contention zag, there is no oil in Haiti. The evidence of the Haitian geologists are just too, what for you? Uhmm... So Abbet wasn't drilling in Haiti in the 1950s. US is not drilling now. George Michel's evidence is just too Haitian for you, so is the Mathurin's and of course we must wait for the major oil companies to tell us what they are doing. Testimony of Haitians, just ain't...intellectual enough! See you at the next intersection. Be well.

Ezili Dantò
Ezili, yes there have been several reports overthe last 40 years about the oil in Haiti, in the USA, Alaska ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,south Dakota all more than in the middle east. The purpose is to create a false scarcity in order to keep control over us common folk , and keep us poor. Some people want to be god.
Natural gas? Maybe. Oil? I'd be surprised but I'm not a geologist. If there were I'd expect tar pits like Trinidad has, and I'd also expect that it would have been exploited before now if the deposits had been discovered already.
I fail to understand what a divisive figure like Aristide can do to help Haiti in this case. Though he was removed from power inauspiciously, his return to the rubles of Port-au- Prince is likely to inflame passions of his supporters and his opponents alike. I agree that there is no justification for a duly elected President to be forced out of office by foreign entities. However, Aristide is a figure whose time has passed, and Lavalas is an idea that by now has ran its course. There was significant dissension going on in Haiti about the time of his demise to conclude that he had lost control of the government. His return at this time may unfortunately cause more harm than good, because of the distinctly opposed emotions he evokes. AS for Haiti's oil, it may be naive of me, but I don't know that any company would resort to such tactics to acquire any Haitian natural resource. With the cast of corrupt Officials Haiti has had the misfortune of being led by along her history, it would have been a child's play to get the key of the whole country, if they felt there was so much wealth to profit from. Over 2 million Haitians left the country, and 90% of the remaining ones would flee as well if they could. In consideration of the menial jobs the majority of them are performing abroad, there is no doubt that they would enjoy whatever opportunity was offered to them at home.
To Bosoleil;

It's useless to agree a wrong was done and then in the same breath say let's move on, because justice is difficult to get. Someone just sent me this Abraham Lincoln quote about courage and commitment:

The probability that we may fail in struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. ---Abraham Lincoln

If the African warriors in Haiti had allowed the probability of failure to stop them, Haiti would not exist , I wouldn't be here and enslavement of Africans by Euro/US settlers to work gold mines, plantations, et al might not have ended.
Thanks for bringing the people of this country the truth of what U.S. government's intentions are in Haiti...it so urgently needs to be heard and acted upon. Much love to you.
Dear Ezili,
I'm glad to see that you have Mr. Engdahls excellent article. Here is another good one : The Kidnapping of Haiti by John Pilger


I know it is frustrating trying to educate people that are used to only getting thier news and opinions from the controlled mainstream media! The true history of Haiti is being told on the internet sites little by little. I believe the US and Canada have known about the oil /gas /minerals for quite some time but everything had to be put in place for decades in order to take it and insure the profits go to the elites and corporations..in yet another shameful exploitation of the Haitian people. I also believe that exploration and drilling could have been going on behind UN guns in areas Haitians were not allowed. If this was done with liquid injection drilling near the fault lines it could have set off the quake. Also Radar tomography ( a deep earth x-ray) produces ELF ( low frequency waves) which the strong vibrations of that also could have helped set off the quake.

Here is another article:
The Haitian Disaster in a Historical Context by Andile Lungisa


The plan, worked up at the behest of the UN last year, is aimed at expanding the Haitian economy through the development of free trade zones based on garment sweatshops in which Haitian workers would be paid near-starvation wages. The initiative is based on a report prepared for the UN last year by Oxford University economics professor Paul Collier.

The report perversely cast Haitis poverty - the deepest in the Western Hemisphere - as its number one asset in the global capitalist economy. Due to its poverty and relatively unregulated labour market, Haiti has labour costs that are fully competitive with China, which is the global benchmark, Collier wrote. This asset is something that both Washington and Haitis parasitical ruling elite have jealously guarded.

Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was overthrown twice - in 1991 and 2004 - in bloody coups orchestrated by the CIA in conjunction with Haitian factory owners, in large measure for proposing to raise the countrys minimum wage.

* There are many more speaking on the internets..so please take heart that the voices of Haiti WILL be heard.
the money is the worst thing in the world....it must desapeared.....