Ezili Danto

Ezili Danto
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August 01
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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

MAY 4, 2010 2:07AM

Vision of Plantation Haiti - A White Pearl, Again!

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Haiti For Sale

Few people know that the US simply took an island belonging to Haiti and has never looked back. It's par for the course. Similar to what UN/Clinton is spearheading, presiding over, RIGHT NOW, in terms of Haitian territories like Mole St. Nicolas, Ile de la Tortue, Gulf of La Gonave, or at Fort Liberte. (See also, Haiti's stolen legacy: Royal Caribbean elevating the slaveholder Marquis de La'Badie not Henri Christophe nor Janjak Desalin.)

Few people know that enslaved Blacks from the US were sent to two Haitian Islands. In one instance to work US mines, in the other as an effort for solving the US Black enslavement issue faced by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. Few people know of the blood spilled, death and sufferings resulting from US institutionalized malevolence towards defenseless Haiti and Blacks from the US as played out on two Haitian Islands.

No, it's not the island that's the subject of this essay. Not La Gonave. But Ile de la Vache and Navassa Island in Haiti .

Ile de la Vache and Navassa Island

Abraham Lincoln deported over 400 enslaved Blacks from the U.S. to a then, fairly isolated Island of Haiti called - Ile a Vache. But the US government did not inform the Haitian authorities of their use of Haitian territory, so Haitian authorities didn't know the US Blacks were there or needed help... Many starved to death on Ile a Vache. (See, Lincoln and Haiti: The African American Exodus that Didn’t Happen and, more recently Haiti (Ile a Vache) island unscathed by quake, but tourists stay away .)

Blacks starving in Haiti, due to US government policy, is well illustrated by the recent empty Clinton apology and the continuing "HOPE II" legislation mandating sweatshops at .38 cents an hour wages, dumping of Miami rice and other such "aid" and "reforms" for Haiti by the "do-gooders." As a result of these US free trade policies, 830,000 rural Haitian jobs were lost and hundreds of thousands of Haitians were forced into the capital looking for work, where eventually they would meet up with Jan 12 at 4:53. The Island pillaged and plundered. The people die and die as a result. Navassa Island is a perfect example.

Navassa Island in Haiti was a fairly uninhabited Haitian island, not much different from Ile a Vache back then. The US simply stole it from Haiti in 1857 for its guano resources, and mining took place between 1865 and 1898.

"Guano phosphate was a superior organic fertilizer that became a mainstay of American agriculture in the mid-19th century. In 1889 the island's actual operation passed to the Navassa Phosphate Company of Baltimore, Maryland. The Navassa Phosphate Company mined Navassa with African-American laborers."
African-American blood was spilled on Navassa Island also, not just Black Haitian blood. (For more, go to - Navassa Island Incident 1889-1891. Abusive and inhumane conditions provoked the African American workers to revolt against the mining company bosses. US war ships and military took over security operations for big-business mining after the African-Americans workers exercising their human right to self-defense were brutally subdued.)

Today, as President Obama sits in the White House, the US is busy taking Haiti's deep water ports, strategically located islands and the mainland. Period, no comma. And the beat goes on, on and on... La Gonave, Ile de la Tortue, Labadie beaches, Mole St. Nicolas, Miragoane ports and shores, Jacmel...Blacks are NOT supposed to own prime lands much less oceanfronts, seas, islands and mountains after mountains.

The road to justice is long for Ayisyen.

"The people of Haiti are fighting against formidable odds, as all around them in the Caribbean exist only U.S. or Euro colonies, client states and territories, also hostile to Haiti's Afrocentricity and refusal to be quietly re-colonized.

The tiny nation of Haiti has valiantly struggled, for over two centuries, for its sovereignty, its own language, Vodun sacred values and most importantly to not end up a colonial enterprise, like the Dominican Republic and as the rest of the Caribbean islands where mostly Eurocentric-black overseers manage their Black and brown populations for the benefit of the white superpower nations. And where the Island peoples are set off as props in their own homeland - maids, butlers, prostitutes, gardeners, entertainers and housekeepers - servicing the foreign-owned white tourist industry while their masses live in abject poverty and total deprivation; their island resources exported to feed and further enrich said same foreign white countries as in the times of slavery."
(Media Lies and the Real Haiti News, by Ezili Dantò, 2007; See also, Does the Western economic model and calculation of economic wealth fit Haiti, fit Dessalines' idea of wealth distribution? NO! ; Haiti's Riches: Interview with Ezili Dantò on Mining in Haiti; Haiti's Riches and, Did mining and oil drilling trigger the Haiti earthquake?)
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Without a strong military ally to ward off plunderers by leveraging their muscles for defenseless Black Haiti in foreign relations and trade, Black Haiti shall always be subject to exploitation and impoverishment. It's assets stolen, its attempts at participatory democracy destroyed and the resulting chaos and misery used for the benefit of making the superpowers' elites wealthier.

Haiti is not the poorest country, it's the most exploited country. (See Haiti's Riches).

For a sampling of Ezili Dantò essays on the United States' use of earthquake relief to extract wealth and power for the NGOs, Haiti Oligarchy and US big business on the death, suffering and tears of Haitian children, go to: Colonization of Haiti's food and seeds is not earthquake relief; The Poverty Pimps Masturbating on Black Pain: Monsanto joins the pack ; Vision of Plantation Haiti - A White Pearl, Again! and The Plantation called Haiti: Feudal Pillage Masking as Humanitarian Aid and, Tell The Truth About Haiti Forum with Ezili Dantò of HLLN - Photos and Agenda .

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La Gonave - The Vision

La Gonave is a Haitian satellite island located in the Gulf of La Gonave about a one-hour ferry ride from Port au Prince, Haiti's capital. A US business group, Global Renewable Energy, hoping to establish themselves as the "La Gonave Development Authority – LDGA" details in this video their wish to take over La Gonave, Haiti “to create an international multi-cultural Island paradise and business Mecca.”

Watch the video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le1YOIQRrmY.)
Gobal Renewable Energy makes no bones about Haiti as a plantation. None at all. (See also, Ezili Dantò's The Plantation Called Haiti: Feudal Pillage Masking as Humanitarian Aid.)

Video- Imagining Shinning the White Pearl Again!

Fred Rice
Fred E. Rice, CEO,
Global Renewable Energy Fred E. Rice, Chairman and CEO of Global Renewable Energy, Architect and Master Planner, presented his visions for La Gonave and Haiti to members of the media at a Friday, June 26, 2009 Press Conference held in the Edna Room of the Hotel Montana in Haiti. Several VIP leaders of Haiti spoke in support of the project and the La Gonave Movement for a New Haiti. Source: Global Renewable Energy

Fred Rice

Initial Presentation of LGDA Concept for Development of La Gonave. Fred E. Rice meets with President Rene Preval of Haiti for the purpose of explaining his master plan for the Island of La Gonave. The meeting occurred in the National Palace of Haiti located in Port-au-Prince. --Source Global Renewable Energy

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The video is a sale pitch for a PLANTATION on La Gonave in the 21st century and to bring back the days when Haiti was the "Pearl of the Antilles." France's pearl, that is! The plantation system, vile values and exact "Pearl?" that Jan-Jak Desalin, Haiti's founding father, ripped out of the French flag to create the red and blue Haitian flag; the false goodness, benevolence and purity-Pearl Dessalin's children have been ripping out of the arsenals of ideological tools of enslavement ever since 1806; the Pearl that cared not for the suffering of ordinary human beings because their skin is darker than Caucasian pale, features and curves not as narrow and bloodlines more directly African than the rest of the human race; the Pearl our Haitian gran-grans fought against and lost over 200,000 lives to, in a 13-year bloody revolutionary war against the enslaving super-powers of France, Britain, Spain and a US embargo to break their chains. That is, after 300-years of brutal Euro-enslavement where Desalin’s people were considered sub-humans and Haitian women were worked like beasts of burden so that French and Spanish homes overseas could have coffee, sugar, gold and glitter; and our grans were routinely sexually abused, evilly used as semen-waste-receptacles for the Euro/Caucasian male, raped, put in concubinage, sexually extorted in exchange for a modicum of physical safety, food, shelter, forcibly assimilated or otherwise bred like mares to satisfy the gross appetites of the PLANTATION system, owners and their "civilized" ilks. That Pearl, propped up and encased in the same racist and gross marginalization of Desalin's descendants is, once again, being pitched as the ultimate in golden progress.

Shining the white pearl again...

It's a pitch for making a home in Haiti, not for Haitians; not for planting food for malnourished, starving Haitians to eat; not for biofuel for Haitians to gain fuel sovereignty, but a pitch about making the Island of La Gonave Haiti, a “home for international business and the destination for world travelers."


Today, the Pearl shall be about disposing enormous cruise ship waste! Today, over 206 years post independence, no shame is expressed as the literate, civilized and well privileged, with no clue as to their general repugnance and Haiti’s original rejection of bourgeois democracy, blithely make a pitch, right in our faces, for a PLANTATION on Haiti. And, for already over-exploited and environmentally-devastated Haiti to be a waste disposal receptacle for jaded Northern tourists, cruise ships colonies, toxic oil refineries and generally a pleasure paradise and foreigners' profit-farm. This vision for Desalin's land? A land fought for, won in combat by the enslaved in a deadly war with the most powerful powers in the world and then paid for, again, for 122-years through a Euro-US Independence Debt forced upon Haiti and estimated today at over $21 billion dollars? A land still Ginen through 300-years of shattering Euro-enslavement and this over 200-years of agonizing post-Independence, containment-in-poverty. (Haiti, The Rebel and The Haitian struggle - the greatest David vs. Goliath battle being played out on this plane and Restitution to Haiti of French Ransom.)

For over 500 years we've toiled in this scorching furnace made of this earth for Desalin's descendants by the powers-that-be. It's been a long and tiresome struggle. But, Haitians -Ayisyen yo - are still the pioneers of this human rights struggle in this Hemisphere, pioneers of a more than 200-year struggle, post independence, and a pre-independence struggle that began in 1503 when the first African enslaved was forcibly brought to Haiti to work the Europeans' plantations. Someone ought to have told Global Renewable Energy that. Someone ought to have told these, uhmmm, globalist or the oligarchy's puppets, that neither our lands, seas, mountains, lakes, nor our bodies will be exhausted, ever again, on plantations or as waste receptacles and that the indigenous Haitian-African assured their "sell-by" date expired over two centuries ago.
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Years ago and way before the earthquake, when I was fairly alone in writing that Haiti had large oil reserves and riches and that was the reason for two Bush Regime changes and exiling Haiti's democratically elected president, and for excluding the poor masses from the life of their own country with a UN occupation instead of participatory democracy, not many where paying attention. I wrote:
There is also good evidence that these very same big US oil companies and their inter-related monopolies of engineering and defense contractors made plans, decades ago, to use Haiti's deep water ports either for oil refineries or to develop oil tank farm sites or depots where crude oil could be stored and later transferred to small tankers to serve U.S. and Caribbean ports. (Oil in Haiti and Oil Refinery - an old notion for Fort Liberte as a transshipment terminal for US supertankers ; Oil in Haiti, reasons for the US occupation, Part 2; Haiti's Riches: Interview with Ezili Dantò on Mining in Haiti ; Did mining and oil drilling trigger the Haiti earthquake?; Oil, gas, gold, copper, etc., in Haiti equals US occupation, and Big Oil behind Haiti Earthquake?)
Indeed our research showed how La Gonave, Haiti and the surrounding waters and shores at the Gulf of Port au Prince/La Gonave are singled out as locations known to Haitians to have large oil deposits and has being coveted by France and the United States.
 
Who can argue against this now with the evidence in this La Gonave proposal: it talks about a 60-thousand barrel per day crude oil refinery. A 1,500-acre petroleum product tank farm, food processing plant, industrial port, as well as a residential and commercial units for foreigners with money. A private industrial airport, a port village, marina, golf course...A 65,000 acre Jatropha plantation (biodiesel plant and wind farm providing jobs for 18,000 Haitians). And, the developers also need La Gonave's deep water ports and 600,000 acres of Haitian lands to service the needs of cruise ships. More Haitian lands for spas, hotels and casinos for foreigners. What's note worthy is what this video doesn't say!

Look at the Lavalas map of Haiti's riches below.

See Ile de la Gonave - the Island of La Gonave, Haiti - right there in the middle of the Gulf of La Gonave - Golfe de la Gonave and the LARGE red dash, running almost the whole length of the Island, showing the location of oil deposits (HYC) -hydrocarbons. The Global Renewal Energy proposal wants the Island of La Gonave, talks about sooo much but, uhmm FAILS to mention the oil reserves on the Island and offshore in the waters of La Gonave, just to mention a small sidebar!!!
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Oh, and by the way, the people of Haiti, left on the Island will live in water front villages to provide a cultural experience for the tourists! But, get this...all this, is so that these foreigners, dreaming, envisioning still, after 206-years of Haitian independence, the idea of reclaiming Haiti as the riches plantation island in the Western Hemisphere – as the Pearl of the Antilles - shall have this repugnant enslavement goal, "within reach!”

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Haiti has natural resources and a large labor force, as the La Gonave video begins to unravel. But those resources are denied or PREVENTED from being developed because they are labor, lands and assets belonging to unassimilated Black people. One set of white folks trains and outfits Haitian death squads, the tourism other or pharmaceutical other brings in the germs, and another set does "human rights," "objective reporting" and, "charity or evangelical" work to mitigate, cover-up the truth and explain the destruction of the first two groups. The results? Same old, same old - guns, germs and his-story...and the do-gooder image of the purveyors of death continuing. Once that protracted dance of death is done and Haiti is bowed and cowed to the ground and its labor, lands and resources are owned by the pale skins and their subcontractors, like the rest of the Caribbean, than Haiti shall no longer be labeled “most violent, corrupt” or the "poorest." For the exploitation shall be complete. (See, Latin America's Richest & Poorest, April 27, 2009. See also, Does the Western economic model and calculation of economic wealth fit Haiti, fit Dessalines' idea of wealth distribution? NO! ; Haiti Forum Agenda ; Ezili Dantò's Vodun Re-memberment to honor Earthquake Victims and HLLN Delegation mobilizing Haiti-led Relief/Rebuilding; A message to Paul Farmer, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, James Dobbins and Rony Francois ; Haiti's Riches, and The Plantation Called Haiti: Feudal Pillage Masking as Humanitarian Aid.)

Progress, as detailed in the video on "a vision" for La Gonave Haiti is not suppose to benefit the people and nation of Haiti. It’s about generating revenue for the shareholders of the La Gonave Development Authority – LDGA. For progress is always defined as a colonial enterprise, like the Dominican Republic and the rest of the Caribbean islands where mostly Eurocentric-black overseers manage their Black and brown populations for the benefit of the white superpower nations; and where the island peoples are set off as props in their own homeland - maids, butlers, prostitutes, gardeners, entertainers and housekeepers - servicing the foreign-owned white tourist industry while their masses live in abject poverty and total deprivation; their island resources exported to feed and further enrich said same foreign white countries as in the times of slavery. (Media Lies and the Real Haiti News, Ezili Dantò 2007). LDGA says outright in this video it imagines the same future for Desalin's descendants, for surviving Haitians - to exist simply to serve big-business and provide a cultural experience for tourists!

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But no matter how shattering the pain and suffering, no Desalin descendant reconciles with the adage that "might makes right." No.

Generation after generation of Haitians, up to my generation still consider Haiti owns Navassa Island regardless of the Unite States seizing it back in 1857. Every Haitian-written constitution affirms this. No knowledgeable Haitian refers to the Island as anything but the Island of Haiti (Ayiti). It's not been "Little Spain" - Hispaniola - for the longest. Our re-memberment is eternally present.

Ezili Dantò of HLLN
May, 2010

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Global Renewable Energy well I guess the name just about says it all I have seen some transparent con men in my day but this guy is right out of central casting. A humanitarian rattlesnake what a novel idea “ global and its partners will also develop a 15 acre tank farm " . Girl in plane English he is just taking your island. The time is coming and coming faster than they will ever know when guys like him will no longer be able to hide behind their Brooks brothers suits and the veneer of a civilization they have created to serve themselves . Do not blame Americans Elzili he is a globalist not an American and the process is already underway to unleash the wrath of the very people you are blaming they will take him down the same way they took down Hitler and Hirohito you do not have long to wait.
Gloabilists are the enemy. They are very much like latter-day Hapsburgs and Bourbons. They want cosmopolitan, haute-bourgeois empire, under their own well-financed umbrage.