Ezili Danto

Ezili Danto
August 01
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 17, 2010 6:28PM

Poverty Pimps Masturbating on Black Pain:Monsanto Joins pack

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The Poverty Pimps' Masturbating on Black Pain:

Monsanto joins the pack

Photo: Haiti Connect charity workers, who on the way to Haiti, stopped off for a week in Florida for team meetings...in topless bars and by the pool (published May 15, 2010, in an Irish, Sunday Mail news paper; written by Warren Swords and Valerie Harley. The article is not online but there is a scan available.) Here's a discussion with Evert Bopp, the head of Haiti Connect on the Sunday Mail article. See also Evert Bopp's story and the posts entitled: Why I don’t agree with Haiti Connect ; With Haiti in Ruins, Some U.N. Relief Workers Live Large on 'Love Boat'; Following the Aid Money to Haiti ; Why Don’t They Spend the Money Now, When People Need It? and Cash for Clinton — in the U.N.'s New Haiti Peacekeeping Budget; Floating Your Boat? U.N.'s 'Flotel' in Haiti Is Vastly Overpriced (72,500 per day, $6.5 million since March, 2010 — and counting) ; Red Cross under fire! Where’s the money for Haiti? and Colonization of Haiti's food and seeds is not earthquake relief.

The corruption and violence to Haiti, to Africa, to most parts of Asia, to Australia's autochthones, et al..., are structural, not perpetrated just by the large NGOS and charity organizations, the elite corportocracy and imperialist powers that backs them up. No. It's as structural as white privilege. An inheritance some bear the brunt of on this planet while others profit.

No paradigm change may come about if this is ignored. Haiti's majority starve, suffer, grieve and die, while thrill seekers, disaster tourists and the various "missionaries," "non-for-profits (NPOs)" and "peacekeepers" sunbath, swim at the beaches, at Labadie on vacation, on salary or hourly rate for a "charity" or, for taking pictures of us crushed, grieving , deprived and dead for international photo contests to "help us."

That some good is done by some charity workers doesn't justify the horror of the poverty pimping system whatsoever. (See, Travesty in Haiti: A true account of Christian missions, orphanages, fraud, food aid and drug trafficking ; Travesty in Haiti - Reviewed by Ezili Dantò/HLLN ; and The Slavery the Media Won't Expose.)

The majority of humanity continues to be enslaved by a dominant system that thrives on poverty.

Haiti's founding father, Jean Jacques Dessalines (Janjak Desalin) said, "I Want the Assets of the Country to be Equitably Divided" and for that he was assassinated. 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.) (See, Haiti and the Aid Racket : How NGOs are Profiting Off a Grave Situation ; and The Two most common neocolonial storylines about Haiti .)

The Violence and Corruption is Structural, Global

CBS News investigated the 5 major Haiti charities - CARE, the American Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, and the Clinton Foundation Haiti Fund - and found that they had collected vast amounts of monies for the emergency in Haiti but did not use but a fraction of it to ease the people’s emergency sufferings, claiming the 80 to over 90% emergency monies still in their coffers, four months after the earthquake, were for “future projects.” Thing is, many Haitians will have no future. When you’re having a heart attack, it’s an emergency and if the ambulance gets there months in the future, you’re dead already. These folks know this. That’s why we say they’re letting the people die.

That’s part of what Ezili’s HLLN means when we write about the "poverty pimps masturbating on Black pain."

The charity industry and USAID’s money pool is for its cronies and the elite corporatocracy. It’s their corporate welfare - bourgeoisie freedom. What Haitian-Africans have been struggling against since 1503. The good-hearted public can’t absorb such evil, so they generally prefer not to know. And those of us who pour our life-force out, no matter the repercussions and marginalization, to expose how these evil folks make a living from letting the poor die or get sicker and use disasters as an opportunity to sell their pesticides, herbicides, nutritional supplements, vitamins, vaccines, guns, weapons, security services, construction services, consultancy services, hybrid seeds or to take over their lands and silence the poor into accepting even more lower wage jobs and sub-standard living, seem to be the ones who are labeled “not constructive.” This disaster capitalism is practiced on the poor, Black and the Brown all over the world, including New Orleans USA with Katrina. (See, Naomi Klein Issues Haiti Disaster Capitalism Alert ; Lessons for Haiti from the Asian Tsunami; Saving Haiti from disaster capitalism ; Naomi Klein on Disaster Capitalism in Haiti ; and Profiting From Haiti's Crisis: Disaster Capitalism in Washington's Backyard.)

In 2008, four back-to-back- hurricanes hit Haiti. A million people were left homeless and 1,000 died in Gonaives Haiti, alone. USAID and the NGO industry in Haiti collected over $3billion donor dollars on the pains of Haitians from the 2004 and 2008 Gonaives hurricanes and storms. They said the same thing as they’re saying now about why once the cameras where gone, even the food, water and medicine dried up, much less any “future projects” were ever undertaken. Gonaives Haiti is still devastated from the floods of 2004 and 2008. The people have not gotten any major help in rebuilding their lives, major roads, bridges, flood barriers, even though the good public coughed up hundreds of millions of dollars for this.

Miami Herald photographer Patrick Farrell won a Pulitzer for his harrowing images of the Haiti victims of the storms and hurricanes that ravaged Haiti in 2008. Mr. Farrell did an excellent job and we at HLLN followed his work with great interests because he and his crew dropped the camera many times to help save a life or ease the suffering of a sentient being. But, did the pictures push the large NGOs or USAID that collected vast sums of monies in the name of the Haiti storm victims to give a check to the Gonaives victims so they could rebuild their lives, or were the monies used to rebuild their houses or to build flood barriers to protect the lives of these Haitians from the next hurricane? No. The prizes to come from the epic horror of the earthquake photographers will soon be announced. Meanwhile the people shall continue to die. (See also, Alice Meets' UNICEF 2008 Photos of the Year - Walking Barefoot in Misery.)


The Haiti-led, Haiti-capacity-building solution denied

The most direct and sustainable aid to Haiti's masses - Ti pèp la - comes from the Haiti Diaspora's remittances and from Haitians in Haiti saving themselves, not from the NGO/NPOs, the UN, the ruling Haiti Oligarchy and certainly not from the coup-detat-and-death-squad-creating USAID/US Embassy. Yet, those who want to change the world's system in Haiti mostly refuse to listen but to these anti-Haiti-people voices. They prefer not to support conscious disaster relief with human rights, healing and dignity.

For an exemplary Haiti-led development model, see Brother Francklin Armand's artificial lakes and model settlement at Pandiassou, founded 32-years ago:

"The ... first challenge was to help the peasants feed themselves, and later on to get away from the traditional practice of food aid...There are two seasons in the Central Plateau: the rainy season and the dry season. Traditionally, the farmers of the region would work the land during the rainy season, reap their harvest, and then wait out the dry season until the rains came back. This system became too precarious to sustain as the deforestation problem worsened. The artificial lakes hold water that enables the farmers to irrigate the fields with electric pumps. In this way the long waiting period during the dry season is eliminated and the farmers can have up to three harvests per year instead of one. This has improved their material condition immensely...The lakes are stocked with thousands of fish... and the cooperative invested in a freezer facility to store freshly caught fish to sell to the surrounding communities. Pandiassou has become one of the most important sources of agricultural products and fish for the markets of Hinche." (See also: Ezili HLLN's 14-Points for the Voiceless in Haiti: For a Return of Haiti's Sovereignty and for Disaster relief, Rebuilding with Human Rights, Healing and Dignity ; The Plantation Called Haiti: Feudal Pillage Masking as Humanitarian Aid ; Vision of Plantation Haiti - A White Pearl, Again! ; Sarkozy's visit to Haiti: A Buzzard Looking For a Free Meal? and Haiti has its own rebuilding plans: The US/UN Stop blocking Haitian Relief.)

Going shopping in Haiti:
"It is organized violence on top which creates individual violence at the bottom." --Emma Goldman

Though they exist and form the exception to the rule, there are very few Paul Farmers, Margaret Trosts or Bill Quigleys in the Haitian world. And even amongst "the exceptions," the number whittles down to almost zero in terms of foreign heroes who can be expected to go the lifetime-distance without making "unusual alliances" or joining the status quo that vies for the soul of Black folks. Few who would HEAR, Lila Watson who said, "If you have come here to help me then you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine then let us work together." This sort of thinking that inspires self-reliance not dependency and provide the respectful conditions for those in great need to, in liberty, dignity and identify, realize their own needs is not what compels the International Community in Haiti right now.

For, in the age of humanitarian imperialism, globalization, financial colonialism and neocolonial-violence obfuscated behind forced assimilation and cultural imperialism, what exactly do some whites or modern missionaries go shopping in Haiti for: sex, self-esteem, adulation, fun, challenge, adventure, the boost in serotonin-consumption, to exploit cheap labor, plunder Haiti's natural resources, for self-improvement, recovery, to use Haiti as in excuse to raise funds for their salaries and living expenses to live the old Dixie planters' life with exploitation black sex on tap, or as an easy way to gain international expert credentials in any field and move up the socio-economic ladder at home and/or for securing the good tropical lifestyle with mountain and oceanfront houses, the waiters, maids, gardeners and seafood they couldn't obtain as easily in their Euro/US countries where they are the majority, ordinary, can’t use the white privilege inheritance without some scrutiny and are not as exotic and special as in neocolonial devastated Haiti. It’s all hidden, of course, behind the mask of being good humanitarians, altruistic charity workers and helping Haitians. (See also, Ezili Dantò Reviews Travesty in Haiti: A true account of Christian missions, orphanages, fraud, food aid and drug trafficking (a book by Timothy T. Schwartz, Ph.D.); The Slavery in Haiti the Media Won't Expose ; Haiti's Holocaust and Middle Passage Continues; UN Peacekeepers and Humanitarian Aid Workers raping, molesting and abusing Haitian children; The-To-Tell-The-Truth-About -Haiti Forum 2009 and 2010; I am the History of Rape: HLLN Letter to UN asking for investigative reports on UN soldier's rapes in Haiti; and Proposed solutions to create a new paradigm.)

Excerpt of Going Shopping In Haiti is taken from Oil in Haiti - Economic Reasons for the UN/US occupation by Ezili Dantò

USAID's Monsanto Mutations: Perpetual Debt and Mortally Lethal

Haiti suffered the worst natural disaster in modern history. A natural disaster greatly exacerbated by man-made poverty due mostly to US free trade neocolonialism, Haiti oligarchy greed, neoliberal economics, white privilege and the racism generated that devalues the life of the Black woman’s children. (See, 8 MILLION dead in Central Africa since 1986.) But, it seems Clinton/Farmer/UN/the over 10,000 NGO/NPOs masturbating on Black pain, aren't quite done yet. (See, A message to Paul Farmer, the Senate, Dobbins & Francois.) Monsanto, the giant biotech conglomerate is the latest USAID tenacle (joining the pharmaceutical giants, private military companies, charity industry, et al..) to attach itself to the pool of foreign aid monies, in the name of helping Haiti earthquake victims - donating $4 million worth of their patented hybrid corn and vegetable seeds. (See, Monsanto gives Haiti $4 million in hybrid seeds.) Local Haiti Farmers will have to buy the seeds. Allegedly there's no genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) involved in these patented "gifts." But, the hybrid seeds have to be repurchased and planted every year!

They’re giving mutated-corn and vegetables to a Haiti people already too malnourished. There are no seeds in these hybrids. Have you ever bought an eggplant or a cucumber that has no seeds? Then you know it’s strange food. Infertile food! Frankenstein food. Does earthquake ravaged Haiti really need such GIFTS?

No. No, in the name of 300,000 dead Haitians, countless others taking to the high seas looking for asylum and over 1.5 million homeless, we say NO THANK YOU to more dependency, wealth monopolies, economic slavery, loss of soil fertility, loss of watershed protection, more foreign toxins that further pollutes the ground water, more destruction of local seed stock. No more environmental degradation and sediment loads in Haiti's rivers. Don't introduce your cancerous food system and production to Haiti. We want to grow, not produce our foods. No thank you, please! (See, Monsanto's Toxic Legacy (Organic Consumers Organization); Le lobbying de Monsanto ; Ezili's HLLN on the Counter-Colonial Narrative on Deforestation ; GMO Files: Monsanto’s Next “FrankenFood” ; Health Scandal - Monsanto's GMO Perversion of Food ; Monsanto Under Investigation by Seven US States ; Monsanto 7-State Probe Threatens Profit from 93% Soybean Share ; Food Inc - A documentary by Jeremy Freed; Tavis Smiley on Food, Inc.)
"I don't know why it is...but since the beginning of time Haitians have been suffering" ---Haitian migrant , 2009
"500 lane depi w (blan kolon) vle efase n. Jodi a ou vle m kwè se sèl ou ki ka sove n" --- Edike from Daniel 'Dadi' Beaubrun's Lataye (buy album)

[English - "For 500 years the whites (settlers/colonists) have tried to erase us. Today they want us to believe they're the only ones who can save us" --- Edike from Daniel 'Dadi' Beaubrun's Lataye (buy album)]

Video Reel - Red, Black & Moonlight: Between Falling and Hitting the Ground

The Haiti government runs Haiti like its a private not public enterprise. But it's our blood they’re spilling and polluting. The next generation’s future they’re mortgaging with these “gifts” that deny Haiti's food sovereignty, deny Haiti the ability to set its own agricultural policies in years to come. We Haitians have a right to know what horror USAID has prepared for us next as "gift" and "development!" Haiti’s Agricultural Minister has not answered the question: where will the Haiti farmers get the money to buy the seeds this year and then for next year and the year after that, and so on and so forth..? What are the terms? Who gets the money? USAID, as you see from the AP article is silent on the subject. No one underlines that the hybrid seeds must be repurchased for next year's harvest .. ie: a ROYALTY payment in effect and DEPENDENCY. It's worst than a World Bank/IMF debt. A WB/IMF/IDB loan arguably doesn’t start out as a debt in perpetuity. These seeds are debts in perpetuity and as mortally lethal to Haiti’s future and present health as any old bullet to the head. Oh well, that's seems to be what the Clinton/Farmer/Bellerive agricultural and Haiti reconstruction reforms are about, right? (See also, 200,000 poor Indian farmers have committed suicide from poverty, desperation, loss of lands after such same Monsanto and other USAID/biotech firms' false benevolence -corporate seeds combined with free trade subsidies to corporate agribusiness.) Some Good Samaritan wanting to really help the earthquake victims ought to leak these contracts so the world may take a gander at the Obama change in Haiti!
CNN's Byron J. Richards: "Monsanto is making an ominous power play to corner the worldwide market on food and seeds. In the process they are adversely altering the very nature of food itself." ( Health Scandal - Monsanto's GMO Perversion of Food)

“..what has slipped under everyone's radar screen is Taylor's involvement in setting U.S. policy on agricultural assistance in Africa. In collusion with the Rockefeller and Bill and Melinda Gates foundations, Taylor is once again the go-between man for Monsanto and the U.S. government, this time with the goal to open up African markets for genetically-modified (GM) seed and agrochemicals.” (Michael Taylor: Monsanto's Man in the Obama Administration; See also, Millions Against Monsanto ; Ezili's HLLN Urgent Action Alert: Take Action - Stop the introduction of Monsanto's corporate seeds into Haiti, and Take Action in Solidarity with Haitian Farmers who Vow to Burn Monsanto's Seeds.)

CBS News Investigation

According to the CBS News Investigation, the Clinton-Bush fund and Clinton Foundation raised $52 million in donor dollars and have spent only about $7 million: less than one-seventh. The Red Cross raised $444 million and spent about 25 percent ($111 million). CARE raised $34.4 million and spent about 16 percent ($5.75 million. Catholic Relief Services raised about $165 million and spent no more than 8 percent ($12.2 million). Much of what they say they spent the money on was “shelter.” That is, tents, tarps and sheets. The people still have no real shelter. How could tents cost the Red Cross, for instance, $38.5 million within the first two months after the earthquake when the people were mostly living under sheets and tarps and many say they had not seen the Red Cross at all, even for food and water distributions? (See, How did the Red Cross spend $106 Million Dollars in Haiti ; Following the Aid Money to Haiti and Why Don’t They Spend the Money Now, When People Need It? )

Haiti pains are a good capital asset for this industry. They wouldn’t have a job, salaries and tropical vacations and the illicit black sex they crave from Africans, without our pains, indignities, death, submissions and sufferings. Imagine swallowing the nutritional supplements, vitamins, vaccines and the other pharmaceuticals USAID insist are "aid to Haiti," when you've not eaten in four days? And the HIV drugs you have to swallow are also washed down with toxic ground water, in some ways also from US/Euro/Canada gold, copper, oil, iridium, uranium, coal, marble, granite, limestone, aggregate and other mining companies who pollute Haiti's shores and riverbeds.
When the earthquake hit, many of us who lived through the two recent US coup d’etats in Haiti, the two Gonaives hurricane destructions of 2004 and then in 2008, knew these poverty pimps, knew they would crank up the press releases and telethons and collect and collect and collect, while the majority of people suffer, lose more, grieve and die in Haiti. In our minds' eye we saw USAID, CRS, CARE, Red Cross, World Vision, et al... sad perhaps, but still calculating and salivating at the huge prospects of monies to be collected from the deaths and brutal suffering of Haitians. It’s a profitable gig the poverty pimps are just not about to give up.

The mainstream media won't give you this perspective. They switch, ad nausea, the parasitic poverty pimps strumming dependency into Haiti's do-gooders. But we are the Haitians, from the womb to the tomb our life is about struggle to survive, mostly alone, as the system grinds out racist and feudal-pillage plans they think are way over our heads. (See, Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds.)

Ezili Dantò of HLLN
May, 2010
More Background Information
Haiti's founding father, Jean Jacques Dessalines (Janjak Desalin), said, "I Want the Assets of the Country to be Equitably Divided" and for that he was assassinated. 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,"Et revient la question. Et ceux dont les pères sont en Afrique, ils n'auront donc rien.")

Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds: "The hybrid corn seeds Monsanto has donated to Haiti are treated with the fungicide Maxim XO, and the calypso tomato seeds are treated with thiram. Thiram belongs to a highly toxic class of chemicals called ethylene bisdithiocarbamates (EBDCs). Results of tests of EBDCs on mice and rats caused concern to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which then ordered a special review. The EPA determined that EBDC-treated plants are so dangerous to agricultural workers that they must wear special protective clothing when handling them. Pesticides containing thiram must contain a special warning label, the EPA ruled. The EPA also barred marketing of the chemicals for many home garden products, because it assumes that most gardeners do not have adequately protective clothing. Monsanto’s passing mention of thiram to Ministry of Agriculture officials in an email contained no explanation of the dangers, nor any offer of special clothing or training for those who will be farming with the toxic seeds.

Haitian social movements’ concern is not just about the dangers of the chemicals and the possibility of future GMO imports. They claim that the future of Haiti depends on local production with local food for local consumption, in what is called food sovereignty. Monsanto’s arrival in Haiti, they say, is a further threat to this.

“People in the U.S. need to help us produce, not give us food and seeds. They’re ruining our chance to support ourselves,” said farmer Jonas Deronzil of a peasant cooperative in the rural region of Verrettes."


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“They’re giving mutated-corn and vegetables ” no doubt their testing it that's what Monsanto's doing there . Things are already so bad for your people Ezili I almost hesitate to mention it but what will happen to Haiti when the oil spill gets there. If we do not rid our selves of the multinational corporations like Monsanto the people of Haiti may be the first to suffer but they will have plenty of company in the future