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

JULY 10, 2010 5:54AM

Who is Rajiv Shah, What are Haiti concerns about Shah/USAID

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Who is Rajiv Shah, What are Haiti concerns about Shah/USAID: USAID-supported Bio tech firm develop HIV tainted GM corn: HIV Infection Rates Increase with eating US Corn in Sub Sahara Africa

A USAID Press Release indicates that USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah Visits Haiti but, who is Rajiv Shah and what are the issues for Haitians to be concern about in reference to Rajiv Shah, his connections to agribusiness, Monsanto, the spread of GMOs and US foreign policy to depopulate Black nations? (Stolen Womb) Below HLLN examines that question for the Ezili Network and our blog readers.


- Rajiv Shah was the agricultural programs director for the explicitly pro-biotech Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is on the board of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). AGRA and the Gates Foundation have been criticized for working closely with Monsanto and its non-profit research arm, the Danforth Center, and promoting GMOs.

Rajiv Shah, Obama's head of USAID, worked for USDA, is connected to Monsanto and the spread of GMOs and has connection with the defunct Prodigene and their pharm-seeds and may be promoting the interests of Monsanto and Prodigene as USAID's head. Monsanto has given corn seeds to Black Haiti under USAD's Rajiv Shah reign, his connections to Monsanto and Prodigene, spermicidal-corn is relevant to know. Also relevant to know, in light of US food aid and US food dumping in Haiti and especially in light of Monsanto's gift of corn and other hybrid seeds to Haiti is the connection of US corn in Black Africa to increased HIV rate. That US corn consumption is now being linked to HIV infection rates in Black Africa.

USAID and USDA's agricultural policies in Haiti has promoted famine. US agribusiness, USAID's sterilize, starve (through use/non-use of food aid and free trade fraud promoting famine), sweatshops, slaughter (through dictatorship, Bush regime change, UN occupation), incarceration (massive "preventive" detention), police/military brutality and contamination programs, all, have been deployed to meet US State Department-Kissinger's depopulation and to weaken Haiti's self-rule, public and social infrastructure initiatives. Population control, sterilize, force-assimilate, poison and starve - that is US foreign policy as carried out, say, since 1975 when President Ford signed off on Kissinger's NSSM 200 as official US foreign policy.

There is massive vaccination in Haiti after the 2004 Bush regime change. And we know that the World Health Organization (WHO) has been known to carry out vaccination programs with tetanus shots laced with an abortion agent and given only to Black and brown women of child bearing age.

Today USAID, World Bank, WHO, IMF and the NGOs - under the rhetoric of eliminating world hunger, disease and poverty are busy committing genocide as per Kissinger's NSSM 200. Depopulate Brown and Black countries, sterilize their masses, criminalize dissent, force assimilate, poison and starve, this US imperative is euphemistically referred to as "American exceptionalism" or more benevolently as a "double standard" and it is carried out by the select use (or, shall I say non-use) of food aid, US agri-business overseas food control, big oil's fuel control, medical technology, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical companies use of Black and Brown population as medical guinea pigs. The eugenics of the elite monopolistic US family businesses are well documented and started way before the founding "charitable foundations" of America like the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Carnegie Foundation up to today's over 14,000 NGOs in Haiti continuing their legacy. The top echelon amongst these tax-exempt foundations served as vehicles for the advancement and domination of powerful elite families at the expense of the welfare of most American citizens and of most of mankind. Contrary to popular belief, the idea of a blue-eyed Nordic master race was NOT solely a Nazi Germany fantasy. It has its early roots in the United States of America.

This hidden genocide, sometimes referred to as "American exceptionalism," "US national interests" or a "double standard" explains, for instance, why the lives of the people of India are not as important as US lives. This double standard is the foundational precept upon which the US was built and continues to operate. The same eugenics and racists ideology of US elites like the Rockefeller brothers, JP Morgan, Carnegie undergird today's US foreign policy and imperialism, but its veiled under the guise of selfless charity, sustainable development, upholding democracy, ending world hunger, combating disease and population problems. The old talk of racial purity and elimination of inferiors have altered because that's now politically incorrect, it's just been shrewdly repackaged as "population control." That's why the 1984 Bhopal explosion which released tons of toxic chemicals into the air means less than the devastation of the oil spill that affects white lives and US pristine environment. That is why Obama's advisor Larry Summers when he was chief economist at the World Bank could say with IMPUNITY: "Just between you and me, shouldn't the world Bank be encouraging MORE migration of the dirty industries to the Less Developed Countries?... I've always thought that under-populated countries in Africa are vastly UNDER-polluted"

It is the US's official, if unstated, policy to depopulate the world of the Black and Brown woman's child in order to conserve the world's raw materials for the use of its monopolistic corporations regardless of the health and environmental impact of their activities. The facade and rhetoric of philanthropy, human rights, spreading democracy, stopping terrorism and "doing the right-thing" continues to veil this genocide and shall continue to work as long as so-called progressives ignore or obfuscate the intentional genocide that animates the double standard. (Bill Clinton’s Heavy Hand on Haiti’s Vulnerable Agricultural Economy: The American Rice Scandal)

In the rush to control, dominate and own food, lands, water, resources and all life - US-supported monopolistic companies like Dow Chemical and Monsanto, their business banking cohorts and governmental allies and institutions (WB/IMF/USAID/NGOs/UN) helped launched unregulated genetically modified plants and animals that are now being consumed worldwide and not just the unwitting and lied-to US public. The mindset of our rulers is a virus that's gone nuclear and its not only eating away at the Black and Brown world, but all that's around it and itself - its very core. It's so illogical, so blithely unaware of our interconnectedness, it's already destroyed itself with its own cancerous agents and greed, as we see with the Gulf oil spill. (See, Did Gulf oil drilling destabilize fault, cause #Haiti earthquake? Today NATO deploys 7000 Marines to Costa Rica As more Quake Fears Grow http://bit.ly/aCL7dS. Russian intelligence sources reporting NATO has ordered over 7,000 US Marines deploy to Costa Rica over fears disastrous oil spill in Gulf about to rupture fracture zone between North American & Caribbean Plates & potentially unleashing upon the America's a catastrophic earthquake.)

What these morally repugnant elites thought to launch, perhaps only onto the "lesser" peoples, nations and races, has sadly landed home as any logical analysis could have predicted.


Since Monsanto just gave Haiti a gift of corn and other of its "hybrid" seeds, I found this information by Robert Wingfield from the 3Report about how HIV infection rates increased with US-corn consumptionin in Sub Saharan Africa extremely relevant to share and further consider. Particularly as it's basic US foreign policy to depopulate the world of Non-Nordic peoples and to maintain a financial colonial system that conserve the world's raw materials for the sole use of the few transnational corporations that holds up the post-World War II power structure. If you have the time it is worthwhile to also listen to Robert Wingfield talking about GMOs and HIV on The Truther Girls radio show. (See also - Bill Clinton’s Heavy Hand on Haiti’s Vulnerable Agricultural Economy: The American Rice Scandal.)


HIV Infection Rates Increase With Corn Consumption in Sub Saharan Africa by Robert Wingfield, June 09, 2010, 3Report an Alternative News and Video Blog

CLICK HERE to listen to Robert Wingfield talking about GMOs and HIV on The Truther Girls radio show

Special Report by Robert Wingfield

The president of a bio tech firm developing HIV tainted GM corn strains was appointed to the Board for International Food and Agriculture Development in 2002. Now, in 2010, studies show a possible link between HIV infection and corn consumption in sub Saharan Africa.

An article came out of Reuters today entitled “Fungus-tainted corn a factor in Africa HIV spread?”. The article reveals that a study conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia found that HIV infection rates may be linked to corn consumption in sub Saharan Africa.

“Using data from the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization, the researchers found that as sub-Saharan countries’ per-person corn consumption rose, so did HIV transmission rates.”

The article proposes that this is due to a type of fungus growing on the corn which could weaken the immunity of those who consume it, thus making them more susceptible to the HIV virus. However, at the end of the article, they admit “All of that, however, remains speculation until further research is done confirming the link between contaminated corn and HIV.”

Link to the study from the University of Georgia:

From the study abstract:

“CONCLUSIONS: HIV transmission frequency is positively associated with maize consumption in Africa. The relation between cancer and food suggests that fumonisin contamination rather than aflatoxin is the mostly likely factor in maize-promoting HIV. Changes to the quality of maize may avoid up to 1,000,000 transmissions of HIV annually.”

Let us flash back to 2002, when articles began to emerge about a biotech company called Prodigene. Prodigene specialized in producing genetically engineered crop varieties that would be used for pharmaceutical purposes. The following article, ProdiGene to spend millions on bio-corn tainting reveals that the company was fined by the USDA after their genetically modified corn strains contaminated a supply of soybeans.

“In the Nebraska incident, some 500,000 bushels of soybeans were accidentally contaminated by a tiny amount of ProdiGene’s bio-corn. The soybeans were seized by the USDA after harvest in October and have been kept in a locked warehouse.”

Another article was published in New Scientist which detailed Prodigene’s success in developing a strain of corn that had been genetically modified to contain a key protein found on the surface of the monkey form of HIV.”

Here is a link to a medical journal with an article published by Prodigene which explains “we expressed the SIV major surface glycoprotein gp130 (analogous to HIV gp120) in corn seed.”

Today, there is almost no trace of the company Prodigene. Their website has been taken down, their phone lines are disconnected. However, a google search reveals that the CEO and President of Prodigene, Anthony G. Laos, was appointed to the Board for International Food and Agriculture Development by President Bush in 2002.

The Board for International Food and Agriculture Development, otherwise known as USAID, is an independent federal government agency that works in third world countries to develop agriculture. Their website describes involvement in sub Saharan Africa. Their mission in sub Saharan Africa is to “incorporate good governance principles and innovative approaches to health, education, economic growth, agriculture, and the environment.”

The Wikipedia entry on USAID: reveals that the organization financed the forced sterilization of 350,000 Peruvians to the tune of 36 million dollars.

“In Peru, former president Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) pressured 200,000 indigenous people in rural areas (mainly Quechuas and Aymaras) into being sterilized. In July 2002, a final report from the Health minister proved that between 1995 and 2000, 331 600 women and 25 590 men had been sterilized. The program was mainly financed by the USAID (36 000 000 dollars) and the UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund).”

The USAID website also reveals that over the past 20 years, genetically modified crops have accounted for “an estimated half of agricultural productivity improvements.” It goes on to say that “As we face global population growth, increased competition for land and water resources from industrial and urban growth, climate change, and the need to protect the environment, we need new solutions to increasing agricultural productivity to combat hunger and poverty.”

In summary, we have the president of a company producing HIV tainted strains of corn on the board of an organization that is involved in providing genetically modified crops to sub Saharan Africa, where corn consumption is now being linked to HIV infection rates.

More information has come to light about Prodigene since this article was originally published. The following two articles explain what happened to Prodigene and establish a link between Prodigene and the Obama administration

Rajiv Shah, Obamas Top USAID appointee, was working under a man named Tom Vilsack at the USDA. Tom Vilsask was involved with Prodigene and the push for limited regulation on biopharma crop growers.

The Case Against Rajiv Shah: Don’t Let Monsanto Take Over USAID

“ProdiGene eventually went out of business, but not before it received a $6 million investment from the Governors Biotechnology Partnership, chaired by Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack, currently Shah’s boss at the USDA. Vilsack didn’t want any restrictions placed on experimental pharma crops. In reaction to suggestions that pharma crops should be kept away from food crops, Vilsack argued that ‘we should not overreact and hamstring this industry.’”

“Beachy, currently working under Shah as the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture director, joined Vilsack in support of ProdiGene and against regulation of pharma crops when he was still the director of the Danforth Center. He said in 2004 that scientists must be free to experiment in open fields”

Obama’s Pick for Head of USAID: Forcing GMO’s on the World’s Poor

“After a short stint at USDA, Rajiv Shah has been picked by the Obama Administration to head up the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).”


Here is another article about the financial history of Prodigene.

From the article:

1996: The protein products division of Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. in Des Moines merged with a Texas pharmaceutical firm to form ProdiGene Inc., which is now based in College Station, Texas. Pioneer remained an investor in ProdiGene.

1999: Pioneer and its parent, DuPont, invested $2 million in tecTerra Food Capital Fund, a venture-capital fund started by Iowa lawmakers.

2001: tecTerra Food invests $3 million in Omaha-based StaufferSeeds Inc. That investment was pooled with other funds and converted into ProdiGene stock.

Today: tecTerra`s investment in ProdiGene grows to $6 million. The Iowa Agricultural Finance Corp., which controls the fund, is a 14.5 percent owner of ProdiGene, and tecTerra has a seat on ProdiGene`s board.


Other Recommended HLLN Link:

HLLN Urgent Action Alert: Take Action - Stop the introduction of Monsanto's corporate seeds into Haiti

Bill Clinton’s Heavy Hand on Haiti’s Vulnerable Agricultural Economy: The American Rice Scandal

Sterilize, Starve, Poison, Population Control, Contaminate equals US foreign policy in Black & Brown countries around the world for the benefit of its military-industrial-scientific-agricultural-pharmaceutical complex http://ning.it/aiiFnt

Emmanuel Dread Wilme, Haiti's warrior assassinated by UN/US occupiers on July 6, 2005

2010 HLLN Take Action Action Alerts

Support Humanitarian Parole for Haitians, June, 2010

Take Action in Solidarity with Haitian Farmers - Stop Introduction of Monsanto corporate seeds into Haiti, May, 2010 (See also -[ezilidanto] 200,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide due to Monsanto and other such corporate seeds combined with free trade subsidies to corporate agribusiness| Take Action, Stop the introduction Monsanto's corporate seeds into Haiti )

Tell Congress: Fund Local Food for Haiti, AJWS, May, 2010

(Support Haiti peasant-led projects, support the Lambi Fund and Sustainable ...)

Support Conscious Disaster Relief with human rights, healing and dignity, January 2010

Voices of Haiti: South Florida


Haiti - The Small Fraction

Shocking video of the work of our saviors in the days immediately following the earthquake. A slice of what was happening in Port au Prince down town during the days after the earthquake. See it NOW before it's REMOVED by the UN/US! The unidentified "soldier?" in plain clothes who is beating the unarmed Haitian man to a pulp on the ground keeps repeating just one kreyòl word "kouche, kouche" which means "lay down, lay down". He's probably not Haitian since he only knows one Kreyòl word it seems. Why are the "American" or UN detachment of soldiers simply ignoring this gross violation of an unarmed man. The "soldier" beating the man repeats one word like the Haitian man is just a dog. We don't have details but you may come to your own conclusion as the necessity for the kicks and slaps, the abuse of human rights, force and military power.

Forwarded by Ezili's Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network

- Did oil drilling in Gulf cause Haiti earthquake?
See article that maintains: Russian intelligence sources reporting NATO has ordered over 7,000 US Marines deploy to Costa Rica [map 2nd photo left] over fears disastrous oil spill in the Gulf is about to rupture fracture zone 'tween North American & Caribbean Plates & potentially unleashing upon the America's a catastrophic earthquake.

NATO Orders 7,000 US Marines To Costa Rica As Gulf Oil Disaster Quake Fears Grow | EUTimes.net

- Sterilize, Starve, Poison, Population Control, Contaminate equals US foreign policy in Black & Brown countries http://ning.it/aiiFnt

- Spermicides put in grain shipped to countries around world where U.S. foreign policy want population control http://ning.it/97QzE2

- Youtube Video - Haiti, Oil Spill & Population Control - Marcus Kline

GMO Population Control: Spermicidal Corn

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