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

SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 2:58PM

Haiti Oligarchy & the World Profit-Over-People System, Prt 1

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Haiti's Enslavement: The Ruling Oligarchy and World Profit-over-People System, Part 1 by Ezili Dantò of HLLN

 

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Haitians were the first Africans enslaved by the Europeans to be brought to the "New World" for the free use of their labor to build wealth for the newer feudal lords of Europe.

Haitian where the first Africans to break their chains against the Euro-US hard-core eugenicists and empire builders, in combat, defeating the armies of France, Britain, Spain and a US embargo and naval blockade.

In 2004, Haiti's president, Jean Bertrand Aristide, was still so feared and deemed dangerous to the geopolitical interests of the United States, France and Canada that he was the first African to be deported back to Africa and forbidden to return home to Haiti.

After the Haitian revolution, those who classify themselves as "whites" united to re-enslave Haiti through neocolonialism, financial colonialism, forced assimilation, pèpè education, various Christian religious fanaticism and bourgeois democracy, and have faced the unrelenting opposition of indigenous Haitian-Africans ever since. (See, 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 - http://bit.ly/9lXlRF ; HLLN's 2009 Haiti Policy Statement for the Obama Team and Even on these ashes we continue to fight for freedom - http://bit.ly/98G1h8 .)

Since the fall of the US-supported Duvalier dictatorship in 1986, the US, CIA, National Endowment for Democracy and State Department have laundered billions in such a way as to destroy Haiti's economic sovereignty, contain the people in NGO poverty and marginalize the popular movement in Haiti, headed by President Aristide.

Through USAID, the CIA and NGOs, the US has poured billions into financing U.S. unfair trade practices and “democracy enhancement” programs that destroys Hait's domectic manufacturing, local production, infrastructure and food-sovereignty and that uphold, finance and support the anti-democratic sector - what they term the “independent sector” - against the popular sector that wants the assets of Haiti to raise the standard of living of the Haiti and to benefit the citizens of Haiti, not corporate interests, foreign nationals, NGOs and the morally repugnant Haiti Oligarchy. (Youtube Video: Philip Agee - Inside the CIA (Covert Action in Haiti, Guatemala))

In the 300-years of slavery, the colonizers used enslaved Haiti labor to produce coffee, sugar, mangoes, cut wood, et al.. to be used by their consumers abroad.

Now that cotton picking is industrialized, Mama Hillary Clinton at Obama's State Department, Papa Clinton at the UN, Barack Obama at the White House, USAID and their Haiti Oligarchy subcontractors, along with the Black Caucus in the United States, are assisting Haiti enslavement with the H.O.P.E. Act I, HOPE Act 2, et al... where Blacks are made to assemble cotton and other textile T-shirts and clothes at starvation wages. No capital is left in Haiti and Haitian domestic production, consumption and distribution are marginalized and destroyed, for instance, by US policies subsidizing Clinton’s Arkansas rice corporations. 

Nearly one year after the earthquake that killed more people than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined, about two million Haitians are still homeless, dying in storms and more may die when a hurricane hit. But the US State Department, servicing the corporatocracy that weakened the Haitian government with coup d'etat and regime changes is pouring its diplomatic efforts into cover-up deals for Korean factories, Brazilian factories, Dominican construction and building factories. Corporate state deals which made public only to camouflage the actual US corporate/colonial take-over of Haiti. These trickled down factories, with foreign pontentates at their helms, are, like SHADA was during the first US occupation, an excuse for appropriating fertile Haiti lands and will barely use significant Haitian labor, are not into helping Haitians do more than barely survive if that, not into providing safe homes, living wage jobs and authentic education for Haiti children. At least in the time of outright enslavement, housing, food and shelter was provided.

Two million Haitians are homeless after the earthquake but Barack Obama's USAID is pushing Monsanto giant agribusiness to institutionalize its poison hybrid seeds into Haiti, so that even the subsistence Haiti farmers, not just the urban assembly plant factory workers, will be dependent and further enslaved by United States corporations. Poverty is a business and the NGOs are there to blunt the enslavement policies of the United States, France and Canada while cashing in on their own citizens' compassion for Haiti’s misery.

Everyone knows that compassion and benevolence are not recognized currencies in this capitalistic world. Bottom line is the NGOs are raking in misery dollars. The US-Euro's with their racist/eugenicist/Natzi assumptions of superiority are deliberately keeping Haitians hungry, dying, sick, homeless, frightened and cowered in order to coerce Haitians into accepting the promise (but never delivered) of wretched starvation wages from the foreign factory plants. To force upon earthquake ravaged Haiti illegitimate elections, a  puppet Haitian government,  US occupation behind UN guns and the false benevolence of the Paul Farmer NGOs.

Haiti’s natural riches and strategic geopolitical value to the United States are always downplayed while the .5% in Haiti who own 98% of wealth and act as subcontractors servicing the global corporatocracy stay out of the limelight just strumming chaos and raking in the death dollars for their US-Euro colonial masters. (See, Haiti's riches: Economic reasons for US occupation behind UN guns - the plunder of Haiti Riches - oil, gold, silver, copper, iridium, deep water ports behind 2004 US regime change and US occupation with UN guns and Paul Farmer's poverty-pimping NGO missionaries.)

Fact is, Haiti is that weakest link in the crescent formation tipped by Cuba, Venezuela at the bottom and opening from the Bay of Port au Prince (filled with oil) towards the Caribbean Basin, filled with a seabed rich with oil and other natural resources coveted by the world's ONLY SUPERPOWER. That’s besides the fact that Cuba and Venezuela are the only other countries in the Western Hemisphere to use the assets of their nation to the benefit of their people and that goes against the profit-over-people narrative of US-Euro “free market” and “free enterprise” democracy. Haiti is that place where the US keeps the Haitian example stunted and the Cuban and Venezuelan revolutions from spreading.

That is why, on Haiti’s sacred bicentennial year, in 2004, Haiti's popular president was forcibly put on a US plane by US Special Forces good at rendition, deported and forbidden to return home to Desalin's Haiti by the Euro-US powers and their various black faces upholding the profit-over-people world system, including Colin Power, Condi Rice, Kofi Annan.

Barack Obama is continuing this crime and assault on the Haitian people, their sovereignty, right to life, right to the assets of their own country, security, liberty, dignity, freedom of association, opinion and assembly and peaceful association.

Since that Bush regime change, the Haitian populace are simply not allowed to mobilize and vote for a popular president and parliament.

The Bush/Clinton group reign with their NGO republic in Desalin's land, or so they believe. The NGOs provide food, better shelter and jobs to those who maintain this US-Euro perceived interests. Lavalas supporters and all dissenters are ostracized, jailed indefinitely, exiled and starved.

The United States is financing the upcoming November 28 sham election-under-occupation aimed at bringing back the days when a small click - the co-opted Haiti army and oligarch, chose Haiti's president and parliamentarians.

The high-end local economic elites in Haiti - the billionaires of the Caribbean - are the fulcrum of white supremacy, financial colonialism, underdevelopment and enslavement in Haiti.

Although the foreign NGOs are eating into the traditional colonial agent roles of the local elites, the Haiti Oligarchy are still very much the servants of colonial power. These colonial agents are the mostly light-skinned Haiti subcontractors, some by the names of Acra, Nadal, Coles, Baussan, Vital, Vorbes, Madsen, Mevs, Brandt, Kouri, Sada, Loukas, Boulos, Bigio. There's no free market in Haiti. Only the monopolies of these mercenary families -empire's patrons - who form the networks that are responsible for the continuity of colonial oppression in Haiti.

All elections in Haiti, since the 2004 Bush bicentennial regime change, have excluded the popular Lavalas party of President Aristide and are efforts at consolidating US, France, Canada corporate and geopolitical strategic interests. (US and France Scold Displaced Haitians and Other Whiners for Being 'Impatient' and 'Unrealistic'.)

It's fair to say, not one of the 19 candidates has popular appeal or have articulated a platform to change the export-led USAID/NGO paradigm and dumping of NGO charity workers, pharmaceutical, agri-business excesses and their products in Haiti.

The crop of presidential candidates are all variously amenable to corporate business rule in Haiti and to US assembly plant hoax as “development.” They are technocrats, a musician and one of the oligarch's merchants. So the United States and its allies are most happy to pour money into these fraudulent elections. The Black masses are excluded, so its good governance. All they need now is to replace the failed Bill Clinton brand at the UN supposedly facilitating donor country pledges and put the Congressional Black Caucus or some other otherwise "respected" Black US-Euro face in charge of Haiti rebuilding to further blunt the re-enslavement and slow genocide...


End of Part 1

Ezili Dantò of HLLN
September, 2010

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Forwarded by Ezili's Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network *******************************************

MORE BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Suffocating the poor: a modern parable They democratically elected a president to stand up to the rich and multinational corporations - so our governments have him kidnapped By Johann Hari | Friday, 17 September 2010 | http://bit.ly/c74t7f

Ezili Dantò's Note -In the interview, The Aftermath of the Natural Disaster in Haiti – Eight Months On” with Ezili Dantò on the Dave Gibbons show

I say "Iran" in terms of US Embassy but really meant to say "Afghanistan" and "Afghanistan war," instead. Haiti has the fifth largest US Embassy, behind Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany and China... http://www.davidgibbons.org/id210.html . For more precision as you listen to this interview, note that as of the eight months, about $500million (not 500thousand) is reported collected from country donors- but $10billion was pledged for a period of 10 years. $5.3billion in next 2years. Some figures say only2% of the rubble has been removed, others go as high as 5% rubble removed. Besides in the Caribbean Basin, oil deposits/hydrocarbons are around La Gonave and Bay of Port au Prince." http://www.voiceamerica.com/voiceamerica/vepisode.aspx?aid=48589

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The Mevs: "Before the devastating earthquake Jan. 12, Soros and the Haitian conglomerate WINs group were in the initial planning phase of a joint project to build a free-trade zone on 60 acres of land in northern Port-au-Prince, originally scheduled for completion in late 2012. However, because of the upheaval caused by the current natural disaster, the project is being delayed, Malik said. The WINS group is the largest conglomerate in the Caribbean and is owned by the Mevs family. The mega company is involved in warehousing and storage, port operations, and ethanol processing. WIN`s holdings include Shodecosa, the largest privately owned industrial and commercial park in Haiti; Varreux Terminal, the largest privately owned general cargo shipping terminal in Haiti; and Wineco, the largest liquid bulk storage facility in Haiti, according to the company’s Web site." ( Garment Industry Targets Haiti for Cheap Labor - http://bit.ly/9DlOrm)

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“At least in the time of outright enslavement, housing, food and shelter was provided.”

The brand of slavery being foisted upon the world today by corporate globalism is far more cruel than the original plantation brand. In the original, the plantation owners actually owned the slaves making the slaves property and no sane capitalist willingly damages their own property. It was sound business to maintain that property to the highest economically feasible standard for the owner, to insure the property's maximum functionality. The new plantation owner (read multi national corporations) is free of any such constraints. He has an unlimited supply of slaves from a pool that has been filled by artificially (read the Catholic church with its stance against birth control, Monsanto with its regulation of the food supply, and pseudo education which is made available in order to produce the allusion of a pathway out) induced poverty upon the given population. In this “New Atlantis” we now have disposable slaves that may be discarded in the same manner as a used piece of toilet paper. Nothing is lost except the token stipend that was used to maintain the property during its period of functionality and the stipend will always be adjusted to the bare minimum that is necessary for the property to reproduce itself.

Do not worry Ezili Americans will soon be joining their Haitian brothers and sisters in the pool. The multi national corporations are equal opportunity enslavers. Call it a crazy notion but I have the feeling that their own greed shall be their undoing. The limited resources of this planet force them to just keep pushing their agenda in order to maintain the Status quo. There are no more third worlds to rape only their own. All we have to do Ezili is sit back and wait. Their bill is already in the mail. Just remember the hundredth monkey and keep talking for as long as possible. I will do the same and hopefully we will live long enough to see them get their bill.
I just heard last night that most of the money sent for earthquake relief, etc. , something like 75%, has not helped the people, but rather gone to pay for the U.S. military's presence and into the pockets of the rich. Meanwhile, the U.S. is also sending $150 million a month to Pakistan to "fight insurgency". But again.....you guessed it...most of it is going into the pockets of the rich.