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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

AUGUST 16, 2012 11:34AM

US control of Haiti, other little republics' UN vote not new

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US control of Haiti and other little republics' vote at the UN is not new

I found an August 10, 2012 George Will opinion piece relevant to UN/US occupied Haiti today for reasons that would probably not occur to Mr. Will. The piece discusses and juxtaposes other US candidates' "indelicate claims" to Democrat Obama's current campaign obfuscations that have caused consternation.

Whether intended or not, the opinion piece made a point we've made in several articles and commentaries about the key players in Haiti's containment in poverty and misery today: the Barack Obama administration, Dr. Paul Farmer, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, USAID, Congress, World Bank and the tiny big business corporatocracy they all serve.

See, for instance "Foreign investment means death & repression,  Part 1 and Part 2" ;  "US False Benevolence: Failure of Foreign “AID” is Structural"; Not voting for Obama: We’re not even buying a voting ticket to the show or, "Haiti: Time to remember Kandyo, the Malfini and Mongoose" where I wrote:

"Stop being so CONFUSED folks by the rebranding of the same old fascists. The good cop/bad cop play-acting of the Democrats and Republicans or that of the "progressives" and the "right wingers...don't be confused about the power plays between the malfini and the mongoose. Between Democrats and Republicans (Between Obama and Bush.) Or, 'between Wilson and Harding,' to quote (Kandyo) one of Haiti's most favorite satirist" in the time of the first US occupation of Haiti from 1915 to 1934.

Maybe Mr. Wills intended to make the point that the Republicans and Democrats (the US duopoly) as well as the Left and Right wingers in Congress and elsewhere, mostly serve the same global oligarchs and their profit-over-people interests, especially in the realm of US foreign policy. But I doubt it.

Speaking about US presidential campaigns and an Obama current public faux pas ("private sector is doing fine...the economy is not doing fine") in an opinion piece titled "It’s a question of context," George Wills wrote, in part:

"On Aug. 18, 1920, the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee (Franklin Delano Roosevelt), campaigning in Butte, Mont., said that it would be fine for the United States to join the League of Nations because our nation would have multiple votes. He assured listeners that “the votes of Cuba, Haiti, San Domingo, Panama, Nicaragua and of the other Central American states” would not be cast “differently from the vote of the United States,” which is “the big brother of these little republics.”

Then, (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) referring to his days as assistant secretary of the Navy, the vice presidential candidate said: “You know I have had something to do with running a couple of little republics. The facts are that I wrote Haiti’s constitution myself and, if I do say so, I think it a pretty good constitution.” He added: “Why, I have been running Haiti or San Domingo for the past seven years.”

Maybe Mr. Wills intended to make the point that the US empire's control of Haiti and other little republics' vote at the UN is not new.  Or, say that both Democratic and Republican candidates are ruled by big business (the tiny monopolistic "private sector is doing fine...the economy is not doing fine), support US imperialism and spin their own admissions of this reality onto "the public's inability to parse plain English."

Maybe Mr. Wills intended to make the point that Haitians often make, in Haitian folkloric peasant parlance. That is, Haiti and other US dominated client states, and their huddled masses are like small chickens. Both the malfini (ie. the birds of prey - the Republicans, neocons or Right wingers) and the mongoose (ie. the small carnivores - the progressives or Left wingers) are just fighting over which of them will either swoop down from the sky (the malfini - birds of prey) or crawl up from the ground (the destructive terrestrial mongoose) to eat - plunder, pillage, exploit Haiti or the world's poor masses (the chickens preyed upon by both these predators)! That's probably not what George Will intended to point out with the FDR/Haiti and other anecdotes in his opinion piece. Nonetheless, he did. FDR and the US did rewrite Haiti's Constitution, controlled its (League of Nation)/UN vote, just as the current US occupying powers in Haiti today control Haiti, the UN/MINUSTAH military mission there, helped select its president, are rewriting Haiti's current Constitution as well as Haiti's mining laws.

(The entire Georges Will's opinion piece is copied on our website as well as an Ezili Network reader commentary on this note. )

Ezili Dantò
August 14, 2012


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George Will wow I used to read him before the cops handed my head to me while I was handcuffed, then I wizened up. Didn’t know he was still alive, that's unfortunate. But we can always execute him after the revolution. I think you underestimate a little bit what is going on in America Ezili. There is a growing tide of Socialists and National Socialists that are all to aware of the lies the MSM is telling. The only use they have for George Will is target practice. You should try to hook up with Paul Craig Roberts. He is the only one who has any credibility with them any more. Get your story out through him. I used to be able to communicate with him through Op-Ed but Rob kall fixed that.