2/10/ Haiti: Pres. Bill Clinton, 10/1/ 09 Keynote address at International Business Meeting; Geopolitical Geology + Geography

digest note: since 2/7/10 Extreme War Measures Guarantee Further Defeat: part 1, due to server lack of response, was unable to post part 2 as planned. Many more developments, so will post it in interconnected sections to expose the agenda behind expanding US war moves which - since US gets its empire's power & profits by exploiting, oppressing and dominating 95% of humanity - always have 'unexpected outcomes' for supremely arrogant imperialists. "Unexpected outcomes" that are in the vast majority's genuine interests to politically support actively.

01 October 2009 Keynote address by President Bill Clinton, U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti, at International Business Meeting Port-au-Prince
Potential foreign investors are taking part in a two-day meeting in Haiti, organised at the suggestion of the UN's special envoy to Haiti, former US president Bill Clinton, to explore business opportunities in the poorest country in the Americas....
USAID Haitian Diaspora Marke At the initiative of USAID and the Sogebank Foundation, the investment project called ''Haitian Diaspora Market Place''was launched Friday at the Karibe Convention Center during a ceremony attended by members of the private sector, representatives of government and the international agency.
Funded to the tune of 2 million U.S. dollars by USAID and half a million by the Sogebank Foundation...
Haiti, USAID, Haitian investment, Haitian market , Diaspora,
"Haiti Investment Global can help the Diaspora community acheive their dream ... 2.5 million program, called Diaspora RISE or Diaspora Leve Kampe!, through: ..."

02 October 2009 - Bill Clinton - Haiti - investment - UNO Report on the IDB/Clinton Trade Conference

Haiti: From Natural Catastrophe to Economic Security A Report for the Secretary-General of the United Nations Paul Collier,
Department of Economics, Oxford University January 2009 http://www.avec-papiers.be/docs/Haiti_Collier_report.pdf
Haiti: Is Economic Security Possible if Diplomats and Donors Do Their Part?
By Robert Perito http://www.usip.org/files/resources/Haiti_Perito.pdf

in case you forgot:
1/21/10 Haiti: Pre-Earthquake Simulation
...Pre-disaster simulations pertained to the impacts of a hurricane in Haiti were held on Monday January 11. (Bob Brewin, ***Defense launches online system to coordinate Haiti relief efforts (1/15/10) -- GovExec.com, complete text of article is contained in Annex http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20100115_9940.php)... the day prior to the earthquake ... Jean Demay, DISA's technical manager for the agency's Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project, happened to be at the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Miami preparing for a test of the system in a scenario that involved providing relief to Haiti in the wake of a hurricane. After the earthquake hit Tuesday, Demay said SOUTHCOM decided to go live with the system.

Wednesday DISA set up a Haiti Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Community of Interest on APAN [All Partners Access Network] supported by the Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project...developed with backing from both SOUTHCOM and the Defense Department's European Command...in development for three years.... designed to facilitate multilateral collaboration between federal and nongovernmental agencies [NGOs]. (Bob Brewin, op cit, emphasis added) ...

The fundamental concept underlying DISA's Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project (TISC) is to "Achieve Interoperability With Warfighters, Coalition Partners And NGOs" (Defense Daily, December 19, 2008) Upon completing the tests and disaster scenarios on January 11, TISC was considered to be, in relation to Haiti, in "an advanced stage of readiness". On January 13, the day following the earthquake, SOUTHCOM took the decision to implement the TISC system, which had been rehearsed in Miami two days earlier:

The information sharing project, developed with backing from both SOUTHCOM and the Defense Department's European Command, has been in development for three years. It is designed to facilitate multilateral collaboration between federal and nongovernmental agencies. Demay said that since DISA set up a Haiti Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Community of Interest on APAN on Wednesday [the day following the earthquake], almost 500 organizations and individuals have joined, including a range of Defense units and various nongovernmental organizations and relief groups. (Bob Brewin, Defense launches online system to coordinate Haiti relief efforts (1/15/10) -- GovExec.com emphasis added)

DISA has a Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Field Office in Miami. Under the Haiti Disaster Emergency Program initiated on January 12, DISA's mandate is described as part of a carefully planned military operation: "DISA is providing US Southern Command with information capabilities which will support our nation in quickly responding to the critical situation in Haiti" [...]

previous Haiti earthquake digest issues:
1/15 Haiti: How & Why this Horror is SickeninglyFamiliar http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/263
1/17 Fear of Haiti's Revolutionary Potential... a Haitian Holocaust http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/264
1/19 One Week of War: Barbarity Born of Fear and Vulnerability http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/265

geopolitical geology
The Fateful Geological Prize Called Haiti
By F. William Engdahl,
...Leaving aside the relevant question of how well in advance the Pentagon and US scientists knew the quake was about to occur, and what Pentagon plans were being laid before January 12, another issue emerges around the events in Haiti that might help explain the bizarre behavior to date of the major ‘rescue’ players―the United States, France and Canada. Aside from being prone to violent earthquakes, Haiti also happens to lie in a zone that, due to the unusual geographical intersection of its three tectonic plates, might well be straddling one of the world’s largest unexplored zones of oil and gas, as well as of valuable rare strategic minerals.

The vast oil reserves of the Persian Gulf and of the region from the Red Sea into the Gulf of Aden are at a similar convergence zone of large tectonic plates, as are such oil-rich zones as Indonesia and the waters off the coast of California. In short, in terms of the physics of the earth, precisely such intersections of tectonic masses as run directly beneath Haiti have a remarkable tendency to be the sites of vast treasures of minerals, as well as oil and gas, throughout the world.

Notably, in 2005, a year after the Bush-Cheney Administration de facto deposed the democratically elected President of Haiti, Jean-Baptiste Aristide, a team of geologists from the Institute for Geophysics at the University of Texas began an ambitious and thorough two-phase mapping of all geological data of the Caribbean Basins. The project is due to be completed in 2011. Directed by Dr. Paul Mann, it is called “Caribbean Basins, Tectonics and Hydrocarbons.” It is all about determining as precisely as possible the relation between tectonic plates in the Caribbean and the potential for hydrocarbons―oil and gas ... the sponsors of the multi-million dollar research project under Mann are the world’s largest oil companies, including Chevron, ExxonMobil, the Anglo-Dutch Shell and BHP Billiton.1 Curiously enough, the project is the first comprehensive geological mapping of a region that, one would have thought, would have been a priority decades ago for the US oil majors. Given the immense, existing oil production off Mexico, Louisiana, and the entire Caribbean, as well as its proximity to the United States – not to mention the US focus on its own energy security – it is surprising that the region had not been mapped earlier. Now it emerges that major oil companies were at least generally aware of the huge oil potential of the region long ago, but apparently decided to keep it quiet...

In October 2008 a consortium of oil companies led by Spain’s Repsol, together with Cuba's state oil company, Cubapetroleo, announced discovery of one of the world’s largest oilfields in the deep water off Cuba. It is what oil geologists call a ‘Super-giant’ field. Estimates are that the Cuban field contains as much as 20 billion barrels of oil, making it the twelfth Super-giant oilfield discovered since 1996. The discovery also likely makes Cuba a new high-priority target for Pentagon destabilization and other nasty operations....Russian President Dmitry Medvedev flew to Havana one month after the Cuban giant oil find to sign an agreement with acting-President Raul Castro for Russian oil companies to explore and develop Cuban oil.2 Medvedev’s Russia-Cuba oil agreements came only a week after the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to meet the recuperating Fidel Castro and his brother Raul. The Chinese President signed an agreement to modernize Cuban ports and discussed Chinese purchase of Cuban raw materials. No doubt the mammoth new Cuban oil discovery was high on the Chinese agenda with Cuba.3 On November 5, 2008, just prior to the Chinese President’s trip to Cuba and other Latin American countries, the Chinese government issued their first ever policy paper on the future of China’s relations with Latin America and Caribbean nations, elevating these bilateral relations to a new level of strategic importance.4

The Cuba Super-giant oil find also leaves the advocates of ‘Peak Oil’ theory with more egg on the face. Shortly before the Bush-Blair decision to invade and occupy Iraq, a theory made the rounds of cyberspace, that sometime after 2010, the world would reach an absolute “peak” in world oil production, initiating a period of decline with drastic social and economic implications. Its prominent spokesmen, including retired oil geologist Colin Campbell and Texas oil banker Matt Simmons, claimed that there had not been a single new Super-giant oil discovery since 1976, or thereabouts, and that new fields found over the past two decades had been “tiny” compared with the earlier giant discoveries in Saudi Arabia, Prudhoe Bay, Daquing in China and elsewhere.5

It is critical to note that, more than half a century ago, a group of Russian and Ukrainian geophysicists, working in state secrecy, confirmed that hydrocarbons originated deep in the earth’s mantle under conditions similar to a giant burning cauldron at extreme temperature and pressure. They demonstrated that, contrary to US and accepted Western ‘mainstream’ geology, hydrocarbons were not the result of dead dinosaur detritus concentrated and compressed and somehow transformed into oil and gas millions of years ago, nor of algae or other biological material.6 The Russian and Ukrainian geophysicists then proved that the oil or gas produced in the earth’s mantle was pushed upwards along faults or cracks in the earth as close to the surface as pressures permitted. The process was analogous to the production of molten lava in volcanoes. It means that the ability to find oil is limited, relatively speaking, only by the ability to identify deep fissures and complex geological activity conducive to bringing the oil out from deep in the earth. It seems that the waters of the Caribbean, especially those off Cuba and its neighbor Haiti, are just such a region of concentrated hydrocarbons (oil and gas) that have found their way upwards close to the surface, perhaps in a magnitude comparable to a new Saudi Arabia.7

The remarkable geography of Haiti and Cuba and the discovery of world-class oil reserves in the waters off Cuba lend credence to anecdotal accounts of major oil discoveries in several parts of Haitian territory. It also could explain why two Bush Presidents and now special UN Haiti Envoy Bill Clinton have made Haiti such a priority. As well, it could explain why Washington and its NGO’s moved so quickly to remove-- twice-- the democratically elected President Aristide, whose economic program for Haiti included, among other items, proposals for developing Haitian natural resources for the benefit of the Haitian people.

In March 2004, some months before the University of Texas and American Big Oil launched their ambitious mapping of the hydrocarbon potentials of the Caribbean, a Haitian writer, Dr. Georges Michel, published online an article titled ‘Oil in Haiti.’ In it, Michel wrote, “... .[I]t has been no secret that deep in the earthy bowels of the two states that share the island of Haiti and the surrounding waters that there are significant, still untapped deposits of oil. One knows not why they are still untapped. Since the early twentieth century, the physical and political map of the island of Haiti, erected in 1908 by Messrs. Alexander Poujol and Henry Thomasset, reported a major oil reservoir in Haiti near the source of the Rio Todo El Mondo, Tributary Right Artibonite River, better known today as the River Thomonde.”8

According to a June 2008 article by Roberson Alphonse in the Haitian paper, Le Nouvelliste en Haiti, “The signs, (indicators), justifying the explorations of oil (black gold) in Haiti are encouraging. In the middle of the oil shock, some 4 companies want official licenses from the Haitian State to drill for oil.” At the time, oil prices were climbing above $140 a barrel -- on manipulations by various Wall Street banks. Alphonse’s article quoted Dieusuel Anglade, the Haitian State Director of the Office of Mining and Energy, telling the Haitian press: "We've received four requests for oil exploration permits…We have had encouraging indicators to justify the pursuit of the exploration of black gold (oil), which had stopped in 1979."9 Alphonse reported the findings from a 1979 geological study in Haiti of 11 exploratory oil wells drilled at the Plaine du Cul-de-sac on the Plateau Central and at L'ile de La Gonaive: “Surface (tentative) indicators for oil were found at the Southern peninsula and on the North coast, explained the engineer Anglade, who strongly believes in the immediate commercial viability of these explorations.”10
Journalist Alphonse cites an August 16, 1979 memo by Haitian attorney Francois Lamothe, in which he noted that “five big wells were drilled” down to depths of 9000 feet and that a sample that “underwent a physical-chemical analysis in Munich, Germany” had “revealed tracks of oil.”11

Despite the promising 1979 results in Haiti, Dr. Georges Michel reported that, “the big multinational oil companies operating in Haiti pushed for the discovered deposits not to be exploited.”12 Oil exploration in and offshore Haiti ground to a sudden halt as a result. Similar if less precise reports claiming that Haitian oil reserves could be vastly larger than those of Venezuela have appeared in Haitian websites.13
Then in 2010 the financial news site Bloomberg News carried the following:
The Jan. 12 earthquake was on a fault line that passes near potential gas reserves, said Stephen Pierce, a geologist who worked in the region for 30 years for companies that included the former Mobil Corp. The quake may have cracked rock formations along the fault, allowing gas or oil to temporarily seep toward the surface, he said Monday in a telephone interview. ‘A geologist, callous as it may seem, tracing that fault zone from Port-au-Prince to the border looking for gas and oil seeps, may find a structure that hasn't been drilled,’ said Pierce, exploration manager at Zion Oil & Gas Inc., a Dallas-based company that's drilling in Israel.14

In an interview with a Santo Domingo online paper, Leopoldo Espaillat Nanita, former head of the Dominican Petroleum Refinery (REFIDOMSA) stated, “there is a multinational conspiracy to illegally take the mineral resources of the Haitian people.”15 Haiti’s minerals include gold, the valuable strategic metal iridium and oil, apparently lots of it.

Marguerite Laurent ('Ezili Dantò'), president of the Haitian Lawyers’ Leadership Network (HLLN) who served as attorney for the deposed Aristide, notes that when Aristide was President -- up until his US-backed ouster during the Bush era in 2004 -- he had developed and published in book form his national development plans. These plans included, for the first time, a detailed list of known sites where the resources of Haiti were located. The publication of the plan sparked a national debate over Haitian radio and in the media about the future of the country. Aristide’s plan was to implement a public-private partnership to ensure that the development of Haiti’s oil, gold and other valuable resources would benefit the national economy and the broader population, and not merely the five Haitian oligarchic families and their US backers, the so-called Chimeres or gangsters.16

Since the ouster of Aristide in 2004, Haiti has been an occupied country, with a dubiously-elected President, Rene Preval, a controversial follower of IMF privatization mandates and reportedly tied to the Chimeres or Haitian oligarchs who backed the removal of Aristide ... the US State Department refuses to permit the return of Aristide from South African exile.

Now, in the wake of the devastating earthquake of January 12, the United States military has taken control of Haiti’s four airports and presently has some 20,000 troops in the country. Journalists and international aid organizations have accused the US military of being more concerned with imposing military control, which it prefers to call “security,” than with bringing urgently needed water, food and medicine from the airport sites to the population.

A US military occupation of Haiti under the guise of earthquake disaster ‘relief’ would give Washington and private business interests tied to it a geopolitical prize of the first order. Prior to the January 12 quake, the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince was the fifth largest US embassy in the world, comparable to its embassies in such geopolitically strategic places as Berlin and Beijing.17 With huge new oil finds off Cuba being exploited by Russian companies, with clear indications that Haiti contains similar vast untapped oil as well as gold, copper, uranium and iridium, with Hugo Chavez’ Venezuela as a neighbor to the south of Haiti, a return of Aristide or any popular leader committed to developing the resources for the people of Haiti, -- the poorest nation in the Americas -- would constitute a devastating blow to the world’s sole Superpower. The fact that in the aftermath of the earthquake, UN Haiti Special Envoy Bill Clinton joined forces with Aristide foe George W. Bush to create something called the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund ought to give everyone pause.

US War on HAITI: 'ground clearing' ops., pre-invasion & occupation
Haiti: U.S. army settling in
The United States military has set up camp in a posh social club where Haiti’s upper crust used to play golf until its walls were destroyed by the hurricane. At first, the US army distributed some food to the Haitians remaining on the premises but now, according to Officer-in-charge Jeff Zabala, the army is busy protecting the golf course and its equipment to keep the Haitians out. With each passing day the militarization of the island is gaining momentum, and the Haitian population questions the real reasons for the presence of the now 14 000 soldiers sent by Barack Obama, up from the initial 10 000 contingent. The additional 4 000 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division, not contributing towards the reconstruction of the country nor coming to the aid of the people, were dispatched when Haiti’s Mining Bureau Director Dieusel Anglade announced that "under its soil, Haiti is rich in oil and fuel.” As hundreds of Haitians looked on stunned, at least four helicopters landed 100 of these soldiers directly on the grounds of the Presidential Palace [in the photo], an act considered by the population as a loss of sovereignty. Meanwhile, Haitians remain hungry and homeless one month after the earthquake devastated their island and hundreds protested in a suburb of Port-au-Prince on Sunday...Increasingly, they are calling for the return of twice-deposed President Aristide from his exile in South Africa.

U.S. Attempts to Erase Haitian Nationhood
By Glen Ford
Proud Haiti has been reduced to a de facto “protectorate” of the United States – a grotesque form of non-sovereignty in which the subjugated nation is “protected” by its worst enemy. Namibia under white-ruled South African administration comes to mind, although in Haiti’s case the United Nations does not even pretend to be on the side of the oppressed, acting instead as agent and enforcer for the superpower.
As Haiti writhes under the agony of hundreds of thousands dead, Bill Clinton picks through the bones in search of prime tourist spots and mango plantation sites. America’s most successful snake oil salesman is pleased to do the Haitian people’s thinking, planning and dreaming for them – and quite willing to speak for the afflicted country, as well. “This is an opportunity to reimagine the future for the Haitian people, to build what they want to become, not rebuild what they used to be,'' Clinton told the global oligarchs at the World Economic Forum [1] in Davos, Switzerland. In one sweeping sentence, Clinton claimed a kind of sovereignty over the Haitian people’s very imaginations, assigning himself the right to filter what was good or bad about Haiti’s past, and what is permissible in the future. Haitians are no longer allowed to possess their own dreams and remembrances, which have apparently been placed in United Nations trusteeship, under control of UN special envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton. “MINUSTAH and the U.S. expeditionary force have conspired to starve out what’s left of Cite Soleil.”
As one of the world’s most shameless personalities, the former president is eminently qualified to represent both the UN and the U.S. armed missions in Haiti. The 9,000 troops and police of the UN Stabilization Force in Haiti (MINUSTAH) have for years waged war on the seaside shanty neighborhood of Cite Soleil, a political stronghold of exiled president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Before the February, 2004, U.S.-backed coup, Cite Soleil was home to at least 300,000 desperately poor but politically organized people. Relentless MINUSTAH raids have drastically shrunk the slum’s population. By 2006, only 30 percent of residents [2] still remained in some sections of Cite Soleil, according to human rights workers.
Since the earthquake, MINUSTAH and the U.S. expeditionary force have conspired to starve out what’s left of Cite Soleil. Three weeks after the catastrophe, the United Nations World Food Program described Cite Soleil as “no-go, for security reasons.”
Have the people of Cite Soleil been condemned to death and dispersal because of their pro-Aristide politics – a trait they shared with at least 60 percent of the population the last time a count was permitted – or are they doomed by their choice seaside location? Either reason will do, or both. Haiti’s poor are condemned in advance, for existing where inconvenient.
“Small rice farmers were forced off the land and into the shanty-opolis.”
The Haitian peasantry, which not so long ago kept the country self-sufficient in basic foodstuffs, became inconvenient after Washington forced Haiti to accept U.S. government-subsidized rice. Port-au-Prince, a town of about a quarter million in 1960, swelled to at least 2.5 million [3] as small rice farmers were forced off the land and into the shanty-opolis, where they built what they could with the resources at hand. U.S.-imposed “structural adjustment” made Port-au-Prince a high-density death trap.
Somehow, this U.S.-mandated migration – which also contributed to the exodus abroad of many hundreds of thousands – is now numbered among the many “failures” of the Haitian people. They must now move again, to places outside Port-au-Prince where they can “reimagine the future,” in Bill Clinton’s words. But whatever the Haitians might imagine, the United States is determined to deny them the right to pursue those dreams. Americans hector Haitians to summon the will to rebuild, but strangle Haitian civil society by effectively outlawing the nation’s most popular political party, Aristide’s Fanmi Lavalas. Self-determination is among those things Haitians must not be permitted to rebuild or reclaim.
“The U.S. strangles Haitian civil society by effectively outlawing the nation’s most popular political party.”
The Americans seem to prefer that Haitians have no government, at all, even one as compliant as that of President Rene Preval, who collaborated in banning Fanmi Lavalas from taking part in elections. Only one cent of every dollar in U.S. “relief” money goes to or through the Haitian government, which is thus reduced to a crippled and largely irrelevant spectator. The Americans will at some point “reimagine” precisely how the Haitian “protectorate” will be managed in these extraordinary times.
The Haitian people “need democracy and self determination,” said a statement by the U.S.-based Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, “not more military interventions by the U.S., which has sent more than 10,000 troops to subdue our people.” On February 20, the Black is Back Coalition will hold a National March and Rally to Defend Haiti [4], in Miami, Florida. “Our people in Haiti must have reparations, not self serving charity from France and the U.S.”
BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com [5].
For more information on the March and Rally for Haiti, contact stpeteinpdum@yahoo.com [6], call (727) 821-6620 or go to www.blackisbackcoalition.org [7].

first, pretext of 'cost dispute'
U.S. Suspends Haitian Airlift in Cost Dispute
MIAMI — The United States has suspended its medical evacuations of critically injured Haitian earthquake victims until a dispute over who will pay for their care is settled, military officials said Friday. The military flights, usually C-130s, carrying Haitians with spinal cord injuries, burns and other serious wounds, ended on Wednesday after Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida formally asked the federal government to shoulder some of the cost of the care.A Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman said the decision to suspend the flights was made by the military, not the federal health department. A military spokesman said that the military had ended the flights because hospitals were becoming unwilling to take patients. “The places they were being taken, without being specific, were not willing to continue to receive those patients without a different arrangement being worked out by the government to pay for the care,” said Maj. James Lowe, the deputy chief of public affairs for the United States Transportation Command.... Florida officials said the state’s hospitals had not refused to take more patients [but] had requested only that new patients be taken to other areas of the state, like Tampa....
Some patients being airlifted from Haiti are American citizens and some are insured or eligible for insurance. But Haitians who are not legal residents of the United States can qualify for Medicaid only if they are given so-called humanitarian parole — in which someone is allowed into the United States temporarily because of an emergency — by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Only 34 people have been given humanitarian parole for medical reasons, said Matthew Chandler, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security. The National Disaster Medical System, if activated, would cover the costs of caring for patients regardless of their legal status.
Major Lowe said patients could still be evacuated in private planes, but Dr. Green said medically equipped planes were very expensive and generally could carry only one or two patients....
then to its proxy, clearing the grounds for imperialist 'building back better'
In Quake’s Wake, Haiti Faces Leadership Void
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The journalists had assembled and the cameras were rolling. Seated at center stage were the American ambassador and the American general in charge of the United States troops deployed here.At the back of the room, wearing blue jeans and a somber expression, stood President René Préval, half-listening to the updates on efforts to help Haiti recover from its devastating earthquake while scanning his cellphone for messages. Then he wandered away without a word... revealing of the leadership crisis taking hold in Haiti as it faces the task of rebuilding almost every corner of Port-au-Prince, the capital.

U.S. to Resume Airlift of Injured Haitians
WASHINGTON — The White House said Sunday that it would resume a United States military airlift of Haitians seriously injured in the Jan. 12 earthquake, reversing a five-day suspension that doctors worried would strand patients with devastating burns, head and spinal cord trauma, amputations and other wounds. The flights were halted Wednesday after Florida officials complained their hospitals were overwhelmed and that they needed a plan for reimbursement for the care they were providing. Federal and state officials worked through the weekend to address concerns enough to restart the medical evacuations.“Having received assurances that additional capacity exists both here and among our international partners, we determined that we can resume these critical flights,” said Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman...Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida wrote to the Obama administration last week... requesting the National Disaster Medical System be activated to help with the cost. The military suspended the flights, saying that Florida hospitals had stopped accepting patients....
the halt to the evacuations quickly evolved into a roiling controversy distracting from the enormous efforts made by the United States to help... The White House, acutely aware of the lessons from Hurricane Katrina, stepped in to resolve the problem....
Confusion disrupted a smaller humanitarian effort involving Haitian children. A Baptist church in Idaho, whose members were among 10 people detained for trying to take 33 children out of Haiti, said Sunday that the team was “falsely arrested” and that the church was trying “to clear up the misunderstanding.”

US dares calls it 'death by red tape'
now, the exposed US occupation forces responsible for blocking aid, are only mentioned as 'humanitarian assistance' propaganda, with blame going to its non-functioning proxy Haitian 'government' for decades of US terror and genocide
Paperwork Hinders Airlifts of Ill Haitian Children
...American officials in Haiti declined to comment on the problems with getting clearance to evacuate the children, but the kidnapping concerns are not the first problem for doctors trying to evacuate critically injured patients.Medical airlifts being flown by the American military were suddenly halted on Jan. 27 because hospitals and state officials were short on space and worried about shouldering the cost of receiving more children, according to military officials.Since the military flights resumed on Feb. 1, Dustin Doyle, a spokesman for the Air Force, said that on average they had been flying eight patients a day to the United States.But doctors said that only a handful of children in need of care had been able to take advantage of those military flights because getting approval was slow, only patients at risk of dying in 24 to 48 hours had been permitted... in fact, most of the patients airlifted to the United States since the earthquake struck have flown on smaller private flights.. doctors said they had since tried instead to get the children onto the Comfort, a military hospital ship docked in the port, but had failed because space there was limited. “This is not how medicine is supposed to work,” Dr. Vyas said. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/09/world/americas/09airlift.html?pagewant...

Military postal service to begin in Haiti
Re-establishing postal services in Haiti requires close coordination with the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and various components of the Department of Defense.The process is a joint effort between the Department of Defense, the U.S. Postal Service, and the liaison between the two - the Military Postal Service Agency. According to a U.S. Postal Service press release, this experienced team of postal inspectors has sharpened their skills in the aftermath of such large-scale disasters as Hurricane Katrina. One of the inspectors, Kenneth Miller, has also been battle-tested as the former chief of postal operations for the Iraq theater, before he retired from the Army.

Rainy Season Starts
By Dolores M. Bernal
Rain started falling in Port-au-Prince at 11 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday... hard at times... the first of the rainy season.. "tent" cities in Port-au-Prince and across the country have as few as 50 people to as many as 3,000-5,000. The tents are makeshift shelters, often made of cardboard or bed-sheets. Most sit on fields of dirt, so if enough water falls the soft ground will make the sticks and branches people are using to the raise their tents to collapse. Only about 20 percent of the survivors have [real] tents able to withstand some rain.

No US Aid In Port-au-Prince
By Dolores M. Bernal Reporting from Haiti
You have to be in Haiti to see for yourself that no where in Port-au-Prince are troops present or actively helping survivors.I have been driving all week around Port-au-Prince taking photos of the destroyed homes and buildings and as I’ve gone from one end of this city to the other, the US is military is only found at the airport — nice and secured behind those gates. Meanwhile, the UN and its white Jeeps are driving all around this city, but I haven’t seen them stop to give food or water. Where is all the aid going, if any?
There is a big propaganda machine spitting out lies that the Haitians are happy to see Americans everywhere, but those Haitians must be the ones living in the United States. Here what you see are signs with phrases like: “We need food and water,” “We need medicine.”[...]

Bleak Portrait of Haiti Orphanages Raises Fears
“In Haiti, it’s not like the United States where people have jobs and homes and security,” Ms. Mardy said. “And if people have no security, how can they give security to their children? “We try to give them that security,” she said. “But at times like these, it’s overwhelming.”
In recent years, the government has tried to crack down on trafficking, establishing special police units known as child protection brigades that monitor children leaving the airports or crossing borders. But a State Department report issued last year said the brigades did not pursue trafficking cases because there was no Haitian law against the practice. The government “did shut down a number of unregistered orphanages whose residents were believed to be vulnerable to trafficking,” the report said.And in the wake of the earthquake, the authorities suspended all adoptions pending a review of hundreds of applications already in the system.But Haitian authorities acknowledge that the fledgling efforts of a financially struggling government long plagued by corruption have proved little match for the highly organized, multimillion-dollar criminal networks. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/07/world/americas/07trafficking.html?th&e...

U.S. opens Haiti port as officials seek housing for survivors
January 22, 2010
The United States has 20 ships off Haiti's coast and has been airlifting supplies to four central hubs established by the United Nations. From there, supplies are distributed to 100 different points. Aiding those efforts are three new runways, one in the costal town of Jacmel and two in the Dominican Republic. An extra 3,000 U.S. troops are due to arrive in Haiti to join more than 13,000 U.S. service members already on the ground and offshore...
Dubbed the ``Haiti 80,'' the majority of the children were adopted by American parents through Bethany Christian Services, a U.S.-based adoption agency licensed in more than 30 states. Bethany secured the release of the children by working with its orphanage partner in Haiti, God's Littlest Angels, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials.

U.S. Government Policy
http://haiti.usembassy.gov/religious_freedom06.html [ site managed by the U.S. Department of State]
The U.S. government discusses religious freedom issues with the Government as part of its overall policy to promote human rights. U.S. embassy representatives routinely met with religious and civil society leaders to seek their cooperation in the political process. The Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Protestant Federation, and the Episcopal Church each had a seat on the Provisional Electoral Council, with which the embassy worked regularly as the council prepared for and conducted elections from February to April 2006...Many foreign missionaries are affiliated with U.S.-based denominations or individual churches. Others are associated with independent, nondenominational Christian groups. Missionary groups operate hospitals, orphanages, schools, and clinics throughout the country

Christian missionary orphanages in Haiti

Haiti's orphans: Why they remain in limbo
By Jessica Ravitz, CNN
January 27, 2010
In 2007, the United Nations Children's Fund, or UNICEF, estimated that there were roughly 380,000 orphans in Haiti. Before the earthquake, UNICEF estimated as many as 2,000 Haitian children were being trafficked annually to the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti...U.S. lawmakers are pushing this week to get the Families for Orphans Act out of a Senate committee and onto the floor for a vote. The bill would create an office in the State Department to specifically handle adoption issues and look out for the best interests of the world's most vulnerable children. The stance of the Haitian authorities, though, appears unbending....

as if the US isn't already in charge and as if christian missionary work, including stealing kids for adoption hasn't for centuries a major arm of US imperialism...from amerika to Africa
Clinton asked to intervene in Haiti kidnap case
The U.S.-based lawyer for one of 10 American Baptists charged with child kidnapping in Haiti appealed for Secretary of State Clinton to personally intervene in the case

Comments that cut through the racist BS: http://poundpuplegacy.org/node/42444
I hope no Haitian girls or boys EVER have to be brought to this or any other white settler or old country nation, to have to endure these pieces of sh!t, their enablers, and their massive personal race/color/ethnicity hangups... Same old legacy of slavery/forced separation of bio families for money, same old white christian supremacy, same old social conservative bigots. 7 Potentias Africanas help the unfortunate misfit who is bought/brought here by these carnival barkers, then ends up being one of the queers on top of everything else.

Haiti: The corporate vultures circle
By Regan Boychuk
... according to a journalist just returned from Haiti, even the heart-rending footage we’ve seen here on television fails to "portray the magnitude of the tragedy that has happened – and the degree to which the Haitian people are suffering. When looking at images from the disaster", writes Steven Edwards, "we need to multiply by ten times our reaction of horror – only doing that can give you a true picture of what is going on in a place that has become hell not far from our shores."[i]...

The morning after the earthquake.. the Globe and Mail ran an editorial advising the international community to "rethink its efforts in Haiti". In particular, the editors of Canada’s leading newspaper agreed "a larger focus" on garment manufacturing in Haiti "could help the economy grow". In this, the editors concluded, "Wealthy neighbours like the U.S. and Canada have a special responsibility" and "Canada can play a leading role".[iii] Such talk of sweatshops might seem more than garish the morning after such a disaster, but this was hardly the first time Haiti had been targeted for such "sweatshop development" and foreign players are obviously eager to turn the exponential increase in the bitterness of Haitian existence into profitable lemonade....

April 2005, CIBC World Markets analyst Ronald Schwarz believed that, despite "a surge in imports of textiles from China", "Gildan’s manufacturing is among the most cost-competitive in the industry". Schwarz added, "Gildan’s labor costs in countries such as Haiti and Honduras are actually cheaper than those in China". Gildan’s second quarter results for 2005 surpassed the company’s most optimistic forecasts.[xiv] (In the January 12, 2010, earthquake, one of Gildan’s contractors’ building collapsed with about 1000 workers inside. According to a Gildan executive, "It appears there are no survivors". The New York Times described it as "probably one of the largest losses of life in a single location". A graphic illustration of largely imaginary "security" concerns thwarting rescue efforts, search and rescue teams didn’t arrive at the factory for four days. "Earlier, American rescue teams were cautioned against going into neighborhoods southwest of downtown, including Carrefour, that were perceived as too dangerous."[xv])...

As it was put in the business pages, Haiti needs "a brisk shot of laissez-faire". Setting aside for the moment the fact that such strategies are not how the wealthy countries developed themselves, it is worth recalling here Henry Kissinger’s remarks on our "age of the expert": the "expert has his constituency – those who have a vested interest in commonly held opinions; elaborating and defining [these vested interests'] consensus at a high level has, after all, made him an expert."[xvii] With this little piece of wisdom in mind, it is much easier to make sense of who is considered an expert on developing Haiti and what sort of advice they have to offer.
Paul Collier is an Oxford economist and former director of development research at the World Bank who "wants to persuade you that external military intervention has an important place in helping" those who live in poor countries..."The challenge posed by coups is not to eliminate them but to harness them."[xviii] After the Canada/US/France-backed 2004 coup and subsequent years of military occupation by UN forces, small wonder Collier found himself asked how Haiti could develop. Collier’s answer came in a January 2009 report to UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, "Haiti: From catastrophe to economic security". In essence, he recommends sweatshops assembling garments for the North American market as Haiti’s best hope.[xix]... a week after the earthquake, the Globe and Mail called Haiti a "perennial failed state", noted that its "government is not governing", and boldly recommended Canada, the US and France (along with token Bahamas) should "work together and, with the fragments of Haitian government, remake the Haitian state". Haiti "should not be turned into a protectorate of the United States or the United Nations" per se, but "Instead, a small, well concentrated committee of the major nations chiefly concerned" – coincidentally those most responsible for the 2004 coup and consequent repression – "should be formed to work with what remains of the Haitian government".[xxiv]...

digest comment: Due to US military occupation. Despite liberal appeasement & obfuscation, the US 'RELIEF OP' IS GOING EXACTLY AS PLANNED
The vultures are not 'circling', 'amid this catastrophe' but manage it, politically and militarily from US thinktanks to countless military & 'humanitarian' NGOs on the ground 'securing' this genocide as a part of the US geopolitical terror war.
U.S. fascist neoliberal plans and actions, operative for decades, came to what US hopes will be the final solution to Haiti's intractable independence and resistance. As Secty. of State Clinton said: "We have a plan...done in conjunction with other international donors, with the United Nations."
The "shock doctrine" for Haiti U.S. is reviving what Haitians call "the plan of death."
Ashley Smith
"ONE MONTH after the devastating earthquake, Haiti continues to suffer under apocalyptic conditions" ... "Amid this catastrophe, imperial powers and corporate vultures are circling, eyeing the profits to be made from reconstruction..."
February 8, 2010
The author of the plan, Paul Collier The Bottom Billion, advocating a neocolonial strategy for crisis-torn societies... argues that to be effective, great powers and international bodies like the UN must intervene militarily and occupy failed states... they then can impose development plans to reconstruct their economies....Before the earthquake [specifically in Oct. 2009, see below] Bill Clinton, named by Barack Obama to be a special envoy to Haiti, was already pushing for the implementation of Collier's plan as he outlined it in a paper titled "Haiti: From Natural Catastrophe to Economic Security." ...
Other commentators--like James Dobbins, former U.S. special envoy to Haiti under President Bill Clinton--likewise see an opportunity to remake Haiti along free market lines. As he wrote in the New York Times, "This disaster is an opportunity to accelerate oft-delayed reforms." As director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the Rand Corporation, the reforms he advocates are not designed to meet people's needs, but to pad corporate profits through mechanisms like privatization. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff attempted to pass off the exploitation of cheap labor as a humanitarian initiative: [T]he best strategy for Haiti: building garment factories. The idea (sweatshops!) may sound horrific to Americans. But it's a strategy that has worked for other countries, such as Bangladesh, and Haitians in the slums would tell you that their most fervent wish is for jobs. A few dozen major shirt factories could be transformational for Haiti.[A. Smith's racist implication is 'crisis-torn societies' just happen, no history of imperialism tearing oppressed nations and peoples to shreds]