1/22/11 HAITI: Why is Duvalier Back? How U.S Aid Hurts Haiti, Helps U.S.


"...they regarded him "as a bulwark against communism in the volatile Caribbean"
'Baby Doc' Duvalier's escape into exile meufmsn.net/news/baby-doc-duvaliers-escape-into-exile-the-guardian-blog.html

official 'news'...
1/17/11 US administration has officially remained silent about Duvalier's return

(US/Soros major NGOs in bold below)

‘Baby Doc’ will be near impossible to prosecute
Analysis: Peter Goodspeed
“It’s going to be a challenge because there is probably not a written record that links Duvalier to the many, many crimes that occurred under his rule,” said Reed Brody, a Haitian expert with Human Rights Watch in Brussels....Under Haitian law, justices of the peace normally have three months to investigate charges and report back to a prosecutor, who actually decides if a case should be brought to trial, said Gerardo Ducos, a researcher in Haiti for Amnesty International. “The key here, I think, is the political will to actually bring Jean-Claude Duvalier to trial or at least start an investigation,”...
Rupert Colville, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva spokesman, questioned whether Haiti’s justice system could handle Mr. Duvalier’s case.“Evidence is needed to mount a case, It isn’t clear whether Haitians had what was necessary in place to arrest him or charge him...you have to have some sort of preparation, you can’t just arrest people. It depends on what has been prepared in the past.”...[US/UN 'rules' do not apply to those who make them and their strategic state terrorism partners]

Haitian puppet had no immediate comment...
In 2007, President René Préval said Mr. Duvalier could return but would face justice for the money the government said he looted from the treasury, as well as for the deaths and torture of political opponents at the hands of the secret police. Mr. Duvalier has long flirted with returning, telling reporters over the years he would like to go home...Jean-Claude Duvalier’s departure from Haiti 25 years ago, arranged with the assistance of the United States [e.g. rescued by US military],ushered in a period of halting democracy that has continued with tumultuous elections.Sunday, the American ambassador to Haiti, Kenneth H. Merten, embraced an international report rejecting the results of the presidential election in November...

among heretofore anonymous advisers
Duvalier Expresses 'Profound Sadness' for Victims of His Regime
VOA News 22 January 2011
Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier says he feels "profound sadness" for Haitians who say they were victims of his 15-year regime. Duvalier also voiced sympathy for many of his supporters, who he said were "assassinated, suffocated, interrogated" and "subjected to tire necklace burnings" after he fled the country in 1986 during a popular revolt. Former U.S. congressman and presidential candidate Bob Barr, one of the attorneys accompanying Duvalier, says on his website he is in Haiti to assist Duvalier bringing his "message of hope" to the world.

'Duvalier 'advisers' search got 70 pages before quitting - about 90% link to same NYT article minus mention of US role
Duvalier Meets With Advisers as Haiti Holds Its Breath

US needs 'law & order' as millions sre starve, clearing the way FOR 'development' to 'bring Haiti back better' for U.S.
Wellovert Jean, a former Haitian army officer said he and several of his former comrades in arms who moved to the Dominican Republic after the dissolution of the Haitian army, returned home since Sunday ready to assist with the restructuring of a government under Duvalier to "impose order and respect for the Haitian people."

While Mr Duvalier has not explained his reason for returning, he was apparently hoping to take advantage of the current political vacuum to rally support behind a promise to reinstate a "law and order" government.
1/19 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-12208872

'concerned' in deed
'Baby Doc' Duvalier's possible return to Haiti concerned US
In February 2006 Lisa Kubiske, US charge d'affaires in the Dominican Republic, which neighbours Haiti, alerted the Dominican foreign minister, Carlos Morales Troncoso, about Duvalier's possible return...According to the 2006 US wikileaks cable, Morales Troncoso agreed with Kubiske – now deputy chief of mission in Brazil – about the undesirability of having Duvalier back on Haitian soil...He said he had warned the Dominican embassy in Port-au-Prince among others against Duvalier coming to or through the Dominican Republic."

US demanded Brazil keep Jean-Bertrand Aristide out
Kim Ives, http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jan/21/haiti-wik...
Confidential US diplomatic cables from 2005 and 2006 released this week by WikiLeaks reveal ...a 8 June 2005 meeting of US Ambassador to Brazil John Danilovich joined by his political counselor, usually the local CIA station chief, with then President Lula da Silva's international affairs adviser Marco Aurelio Garcia..."...stressed continued US insistence all efforts must be made to keep Aristide from returning to Haiti or influencing the political process …" The ambassador and his adviser were also anxious about "reestablishing credibility" of the UN Mission to Stabilise Haiti (Minustah). The Americans reminded Garcia that then - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had called "for firm Minustah action and the possibility that the US may be asked to send troops at some point"....Garcia reassured the duo that... there was "continued Brazilian resolve to keep Aristide from returning to the country or exerting political influence". Aristide "does not fit in with a democratic political future" in Haiti, Garcia is quoted as saying....The American duo then met 10 June with Brazilian Under-Secretary for Political Affairs Antonio de Aguiar Patriota... he acknowledged that "Minustah has not been sufficiently robust."...

... the Americans and French conspired to bring him here to upset current president René Preval according to everyone here on the street and on the radio

same with state terrorist war called 'counter-terrorism': "if you aren't with us you're with the terrorists"
"Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than fear of sudden death."
Adolf Hitler

"We’ve knocked out their drinking water. Soon, they will begin to acquire diarrhea and malnutrition."
General Schwarzkopf, shortly after start of first US Gulf war against iraq

Death toll nears 3,500 from cholera epidemic in Haiti
05.01.2011 http://en.trend.az/regions/world/ocountries/1806699.html
Health officials said 3,481 people died from cholera in Haiti in less than three months of the epidemic not yet under control. Haiti's Health Ministry said it recorded 157,300 cases of infection since the outbreak...It said an average of 22 people were dying each day by the end of the year... Many international disease specialists believe the actual numbers are higher than official counts, and predict in 2011 the epidemic will continue to ravage the population that has no natural immunity to it.

1/11/11 Cholera death toll in Haiti climbs to more than 3,651
, Geneva -At least 3,651 people have died due to cholera in Haiti since October, according to UN figures released Tuesday...Little information on cholera deaths in rural areas of the impoverished Caribbean nation was available, the UN said. http://www.indiavision.com/news/article/international/144527/#ixzz1BoAq7...

At World Bank, Haiti recovery is mapped out
By Lesley Wroughton Feb 4, 2010
"...opportunity in Haiti's tragedy"
As experts survey the damage, many are already talking about rebuilding an entirely new country

One year after the earthquake, foreign help is actually hurting Haiti
By Alex Dupuy
Alex Dupuy, a native of Haiti, is a professor of sociology at Wesleyan University and author of "The Prophet and Power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the International Community, and Haiti."
....The objectives of the international community - the United States, Canada, and France; the United Nations; and financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund - are quite another, and they're significantly more problematic. Their objectives and their policies first and foremost aim to benefit their own investors, farmers, manufacturers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
There is a dramatic power imbalance between the international community - under U.S. leadership - and Haiti. The former monopolizes economic and political power and calls all the shots. The Haitian state and the tiny but wealthy elite that rules the country also bear great responsibility for the abysmal conditions of the country before the earthquake, but they did not create those conditions alone. They did so in close partnership with foreign governments and international institutions long involved in Haitian affairs, the same ones that are now in charge of post-earthquake reconstruction. It is not surprising, then, that this unequal relationship is reflected in the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC)... co-chaired by Bill Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.

The IHRC, originally conceived by the State Department, has effectively displaced the Haitian government and is in charge of setting priorities for reconstruction. When members of the Haitian Senate pointed out to Bellerive that Haiti had surrendered its sovereignty to the IHRC, he conceded the point but hoped that the government could become "autonomous in its decisions" at some point. In a recent interview, Bellerive criticized the international community for not allowing his country to play a bigger role in its own reconstruction.

So far, the IHRC has not done much. Less than 10 percent of the $9 billion pledged by foreign donors has been delivered, and not all of that money has been spent... According to reports, of more than 1,500 U.S. contracts doled out worth $267 million, only 20, worth $4.3 million, have gone to Haitian firms. The rest have gone to U.S. firms, which almost exclusively use U.S. suppliers... That same logic applies to NGOs operating in Haiti independently of the Haitian government...The stage for this increased dependence on foreign aid, investment and NGOs was set in the 1970s, when...in particular the United States and the World Bank, devised development strategies that turned Haiti into the supplier of the region's cheapest labor for the garment industry. Haiti also went from producing 80 percent of its food in the 1980s to being one of the largest importers of U.S. food in the hemisphere today. This shift took place through "structural adjustment" policies that kept wages low and removed tariffs and some restrictions on imports. This was highly profitable for the foreign investors and their Haitian contractors, but the garment industry did little to reduce unemployment or lift its workers out of poverty. One primary architect of the policy knows it In testimony last March former president Clinton said that compelling Haiti to cut tariffs on imported rice from the United States "may have been good for some of my farmers in Arkansas, but it has not worked [to help Haiti]. It was a mistake." Later he acknowledged that the policies have "failed everywhere [they've] been tried." Yet, these are essentially the same policies that his IHRC is recommending. This obvious contradiction would boggle the mind only if one believed that members of the international community had the best interests of Haiti in mind. For their part, the elites in Haiti who benefit from the status quo have no alternative.... Whatever new government emerges from the recent, though flawed, elections will not change that basic reality.

'Building back better' for US as planned
Jan 2011 U.N. has 'largely' met its goals in Haiti since the quake
January 2011
The U.N. has mostly achieved its short-term goals since a major earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, Nigel Fisher, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Haiti, said during a video teleconference on Monday, Deutsche Presse-Agentur/M&C reports....

Major Textile Deal
"Haitian and U.S. officials to announce $250 million deal to develop a 623 industrial park to double the size of Haiti's key textile sector," the Wall Street Journal reports. The South Korean garment company Sae-A Trading Co. Ltd. "is scheduled to sign the project agreement with the governments of Haiti, the U.S., and the Inter-American Development Bank..."Sae-A will contribute $70 million.. The U.S. will commit about $124 million..the bank will provide some $50 million the Wall Street Journal writes. "This will be a match that strikes a fire, and gets things going," said former President Bill Clinton, co-chair of Haiti Interim Reconstruction Commission (De Cordoba, 1/11).

"Diplomacy: the art of restraining power." "Foreign Policy is not missionary work."

clarifying US soft-hard power partnership
USAID chief to Congress: Don't play games with national security
Rajiv Shah, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), preparing to unveil USAID's first policy on combating violent extremism and executing counterinsurgency...has a message for those in Congress who want to slash development and foreign-aid budgets. "That first and foremost puts our national security in real jeopardy because we are working hand and glove with our military to keep us safe," said Shah, referring to USAID missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan, the Horn of Africa, and Central America...pointing out that Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, and ISAF Commander Gen. David Petraeus all come out in strong support of increasing USAID's capacity to do foreign aid. "... a high-value, low-density partner to the national security mission..."

1/23/06 U.S. National Endowment for Democracy Channels Millions to Fund Anti-Lavalas Groups in Haiti
Anthony Fenton, independent Canadian journalist will be posting leaked NED documents on Haiti at www.inthenameofdemocracy.org — a new group dedicated to monitoring government-funded "democracy-enhancement" projects [ed: Jan. 2011 NOT AVAILABLE]

"Haiti has the highest per capita presence of NGOs in the world, The Préval government, a political fig leaf, behind which decisions are made by the imperial powers, and implemented through their chosen international NGOs...international NGOs are unaccountable to the Haitian state or Haitian population... aid funneled through them further weakens what little hold Haitians have on their own society....In close collaboration with his UN Special Envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton, Obama pushes an economic program familiar to much of the rest of the Caribbean...Clinton celebrated the possibilities of sweatshop development during a whirlwind tour of a textile plant owned and operated by the infamous Cintas Corp. He announced that George Soros had offered $50 million for a new industrial park of sweatshops that could create 25,000 jobs in the garment industry. Clinton explained at a press conference that Haiti's government could create "more jobs by lowering the cost of doing business, including the cost of rent."
Jan. 14, 2010, Ashley Smith

'long term development', not rescue and relief was the game-plan
NGOS: A post-quake fundraising frenzy netted big results for NGOs. Six months later, a Chronicle of Philanthropy review of 49 charities determined they spent only $633 million of the $1.7 billion they collected for Haiti. The Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, for example, had spent only $4 million of the $50 million raised; Oxfam, $30 of $90 million; the Salvation Army, $6.8 of $20.5 million, many, like the American Red Cross ($117 out of $464 million), say they're saving it for long-term development projects...

Merging US soft & hard power
USAID, National Endowment for Democracy (NED), NGOs & Death Squads
US Sponsored Coup d'Etat: The Destabilization of Haiti
by Michel Chossudovsky, 29 February 2004
"Democratic Platform of Civil Society Organizations and Opposition Political Parties" ['soft power']
The so-called "Democratic Convergence" (DC) group of some 200 political organizations, was led by former Port-au-Prince mayor Evans Paul. The DC together with
"The Group of 184 Civil Society Organizations" (G-184) formed a so-called "Democratic Platform of Civil Society Organizations and Opposition Political Parties".
The Group of 184 (G-184), headed by Andre (Andy) Apaid, a US born citizen of Haitian parents, who owns Alpha Industries, one of Haiti's largest cheap labor export assembly lines established during the Duvalier era. His sweatshop factories produce textile products and assemble electronic products for a number of US firms including Sperry/Unisys, IBM, Remington and Honeywell. Apaid is the largest industrial employer in Haiti with a workforce of some 4000 workers. Wages paid in Andy Apaid's factories are as low as 68 cents a day. (Miami Times, 26 Feb 2004). The current minimum wage is of the order of $1.50 a day...
Apaid was a firm supporter of the 1991 military coup. Both the Convergence démocratique and the G-184 have links to the FLRN (former FRAPH death squadrons) headed by Guy Philippe. The FLRN is also known to receive funding from the Haitian business community... The FLRN is collaborating with the so-called "Democratic Platform." G-184 leader Andy Apaid was in liaison with Secretary of State Colin Powell in the days prior to the kidnapping and deportation of President Aristide by US forces on February 29. His umbrella organization of elite businesses and NGOs supported by U.S. NED...created in 1983, when the CIA was accused of covertly bribing politicians and setting up phony civil society front organizations. According to Allen Weinstein, responsible for setting up the NED during the Reagan Administration: "A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA." ('Washington Post', Sept. 21, 1991).

Haiti: The Israeli Connection
1/16/11 http://middleeastrealitycheck.blogspot.com/2010/01/haiti-israeli-connect...
"Within minutes of a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake slamming the Caribbean nation of Haiti, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had instructed the Israel Defense, Foreign Affairs and Public Security ministries to urgently administer humanitarian aid... As Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital, the Israel Foreign Ministry prepared an IDF search and rescue team for departure..."Israel is very well known and respected for its humanitarian efforts which stretch from Gaza to the Pacific Ocean."
(Israel rushes humanitarian aid, IDF rescue units to Haiti, Joel Leyden, israelnewsagency.com 13/1/10)
Israeli scholar Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi: "The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere holds many distinctions in the annals of misery and inhumanity. For the past century, Haiti has been a miserable, hellish US colony. Between 1915 and 1934 it was occupied by US forces. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as assistant secretary of the navy, drafted its constitution. Later, as president, he ordered the marines removed, but everything left behind was set up to ensure continuing American control: Haiti's government between 1957 and 1986 was a hereditary dictatorship: Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as Baby Doc, inherited from his father, Papa Doc, the title of President-for-Life, with the right to designate his successor - though he was confirmed in what passed for an election... Haiti's military needs were quite limited, and Israel could supply them all. There were Israeli military advisers in Port-au-Prince, and the guards watching over the security of President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier carried the ubiquitous Uzi. When Duvalier became more concerned about attacks by rebels, he bought antiaircraft guns from Israel. Israeli advisers were reportedly helping the Haitian government in maintaining 'internal security'. Officers of the Haitian military have visited Israel for training. The elite Leopard counterinsurgency unit, created by Baby Doc, was trained in Israel. Israeli entrepreneurs have become active in Haiti; the Israeli foreign office has been giving 'high priority' to these contacts. These entrepreneurs were all doing business with the Duvalier family and its friends - as did all foreign investors in Haiti, since no one else owned anything worth owning in the country. Israelis have launched profitable agricultural ventures in Haiti and other Caribbean islands... The Duvalier regime was replaced in January 1986 by a new government, in a transfer of power successfully engineered and carried out by the CIA. ...

One Year After Haiti Earthquake...
by: Jordan Flaherty, http://www.truth-out.org/one-year-after-haiti-earthquake-corporations-pr...
...Lewis Lucke, 27-year veteran of the US Agency for International Development (USAID),named US special coordinator for relief and reconstruction after the earthquake, worked this job for a few months, then got a contract with the Haiti Recovery Group (HRG) in the private sector, where he could sell his contacts and connections to the highest bidder.
HRG was founded by Ashbritt, Inc., a Florida-based contractor who received acres of bad press for its post-Katrina contracting. Ashbritt's partner in HRG is Gilbert Bigio, a wealthy Haitian businessman with close ties to the Israeli military. Bigio made a fortune during the corrupt Duvalier regime and was a supporter of the [U.S.] coup against Haitian President Aristide....As Corpwatch reported, Ashbritt "has enjoyed meteoric growth since it won its first big debris removal subcontract from Halliburton, to help clean up after Hurricane Andrew in 1992." In 1999, the company faced allegations of double billing for $765,000 from the Broward County, Florida, school board for cleanup done in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma.
Ashbritt CEO Randal Perkins.. hired Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's firm, as well as former US Army Corp of Engineers official Mike Parker, as lobbyists. As a reward for his political connections, Ashbritt won 900 million dollars in Post-Katrina contracts...
The disaster profiteering exemplified by Ashbritt is not the result of quick decision making in the midst of a crisis. These contracts are awarded as part of a corporate [imperialist] agenda... an opportunity and tool for furthering policies not possible in other times.
Relief and recovery efforts, led by the US military, brought further militarization of relief and criminalization of survivors. Haiti and Katrina also served as staging grounds for increased involvement of mercenaries in reconstruction [sic] efforts. As one Blackwater mercenary told Scahill when he visited New Orleans in the days after Katrina, "This is a trend. You're going to see a lot more guys like us in these situations." ....
A recent Disaster Accountability Project (DAP) describes "significant lack of transparency in the disaster-relief/aid community," ...many NGO relief organizations [kept] donations for Haiti in their bank accounts... DAP Director Ben Smilowitz notes, "nearly half of the donated dollars still sit in the bank accounts of relief and aid groups...Haitian poet and human rights lawyer Ezili Dantò has written, "...the uses of US foreign aid, administered through USAID in Haiti, basically serves to fuel conflicts and covertly promote US corporate interests to the detriment of democracy and Haitian health, liberty, sovereignty, social justice and political freedoms. USAID projects have been at the frontlines of orchestrating undemocratic behavior, bringing underdevelopment, coup d'etat, impunity of the Haitian Oligarchy, indefinite incarceration of dissenters and destroying Haiti's food sovereignty essentially promoting famine."


Hidden holocaust -- our civilizational crisis
part 1: The holocaust in history
part 2: The Hidden Holocaust in History: EXPORTING DEMOCRACY
By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/52 posted December 6th, 2007

part 2:The Hidden Holocaust in History: EXPORTING DEMOCRACY
1. The Real New World Order [NWO}
In part 1, we reviewed the emergence of the modern world system through a process of systematic genocidal violence conducted across disparate continents, killing in total thousands of millions of indigenous peoples in Africa, Asia and America.But this “hidden holocaust” didn’t end with the demise of colonization: Because colonization never underwent a genuine demise. Rather, it underwent a fundamental re-configuration, prompted by rising demands for freedom and independence from around the world.
By 1945, the end of the Second World War, the contours of a new international order were in place. According to US professors Lawrence Shoup and William Minter its design was being prepared several years earlier. It was known as the “Grand Area Strategy”, drawn up by US State Department policy-planners in liaison with experts from the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington DC.
If you want evidence for a plan for empire, you won’t get better than this. The planners identified a minimum “world area” control over which was deemed to be “essential for the security and economic prosperity of the United States and the Western Hemisphere.” This “world area” included the entire Western Hemisphere, the former British Empire and the Far East.
Grand Area Strategy saw that US policy was “to secure the limitation of any exercise of sovereignty by foreign nations that constitutes a threat” to this world area. But this policy could only be pursued on the basis of “an integrated policy to achieve military and economic supremacy for the United States.” So the concept of “security interests” had to be extended beyond traditional notions of territorial integrity to include domination of these regions “strategically necessary for world control.” Sounds strangely familiar, right (think "PNAC" or "Defense Planning Guidance")?
In other words, national security, economic security and imperial consolidation were interconnected components of Grand Area Strategy. State Department planners had no illusions about what this meant. Indeed, they candidly recognized that “the British Empire as it existed in the past will never reappear”, and that therefore “the United States may have to take its place.” Grand Area planning was about fulfilling the “requirement[s] of the United States in a world in which it proposes to hold unquestioned power.” (...)

After the earthquake the US military blocked naval ports and airports for weeks as hundreds of thousands died, blaming Haitian "violence" for the inability to get in life-saving assistance. Billions of dollars are held hostage for the 'reconstruction' planned long before 2010, headed by US./ Bill Clinton. For information see:
11/18/10 Cholera epidemic in the war for Haiti http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/324
1/21/10 Haiti: Pre-Earthquake Simulation; Israel: Image is Capital http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/266
1/19/10 One Week of War: Barbarity Born of Fear and Vulnerability http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/265
1/17/10 Fear of Haiti's Revolutionary Potential... a Haitian Holocaust http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/264
1/15/10 Haiti: How & Why this Horror is Sickeningly Familiar http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/263
The US needs an 'external' factor to blame for the cholera epidemic spawned by its shit that is meticulously, surveyed, assessed and reported (see below), and 'expected' to kill hundreds of thousands more Haitians... blaming UN Nepalese "peacekeepers" diverts attention and resistance from the actual killers.

When I met Fritz Hauteau at the diarrhea treatment center, he was sleeping, dehydrated, shrunken, and weak, curled on a cot in a corner of the room. Hauteau was one of the 18,383 Haitians hospitalized for cholera in the past month, and luckily not one of the more than 1,100 [officially] counted dead...What Haiti needs to combat cholera is a functioning water and sewage system. But no one--neither the water-and-sanitation "cluster" of the 10, 000 NGOs here, nor UN--has accomplished this. So Haitians like Hauteau and his brother share a single public toilet with the other families on their block and find water any way they can.. buying buckets of untreated water from a private company that brings a water truck through his neighborhood... http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2010/11/whats-causing-t...