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Originally posted by Skyfloating
And here's France bashing the U.S. for helping Haiti.
As the 20th century began, foreign powers, especially Germany, France and the US, repeatedly sent gunboats into Haitian waters. The most common reason for the incursions was to press Haiti to pay debts it was unable to afford. In one instance, US marines secretly entered Port-au-Prince and took the national treasure. The 1915 US invasion/occupation of Haiti was partly about forcing the country to repay its debt.
Originally posted by ThePublicSpirit
Pretty much every nation on earth as bathed in the blood of slaves, in order to get money at one time or another.
Including the nations of the slaves themselves.
The USA was just the catch-bin for ALL of it.
And, the US is only 200+ years old, with a roughly 150 year history of slavery, if you go back to when we were just beginning the Colonial era, up until abolishment.
A lot of the countries are in regions where slavery has existed for many hundreds, if not thousands of years. And, I think it is very funny that they never hear ANY grief about their slaving history.
This includes the fact that there was slavery in Africa well before the USA was even an idea.
All that being said, it is still outrageous that France forced that debt even into times of so called "Racial Enlightenment".
All the while, smiling and pointing out the evils of America. How very nice.
Originally posted by defiler
My country has taken an "impossible to return loan" from US.
The previous president was talking that he wouldn't take any loans from US and he mysteriously died.
Now the new one did and the Americans build whatever they need here.
The embassy is 5 stories up and god knows how much in the ground. It looks like a fortress. Bases somewhere, They dump some suspicious containers in the lake Ohrid, this one was shown on national news...
Originally posted by TheBandit795
In 1825 Haiti never should have had to pay France $21 billion (in 2004
dollars) to compensate French slave-holders for their loss of property
(now free Haitians). This debt, paid under threat of invasion and
exclusion from international commerce, took Haiti 120 years to repay.
Incredible... I have had it with all the stories of how Western countries have forced loans down the throats of other countries (with the threat of military action if they refuse to take the loan). Makes me think that this is the main reason why there is poverty on the planet and why there exist such thing as a third world.
What do you guys think about this?
Originally posted by grandnic
I'll have to check if it is true, but I heard on the radio last week that France has proposed the cancelation the national debt of Haiti.