posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 11:28 PM
I think a little bit of more recent Haitian history is in order here, since Gorman91 and Sliadon believe that all the bad stuff happened 200 years
The international meddling and injustices started on day one in 1492, when the first whites slavers (Spanish) set foot on the island of Ayiti (Haiti),
and continue unbroken to today. **This is not to neglect or forgive the atrocious exploitation of the general Haitian population by the political
and business elite of Haiti.
Do a bit of research on the brutal U.S. and French-backed dictator Papa Doc Duvalier and his Tonton Macoutes, who when he died after holding power
from 1957 to 1971, left his charming 19-year-old son, Baby Doc, to plunder the country from 1971 until he was ousted in 1986. Upon Baby Doc's
departure to cozy exile in France, he packed his plane with loads of whatever remaining treasure Haiti had.
Do a bit more research on what happened after the U.S., France and Canada tried to replicate an Asian model of sweatshops in the Caribbean, when J.B.
Aristide tried to raise the minimum wage from $1.76/day to $2.94/day (depending pegged exchange rate)….along with other reforms. Haitian
industrialists weren't too happy. Also, USAID clearly had issues with this. It launched a series of programs to campaign against the increase,
stating that "wage systems should not be the forum for welfare and social programs," and that they would jeopardize Haiti's "comparative
advantage" as a low-cost labor force. The result >> The first coup against Aristide. This one in 1991 under Papa Bush.
Do a bit more research on what happened after Aristide again tried to implement economic policy that was not to the US-French-Canadian liking,
including again increasing the minimum wage. This, on top of Aristide demanding, in November 2003, that France return the money that Haiti was forced
to pay it… The result >> The second coup against him. This one in 2004 under Baby Bush, that had J.B. Aristide and family spirited away to
Along with those Aristide years: Here's an example of more fun in Haiti: The IMF, World Bank and USAID imposed extremely harsh loan terms on Haiti
in 1996. The USofA pressured other nations to withhold credit from Haiti in 2001. Haiti, which had been able to sustain itself with its own rice
production and have extra for export, was forced to abandon its own agricultural programs, lower tariffs and take in US rice and other imports.
Just two of many incredible side notes on the "restitution" >> "reparations" that Haiti was forced to pay to France from 1825 to 1947 for having
kicked out the brutal French slave masters: 1. For a long time, the amount of money that Haiti was directly providing to the French budget was
enough for one out of eight French persons to live off of. 2. If you ever do a Google Earth search of the island of Hispaniola, you'll see that
the Haitian side is almost denuded of trees, while the Dominican side is lush with greenery. One reason is firewood and clearance for agriculture.
The other, more perverse reason: Haiti had to cut down its own forests to sell timber to help raise the $$ to pay the French "reparations."
So while France was allowed to collect on having been kicked out by Haiti, Haiti is not allowed to demand the return of this money that was extorted
Sources for the above are mostly from my own notes from long interest in this subject. Some most recent details come from listening to Amy Goodman
interview various specialists, academics, diplomats… on her Democracy Now program.