The staggering death tolls and devastation that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010, cannot be blamed solely on the magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Years of French colonialism followed by years of US imperialism made Haiti into the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The US repeatedly invaded Haiti, propped up its dictators and staged coups d’etats against every democratically elected president they ever had. As recently as 2004, the democratically elected and very popular President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was kidnapped by U.S. soldiers, and forced to Leave Haiti for Africa. Despite his continuing popularity (or because of it) Aristide has not been allowed to return.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Can You Hear Haiti?
For a recent article by Ted Rall on “Why the Haitian Blood is on Our Hands,” please see
Published on Thursday, January 14, 2010 by CommonDreams.org