Crises are often abused as a pretext for pushing through policies that you cannot push through under times of stability. I cannot write anything more passionately or succinctly than some of the wonderful articles embedded below, outlining the tragedy that is Haiti today.
The great journalist and environmental resistor John Maxwell has written a moving piece in the Jamaican Observer about how the west has crushed Haiti.
It is my contention that the modern world was born in Haiti
Quote from the article:
"Imagine, Niggers Speaking French!" William Jennings, US secretary of state to Woodrow Wilson and fundamentalist lawyer, when speaking about Haitians and preparing to invade their country some 90 yrs ago.
Naomi Klein of the wonderful DemocracyNow has written a powerful piece:
Capitalism Alert: Stop Them Before They Shock Again
“We have to be absolutely clear that this tragedy—which is part natural, part unnatural—must, under no circumstances, be used to, one, further indebt Haiti and, two, to push through unpopular corporatist policies in the interest of our corporations. This is not conspiracy theory. They have done it again and again.”
For those with ADD, here are some brilliant cartoons about Haiti: