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  • Haiti: Disaster beyond magnitude (America's Fault)

    01/14/2010 4:26:38 PM PST · by americanophile · 24 replies · 1,352+ views
    The Guardian ^ | July 15, 2010 | The Guardian
    It is all too easy, seeing the appalling scenes from Port-au-Prince yesterday, to forget America's historic debt to Haiti, scene of the first successful slave revolt, which defined the destiny of Africans in the New World. The establishment of the first black independent state had tangible consequences. It denied Napoleon his foothold in the Caribbean and led him to sell New Orleans and the Louisiana territories to Jefferson. But, for as long as anyone can remember, Haiti has been treated as a basket case where corruption, gang violence and natural disaster combine to drag the country backwards. Now an earthquake...
  • 30 Years Ago Haiti Grew All the Rice It Needed. What Happened?

    01/14/2010 5:11:09 PM PST · by La Lydia · 66 replies · 2,509+ views
    Marguerite Laurent.com ^ | April 21, 2008 | Bill Quigley
    ...The New York Times lectured Haiti on April 18 (2008) that “Haiti, its agriculture industry in shambles, needs to better feed itself.” Unfortunately, the article did not talk at all about one of the main causes of the shortages -- the fact that the U.S. and other international financial bodies destroyed Haitian rice farmers to create a major market for the heavily subsidized rice from U.S. farmers. This is not the only cause of hunger in Haiti and other poor countries, but it is a major force. Thirty years ago, Haiti raised nearly all the rice it needed. What happened?...