Monday, May 18, 2015

Can Haiti Get a Simple Apology Nepalese Officials?

How outrageous! A million dollars donated to Nepal by Martelly, but still no acknowledgement from the Nepalese of the disaster they brought to the Haitian people.

In Haiti, many more have died or have been infected by their imported cholera, than was affected by the Nepalese quakes. Of course, one has great sympathy and empathy for these similarly poor and illiterate Nepalese people in their time of sorrow, but how can there still be Nepalese UN troops in Haiti getting "hazard duty" pay when they caused the deaths of over 10,000 Haitians and infected 800,000 more with cholera? Shouldn't they be back home insuring the "security" of their own country?

The least the Nepalese government owes Haiti is an apology, but momentary compensation, a permanent withdrawal of its occupying UN troops or a statement of solidarity that acknowledges their culpability would just begin to make up for the instability and death they brought to Haiti.

Interestingly, we have not had the speculations and anticipation of violence, rioting and the other negative "stories" out of the whitewashed media when a quake disaster hit Haiti. The media's racist stereotyping of Haitians and the call by right-wing outlets like The Heritage Foundation for a militarized response to the disaster never matched events on the ground, but served to demonize, dehumanize and at present serves the purposes of their conspiracy of silence about the continuing instability, abuses and criminality of the UN/US occupation of Haiti and their installation, protection and upholding of the repressive dictatorship of Martelly/Paul.

Why isn't the poverty pimping Sean Penn testifying (with all the phony gravitas his newly minted expertise on all matters Haitian) to Congress right now, as he did after Haiti's quake, about making Nepal a US protectorate?

Their "humanitarian" actions were incomprehensible to anyone except to the White Supremacy System. In any other sovereign country, for the U.S. military to invade and grab control of their airport and keep aid away from the people they claimed to be helping, there would have been a general outcry and outrage.

The inequities continue: For Nepal the U.S. brings out the NASA high tech equipment that can detect noise far down in the quake debris to save the lives of 4 people. They send in special forces on rescue missions, yet for Haiti those forces were sent to ensure no one strayed out of the disaster zone or disturbed the American "interests."

Not that we didn't have a clue about whose lives the US' Obama regime thinks matters. They had that high tech NASA equipment at their disposal after the Haiti quake, but the U.S. was too busy dispatching a show of force to land at the site of the destroyed presidential palace, to bother breaking out that equipment to save African/Black lives. #HaitianLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter


Martelly donates a million dollars to Nepal

NASA Equipment Saves Four People Buried in Nepal Quake Rubble
"The US actually had this technology long ago. Used a similar one in Bosnia to un-earth mass graves. Obama sent 20,000 soldiers to Haiti and no real Seabee units to let the people die and cover up their role in the earthquake while tunelling to build the US Embassy compound and digging in the ocean near the fault line. " — Ezili Dantò

The Heritage Foundation's way of expressing sympathy for victims of Haiti earthquake is chilling, yet Obama takes their every cue from militarizing the quake response to appointing the Bub as to lead U.S. Haiti Relief: "Things to Remember While Helping Haiti."

Mainstream media, aid workers and other foreign entities hype fear of violence in Haiti after the quake as an excuse for the slow response to Haiti earthquake victims...
January 18, 2010
Fear of Poor Hampering Haiti Rescue

Monday, April 13, 2015

Clinton Foundation in Haiti: Poverty Pimpin' Disaster Profiteering Crime Syndicate

The way that U.S. oligarchs like Billary Clinton and their kin (like Hillary's brother Anthony Rodham) conduct their personal business in Haiti, you would think this was the 18th century and they are the rich creoles1 and autocrats of Napoleonic France.

Protest to denounce last Nov 28 presidential
& legislative elections during the visit of
Secretary of State of the U.S. Hillary Clinton
to Port-au-Prince Jan. 30, 2011
On Sunday, Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for the presidency of the United States. What a rush for white feminist who have been salivating about this since the Monica Lewinsky intern scandal. Admittedly, if one took a time machine back to that period, when Republican right-wingers were in attack mode over the "Arkansa bubba" ascending to the world's highest office, it would be accurate to say that most so-called liberal women and blacks were on Hillary's team. However, this is 2015 and there has been a lot of water under the proverbial bridge since then.

At her new campaign office in Brooklyn Haitians threw her a house-warming party of sorts: they protested her actions and failures, along with that of her husband Bill Clinton in Haiti, carrying signs that read "Where is the money?"
The protestors claimed that a portion of money meant for the recovery was directed to favored investors. They also say that organizations and individuals associated with the Clinton Foundation were given an unfair advantage in auctions of Haitian commodities, including gold mining rights.
The poverty pimpin' disaster profiteering crime syndicate operating in Haiti after the devastating earthquake want us to trust them with the disbursement of donor funds, however we have observed that when the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) headed by Bill Clinton voted to grant money to the Clinton Foundation and Bill Clinton recused himself, Susan Rice voted his proxy on behalf of USAID. So excuse us if we don't see it as a game-changer that on Sunday Hillary Clinton resigned from the board of the Clinton Foundation "to focus on her just-launched presidential campaign."
Protest to denounce last Nov 28 presidential
& legislative elections during the visit of
Secretary of State of the U.S. Hillary Clinton
to Port-au-Prince Jan. 30, 2011
Seems like everyone is questioning the Clinton's handling of funds, whether it is the Haiti donor funds or the millions their foundation accepted from foreign governments. These hot-button questions just won't go away and will dog this "inevitable" democratic candidate.

The Clinton's are as toxic a choice for the democrats as they were in 2008. Makes one think that the democrats are not in it to win it. The discussion may just be academic though because, the last time voters elected a Democrat to the White House after a president from the same party had just served a full term? The last time was 159 years ago in 1856, before the Civil War.

A spate of negative press about the Clinton's "Haiti Initiative" precedes the protest actions in Manhattan and Brooklyn:
Ukraine oligarchs ‘top cash contributors’ to Clinton Foundation prior to Kiev crisis
RT – March 22, 2015

Clinton Foundation's chickens coming home to roost in Haiti?
American Thinker – March 21, 2015

Clinton Foundation’s Deep Financial Ties to Ukrainian Oligarch Who Pushed for Closer Ties to EU Revealed. – March 21, 2015

Hillary Clinton's Brother Defends Haiti Gold Mine Deal: 'I Raise Money for a Lot of People (Rodham implies he goes to Clinton Global Initiative meetings to meet investors or new business partners – "I go to see old friends. But you never know what can happen.") – March 20, 2015

Role of Hillary Clinton’s brother in Haiti gold mine raises eyebrows
– March 20, 2015

Gold Mine: Hillary Clinton's Brother Granted Super-Rare Mining Permit... – March 3, 2015

State Department acknowledges issue with Clinton Foundation donation
The Clinton Foundation controversy deepens. –February 26, 2015

Clintons’ Foundation has Raised Nearly $2 Billion — and Some Key Questions
– February 18, 2015
It doesn't bode well for Hillary Clinton's successful candidacy that Salon (a "left" website) ran a story before the anticipated announcement basically calling her a loser: "Hillary Clinton just doesn't get it: She's already running a losing campaign."

The Clintons used their positions in the US government to conduct their private business and called it “helping poor Haitians.”

How ironic is it that the US ("the land of the free") has taken the place of 18th century autocratic France in the virtual enslavement, harsh repression of democratic movements and the export of the rich resources of Haiti?

Protest to denounce last Nov 28 presidential
& legislative elections during the visit of
Secretary of State of the U.S. Hillary Clinton
to Port-au-Prince Jan. 30, 2011
The hidden war on Haiti has been outsourced to the UN military armies and police of 60+ countries (including the "war" prone and impoverished countries of: Afghanistan, Yemen, Turkey, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Tunisia, Indonesia, Nigeria and Mali) and a patchwork of NGO administrators under the umbrella of The United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Haiti is now a fiscal paradise for the United States' richest families - wealthy as a Creole? No, wealthy as a Poverty Pimp.

In the 11 year illegal occupation of Haiti by the US and keep in mind that Haiti does not qualify for Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.
Some of the key points about the sad situation for Haiti's beleaguered population:
  • UN Cholera has killed over 10,000 Haitians (the official count is underestimated) and sickened 850,000 more, yet there has been a cover-up and no accountability.
  • A U.S. sanctioned Dictatorship commenced as of January 12 this year. Haitians protested this peacefully in the streets and struggle to survive with rates of unemployment at 60% or more, as food and oil prices skyrocket. Protest were daily and picking up steam when a suspect Carnival tragedy that left some 17 Haitians dead. Symbols that had decidedly Western associations (skull & bones or pirate jolly rogers suggests US political honchos, not a Martelly regime sacrifice or curse to keep him in office as a despot/dictator like his hero Papa Doc Duvalier) were prominent at the point (the PaP cemetery) where the electrocution occurred.
  • How is it that the vulture capitalist brother of Hillary Clinton, Tony Rodham got gold mining permits at the lowest royalty rate in the Western Hemisphere, while the masses starve on less than a dollar-a-day - not knowing where their next meal is coming? How unconscionable is that?
  • Where are the donor monies that were supposed to build Haiti back better? Symbolically, the country's capital building is still in ruins.
  • The new Republican Congress must investigate former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's suspect dealings in Haiti and the extremely shady way The Hillary, Bill & Chelsea Clinton Foundation has operated in Haiti.
  • The U.S. Congress must take up the question of AID distribution and make changes to the TIED aid system, which retards, rather than promotes development. Haitians want their country to be self-sustaining, but the NGO system, which acts more as a slush fund, does not build self-sustaining institutions in Haiti or anywhere else they operate.

    Foreign Aid is meant to cripple people
    Interview with President Isaias Afwerki:“Anyone who takes aid is crippled. Aid is meant to cripple people…

  • Support democracy by scheduling long-delayed elections for a new parliament and president  immediately, with neutral parties acting as election officials
  • It should be a "no brainer" that given the unprecedented rate of impoverishment, unemployment, illiteracy, and the unjust way that outside intervention has destroyed development in Haiti that a "Marshall Plan" to restore real democracy, sovereignty and sustainability by establishing a "Haiti Permanent Fund" similar to the "Alaska Permanent Fund" be set-up that provides for a certain share of gold, oil, natural gas, iridium, copper and other revenues to benefit Haitians and future generations of Haitians.

[1]  How Haiti Saved America at New America Foundation
To be “as rich as a Creole” was a familiar boast in Paris, and a substantial portion of the French economy depended on this one distant settlement. This was the jewel of the French empire, furnishing the coffee drunk in Paris, the sugar needed to sweeten it, and the cotton and indigo worn by men and women of fashion. Saint Domingue’s commerce added up to more than a third of France’s foreign trade. One person in eight in France earned a living that stemmed from it. By 1776, this tiny colony produced more income than the entire Spanish empire in the Americas."

Fear & Loathing of the Plague Called "Haitianism"

Today we mourn the loss of Eduardo Galeano  (1940–2015)
From The Progressive: Farewell, Eduardo Galeano
Uruguyan journalist, longtime Progressive columnist, and author, after a battle with lung cancer. Galeano was a champion of Latin American progressivism, turning his remarkable talent to civil rights, labor struggles, and pacificism. In his memory we republish this 2002 essay, "Nature is Very Tired," describing the destruction of our natural world by war and corporate power.
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The White Curse
by Eduardo Galeano

Haiti was the first country to abolish slavery. However, the most widely read encyclopedias and almost all educational textbooks attribute this honorable deed to England. It is true that one fine day the empire that had been the champion in the slave trade changed its mind about it. But abolition in Britain took place in 1807, three years after the Haitian revolution, and it was so unconvincing that in 1832 Britain had to ban slavery again.

There is nothing new about this slight of Haiti. For two centuries it has suffered scorn and punishment. Thomas Jefferson, a slave owner and champion of liberty at the same time, warned that Haiti had created a bad example and argued it was necessary to "confine the plague to the island." His country heeded him. It was sixty years before the U.S. granted diplomatic recognition to this freest of nations. Meanwhile in Brazil disorder and violence came to be called "Haitianism." Slave owners there were saved from this fury until 1888 when Brazil abolished slavery-the last country in the world to do so.

And Haiti went back to being an invisible nation-until the next bloodbath. During its brief sojourn on TV screens and front pages earlier this year, the media showed confusion and violence and confirmed that Haitians were born to do evil well and do good badly. Since its revolution, Haiti has been capable only of mounting tragedies. Once a happy and prosperous colony, it is now the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.

Revolutions, certain specialists have concluded, lead straight to the abyss; others have suggested, if not stated outright, that the Haitian tendency to fratricide derives from its savage African heredity. The rule of the ancestors. The black curse that engenders crime and chaos.

Of the white curse, nothing was said.

The French revolution had abolished slavery, but Napoleon revived it.

"Which regime was most prosperous for the colonies?"

"The previous one."

"Then reinstate it."

To reinstate slavery in Haiti, France sent more than fifty shiploads of soldiers. The country's blacks rose up and defeated France and won national independence and freedom for the slaves. In 1804, they inherited a land that had been razed to grow sugarcane and a land consumed by the conflagrations of a fierce civil war. And they inherited "the French debt." France made Haiti pay dearly for the humiliation it inflicted on Napoleon Bonaparte. The newly born nation had to commit to pay a gigantic indemnification for the damage it had caused in winning its freedom. This expiation of the sin of freedom would cost Haiti 150 million gold francs.

The new country was born with a rope wrapped tightly around its neck: the equivalent of $21.7 billion in today's dollars, or forty-four times Haiti's current yearly budget.

In exchange for this fortune, France officially recognized the new nation. No other countries did so. Haiti was born condemned to solitude.

Not even Simon Bolivar recognized Haiti, though he owed it everything. In 1816, it was Haiti that furnished Bolivar with boats, arms, and soldiers when he showed up on the island defeated and asking for shelter and help.

Haiti gave him everything with only one condition: that he free the slaves-an idea that had not occurred to him until then. The great man triumphed in his war of independence and showed his gratitude by sending a sword as a gift to Port-au-Prince. Of recognition he made no mention.

In 1915, the Marines landed in Haiti. They stayed nineteen years. The first thing they did was occupy the customs house and duty collection facilities. The occupying army suspended the salary of the Haitian president until he agreed to sign off on the liquidation of the Bank of the Nation, which became a branch of City Bank of New York. The president and other blacks were barred entry into the private hotels, restaurants, and clubs of the foreign occupying power. The occupiers didn't dare reestablish slavery, but they did impose forced labor for the building of public works. And they killed a lot of people. It wasn't easy to quell the fires of resistance.

The guerrilla chief, Charlemagne Peralte, was exhibited in the public square, crucified on a door to teach the people a lesson.

This civilizing mission ended in 1934. The occupiers withdrew, leaving a National Guard, which they had created, in their place to exterminate any possible trace of democracy. They did the same in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. A short time afterwards, Duvalier became the Haitian equivalent of Trujillo and Somoza.

And so, from dictator to dictator, from promise to betrayal, one misfortune followed another.

Aristide, the rebel priest, became president in 1991. He lasted a few months before the U.S. government helped to oust him, brought him to the United States, subjected him to Washington's treatment, and then sent him back a few years later, in the arms of Marines, to resume his post. Then once again, in 2004, the U.S. helped to remove him from power, and yet again there was killing. And yet again the Marines came back, as they always seem to, like the flu.

But the international experts are far more destructive than invading troops. Placed under strict orders from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, Haiti obeyed every instruction, without cheating. The government paid what it was told to even if it meant there would be neither bread nor salt. Its credit was frozen despite the fact that the state had been dismantled and the subsidies and tariffs that had protected national production had been eliminated. Rice farmers, once the majority, soon became beggars or boat people. Many have ended in the depths of the Caribbean, and more are following them to the bottom, only these shipwreck victims aren't Cuban so their plight never makes the papers.

Today Haiti imports its rice from the United States, where international experts, who are rather distracted people, forgot to prohibit tariffs and subsidies to protect national production.

On the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, there is a large sign that reads: Road to Ruin.

Down that road, everyone is a sculptor. Haitians have the habit of collecting tin cans and scrap metal that they cut and shape and hammer with old-world mastery, creating marvels that are sold in the street markets.

Haiti is a country that has been thrown away, as an eternal punishment of its dignity. There it lies, like scrap metal. It awaits the hands of its people.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Haitian Farmers: Unibank Making Land-Grab in Lafiteau (Cabaret)

A brief synopsis of the situation. French and English (Google translation) language versions of the situation (as described by AJ) are included below.
The government of Martelly/Lamothe granted a license for the construction of Port Lafito and hastened to build seven miles of road between Simonette and this Lafiteau development project. Workers in Cabaret calculated the creation of 25,000 jobs, not counting indirect jobs create by support industries with wages equivalent to Northern industries. It was unbelievable, a people who felt abandoned by their own government had the glimmer of hope that for once the private sector was living up to their mission.

However, Two years later, when the projects were well advanced in their construction and were about to become operational, Unibank made a sudden appearance to do everything to stop the project, under the pretext that the project lands belong to them.

The Unibank has indicated that 10 years ago the heirs had promised them the sale of what had been desert land but was suddenly flourishing, and that even if they have not paid for these lands, they belonged to them. The population immediately decried this  unacceptable 'commercial banking dictatorship.'

The people of Lafiteau (Cabaret) are fighting for the right to work and earn an honest living in the face of a duplicitous land-grab by Unibank of Haiti.

The claim is not simple and is related to the fact that the Baussan group has a monopoly (offered under Préval) on port activities in Haiti, and believes that its interests would be jeopardized by competition from these port sites in Lafiteau, too close to Moulins d'Haiti owned by Unibank. The Unibank Group seeks to get their hands on the neighboring lands according to angry farmers.

Par Alicia Joseph

Nous voilà dans la commune de Cabaret, plus précisément, au cœur des sections communales de Sous Matelas, Simonette, Titanyen et Lafiteau. Une région du pays que le temps semble avoir oublié et où le développement a té complètement ignoré. C'est une région désertique, où le vent ne cesse de remuer la poussière, un rappel constant à sa population d'un avenir sombre et sans espoir.

En 2012, deux ans après la destruction de Port-au-Prince par le tremblement de terre, un projet d'une zone économique intégré a été annoncé pour la 9e section communale de Cabaret à Lafiteau.

Le gouvernement Martelly/ Lamothe infusa des fonds de la BNC, le Fond de Developpement Industriel (FDI) s'impliqua et la Banque Mondiale offrit une partie du financement. Le gouvernement octroya une licence pour la construction de Port Lafito et s’empressa de construire sept kilomètres de route reliant Simonette et Lafiteau à ce projet de développement.

Les groupes d’ouvriers à Cabaret calculèrent la possibilité de 25,000 emplois sans compter les emplois indirects à creer par les industries de support avec des salaires comme ceux appliqués dans les industries des pays du Nord. On n'en croyait pas ses oreilles !


Au cours d’une réunion mouvementée avec les investisseurs, le chef de file des syndicalistes de Lafiteau, Jules Daguerre, au nom des revendications des masses, exigea l’installation d’une usine électrique de 25 mégawatts, en vue de desservir la population de Cabaret, question de lancer un signal clair et de reléguer l’obscurité au passé.

Ils exigèrent un salaire décent et le droit de se mobiliser en syndicats à l’intérieur des usines. Ils demandèrent entre autres une centrale de traitement d’eau. En effet, l'eau des maigres pluies, qui aujourd’hui ne font que transporter la terre des collines avoisinantes vers la mer devrait etre captée et retenue dans trois bassins pouvant retenir 21 millions gallons d'eau.

Le Port Lafto représente depuis lors des investissements de l'ordre de $150 millions de dollars américains pour les deux prochaines années et certainement dépassera les $300 millions d’ici son achèvement, selon ses promoteurs du GBGroupe. Des syndicats de paysans et d’ouvriers se sont vite formés en coopératives à l’image de ceux du Brésil et de Cuba pour exiger et obtenir la création d’une usine d’engrais à distribuer aux coopératives. Cet énorme projet d'industrialisation moderne devenait communaliste.

Une lueur d’espoir pour un peuple qui se sentait délaissé par leur propre gouvernement. Pour une fois le secteur privé haitien se montrait à la hauteur de sa mission.

Deux ans après , au moment où les chantiers bien avancés dans leur construction s’apprêtait à devenir opérationnels, la UNIBANK a fait une soudaine apparition pour tout faire stopper, sous pretexte que les terres du projet lui appartiennent.

La Unibank a fait savoir qu' qu’il y a 10 ans les héritiers lui avaient fait une promesse de vente sur ces terres désertiques devenues soudainement florissantes, et que meme si elle n'avait rien payé ces terres lui appartiennent. La population a crié tout de suite à une "dictature commerciale bancaire" inacceptable.

La réclamation n’est pas simple et est liée au fait que le groupe Baussan qui détient un monopole (que lui avait offert Préval) sur les activits portuaires en Haiti, estime que ses interets seraient mis en danger par la concurrence de ces chantiers du Port Lafiteau , trop proches des Moulins d'Haiti qui appartiennent à la Unibank. Le groupe Unibank chercherait à mettre la main sur les terres de son voisin, selon les paysans en colère.


Comme tous les capitalistes haitiens qui ne respectent pas le principe du marché libre et de la libre concurrence, Baussan et ses associés de la Unibank ont brandi leurs canons et ont obtenu du Tribunal des Référés, un arret des travaux .

"La Unibank est entrée dans une bataille sans titre ni qualité", selon les héritiers qui afirment n’avoir jamais négocié de ventes de leurs terres à cette institution bancaire "assez gourmande", disent-ils, qui possède la Dinepa (Direction Nationale d’Eau Potable) le National ( qui contrôle la distribution du pétrole en Haiti) et qui brasse toutes sortes d’affaires financieres dont celles de la Minoterie qu’elle a rebaptisé Moulins d’Haiti, sans oublier sa possession du Warf d'Haiti à travers les Baussan.

L’objectif serait de boycotter Lafiteau, selon les leaders de la zone. Pour obtenir une ordonnance contre le GBGroupe, la banque aurait usé de "subterfuges", Le juge qui en tribunal avait admis qu’il n’avait pas les qualités requises pour rendre jugement sur les droits de propriétés , malgré tout, a ordonné la fermeture des chantiers.

Fort de ce jugement, les avocats de la UNIBANK accompagnés d’un juge de paix et de la police ont procédé à la fermeture des chantiers et à l’arrestation illégalement de deux ouvriers. Depuis lors les routes sont bloquées dans la région par intermittance et des manifestations de paysans et d’ouvriers se poursuivent sans arret. Le Port Lafito et les heritiers Vieux et Roy auraient attaqué en justice la Unibank et une centaine de ces ouvriers ont signé une Pétition contre la Unibank.

A chaque manifestation, sont débarqués des camions de l’UDMO usant de gaz lacrymogène, et de batons pour rouvrir les routes et matraquer les contestataires. Certains de ces agents auraient mis à sac les maisons et cahutes de la zone. Certains médias sont réticents à faire état des abus avons-nous appris. Certaines stations de radio auraient reçu des menaces d’annulation de publicités, d’autres, des menaces de rappel de leurs lignes de crédit. Et enfin, d’autres auraient vu leurs montants mensuels de publicité doublés avec des contrats sur un an, selon certaines rumeurs.

"Si cela se confirme ce serait unevraie tristesse de voir ces medias se couber sous l’influence d’une dictature économique après avoir lutté si long et si fort pour la liberté de la presse et se mettre aux ordres!" se lamentent certains observateurs. Ce serait une tristesse de voir le serment de Théophraste qui rappelle que la presse doit de résister aux pressions , complètement bafoué.

Imagine ce que cela veut dire si une Banque arrivait à s’opposer à la libre concurrence du secteur maritime, contrôlertait la police, influencerait la justice et s’achèterait une partie de la presse ?

Les habitants de Lafiteau (Cabaret) refusent meme d'y penser. Ils continuent de se battre pour le droit de travailler et de gagner honnêtement leurs vies, d'apres leurs leaders. Ils se battent, disent-ils pour un avenir meilleur dans un pays où malheureusement cet espoir est souvent réduit néant. Œuvrer pour une humanité libre et redonner espoir à cette population qui ne réclame que le droit d’exister…

English translation by Google

By Alicia Joseph

Here we are in the town of Cabaret, specifically, in the heart of communal sections of Sub Mattresses, Simonette Titanyen and Lafiteau. A region of the country that the time seems to have forgotten where the development side has completely ignored. This is a desert region where the wind is constantly stirring up dust, a constant reminder to the population of a dark future and without hope.

In 2012, two years after the destruction of Port-au-Prince by the earthquake, a project of integrated economic area was announced for the 9th communal section of Cabaret in Lafiteau.

The government Martelly / Lamothe infused funds from the BNC, the Industrial Development Fund (IDF) was involved and the World Bank offered some funding. The government granted a license for the construction of Port Lafito and hastened to build seven miles of road between Simonette and Lafiteau this development project.

Groups of workers in Cabaret calculèrent the possibility of 25,000 jobs not counting indirect jobs create by the support industries with wages as those used in the North of industries. We do not believe it!


During an eventful meeting with investors, the leader of trade unionists Lafiteau, Jules Daguerre, on behalf of the demands of the masses, required the installation of a power plant of 25 megawatts, to serve the population of Cabaret, issue to send a clear signal and relegate the dark past.

They demanded a living wage and the right to engage in trade unions inside the factories. They asked each other a water treatment plant. Indeed, water scarce rains, which now only remove the land from the surrounding hills to the sea should be caught and held in three pools that can hold 21 million gallons of water.

The Port is Lafto since investments of approximately $ 150 million US dollars for the next two years and will certainly exceed $ 300 million by its completion, according to its promoters GBGroupe. Farmers unions and workers were quickly formed cooperatives like those of Brazil and Cuba to demand and obtain the creation of a fertilizer plant for distribution cooperatives. This huge modern industrialization project became communalist.

A glimmer of hope for a people who felt abandoned by their own government. For once the Haitian private sector showed up to its mission.

Two years later, when the projects well advanced in their construction was about to become operational, Unibank made a sudden appearance to do everything to stop, under the pretext that the project lands belong to him.

Unibank has indicated that there is 10 years old heirs had made him a promise of sale on these desert lands suddenly become successful, and that even if she had not paid the land belongs to him. The people shouted at once to a "commercial banking dictatorship" unacceptable.

The claim is not simple and is related to the fact that the Baussan group has a monopoly (which had offered him Préval) on port activities in Haiti, believes that its interests would be jeopardized by

competition from these port sites Lafiteau, too close to Moulins d'Haiti owned Unibank. The Unibank Group seek to get their hands on the land of his neighbor, according to the farmers angry.


Like all Haitian capitalists who do not respect the principle of free market and free competition, Baussan and associates of Unibank waved their guns and obtained the Court in summary proceedings, a stop work.

"The Unibank has entered a battle without title or quality," according to the heirs who afirment have never negotiated sale of their land to this bank "greedy enough", they say, has the DINEPA (Direction Nationale d Drinking Water) National (which controls the oil distribution in Haiti) and brews all kinds of financial affairs including those of Milling she renamed Moulins d'Haiti, plus possession of Haiti to the Warf through Baussan.

The objective would be to boycott Lafiteau, according to leaders of the area. For an order against the GBGroupe, the bank would have used "subterfuge" judge who had admitted in court that he was not qualified to make judgments about property rights nevertheless ordered the closure building sites.

With this ruling, lawyers Unibank accompanied by a magistrate and police conducted the closure of sites and the arrest of two illegal workers. Since the roads are blocked in the area intermittently and manifestations of peasants and workers continue without stop. The Port Lafito and heirs Old and Roy would have sued Unibank and a hundred of these workers have signed a petition against the Unibank.

At each event, landed trucks UDMO making use of tear gas and batons to reopen roads and clubbing protesters. Some of these agents have ransacked the houses and huts in the area. Some media are reluctant to report abuse we learned. Some radio stations have received threats cancellation of advertisements, others recall threats of their credit lines. And finally, others have seen their monthly payments publicity lined with contracts over a year, according to some rumors.

"If confirmed it would be sad to see these unevraie media couber is under the influence of an economic dictatorship after struggling so long and hard for the freedom of the press and get the orders!" some observers lament. It would be a sad to see the oath of Theophrastus who recalled that the press must resist pressure completely violated.

Imagine what it means if a bank came to oppose the free competition in the maritime sector, contrôlertait police, justice and influence would buy a portion of the press?

The people of Lafiteau (Cabaret) refuse even to think. They continue to fight for the right to work and earn an honest their lives, after their leaders. They fight, they say for a better future in a country where, unfortunately, this hope is often reduced to nothingness.

Working for a free humanity and give hope to the population that does not claim the right to exist ...


Key people
157, rue Faubert
Pétion-Ville, Haiti
F. Carl Braun
(Chairman and CEO)
Net Income
Total assets
US$ 76.3 million (2010)
US$ 17.9 million (2010)US$ 1,032 billion (2010)
899 (2010)

Unibank, S.A. is one of Haiti's two largest private commercial banks. The bank was founded in 1992 by a group of Haitian investors and is the main company of Groupe Financier National (GFN). It opened its first office in July 1993 in downtown Port-au-Prince and has 38 branches throughout the country as of 2010.

Today, Unibank is the parent company of a group of subsidiaries each concentrating in a specific financial area. Read more at:

For more information on protests, marches, boycots and other activities in solidarity with the farmers of Lafiteau contact: Alicia Joseph at
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