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Re: Haiti Earthquake/7.3 (which may change)
« Reply #30 on: January 17, 2010, 07:36:00 PM »
Alison:  :twisted:

Well, Harper did say that he wanted to "finish the job."

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Re: Haiti Earthquake/7.3 (which may change)
« Reply #31 on: January 17, 2010, 11:46:39 PM »
Disaster Imperialism

(Shirley Pate is a Haiti solidarity activist and was in Haiti six weeks after the 2004 coup participating on a delegation to determine the role of the US in the coup)

We must kill the bandits by Kevin Pino, whom she speaks of in the above article
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Re: Haiti Earthquake/7.3 (which may change)
« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2010, 11:08:06 AM »
More on the two prominent feminist activists who died, and other activists who survived (that is why I'm putting this in the Haiti Earthquake thread rather than "memorials", though if I have more detailed obituaries they will go there:

From: http://www.marchemondiale.org  articles in French, English and Spanish

Haiti: solidarity with our sisters and brothers

14-01-2010
It is with very heavy hearts that we write to you today, two days after the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. We are incredibly shocked and saddened by the images and news that we have been receiving over the last 48 hours, and we are very worried for our World March of Women sisters in the country.
 
We have been trying to get in contact with sisters from the NCB and from the WMW participating groups in Haiti, but have so far not been able to speak to any of them. The tragic news we have had is that our sisters Magalie Marcellin from Kayfanm and Myriam Merlet, a feminist activist and actual Head of the Ministry of Women, were killed in the earthquake. Our thoughts and solidarity go out to their families and friends.
 
Some good news that we have received is that our sisters from SOFA (one of the groups that makes up the NCB in Haiti) are safe... Their office was badly damaged, but none of them were hurt. We are incredibly thankful. Other good news is that Camille Chalmers, close friend of the WMW and our allied social movements, and member of PAPDA and Jubilee South, has survived along with his wife and children, although his mother-in-law was killed, and his house has been destroyed.
 
We are evaluating the best way we can help, as concerned women around the world. What we do know is that our solidarity is desperately needed, and that it will also be needed in the middle to long term. Please think about how to start mobilising money and other support in your countries (remembering that items – food, water, clothes, etc – should only be collected if you know of a way for them to reach Haiti). Please keep us informed of any solidarity initiatives that you are part of in your countries.
 
As soon as we have more information with regards to other sisters in Haiti, and to how we can support those who have survived, we will let you know.
 
In feminist solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Haiti,

International Secretariat
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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Re: Haiti Earthquake/7.3 (which may change)
« Reply #33 on: January 18, 2010, 04:27:56 PM »
You gotta read Greg Palast.
http://www.gregpalast.com/the-right-testicle-of-hell-history-of-a-haitian-holocaust/
Also, on Twitter, he asks why it is that US landed 45,000 Marines on Dominican Republican beaches in 1965 but can't seem to get aid into Haiti.
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Re: Haiti Earthquake/7.3 (which may change)
« Reply #34 on: January 18, 2010, 07:31:15 PM »
IMF LOANS, (not gifts) comes with conditions

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Debt relief activists tell me that these loans came with conditions, including raising prices for electricity, refusing pay increases to all public employees except those making minimum wage and keeping inflation low. They say that the new loans would impose these same conditions. In other words, in the face of this latest tragedy, the IMF is still using crisis and debt as leverage to compel neoliberal reforms.

In other news Bush says to watch out for 'shysters' in donating to Haiti.   :rotfl:   Oh fuck.
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Re: Haiti Earthquake/7.3 (which may change)
« Reply #35 on: January 18, 2010, 10:13:16 PM »
There is now a 6pm curfew in Port-au-Prince
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Under the curfew, no vehicles are allowed, except police and military vehicles or those escorted by the police. Flights are also banned from 6.22pm.


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Re: Haiti Earthquake/7.3 (which may change)
« Reply #36 on: January 18, 2010, 11:09:06 PM »
Well if my family was starving to death, I guess I'd be shot for breaking the curfew. You know, if those poor people were all WHITE, we wouldn't be seeing bloated bodies in mass graves, but somehow it's okay cuz they're a dif colour. I weep with shame at the world. ETA-the current price for the Pat Robertson VooDoo Doll on e-Bay is now over $1,000, hee
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Re: Haiti Earthquake/7.3 (which may change)
« Reply #37 on: January 19, 2010, 12:08:47 AM »
WTF is the US up to? It's turning away all kinds of relief flights as it brings in more paratroopers.
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Re: Haiti Earthquake/7.3 (which may change)
« Reply #38 on: January 19, 2010, 12:37:21 AM »
MSM starting to catch up now: US Troop Landings Delay Haiti Aid

The reason I posted the curfew notice above
1) no more night flights of aid can land after the US Army retires for the evening
2) with a quarter to a third of the people now homeless, how do they plan to enforce a curfew?

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Re: Haiti Earthquake/7.3 (which may change)
« Reply #39 on: January 19, 2010, 12:57:16 AM »
Link is fucked, Alison.
It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity. It is when we all play safe that fatality will lead us to our doom. It is in the "dark shade of courage" alone that the spell can be broken.
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Re: Haiti Earthquake/7.3 (which may change)
« Reply #40 on: January 19, 2010, 01:17:14 AM »
Quote from: Alison@Creekside
MSM starting to catch up now: US Troop Landings Delay Haiti Aid
The reason I posted the curfew notice above
1) no more night flights of aid can land after the US Army retires for the evening
2) with a quarter to a third of the people now homeless, how do they plan to enforce a curfew?

Link fixed.

Isabelle Jeanson, Médecins sans frontières, blogging from Haïti.

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Re: Haiti Earthquake/7.3 (which may change)
« Reply #41 on: January 19, 2010, 02:12:11 AM »
The world is sick, not the workers who volunteer or who are paid. That doesn't matter. It's the fucking hypocrisy. How come the U.S. doesn't show the dead in Iraq to the American Public, or the dead in Afghanistan? I'm so sick of this bullshit. Ya know, if we don't DO something, we're next.
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Re: Haiti Earthquake/7.3 (which may change)
« Reply #42 on: January 19, 2010, 10:52:37 AM »
I think it started with the Viet Nam war - when the American public got a glimpse of all the flag draped coffins returning to the US, the tide against the war intensified. Now the Pentagon has forbidden photos of flag-draped coffins returning from Iraq and Afganistan - I'm sure I read about this a few years ago.

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Re: Haiti Earthquake/7.3 (which may change)
« Reply #43 on: January 19, 2010, 05:08:10 PM »
Oh yeah, it was a big issue in the alt media during Iraq.

But I don't recall it being a problem during Vietnam because, back then, there was no ''embedding'' -- and journos travelled when and where they wanted, taking many risks. They showed actual death and destruction.

That's why we have those iconic photos of the little girl running down the road, the POW being shot ...
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Re: Haiti Earthquake/7.3 (which may change)
« Reply #44 on: January 19, 2010, 05:20:58 PM »
Yeah - I got the iconic photos mixed up. The flag-draped coffin photo I recall was one of about 50 coffins in a US plane headed home from Iraq.

 

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