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    Here is an essay published in Bloomberg by Michael Diebert, who was the AP reporter in Haiti during the time of Aristide1- he has written 2 books on Haiti and is fluent in Kreyole. Folks may not agree with his particular take on the roots of the situation but those who know of the history of the country will certainly agree that the enforced drop in tariffs on imported rice - which was one of the requirements that President Clinton imposed for the return of Aristide - caused the collapse of the local rice industry.

    Diebert does not mention the Swine Flu epidemic of the '80s (not an imperialistic PLOT but the US did insist that all the Kreyole pigs in Haiti be slaughter and had them replaced with Iowa pigs who ate about 10 times their weight - Now Haitians say that the Iowa pigs have adapted to life in Haiti and have become some of the best garbage collectors. One used to see them on the streets of PauP eating garbage. I suppose that there is not much food on the streets now and that most of the pigs have been eaten)

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...-s-breadbasket

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainannie View Post
    Here is an essay published in Bloomberg by Michael Diebert, who was the AP reporter in Haiti during the time of Aristide1- he has written 2 books on Haiti and is fluent in Kreyole. Folks may not agree with his particular take on the roots of the situation but those who know of the history of the country will certainly agree that the enforced drop in tariffs on imported rice - which was one of the requirements that President Clinton imposed for the return of Aristide - caused the collapse of the local rice industry.

    Diebert does not mention the Swine Flu epidemic of the '80s (not an imperialistic PLOT but the US did insist that all the Kreyole pigs in Haiti be slaughter and had them replaced with Iowa pigs who ate about 10 times their weight - Now Haitians say that the Iowa pigs have adapted to life in Haiti and have become some of the best garbage collectors. One used to see them on the streets of PauP eating garbage. I suppose that there is not much food on the streets now and that most of the pigs have been eaten)

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...-s-breadbasket
    I know Michael - who helped me get a start writing for InterPressService. While he is a liberal - he is decried by the leftist in the US who supported Aristide - mainly for his book - "Notes from the Last Testament" - which chronicled Aristides rise and fall -
    It is the most informative book on recent Haitian history available in English.

    Here is one of the screeds against him from the US backers of Aristide... http://haitianalysis.blogspot.com/20...ight-wing.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainannie View Post
    I know Michael - who helped me get a start writing for InterPressService. While he is a liberal - he is decried by the leftist in the US who supported Aristide - mainly for his book - "Notes from the Last Testament" - which chronicled Aristides rise and fall -
    It is the most informative book on recent Haitian history available in English.

    Here is one of the screeds against him from the US backers of Aristide... http://haitianalysis.blogspot.com/20...ight-wing.html
    And here is one review of his newest book on Haiti _"Haiti Will Not Perish" - from one reader via Amazon -

    "...The first thing I noticed about this book when it arrived is how thick it is. But when I looked inside, I notice that literally a quarter of the book (over 100 pages) is nothing but references. That, alone, should give an indication of how thoroughly the author documented and referenced what he talks about in the book. As any book dealing with Haiti must do, it starts off with a brief history of the nation leading up to the point where the author's earlier book, Notes From the Last Testament, left off (around the departure of Aristide in 2004). I've read all of Michael Deibert's books and he consistently maintains a simple measure to how well he's doing his job: If people from all sides are upset, he must be doing something right. In the process, he maintains an objective, observational viewpoint of events, unafraid to make room for nuance. One gets the feeling that he doesn't judge characters or situations, he simply relays the stories as he observes or is told from witnesses. Sadly, there are too many in the foreign media (outside of Haiti) who insist on applying their political template to events within Haiti. This is tragic, as there simply is no cookie-cutter political storyline to apply to a nation as diverse and complex as Haiti. As a result, most outside of Haiti end up viewing Haiti their their own paradigm of left vs. right, Socialist vs. Capitalist, etc. They remove the human element by doing this, by turning a blind eye to corruption by characters they perceive to align with their political viewpoint while amplifying corruption by those opposed. The world needs more journalists and writers like Michael Deibert, who resist this temptation and simply tell it like it is. I strongly recommend this book for anybody with an interest in Haiti. By so thoroughly documenting recent events in the country, this book provides a clear picture to who is who and what is what in a country where criminals become elected officials while the foreign press has no idea of their track record - which in turn leads to a poor understanding by those who rely on the press to keep them informed (Here's looking at you, Vice News)...."


    (Shameless promotion of the work of a friend who is also an excellent journalist)

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    Perhaps lost in my Blah Blah Blah

    The Most Excellent Review of the Current Situation in Haiti -

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...-s-breadbasket

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    Bring back Baby Doc Duvalier's Tonton Macoute, back to normal in a week

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    A Haitian journalist was shot and killed by an unknown person on a motorcycle yesterday:

    computer translation:

    Kill a Haitian journalist amid protests in Port-au-Prince

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - A Haitian journalist died Monday after being shot by unknown people on a motorcycle in the midst of protests in Port-au-Prince on Sunday to demand the resignation of the country's president, Jovenel Moise, on Tuesday. the National Police.

    This is Pétion Rospide, who worked for Radio Sin Fin (RsF) and frequently spoke about the alleged irregular management of Petrocaribe funds, through which Venezuela supplies oil to Haiti at soft prices.

    According to the authorities, the journalist was hit by a bullet as he was heading towards his house in the Portail Léogane sector.

    The death of the communicator was confirmed through Facebook by the RsF radio station itself.

    "Our brother, our colleague, our friend Pétion Rospide has fallen. It's a blow for RsF, "he said.

    During the day of protests on Monday another person died violently after being hit by a shot in the capital.

    The protests began on Sunday when thousands of people took to the streets of Port-au-Prince and other cities of the country days after the Superior Court of Accounts issued a report involving a Moise company in the alleged irregular handling of Petrocaribe funds. .

    On Sunday, André Michel, spokesman for the Democratic and Popular sector, which groups several opposition leaders and social organizations, told the press that they counted "seven dead and more than a hundred injured" during the protests that day.

    The designated prime minister of Haiti, Jean Michel Lapin, declared on Monday that the right to protest is guaranteed in the Constitution of the country, but that violence is not "acceptable", so he condemned the "lamentable actions" that took place in the country. .

    The chief of staff lamented the loss of lives that resulted from the protests of opposition sectors and congratulated the National Police "who does a good job of professionalism."

    Lapin, appointed to the post by Haitian President Jovenel Moise, has not yet been able to present his government plan to the Parliament (bicameral) due to disorders promoted by several legislators.

    On May 31, the Superior Court of Accounts of Haiti sent to the Parliament (bicameral) its final report on the investigation it carried out into the alleged acts of corruption in Petrocaribe.

    According to details known to the press, the investigation revealed that the Haitian president's company Agritrans received millions of dollars for the execution of several projects but has not carried them out.

    In addition, the text reveals that there is apparently a network of officials within the Haitian government that manages the obtaining of contracts for friends of former president of the country Michel Martelly, as well as for former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.

    The report of the Superior Court of Accounts describes as "serious" the manner in which several governments have spent more than 2,000 million dollars of Petrocaribe funds between 2008 and 2016, half of the resources generated by the program during that period.

    The document is in the hands of the president of the Senate and the Haitian National Assembly, Carl Murat Cantave, who will have to process it before the Justice

    https://almomento.net/matan-a-un-per...erto-principe/




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    Coverage of the killing of the journalist - etc - from the Miami Herald -

    https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nat...231393513.html

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