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Haiti ‘Worst Crisis In Decades’

Posted on Jan 17, 2010
AP / Marco Ugarte

Workers in Mexico City load bottled water for shipment to Haiti earthquake victims on Saturday.

In what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has described as the worst humanitarian crisis in decades, relief efforts in the aftermath of Haiti’s devastating earthquake have encountered a major crisis—a lack of potable water. —JCL

The Guardian:

The United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, today described the situation in Haiti as the worst humanitarian crisis in decades, as aid agencies raced to tackle the latest problem of the unfolding disaster: a lack of clean water.

“The damage, destruction, loss of life is just overwhelming,” Ban said as he boarded a flight for Port-au-Prince.

Concerns about security continued and police shot and killed one man who was attempting to take market produce, according to AFP.

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By rico, suave, January 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment


“... their institutionalized beggary by continuing to be complicit in their own degradation at the hands of their historic oppressors.”

Now THAT makes sense!

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By TAO Walker, January 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment

Their chances of getting Rain are orders-of-magnitude greater for the Haitians, than those of ever escaping their institutionalized beggary by continuing to be complicit in their own degradation at the hands of their historic oppressors.  Maybe the Day rfidler finds his/her ownself in similar straits, a Day that is definitely on the calendar even for still relatively comfortable subjects of “the empire of the willing,” will be the Day when The Song ‘n’ Dance of Life Herownself will be irresistible, in its Natural Brilliance, even to such as s/he.

Meanwhile, there remain innumerable fates-worse-than-death available in the “global” marketplace, for those who still believe there’s some easy way out of the CONtraption.


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By rico, suave, January 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment


Brilliant idea you have! Kick out the ineffective US and tell the Haitians to gather round in a big circle and do a rain dance.

Brilliant, I say! Brilliant!

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By TAO Walker, January 19, 2010 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment

The capitalization of disaster continues apace in Haiti.  A week after the ‘quake, and the OVER-developed nations are still managing to somehow get not much more than a trickle of water, food, and medical help to those still stuck among the ruins….this despite a great show of CONcern and the complete U.S. takeover of the airport.

From here in the Living Heart of Indian Country we see unfolding in the island nation a (to us) quite familiar pattern of fervid rhetoric and frenetic activity coupled with seemingly inexplicable delays in getting growing piles of relief supplies from depot to distribution-points.  The media dwell obsessively on the allamericanized herculean effort, huge dollar-amounts raised, and big-name celebrity guests….with the usual sprinkling of “miracle” rescues, “individual” heroics, and poignant personal loss.

This event though, monumentally devastating as it is, still pales in its overall effects beside those of generations of gangster-rule established and abetted by the same imperial forces now going through the motions of responding to conditions made much worse by that history of abuse and neglect than they might otherwise’ve been.  A People punished for centuries, for having the audacity to overthrow their European slavemasters, than lorded-over by home-grown despots installed and maintained by those same vested interests, terrorized by officially-sanctioned gangs of lawless thugs, kept in abject poverty, blamed for AIDS, accused of making a “deal with the devil” (because how else but with satanic assistance could they ever’ve thrown-off the killing yoke of the self-annointed franco-xtians?), are now subject to the dictates of what smug neo-lib globalists refer to increasingly as “the empire of the willing.”

The U.S.-puppet president sets up shop at the U.S.-run airport, and is told the terms on which that tantalizing mountain of rations will be made available to “his” people.  Welcome to The Rez.

To this Old Savage, however, the worst of what has befallen and been forced-on our Sisters and Brothers in Haiti is not the physical and emotional trauma itself, massive as that’s been.  Rather, it is the systematic smothering of the Song at the core of their soul as a People….a Song of (among other precious things) their Natural Freedom, once recovered at such cost from ruthless exploiters, then stripped away again by generations of organized oppression.  It is the state-sponsored strait-jacketing of their bodies, in fetters of want and fear, so their steps in Life’s Dance are all-but extinguished, that wrings our hearts here on Turtle Island.

So we’re moved to suggest to our Haitian Relatives they should look elsewhere, for what they really need now, than to those CONspiring to keep it from them in the first place.  The West’s dominance-driven imperialists (who can’t even help theirownselfs) no longer even pretend very hard to allow it to their own subject/citizens, who must endure ever-heightening levels of surveilance and CONtrol (all in the name of “security” and “stability,” of course), as they stumble along in their own diminishing half-lives.

Instead, Haitians might lift-up their voices together in The Song, and move their feet together in The Dance of Life Herownself….as The Way to get-through together this latest manifestation of their long-time predicament.  Perhaps no other captive People anywhere has nearer nothing-to-lose today, by exiting the DEAD END road of “civilization,” than the Haitians….nor are there any with better prospects of immediate real relief from its designer deficiencies.  The prolonged agony of “individual”-ized wage/debt serfdom, despite its addicting comforts and crippling CONveniences, is NOT a viable alternative to the Natural Life of free wild Human Beings….as their brave Ancestors knew full-well.

Reclaim together your Native place in the Living arrangement of our Mother Earth, Haitian Sisters and Brothers.


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By DieDaily, January 19, 2010 at 9:10 am Link to this comment

Dang, commenters, you got it pegged! Commune115,
isn’t Chossudovsky an almost peerlessly good
researcher? And wow, so prolific. But I call your
Chossudovsky and raise you a Cynthia McKinney:

Haiti: An Unwelcome Katrina Redux

This article is incredible, and very readable. It
delves deep into the Oil in the region and strategic
importance of the place as a jumping off point for
the South American Democracy “roll back” in the
works. You all knew that Haiti has the FIFTH LARGEST
Iran and Germany are larger!!!!!!!!). Obviously that
makes no sense right? Well read the above link and
see just how muchos $en$ib£e i† a¢tua££¥ i$.

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By rico, suave, January 18, 2010 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment

All of you posters are of course correct. Haiti would be infinitely better off if the US military didn’t lift a finger to help.

Where is the ACLU to start the build-code travesty law-suits?

Where is PETA to make sure that starving Haitians don’t start eating their dogs?

Where is OSHA to make sure rescuers are suitably protected from hazardous asbestos and other carcinogens in the rubble?

Where is the EPA to guarantee the quality of the water those poor people drink?

Where is the FDA to make sure the food they’re eating hasn’t passed its ‘use by’ date?

These are the people who will make a real difference down there.

But no. All the military is doing is distributing tainted food, poison water, leaky tents and a thousand bed hospital ship where medical experiments will no doubt be conducted, all the while setting up a FOB in prep for the invasion of Venezuela.

I heard on that Dick Cheney’s outfit Halliburton, has been working on some new tectonic plate manipulation technology, and this was their first real-world demo. So far so good.

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By john from ojai, January 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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Anyone that was struck by the lack of potable water should note that Gaza, which was bombed with U.S. arms and funding by Israel also has a lack of potable water. They have been suffering under a illegal, war crime blockade for over 2 years and our corrupt U.S. politicians keep supporting the pain on innocent civilians. Haiti was a natural disaster and we should do all we can to help them. Gaza is an Israeli/U.S. caused disaster that we could stop immediately simply by lifting the blockade.

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By skulz fontaine, January 18, 2010 at 7:41 am Link to this comment

“the worst humanitarian crisis in decades?” Oh ki-Moon, you little buffoon you.
Haiti is a ghetto and has always been a ghetto. America’s ghetto. How would Haiti
be a worse humanitarian crisis than say Gaza? Yeah, Haiti had an earthquake.
Pakistan has earthquakes, Afghaniscam, Mexico, Phillipines, Japan, Indonesia, and
well go ahead and fill in the blank. “Worst humanitarian crisis in decades?” Where
the hell have you been Ban buddy? Asleep at the old SecGen switch?
Haiti had an earthquake and the U.S. turns Haiti into a ‘forward operating base’ for
the military. You know, 82nd Airborne and the Marines and how are they
connected to humanitarian anything? Saw those soldiers in full combat regalia and
how is that humane? Would seem the Obama plans some ‘de-mock-racy’ for
Venezuela. It’s okay though everybody, George Clooney is on the job for Haiti.
Clooney is gonna save Haiti like he saved Darfur.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, January 18, 2010 at 5:19 am Link to this comment
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You mean “The empire march is on.”

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By Bob, January 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm Link to this comment
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The plane with the inflatable hospital was diverted to Samana in the Dominican Republic? That makes no sense at all. Samana is the absolutely furthest point from Port au Prince in all of the Dominican Republic. No wonder it will take 24 hours to make the trip overland.

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By Commune115, January 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment

Meanwhile, the Empire marches on…

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