Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Profiting from Haiti's crisis
‘Wars, conflict- it’s all business', says Monsieur Verdoux, Charlie Chaplin’s anti-hero in the classic 1947 film.
He might have added ‘disaster relief’ too.
US corporations, private mercenaries, Washington and the International Monetary Fund are using the crisis in Haiti to make a profit, promote unpopular neoliberal policies, and extend military and economic control over the Haitian people.
While international leaders and institutions are speaking about how many soldiers and dollars they are committing to Haiti, it is important to note that what Haiti needs is doctors not soldiers, grants not loans, a stronger public sector rather than a wholesale privatization, and critical solidarity with grassroots organizations and people to support the self-determination of the country.
You can read the whole of Benjamin Dangl's excellent piece 'Profiting from Haiti's crisis', over at Global Research.
On the same website, do try and read this great article by Michel Chossudovsky, on the militarisation of US aid to Haiti.
And here is Michel’s brilliant 2004 article on the Washington/IMF/World Bank destabilisation of Haiti- and the similarities with the Washington-led destabilisation of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia a few years earlier.