Translated from the French by Dady Chery
Editorial Comment. Back in January, while hundreds of thousands of Haitians laid injured, crushed, the country’s president and first lady cried about the collapse of their national palace and urgently called for engineers. Days later, while children were snatched by the planeloads from the country in disarray, the prime minister complained of the media’s distracting influence. He had bigger problems to consider, like the capital city’s reconstruction. “Tokyo was rebuilt,” he argued, “so why not Port-au-Prince?” The obsession with a cosmopolitan front is laughable, of course, but its consequences are real. If only Port-au-Prince matters, what’s the use of a parliament? Indeed, Haiti’s parliament was dissolved in April to make way for a Clinton-led colonialist coalition called Commission Internationale pour la Reconstruction d’Haiti (CIRH). This article describes their first “aid” project with their Haitian cohorts. Dady Chery
“Meanwhile, more than one and half million human beings stay beneath tents that are already worn by the sun and the torrential rains that pour nearly every day. And the occupation forces continue to mount, to prepare for all possibilities. The United Nations Security Council recently approved 680 supplementary police for Haiti. With them on board, MINUSTAH will have 8,940 military and 4,391 police personnel.”
After the June 2, 2010 Dominican Repulic Punta Cana Summit, titled “Solidarity Beyond the Crisis,” which barely laid a mouse, it is impossible to see how the Haitian government will carry out its program to rehabilitate the Port-au-Prince city center, soon to be declared a public-utility zone. This is especially so, given the fact that the Dominican President revealed, during the Summit, that the Haitian government received only $78 million of the $262 million expected to cover its budget deficit.
It is Economy and Finance Minister Ronald Beaudin who supplied the specifics of this “grand” project on Monday June 7, 2010. It appears that this project was not really discussed in Punta Cana.
“We will start by establishing a pilot perimeter from which the reconstruction of Port-au-Prince will begin. Within this perimeter, one will concentrate all the public buildings and ministerial offices. The Central Bank, already in place, will build a convention center. Green spaces will be saved, and a good part of this perimeter will be reserved for initiatives from the private sector.”
revealed Mr. Beaudin. According to the minister,
“Certain aspects of the project will be financed by the CIRH.”
These aspects will be the lion’s share. Big multinationals from the United States, Canada, and France will grab the city center.
“Preference will be given to those who want to build hotels and commercial centers. We will proceed like other big cities.”
continued Minister Beaudin, without concern. This is why it is projected that
“140 million dollars will be required just to construct the downtown buildings.”
Mr. Beaudin continues, specifying that
“casual commerce will be put under control. Street vendors will no longer be allowed to clutter the entrances, sidewalks, or patios of buildings…. In the pilot perimeter, there will be the means to provide electricity 24 hours a day. Police patrols will continuously guarantee the security of this downtown area.”
Notice that Mr. Beaudin said nothing about schools or public markets. This will be a place for big shots and will be built suitably tall.
“We will not build it like before. First of all, the buildings will face the sea. It is a privilege to have a sea view in Port-au-Prince,”
added the Minister, with considerable emotion.
This project of the Empire and others colonizers to grab Port-au-Prince and the other coastal cities, plus all the other regions with natural resources did not start yesterday. Ironically, it is those leaders who consider themselves progressive who are carrying out the fire sale of the country. Minister Beaudin concluded his interview with the media by saying
“another Port-au-Prince is possible.”
This is true. Another Port-au-Prince, but for whom?
In this “grand” project of the government, the people will kept at bay. They will be relegated, if this plan succeeds, to walled bantustans well away from the eyes of the investors and tourists, waiting to be exploited by sweatshops that will be installed in free-trade zones. This is where we find George Soros’ “Project Winner.” To keep away the prospective members from the peasantry who will want to try their luck in this new El Dorado, a plan is already envisaged for the elimination of the small and medium-sized farmers, with or without the big landowners, by a capitalistic mechanization implacably turned toward export. The multinational Monsanto has already made its appearance on this front.
Meanwhile, more than one and half million human beings stay beneath tents that are already worn by the sun and the torrential rains that pour nearly every day. And the occupation forces continue to mount, to prepare for all possibilities. The United Nations Security Council recently approved 680 supplementary police for Haiti. With them on board, MINUSTAH will have 8,940 military and 4,391 police personnel.
Sources: Haiti Progres (French) | Haiti Chery (English)
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