They have so far resisted CIA attempts to make their countries as poor as Haiti. (Food Sovereignty: Fighting the “creeping coup” in Venezuela )
The CIA likes to control Haiti and that means that people starve and the drugs trade flourishes.
"With food prices rising, Haiti's poorest can't afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country's central plateau." - Poor Haitians resort to eating dirt and AP fails to tell why
MARK WEISBROT wrote in Counterpunch about Haiti ( Mark Weisbrot: The Silence About Haiti's Torment )
According to Weisbrot:
1991 : The leaders of the coup 'were on the CIA payroll'. The death squad that killed thousands of Aristide's supporters between 1991 and 1994 was led by Emmanuel Constant, who told the world on CBS' 60 Minutes that the CIA hired him for the job.
2004 : Jeffrey Sachs of Colombia University said, "The United States turned off the tap... They did that deliberately to bring down Aristide."
The Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank cut off funding from 2001-2003.
The USA gave tens of millions of dollars to the opposition, which included former military personnel - including convicted murderers.
In 2004, US forces reportedly forced Aristide to go to the airport where he boarded a plane to the Central African Republic.
What is Haiti like now?
The Center for the Study of Human Rights at the University of Miami Law School conducted an investigation in Haiti in November 2004.
Among the findings: "summary executions are a police tactic,"
the jails are filled with political prisoners,
many prisoners are held without charge, beaten and denied medical help.
Cite Soleil, a slum of 250,000 people, is under lockdown. Young men cannot leave for fear of arrest.
Dead bodies can be seen in the streets.
Haiti © Rémi Kaupp, CC-BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
TOM REEVES has also written about Haiti (ZNet Haiti Disguised Coup, Hidden Abuses ):
According to Reeves:
When thousands poured out of Bel Aire slum, the Haitian National Police 'opened fire on singing, chanting men, women and children'; five people were killed.
Father Gerard Jean-Juste works among the poor in Haiti. He was seized by Haitian police, wearing hoods, while feeding poor children in his parish last. He was held in deplorable conditions without a trial.
Witnesses have spoken of spoken of massacres of Aristide supporters in several poor Port au Prince neighborhoods. These are have been documented police raids into Aristide strongholds, accompanied by UN troops, resulting in hundreds of deaths of Aristide activists and bystanders
Rep. Maxine Waters, of the Congressional Black Caucus: "Haiti today is in total chaos. The interim government put in power by the U.S...is a complete failure....Human rights violations are commonplace throughout Haiti....(M)embers of President Aristide's government have been detained illegally, including former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune...As of February 18, there were over 700 political prisoners in Haiti's jails...most...without formal charges."
The United States sent marines to Haiti a year ago to force out of office a government that was democratically elected. The self-styled "rebels" committed massacres and rapes across the country, using weapons traced to U.S. stockpiles in the Dominican Republic.
The US installed the puppet regime of Gerard Latortue.
There have been vast cutbacks in the already impoverished education, health and other human services systems of the public sector.
The puppet regime represents the old landed and military elite and the sweat-shop owners and other business elite.
'A full-scale terror campaign is going on in Haiti - by the government, against the people; by the rich, against the poor; by those trained and funded by the U.S. and guarded by the U.N., and against the mass movement called Lavalas - the cleansing flood - that Aristide promised would someday bring justice for the poor of Haiti'.
Emmanuel "Toto" Constant has explained that he worked for the CIA in Haiti.
Haiti militiaman ordered to pay £10m for rapes
Guardian, 27 October 2006
Constant was the leader of Fraph, a rightwing paramilitary group.
He worked against Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
In the USA, in October 2006, Constant was ordered to pay $19m (£10m) in damages to three women who had been gang-raped by members of his militia.
A US district judge Sidney Stein ruled that the women were each entitled to $1.5m in compensatory damages and $5m in punitive damages.
The judge said Constant "founded and oversaw an organisation that was dedicated principally towards terrorising and torturing political opponents..."
Constant is in jail on Long Island awaiting trial on unrelated charges. He told CBS's 60 Minutes in 1995: "If I am guilty of those crimes ... the CIA is also guilty."
The source for the following is:
Francois Emmanuel "Toto" Constant
According to Constant, the US military attaché and the local CIA station chief were inside the Haitian military headquarters when the army staged its coup in '91.
Constant has stated that Col. Patrick Collins, of the U. S. Defense Intelligence Agency, pushed him to organize a front that could balance the Aristide movement and do intelligence work against it. This resulted in Constant forming what evolved into FRAPH in August 1993. Who Will Rid Me of this Turbulent Priest?
From 1993-1994, Constant was the leader of the FRAPH death squad which reportedly murdered hundreds of Haitians...
Constant claims that he was part of covert American policy to undermine the exiled President Aristide, who was viewed as too radical by the United States.
Constant attended, on invitation, the Clinton inauguration balls in 1993....