[R-G] Haiti Genocide a la bonne femme
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Wed Feb 6 09:44:47 MST 2008
Haiti Genocide a la bonne femme
This article originally appeared in Jamaica Observer.
"This clay is guaranteed to make your bones stronger even as your
flesh melts away."
We have some great news for dieters this week!
The Haitians, with a little help from the Americans, the French and
the Canadians, have produced a solution to the obesity crisis that
now threatens western civilization.
Haiti's great and good friends in Washington, Paris and Ottawa have,
at last, after several years of hard, grinding effort, managed to
create the condition known as ‘critical mess' [sic] allowing the
Haitians to produce a diet which - unlike any other slimming solution
- is absolutely guaranteed to work. Other slimming solutions have
always had one weak spot: no matter how low-calorie the diet is,
dieters can always defeat the purpose by overeating.
The new Haitian diet makes that impossible!
No matter how much you eat you will not get fat!!
This is sensational news!!!
Here for the information of our avid readers is the recipe, direct
from the street vendors of Port au Prince.
One caveat: the special ingredient may have to be imported from
Haiti. We haven't yet found a gourmet specialty shop in North America
which stocks the main ingredient - Glaise de Plateau Central - a
special kind of clay from the Central Plateau of Haiti. This clay is
yellowish in color and the best grades contain lots of healthy
calcium, guaranteed to make your bones stronger even as your too, too
solid flesh melts away.
Take enough Glaise de Plateau Central and dry it in the sun.
Pound (in a mortar) and sieve the dried glaise, to remove any small
stones, twigs, insect parts, bird droppings or other visible impurities.
Add a little water, enough to make a soft dough.
Add a little fat and a soupçon of salt (gros sel, pounded fine).
Mix all together forming small - say 2 inch - cookies.
Expose to the sun on a zinc sheet (beaten as flat as possible).
When dry your mud pies are ready to eat.
It may sound better in French but it is genocide in any language.
‘And so say all of us!'
The Haitians are giving new meaning to the phrase "dirt poor."
Four years after the Americans, Canadians and French beheaded
democracy in Haiti it is now clear that a Final Solution is in sight
for the 200-year old Haitian problem.
Almost exactly three years ago, on January 30, 2005, I wrote in this
column in this paper about the world's commemoration of the
liberation of the Auschwitz murder factory sixty year before
Elie Weisel, a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews, said
"In those times those who were in the death camps felt not only
tortured and murdered by the enemy, but also tortured and murdered by
what they considered to be the world's silence and indifference ."
" ... Those who committed the crimes were not vulgar, underworld
thugs, but men with high positions in government, academia, industry
and medicine." Weisel said.
I wrote then: "The world is remembering Auschwitz and the Holocaust.
It is not paying any notice to the 200-year Holocaust still underway
in Haiti. There too, the people in hazard must feel tortured and
murdered by the indifference of a world conned into believing that
the high-minded leaders of the United States, France, Canada and
Brazil have the interest of the Haitian people at heart when their
agents torture, murder, maim and rape Haitians for no better reason
than that they support their democratically elected and
unconstitutionally removed President, Jean Bertrand Aristide."
That was in 2005.
"Haitians have had their leaders kidnapped, tortured and murdered,
innocent women and children have been killed by the UN occupation
forces working to eliminate the enemies of the Haitian ruling elite."
HaitiSewage Since then the Haitians have continued to languish in
suffering. They have had their leaders kidnapped, tortured and
murdered, innocent women and children have been killed by the UN
occupation forces working to eliminate the enemies of the Haitian
ruling elite, the destruction of Haitian democratic organization
meant the death of thousands from hurricane, floods and other natural
disasters, and they have waited for hours in the heat of the sun to
cast their votes hoping that those votes would have meant a better
life for them, or at least a chance for a better life. That hasn't
Haiti is still paying for the foreign aid gormandized by the
Duvaliers and their allies and they still have no roads, no
hospitals, and their medical school started by Aristide with the aid
of the Cubans is now the site of the barracks of the occupying forces.
These Haitians are the people who helped the Americans win their
independence, destroyed the American ambitions of Napoleon, destroyed
slavery and accelerated the abolition of the slave trade. They are
guilty on all counts and obviously deserve to be punished. They
inhabit one of those places Mr. Bush called "the dark corners of the
Three years ago, at the Holocaust commemoration the US vice president
Mr. Cheney delivered himself of these words:
" ...these great evils of history were perpetuated not in some
remote, uncivilized part of the world, but in the very heart of the
civilized world. ... Men without conscience are capable of any
cruelty the human mind can imagine. Therefore we must teach every
generation the values of tolerance and decency and moral courage. And
in every generation, free nations must maintain the will, the
foresight and the strength to fight tyranny and spread the freedom
that leads to peace."
And so say all of us! And so say all of us!! And so say all of us !!!
Meanwhile, the Haitians eat dirt.
Caribbean culture - the product of a tiny proportion of the world's
people, is awesome. We have produced Jean Jacques Dessalines, Marcus
Garvey, Fidel Castro and Norman Manley, Capablanca and George
Headley, Alexandre Dumas, Arthur Lewis and Derek Walcott, Ernesto
Lecuona, Bob Marley and the Mighty Sparrow, Karl Parboosingh and
Cecil Baugh, Colin Powell and Malcolm X to name only a few who have
changed the world. Visitors to the region, especially to Jamaica, are
unlikely to discover any of this.
Caribbean culture is the magnet that draws foreign visitors to these
countries but once they get here, they could be anywhere. They don't
eat Caribbean food or meet Caribbean people or hear any but the most
formulaic, tired Caribbean music.HaitiJamaicaTouristCouple
There are exceptions of course. But Caribbean tourism is largely not
a Caribbean product. The people who are the stewards of the flame
that draws the visitors have very little part in the industry. In
Jamaica the people are losing their beaches and even their landscapes
to so-called "developments" which accord no respect nor pay attention
to their Jamaican context.
"Caribbean tourism is largely not a Caribbean product."
The Jamaica of song and story is replaced by petting zoos featuring
captive camels, parakeets and dolphins and other exotica imported
from other places.
"Development" in Jamaica follows the maxim quoted in the 1954 World
Bank Report on Jamaica: "In Jamaica, the absolute ownership of land
means in practice the absolute right of the owner to ruin the land
in his own way." These days one does not even have to be the
absolute owner. If, like Robert Cartade, one can persuade the right
people one can get permission to destroy Hope Gardens and if the
"proles" protest too much, Long Mountain instead. If you are the
government you can pour concrete and sterilize an area half the size
of Hanover to build a Doomsday Highway that, as I predicted, will be
impossible to pay for. We can try to rescue disastrous developments
like the Port Antonio Marina by making an even bigger bet on a new
airport (for flying yachts?). We can destroy Falmouth so that
financiers can make millions from cruise ships before they are sunk
by the price of petroleum in five or ten years.
HaitiJamaicaTouristHotel We can destroy Kingston Harbor by pollution
or by dredging and we are now told that the parish of Portland is so
beautiful and so attractive that it must be saved for foreigners and
covered with villas and other attractions which will change it into
Las Vegas by the sea.
The latest "development" proposals for St. Thomas mean that the
people will give up some of the most valuable farmland in Jamaica for
our fourth - fourth! - international airport. Jamaica already has one
mile of roadway for every square mile of land. We will now have one
international airport for every thousand square miles of land or one
international airport for every 200 square miles of reasonably level
And all this is to be done without consultation with the Jamaican
people whose sacrifice is essential for these ‘developments'.
Although we are bound by the Treaty of Rio, by the Cartagena
Convention and other national and international laws, the people of
Jamaica will be asked to yield their treasure as the Arawaks/Tainos
were "asked" to yield theirs.
"I claim this land in the name of Development!" So There!
Give us a break.
Endnote: Is it just me? Or is anyone else disturbed by the heavy
promotion of the film "Vantage Point" on CNN in concert with news
reports and programs about the US party presidential primaries.
‘Vantage Point" is about the assassination of an American President,
and the promos, especially when they follow Barack Obama political
advertisements, give me the creeps.
John Maxwell of the University of the West Indies (UWI) is the
veteran Jamaican journalist who in 1999 single-handedly thwarted the
Jamaican government's efforts to build houses at Hope, the nation's
oldest and best known botanical gardens. His campaigning earned him
first prize in the 2000 Sandals Resort's Annual Environmental
Journalism Competition, the region's richest journalism prize. He is
also the author of How to Make Our Own News: A Primer for
Environmentalists and Journalists. Jamaica, 2000. Mr. Maxwell can be
reached at jankunnu at gmail.com
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