The U.S. imperialists militarily occupied Haiti 105 years ago and has never left. Most recently in 2020, the U.S. collaborating with Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, was involved in the creation of a regrouping of criminal armed gangs to perpetuate a new dictatorship. This has been preceded by decades of other interference in Haiti. Canada, a long-time appeaser of U.S. imperialism, has also been directly involved in the oppression of the Haitian people through the 2004 coup and other nefarious activities.
The Garifunas are descendants of an Afro-indigenous population from the Caribbean island of St Vincent. During the late 18th century their ancestors were transported by the British colonialists and abandoned on the Honduran coast. At least five Garifuna leaders have been killed since September 2019, according to the United Nations high commissioner for human rights (OHCHR) in Honduras.
A problem to be taken up for solution is that Tobagonian civil society - rather than operating as individual silos, fragmented and atomized, doing their own thing - needs to be activated and empowered as such. Working out how to empower the civil society with decision making power is a big challenge.
In a World Food Programme survey conducted across 19 Caribbean countries in April, nearly three-quarters of respondents indicated that they had experienced disruptions to their livelihoods in the previous two weeks. About half reported job losses or reduced income, with business owners, workers in petty trades, and casual labourers suffering the greatest impact. Young people also have experienced a disproportionate impact, with 61% of 18-25 year olds reporting job or income loss.
Historical analysis of the late 18th and early 19th century era of revolutionary change reflects the contrast in approach towards the American, French and Haitian episodes. All could be said to have ushered in a new society, even a new era of political and economic development following rupture with the ancien regime. Yet Haiti, which brought the representatives of the enslaved people to power and codified that, is scorned at worst, patronised at best. Compare with the American and French episodes which explicitly ended feudalism and monarchical rule (as did Haiti) and brought a new class to power, personified in the US version by white men of property - and explicitly codified as such. Both are extolled as historical beacons.
Forty-two years ago, five young Saint Lucians joined thousands from across the Caribbean and the rest of the world in a 10-day event that forever shaped ties between Saint Lucia and Cuba and further cemented the growing ties between Cuba and the English-speaking Caribbean. Today, those ties are threatened like never before and the Caribbean is being challenged to either stand with Cuba, or submit to external pressure and throw Havana under the American bus.
Since July 28, 1915, U.S. foreign policy towards Haiti has not changed. The U.S. Empire landed on Haiti’s shores 105 years ago and has never left. Most recently in 2020, the U.S. in collusion with its puppet Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, was involved in the creation of a regrouping of criminal armed gangs to perpetuate a new dictatorship. This has been preceded by decades of other criminal interference in Haiti. Canada, a long-time appeaser of U.S. imperialism, has also been directly involved in the oppression of the Haitian people through the 2004 coup and other nefarious activities. [in Kweyol and French]
The youth of Barbados must be complemented because the youth are the ones who took the struggle to a higher level.
This blog was established with the aim of a) sharing information b) stimulating discussion and c) promoting action to develop the empowerment of the Caribbean people. Empowerment refers to the demand that the right to participate in decision making at all levels be guaranteed. An aspiration for independent and sovereign states which uphold the rights of our citizens, seek a way out of political and political and economic domination and work to establish the Caribbean as a zone of peace. This demand is not about voting periodically every few years, but to participatory democracy. This article shares experience of this aspiration from Cuba.
If approved, the measure would prohibit using money from Puerto Rico’s crumbling public pension system to repay creditors — challenging efforts by the federal control board overseeing the island’s finances to make pensioners share the pain with investors in a restructuring of part of the island’s more than $70 billion in public debt.