Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement by Professor Jose Maria Sison, Chairperson of the International League of People’s Struggle.
More than ever, the earthquake disaster in Haiti exposes the social vulnerability and devastation caused by two centuries of colonial slavery, debt bondage and modern imperialism. The capability of the people of Haiti to surmount the dire results of such a natural disaster has been undermined and debilitated by man-made disasters, inflicted by foreign debt, US military interventions and occupation, and US-imposed “free market” policies.
On 12 January 2010, a magnitude 7 earthquake shook the Caribbean nation of Haiti, its epicenter hitting west of the capital Port-au-Prince. The quake and its numerous aftershocks have wrought death and injury to a huge number of people and catastrophic damage to their homes and other vital infrastructures.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Haiti, Imperialism
Tagged earthquake, Fight Back!, ILPS, IMF, International League of People's Struggle, International Monetary Fund, Jean Bertrand Aristide, Jean-Claude Duvalier, Jose Maria Sison, neo-colonialism, self-determination, structural adjustment programs, U.S. Marines 82nd Airborne Division, World Bank
James Jordan speaking in Haiti. (Fight Back! News)
The following article by Tom Burke is from Fight Back! News:
The U.S. government is stepping up its surveillance and harassment of U.S. activists in an attempt to intimidate them and dampen their spirits for the change we believe in. International solidarity activist James Jordan was returning from a two week trip to Haiti, on Jan. 7, five days prior to the terrible earthquake disaster. When his flight touched down in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, flight attendants called out for “James Patrick Jordan” and asked him to come to the front of the airplane. Homeland Security came on board the airplane to escort him off.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Colombia, Haiti, Imperialism
Tagged Alliance for Global Justice, Bruce Nestor, Campaign for Labor Rights, Chuck Kaufman, Colombia, ELN, FARC, FENSUAGRO, Fight Back!, Haiti, Homeland Security, James Jordan, Jean Bertrand Aristide, Liliana Obando, National Lawyers Guild, political prisoners, repression, School of the Americas, surveillance, Tom Burke, U.S. Bureau of Prisons
Demonstrator holding a placard calling for the return of Aristide
The following is from Fight Back! News:
Haitian government officials say that up to 500,000 are dead, crushed beneath their homes, schools and workplaces during a mighty earthquake Jan. 12. Most were killed when poorly constructed buildings collapsed on them. Television news in the U.S. showed rows of children’s bodies lying lifeless, bloodied and bruised. It is a horrible tragedy that will be largely reported as a natural disaster. There is nothing natural about it.