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The Haiti-Greece Connection
Under the Radar

The Haiti-Greece Connection

By Max A. Joseph

Debt is an instrument of control and other insidious motives that have been in use since ancient times. Its potency painfully felt when the debtor becomes insolvent.

European Union member and bankrupt Greece may be thousands of miles away from United Nations-occupied and destitute Haiti, but the distance doesn’t preclude these two countries from experiencing similar issues inherent to the brutal nature of the global order.

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History is Always Unkind to Indolence

By Max A. Joseph Jr.

The Dominican Republic’s policies toward Haiti over the last three decades made abundantly clear that the island of Hispaniola, which Dominicans and Haitians shared for approximately five centuries, can no longer accommodate both nations.

The cornerstone of D.R.’s policies was an enduring project of destabilizing its neighbor. Acts ranged from sheltering terrorists to making the D.R. a launching pad for an internationally-sanctioned uprising against the Lavalas government in 2004.

Foreign Aid: a Trojan horse for Absolute Control
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Foreign Aid: a Trojan horse for Absolute Control

By Max A. Joseph Jr.

Foreign aid is a political weapon rather than a means to alleviate suffering in the less fortunate corners of the globe. It is a fact that cannot escape the attention of anyone with a grain of common sense.

Foreign assistance corrupts unstable political systems; demeans and patronizes the recipients, helps create a false sense of self-righteousness among the donors, promotes cultural supremacy and economic subjugation and facilitates coercive measures.

The United States Senate Foreign Affairs committee recent amendment that conditions the disbursement of aid to Haiti to the Martelly government holding free and fair elections in the country is emblematic of this painful reality. It validates Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta’s assertion that “foreign aid often carries terms and conditions that preclude progress.”

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Anti-Haitianismo: A Threat To Peace In the Caribbean

As a columnist and concerned Haitian, I have over the years written a few articles on the state of the thorny relationship existing between Haiti and the DR, and have tried to be as objective as my knowledge of the subject allows. I know that any of my arguments would not be valid without the counterarguments of the other side. The anticipated counterarguments from the other side however have not only overlooked the relevant subject-matter but came in the form of demonizing or lecturing Haitians on their presumed failings that the international community has been propagating as the “factual” reasons behind Haiti’s torments.

In fairness, the comments that I received from many Dominican readers, some of them preposterous and vitriolic, never rose to the level of counterarguments. They were emotional reactions of seemingly misguided Dominican patriots that refuse to accept the notion that the future of both nations is forever intertwined by fate and geography, not by a desire of some Haitians to become Dominicans, as one commentator boldly asserted. “You killed off your colonizers we partnered with ours. No country in the western hemisphere has practiced more racial killings and executions than Haiti. Have you read your history” argued another commentator.

Restitution: France Needs To Accept Its Responsibilities
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Restitution: France Needs To Accept Its Responsibilities

Confronting a multitude of seemingly intractable issues at home that could deny him a second term in France’s 2017 presidential election, François Hollande has been busy trying to find solace in foreign adventures and make his country once again relevant on the international stage. Despite being one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, a post-WWII consortium that holds the power to regulate everything under the sun, France is a has-been entity that refuses to accept that its glory days are too far gone for them to matter in this day and age.

Project 2044: Awaiting DR’s Bicentennial
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Project 2044: Awaiting DR’s Bicentennial

By Max A. Joseph Jr.

Barely a month into the commemoration of its bicentennial on Feb. 29, Haiti awakened to a frightening reality which, 11 years hence, seems to have evolved into a permanent fixture. On that day, French and United States forces invaded Haiti and whisked away Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the country’s lawful president, to the Central African Republic, a de facto overseas territory of France — its former colonial master.

Being the architects and guardians of the present geopolitical order, France and the U.S. simply got the nod from the United Nations Security Council, which swiftly declared Haiti “a threat to international peace and security” and mandated the occupation of the country, now into its eleventh year and counting.

Haiti Membership in the UN and OAS is Harming its Interests
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Haiti Membership in the UN and OAS is Harming its Interests

The Seventh Summit of the Americas, which took place in Panama City, Panama, on April 10-11, was as expected a photo op session that failed to tackle the most pressing issues affecting the least influential countries in the hemisphere — Haiti in particular. Apparently Duly Brutus, the Haitian foreign minister, was not forceful enough in making the case for the inclusion of the plight of Haitian citizens and their offerings living in the Dominican Republic (DR) on the agenda. What would it take for the United Nations (UN) and Organization of the American States (OAS) to finally admit that this systemic violence targeting Haitians in the DR violates the basic norms of decency and international law?

Time to Revisit the 1929 Borno-Vasquez Understanding
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Time to Revisit the 1929 Borno-Vasquez Understanding

By Max A. Joseph Jr.

Anyone with an ounce of common sense might find it odd that Haiti, a country accustomed to being sanctioned by the international community for the simplest perceived offense, cannot use the same course of action to advance or defend her interests. And, it is all the more illogical that Haitian leaders, past and present, have consistently embraced a policy of peaceful coexistence with the Dominican Republic, Haiti’s contiguous and meddlesome neighbor, which has continuously proven, through its deeds, to pose an existential threat to the Haitian people. History is a culmination of asymmetrical events, the longer the Dominican Republic threat is ignored, the more catastrophic it will be to Haiti and its people.

The Time to Reclaim Our Creed is Now or Never
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The Time to Reclaim Our Creed is Now or Never

By Max A. Joseph

While the international community is justifiably appalled at the sight of humans getting decapitated, immolated or hacked to death by religious fanatics, it has remained silent on the lynching of a Haitian shoe shiner, who was found hanged with both feet and hands bounds in a public park in the Dominican Republic.

Could it be that Haitian lives don’t matter?

Far from being an isolated case, the lynching of Henry Claude Jean should be understood in the larger context of an unstated, but operational strategy that demonizes Haitians as expendable beings undeserving of the “universal values” that others take for granted.

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