the lack of organized large-scale rescue operations by the US
and other countries. Each night, reporting that such critical help
was promised for 'tomorrow.' Here's an alternative operation and
some rational analysis which will at least get your brain working.
I welcome other serious p.o.v.'s.
I intended sending out a different email this morning, on Gaza, with
a Sunday demo. I'll do so a little later, today - a very rare occurance
Posted by: "Simon mcguinness" email@example.com
Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:12 am (PST)
MEDIA ADVISORY - 1/14/2010 18:21H
344 CUBAN MEDICS TREAT EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
There are 344 Cuban medics working in Haiti today, they have two improvised
hospitals where they are providing services to the earthquake victims. Only
two of them were injured in the earthquake, both of whom have received
treatment for minor injuries and remain there to assist the disaster
Cuban doctors are working in all 10 "departments" (administrative regions)
of Haiti. They are assisted by approximately 400 Haitian medical interns
who have completed medical degrees on full scholarships in Cuba.
Cuba has provided free public health care to the poor of Haiti since 1989 -
the only public medicine available in that country. During the recent coup
and subsequent US/French/Canadian invasion which deposed the Aristide
presidency, Cuban doctors continued to provide medical care when other
hospitals closed down and other doctors fled the country.
The Cuban government has offered condolences to the people of Haiti and
pledged immediate additional medical assistance if the Haitian government
Cuba's "Henry Reeve Contingent", a volunteer contingent of 1,000 medics,
fully equipped and entirely self sustaining for 30 days, can land on any
airstrip in the world at 72 hours notice. Haiti is 32 miles from Cuba –
members of the Henry Reeve Contingent could be there within hours of a
Cuban doctors will go where no doctor has gone before, live in conditions
that no doctor has ever lived in before and deliver life saving medical care
to people who have never even seen a doctor before. And they do all this
for free. Each doctor feels privileged to be able to use their skills to
help people who are in such desperate need of medical care. 35,000 Cuban
medics currently provide healthcare in 78 countries around the world, more
than the World Health Organisation and Medecins sans Frontiers put
Cuban doctors have unique experience of working in earthquake zones in third
world countries without infrastructure. There are Cuban medics currently
working on the frozen slopes of the Himalayas in Pakistan following their
unmatched medical support provided during the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.
Many hiked for days over mudslides to reach the isolated communities of the
region to deliver medical assistance. To this day, Pakistanis parents in
the earthquake region name their children after the Cuban doctors who helped
For Further information contact:
Cuba Support Group Ireland,
15 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
Ph: 087 6785842
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Aid In Haiti Withheld, Disaster Capitalism In Action.January 15th, 2010
It seems to me that after 4 days and no aid being distributed, it proves
that there are political interests that are keeping the aid from being
distributed. This is not a question of a lack of infrastructure, it is a
matter of a lack of will on the part of the organizing bodies. The roads are
clear enough for the media to get through but why no aid?
The specialized crews that help get people out of the crushed buildings seem
to have been sent to luxury hotels where there might be westerners trapped.
They don't seem to be taking any care for the average people but seem to be
focused on the centers of affluence.
Today former President Aristide has requested that he be allowed to return.
This is so strange that he a citizen of Haiti has to ask permission from the
United States to return to his own country. Aristide could mobilize the poor
people who are the majority to act. But perhaps that is why they don't want
him, they are affraid he will mobilize people to take control of their own
country. The airport there has been taken over by the US military. He cannot
enter with out American permission.
Castro, former president of Cuba has noted that Haiti, a nation that has
been subject to American tutelage for so long is a basket case where as his
nation which was also conquered by America but followed a path that put the
people first is in much better condition.
Today on Democracy Now several people interviewed mentioned that the
situation in Haiti has been exacerbated by the presence of NGOs. On NPR the
experts were spouting the neo colonial line saying that what Haiti needs is
a firm hand with American occupation but we have occupied Haiti for decades
on and off for a century. What Haiti needs is another model. Castro seems to
be offering another way. Cuban doctors are there and if the Americans allow
them, Cubans can offer the manpower and expertise to create a socialist
model. What they need is the economic support from a major power that does
not insist on making a profit off of other peoples misery. The Soviet Union
doesn't exist any more. Will Obama's America allow a truly socialist model
to develop there? Will Obama allow the Cubans and Aristide to mobilize the
majority of the people to create a new way?
Hardly, already they are creating the conditions of chaos by withholding the
aid. This will lead to gangs forming and using violence. This will be the
excuse to justify a military take over. This will lead to a total take over
of the nation by western corporatist forces that will force Haiti to take
out loans that they will never be able to repay. It will lead to revolution,
sooner or later.
On CNN they are emphasizing the danger from the 4000 persons who escaped
from prison and are showing pictures of guys with machetes and are reporting
about people robbing banks. This is to excuse the lack of aid, the excuse
being that the country is not safe enough to distribute aid in. It is racist
and classist. This is a modified form of genocide. They are deliberately
trying to kill off a percentage of the population to make it a place where
there are fewer poor to care for and where the survivors will be desperate
for any work at any wage. This is the ultimate of disaster capitalism.
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From: "Razer" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2010 8:12 PM
Subject: Re: [R-G] Disaster Capitalism In Action - Haiti
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Gary Crethers wrote:
> Hardly, already they are creating the conditions of chaos by
withholding the aid. This will lead to gangs forming and using violence.
Those 'gangs' are long-standing, and WORK (as in 'CIA dupes') for the US
already... That IS their role, as much a the 'natty dreads' in Jamaica
sure as heck got Edward Seaga, a Harvard educated businessman, elected
due to their un-containable CIA armed violence. (Now days everyone
LIKES that rasta natty dred look, but they were the BAD boys Jacob
Miller sang about. Real rastas looked (for the most part) like Black
Mormons or Jehovah's Witnesses and supported Michael Manley)
> On CNN they are emphasizing the danger from the 4000 persons who
escaped from prison and are showing pictures of guys with machetes and
are reporting about people robbing banks. This is to excuse the lack of
aid, the excuse being that the country is not safe enough to distribute
aid in. It is racist and classist. This is a modified form of genocide.
They are deliberately trying to kill off a percentage of the population
to make it a place where there are fewer poor to care for and where the
survivors will be desperate for any work at any wage. This is the
ultimate of disaster capitalism.
It will make Haiti safe for Americanized Haitians and also make Haiti
safe for iPod/Consumer crap sales.
Just like Iraq and Afghanistan, where the indigenous citizens live in
fear of death while the Westernized Expats live behind 'blast walls'...
It 's forced cultural assimilation driven by 'disaster Capitalism" in Haiti
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