Haiti Converting to Charter Schools: More Disaster Capitalism

The success of the New Orleans “disaster capitalism” project in which the public school system was taken over by charter schools during the re-building after Katrina, has led to similar developments in other destitute places of the world. Haiti, is a prime example. International philanthropy  is poised to rebuild the struggling country’s education system through loans […]

Haitian Voodoo Economics

By Christopher McManus On January 7th, President Rene Preval of Haiti put the final touches on the privatization of Haiti’s public telephone company, TELECO. Five days later the horrific earthquake leveled Haiti, killing over 200.000 people. The selling off of assets, the International Monetary Fund’s austerity measures, were under full swing under the Preval administration […]

Haiti - The Empire Strikes Again

By Guest Blogger Terry Morrone The good old USA has added another country to its empire. It was an earth quake assisted takeover. The major media as usual have the story all wrong. While a few stories in the major media covered the ineffectiveness of US aid, most focused instead on the poor, miserable and […]

EMPIRE, POWER, AND PROPAGANDA LECTURE SERIES

STARTS FEBRUARY 18, 2010 FOCUS ON PALESTINE/GAZA PANEL: CYNTHIA McKINNEY, “The People’s Secretary of State”, former Congresswoman BARBARA LUBIN and ZIAD ABBAS, Middle East Children’s Alliance NUHA MASRI, UC Berkeley student activist NORA BARROWS-FRIEDMAN, award-winning Flashpoints producer February 18, 7:00 PM, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists,1924 Cedar at Bonita, Berkeley Sliding scale $5-$20 at the […]

Wanted: New Public Service Messages

This instrument [television] can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. — Edward R. Murrow

Hitting bottom at the top - White House forgets to lead on Haiti

People are dying in Haiti because they can’t get out, Dr. Green said. Shala Dewan, New York Times, January 29 Many of us wanted to think that the dreadful behavior during the Bush administration was some sort of aberration. We had a relatively clean election and ended up with a more intelligent and compassionate president […]

Wages, Prices and Profits

(Note: This title is borrowed from Karl Marx, who wrote a brilliant piece of this same title. Likewise for much of the content. I don’t think old Karl would mind. As the postal worker told the poet in the film “Il Postino”: “Poems don’t belong to those who write them; they belong to those who […]

A “Smart Power” Coup in Honduras

By SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDÉS “If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine  will go far.” -President Theodore Roosevelt, 1903 “I am going to teach the South American republics to elect good men.” -Woodrow Wilson, […]

HAITI CENSORED FROM 1994 TO 2008

HAITI CENSORED FROM 1994 TO 2008 HAITI CENSORED IN 1994: Story # 10 Haiti: Drugs, Thugs, The CIA and the Deterrence of Democracy; Sources: The New York Times, 11/1/93; Pacific News Service, 10/20/93 & 11/2/93. HAITI CENSORED IN 1994: Story # 14 Haiti: Under the FTAAA, multinational corporations could leverage exploited workers in Mexico against […]

Who's Your Daddy?

You know you live in a great country when a candidate for Governor in South Carolina says that providing welfare for the poor is like feeding stray animals while John Travolta flies a planeful of supplies to Haiti. According to Andre Bauer — he’s the gubernatorial candidate — handing out welfare promotes the unemployed and underemployed […]