As if to rub salt into the wounds, there is the new president, Michel Martelly. A kompa singer and long-time proponent of Jean-Claude Duvalier, Martelly worked with the dreaded FRAPH death squads that killed over 5000 people in Haiti after the first coup against Aristide in 1991. He has made the reestablishment of Haiti’s hated military a priority of his administration. In the past, he has called for a ban on “all strikes and demonstrations.” In a revolting video released right before the election, Martelly called Lavalas members “faggots” and threatened sexual violence against Aristide. Some of his chief aides had warned that “the country would burn” if he were not selected.
In the end, Martelly was selected by only 17% of eligible Haitian voters. With Fanmi Lavalas excluded, and two right-wing candidates running, the vast majority of Haitians stayed away, refusing to lend credibility to the charade. The percentage of voters who turned out was the smallest in 60 years for any presidential election in the Americas.Right after his election, Martelly obediently traveled to Washington, where he met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who declared that the United States was with him, “all the way.”
He then made the rounds with officials of the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the chair of the International Monetary Fund chair, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (later arrested for attempted rape in New York). After the discussion with Strauss-Kahn, Martelly beamed and announced that, “the meeting had gone well.” (2) Of course it did. The vultures are hovering over Haiti.Taking note, Coca-Cola has expanded its Haiti operations, through its “Hope for Haiti” mango drink. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, which didn’t even have the decency to postpone its post-earthquake Haiti tours, has received funding from U.S. AID to multiply its tourist operations in northern Haiti, training Haitians to be “hospitality workers.” And energy companies are lining up to grab contracts to dig up the country in order to exploit Haiti’s vast mineral wealth.
[ALSO SEE...Haiti's tragedy: A crime of US imperialism http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/jan2010/pers-j21.shtml Haiti Under Siege 200 years of U.S. imperialism http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Haiti/Haiti_Under_Seige.html Bush, Clinton and the Crimes of US Imperialism in Haiti http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17059 A Prefab Parliament, Prefab President, and Prefab Constitution for Occupied Haiti http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_62991.shtml
Haiti and American Colonialism : The Story Behind the Story http://theragblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/haiti-and-american-colonialism-story.html All You Need to Know About US Policy Towards Haiti and How This Translates to Critical Effects from Earthquake http://hondurasoye.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/all-you-need-to-know-about-us-policy-towards-haiti-and-how-this-translates-to-critical-effects-from-earthquake/
Haiti and America's Historic Debt http://www.consortiumnews.com/2010/011310.html Why the Blood Is on Our Hands http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24391.htm The Militarization of Emergency Aid to Haiti: Is it a Humanitarian Operation or an Invasion? http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17000