Economic imperialism

US Military's method of providing Haiti 'relief'

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Fri, 01/22/2010

While most countries around the world have focused on sending search and rescue teams and doctors to Haiti, the US government’s response to the disaster has been to send military troops to secure the airport and nearby areas.

 

Signal FM was the only radio station that remained on the air through last week’s massive earthquake in Haiti.  The station has been broadcasting live 24 hours a day for the last ten days, trying to help survivors find each other, and providing what was virtually the only means of communication in the days after the quake.

 

4:30 minutes (4.12 MB)

January 18, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 01/18/2010

 Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features music of the Great Depression, a discussion of what Obama has and has not done to create jobs, putting Haitian poverty in historical context, a conversation about how to save journalism (and what it needs to be saved from); and a review of a novel about the confusions of bi-racial identity.  

56:16 minutes (32.2 MB)

Haiti: Disaster Capitalism

program date: 
Mon, 01/18/2010

It's time to stop talking about charity for Haiti and start talking about justice--about recovery, responsibility and fairness.  Frann Michel puts the Hatian disaster in historical context and demonstrates how " Haiti was made poor--by France, the United States, Great Britain, other Western powers and by the IMF and the World Bank" (Richard Kim, The Nation).  You can read this piece here, where you'll find links to much more information.  

7:42 minutes (4.41 MB)

PressWatch: Haiti Katrina-ed?

Headlines:  Radio Havana Cuba

rhc.cu

Port-au-Prince, January 20 (RHC)-- Haiti was hit with a powerful new earthquake just a little over a week after the initial quake that killed tens of thousands of people. The latest earthquake hit shortly after six a.m. Wednesday morning, registering 6.1 on the Richter scale.

Thousands of people were seen flooding the streets of Port-au-Prince, but it remains unclear what damage the new quake may have caused. The quake struck as the official death toll hit 70,000, but it’s widely estimated the actual toll could top 200,000 and even higher.


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PressWatch: Haiti Katrina-ed?

program: 
Presswatch
program date: 
Thu, 01/21/2010

How doesd the US relief effort compare to historic examples?  Why is the US Military diverting aid flights?

27:47 minutes (25.43 MB)

Clifford Walker

program date: 
Wed, 01/20/2010

Clifford Walker has been asking for several years "why don't we remove the symbols of racial oppression from our currency?".

"I would never have drawn my sword in the cause of America, if I could have conceived that thereby I was founding a land of slavery." - Marquis de Lafayette

Clifford Walker can be reached at negusstudio@aol.com, or at (503) 287-3591. more information about the campaign can be found at www.noslavetraders.com.

58:51 minutes (53.88 MB)

The History of Haiti and its subordination by Colonial Powers, like the good ol' US of A

program date: 
Tue, 01/19/2010

 Abe and Joe take a brief tour through the bloody history of Haiti, and discuss the obligations that the developed world has -- or should have -- toward the undeveloped world.

The calamity in Haiti has made one thing abundantly clear -- when a nation has been at the business end of colonialism for centuries, it's that much more difficult to react when disaster strikes. And when, like Haiti, a nation has the temerity to aspire to self-government by people of African descent, the disparity is even more striking.

57:25 minutes (26.29 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 01/19/10

Air date: 
Tue, 01/19/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Abe and Joe take a brief tour through the bloody history of Haiti, and discuss the obligations that

The calamity in Haiti has made one thing abundantly clear -- when a nation has been at the business end of colonialism for centuries, it's that much more difficult to react when disaster strikes. And when, like Haiti, a nation has the temerity to aspire to self-government by people of African descent, the disparity is even more striking.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 01/19/10

Air date: 
Tue, 01/19/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Abe and Joe take a brief tour through the bloody history of Haiti, and discuss the obligations that

The calamity in Haiti has made one thing abundantly clear -- when a nation has been at the business end of colonialism for centuries, it's that much more difficult to react when disaster strikes. And when, like Haiti, a nation has the temerity to aspire to self-government by people of African descent, the disparity is even more striking.

Abe and Joe take a brief tour through the bloody history of Haiti, and discuss the obligations that the developed world has -- or should have -- toward the undeveloped world.

Haiti: Disaster: Capitalism

A briefer audio version of this was broadcast on the Old Mole Variety Hour January 18, 2010.

The Well-read Red has been reading up on Haiti. As many in the progressive press have noted, last week's earthquake was a natural disaster made much more disastrous by the political and economic context in which it occurred.

Of course, Pat Robertson and David Brooks are wrong to suggest that Haiti's suffering is the result of a pact with the devil, or of a lack of paternalism. It is instead the result of hundreds of years of exploitation.

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