Haiti has the World’s Second Largest Iridium Deposits

Graham G. Henry As difficult to work with as it is rare, iridium is found in large quantities in Haiti’s southeast, which has the second largest reserves in the world. This metal is today worth more than gold and Bitcoin. Its resistance to high temperatures and corrosion makes it almost indispensable in the manufacture of…

Let Haiti Breathe – CORE Group Out of Haiti

Kevin Edmonds Dismantling the unelected and colonialist CORE Group is the first step to loosening the imperialist stranglehold over Haiti. On a hot August afternoon, members from Solidarité Québec-Haïti, a group rooted in Canada’s Haitian diaspora community, gathered In front of the Canadian parliament buildings in the capital city of Ottawa. They chanted and waved…

Haiti and the US “Responsibility to Protect”

 Erica Caines “If Haiti just quietly sunk into the Caribbean or just rose up 300 feet, it wouldn’t matter a whole lot to our interests.” sitting us president, Joe Biden On August 14th, the southern third of Haiti was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, resulting in a death count of up to 2,200 people…

Borders, Blackness, and Empire

Jemima Pierre The spectacle of violence against Haitians at the U.S.-Mexico border needs to be seen in light of ongoing U.S. imperialism in Haiti. It took two days. It took two days for the United States government to deport more than 6,000 asylum seekers to Haiti. Almost 15,000 people, all presumably Haitian, have been encamped…

Haiti: The Epitome of Imperialism

Marzieh Hashemi Many people have been shocked and outraged when seeing the images coming from the Texas border with Mexico, where American border agents are seen intimidating and even whipping Haitians trying to get into the country. To really understand this picture, one has to go back in time. Haiti’s history is so intertwined with…

Haitiian Political Forces Reach Agreement on Transitional Government

Peoples Dispatch Ariel Henry, the interim president of Haiti, and the country’s main political forces signed an agreement to form a transitional government until the elections next year. Photo: Ariel Henry/Twitter Ariel Henry, who became the interim president of Haiti after the assassination of de-facto president Jovenel Moïse, signed an agreement with 20 main political…

How the U.S. Came to Dominate Haiti: Military Occupation

Peter James Hudson Part I – Dark Finance Part II – Seizing the Gold A U.S. Marine patrol in Haiti after the 1915 invasion. “The U.S. occupation of Haiti was brutal in its administration.” Chapter Three: Financial Occupations The reaction to the [U.S. Marines’] removal of the gold [from the vaults of the Banque nationale…

How the U.S. Came to Dominate Haiti: Seizing the Gold

Peter James Hudson Part I – Dark Finance Chapter Three: Financial Occupations The Banque Nationale d’Haiti (BNH) was housed in a whitewashed, two-story colonial building at the corner of rues Ferou and Américaine in the downtown business district of Port-au-Prince. On weekday mornings, before the afternoon heat forced the closing of its tall iron shutters…

Haiti’s Debt of Independence

Yves Engler In the vast history of imperialist exploitation few episodes match the depravity of Haiti’s debt of independence. Military blackmail of a small country by a superpower, prioritizing “property rights” over human rights, racial capitalism, a sellout “light skinned” local bourgeoise and the way our past haunts the present are all part of the…

How the US Came to Dominate Haiti: Part I – Dark Finance

Peter James Hudson James Stillman, City Bank’s president from 1891 to 1909, was one of the architects of the bank’s imperial expansion. Last week, 420 U.S. sailors and 200 Marines were deployed to Haiti, ostensibly to help provide humanitarian relief to victims of the Aug. 14, 2021 earthquake that struck Haiti’s southern peninsula. It marks…

How the US and France Shaped Haiti’s Long History of Political Turmoil

Jean Eddy Saint Paul The powerful earthquake that struck Haiti on Aug. 14, 2021, followed a long series of natural and human-caused disasters to rock the country. Unfortunately, if history offers any clues, earthquake relief efforts will be complicated by the nation’s recent political unrest. Jovenel Moïse was assassinated less than six weeks earlier, on…