Pan Africanism : Washington turns its back on Haiti

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  1. Kannte

    Kannte Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Washington turns its back on Haitian catastrophe

    The total aid package, valued at $60,000, drew a shocked response from around the world. Foreign government officials and directors of humanitarian aid agencies rubbed their eyes in disbelief at the miniscule figure.

    Washington’s response stood in stark contrast with that of other nations. The government of Venezuela, for example, made an immediate offer of $1 million, while the European Union pledged $1.8 million. Trinidad approved an allocation of $5 million for assistance to Haiti, though its government does not recognize the US-installed regime in Port-au-Prince.

    The US offer amounted to about 25 cents each for the more than 250,000 people left hungry and homeless by the storm.

    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2004/sep2004/hait-s25.shtml
     
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    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This is a disgrace! However it is also consistent with every other Presidential Administration since Haiti gained its independance from France in 1802. Haiti has always been mistreated by the US: It is evident in its immigration policy, its import/export history, its aid during national crisis. Originally the US did not want to recognize Haiti because a nation of freed enslaved Africans (who gained their independence through revolt), was detrimential to a nation that continued to have enslaved Africans. The very existance of Haiti was a threat to American society!! A prosperous Haiti would still be a threat to American society, and as a result as long as this nation struggles...we can count on the US to look on in amusement!
     
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    I was shocked at that number....I dont have much to say but I hope all other countries continue to contribute if bush will not.
     
  4. Kannte

    Kannte Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    U.S. gives North Korea $20 million

    US House OKs humanitarian aid, asylum rights, for North Koreans

    Tue Oct 5, 2:59 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, (AFP) - The US House of Representatives has given the government the green light to spend 20 million dollars to provide humanitarian aid to North Koreans inside and outside the country, and moved to make refugees from the country eligible for asylum in the United States.

    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1530&u=/afp/20041005/wl_asia_afp/us_nkorea_aid&printer=1
     
  5. MANASIAC

    MANASIAC Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Memebers of the Diaspora we should not be shocked that the US is not helping Hati.
    we fail to forget that haiti lacks any natural resources that are useful to this government.
     
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    Sekhemu Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Are you suprised?
     
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    NNQueen going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This summarizes the situation neatly in a nutshell. Like Brother Pan wrote, this is nothing NEW. Besides that, why would African Americans be SHOCKED or dismayed by this situation when many of us aren't even willing to help each other or ourselves?!?

    Queenie :spinstar:
     
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    Keita Kenyatta going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
     
  9. bobo

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    Thats a **** shame. The U.S. continues to show African Americans how little they care about people of color. They shouldn't have pledged any amount of money if the amount was going to be so ridiculously low. How can a so called "great nation" be so heartless? After all, people of color literally built this nation along with immigrants.
     
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    That was done because North Korea is developing nuclear, and the US wants to be on good terms with them now. North Korea is being bullied no longer.
     
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