Haiti, Honduras, and the US have Hegemony

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By Amy Goodman & Denis MoynihanHaiti and Honduras have made headlines in the last few weeks.
Honduras’ former president, Juan Orlando Hernández, was just convicted in a US court of drug trafficking.
He faces life in prison.
Haiti is a nation without a government, as armed groups have united against the US-backed, unelected Prime Minister installed after the assassination of their president in 2021.
In both cases, what is missing from mainstream news coverage is the role of US intervention that brought them to this point.
“The crisis in Haiti is a crisis of imperialism,” University of British Columbia Professor Jemima Pierre, a Haitian American scholar, explained on the Democracy Now!
In her NACLA Report article headlined, Haiti as Empire’s Laboratory, she describes her home country as “the site of the longest and most brutal neocolonial experiment in the modern world.”Haiti was the world’s first Black republic, founded in 1804 following a slave revolt.
France demanded Haiti pay reparations, for the loss of slave labor when Haiti’s enslaved people freed themselves.
For more than a century, Haiti’s debt payments to France, then later to the US, hobbled its economy.
The United States refused to recognize Haiti for decades, until 1862, fearful that the example of a slave uprising would inspire the same in the US.
In 1915, the US invaded Haiti, occupying it until 1934.
The U.S. also backed the brutal Duvalier dictatorships from 1957 to 1986.
Jean-Bertand Aristide became Haiti’s first democratically-elected president in 1991, only to be ousted in a violent coup eight months later.
The coup was supported by President George H.W.
Bush and later by President Bill Clinton.
Public pressure forced Clinton to allow Aristide’s return in 1994, to finish his presidential term in 1996.
Aristide was reelected in 2001.
“In 2004…the U.S., France and Canada got together and backed a coup d’état against the country’s first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide,” Jemima Pierre continued.
“The U.S. Marines…put him on a plane with his security officials, his wife and aide, and flew them to the Central African Republic.”Democracy Now!
traveled to C.A.R.
in 2004 covering a delegation led by Transafrica founder Randall Robinson and U.S. Congressmember Maxine Waters who defied US policy and escorted the Aristides back to the Western Hemisphere.
Aristide confirmed to Democracy Now!
then that he had been ousted in a coup d’état backed by the United States.
Aristide then went to live in exile in South Africa for the next seven years.
In response to allegations that gangs are currently controlling Haiti, Professor Pierre said, “The so-called gang violence is actually not the main problem in Haiti.
The main problem in Haiti is the constant interference of the international community, and the international community here is, very explicitly, the U.S., France and Canada.”The Biden administration is reportedly now considering the transfer of Haitian asylum seekers to the controversial U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba – a repeat of some of the worst U.S. policies in its long history of exploitation of Haitians.
Honduras, meanwhile, currently has a democratically-elected president, Xiomara Castro.
Her husband, Manuel “Mel” Zelaya, was elected president in 2006, then ousted in a US-backed coup in 2009.
In the following years, Honduras descended into a narco-state, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee violence, seeking asylum in the United States and elsewhere.
In 2013, Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president amidst allegations of campaign finance violations, then again in 2017 in an election widely considered fraudulent.
Shortly thereafter, his brother Juan Antonio Hernández was arrested in Miami for drug trafficking.
Then, following Xiomara Castro’s election, Juan Orlando Hernández himself was arrested and extradited to the US for cocaine trafficking.
On March 8th, he was convicted in US federal court, and is currently awaiting sentencing.
“The evidence was chilling,” history professor Dana Frank, who was in the courtroom, said on Democracy Now!
“This litany of assassinations of prosecutors, assassinations of journalists, corruption of the police, the military, politicians, the president, his brother, you name it.
And it was like the curtain was drawn back, and you could see the day-to-day workings of this tremendous violent, corrupt mechanism that was the Juan Orlando Hernández administration…this was what happened after the 2009 coup that opened the door for the destruction of the rule of law in Honduras.”US intervention in Haiti, Honduras and other countries is one of the principal drivers of people seeking asylum in the United States, as they flee violence, poverty and persecution at home.
This point is almost never mentioned in the US press.
To understand and ultimately solve the “immigration crisis,” Americans need to understand what their government has long done in their name, with their tax dollars–arming

Written by Denis Moynihan and Amy Goodman.

In the past few weeks, Haiti and Honduras have garnered media attention. Former president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, was found guilty of drug trafficking by a US court recently. He could be imprisoned for life. Since armed groups banded together to overthrow the unelected Prime Minister appointed by the United States following the assassination of their president in 2021, Haiti lacks a legitimate government. The part played by US intervention in getting them to this point in both cases is absent from mainstream news coverage.

On Democracy Now!, Haitian American scholar and professor Jemima Pierre of the University of British Columbia stated, “The crisis in Haiti is a crisis of imperialism.”. Her home country, Haiti, is the site of the longest and most brutal neocolonial experiment in the modern world, as she puts it in her NACLA Report article titled Haiti as Empire’s Laboratory. “.

Founded in 1804 as a result of a slave uprising, Haiti was the first Black republic in history. When Haiti’s enslaved people freed themselves, France demanded that Haiti pay reparations for the labor that had been lost. Haiti’s economic growth was impeded for over a century by its obligation to pay debts to France and the US. Fearing that the example of a slave uprising would inspire the same in the US, the US refused to recognize Haiti for decades, until 1862.

The US invaded Haiti in 1915 and remained there until 1934. The U.S. S. additionally supported the heinous Duvalier dictatorships, which ruled from 1957 until 1986. Following a bloody coup eight months later, Jean-Bertand Aristide was overthrown as Haiti’s first democratically elected president in 1991. George H. supported the coup. W. Bush and then by Bill Clinton, the President. Clinton was compelled by popular pressure to permit Aristide’s return in 1994 so he could complete his term as president in 1996. In 2001, Aristide was elected again.

In 2004—the U.S. S. In response to the nation’s first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, France and Canada banded together and supported a coup d’état, Jemima Pierre said. “The U. S. Marines took him to the Central African Republic by air, where they boarded a plane along with his wife, an aide, and security officials. “.

Democracy Now! made a trip to C. A. D. R. covering a delegation in 2004 headed by U.S. and Transafrica founder Randall Robinson. S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who escorted the Aristides back to the Western Hemisphere in defiance of US policy. At the time, Aristide told Democracy Now! that he had been overthrown in a coup d’état supported by the US. For the next seven years, Aristide lived in exile in South Africa.

Professor Pierre refuted claims that gangs are in charge of Haiti at the moment, saying, “The main problem in Haiti is not the so-called gang violence.”. The primary issue facing Haiti is the persistent meddling by the international community, which is clearly comprised of the United States. S. France as well as Canada. “.

Rumor has it that the Biden administration is now thinking about sending Haitian asylum applicants to the divisive U. S. naval facility in Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay—a reenactment of some of the worst U. s. policies throughout its lengthy history of abusing Haitians.

In contrast, Xiomara Castro, the president of Honduras, was chosen democratically. Manuel “Mel” Zelaya, her spouse, was overthrown in a coup supported by the United States in 2009 after winning the presidency in 2006. As Honduras turned into a narco-state in the years that followed, hundreds of thousands of people were forced to escape the violence and apply for asylum in the US and other countries.

Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president twice: once in 2013 amid claims of campaign finance violations, and again in 2017 amid widespread suspicions of fraud. His brother Juan Antonio Hernández was taken into custody for drug trafficking in Miami not long afterward. Then, Juan Orlando Hernández was detained and extradited to the US for cocaine trafficking after Xiomara Castro was elected. He was found guilty on March 8th in US federal court, and he is presently awaiting sentencing.

From the courtroom, history professor Dana Frank said on Democracy Now, “This litany of assassinations of prosecutors, assassinations of journalists, corruption of the police, the military, politicians, the president, his brother, you name it, the evidence was chilling.”. And it was as if the curtain had been pulled back, revealing the daily operations of this enormous, violent, and corrupt apparatus that was the Juan Orlando Hernández administration. This was the result of the 2009 coup that paved the way for Honduras’ rule of law to be destroyed. “.

One of the main reasons people come to the US seeking asylum is US intervention in Haiti, Honduras, and other countries where they are fleeing violence, poverty, and persecution at home. The American media hardly ever discusses this point. Americans must comprehend what their government has long done in their name—arming and assisting cruel regimes abroad—in order to comprehend and eventually resolve the “immigration crisis.”.

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