Shady Haiti Clinton Deals


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Some places have all the luck. In Haiti, it is bad luck. With a history peppered with earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes – check out this laundry list from The Seattle Times – it’s no wonder that some of the disaster victims have left their country to seek refuge elsewhere, notably the United States.

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It’s easy to understand why beleaguered Haitians would come to the US,  if you look at a map. Located in the in the Caribbean and sharing a border with the Dominican Republic, the small island nation of Haiti is home to some 10 million people. If you drew a straight line from Miami, Florida to Port-au-Prince (the capital and largest city in Haiti) it would measure a mere 711 miles.

Many Haitians blame the Clinton family foundation for the lackluster and completely nonstellar disaster relief efforts after the 2010 earthquake there.

When the January 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, killing almost a quarter million people (the estimated number is 220,000 dead), Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was UN Special Envoy to Haiti.

After the 2010 earthquake, Mr. Clinton was appointed co-chairman of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC), serving alongside the Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti on January 19, 2010, after the 7.0 quake (Photo: Uriel Sinai, Getty Images)

Due to the excruciatingly slow pace of recovery, the Haitian parliament voted not to renew the IHRC mandate in 2011. Even though a US Government Accountability Office report found no evidence of wrongdoing, it did conclude that the IHRC’s decisions were “not necessarily aligned with Haitian priorities.”

If the organization in charge of Haitian disaster recovery was neither in line with nor serving actual Haitian citizens impacted by the killer quake, where did all these millions of dollars of foreign aid go?

Bill Clinton’s office at the UN attributed 9% of the foreign aid cash to the Haitian government and a minuscule 0.6% to local organizations.  Most of the money went to UN agencies, international aid groups, private contractors and donor countries’ own civilian and military agencies. No wonder ordinary Haitians are fed up with the corruption and greed surrounding them.

Talking about nice work if you can get it, the Pentagon charged the State Department hundreds of millions of dollars to send American military personnel to pass out bottled water and maintain the peace in Port-au-Prince.

Like vultures attracted to an injured animal, entrepreneurs from around the world flocked to feast on Haiti’s misery. Thanks to Wikileaks, we know a US envoy’s diplomatic cable termed the flood of private contractors competing to sell their services a “gold rush.” There’s money in them thar ruins.

The Clinton Foundation alone raised $30 million for aid projects in Haiti. Defending the charity, a representative told the BBC: “Every penny of the more than $30m raised was deployed on the ground, with no overhead taken by the Clinton Foundation.”

In other words, an official audit of the Clinton Foundation books would be clean. Nothing to see there.

Yet, emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the Republican National Committee suggest that the Clintons were running a pay-to-play operation, though no hard evidence of this has emerged. We do know that the Clinton Foundation tracked both “FOB” (friends of Bill Clinton) and “WJC VIPs” (William Jefferson Clinton VIPs) for ready identification.

Even so, five years after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake killed hundreds of thousands of Haitians, recovery efforts were reportedly haphazard and, even more concerning, untracked. The Washington Examiner quoted Raymond Joseph, former Haitian ambassador to the US, said on Bloomberg’s “Market Makers:”

“We don’t know where the money has gone.”

UN food distribution, Port-au-Prince, Haiti on January 18, 2010 (Photo: Uriel Sinai-Getty Images)

This low level of government accounting does not inspire confidence. But neither do the Clintons’ repeated assurances that they did not reward their bestest friends with disaster relief revenue projects.

Consider the Clinton Foundation’s hallmark project, a garment factory known as the Caracol Industrial Park. Built with $400 million of global aid and in collaboration with the Clinton State Department, Hillary’s foundation helped arrange a US-subsidised deal with the Haitian government to build a $300 million factory complex in 2012.

Bill Clinton promised a total of 85,000 jobs (20,000 of them within five years) to be impoverished Haitians, but the result of evicting several hundred farmers from their land to pave the 600-acre manufacturing site, which produces clothes for retailers such as Old Navy, Walmart and Target? 8,000 workers are employed, one-tenth of the Clinton-promised economic gain.

Adding insult to injury, Haitian factory workers have accused management of bullying and sexual harassment.

The zinger? The factory’s main employer, South Korean textile giant Sae-A Trading Co, subsequently gave the Clinton Foundation between $50,000 to $100,000.

In the same time period when fewer than 1,500 new homes were built for displaced Haitians, the Clinton Foundation helped Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien construct a luxury Marriott hotel in Port-au-Prince. O’Brien just happened to have donated an estimated $10-$25 million to the Clinton Foundation. The reasoning here is that all those wealthy, international humanitarians need a nice place to stay. Never mind that the view outside the window is blight, flattened neighborhoods, and a population tired of doing without power, food, and drinking water.

Jake Johnston, an analyst with the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a nonpartisan group that has studied the earthquake reconstruction, told ABC News:

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“This was ‘building back better,’ in the words of Bill Clinton. Haiti was going to stand on its own two feet. Certainly, by that standard, it’s been a complete failure … Six years later, it’s pretty clear that hasn’t happened.”

So millions of dollars of disaster aid have brought minimum relief to the average Haitian while private contractors and other non-Haitians reap benefits. What is wrong with this picture?

Naturally, the Clinton Foundation denies giving their special friends favors – and sometimes, these cozy relationships are hard to adjudge as illegal, even if they seem dishonest.

Because about 150,000 Haitians live in Florida, keeping them feeling good about disaster recovery back home is paramount to politicians on both sides of the aisle. Given the results of the 2016 election, Americanized Haitians turned their back on All Things Clinton, even though President Donald Trump has ended their guest immigration protected status under a law called Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Since last summer, an increasing number of the 58,000 Haitians who came to the US under TPS and stayed here for almost a decade have been heading north to Canada, despite the fact that they face immediate arrest upon arrival there, as reported by the Miami Herald.

The real tragedy here is that, if even half the money donated from around the world that was pledged to restore Haiti and lift the people out of their desperate poverty and want – including that from the Clinton Foundation – had been spent on its original purpose, perhaps Haitians who came to the US upon our invitation would have a decent country to go back to.

Student crosses sewage water, Cité Soleil on November 21, 2017 (Photo: Dieu Nalio Chery-AP)

But no. As mentioned before, Haiti’s luck is not good. The fact that others profit from this country’s misfortune is bad karma, even though it is good business.

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    Business as usual.
    Clinton uranium deal, U.S. uranium to Russia.
    Clinton gave Red China its Long Beach naval base, 20 breeder reactors loaded with weapons grade plutonium ($5.128B EACH!), N. Korea 2 breeder reactors + $5B.
    It is good to be a CIA asset (see American Made movie about Mena Arkansas CIA drug & money laundering operation protected by Clinton by 2 terms as AG & 2 terms as Governor & 2 terms as U.S. president).
    Opps, I didn’t say that.
    What 80+ suicides prove you never want to say anything bad about Clinton.

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    “Black Lives (DON”T MATTER)”
    when will the dumb a$$’s figure it out?

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    What happened to the millions that Clinton and Bush ,hw,collected from people like me?

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    This must be Russian blogging of ‘faux news’ designed to forment anxiety and trouble on the far right in America. Cleverly written it raises dead issues to reintroduce prejudice against the hated Clintons, a truly effective and altruistic family and their Foundation, CGI. Two phrases stand out as discredited ‘facts’ brought back from the dead here: 1. A reliable government audit office reports that ‘…a US Government Accountability Office report found no evidence of wrongdoing….’ in Haiti–with no exceptions. Then 2. ‘Clintons were running a pay-to-play operation, though no hard evidence of this has emerged. . . .’, another smear attempt. The question is ‘why raise dead issues again?’ To distract base voters from Trump’s legal problems; to keep them mobilized against the left and former leftish progressive presidential candidate Hillary, who should have won election in 2016. To enhance the defunct RNC which has been total usurped by right wing extremists from KKK, white supremacists and White Nationalist group. To buttress Trump whose public ratings would result on TV of his cancellation as a showman. To keep ala Russian interests Americans generally from focusing on their hacking and interference in our 2016 election that may well have helped elect Trump (though no direct evidence can be measured).
    It’s a slick but phony attempt at news, this piece, with no identifiable blog identity and anonymous author–2 reasons to suspect Russian authorship. Be advised, you who don’t investigate news sources ordinarily.

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    Ge, no Trump hotel?

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    It seems that everything the Clintons touch goes into their pockets!

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    ” Located on a continent in the middle of the Caribbean and sharing a border with the Dominican Republic, the small island nation of Haiti”

    Is Haiti an Island or a Continent? How can this be?

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    The history of Haitian exploitation goes way back to the slave revolve against European dominance and enslavement. The story has never changed just those profiteering from the Haitian people’s misery.

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    This is the corporation/bankster version of disaster relief. The unfilled lucrative electrical restoration contract and the 3 million meal delivery contract neither of which delivered are the norm of the corruption that started with Reagan. I was a project manager at Fermilab which was one contract that was conducted with a real budget and schedule and finished 20% under budget. Cuba fixed their power system in a few weeks since they have a government of people not fascism.

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    The history of the Clintons involvement in Haiti dates back over 23 years, when then President Bill Clinton, in October 1993, ordered warships into Haitian waters to enforce a U.N. trade embargo and prepared a small contingent of troops and show of force to pave the way for the return to power of controversial, Marxist leader, Jean Betrand Artiside. Former leader of the Haitian Senate, Bernard Sansaricq, witness to the plan, recently presented his experience. And there is a video on Haitian President Exposes the Clinton Foundation: “Hillary Clinton tried to bribe me!” Mr. Sansaricq, the son of prominent coffee exporter, became involved in Haitian politics at very young age, when his friends 15 and 16 years old were killed because of their ideology. He was the subsequently sent to the U.S. by his father, who revered America, to attend military school and the R.O.T.C. After graduation he was drawn back home to Haiti, where he held dreams of transforming Haiti into a free market country, emulating America. Clinton, supported U.N. embargo cutting off Haiti’s lifeline of food and medicine; over 49,000 infants died as the result. The coup to bring Artiside back the power was supported by the U.S. Black Congressional Caucus and over 5 billion USD backed the plan, Mr. Sansaeicq was approached by Bill Richardson, a Clinton’s surrogate, who pressured him to back the plan; he unequivocally told him not to do it. Weeks later he received a call from a person in the U.S. Embassy and the message was clear: ” back the plan and join our side and you will be the richest man in Haiti.” He told them to go to hell. One week later, the State Dept. revoked his U.S. visa because “he was not supporting democracy in Haiti.” (It would take 8 years for it to be reinstated.) The Clinton administration ordered troops on the ground in Haiti and the invasion was taken to another level. Aristide,s henchmen were ruthless –
    many people were murdered in process. Mr. Sansaricq, who survived one assassination attempt, was advised by the high level government official and confidant in the Dominican Republic to leave immediately, or he would be killed. Some estimates were over $20 million a month drugs was trafficked trough the Haiti while the U.S.G. turned a blind eye and exported death to death to American youth. The pillage of Haiti was further underway after the 2010 earthquake, with over 300,000 people dead and 2 million people left homeless. The Clinton “Con Game” began trough the I.H.R.C., Interim Haiti Recovery Commission. Using her position as Secretary of State, Hillary devoted her efforts to the haitian recovery and the Clinton Foundation led the fund-raising efforts for relief in this poor, third world country. Bill Clinton had long been perceived as the “shadow governor of haiti,” and the Clintons were the power brokers in the Haiti relief effort, and if you wanted to do a business in Haiti, you needed to have a relationship with the Clintons. The hidden truth is that Haiti has a wealth of hidden resources such as gold and oil. The VCS Mining Company received a gold permit and after the permit was issued, VCS put Hillary,s brother, Tony Rodham in charge.

    The Clinton control of this small, destitute island has spanned over two decades.Despite the relief efforts after 2010 earthquake that left over 2 million people homeless, modest reconstruction has surfaced for the people of Haiti; many people are still living in tents with no running water. However the construction of corporate parks and enterprises abound. It is just another chapter for the Clintons in their “pay for play” enterprises extracting riches/gold for themselves and benefitting their donors.

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    Those poor people seem to get shafted by everybody, including the Dictator who ruled that country for so many years !

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    There was a book written about the CIA & drugs out of Mena. “COMPROMISED: Clinton, Bush and the CIA” – by Terry Reed
    When Ross Perot found out that his friend, George H.W. Bush, was complicit in that deal, he decided to enter the Presidential race himself in 1992.

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    Crooks are for themselves. Put them in prison just bread and water.

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    Put Clinton’s in.prison on bread and water. They would learn how poor people live.

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    Notice the similarity between the Haiti Recovery Commission (HRC) and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s name?

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    Given the way they handled the Haitian Earthquake recovery, all I can say is; How the he!! did anybody expect her to run the government? I mean come on, she has done NOTHING good for anyone,

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