Citigroup’s Role in the Rape of Haiti

24 06 2012

From Uruknet

It’s a story marked by military intervention, violations of national sovereignty and the deaths of thousands.”

by Peter James Hudson

[snip] . . . , [National City Bank of New York lobbiest] Farnham and National City worked to destabilize the Haitian government. They refused to pay government salaries over the summer, and in December they ordered the transfer of $500,000 of the republic’s gold reserves to National City’s vaults at 55 Wall St. The gold was packed up by U.S. Marines, marched to Port-au-Prince’s wharfs and shipped aboard the USS Machias to New York.

 

The bank argued that they owned the gold contractually and were bound to protect it from possible theft. The Haitians saw it as robbery, pure and simple, and indicative of a growing threat to the republic’s sovereignty.

 

Threat turned to fact on July 28, 1915. On that day, U.S. Marines landed in Haiti and initiated a period of military rule that would last 19 years. The immediate justifications for intervention included fears of encroaching German influence and a desire to protect American life and property – especially after a spate of factional violence that included the dismemberment of the Haitian president in response to a massacre of his political opponents.  . . . (more)

http://uruknet.info/?p=m89072&hd=&size=1&l=e

 





US “pivot” to Asia threatens war with China

6 06 2012

From WSWS

The Obama administration’s “pivot” to Asia is a comprehensive military build-up throughout the Indo-Pacific region, greatly heightening the danger of war with China.

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta announced in Singapore last weekend that by 2020 the greater part of American naval forces—including six aircraft carrier battle groups as well as a majority of the navy’s cruisers, destroyers, Littoral Combat ships and submarines—will be stationed in the Asia-Pacific.

Panetta also made clear that the Pentagon intends to maintain its “technological edge” and ability to “rapidly project military power” through the development of “an advanced fifth-generation fighter, an enhanced Virginia-class submarine, new electronic warfare and communications capabilities and improved precision weapons.” . . . (more)

http://wsws.org/articles/2012/jun2012/pers-j06.shtml

 





Muammar Gaddafi: “This is My Will,Continue the Resistance…” + More

25 10 2011

. . . I call on my supporters to continue the resistance, and fight any foreign aggressor against Libya, today, tomorrow and always.

Let the free people of the world know that we could have bargained over and sold out our cause in return for a personal secure and stable life. We received many offers to this effect but we chose to be at the vanguard of the confrontation as a badge of duty and honor. . .  (more)

http://uruknet.net/?p=m82557&hd=&size=1&l=e


 With Libya secured an American invasion of Africa is under way

by John Pilger

US troops are on their way to Uganda. More go soon to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. John Pilger tells the real story behind Obama’s latest extension of the ’war on terror’.

On 14 October, President Barack Obama announced he was sending United States special forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there.

In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will only “engage” for “self-defence”, says Obama, satirically.

With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way.

Obama’s decision is described in the press as “highly unusual” and “surprising”, even “weird”. It is none of these things. It is the logic of American foreign policy since 1945. . . . (more)

http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article21301 

Rick Rozoff: Libya: A Brutal, Gratuitous Slaying, the New World Order in All Its Transparent Barbarism 

[snip] . . . . “There is just so much – what term do I want to use? – low taste, gratuitous reveling in the murder of this man, who was born 70 years ago in the very city he was murdered in on the 216th day of NATO’s bombing of his country. He was born under Italian Fascist occupation and he died under NATO occupation. I think the parallel there can’t be missed, including the fact that Italy supplied some of the warplanes that have devastated his country since the middle of March, since March 19th. If he was the monster they’ve portrayed him as being – and I invite your listeners to go to the NATO website and see some of the crude caricatures of Gaddafi they’ve posted over the last few days – wall graffiti and so forth – portraying him in a demeaning and belittling way, to further dehumanize him preparatory to murdering him.”. . . . (more)

http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/rick-rozoff-libya-a-brutal-gratuitous-slaying-the-new-world-order-in-all-its-transparent-barbarism/ 

 

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see also next post – F.C.