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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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With a new administration in Washington it will be a challenge to get the 'liberals' to hold Biden-Harris to the few 'progressive promises' they made during their campaign. Biden is bringing back many of Bush & Obama's neo-cons to head his foreign policy. I'll be on this case without hesitation.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

White rule continues in Haiti

 


 Black Alliance for Peace

 
It is the white rulers who spent millions building prisons in Haiti and funding and training the Haitian police  and military. It is the white rulers who have turned a blind eye to the atrocities of the Moïse administration. It is the white rulers who have condoned the lack of parliamentary elections, the ruling of the country by decree, and the rewriting of the Haitian constitution. Most importantly, it is the white rulers who have affirmed Moïse’s illegal extension of his ruling mandate. —Jemima Pierre, “Haiti: Black Despots and White Rulers”

After the “anti-democratic” Trump forces were defeated, the Biden-Harris administration assured it would re-commit to neo-liberal orthodoxy in both domestic and foreign policy with its slogan, “Build Back Better.” That promised a return to the “traditional” U.S. values of decency, democracy and human rights.

Yet, the Biden-Harris administration, as well as most U.S. policymakers and political representatives, employ a double standard: While expressing concern for oppressed people and rhetorically supporting “democratic” processes and human rights in their domestic and foreign policies, they inflict harm on millions of people around the world through their wars, subversions and sanctions.

While neo-liberal Democrats pretend Black lives matter in the United States, the Biden-Harris administration blatantly supports dictatorial rule in Haiti—and they are getting away with it.

As BAP recently stated in response to the situation in Haiti: “The abandonment of the people of Haiti affirms once again the United States is committed to white power.” 

 

Note the green USAID outfits (click on the photo for a better view). That tells you everything you need to know about who really runs Haiti.

But it is not just in Haiti where the lives of non-Europeans are pawns in the global chessboard of U.S.-Western imperialism. The Biden administration already has abandoned peace in Afghanistan for longer term geostrategic and capitalist interests. The U.S. war in Afghanistan is referred to as the “longest U.S. war.” That is only because the more than 200-year-old war against Indigenous peoples in the United States and the 70-year-old war with North Korea are excluded.

Within the first month of the Biden administration, we also have witnessed the escalation of tensions with China; support for fascist oppositions in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia; a rejection of calls to end the militarization of U.S. police forces through the federal 1033 program; the expansion the U.S. military presence in Africa; and a U.S. troop presence increase in Syria.

As we said in our last newsletter: “The Biden-Harris administration intends to pick up exactly where the Obama-Biden administration left off in 2016, with an aggressive assertion of U.S. military power to offset its declining global economic, political and moral position.”

This is the essence of the neo-liberals’ “Building Back Better.” And that is why we—the forces committed to peace, self-determination, People(s)-Centered Human Rights, ecological sustainability and life—must organize ourselves and build a better oppositional movement that places the people, the planet and peace over profits.

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