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Remembering Haiti

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A view of the capital Port-au-Prince, Haiti

There are no more words to express what the Haitian people have had to endure through the ages. A true test of faith.

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66 Comments on “Remembering Haiti”

  1. Anne October 5, 2016 at 5:20 AM #

    My heart grieves for this nation. It has suffered so much and yet the world continues on its merry way as though this country does not exist. France should hang its head in shame and also the USA. Where has all the money that was pledged to help Haiti after the earthquake, perhaps one of those who are running for the top job in the USA can answer this question.

    Obama want thousands of immigrants from he Middle East to come to USA, but just recently scores of Haitians were deported back. This country needs help, but it seems noone cares. Can you imagine people still living in plastic tents since the earthquake, no privacy nothing.

    The leaders of the world have no conscience.. As for France she has no heart.

    The Seneglese leader invited some of the Haitians to come to Senegal after the earthquake. He sounded genuine. They would be able to assimilate since the French language is spoken in Senegal. They were offered agricultural land. I am sure if the government had encourage the people. Many would not be in the position they are in today. They are trying to get to USA who do not want them, but are unwilling to go to a country that seems to care about them.

    Now with Hurricane Matthew the plight of these people will get worse.

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  2. Well Well & Consequences October 5, 2016 at 5:36 AM #

    The criminal French government needs to give back the money to Haiti that they were forced to pay for their freedom from slavery…all 100 years…they had to pay.

    For those who may not know, Haiti is the first independent nation in the western hemisphere, they fought and spilled blood to be free, older than the US…and the people have paid for it ever since, because of their weak and many greedy, corrupt leaders.

    Haiti’s weak leaders caused this ruination of their own people who started the ball rolling and loosened the grip of european slavery in the Caribbean

    Weak leadership leads to disaster after disaster for the people of weak leaders.

    The weak leaders in Barbados may want to take note.

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  3. chad99999 October 5, 2016 at 5:40 AM #

    The problem with Haiti is the Haitian people, or at the very least, the majority of the elites, who have repeatedly been accused of abusing the generosity and goodwill of the legions of do-gooders who have laboured mightily to improve economic conditions in the country.
    Trust me, there have always been thousands of missionaries, aid workers, and foreign military teams struggling to turn the country around.
    Nothing seems to work, and every generation of politicians repeats the mistakes of the previous generations.
    Why build flimsy housing on steep, unterraced hillsides? Why build unreinforced concrete structures in earthquake zones? How difficult is it to arrange for the services of Cuban doctors?

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  4. Lee October 5, 2016 at 7:19 AM #

    The hemisphere seems to be waiting for Haiti to become a base for propagating jihadist extremism. The entire Caribbean is fertile.

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  5. David October 5, 2016 at 8:02 AM #

    @Chad99999

    We live in a world where the deep rooted and systemic issues are burried under rhetoric. Just the other day peacekeepers left their germs in that impoverished country and to this day the UN and other global agencies have refused to adequately address the matter. It is this hypocrisy by the world’s elite that adds to the drag afflicting Haiti. The fact the plight of this island is not part of a continuous conversation piece in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean says plenty. Of course we react to events in the USA and N America with heightened interest.

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  6. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI October 5, 2016 at 8:08 AM #

    @ Chad 99999

    Barring the fact that haitians worship strange deities (whom my colleagues here will say are the correct gods of we black people, a discourse that de ole man will not direct the convo to this morning) I would like you to tell me, WHAT IS SO DIFFERENT ABOUT THE STATE THAT THE NIGGERS IN HAITI FIND THEMSELVES AND WE BAJANS?

    Or for that matter niggers worldwide?

    Barring the physical state of our homes as so called hurricane appropriate structures? what is the effing difference that might make one believe that their existences, flimsy housing and all, is any different or worse than our own?

    Observe your words my man

    “Nothing seems to work, and every generation of politicians repeats the mistakes of the previous generations…”

    Tell me, what the eff is the difference?

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  7. ac October 5, 2016 at 8:27 AM #

    Have to agree with Chad most of the underlying problems in Haiti is rooted incorruption something that all the money in the world cannot solve leaving in its wake worst devastation than matthew with a castrophic loss of trust both from within and without . The internal and external loss of casulaties are even harder to comprehend by some who belives that the world hates Haiti.

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  8. millertheanunnaki October 5, 2016 at 8:31 AM #

    @ chad99999 October 5, 2016 at 5:40 AM

    That might be one interpretation of the disasters plaguing Haiti.

    Why not look at it from the Biblical perspective of a Moses or Daniel asking Mother Nature to return those lands to their original state and send back the African occupiers to Côte d’Ivoire and its environs?

    It seems the god of GP and Zoe is not pleased with the behaviour of the blacks in Haiti and has sent plagues to decimate those people. Believing in voodoo and Roman Catholicism is really a no-no. Why can’t they be good evangelical Christians like Anglican Bajans and be spared the wrath of God in the form of the furious Matthew?

    Given the pending economic collapse of Bim would you be seeing a similar repatriation of Bajan blacks to Ghana? Maybe then the repatriated blacks would become true entrepreneurs in the land of their cultural birth.

    Remember Chad 9X5, life is a cycle and what goes around comes around like birth and death.

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  9. lawson October 5, 2016 at 9:20 AM #

    If god is sending out plagues ..can he please send out an infestation of fleas to the AC’s junk so they can be irritating even when they are not commenting

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  10. Bush Tea October 5, 2016 at 9:35 AM #

    @Chad
    You betray your youth and naivety.

    The problems that we face in this world are not of recent origin. They stem from generations of shiite (which you still subconsciously endorse) ..that has finally reached up towards the global fan…

    Like Barbados, mistakes made in Haiti by ongoing generations have come together to produce a series of circumstances that portend serious doom for all of us… This situation applies across our ENTIRE world – even (and especially) in those so-called ‘developed’ societies where the danger is camouflaged by superficial technologies that are able to hide their precarious situation from their eyes.

    The piss poor nature of Haiti’s leadership – and hence of its national fortune, can EASILY be seen by what is happening in Barbados as we speak. We have gone off on a tangent of greed and selfishness that initially, (like prostitution which it mimics,) appears to bring affluence.
    In the longer term however, it brings degradation, despair, disease and hopelessness.

    This systemic adoption of albino-centric philosophy is central to our long-term demise.

    Haiti is unique in that, these, (like Jamaicans) are clearly special people who, like Blacks generally during history, are undergoing unusually harsh trials – precisely because, as SPECIAL people – with a SPECIAL heritage, they have abandoned their natural instincts – and adopted the same albino-centric philosophies.
    A loving parent tends to be unusually harsh with a ‘favourite child’ who, having been favoured in multiple ways, resorts to the lowest form of popular shiite on the block…. The prodigal son went through hell itself before being reintegrated into his father’s house…

    Rest assured that those who have tormented these people over the centuries will pay a terrible price for their wickedness. When the trouble starts, those whose ‘developed’ status lay tenuously on fragile technologies like Electric power to their homes, water pumped into their kitchens, telephone and wireless resources at their fingertips and public transport at their beck and call …will suffer beyond words when these all collapse one day…..
    …while those who have grown accustomed to living without these ‘amenities’ will know how to survive….
    Things are not what they seem….

    Life is complex, and the grave is not its goal..
    dust thou are to dust returneth
    was not spoken of the soul….

    Not enjoyment, and not sorrow
    is our destined end or way;
    but to act, that each tomorrow
    finds us farther than today.

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  11. Bernard Codrington. October 5, 2016 at 9:37 AM #

    I think we should pray to our God for the deliverance of Haiti. I believe He is the same God that the majority of Haitians pray to. Some do have different rituals but not inferior rituals. Rituals are only vehicles for coming into communion with God whoever or whatever we perceive him to be.
    I hope those who promote reparations observe what reparation can do to a country?

    From the scientific point of view,Haiti is unfortunate to be sited on an area of the earth that is prone to both earthquakes and hurricanes. Barbados is little more lucky. Thank God. And stop complaining.

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  12. Bernard Codrington. October 5, 2016 at 9:44 AM #

    Bush Tea
    You are really kicking today. You are firing on all four cylinders. Welcome back!

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  13. ac October 5, 2016 at 9:48 AM #

    Haiti is not the only country subjected to doom and catastrophy right here in our own back yard we had the devastation of natures fury in st vincent when mount Souffrie erupted the govt and people did not buckeled or place blame but took steps and preventive measures in place towards progress.Haiti continuance plight which could have been started years ago does not exempt good goverance presently from placing policies that can be beneficial to its people.
    It is about time the govt or any govt that proposes to rule Haiti puts the best country interest first instead of their own

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  14. Hants October 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM #

    I expect that those of you with “de lotta long talk” will be sending “help” to Haiti.

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  15. Georgie Porgie October 5, 2016 at 10:10 AM #

    hants
    how can you say a thing like dat sir?
    BU rum shop is bout long talk
    long talk is the order of the day…….everyday by the same people………so get use to it man

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  16. lawson October 5, 2016 at 10:16 AM #

    Canada has given over 1 1/2 billion dollars in aid to haiti it is our biggest reciever of funds in the carribean. Taxpayer money

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  17. ac October 5, 2016 at 10:17 AM #

    Now some jac aa.ss asking God to send a plague of flies on ac because the truth about Haiti coruption is obviuos even to a blind man. Look jac a ss get loss.

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  18. Hants October 5, 2016 at 10:18 AM #

    @ GP,

    MATTHEW HEADING TO FLORIDA. BE PREPARED.

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  19. Hants October 5, 2016 at 10:22 AM #

    Canadian companies manufacture a lot of equipment used by Aid agencies.

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  20. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI October 5, 2016 at 10:56 AM #

    I was meaning to publish this here instead of the other blog but the site was doing a maintenance tingy and i get sidetrack

    De Ole Man tired uh doing de lotta long effing talk doah, so igine lead by example

    Dis is for de clowns dem at the Barbados Disaster Emergency Management who getting paid to do alot uh scvunt every 26th of de efffing munt’

    Here is de ole man meant by a storyboard for creating a “simple cartoon and/or animation” pertinent to 20 effing 16.

    This is Instead of wunna scvunts paying wunna friends money to print all dem brochures and gettig kickbacks fuh wunna scvunt

    Wunna getting vex now?

    It starting to rankle wunna wicked scvunts dat every effing one uh de ole man posts now is to denigrate wunna wicked asses?

    De ting is dat “we has not yet begun to fight”

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  21. Pachamama October 5, 2016 at 11:09 AM #

    Chad is a Brassbowl, of the highest order, plain and simple. His remedy to every problem is to blame the perceived victims.

    Even Bushie who is normally sensible lacks the zeal to speak the truth. He would prefer to blame Haitian leadership as though that happens in isolation. As tough any leadership in our world must not answer to people outside the countries.

    For Bushie all roads must lead to a BBE

    Only David has tried to bring some sense to what is happening in Haiti. What has happened.

    But nobody has stated that without the Haitian Revolution chattel slavery, as an institution, will we more alive and well today.

    Not one fucking person has stated that Haiti defeated 3 world powers in 10 years. And that that is why it must continue to suffer, even today. This is how raassoooooooul vicious Chad’s White people are.

    Nobody wants to say that stinking Hillary Clinton has holding hostage 14 billion in hurricane relief money for Haiti.

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  22. Georgie Porgie October 5, 2016 at 11:45 AM #

    HANTS
    I HERE WATCHING THE WINDIES PLAY
    TO BE FOLLOWED BY AUSSIES VS SA REPLAY

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  23. Well Well & Consequences October 5, 2016 at 12:23 PM #

    ACs…there is truth in the corruption within the government in Barbados too and you want to pretend it is not true…when people expise it.

    But…

    When Bizzy gets control of the police force…he will lock up all the bribetaking government ministers that he himself bribed….. AND their yardfowls.

    Lol hahaha lol.

    Oh what a day that would be.

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  24. Hants October 5, 2016 at 1:09 PM #

    @Georgie Porgie October 5, 2016 at 11:45 AM #

    You mean..

    I HERE WATCHING THE WINDIES GET BEAT! LOL

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  25. Georgie Porgie October 5, 2016 at 1:28 PM #

    HANTS
    YOU ARE QUITE CORRECT SIR

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  26. David October 5, 2016 at 2:02 PM #

    @Hants

    It is simplistic to say that Haiti’s deep-rooted problems can be resolved by increasing donations. Some serious underlying issues are at play in Haiti and God knows how they will be fixed.

    #endemic

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  27. David October 5, 2016 at 2:04 PM #

    @Hants

    It is simplistic to say that Haiti’s deep-rooted problems can be resolved by increasing donations. Some serious underlying issues are at play in Haiti and God knows how they will be fixed.

    #endemic

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  28. bajans October 5, 2016 at 2:28 PM #

    @David

    That ad for the creamer made in “occupied Japan” is a fake. As an avid collector with over 100 pieces, I have never seen a stamp with different size picas. Moreover, all of my pieces says made in occupied Japan. If that creamer was porcelain it would say something like “Trimont China, etc., hand painted, made in occupied Japan.” It is just plain old ceramic.

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  29. ac October 5, 2016 at 2:33 PM #

    All the money and sympathy in the world cannot buy morals a country that does not have the moral fortitude cannot reap the benefits of good rewards.
    Too many years country after country along with variuos charties have supported Haiti efforts towards progress but to no avail as govts and inside influence geared to help a few have stood in the haitian people betterment
    Most Haitains who have fled Haiti has done better due to the fact that the underlying systematic problems they fight in haiti to survive are no longer obstructions which stagnate or depletes them a decent way of life

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  30. Prodigal Son October 5, 2016 at 4:22 PM #

    @ Anne October 5, 2016 at 5:20 AM #

    “My heart grieves for this nation. It has suffered so much and yet the world continues on its merry way as though this country does not exist. France should hang its head in shame and also the USA. Where has all the money that was pledged to help Haiti after the earthquake, perhaps one of those who are running for the top job in the USA can answer this question”.
    ……………………………………………..

    I share your remarks, my heart goes out to these poor people. As a friend said to me last night as we speaking on this…one wonders when the suffering of the Haitian people will end.

    Most Barbadians jump on the Clinton bandwagon and few of them know that the Clinton Foundation has been holding on to the funds belonging to Haiti and whilst the people of Haiti remain poor and homeless, the Clintons who came out of the White House dead broke are now very wealthy people. Go figure!

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  31. Hants October 5, 2016 at 4:44 PM #

    @ David and Piece,

    Haiti has an “immediate HUMANITARIAN problem”. Food, temporary shelters and water.

    I can’t speak to the “deep rooted problems.”

    Get hit by a massive natural disaster you need help.

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  32. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI October 5, 2016 at 4:47 PM #

    @ Prodigal Son

    “Let Google be your friend”

    When i first say that admonishment, I bust out laughing, i cant remember who first coined it her but it was quick and witty and to the point.

    There is a place on the internet cal ICANN

    “The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is a nonprofit organization that is responsible for coordinating the maintenance and procedures of several databases related to the namespaces of … Wikipedia …..blah blah blah

    And what is the connection you can well ask?

    Some years ago there was a particular NGO in *** that had 4 bank accounts.

    THe Chairman of the board had an account, the President had one, the Secretary and his Wife the Treasurer had one and the PR Officer had one.

    And they were all getting money for *** for donkey years at one time ong international agency that had a programme and was run by their ambassador had funded them TWICE, for two separate programmes, at the same NGO

    THe secretary and treasurer got a grant for 30 sheep from the Programme Manageress and the President got a grant for computers from the Ambassador.

    Now while the 4 factions did not speak to each other and operated this scam for years the people on the outside never know about this, UNTIL NOW heheheheheheheh

    Again you going axe me whu is my point??

    Until we develop a central clearing house for all international aid that is coming wherever from and going to NGOs CBOs and beneficiaries which will operate like ICANN does for ALL aid, the Clintons of the world will continue to rape us Haitans and Bajans and Kittitians, and Jamaicans, until doves cry.

    When a certain man who does post pun heah, tink it feasible to return de blasted document dat i give to his donkey and some peeple dat he bring to my place 7 months ago tings like dat indigenous ICANN will continue to remain in stasis causing My Man Prodigal Son We asses is not ready.

    De ole man sorry to say dis but we going forever be like Haiti, hewers of Wood and drawers of water

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  33. Well Well & Consequences October 5, 2016 at 5:10 PM #

    “When a certain man who does post pun heah, tink it feasible to return de blasted document dat i give to his donkey and some peeple dat he bring to my place 7 months ago”…..

    Ah Piece….again and again, no one can be trusted…no one.

    I say that because a thousand true stories that will frighten anyone, can be added.

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  34. ac October 5, 2016 at 5:34 PM #

    first of all the Clinton Foundation does not owe Haiti any thing The Clinton Foundation did not beg or borrow any money from the Haitian govt that must be returned in a timely fashion . as a charitable organisation it can donate any or all of its monies to any country or individual of its choosing , The Haitian govt stands on its own way of progress by that the govt and cronies believes that the clinton foundation should become a ATM for their convenience and it was not going to happen , The promises made by the clinton Foundation was to help the Haitian people but not by way of handing over a treasure chest to a govt or a system of governance that could not provide sufficient proof as to how the monies would be managed, but rather prefer to put up roadblocks that would deny the Clinton foundation complete management of the handling of projects they had proposed through the foundation
    this slimy propaganda by those in the republican party does not hold water as george bush and the clinton foundation have worked together effortlessly in helping the people of haiti

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  35. David October 5, 2016 at 7:02 PM #

    @Hants

    Relief is coordinated through the Rotary and other civic agencies. In the past Barbadians have given generously. A read of the international news shows that the Red Cross and other philanthropic agencies are swarming Haiti at the moment. Aid to Haiti has never been an issue.

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  36. Well Well & Consequences October 5, 2016 at 7:03 PM #

    ACs..yall pimping for Clinton now, what happened to DLP, did ya get fired, you know Killary would never even want to see you right….so yardfowling for her is just a pipedream.

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  37. David October 5, 2016 at 7:06 PM #

    Guccifer 2.0 Hacked Clinton Foundation

    Many of you have been waiting for this, some even asked me to do it.

    So, this is the moment. I hacked the Clinton Foundation server and downloaded hundreds of thousands of docs and donors’ databases.

    Hillary Clinton and her staff don’t even bother about the information security. It was just a matter of time to gain access to the Clinton Foundation server.

    Here’s the contents of one of the folders that I got from there

    folder

    As you can see, the private server of the Clinton clan contains docs and donors lists of the Democratic committees, PACs, etc. Does it surprise you?

    Here are some docs for example

    A small list of donors master-west-tracker-2-5k-1-1-2010-7-10-2015

    https://guccifer2.wordpress.com/2016/10/04/clinton-foundation/

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  38. Hants October 5, 2016 at 7:07 PM #

    Yes David,

    Canada will send a DART team whose specialty is purifying contaminated water.

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  39. Tron October 5, 2016 at 8:00 PM #

    Interesting article: https://stluciatimes.com/2016/10/05/barbados-no-devaluation

    I just note that the timescale between denial of devaluation gets shorter and shorter …

    Sinckler made it very clear that IMF is no option. In other words, we will need some special, special loan with 20% interest rate to beef up the foreign reserves next time, resulting in even higher VAT and import duty to a point where we will pay 100 BBD for toilet paper – like Venezuela. Some call it “pride and industry”, I call it “insanity and economic slavery”.

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  40. de pedantic Dribbler October 5, 2016 at 9:05 PM #

    @David, your comment seems to summarize the issue well, viz “It is simplistic to say that Haiti’s deep-rooted problems can be resolved by increasing donations. Some serious underlying issues are at play in Haiti and God knows how they will be fixed”.

    The historical context as noted by Pacha is relevant surely but as also Chad noted the elites are the reason that Haiti has remained in their impoverished state since those revolutionary days when the French exacted crippling revenge.

    And pause and look at South Africa. With all these crazy actions in the US political process I recently asked myself how well would Dr. King or Nelson Mandela be embraced in today modern xenophobic militancy. It seemed to me that many people would denounce them even more vehemently than Malcolm did Dr. King and Winnie did her former husband Pres. Mandela. This quote from South Africa appears to validate that view (re Mandela, anyhow).

    — “If you were to ask me today, some years on, as a member of the Fallist movement, “What is wrong with these schools?” my answer would be that the compromise deal that ended apartheid and the concept of a Rainbow Nation are what’s wrong. Nothing significant was given up by the white minority: These schools, like so much of our social order, have preserved white privilege, without real concessions to majority-black South Africa. Until we dismantle the continued white domination of post-apartheid South Africa, Mr. Mandela’s children will not find freedom in the Rainbow Nation.”—

    This was part of an essay which touched on the fact that Black South Africans are being discriminated against at historically white schools for – of all things – their ‘unkept hair’. Or as it used to be labelled back in the day: ‘nigga hair’.

    Of course the obvious nexus between Haiti and South Africa is that Mandela did not take the L’Ouverture path of pain and destruction of the white overlords. Which is the exact path the youth quoted seems to suggest he should have taken.

    So it’s just as obvious that South Africans would have been foolhardy to take that route and send their nation into the abyss. They can overcome the current issues with earnest effort in coming years.

    Haiti hasn’t overcome hers still after three plus centuries.

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  41. Well Well & Consequences October 6, 2016 at 10:05 AM #

    The governor of Florida just told the people of Florida….”THIS STORM WILL KILL YOU”

    I do not see where they need more warning, they have already been told to purchase all they need before the stores are closed….national shutdown…charge their bits and pieces.

    2 million people have been told to leave the coastline…leave their homes.

    You listen when told to save life and limb.

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  42. Zoe October 6, 2016 at 10:40 AM #

    God knows that money is on our mind a lot. So much so that Jesus spoke and taught about money more than he did any other topic!

    God knows that greed will destroy us. If we become focused on accumulating more wealth, we become focused and driven by greed and are never content. Often, greed opens the door to other sins and we find ourselves falling farther from God and what He has for our lives.

    We must be careful to protect our hearts and minds against greed and to practice contentment. Not only to live being satisfied and thankful for what God has given us but also in being generous in giving!

    1 John 2:15-17

    “Do NOT love the world (the sphere of evil operating under the dominion of Satan), If anyone loves the world (system of evil) the love of the father is NOT in him.” v. 15.

    “For ALL that is in the world – the LUST of the FLESH, the LUST of the eyes, and the PRIDE of life, – is NOT of the Father but is of the world.” v. 16.

    “And the world (system) IS passing away, and the LUST of it, but he who does the will of God abides forever.” v.17

    @Bush Tea, NO where in God’s Word, is any reference made to some “…albino-centric philosophy, that will be the long term demise of BLACKS! God’s Word states “…the LUST of the FLESH, the LUST of the eyes, and the PRIDE of life…” (v.16a)

    “This systemic adoption of albino-centric philosophy is central to our long-term demise.”

    “Haiti is unique in that, these, (like Jamaicans) are clearly special people who, like Blacks generally during history, are undergoing unusually harsh trials – precisely because, as SPECIAL people – with a SPECIAL heritage, they have abandoned their natural instincts – and adopted the same albino-centric philosophies.”

    BT, What were/are the ancient religions of the African continent? What were these natural instincts, that were exchanged for some albino-centric philosophies? STOP covering up the SINS of black people, with this NONSENSE of albino-centric FOOLISHNESS!

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  43. Bush Tea October 6, 2016 at 11:06 AM #

    @ Zoe
    Why don’t you go and read a Reader’s Digest or some shiite nuh…? and leave out BU…?
    Yuh going let Bushie give you another stroke now…?

    As Paul tried to explain, it is necessary to move beyond ‘drinking milk’ and get to digest some meat if you are intent on maturing as a son of BBE.
    All you ever do is sit around reading shiite articles – written by other milk-drinkers, and then expect to digest Bushie’s well-done steaks…?

    Steupsss.
    A fellow like you …who still thinks that the ‘Trinity’ makes sense… will NEVER grasp the message that comes from Bushie. The same shiite happened to a previous bushman too ….and people like you ended up crucifying his donkey…. but he was the decent ‘first son’…. not like stinking Bushie…. the spoilt last boy….

    If you think you will be nailing Bushie in a breadfruit tree easy so …yuh lie doh…!!!

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  44. Zoe October 6, 2016 at 11:15 AM #

    Voodoo and Christianity: Compatibility or Irreconcilable Differences?
    By: J. A. Alexandre

    This article first appeared in the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, volume 36, number 01 (2013). The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/

    SYNOPSIS

    To understand Voodoo as a culture and a religion, one must understand its history. Haiti has become a prominent figure for Voodoo because of its African cultural and religious heritage.

    Through the sixteenth-century slave-trade system, Africans were taken from West Africa to the West Indies to work as slaves on European plantations. They brought their religion with them. In spite of its oral tradition, the core beliefs and practices of Voodoo have been preserved over time and space.

    The similarities between Voodoo and traditional West African religion cannot be contested and have led to the understanding that it is indeed the same religion with minor variations influenced by syncretism, creativity, and diverse experiences.

    The core doctrines include beliefs in a Supreme Being who can only be worshipped through secondary divinities that emanate from Him, from nature, and from deified ancestors. Its practices range from healing through homeopathic or natural remedies or potions prepared for a variety of symptoms to magic, witchcraft, and sorcery. A careful analysis of the doctrine and practices of Voodoo leads to the conclusion that Voodoo is more polytheistic than it claims to be and that its practices, worship, and way of life are incompatible with the Christian faith.

    All of this Voodoo with an admixture of Catholicism, is a recipe for destruction of a people. No matter how many BILLIONS of $$$ are pumped into Haiti, unless, and until there IS* mass repentance and conversion to Christ ALONE, as Saviour and Lord, there will be NO deliverance from the forces of EVIL, Satan and his demonic hoards, that continue to plague the Hatian people under his EVIL dominion!

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  45. ac October 6, 2016 at 11:54 AM #

    Do not know about vodoo but this i know that the bible says there is only one power and that is God Almighty.Be that as it may many a people and countries who practiced Christianity has felt the fury of natures warth. Therfore correlating vodooo and natural disasters as Gods punishment to the Haitian people is ridiculous.
    Firstly the country geographical position and geological history is problematic which most likely increased its risk to natural disasters like hurricanes but however what is awfully wronged is that Haiti people has lacked good goverance for many years and good infrastructure which puts the country at an even high risk when natural disasters occurs
    Zoe as a christain you ought to be praying for the Haitain people asking God to send them a Moses or an Aaron to lead them and direct their path.instead of bashing them

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  46. lawson October 6, 2016 at 12:07 PM #

    Well Well lol you listen when told……you cant even get people to take their hands out of their pockets and hold them up in the air or you are going to get shot by police ,so what chance do you think there is of a lot of people staying then expecting emergency services to risk their lives once it is too late.

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  47. ac October 6, 2016 at 1:18 PM #

    The number of deaths from matthew keep rising. How much longer are the elected officials of haiti continue to play deadly political games with the Haitain people lives
    The people sense of distrust of outsiders trying to help them should be balanced with their overalll well being. No sense in burying their heads in a sand of pessimism when their lives remain intolerable and unbearable while natures fury spare them no mercy when it comes knocking

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  48. David October 7, 2016 at 3:11 AM #

    Who can blame Haitians who do not want to utter Oh Lord hear our prayers!

     

    The death toll in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew – the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade – has soared to more than 300, officials say.

    Some 50 people were reported killed in the town of Roche-a-Bateau alone.

    The nearby city of Jeremie saw 80% of its buildings levelled. In Sud province 30,000 homes were destroyed.

    The hurricane, now a Category Three storm with sustained winds of 120mph (193km/h), is heading towards the US state of Florida.

    At 03:00 local time (07:00 GMT) Matthew was still off the Florida coast, centred about 37 miles (60km) east of Vero Beach and was moving north-west at about 14mph (22km/h), the National Hurricane Center said.

     
    https://barbadosunderground.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=52686&action=edit#comments-form
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37582009

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  49. ac October 7, 2016 at 5:19 AM #

    Haiti to receive 20million in insurance payout a total of 16 payouts totalling 38million. One looks at the devastation and cant help but feel pain and sorrow for the people .

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  50. Well Well & Consequences October 7, 2016 at 7:52 AM #

    ACs…that is the problem with yardfowls, narrow focus.

    Haitians are used to death and destruction, it has been happening for centuries, they have become desensitized, genration after generation.

    But

    Imagine, if ya can, the minister’s created water crisis getting so bad in Barbados, that 3 0r 400 people start dying there every week, a couple deaths recently and people were very vocal.

    How will Fruendel the Fool and the other useless government ministers who helped create the water problems handle that.,,, be honest, dont lie.

    Lawson….lol

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  51. Well Well & Consequences October 7, 2016 at 7:55 AM #

    ACs…do you even feel a smidgen of sorrow or sympathy for the people in the 4 or 5 parishes in Barbados who have not been getting water for months and weeks.

    Your government created those horrible conditions and will reap their just desserts.

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  52. de pedantic Dribbler October 7, 2016 at 10:25 AM #

    @ David October 7, 2016 at 3:11 AM re ” Some 50 people were reported killed in the town of Roche-a-Bateau alone…The nearby city of Jeremie saw 80% of its buildings levelled. In Sud province 30,000 homes were destroyed.”

    The most practical and positive aspect of any disaster is the opportunity to rebuilding stronger and better. Thus the jarring nature of the death and destruction is Haiti is disturbing.

    Several years ago I sat through a presentation from Grenville Phillips who of course you know well as a BU ‘correspondent’ . He spoke in his field of expertise on the need for major engineering and architectural improvements with the housing stock n Haiti. This followed his professional visit to the country following yet another weather event there.

    Thus it begs asking: why are they still so badly prepared to face these events??

    Yes we all understand the impoverished nature of the country but there has been enormous aid thrown at the country and with people like Grenville stating the stark realities of that nation it would have to be gross malfeasance of officials and stubborn citizens that the situation can still lead to calamitous destruction.

    The picture above, for example, is clearly a disaster of destruction waiting to happen.

    Haitians need not ask “Oh Lord hear our prayers!” but rather they must demand more than prayers from their officials and aid agencies (Like Clinton Foundation) to raze the shanty town favellas and rebuild stronger and with proper sanitation and community well-being.

    This is long overdue and the pace of action must be increased exponentially.

    The country is smack bang in a hurricane path and this type event will be repeated over time, thus Haiti cannot continue to lurch forward in this way.

    Sympathy and empathy can go only so far.

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  53. islandgal October 8, 2016 at 10:06 AM #

    Haiti cherie
    La vie pas fini

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  54. Hal Austin October 8, 2016 at 10:53 AM #

    David,

    Here is one for you, as the jokers called the print media will not understand it from Adam.
    Remember the Haitian earthquake, forget for the time being that the Clintons restricted Caricom leaders to a meeting on the airport tarmac in Jamaica, while their daughter was allowed to flew in to Port au Prince.
    The humiliation was typical of the nasty Clintons. H|re is the challenge: go through all the governments and organisations that promised |Haiti loads of money and see how many have actually delivered on their promises.
    Start with the Middle East, then move on to France and the other Caribbean islands. Great story.

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  55. David October 8, 2016 at 10:57 AM #

    Haiti is a BLACK country labelled by right wingers as a voodoo country. It will never command any respect from the work, including regional leaders.We keep remembering the infection of the water left by so called peacekeepers and how the UN and other world bodies responded.

    On Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 2:53 PM, Barbados Underground wrote:

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  56. ac October 8, 2016 at 11:43 AM #

    Haiti internal problems are connected to all of its problems talk to many Haitians and they will say that the govt never allocates financial resources to the country. if the overwhelmingly populace does not trust the Haitian govt then in all possibility outsiders would have lest trust in them too
    Counting how many countries donated to Haiti is not the answer .The answer lies in a defiance by Haiti govts who sees only what is in their best interest in return sending messages to donors that the country lacked govts that cannot be trusted

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  57. David October 8, 2016 at 11:50 AM #

    You are clueless about Haiti.

    Recommended reading before posting another comment.

    The Richest Families In Haiti

    Despite Haiti being the poorest of poor countries, it has a percentage of very rich elite who control the economy and the governance of the country.

    October 28, 2012 10:13 PM

    In such a difficult social economic environment, the few wealthy families live in a class of their own; tiered, Malibu-style homes above in the hills of Port-au-Prince.

    In the 1980’s reports show that the upper class in Haiti constituted of 2 percent of the total population. However, the 2 percent controlled about 44 percent of the total national income.

    Though the elite percentage is small it has the biggest share of the economy. The top six richest families in Haiti are: Madsen, Brandt, Lacombe, Gardere, Mevs and Bigio.

    http://www.haitiobserver.com/blog/the-richest-families-in-haiti.html

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  58. ac October 8, 2016 at 2:20 PM #

    Not clueless about Haiti knows many Haitains some who were part of Haiti political elite.dont fool yourself beliving that everything printed is the total representation of Haiti politics .speaking to the ordinary haitain would give you the the true preceptive between of what is printed and what and reality.
    I have been in contact with many haitains because of my line of work

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  59. Hal Austin October 8, 2016 at 2:48 PM #

    Barbadians (Caribbean people) have very short memories. It was Bill Clinton who deposed the democratically elected Aristide and exiled him to Africa.
    The same Arkansas-born |Clinton, backed by his over-ambitious wife, who introduced three strikes, landing generations of young black people in prison. I suggest you have a look at the CNN debate back in the early 1990s between Clinton and the rapper Sista Souljah.
    Clinton is a Southerner. Go back to his mouthings about Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.
    Check the reports on Peres’s recent funeral in Israel. Obama was giving Clinton a lift o Air Force One back to Washington DC, Clinton showed his disrespect by making the president wait.
    A leopard cannot change its spots. The Clintons see black people as kitchen staff. For black people, a vote for Clinton or Trump is like voting for the electric chair or the gallows.

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  60. Zoe October 9, 2016 at 8:31 AM #

    @ David,

    Are these 2 percent upper class in Haiti that control 44% of the total national income, Black or White people? Just asking!

    THE RICHEST FAMILIES IN HAITI

    Despite Haiti being the poorest of poor countries, it has a percentage of very rich elite who control the economy and the governance of the country.

    October 28, 2012 10:13 PM

    In such a difficult social economic environment, the few wealthy families live in a class of their own; tiered, Malibu-style homes above in the hills of Port-au-Prince.

    In the 1980’s reports show that the upper class in Haiti constituted of 2 percent of the total population. However, the 2 percent controlled about 44 percent of the total national income.

    Though the elite percentage is small it has the biggest share of the economy. The top six richest families in Haiti are: Madsen, Brandt, Lacombe, Gardere, Mevs and Bigio.

    http://www.haitiobserver.com/blog/the-richest-families-in-haiti.html

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  61. David October 9, 2016 at 8:57 AM #

    @Zoe

    Do you still hold the view that Haiti is being ‘punished’ because of its voodoo practices?

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  62. ac October 9, 2016 at 12:44 PM #

    U.S. Government Haiti Post-Earthquake Funding*

    As of September 30, 2014

                                     Available Funding   Obligations    Disbursements     % Disbursed
    

    Humanitarian Relief Assistance $1.3 billion $1.3 billion $1.3 billion 100%

    Recovery,Reconstruction
    andDevelopment $2.7 billion $2.2 billion $1.8 billion 66%

    TOTAL $4 billion $3.5 billion $3.1 billion 77%

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  63. ac October 10, 2016 at 5:05 PM #

    Taken from Zoboop facebook page

    I just learned a few minutes ago that a friend of mine who is living in Miami, Florida has lost 22 members of his Family in the devastated Hurricane Matthew in the Southern Region of Haiti # Pestel # Ghost Town The man is so devastated that he doesn’t even know what to do or where to begin. He told me that he can’t even cry because he is Afraid that if he starts crying that the tears will never Stop. Its a shame that Haiti doesn’t have a Government with real intelligent Human Beings in Charge, But instead Haiti has a bunch of Morons and Mediocre Politicians who are only thinking about how fast they can become Rich , instead of thinking about the Welfare and the Security of the People that they are serving. Specially in a moment like that where they can’t even provide Safe Shelters for those who are seriously affected by the Hurricane. Why do we need these Ass-Holes in the Country, why are we going to vote for the same Imbeciles, the same good for nothing Morons who are brainless # No Vision whatsoever for the Country. I am growing tired of those fake wannabe Politicians who are running my Country to the Ground. Zobop . One love.

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