Haiti is on the verge of a complete meltdown

Watching this video, it reminded me of what I'd read about early 20th Century China, as the last weak dynasty fell and waves of revolution rocked the nation. Followed by unrest and another revolution, and then another revolution, each one bloodier than the last.
Into that chaos and vacuum arose brutal gangs, that sometimes aligned with corrupt politicians. This is what we are seeing in Haiti today.

This article is a good representation of what Haiti is facing.

Gangs raided multiple police stations for weapons in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, in deadly attacks over the weekend as violence between armed groups flared, with intense conflict in one southern neighborhood forcing thousands to flee...
Attackers raided six police stations over the weekend, killing three police officers and burning their bodies in one attack, local news outlets reported. In another, a police inspector who refused to hand over weapons was shot to death.
He said police had restored control of a highway leading south from the capital that had been blocked by gang warfare around the troubled neighborhood of Martissant since last Wednesday.

The latest flare-up appeared to have killed about 10 people - including civilians - and forced thousands to flee the area as assailants torched homes and businesses, the office of civil protection said in a statement.
Videos on social media last week showed bodies along the empty highway that was manned by gunmen..."The phenomenon of gangsterization is taking on more and more alarming proportions," the office of civil protection said, adding there were conflicts in at least three other neighborhoods of the capital. "The security forces are on their knees."

This alone is a complete disaster. But it gets worse.
Covid-19 had largely ignored Haiti...until now. Haiti also happens to be the only nation in the western hemisphere that doesn't have a vaccine. I don't mean that they haven't rolled out a vaccine. They simply don't have one, period.
Meanwhile the violence has caused a spike in child malnutrition.
At the same time, President Biden, like Trump before him, steadfastly sticks by the extremely corrupt President Jovenel Moïse that is probably behind the violence.

Moïse’s opposition and the Judiciary’s Superior Council says his mandate ended in Feb. 2021, but he says it ends in Feb. 2022, five years after he took office a year late due to a political stalemate after elections in 2015 were shelved due to fraud allegations. While he failed to organize parliamentary and local elections when they were due in 2018 and 2019, Moïse is now eager to do so, along with the constitutional referendum and presidential elections.

However, it’s obvious to all except him and the Biden administration that Haiti can’t hold two elections in 2021. There is no credible voter registration process, there is no security from violence, there is no independent electoral machine to guarantee fair and honest results.

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If You Sell a House These Days, the Buyer Might Be a Pension Fund

A bidding war broke out this winter at a new subdivision north of Houston. But the prize this time was the entire subdivision, not just a single suburban house, illustrating the rise of big investors as a potent new force in the U.S. housing market.

D.R. Horton Inc. DHI -2.38% built 124 houses in Conroe, Texas, rented them out and then put the whole community, Amber Pines at Fosters Ridge, on the block. A Who’s Who of investors and home-rental firms flocked to the December sale. The winning $32 million bid came from an online property-investing platform, Fundrise LLC, which manages more than $1 billion on behalf of about 150,000 individuals.

The country’s most prolific home builder booked roughly twice what it typically makes selling houses to the middle class—an encouraging debut in the business of selling entire neighborhoods to investors.

The bubble has room to grow before it bursts, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting. But it is inflating fast. The firm expects home prices to climb 12% this year—on top of last year’s 11% rise—and increase at least 6% in 2022, a period of appreciation reminiscent of 2004 and 2005.



The business of selling entire neighborhoods to investors is illustrated by the Amber Pines at Fosters Ridge subdivision in Texas.
124 houses in the neighborhood were sold after the builder had filled with renters and leaving them at the mercy of a hedge fund.

Yippee let’s hear it for feudalism. The robber barons and their sidekicks in congress have rigged everything for maximum profits and hurt.

Will the Haitians succeed with their plans and is that regime change? I didn’t see what the goals are or watch the video yet.

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

@snoopydawg I am 28 miles from Conroe.
There is building and developments being constructed 10 miles from Conroe.
I shop there, have doctors there, and the little country roads will be clogged. worrysome.

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@on the cusp

This crap is happening everywhere and it’s just not fair. Pitiful words but it’s all I got. It’s a crime against humanity because housing is a human right but it’s being denied people just so psychotic people can have more money and power over people who can’t fight back. Lots of groups were fighting evictions through the epidemic and hopefully they are still working. Did Pelosi even pass the bill that would give people money to hire lawyers in case they get evicted? Plenty of money for funerals but not for avoiding them. Plenty of money for lawyers for people getting evicted but not for keeping them in their homes. More transfer of money to their donors. It’s interesting finding all the ways they are doing it.

This is interesting:

Such a worthless pos. He could have changed the world, but instead he will always be known for being the president that could have been great, but instead he was just a follower of empire’s hegemonic plans set before he ever became the Zero president.

This never gets old.

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

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Bill and George. Pleasantry

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"The “jumpers” reminded us that one day we will all face only one choice and that is how we will die, not how we will live." Chris Hedges on 9/11

should be poor. I like to bake. My kitchen requires a fairly large array of tropical and semi tropical products. Vanilla. Coconut. Chocolate. Bananas. Pineapple. Citrus of various kinds. And then there are the spices. Sugar, for crying out loud. Don't get me started on my coffee habit. Let me just say that blood tests reveal that my blood is about 50% caffeine.

All of which products, plus many more, could be grown in Caribbean countries, transported the relatively short distance to us addicts in North America, and Caribbean farmers and others involved could be well paid. Why not?

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After the earthquake, he was to help but instead added moneys to his foundation

The January 2010 earthquake in Haiti killed an estimated 220,000 people. International donors pledged an estimated $13.3 billion in aid to the Caribbean nation in the wake of the devastation. Along with Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, former President Bill Clinton, who was UN Special Envoy to Haiti, became co-chairman of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC). From January 2010 through June 2012, $9.04 billion in international funding was raised — $3.04 billion from individuals and companies, and $6.04 billion from bilateral and multilateral donors. Of the $6.04 billion, 9.6 percent, or $580 million went to the Haitian government, while 0.6 percent or $36.2 million went to local Haitian organizations. The lion’s share, 89.8 percent of $5.4 billion went to non-Haitian organizations, including private contractors, international NGOs, and military and civilian agencies of donor countries, including the Pentagon, which charged the State Department hundreds of millions of dollars.

How the Clinton Foundation Got Rich off Poor Haitians
It filtered money through Haiti and back to itself.

We've had the ass at Haiti ever since they had the audacity to rule themselves.

The Haitian Revolution was not only a victory for the millions of enslaved Africans in the Americas, it was a victory for all working class people.”
“Abolitionist Haiti was the main campaigner against enslavement of Africans before 1888, when the enslavement process came to a kind of halt in Brazil.”


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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”