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Haiti has had problems for decades. Furthermore, since its very beginnings as a modern state some 200 years ago, Haiti has constantly been affected by outside influences and interests, negatively impacting its own destiny.
In addition, coverage of issues in Haiti has often been accompanied by amazing media distortion leading to effects such as minimal or no coverage of problems and massive human rights violations during dictatorial regimes, while demonizing the one democratically elected leader.
Accusations and criticisms of cheap labor, resource exploitation and democracy stifling have been directed at outsiders such as the United States for various reasons, including:
- Support for dictators in recent decades;
- Hostility towards the (former) democratically elected president;
- Various interests of big U.S. companies.
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- Brief Background
- Aristide Initially Did Well Given the Circumstances
- U.S. Hostility towards Aristide
- Troubles since 2000 Led to Aristide’s Ousting in 2004, with U.S. Support
- Exploiting Election Controversy: U.S. Withholds Much-needed Aid
- Some Aristide Policies Come Under Genuine Criticism
- Selective Human Rights Concerns; Highlighting Aristide’s Abuses Only
- Opposition and Rebel Groups also Exploit Deteriorating Situation
- U.S. Help Rebels Overthrow Aristide
- Media Reporting
- Post Aristide
- Poverty, Cheap Imports: Killing Environment and People
- Devastating Earthquake in January 2010
Prior to 1600s Native People Destroyed By European Colonialists
1804: Haiti breaks free of colonial rule; Becomes first independent black republic
Early 20th Century: U.S. Occupation of Haiti
Post World War II: U.S. Supports Successive Dictatorships
Aristide Initially Did Well Given the Circumstances
U.S. Hostility towards Aristide
Troubles since 2000 Led to Aristide’s Ousting in 2004, with U.S. Support
Exploiting Election Controversy: U.S. Withholds Much-needed Aid
Some Aristide Policies Come Under Genuine Criticism
Selective Human Rights Concerns; Highlighting Aristide’s Abuses Only
Opposition and Rebel Groups also Exploit Deteriorating Situation
U.S. Help Rebels Overthrow Aristide
Devastating Earthquake in January 2010
A combination of a long turmoiled history, outside influence/interference preventing local democracy and development, political instability, environmental degradation, poverty and natural disasters all combine making it incredibly difficult to see how Haiti will be able to get out of its present situation.
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