Wikileaks, the non-profit whistleblower organization founded by Julian Assange, has created a partnership with the Haitian weekly newspaper, Haiti Liberte, and The Nation magazine to publish a trove of 1,918 documents that show how the U.S. government from 2004,under President George W. Bush until after 2010 earthquake, on President Obama’s watch, interfered with the island nation’s government.
Wikileaks presents a variety of ways that the United States influenced Haiti’s economy and politics.
These include blocking a Haitian government deal to import oil from Venezuela that would have saved the country millions of dollars and scotching an attempt to raise the hourly minimum wage of Haiti’s textile workers from 24 cents an hour to 61 cents. American corporations like Levi Strauss and Hanes, which hire many contract workers, pushed for only allowing a seven cents an hour pay raise.
Haiti’s many elected and unelected governments have had a fractious relationship with the United States, France and the rest of Europe ever since Black people on the western half of Hispaniola tossed off their chains and drove out their French oppressors, and owners.
The slave revolt lasted from 1791 through 1803, and much of it was led by Toussaint L'Ouverture. His armies defeated those of Napolean Bonaparte and units sent by the Spanish and British. The first successful Black slave revolt in the Western Hemisphere also terrified white slave owners in throughout the Americas.
There are observers who believe that Haiti’s defiance, and the victory of its people, will always stick in the craw of the descendants of slave owners wherever they live, and will result in attempts to thwart the Haiti’s growth.
That supposition is not easy to prove.
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