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Gangs forced out Haiti’s government. FBI ‘Most Wanted’ gang leader claims they’re liberating the country.

In the premises of the French Revolution, Haiti, was the first country to abolish slavery and be ruled by black people. It declared its independence from France on the 1st of January 1804.

Haiti was the first state entity to recognize the Greek Revolution of 1821 against the Ottoman Empire and the right of Greek people to self-determination. This first diplomatic recognition came with the warm letter of Haiti’s president Jean Pierre Boyer to Adamantios Korais one of the revolution’s intellectual leaders, which dated January 15, 1822. This letter was preceded by a letter from Korais and other prominent Greeks of Paris to Voyer, in which they asked him for help for the Revolution, following the recommendations of French general Lafayette and the Greek Orthodox Bishop of Bois in France, Grigorios, who had visited the region.

In the below report of outstanding journalism, we read about gangs and oligarchs in Haiti which currently ranks 172 out of 180 countries on the World Corruption Perceptions Index. We read about sanctions by Canada and United States accusing former prime ministers and presidents in Haiti – among dozens of other influential Haitians – of corruption and financing the country’s gangs, among other crimes, about Haiti’s dependence on imported food as yet another sign of how the country has been mismanaged by upper class, about robbing ordinary people of every economic opportunity and about Haitians whose own legitimate businesses, including a construction business, a hotel and rental car enterprise, having been destroyed by powerful business interests, before they took up arms.

We read about the long symbiotic relationship of the gangs and the nation’s rulers, who used armed groups to exert pressure on rivals through kidnapping and other attacks, the continuation of the relationship and the increasingly independent action of Haiti’s gangs to amass money and power, about people sitting with (regional organization) CARICOM to represent the country who call the gangs and say: “I have such and such a job… Fix it for us.” about hearing after “so-and-so has been kidnapped. Or so-and-so has been taken hostage,” and about corrupt officials who funnel arms and ammunition to gangs.  

We also read about the broad alliance of gangs attacking Haiti’s institutions, launching assaults on the Haitian state, attacking police stations, prisons, government buildings, hospitals, the national palace, the national library, cargo ships, and the public electricity company. About the attacks coinciding with a visit by then-Prime Minister Ariel Henry to Nairobi for talks about Kenya leading a multinational security force to bolster Haiti’s National Police, about the resignation of Henry, about opposition of the transitional governing council, about the time for the old political elites to go, being a view held by many in Haiti and about the (political) dream of the gangs to get rid of the oligarchs who prevent the country from progressing.

Finally, we read about a small specialized fighting force – say, a few hundred U.S. Marines – needed to halt the entire gang crisis in Haiti and to create the right conditions for a larger multinational security mission to arrive and begin assisting Haiti’s police.

Halting the gang crisis is within the capabilities and maybe within the mission of the USMC. Especially if the gangs develop as rebel forces and the crisis rises to a Cuban style revolution, at best. In Haiti the gang crisis and the revolution risk underpin the long symbiotic relationship of the gangs and the nation’s rulers. Yet, the symbiotic relationships of gangs, oligarchs and nation’s rulers is not exclusive privilege of Haiti, as our readers know. Plus, the United States Marine Corps traces its roots to the Continental Marines of the American Revolutionary War, formed by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress on 10 November 1775. This resolution followed the nomination of Captain Samuel Nicholas to lead first the Marine Corps by then Vice President, John Adams. Contemporary politics worldwide increasingly become more national and international, than political. Accordingly, politics increasingly become more technological, ecological and economic.

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/04/29/americas/haiti-gang-vitelhomme-innocent-kraze-barye-intl-latam/index.html

Deserters of conscription in Ukraine

If the report means 30 deserters were shot for trying to flee conscription, the news editors can just well, tell us. We can handle it.

Besides we know of similar situations in the Russian border with Finland. Not shootings yet, but flees.

It’s shame either way, to say the least. Except for the deserters themselves, who apparently do not endorse the extremist conflict.

https://www.euronews.com/2024/04/30/ukrainian-border-chief-says-30-people-have-died-trying-to-flee-the-country

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