Politico slams Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Family Foundation over their history of “charity” and development in Haiti
According to Politico’s in-depth report: “ There’s no country that more clearly illustrates the confusing nexus of Hillary Clinton’s State Department and Bill Clinton’s foundation than Haiti — America’s poorest neighbor.”
During the era of Clinton activism in Haiti, most of the benefits have flowed to “wealthy foreigners and Haiti’s ruling elites”
The wag that put me onto this story had this nifty line about it: “It looks like the Clintons skimmed more money out of Haiti than [Meyer] Lansky did from Cuba [under Battista]” — Like so much else about the Clintons, that remains to be proved....
The Jonathan Katz’ article in Politico is a good place to start looking into that — AND — Hillary Clinton as “The Queen of Haiti”
Jonathan M. Katz was an AP reporter in Haiti when the earthquake hit about five years ago. He has written an expose of the Clintons and their activities in Haiti that is likely to wind up hitting them like that earthquake.
Katz’ recent article in Politico opened with this: “Sunday, January 30, 2011. Two hundred thousand people occupied Egypt’s Tahrir Square, defying a military curfew to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. Tunisia’s authoritarian leader had just been overthrown, unleashing a wave of anti-government protests from Yemen to Syria to Morocco. South Sudan’s provisional president announced his people had voted overwhelmingly for independence, clearing the way for the breakup of Africa’s largest country. Yet as Hillary Clinton rushed to Andrews Air Force Base to catch her battered government-issue 727, the secretary of state was not headed to Cairo, Tunis or Juba. She was going to Haiti....” (See “ The King and Queen of Haiti” by Jonathan M. Katz, 5/4/15, Politico [http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/05/clinton-foundation-haiti-117368.html#.VUo1II5VgoI]).
According to Jonathan Katz’ report for Politico, “... [T]he world’s most powerful couple [Bill and Hillary Clinton] have an abiding interest in this out-of-the-way place [Haiti]; the island where Bill Clinton four decades ago recommitted himself to politics after an eye-opening journey and an evening with a Vodou priest. During her tenure at State, Hillary traveled to Haiti four times, [>>>>] as often as she did Japan, Afghanistan or Russia [<<<<]. Bill Clinton continues to visit even as [Hillary’s] presidential campaign starts up. He attended the February dedication of Port-au-Prince’s new luxury Marriott hotel, a trip on which he reaffirmed, once again, that his work in Haiti represented ‘one of the great joys of my life.’...”
That’s all well and good, BUT....
THE CLINTONS’ ACTUAL RECORD — BIG PROMISES – SMALL RESULTS IN HAITIMr. Katz and his Politico article go onto state, “The legacy of the Clintons’ efforts [in Haiti] is decidedly mixed, a murky story filled with big promises and smaller results. Despite the huge amounts of aid and investment, the sweeping visions they’ve offered of transformative prosperity—promises delivered by a broad network of friends they recruited and deals they negotiated—have been tripped up by realities on the ground....”
According to Politico, “... [f]ive years after the hemisphere’s deadliest single natural disaster, when both Clintons assumed leading roles in the rebuilding efforts, little progress has been made on many core problems in Haiti, and the government that Hillary Clinton helped put in power during [her] January 2011 trip — and that both Clintons have backed strongly since — has proven itself unworthy of that trust. Economic growth is stalling, and the nation’s politics look headed for a showdown in the next year that could once again plunge the country into internal strife.... A World Bank study released in December showed that despite modest declines in extreme poverty — [largely limited to] the capital, Port-au-Prince — Haiti remains the poorest and most economically depressed country on the continent, with the richest 20 percent of households accounting for 64 percent of the country’s total income. (The bottom one-fifth of the population earns less than 1 percent.) [>>>> In addition, t]he report warned that impending political instability could quickly reverse the few gains made since the earthquake [<<<<].
A SIGNAL FOREIGN AID AND POLICY FAILURE FOR SECRETARY OF STATE CLINTON — MOST OF THE “INVESTMENTS” IN HAITI BENEFITED FOREIGNERS AND HAITI’S RULING ELITESThe Politico article points out, “When Hillary Clinton became secretary of state in 2009, America’s poorest neighbor was slated to be one of the first beneficiaries of what she called “the power of proximity.” One of her first directives at State was to review U.S. policy toward Haiti — “an opportunity,” she would write in her memoir ‘Hard Choices’ — ‘to road-test new approaches to development that could be applied more broadly around the world.’ That approach had business at its center: Aid would be replaced by investment, the growth of which would in turn benefit the United States. Underscoring the importance of the policy, she tasked her chief of staff—former Clinton White House deputy counsel Cheryl Mills — to oversee the Haiti review personally....”
Hillary Clinton had once hoped that Haiti would be one of the shining jewels of her foreign policy. But far from transforming this poorest of countries [Haiti], many of the Clintons’ grandest plans and promises remain little more than small pilot projects — a new set of basketball hoops and a model elementary school here, a functioning factory there — that have done little to alter radically the trajectory of the country.
Visiting some of [the Clintons’] projects over the course of an April research trip, Politico’s Jonathan Katz confirmed the tenuousness of the Clinton efforts and the limited benefits they’ve provided. He found that “... [m]any of the most notable investments the Clintons helped launch, such as the new Marriott in the capital, have primarily benefited wealthy foreigners and island’s ruling elite, who needed little help to begin with.”
CLINTONS INTERFERED IN THE HAITIAN ELECTIONS TO INSTALL ITS CURRENT INCOMPETENT AND CORRUPT LEADERSHIPThe New York Times has spotlighted criminality surrounding the Haitian administration of President Michel Martelly, including its protection of members of an alleged kidnapping and drug smuggling ring.
Katz details how the Clinton’s engineered the election of Martelly, by jiggering the process of electing the popular Haitian pop singer, who had no real background to run a country.
When Politico's Jonathan Katz asked Hillary Clinton’s spokesperson, Nick Merrill about whether Martelly’s track record had changed Hillary Clinton’s opinion about the leader she helped put into power. Merrill responded that “She supports democratic elections, just like she did as secretary”; and he declined making any further comment about it.
There is much more in the Politico-Katz article – definitely give it a look – even better, give it a read.