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Posted by:Feb 10th 2010, 06:45:34 am
Fig Tree News TeamUPDATE

The Prime Minister of The Bahamas recently announced that new Haitian Migrants will be repatriated. (Latest News - see article in The Tribune:
http://www.tribune242.com/news/02092010_alimmigration_news_pg1)

It seems that the government is going back and forth about the policy they asserted two weeks ago. And it seems that since media attention on Haiti is wanning – perhaps they feel like they can begin repatriation without recourse, "bad" press, or the international community frowning upon The Bahamas.

As you know, Haitian-Bahamian Solidarity is leading a letter writing campaign to the government of The Bahamas — asking for temporary status to Haitians for a set period of time because of the devastation in Haiti. In the long term, we hope to mobilize in support of a realistic and sensible immigration policy with respect to Haitians and their children.

With this recent news, our letters are needed now more than ever. And so we want to initiate a push for February -- make our voices heard about this issue. We need to let the Prime Minister know that there are those of us who are still paying attention and STILL want The Bahamas to grant temporary status for Haitians seeking refuge post-earthquake.

If you have already sent in your letter, consider writing another with a more directed and personal message to the Prime Minister and Minister for the State of Immigration. Let others know about this letter writing campaign. Share ideas here, on the FB group Wall, and/or on the website (http://bahatiansolidarity.wordpress.com/). Let's sustain the conversations and debates we've started.

*** For those who haven't sent in letters yet, here is all the info you need. Please feel free to personalize and change as you see fit. For Bahamians, if you want to send a letter to your MP as well, please do so! (for more info: see this note: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=258503542809) ***

All these details and much more can be found on the Haitian-Bahamian Solidarity Website: http://bahatiansolidarity.wordpress.com/write/

LETTER

RE: Haitian Bahamian Solidarity in a Time of Crisis

Dear Prime Minister Ingraham & Minister McCartney:

I am deeply concerned about the impact of the earthquake on Haitians in Haiti and in the Diaspora. I am heartened by the responses of international organizations and individual countries to assist Haiti as the massive scale of destruction becomes even more evident. And as part of the global community, we must all do what we can to assist Haitians in their greatest hour of need.

I support the decision by the Prime Minister of The Bahamas to release Haitian migrants from the detention centre and grant them temporary status. Therefore, I urge you to work with the government to also:

• grant all Haitian migrants living in the Bahamas temporary status;
• grant a period of time of immunity for Haitian refugees seeking asylum in the Bahamas while Haiti rebuilds Port Au Prince;
• address the Haitian-Bahamian community directly with a strong and compassionate statement of government support;
• encourage the development of a long-term relationship of exchange with Haiti.

I stand with the Bahamian government in extending my sincerest condolences to Haiti for their devastating losses at this time and support you in all your endeavors to respond compassionately, and with the utmost sensitivity to this tragedy.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.

Sincerely,
NAME
ADDRESS

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Contact info:

The Rt. Hon. Hubert Alexander Ingraham
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
hubertingraham@bahamas.gov.bs
primeminister@bahamas.gov.bs

The Hon. W.A. Branville McCartney
Minister of State for Immigration
branvillemccartney@bahamas.gov.bs
bmccartney@bahamas.com
Phone: 242-302-2000 / 322-7500
Fax: 242-326-0977
Posted by:Jan 28th 2010, 01:05:19 pm
Fig Tree News TeamAll opinions are welcome here, as long as the tone remains diplomatic (and the shouting doesn't get out of hand)!
Posted by:Jan 28th 2010, 12:43:12 pm
Fig Tree News TeamThe Fig Tree News Team is made up of several enthusiastic volunteers who love Briland. The most recent essay in the present thread is from Florida professor Patrick Finelli who works on the ground in Haiti.
Posted by:Jan 28th 2010, 08:01:36 am
gatorPl...ease Do we need to come to this information forum for more liberal conspriracy crap. Anyone can cram "facts" logically into an essay when the context of time and situation is conveniently left out.
No mas...and how about identifing yourself.
Posted by:Jan 27th 2010, 06:45:07 pm
Fig Tree News TeamThis thread shows how we can politicize a natural disaster and rationalize opposite points of view. We can pit the intellectual firepower of the Heritage Foundation against the "liberal" media, but the narrative isn't much different even if the ideology is. The history of Haiti is a tragic example of the failure of colonialism, the worst in the western hemisphere. Both sides are complicit. Clinton forced Aristide to sign free trade agreements that would destroy the rural economy as the condition for returning him to power and undermining Haiti’s capacity to support a viable governing structure. Bush adopted a policy of studied neglect toward Haiti, scaling back President Clinton’s policy of direct engagement while appointing veteran anti-Aristide ideologues to key State Department positions.

Haitians used to farm their own food until the USA started shipping them rice after the IMF forced them to reduce import tariffs. Today 3/4 of their rice comes from the U.S. USA government meddling has propped up dictators and now they're sending aid. We need more analysis of the differences between post-colonial Dominican Republic and Haiti. One neocon perspective is echoed in the recent comments by Bauer, a candidate for Sanford’s seat in S.C. He said government assistance to the poor is like “feeding stray animals.” The right-wing campaign to oust Aristide has its roots in the GOP’s longstanding support for pro-U.S. dictators in Haiti. In 1971, President Nixon restored U.S. military aid to the brutal regime of dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, whom he considered an anticommunist counterweight to Cuba. The brutal regime of Papa Doc and his profligate son slaughtered tens of thousands and salted away aid money in Swiss banks. The Duvalier regime eventually crumbled beneath a wave of popular opposition in 1986; a procession of GOP-backed puppets and military dictators followed, until the charismatic Aristide won Haiti’s first democratic election in 1990.

But Aristide was overthrown a year later by FRAPH, a CIA-backed junta led by Raoul Cedras, a Haitian army officer trained by the U.S. Army and openly supported by prominent Washington conservatives like Jesse Helms. Then there’s Stanley Lucas, Program Officer for the federally funded International Republican Institute (IRI). The well-connected, smooth-talking Lucas acted as the Haitian version of Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi exile who helped neoconservatives in Washington promote the war against Saddam Hussein. Like Chalabi, Lucas ingratiated himself with powerful Republicans sympathetic to the concept of regime change in his native country and lobbied for increased funding to the opposition groups he advised and helped train.

Lucas appeared on the Haitian station Radio Tropicale and suggested the method that Congolese people had dealt with President Laurent Kabila the month before. Kabila had been assassinated. The stated mission of the IRI is to “promote the practice of democracy.” Sound familiar?
Posted by:Jan 25th 2010, 02:16:53 pm
Fig Tree News TeamThe History of U.S. Embargoes Against Haiti
-- Interesting points here for discussion: http://www.iacenter.org/haiti/embargoes.htm
Posted by:Jan 21st 2010, 11:58:30 pm
Fig Tree News TeamFirst chapter, "Confessions of An Economic Hitman," by John Perkins

"This is what we EHMs, (Economic Hitmen), do best: we build a global empire. We are an elite group of men and women who utilize international financial organizations to foment conditions that make other nations subservient to the corporatocracy running our biggest corporations, our government and our banks. Like our counterparts in the Mafia, EHMs provide favors. These take the form of loans to develop infrastructure, electric generating plants, highways, ports, airports, or industrial parks. A condition of such loans is that engineering and construction companies from our own country must build all these projects. In essence, most of the money never leaves the United States; it is simply transferred from banking offices in Washington to engineering offices in New York, Houston or San Francisco."

"Despite the fact that the money is returned almost immediately to corporations who are members of the corporatocracy (the creditor), the recipient country is required to pay it all back, principle plus interest. If an EHM is completely successful, the loans are so large that the debtor is forced to default on its payments after a few years. When this happens, then like the Mafia, we demand our own pound of flesh. This often includes one or more of the following: control over United Nations votes, the installation of military bases, or access to precious resources such as oil or the Panama Canal. Of course, the debtor still owes us the money and another country is added to our global empire."
Posted by:Jan 21st 2010, 06:15:20 pm
Fig Tree News TeamAngelique V. Nixon sent a message to the members of Haitian-Bahamian Solidarity.

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Subject: Letter Writing Campaign - More Suggestions / Ideas

We are asking Bahamians who are writing letters to their MPs to also send letters to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, as well as the Minister of State for Immigration W.A. Branville McCartney.

Here are their email addresses & other contact info:

The Rt. Hon. Hubert Alexander Ingraham
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
hubertingraham@bahamas.gov.bs
primeminister@bahamas.gov.bs

The Hon. W.A. Branville McCartney
Minister of State for Immigration
branvillemccartney@bahamas.gov.bs
bmccartney@bahamas.com
Phone: 242-302-2000 / 322-7500
Fax: 242-326-0977

Also, if you can, please share on the Haitian-Bahamian Solidarity Wall or Discussion Board when you send out your letters and if you receive any message in response. We are hoping to keep a track of how many people are sending letters.

In Solidarity.
Posted by:Jan 21st 2010, 05:21:13 pm
Fig Tree News TeamAngelique V. Nixon sent a message to the members of Haitian-Bahamian Solidarity.

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Subject: Letter Writing Campaign - More Suggestions / Ideas

We are asking Bahamians who are writing letters to their MPs to also send letters to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, as well as the Minister of State for Immigration W.A. Branville McCartney.

Here are their email addresses & other contact info:

The Rt. Hon. Hubert Alexander Ingraham
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
hubertingraham@bahamas.gov.bs
primeminister@bahamas.gov.bs

The Hon. W.A. Branville McCartney
Minister of State for Immigration
branvillemccartney@bahamas.gov.bs
bmccartney@bahamas.com
Phone: 242-302-2000 / 322-7500
Fax: 242-326-0977

Also, if you can, please share on the Haitian-Bahamian Solidarity Wall or Discussion Board when you send out your letters and if you receive any message in response. We are hoping to keep a track of how many people are sending letters.

In Solidarity.
Posted by:Jan 19th 2010, 10:19:48 pm
Fig Tree News TeamFig Tree News Team Editorial:

There is quite the debate and battle going on locally in Nassau, with many Bahamians teed off that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is planning to allow amnesty for the 103 Haitians in detention.

We at the Fig Tree News Team don't see how a comprehensive legal immigration program for Haiti can possibly negatively impact the Bahamas. If they're legal participants in this country, they pay into NIB and all other related social services.

Without such legal designation, and without removing the discriminatory housing practices that allow Bahamians to either deny Haitians or charge them exorbitant rents, the controversial shanty towns will continue to evolve … and that's without taking the Bahamian employers of these very same Haitian nationals to task.

The Bahamas also stands an excellent opportunity to take a leadership position in this tragedy by setting up one of our underpopuated islands in the southeastern Bahamas into a staging area for temporarily rehoming homeless Haitians as well.

Whether or not you are a member of Facebook, where this campaign originated, here is your chance to make your voice heard around the country. You can either email your government official of choice or info@briland.com, and we will blanket members of the media and government in Nassau. And if you completely disagree with our position, we look forward to hearing from you ... there is always room for diplomatic disagreement.

Lord Dunmore Grouper and
The Fig Trees News Team

"Haitian-Bahamian Solidarity" sent you a message on Facebook
Angelique V. Nixon sent a message to the members of Haitian-Bahamian Solidarity.

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Subject: Call to Action - Letter Writing Campaign

Dear Friends,

Our first call to action is a letter writing campaign by Bahamian citizens/residents to the government of the Bahamas requesting support for Haitian migrants and Haitian Bahamians. (To non-Bahamians, we appreciate your participation. But at this time, we encourage you to write similar letters to your own governments/leaders asking for support for Haitians. And we will send out suggested letters for non-Bahamians to write to the government of the Bahamas very soon. Please keep checking the Haitian-Bahamian Solidarity Facebook wall and looking for future messages from us.)

To Bahamian citizens/residents, please find below the suggested letter that you can copy/paste and send to your Member of Parliament (of the constituency in which you live). If you live abroad, please write to the constituency in which you are invested. Feel free to tailor, adjust, and personalize this letter as you see fit. A list with all MPs, their email addresses, and other contact information will be sent in another message immediately following this one.

SUGGESTED LETTER - PLEASE COPY/PASTE/EDIT & PERSONALIZE AS NEEDED- with the name of your MP & your name & address at the end - and send to your MP via email or fax. (Once you copy and paste this into an email or word document, you will lose the editing here, so please make changes.)

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20 January 2010

RE: Haitian Bahamian Solidarity in a Time of Crisis

Dear Minister_______,

I am a Bahamian citizen/resident who is deeply concerned about the impact of the earthquake on Haitians in Haiti and in the Diaspora. I am heartened by the responses of international organizations and individual countries to assist Haiti as the massive scale of destruction becomes even more evident. And while I understand the complexity of our relationship to our neighbors, I also believe that as a Christian nation we are in a vital position to assist Haitians in their greatest hour of need.

I support the Prime Minister's decision to release Haitian migrants from the detention centre and grant them temporary status. Therefore, I urge you to work with our government to also:

• grant all Haitian migrants living in the Bahamas temporary status;
• grant a period of time of immunity for Haitian refugees seeking asylum in the Bahamas while Haiti rebuilds Port Au Prince;
• address the Haitian-Bahamian community directly with a strong and compassionate statement of government support;
• encourage the development of a long-term relationship of exchange with Haiti, recognizing our mutual need for one another.

I stand with the Bahamian government in extending my sincerest condolences to Haiti for their devastating losses at this time and support you in all your endeavors to respond compassionately, and with the utmost sensitivity to this tragedy.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.

Sincerely,
NAME
ADDRESS

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