By Hwaa Irfan
With hope in his heart, Stephen Lendman writes of the news that former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide heads back home to Haiti, a country that has been forced into poverty by colonial partners in crime France and the U.S. at a time when crucial elections are on the way.
Aristide who was first kidnapped by U.S. Special Forces as president, and prevented from returning for 7 years lived in exile in South Africa. In current times his return was blocked by the international elite members, Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who had asked South African President Jacob Zuma, but South African Foreign Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane his wife Mildred and daughters Michaela and Christine, aged 12 and 14 respectively went to see Aristide off on Thursday March 17th 2011.
After his first day back home, the diminutive figure of Zulu speaking Aristide was flocked by supporters on Saturday 19th, the day before the election run offs. However unlike co-director of Center for Economic and Policy Research, Mark Weisbrot, one is reluctant to say that this is the beginning of an error where the U.S. does not dictate who the leader is of other countries, unless the people begin to realize that the power has always been with them.
If anything, the times are calling for everyone to stand up and be counted, for surely it is either that, or a hand over of our lives to powerful people who only care about their own wealth after all is this not the reason that brought Obama to power? If one is so hungry to obtain and hold on to power, one will do anything to maintain it, and Obama has done everything including the resuscitation of colonialism with partners Britain and France, to be the change that we do not need.
Meanwhile, brothers and sisters in North Africa have put their lives on the line to reclaim control over their own lives, and to realize to what extent one has handed over power, including how we think about our own bodies, and our own mental health will be part of the global wake call, not just a regional one.
As the mainstream media reports on Aristide’s return, minus a few details, let us pray that there are greater things in store for us all!
Lendman, S. “Aristide Heading Home To Haiti.” http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour/.