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Une lettre ouverte

Une lettre ouverte
Aux gens de partout, aux dirigeants de la planète, aux dirigeants de l’Afrique,
À celles et à ceux qui sentent
qu’il y a quelque chose qui ne va pas et qu’il faut faire quelque chose

Pour que cesse la fission
de l’humanité
Pour que cesse le carnage conduit de main de maître
Pour en finir, une fois pour toutes
–nous l’avons entendu—
avec Mai 1968, et, efficacité
exige, avec ce qui reste de 1789,
dans la France qui s’appelle
liberté, égalité, fraternité

Pour que cesse
La punition
Sans fin des Africains,
crève-la-faim punis
pour avoir oser mettre fin
au Code Noir à Saint Domingue

Pour que de l’Afrique générique de
Himalaya aux Andes,
s’étalent les clairières
De la conscience de l’humanité

Pour que les mots
esclavage crime contre l’humanité
Ne fanent dans l’enfer des bonnes intentions
Qu’advienne guérison
sans hésitation
sans humanitarisme
sans charité
avec solidarité

De cette humanité dont la fission
Avait encouragé la fission de l’atome
Encouragé les génocides en chapelet
D’un 20ème siècle enraciné séculairement
Dans la liquidation des Arawaks, des Geronimo
Zumbi, Arménie, Namibie, Bas-Congo, Ota Benga,
Auschwitz, Kolyma, Nankin, Hiroshima,
Nagasaki, Palestine, Cambodge, Rwanda

Que cesse la fission de l’humanité
Par guerres sournoisement silencieuses
Que cessent la fission
Par modification génétique
D’une humanité exsangue

Que cette lettre lancée
A la mer de l’internet reste un témoignage
Des voix qui se sont élevées
S’élèvent et s’élèveront contre
L’anéantissement de l’humanité

Sans cesse des voix crient
Vers les oreilles génétiquement bouchées
Par les descendants de ceux
Qui ont tout fait pour punir les Africains
Des îles, de la route triangulaire
Pour avoir libéré le siècle des Lumières
De l’obscurantisme.

Au nom des Africains de Saint Domingue
Conscience de l’humanité rejetant
La définition de biens meubles

Que cette lettre soit gardée
Par les archivistes de la conscience de l’humanité
Pour que les mots
échos tremblotant faibles
de la lueur presqu’éteinte sortie
des Cahiers d’un Retour
à l’humanité natale

Pour qu’un peu d’humanité revienne à Haïti

Pour que Jean-Bertrand Aristide revienne
A son pays natal
Pour que Haïti puisse guérir de la fission fatale
Commencée il y a des siècles

Pour que les Haïtiens les plus riches en biens meubles
Ouvrent un regard de solidarité libérateur des œillères des richesses

Pour que les descendants des inventeurs de l’esclavage atlantique
Aient l’humilité de reconnaître le crime commis durant des siècles
De reconnaître l’obligation de restitution
De l’argent arnaqué sous prétexte de compensation
De l’obligation de restituer Aristide à ses parents
De ne pas répéter le crime de Napoléon d’avoir envoyé
Toussaint mourir de froid et de faim dans le Jura

N’est-il pas temps de guérir des blessures séculaires
Dictant aujourd’hui l’esclavage nucléaire
Conduisant à la pulvérisation de l’humanité
Avec toutes les précautions humanitaires
D’usage en ces temps qui cherchent
Par tous les moyens de faire disparaître
Haiti et Fanmi Lavalass
Dans les oubliettes de l’histoire

Est-ce trop demander aux descendants
Des bénéficiaires des ravages humanitaires
de l’esclavage atlantique de demander pardon
en ramenant Aristide à sa maison natale
et que de ce pardon naisse un début de guérison
de l’humanité

Une humanité comateuse
d’un crime systématiquement
nié par les responsables pourrait renaître
et retrouver le chemin du pays natal

Un pays inventé, découvert, construit
Chantant, pleurant, criant, murmurant
Vive la raison du plus faible
Que vive la vie
Que vive la solidarité

Que cesse la collaboration criminelle
Entre les geôliers commanditaires
D’Aristide.

Que cesse la prison domiciliaire
Que cesse la relégation
Que cesse les méthodes qui rappellent la colonisation
L’apartheid, l’esclavage une histoire
Moderne qui mène tout droit
A la bastille de la globalisation

Ou bien faudrait-il comprendre que le rêve éveillé
des fossoyeurs inconscients de l’humanité
serait la réalisation
d’une histoire à rebours pour
Que l’humanité noire et son histoire disparaissent à jamais
Dans un cosmique trou noir

L’humanité éveillée se demande
Si la résidence surveillée d’Aristide en Afrique du Sud
N’est qu’une modernisation du Jura de la faim, du froid
De la solitude qui mit fin aux jours de Toussaint l’Ouverture

L’humanité éveillée se demande
Pourquoi emprisonner Aristide dans le pays qui a fait
Mourir Robert Sobukwe en l’isolant
Et de son humanité natale
Et de ses compagnons de Robben Island

Dans son crépuscule
L’humanité solidaire
Rétif à l’humanitaire
Aspire expire le désir
D’une humanité une
Haïti retrouvant Aristide retrouvant
Fanmi Lavalass retrouvant
Liberté, égalité, fraternité
point final à l’impunité
Du crime contre l’humanité

Thabo Mbeki on Haiti

We must do all we can to help the island nation safeguard its dignity, writes Thabo Mbeki
The Big Read: It was difficult to hold back the tears as a deluge of news told of the catastrophe visited on the people of Haiti by the earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince on January 12.

Jan 24, 2010 10:15 PM | Times Live, South Africa http://www.timeslive.co.za/opinion/article275664.ece

After the tragedies in Asia resulting from the Indonesia tsunami in 2004 and from Hurricane Katrina in the US city of New Orleans in 2005, it was possible to imagine that we could respond to future natural calamities with a certain degree of stoicism.

But when the full picture began to emerge about the destruction in Haiti, this proved to be little more than a delusion born of the wish to limit the pain all of us feel when merciless nature strikes suddenly, brutally claiming the lives of many helpless fellow human beings.

It was not necessary for us to see the human limbs protruding from under the rubble or to see lifeless bodies lying in the streets to know the terrible cost the earthquake had imposed on thousands of Haitians.

The heaps of bricks and mortar that had been houses necessarily invoked in the mind’s eye terrifying images of crushed bodies, of people still alive under the walls that had collapsed, but condemned to die slowly because help would not reach them on time, of human blood flowing into the canyons that had opened when the earth itself became an enemy of the Haitian humanity.

Those images in the mind, even without confirmation by the graphic television footage, were enough to produce the tears that are impossible to hold back.

But the tears also came because this tragedy engulfed this particular country – Haiti!

The fact of our birth into the South Africa that was, placed Haiti in a special place in our hearts and minds. This is because it has the indestructible distinction that 206 years ago, in 1804, it emerged as the very First Black Republic in the world.

More than the mere fact of this was the history of the extraordinary uprising which led to this outcome, which could not but serve as an unequalled inspiration to those engaged in struggle to achieve their own liberation.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

During a sustained military and political struggle, which ended with the birth of their Republic, the African slaves of Haiti, with many free mulattos as their allies, defeated the armies of the most powerful European powers of the day – Spain, Great Britain and France.

From this titanic struggle emerged true heroes of all oppressed peoples, including Toussaint L’Ouverture, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Henri Christophe and Alexander Pétion, who together out-smarted some of the best Generals that Europe could produce.

When, in 1803, their armies defeated the French forces, which were first led by Napoleon’s brother-in-law, General Leclerc, they saved the United States of America from occupation by France.

Because the African slaves of Haiti annihilated the French army, this army could not proceed to occupy the US territory known as Louisiana, as ordered by Napoleon. Ultimately France had to sell this territory to the US, which is celebrated in the US as the Louisiana Purchase.

Free Haiti also provided the outstanding Latin American liberator, Simon Bolivar, with the war materials he needed to defeat the Spanish forces, secure independence for Venezuela and therefore guarantee the liberation of Latin America from Spanish occupation.

The Haitian Revolution was organically linked to the American and French Revolutions and should have taken its place alongside these in the construction of the new world order of the day. Sadly, this was not to be.

One important reason for this was explained by the US newspaper, the Wall Street Journal, in its January 2 2004 edition, in an article by José de Côrdoba headed “Impoverished Haiti pins hopes for future on a very old debt”.

The article said, “More than two decades after rebellious former slaves vanquished troops from Napoleon’s army here (in Haiti) in 1803, France’s King Charles X made the fledgling republic of Haiti an offer it couldn’t refuse.

“In 1825, as the king’s warships cruised just over the horizon from the Haitian capital, a French emissary demanded 150 million gold francs in exchange for recognising the new republic. The implicit alternative was invasion and re-enslavement.

“It was a huge sum, about five times Haiti’s annual export revenue. Haiti’s then-president reluctantly agreed, taking on a crushing debt.

“Today, as Haiti celebrates the 200th anniversary of its independence amid growing political unrest and a collapsing economy, one of its few glimmers of hope is that long-ago deal.

“Haiti wants its money back – with interest.

“Aided by US and French lawyers, the Haitian government is preparing a legal brief demanding nearly $22-billion in ‘restitution’ for what it regards as an act of gunboat diplomacy.”

After its defeat, France refused to recognise the Republic of Haiti. Frightened by the example it had set, the slave-owning US imposed economic sanctions against the young Republic.

France demanded that the Republic of Haiti must pay compensation for the losses sustained by French property-owners in what had been its wealthiest colony. The most valuable property for which the French claimed compensation was the slaves themselves!

The France of Liberté, Egalité et Fraternité sent a new expeditionary force to enforce its demand that the liberated slaves had to pay money to guarantee their freedom.

Haiti felt that it had no choice but to pay the compensation demanded by France. Remarkably, it took Haiti 122 years to settle this debt, with the final payment being made in 1947 to the US, after the latter had bought this debt from the French!

To indicate how heavy the burden of this debt was, in 1900 fully 80% of Haiti’s national budget had to be set aside to service the debt imposed on the country by France in 1825, which continued to expand because of the interest it carried.

What the poor of Haiti paid during 122 years, expressed in 2004 US dollars, was conservatively estimated to amount to $22-billion! In 2004, a French government commission established to assess Haiti’s demand for restitution said this demand was “not pertinent in both legal and historical terms”.

It is probably true that Haiti today is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It is, however, also true that as their forebears did, the people of Haiti continue to stand out today as an inspiring example of human resilience and dedication to the cause of freedom.

The urgent task all humanity faces today is to come to the aid of the Haitians, to confront and overcome the consequences of the deadly earthquake which has claimed the lives of thousands and wiped out the little wealth they had accumulated in the protracted struggle of many centuries merely to survive.

It was indeed truly inspiring to hear the international media reports about the efforts of fellow South Africans, working side by side with other foreign teams, to rescue Haitians from beneath the mounds of rubble in Port-au-Prince. It is this that makes it possible for one to say – I am proudly South African, and proudly human!

The time will come when other truths will have to be told about Haiti, to allow this country once again to set an example, this time to speak about what should be done and not done if, indeed, we are true to the humanist view that umuntu ngumuntu ngabanye – I am because you are!

When those truths are told, we will have the possibility to salute the people of South Africa that, during the year that Haiti celebrated its Liberation Bicentenary, they had the courage to welcome into their midst a distinguished Haitian family – the family of Jean Bertrand and Mildred Aristide and their two daughters.

Then we will tell of the bond of friendship that has developed between us and the poor of Haiti, including those who have resided in Cité Soleil, the biggest slum in Port-au-Prince, to which has been added the enormous destruction imposed by the January 12 earthquake.

We will also have the possibility fully to absorb the story told in Peter Hallward’s book, Damming the Flood, about what happened in 2004, as Haiti celebrated its Bicentenary and as it saw its elected president forcibly transported into exile in Africa, the ancestral home of the 1804 liberators of Haiti.

For now, we must convey our sympathy, condolences and solidarity to the Haitians who live among us, as well as the rest of the sister people of Haiti.

To give meaning to our words, we must join the rest of the world to do everything that has to be done to help ensure that tomorrow we shed tears of joy, as we see the people of Haiti realise the dreams which inspired the African slaves of Haiti to do what they did over two centuries ago, which affirmed the dignity of all Africans and all human beings, regardless of race, colour, gender or belief.

Two Hundred Years on and Still Fighting for Complete and Total Emancipation

Unfortunately, ever since the first slave revolt by Haitians in 1791, the country has been beset by abuses caused from within and without. It has never been able to fulfill its potential as a nation. Bill Clinton, What Haiti Needs in Time Magazine January 14, 2010

In the above quote, one gets a clear sense of how and where the troubles of Haiti began and how they were perpetuated. The problems of Haiti, typically, started when they sought to free themselves from slavery. President Bill Clinton (PBC) thinks of the 1791 uprising as “unfortunate”. In the very last paragraph (see the full quote below) of his piece on how to fix Haiti he calls for getting Haiti out of his past 200 years in chains.

If PBC were to make a little humble effort to read about the history of Haiti, and understand it within the parameters of what the Africans were confronted with, he would have to admit that there is more to Haitian history then his attempt at summarizing and silencing its most crucial parts.

For PBC, the model history is that of the US and how the US tackles disasters (e.g.Oklahoma City bombing 1995), it does not occur to PBC that to any history, especially one dealing with such disasters as confronting slavery, there are at least two sides: the one which wins and the one which loses. In the history of Humanity, the losing side may, one day, being the winning side. And vice-versa. As fables recount the world over, the side which reduces everything to how it sees things, will one day regret such shortsightedness.

From 1791 through 1804, the Africans who had turned Saint Domingue into the pearl of the French economic possessions had sworn at Bois Caiman (Televangelist Robertson calls this vow a pact with the devil) to end slavery. For an enslaved person to end slavery or any form of submission on his/her own timing is more than an affront to the enslaver (and his allies). Likewise with the colonized who seeks the end of his/her colonized status against the wishes of the colonizer. In the history of Africans, such thirst for freedom/liberty can only clash with the freedom/liberty of the owners of the physical and/or mental chains. This liberty is the liberty of capital. Ever since slavery, to this day, the liberty of capital has dictated the conditions under which it, and only it must prevail.

This is what PBC seeks to convey at the very end of his piece:

Before this disaster, Haiti had the best chance in my lifetime to fulfill its potential as a country, to basically escape the chains of the past 200 years. I still believe that if we rally around them now and support them in the right way, the Haitian people can reclaim their destiny.

“The chains of the past 200 years” were imposed because the Africans had removed the chains of slavery. And, clearly, the “right way” has to be in PBC’s mind the American way. The imperial language could not be clearer.

For the past 200 years, Africans of all stripes in Africa and beyond its borders, have been trying to unchain themselves from shackles of a predatory system which is against nature and against the principles of life. The responses from the system has been the same, over and over. PBC’s piece on what Haiti needs shows the formatting at work. Let Haiti be Haiti, let President Aristide go back to where he belongs. There is no better way of healing than allowing all Haitians, including President Aristide, and those who have been marginalized and/or rusticated for political reasons, to come together and recover.

POUR QUE HAITI SOIT HAITI

13-Jan-2010

A toutes celles et à tous ceux qui ont perdu des être chers, nous envoyons nos plus sincères condoléances. Nos sympathies les plus senties à toute la population Haïtienne et en particulier à ceux qui, avant les souffrances du tremblement de terre souffraient trop, tout simplement parce qu’ils/elles continuaient un combat vieux de plus de deux siècles. A celles et à ceux qui sont partis, nous leur souhaitons une paix éternelle et un accueil chaleureux de la part du Créateur et des ancêtres. Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Solidarité pour Haïti un pays où, de 1791 à 1804, des Africains se sont déchainés par fidélité vis-à-vis de leur humanité. Les Africains, en avance sur leur temps, avaient donné une leçon aux donneurs de leçons, auto-proclamés révolutionnaires, une révolution préparée, nous dit-on, par les philosophes des Lumières. Comme l’a démontré Louis Sala-Molins dans Le Code Noir, aucun de ces philosophes ne dira un seul mot sur le Code Noir lancé en 1685 et terminé en 1848.

Les dégâts causés par la nature sont peu de choses comparés à ceux créés, infligés, calculés, distillés par les parrains d’un système devenu aujourd’hui tellement prédateur que les descendants, tel des automates, ne voient rien d’autre que la charité orchestrée par une conscience déformée et dominée par une mentalité aiguisée par la recherche de comment violer l’humanité, tout en donnant à celle-ci, l’impression de l’aimer.

En ces jours qui viennent, les souffrances des suites des dégâts causés par la nature vont ensevelir encore plus profondément ceux causés par les prédateurs et leurs encenseurs. Mais la fidélité à la vérité que tout le monde est monde sera toujours plus forte que l’oubli. Cette fidélité-là ne s’abreuve pas des larmes de crocodiles versées par les correspondants qui égrènent les statistiques humanitaires accumulées par les organismes chargés de couvrir les séquelles d’un crime contre l’humanité en s’apitoyant sur le sort du « pays le plus pauvre de la Planète ». Cette fidélité-là a résisté, résiste et résistera aux tortures les plus violentes et les plus douces, imaginés par ceux qui, au nom de la liberté du capital, programment la liquidation lente de l’humanité.

Les mêmes correspondants s’apitoient sur « l’instabilité politique » de Haïti sans entrer dans les causes lointaines, proches, directes et indirectes, car à vouloir creuser, ils seraient amener à reconnaître qu’à Haïti, malgré les revers, la fidélité aux valeurs de liberté, égalité, fraternité est d’une vivacité à toute épreuve.

Face à cette épreuve incommensurable il faut que Haïti soit unie, et que le Président Jean Bertrand Aristide puisse se retrouver parmi ses compatriotes en ce moment où la solidarité la plus sentie exige un dépassement des clivages et des divisions idéologiques. Haïti a trop souffert, elle mérite de revenir à soi, de la manière la plus généreuse qui soit. Que tous ses membres se retrouvent ensemble pour reconstruire leurs vies. Jusqu’à quel point faut-il encore saigner Haïti ?

Il est difficile, dans les jours et les semaines qui viennent , de ne pas demander à ces organismes qui se parent des vêtements de l’humanitarisme pour ne pas devoir être fidèle à l’humanité, de nous dire ce qu’il est advenu à Pierre-Antoine Lovinsky qui, il y a plus de eux ans a été kidnappé parce qu’il insistait, avec persistance et patience sur le retour de Jean-Bertrand Aristide à Haïti.