NYU professeur: Martelly autre catastrophe pour Haïti
- Mercredi 4 mai 2011 19:29
Greg Grandin, professeur d'histoire à l'Université de New York a publié un éditorial cinglant sur le président élu Michel Martelly mercredi qui a évalué le futur président d'Haïti comme une catastrophe en devenir.
The Grandin piece began by pointing out that it was practically on the same day that Martelly was confirmed the winner of the presidential elections, that he was in Washington D.C., USA, to visit his "power brokers."
No sooner had Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly been confirmed the winner in Haiti's deeply flawed presidential election than he jumped on a plane and headed to Washington, where he met with his country's real power brokers: officials from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the US Chamber of Commerce and the State Department.
There, he committed his desperately poor country - where some 700,000 people are still homeless as a result of last year's earthquake - to fiscal discipline, promising to "give new life to the business sector". In exchange, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave him a strong endorsement. "We are behind him; we have a great deal of enthusiasm," she said. "The people of Haiti may have a long road ahead of them, but as they walk it, the United States will be with you all the way," she added.
But the professor challenged the legitimacy of Martelly's election pointing out that only 16.7% of the electorate voted for him.
Martelly's campaign didn't escape criticism either. Professor Grandin pointed out the President-elect's campaign manager, Damian Merlo, who the author says "has worked for Otto Reich, la Iran-Contra veteran and supporter of coups in Honduras and Venezuela." He also says Merlo "worked with the International Republican Institute (IRI) , which - under the banner of "democracy promotion" - funds "civil society" organizations to destabilize governments it deems to be a problem."
Of the IRI, the editorial said:
Many Haiti observers may be familiar with the IRI for the key role it played in overthrowing Aristide's government during his second term. IRI trained and funded various anti-Aristide groups, promoted anti-Aristide propaganda, and, as described in a New York Times feature article in 2006, even worked to undermine political solutions being negotiated with Aristide by the US embassy and the Organisation of American States. Two years earlier, the IRI was also deeply involved in the failed coup against Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.
This opinion editorial entitled "Martelly: Haiti's second great disaster" delve into engagements of the U.S. President Barack Obama administration and the artist formerly known as Sweet Micky, hurling insults at Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide; party and supporters.
The author also shares his perception that the U.S. went to great efforts to see Martelly become Haiti's next president and makes controversy of the President-elect's plan to re-institute the nation's army.
We have yet to see the fall out from this Al Jazeera article but most would agree that it has brought to light a few fair concerns. We post, you decide.
Liés 18/04/2011: Martelly lance sa tournée américaine 3 Jour
Liés 18/04/2011: Martelly: «La corruption ne durera pas, je vous garantis que les résultats"
Liés 18/04/2011: Martelly pour des grâces présidentielles de Duvalier et Aristide
Liés 28/03/2011: Duvaliérisme, Martelly, FAd'H et la Nouvelle armée haïtienne
Source: Al Jazeera