Reprint from Volume 36 Issue #8 of The Worker newspaper - published by The Workers Party U.S.A
Haiti Mandate Plans
September 1, 2022 - U.S. finance capitalist circles are preparing plans for turning Haiti into a theater of accelerated neo-liberal globalization – preparations that are most dangerous to the rightful cause of Haitian liberation.
This is evidenced, in part, by this summer's establishment of an IMF staff-monitored program (SMP) aimed at decreasing Haitian government spending on social programs and bringing new pressures to bear on the government to pay its debts to international banks. According to IMF management, the SMP in Haiti is a program to, "help the authorities establish a track record of policy implementation, possibly paving the way to an IMF-supported upper credit tranche program."
It is also evidenced, in part, by the unanimous UN Security Council (UNSC) vote in July to extend the UN mission to Haiti for one year. Under the watchful eye of a series of U.S.-UN mandates, the IMF, Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank have already imposed privatization of state-owned industries and imposed austerity budgets on the people. In addition, the mandates have propped up a series of brutal dictatorships which have achieved near total U.S. corporate control over the Haitian manufacturing industry, plunder of the country's huge mineral deposits, and reconfiguration of agricultural labor to concentrate production on cash crops for export.
The fact that Washington is interested in guaranteeing the gigantic profits of the banking capitalists and driving U.S. monopoly capital's colonial agenda deeper into Haiti arouses great outrage within the organized struggles against U.S. war and imperialism based in the U.S., and among the broad masses of the American people.
The UN mandate system inflicted on Haiti is a stinking cesspool of corruption, openly carries on the robbery of the Haitian people on a lofty scale, and strives steadily to make things worse.
When advertising its "right" to project U.S. property interests into every aspect of Haiti's economy, the Biden administration statements have carefully avoided mention of the role of the U.S. government's history of military invasion and occupation of Haiti. Today, the "failure" of the U.S. marines overthrow of the Aristide government and subsequent elimination of all the country's opportunities for self-determination is coupled with bilateral financial aid, i.e. aid with donor-imposed use restrictions dictated by the Biden administration, to pave the way for the foreign domination of even more of Haiti's independent resources.
The mandate system in Haiti, imposed by U.S. imperialist circles, deprives the Haitian people of the right to independence and self-determination and turns the country into a colony – a protectorate – of the U.S. and its imperialist allies. All democratic-minded people must demand an end to the full range of imperialist plans so that the Haitian people are free to determine their affairs for themselves.
The steadfast struggle of the Haitian people against the IMF and other financial institutions in the United Nations system, as well as against the U.S. Southern Command and UNSC colonial mandate system is part of their indomitable revolutionary movement for national liberation and social emancipation.