Monthly Archives: January 2010

Haiti – We Caused Your Pain

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If you shared my pain you would not continue to make me suffer, to torture me, to deny me my dignity and my rights, especially my rights to self-determination and self-expression.” So begins a passionate piece by the Jamaica Observer’s John Maxwell, on the response to the disaster that the people of Haiti are currently struggling to survive. The disaster was not  the earthquake that shook the nation but that the nation was so weak and so easily felled.

The January 17 op-ed “No Mister You Cannot Share My Pain”, opens up the chasm of lies proliferated by western democracies, primarily the United States, which are directly responsible  for the current state of affairs in Haiti.   

It further exposes the media in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and other countries that have for years reported very selectively on the abuses taking place in Haiti. Today this biased press continues to misrepresent the situation in Haiti, absolving their governments of their sins against the people of Haiti and Africa, and placing the blame on the shoulders on the Haitians.

Once again they set us to tear each other’s throats, while they rob the bread even out of the mouths of our babies.

Other Caribbean states are not as weak, but Haiti we too, caused your pain. Because we stood meekly by and let injustice after injustice by heaped on your head, we too are culpable. While we may not have the power of a US, UK or France, we have the voices to speak, and loudly, about the wicked acts that have been, and continue to be carried out in the name of democracy for the sake of capitalism. The truth may not set Haiti free tomorrow but every voice of truth adds to the chorus that will create  an earthquake of consciousness to shake the world into action.

Read Maxwell’s op-ed at: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Maxwell-Jan-17 

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Radio Stations Unite for Haiti

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*The One Caribbean Media (OCM) Network* which includes radio stations in the Leeward Islands of
Antigua, St. Kitts and Montserrat via the Gem Radio Network, Barbados via
Starcom Radio Network of four stations, Grenada via Grenada Broadcasting
Network of two stations, St Lucia via The Wave and Trinidad & Tobago – via
Hott 93 FM will be coming together on Saturday 16th January from 8:00AM to
12:00 noon for a grand Radiothon to raise funds for emergency earthquake
relief in Haiti.

The money collected will go towards the OCM Medianet Haiti Relief Fund, which was established in 2009 and is administered by Mr. Reginald Dumas who has worked in Haiti and has written a book about the challenges there.

We are in the process of inviting Prime Ministers and other politicians from
all our territories to participate in the Radiothon by giving their support
either in person by going to one of our studios or by telephone. So far Mr.
David Thompson the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mr. Stephenson King the Prime
Minister of St. Lucia and the Grenadian Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Mitchell
have all confirmed participation.

Two toll free lines will be active during the broadcast. They are Digicel #
1-246-839-HELP and LIME 1-800-744-2484 in addition to these lines listeners
may contact the local stations directly.

(Reprinted from the ACM)