Russia calls it the near abroad. Its sphere of influence.
One of the countries in its near abroad is Afghanistan, which also just happens to be an under-developed country but rich in unexplored strategic metals, according to the British Geologic Survey. No wonder it's been at war since the 1970's in the guise of fighting terrorism.
The USA also has a sphere of influence too...
Few people realize that American has a future underdeveloped "Saudi Arabia" in its backyard, rich in not just oil but strategic metals too.
No it's not Canada's tar sands, but in the other direction, due south..
Yes it's impoverished Haiti. And ,boy was that earthquake sure convenient... from an energy security point of view.
For all the conspiracy theory lovers in the crowd, here's another twist.....Hugo Chavez Mouthpiece Says US Hit Haiti With 'Earthquake Weapon' called HAARP FOXNews....Citing an alleged report from Russia's Northern Fleet, the Venezuelan strongman's state mouthpiece ViVe TV shot out a press release saying the 7.0 magnitude was manmade. (N.B. If the US has an EMP weapon, so does Russia)
There are HAARP-like ionospheric heaters operating throughout the world in Alaska; Arecibo, Puerto Rico; Tromso, Norway; and the former Soviet Union. Wonder if anyone checked the Puerto Rico HAARP array to see if it was active before the Haiti earthquake ?
I bet you must be thinking now....What do you mean..convenient?
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Haiti happens to be rich in unexplored hydrocarbons (with potential oil reserves larger than those of Venezuela) , gold, copper, uranium 238 and 235 and other strategic metals ( iridium),according to scientists and geologists quoted below. (also see USGS oil suvey maps from the 1920's) ..and a more recent resources map Mining and oil companies must be salivating.
Imagine for a moment a hypothetical "Foreign energy and mining takeover scenario." How might it unfolded masked by the earthquake?..think aid in exchange for exploration rights
I wasn't surprised to see that Haiti and the USA had a decades-old treaty, that in the event of a "disaster" that the US arny would take over control of the main airport in the capital-and that's exactly what happened in the first days after the quake.
Military priority Vs Aid?
Geneva-based charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says hundreds of lives were being put at risk as planes carrying vital medical supplies were being turned away by American air traffic controllers.
But US commanders insisted their forces’ focus was on humanitarian work and last night agreed to prioritize aid arrivals to the airport over military flights, after the intervention of the UN.
Politician all say that "our thoughts and prayers are with the Haitian people", but aid is delayed by red tape and lack of coordination on the ground, past the crucial 72 hours after which most quake vicitims will perish in the rubble. Survivor Recovery will switch to building demolition.
Refugee tent camps will be created outside the city, but are at risk of the upcoming rainy season /hurricane season.
All or many parts of Port-au-Prince won't be rebuilt because it sits on valuable strategic reserves...It will be declared a disaster zone, unfit for human settlement due to aftershocks and future earthquake risks. I have no doubt that ordinary Haitians won't benefit at all from these natural geologic riches but will continue to be pauperized and then finally resettled. The island will be convieniently and selectively depopulated-it's already starting ...first from the death tolls directly from the quake itself. And then, selective depopulation will continue both internationally (via migration) and locally into so-called "safe zone areas" in Haiti, into less earthquake-prone regions, off the fault-line and conveniently away from "strategic reserves".
UPDATE: Olivia Ward in the Toronto Star (page IN5) on Sunday January 24, 2010 is already promoting a de-urbanization rhetoric:
"a key factor is putting urban shanty dwellers back on the land they were forced to desert as agriculture collapsed. The countryside has been stripped of treas for charcoal to use as fuel, and only 3% of the land is productive. The urban poor sought surival in garment-producing sweatshops, where wages were less than $5 a day."..[..].."for over a decade there was a pull to Port-au-Prince over the rest of the country...we need to take advantage of the reality that people want back to their home villages after the earthquake. Haiti won't be sustainable if Pot-au-Prince is simply rebuilt. It's time to focus on rural development."
It's ironic that all the millions of aid dollars being collected from ordinary concerned citizens around the world, will be used to eventually depopulate the island.
Babies from orphanages are already being fast-tracked to all corners of the earth.
I can't help but think of Canadian natives who were sent to schools off the reserves or Stalin's depopulation and migration policies which sent entire nations (the Crimean Tartars) to Siberia in the days of the former USSR.
UPDATE: Rebuilding Hait has been estimated as a 10 year, $10 Billion dollar reconstruction project.
On Monday Jan 25, at Montreal at a Haiti reconstruction conference, the PM of Haiti Jean-Max Bellerive said: "We cannot rebuild where houses have already fallen."...[...]...there is an urgent need for decentralization to prevent similar future problems."
The USA could, if it wanted to, deploy a new contruction technology called "contour crafting" (which I profiled on the Smart Economy blog in 2006) It was developed at the Univ of Cal, to print -not build -- that's right, print 3D dome-shaped homes that are hurricane-proof, earthquake-proof and storm surge resilient, but it won't.
After the first arrival (invasion) of US and Canadian soldiers in the guise of facilitating humanitarian aid and protecting aid workers, the military will turn into a permanent occupying force (to prevent on-going "rioting" in a lawless island). Then watch for strategic international investors to flood into the country. Then track how the traditional US oil firms begin to target new infrastructure redevelopment efforts in Haiti, in return for certain "land rights"....with a longer -term (energy security and strategic metals) objective in mind.
Any solid evidence of this?
The following quotes are loosely translated using Google Translate from the original French and Spanish news items.
Haiti is full of oil say Daniel and Ginette Mathurin
"Scientists Daniel and Ginette Mathurin indicate that under Haitian soil is rich in oil and fuel possible which were collected by foreign specialists, and Haiti. "We have identified 20 sites Oil, launches Daniel Mathurin stating that 5 of them are considered very important by practitioners and policies.
The Central Plateau, including the region of Thomond, the plain of the cul-de-sac and the bay of Port-au-Prince are filled with oil, he said, adding that Haiti's oil reserves are larger than those of Venezuela . "An Olympic pool compared to a glass of water that is the comparison to show the importance of oil Haitian compared to those of Venezuela," he explains." [...] .."According to Daniel et Ginette Mathurin, the Lake District with cities like Thomazeau and Cornillon, contains large deposits of oil."
Original French Source: http://www.metropolehaiti.com/metropole/full_une_fr.php?id=13439
Espaillat Nanita revealed in Haiti there are huge resources of gold and other minerals
Espacinsular SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, November 17, 2009 .- The former president of the Dominican Petroleum Refinery (REFIDOMSA), Leopoldo Espaillat Nanita, considered one of the solutions of the Haitian State to pay its foreign debt and solve socio-economic issues that overwhelms Haitians found in deposits of gold and other minerals that owns the territory of the neighboring country...[..]...Espaillat Nanita revealed that according to geological studies and research conducted on Haitian soil, indicating that the nation shares with the Dominican Republic gold deposit, untapped world's largest and a little known and rare mineral that is vital for building of spacecraft and other appliances extraterrestrial iridium. These two resources are sufficient to alleviate the "poor" reality of those born in Haiti."
"The architect also claimed that these resources are poorly understood because of a multinational conspiracy that aims to extract the natural wealth [of] Haitians, especially those derived from minerals that abound in the neighboring state."
"REFIDOMSA's former president said that this group of firms and individuals in State are dedicated to fostering poverty in Haiti, suggesting that the Dominican Republic serves as a crutch to the centuries-old misery and marginality living the vast majority of our neighbors."
Original Source: http://www.espacinsular.org/spip.php?article8942
The Canadian Connection:
Majescor to Acquire Interest in a Strategic Gold-Copper Property in Haiti
by Marketwire, April 23, 2009
MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 04/23/09 -- Majescor Resources Inc. ("Majescor" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: MJX) is pleased to report that it has signed an agreement (the "Agreement") with SIMACT Alliance Copper Gold Inc. ("SIMACT") and its principal shareholders (the "Principals") whereby the Company will acquire a 10% interest in SIMACT, as well an option to acquire the remaining 90% interest. SIMACT, through its 66.4%-owned Haitian affiliate mining company, Societe Miniere du Nord-Est S.A. ("SOMINE"), controls a property with both gold and copper potential, (the "SOMINE Property") located in the North-East mineral district of Haiti. The SOMINE Property lies within a highly prospective volcanic arc environment, host to numerous epithermal gold and porphyry copper occurrences in Haiti, as well as the World-Class Pueblo Viejo gold deposit in the adjacent Dominican Republic. The property holds the historical Blondin and Douvray copper-gold prospects; the historical Faille-B gold prospect; along with a number of recently-discovered copper-gold showings.
Marc-Andre Bernier, President and CEO of the Company states: "Majescor has an established, ten-year long tradition of exploring emerging mineral districts. The deal with SIMACT and its Principals offers a new and unique opportunity for the Company to participate in the evaluation and development of a key property located in the prospective Massif-du-Nord volcanic complex of north-east Haiti. We believe that the time is right to invest in Haiti and in projects with gold and copper potential. Gold has remained a steady commodity in this economic downturn while copper has just hit a 6-month high. Not only does the SOMINE Property contain three historical copper and gold occurrences, the mineral rights of which are secured under a mining convention with the State, but it is surrounded by ground recently acquired by Eurasian Minerals Inc. And partner Newmont Ventures Ltd. Majescor intends to fast-track the development of the SOMINE Property through further quantification of the three known prospects and the drill testing of new geological targets and ground showings."
So, is this a takeover masked by foreign aid? You be the judge. Track unfolding events, public and behind the scenes. Only history will tell.
I bet that that a year from now, Jan 22, 2011, if most of the aid money isn't stolen, or promised government aid is undeliverded, recontruction will be at a standstill and hardly un-noticable for the average person on the street
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