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Haiti authorities opened fire on Haiti rioters on Friday as protests against President Jovenel Moïse came to a head.
The protests began in February. As inflation crippled the country’s economy, many accused President Moïse’s administration of stealing approximately four billion dollars meant to aid the suffering population. The money in question was a product of “PetroCaribe,” a program that allowed Haiti to purchase $4 billion in oil from Venezuela but defer payment for up to 25 years.
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Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez created PetroCaribe in 2005 at the height of the country’s oil production — almost a decade before its economic collapse in 2014. The program was meant to support alliances against the United States by offering temporarily “free” oil so the money could be used by poorer countries for the development of infrastructure.
In reality, Chávez used the program to purchase political alliances throughout the Caribbean, many of which remain to this day, and the program is facing growing charges of being part of a sprawling corruption scheme that benefitted those in control of the “development” funds.
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Haiti was one such benefactor. The money saved was reportedly marked to provide a sorely needed economic boost to the poorest country in the Americas as well as fund social programs to deal with the rampant poverty and hunger slowly killing its citizens.
Haiti is still reeling from the 2010 earthquake that slew more than 200,000 and, as a product of United Nations mismanagement, has resulted in a cholera epidemic that continues to rage out of control. The Petrocaribe money was intended to bring relief and perhaps find new ways to house the approximately 38,000 people still living in the squalor of post-quake “displacement camps.”
It never made it.
“That money was supposed to go into development projects, especially in agriculture and infrastructure, so that we could start developing the...
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