The Republic of Haiti is located in the Caribbean, in the western one-third of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, west of the Dominican Republic. In an area slightly smaller than the state of Maryland, in the middle of the hurricane belt, a little over 9 million people live in a land whose history is marred by violence and political unrest, a once thriving land with coffee, sugar and gold, now suffering from extensive deforestation, soil erosion, inadequate supplies of potable water, and the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. The people are plagued by excess mortality due to AIDS (7200 deaths a year), low life expectancy, high infant mortality, high death rates, and low population growth rates. In a word, the wrath of God is pouring out on Haiti.
The people are 95% black, and 5% white and mulatto, 80% Roman Catholic, 20% Protestant, and 100% pagan, most practicing the “religion” indigenous to Haiti called Voodooism (more on this under False Religious System. The official languages are Creole and French (spoken in the courts), and they have a literacy rate of only slightly over 50%. Despite the presence of UN peacekeepers, the country has continued to be blighted by political and criminal violence and instability. Killings and kidnappings are now a daily occurrence in the capital. At least 80% of the population lives under the poverty line, and 54% live in abject poverty, living on $150 per year. Two thirds of all Haitians depend on agriculture, mainly small-scale subsistence farming, and are vulnerable constantly to damage from storms and flooding. Four tropical storms in 2008 severely damaged the transportation infrastructure and agricultural sector. Haiti suffers from high inflation, a lack of investment because of insecurity and limited infrastructure, and a severe trade deficit. It doesn’t help that every time foreign or private aid dollars come to the country, the despot in power steals most of it.
They call themselves a republic, and their capital is Port-au-Prince. Their Independence Day (from France) is January 1 (1804) (they celebrate this alongside Ancestors’ Day on January 2, All Saints’ Day on November 1 and All Souls’ Day on November 2; don’t worry, they’ve also thrown in a lot of the pagan rituals, worships and holidays of Doomed-america as well), and they have had a constitution since 1987. Their legal system is based on the Roman civil law system, with a lot of the Napoleon codes still in place. Their executive branch includes President René Préval and Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive (since November 7, 2009). Their legislative branch includes a Senate with 30 seats by popular vote for 6-year terms, and a Chamber of Deputies with 99 seats elected for 4-year terms. Their judiciary is one of the most corrupt in the world and is discussed further under Poster Children for Sin.
The Haiti flag reflects the colors of France and is said to present the union of blacks and mulattoes, with a motto, L’Union Fait La Force (Union Makes Strength). That sure rings hallow considering the dire straits of the people of Haiti today. These earth dwellers are all about their unions. Proverbs 11:21: Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered. Proverbs 16: 5: Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
On October 12, 1492 when the Spaniard Christóbal Colón landed at the island he named Hispaniola, known as Santo Domingo, he found natives commonly said to be Arawaks, but more properly called Tainos. This island is now divided between the countries of Haiti – “land of mountains” – and the Dominican Republic.
The earliest inhabitants of Haiti probably arrived around 2600 B.C. in huge dugout canoes, coming from what is now eastern Venezuela. By the time the Spaniards arrived, there were somewhere between 400,000 and a million of these indigenous pagan people.
The Taino were organized under five chiefdoms and territories, each led by a principal cacique (chieftain), to whom tribute was paid. The cacique wore gold, lived in the best hut (square instead of round), and sat on wooden stools instead of straw mats when receiving guests. They warred often with the neighboring Caribs, and had a culture that was built on a bizarre brand of spiritism. In addition to cacique (who could be male or female, and were entitled to take as many spouses as they wished), the people were ruled by bohiques (priests/healers). In amongst their agricultural activities, fishing, hunting, and games of batos (comparable to today’s soccer), garbed in everything from a large object on the head of a newborn baby girl to give her a flat head, to a small skirt on the men, to nothing, these heathen people engaged in a thriving robust worship of the dead and demon spirits.
Their “religion” centered on the worship of zemis or cemis, which are gods, spirits or ancestors. They had major gods, such as Yucahu, the sea and crop god, and Atabey, mother of Yucahu, and goddess of fresh waters and fertility. Their various gods and spirits were all designed to address their wants and needs – you know, the way the “Christians” in doomed-america treat God. They had gods for the hurricanes, storms and floods; they had a dog-shaped god that watched over the dead, and a god that turned into a bird or reptile. They said the gods were present in the stones, streams, caves and plants, as well as in the toads, turtles, snakes and other animals. Romans 1:21-23 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Enter stage left the idolatrous filth of the Catholics, in the form of the Spaniards. Christóbal Colón wrote the queen about how gentle these people were, and then promptly commenced decimating them. He learned there was gold in some of the hills and mountains, and left behind thirty men to take control. When he returned he found them all dead, because their licentious conduct towards the native women – including each taking five women to minister to their pleasures – caused warfare to break out between the Spaniards and the Taino. The Spaniards set about to enslave the Taino, take the gold, and introduce various European diseases into the population, so soon the Taino were all but wiped out.
With time – especially when the gold ran out – the Spanish neglected this colony, and through the 17th century it became a haven for pirates, and French and English buccaneers. Gradually French colonists, importing African slaves, developed sugar plantations on the northern coast. Eventually Spain ceded Haiti (then called Saint-Dominique) to France in 1697. Under French rule, Saint Dominique became the richest colony in the world, with its capital, Cap Francais, known as the Paris of the New World. The French were extremely cruel to the half million slaves, often flagging, starving and burying them alive for minor offenses. With intermarriage and uninhibited sexual activity, a society emerged stratified into Frenchmen, Creoles, freed blacks and black slaves, with mulattoes in an indeterminate social status in the middle. Eventually the mulattoes revolted, the blacks formed guerrilla bands led by Toussaint L’Ouverture, a former slave who became an officer of the French forces, and the rigid social structure was destroyed.
In 1793 the English invaded Haiti during the Napoleonic Wars; in 1801 Toussaint conquered the French and took the land, abolished slavery, and declared himself governor. In 1802 Napoleon sent his brother-in-law, General Charles Leclerc, with a huge force, to restore order, and reestablish slavery. This led to more rebellions and massacres, and in January 1804 – with help from President Thomas Jefferson (who feared Napoleon would use this island as a base to invade Louisiana) – the nation gained independence. The French and Creoles were expelled, and Jean-Jacques Dessalines, an ex-slave, proclaimed himself emperor. His assassination in 1806 led to Haiti being divided into a black-controlled north and a mulatto-ruled south. The leaders of those movements were killed, and Haiti was unified by Jean Pierre Boyer. He brought financial ruin to Haiti and was exiled. After the last emperor, Faustin Soulouque, died, the country became a republic.
After a series of 22 heads of state over 72 years, most of whom left by violent means, in the midst of intense rivalry between whites, the mulatto elite, and the blacks, in 1915 the Americans invaded Haiti, and remained for 19 years, improving the infrastructure. Though their presence was opposed, allegedly when they left in 1934 the Haitians were prospering. In 1957 a ruthless fellow named Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier (pictured on left here) was elected president. He established a powerful militia, and through his voodooist loa (spirit), said to be the guardian of cemeteries and a harbinger of death, ruled with fear and tyranny. In 1964 he changed the constitution so that he was elected president for life. He died in 1971 and was succeeded by his son Jean Claude, 19 at the time, named “Baby Doc.” By this time Haiti was the poorest country in the western hemisphere, and it remains so today.
After the Duvalier regime collapsed and Baby Doc fled to France in 1986, there were several brief attempts at civilian democracy, each terminated by a military coup. In 1990 Jean-Bertrand Aristide (a religious priest) was elected by a landslide victory. He held forth that he was going to change the nation, but to this day litigation is underway trying to recover millions of dollars he is alleged to have taken for his personal use from foreign aid. After a military coup deposed Aristide, the American states imposed an embargo that intensified the poverty and waste of this nation. In 1994 Aristide returned to serve out his turn, with Doomed-american (DA) and United Nations (UN) troops making it happen. In December 1995 René Préval (pictured here) was elected president, and in 1996 the DA troops left, except a few hundred who remained until January 2000.
After a wave of political killings, DA suspended aid to Haiti. After Préval couldn’t get the legislators to agree, he began ruling by decree. In 2000 Aristide (pictured here) was again elected president, and violence towards citizens and journalists reached such a level that Amnesty International said the rule of law was gone. After a period of unrest, with violence between supporters and opponents of the president increasing, parliament was dissolved in 2004, and Aristide began ruling by decree. Under pressure from DA and France, Aristide resigned and went into exile. Forces from DA, France, Canada and Chili arrived to maintain order, and put Gérard Latortue in as interim head of the government, but the Caribbean Community refused to recognize him as Prime Minister. Latortue tried to hold an election, and then the nation was distracted by flooding from heavy rains and tropical storms, killing over 3000 people.
In February 2006, a presidential election was held and Préval was elected again, though his victory was questioned. Armed gangs continue to be a significant problem in Haiti, and drug trafficking still drives a lot of the government corruption. The possibility of a violent coup is constantly present, and the nation was in a great state of unrest, right up to the moment God smacked this DA-sponsored nation with a huge earthquake in January 2010, killing tens of thousands of people (the count is still underway at this writing). DA’s current president, Antichrist Bloody Beast Obama, sent his Rod of Ham (Hillary Clinton), and then declared former presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush as the two who would go in and take over and fix things. This arrogant nation of Doomed-americans think they can by bent of their God-given power bring about peace, prosperity and democracy, while simultaneously building a reputation amongst the inhabitants of earth and armies of heaven as a nation of proud brazen filthy vulgar vile murdering thuggish sinners, lifting their middle finger to God every day. The people of Haiti have hitched their wagon to the wrong star, and their doom is imminent, as they are nothing more than a failing appendage of Doomed-america. All of the blather about democracy and human rights abuses is a bunch of meaningless blah, blah, barf, blah at this hour. You’re going down you rebels!