Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Photo Tour: Managua Nicaragua, Havana Cuba, Los Angeles US

From left to right, Jose Ramon Machado, vice president of Cuba, Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, Daniel Ortega, the new president of Nicaragua, Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela and Haiti's President Rene Prebval hold up their arms during the celebrations after Ortega's inauguration in Managua, Wednesday Jan. 10, 2007.(AP Photo/Ariel Leon)

A group of Cubans attend an international meeting held to call for the closure of the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, 10 January. Amnesty International called for the international community to press the US government to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, as protesters marked the fifth anniversary of its opening.(AFP/File/Adalberto Roque)

A homeless man sleeps on the sidewalk in Los Angeles in this 2005 file photo. There were 744,000 homeless people in the United States in 2005, according to the first national estimate in a decade. (AP Photo/Damian


Blogger jsb said...

Notice René Préval didn't hold Chavez' hand up in that photo. It's because he has more dignity that those other clowns. Love live Preval and a democratic and capitalist Haiti!

11:55 AM  
Blogger jsb said...

"As president Préval instituted a number of economic reforms, most notably the privatization of various government companies. ... The unemployment rate (though still quite high) had fallen to its lowest level since the fall of Duvalier by the end of Préval's term."

11:57 AM  
Blogger leftside said...

In your Wikipedia quote, you deleted this:

"Some have suggested that these privatizations were a result of Préval bowing to the pressure exerted on him by external entities including the IMF.

An understatement if I ever heard one. There was a date that the privitization of 9 industries had to occur by, or they would have lost hundreds of millions of dollards in US "aid" and IMF/WB loans. If you knew Haiti, you'd know this was blackmail because Haiti was surviving on these infusions.

But it turns out Preval had some sense and kept 50% of these industries in State hands. He used:

... a privatization formula called capitalization whereby private capitalists are given 50% ownership -- and profits -- of a company and management control. The state retains the other 50% ownership, funneling its dividends, in theory, to a pension fund for (citizens).

(From Time magazine) Preval accepts--for now--that privatization is the price he must pay for foreign aid and investment, but he is determined to keep majority ownership in Haiti's hands.

9:47 AM  
Blogger jsb said...

In Haiti you can still own a building (other than your home) and use it for a business. That will never change. The model of Cuba is a failure, Preval knows it and will NEVER emulate it. Face it, the one country in the world that has implemented the style of socialism you espouse has been a complete, utter failure.

4:22 AM  
Blogger jsb said...

And what I said about Preval not joining hands with the other clowns, well, you can see in the picture for yourself that he's not going to be a Chavez lackey.

4:23 AM  

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