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  • WikiLeaks Cables Show Haiti as Pawn in U.S. Foreign Policy

    July 28, 2011 When WikiLeaks announced its plan to release tens of thousands of classified U.S. diplomatic cables to the public, the U.S. government feared a massive international backlash and threat to national security. In this analysis, COHA's Katie Soltis details how the U.S. tried to undermine Haiti’s oil deal with Venezuela in order to protect the vested interests of U.S. oil corporations, among other policies that prioritized U.S. interests over the Haitian people's.
  • Rentier Consciousness

    January 13, 2011 In Venezuela, an oil rentier nation, the revolution has many very unique characteristics.  Here, exploitation acquires more a quality of plunder than the appropriation of others' labour.  That is, the bourgeoisie, the privileged class, arises and sustains itself by thriving on oil income, more than it does by sucking workers' blood.  So the dispute is more about oil income than liberation from the exploitation of work.
  • New WikiLeaked Cables Reveal How Washington and Big Oil Fought PetroCaribe in Haiti

    June 2, 2011 ... has improved since Préval’s inauguration with 6 to 8 hours a day, usually late at night until morning in ... assembly [Aug. 29], which included 19 of 27 senators and 47 of 88 deputies. 53 voted in favor and 13 abstained; no ... Cap Haïtien [15 megawatts each] and have led to longer hours of power in those areas. Haiti receives shipments of ...