In an opinion piece for The Haitian Times, Max A. Joseph Jr. writes that corruption within the Haitian government coupled with foreign intervention has made Haiti “politically and economically subservient” to the Dominican Republic.
“Where is the outrage?” he asks.
The piece is a complex eye-opening look into the beliefs of someone intimate with Haiti’s history. I highly recommend reading the piece in its entirety.
A scandal involving President Michel Martelly that was uncovered by a Dominican investigative journalist is the impetus for the article. Martelly allegedly received more than 2.5 million US dollars from a Dominican senator in return for his commercial real estate business receiving profitable non-bidding contracts with the Haitian government, Joseph writes.
Joseph sees this as yet another example of “disreputable characters” coming out of Haiti’s “substandard political class.” He makes the connection that this corruption leads to foreign intervention in Haiti.
He goes on to list examples of the DR’s “arrogance” throughout times of foreign intervention in Haiti. According to Joseph, the DR is allowed to undermine the Haitian government and people while Haiti is occupied. He seems to insinuate that these foreign entities are allowing this to happen.
Joseph worries that the situation will allow for anti-Haitian groups in the DR to “implement their reprehensible manifesto,” which he compares to the Holocaust.
“Therefore, one must not dismiss the possibility of a more sinister approach to deal with ‘the Haitian problem’, given that Haiti was recently dubbed ‘a threat to international peace and security’ (which was the reason French and US forces began occupying Haiti in 2004) for reasons that defy logic in every angle,” Joseph writes.