This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
his week: It's been said, "Behind every great fortune there is a crime." but Balzac never knew Mitt Romney, the mega-rich Republican candidate who would be president, for if he had he may have said, "Behind every fortune there are a great number of crimes."
Mitt has yet to answer for that great number of crimes he's complicit in committing; yet to be brought to book for the bloody profits he and Bain Capital reaped to the cost of thousands of lives.
Few of the flag-wavers at the recent Republican National Convention in Florida recall, or care to remember, Reagan's Dirty Wars in Central America in the 1980's and '90's, but the most fervent in their willful forgetting must be Romney's camp followers, the ones with the most to lose should the truth of their leader's character become more broadly known.
Sandy Smith-Nonini is adjunct assistant professor in the Departments of Anthropology and the Curriculum in Global Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In those terrible days of Reagans reign of terror in Latin America, Sandy worked as a freelance news reporter for the New York Times, and served as a field contributor to the American Medical News. Sandy Smith-Nonini is also author of the book 'Healing the Body Politic: El Salvador's Popular Struggle for Health Rights from Civil War to Neoliberal Peace,' and recently contributed the article, 'Romney's Blood Money' to the web news site, Counterpunch.
Sandy Smith-Nonini in the first half.
And; in 1994, Haitian democracy was the envy of the world. The populist president of the country, former priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide enjoyed a 92% approval rating, and was beginning to reform the profound corruption at all levels of government left in the wake of the despotic father and son Duvalier regimes. After two centuries of social turmoil, things were finally looking up for Haiti. And then things changed.
Jeb Sprague is a journalist, and PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Jeb is the recipient of a Project Censored Award for a 2008 article, co-authored with Haitian journalist Wadner Pierre and he's written for the Inter Press Service, TeleSUR, Al Jazeera, Z Magazine, NACLA, Haiti Liberté, Haiti Progrès, among numerous journals. His first book, 'Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti' is now out. Jeb Sprague will be appearing here at the University of Victoria this Saturday at 4pm in the David Strong building to talk about his book and the situation in Haiti. Jeb Sprague and the paramilitarists assault on Haiti's democracy.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the newz unfolding on our city's streets and beyond. But first, Sandy Smith-Nonini and following Romney's Blood Money.