Written by Samuel Maxime on 10 April 2015.
NEW YORK, USA (sentinel.ht) - Hillary Rodham Clinton will launch her 2016 presidential campaign on Sunday and to the average Haitian, her win will mean more problems for their bedeviled country.
People familiar with Clinton’s plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press said the announcement will come Sunday just days after Haitian activists protested outside of Clinton's headquarters in Brooklyn Heights.
The Haitian activists rallied at the Cadman Plaza West entrance to the building, waving signs that asked “Where is the money?” Many believe the Clintons wasted billions of dollars meant to reconstruct Haiti after the catastrophic January 2010 earthquake on corporate donor projects and bribing Haitian officials.
The $13 billion pledge to Haiti went through former U.S. President Bill Clinton who was a co-chairman on the Haiti Reconscruction Commission and is the United Nations Envoy to Haiti. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton broke what the National Security Council calls, "a long standing principle", of not meandering in the elections of foreign countries.
The Clintons went head long in Haiti's 2010 elections and have supported Michel Martelly to become President of Haiti and stay president although elections had not been held in four years and today Haiti is a totalitarian state.
Hillary Clinton's brother, Tony Rodham, being a member of a board on a company that received a controversial gold mining contract also doesn't settle well with Haitians who decry the conflict of interest.
The Clinton history in Haiti goes back to the 90s when the former U.S. President, admitted himself, to having given Haiti a "devil's bargain" when the tariffs were dropped in order to import cheap rice that has decimated the Haitian agriculture sector.
Bill Clinton was the first U.S. President in nearly 100 years to occupy Haiti with forces, 30,000 U.S. Marines that he dispatched to place Jean-Bertrand Aristide back in power and get an agreement for tariffs and the banishment of Haiti's army.
Hillary Clinton is making her second presidential bid, entering the race in a strong position to succeed President Barack Obama as the nominee of the Democratic Party. If elected, the former first lady would be the nation’s first female president.