THE devastation of Haiti at the hands of Bill and Hillary Clinton is symbolised by the Clinton Foundation’s (CF) signature project, the Caracol Industrial Park. In 2012, after the Haitian elite persuaded Bill to invest in Nord-Est (the smallest of Haiti’s departments), the CF brokered a deal between the US and the Haitian government to build a factory there. Caracol was built with $400million of global aid money, and touted as the saviour of the region.
Several hundred farmers were evicted from their lands to make room for the CF’s new venture; little was said about their subsequent impoverishment and homelessness. Caracol destroyed their livelihoods but it certainly enriched the CF. The Inter-American Development Bank paid out $256.8million in grants for construction at the site. The Bank also gave between $1million and $5million to the CF. A South Korean garment company, Sae-A, became the anchor tenant of Caracol. In that same year, Sae-A gave the CF $50,000 to $100,000, and its owner invested in a start-up firm run by Cheryl Mills, the person who organised the deal between Digicel and USAid which I wrote about yesterday.
Given that Sae-A benefits from low tax, duty free, and a huge pool of cheap labour desperate for work in Nord-Est, it’s unsurprising that the company was eager to give what was effectively bribe money to the CF. Taking advantage of special US tax breaks, Walmart and Gap bought textiles made by the Sae-A factory in Caracol. Walmart has given between $1million and $5million to the CF; Gap has given between $100,000 and $250,000.
The Clintons promised that Caracol would yield 65,000 jobs but, by 2017, only 13,000 Haitians were employed there, and under terrible conditions.
During the last year of Hillary’s role as US Secretary of State, USAid redirected $72million designated for a new port in Haiti and paid for the expansion of an old port in Cap-Haïtien. Curiously, two years previously the State Department had declared the site unviable for expansion due to its lack of land. But this didn’t stop USAid sending millions of dollars to Haiti. Like the homes built with CF money, the port was poorly constructed, and the project was abandoned in 2018. The only achievement resulting from this multi-million-dollar investment is two electricity poles, which raises the question as to where the rest of the money went.
Nine years after the Haitian earthquake, the $2.3billion earmarked for Haiti by USAid was spent on US companies, and less than 3 per cent went to Haitians. USAid hasn’t yet given a clear account on how the bulk of this money was spent.
Despite its cuddly image as a big-hearted philanthropist, the CF is in the business of making money. In 2013, a subsidiary of the CF, Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), committed $500million to projects in Haiti. But its objectives focus on promoting the work of CGI members rather than the Haitians themselves.
Between 2009 and 2013, CGI operated as a separate organisation yet the CF included its finances in their annual reports.
One of CGI’s projects in Haiti promises $2million for business loans and consultations. West Elm is another CGI project, mainly set in Haiti, aiming to help artisans using handcraft techniques. The CF claims it has invested $55million in financing local artisans via this project, and states that it is committed to working with artisans in other developing countries. These are the only two projects listed under the CGI Haitian objectives. The total cost of these projects is $60million.
Where has the other $433million gone? The obscure CF on-line financial reports don’t offer any answers. These are mainly puff pieces, giving only legally required information but lacking details in exactly how the money is spent.
The CF is also guilty of violating an ethics agreement that Hillary signed with Barack Obama in 2008, in which she promised not take any further donations from foreign governments. But between 2010 and 2013, the CF accepted $20million from foreign governments.
In 2010, China launched a cyber-attack against the US, yet the CF looked the other way and took $200,000 from the Chinese Communist Party. Two years later, Qatar, a country which supports Isis and where Hamas has its headquarters, gave the CF $1million. In 2014, shortly before Russia invaded Ukraine, it gave the CF $145million. That same year, Bill gave a speech to a Russian bank linked to the KGB (now known as the FSB) earning $500,000. None of these countries are known for their altruism.
In 2015, prior to Hillary’s failed presidential run, the CF amended six years of tax returns, concentrating on its reporting of donations from foreign governments and other ‘errors’.
These discrepancies and anomalies haven’t gone unnoticed. The Republican National Committee has long suspected that the Clintons were running a ‘pay-to-play’ operation. In 2018, the US Justice Department started an inquiry to determine whether the CF was guilty of this, and other illegal doings. It focused its investigation on whether any CF donors received special favours from Hillary while she was Secretary of State. https://dailycaller.com/2016/10/15/hillarys-emails-allowed-clinton-foundation-donors-to-get-favors-on-a-global-scale-video/ But the investigation fell silent when the Justice Department instead directed their resources to the Donald Trump Russian collusion conspiracy theory. The CF investigation was dropped in 2020.
Haitians accuse the Clintons and the CF of helping global investors far more than poverty-stricken Haitians. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37826098 They are not wrong. Hardly any evidence exists in Haiti to account for the claims that billions of dollars were spent in the country during the Clintons’ reign there. The amount of money which the Clintons claim they have given to Haiti simply doesn’t match the outcome. Haiti is still one of the poorest, and most corrupt, countries in the world.
The CF spends very little on helping those in need. As far back as 2004 Bill Clinton was already parroting the WEF mantra of ‘build back better’. The Clintons’ abuse of Haiti as their personal fiefdom perfectly illustrates how this agenda serves only the elite and not the struggling masses. Money is spent either on employing their chums like Huma Abedin or shoring up their assets.
Despite positioning themselves as the saviours as Haiti, they are strangely quiet about the latest earthquake in August 2021. They have already moved on to their next money-making scheme, proudly proclaiming that the CF helps in the ‘fight’ against Covid-19 and climate change.