Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments, and search options, etc. They facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.
Reading and Navigating Blogs
Our blogs are quite powerful. Each writer can post, as is typically the case. Sustainers who have the option can also post, however. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet - and always via the left menu of the top page - and can be found via searches, etc.
Commenting on blogs follows the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments including in the forum system. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content for everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.
For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.
One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place, as well. Thus, when doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.
One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.
One can look at blogs for particular Groups, too.
All this is easily done using the left menu. Searches allow even more variables and refinements.
Creating Blog Posts
If you are a Sustainer with permission, and are logged in, you will see a link in the left menu for you to post a blog - and you can use that to post one, and then tag it various ways (such as with a topic or place, or a group tag), and once you do, it is in the system with you as the author.
You can also use the console button to the left to post a blog - anytime and from anywhere in the site, as long as you are logged in.
Meanwhile, enjoy the blogs - and, by the way, if you are a Free Member or a Sustainer with a ZSpace page, of course you can put one or more content boxes on it, pulling blog links of any sort you may want to filter for, for example, by you or by your friends or by others - and by topic, about places, for groups, etc.
My own judgment, for what it is worth, is that [Aristide] came into office committed to the kind of significant social and economic reform that was called for by his popular constituency in the hills and slums, desperately needed in Haiti.
His few months in power seemed to be a considerable success, and were praised as such by international agencies, despite immediate efforts by the US to undermine his regime, culminating in a brutal military coup a few months later. That set off a reign of shocking terror that was effectively backed by the Bush #1 and especially Clinton administration, while Aristide was brought to Washington to "civilize him" and "give in a crash course in capitalism" as the slogans went. In 1994 he was returned on the bayonets of the marines, and with a commitment to carry the harsh neoliberal polcicies of the US favorite he defeated, a former World Bank official who won 14% of the vote. In effect, then, violence and subversion paid off for Washington: it overturned the 1990 vote, installed the policies it had backed but were overwhelmingly voted down by the population, and had done all this while winning laurels for its selfless and generous efforts to "restore democracy" and protect human rights by restoring the elected president -- bound and gagged by policy restrictions. From that point on it is a mixed story, and it is hard to judge just what course Aristide was following, not that he had a lot of choices in those circumstances. The Bush administration withholding of loans, and France's contemptuous rejection of requests to consider compensating for the enormous fraud by which it strangled Haiti economically as punishment for its liberation, narrowed the options even further.
Why should the US meddle? It's a deeply ingrained habit. The US was utterly appalled by Haiti's liberation in 1804, sought in every way to prevent it, and then joined in harshly punishing Haiti for its crime of becoming the first free country of free men in the Western hemisphere -- not a good model for a slave society. In later years there was jockeying with German and Britain about who would control this region, not insignificant for commercial, extractive, and strategic purposes. Wilson invaded on the pretext that he was defending us from the Huns, and the 19-year Marine rule he installed severely harmed the country, compelled the parliament to allow US corporations to by up the land, and finally left it in the hands of a brutal national guard. In the 1980s it was redesigned as an export zone -- place to make baseballs cheaply under horrendous working conditions, and so on. The 1990 election of Aristide set the usual alarm bells ringing: a populist priest advocating
the hated liberation theology, concerned for the needs of the poor minority, possibly a "virus" that might "infect others" with such evil thoughts. And on until the present.
Haiti was once the richest colony in the world, the source of much of France's wealth. Now it may be lucky to survive a few generations are so. The picture is not unique Today's Bangladesh, the very symbol of misery and disaster, was crown of the British empire. Quite a few other cases, but considered improper to learn the lessons they teach, because they interfere with the preferred self-image of benevolent imperialism.