The Naked and the Dead in Haiti

Remember the Israelis who rushed to Haiti for ‘disaster relief’ because, as one Ma’ariv columnist put it, the catastrophe was ‘good for the Jews‘? Well, they are gone. Mission, presumably, accomplished! All the publicity they were striving for, they got. Hasbaraniks distributed VNRs (Video News Releases) to all major networks, and most obliged with favourable coverage. The networks failed to notice the contradiction between this conspicuous humanitarianism and the deliberate cruelty with which which the same army continues to punish the imprisoned Gazans. Meanwhile, the United States does not even do Haitians the courtesy of pretence. It recently suspended aid flights for five days over a petty squabble over operational costs. What use do they have for image enhancement? They have a PR product for a president, you see.

So, amid all this insensitivity, is there anyone who still persists in their devotion to the doomed island? Why, the luxury cruise vacationer, of course.

Author: Idrees Ahmad

I am a Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Stirling and a former research fellow at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies. I am the author of The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). I write for The Observer, The Nation, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Al Jazeera, Dissent, The National, VICE News, Huffington Post, In These Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Tageszeitung (TAZ), Adbusters, Guernica, London Review of Books (Blog), The New Arab, Bella Caledonia, Asia Times, IPS News, Medium, Political Insight, The Drouth, Canadian Dimension, Tanqeed, Variant, etc. I have appeared as an on-air analyst on Al Jazeera, the BBC, TRT World, RAI TV, Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon, Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and several Pacifica Radio channels.

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