12. January 2017 · Comments Off on Human Suffering for Profit · Categories: Boycott, Information · Tags: , ,

My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation

Source:  My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation

Why I chose this piece:  Shane Bauer goes undercover to find out how the private prison industry is run. His courage and professionalism are first rate. This is journalism at its best.

Quick Summary:  Horrifying.  For example, since Corrections Corp of America has to pay prisoner medical bills, they prevent sick people from getting the care they need.  The lawsuits they settle are likely less expensive than medical care.  Anyone who labors under the delusion that for-profit American prisons are more progressive or humane than a medieval dungeon should have a read.

People who profit at the suffering of others are reprehensible. To find out which politicians accept contributions from Corrections Corp of American, see Follow the Money.  Politicians who take this money are unprincipled and have no business being elected to government offices.

Also read this report from UVM “Campaign Contributions from Corrections Corporation of America”

 

14. November 2016 · Comments Off on Jonathan Katz on U.S. and Haiti · Categories: Information

Someone said for a democracy to function, people need information.  I’ve decided to use this blog to curate informative, fair articles that can inform political discourse and action.

The Clintons Didn’t Screw Up Haiti Alone.  You Helped

Source: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/09/the_truth_about_the_clintons_and_haiti.html

Why I chose this piece: author Jonathan Katz was “Associated Press correspondent in Port-au-Prince from 2007 to 2011 and survived the earthquake in 2010, spent years digging into the details of the response and recovery”;  also author of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

Quick summary:

A host of international players along with players from the U.S. – the Bushes, Clintons, U.S. Military, State Dept. etc. –  used same old snake oil prescription to try to help Haiti recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake, a prescription shared by republicans and democrats alike that’s based on “helping” people by “helping” big business.

“The vast majority of U.S. government contracts went to American firms; almost no cash ever went, or was intended to go, to Haitians or the Haitian government. The same is true for nearly all nongovernmental organizations and charities, including the American Red Cross.”

The resulting political fraud, corruption, and fund mismanagement has been a disaster for the people of Haiti, and hasn’t been much of a business success either. The larger picture is one of different power players haggling over the spoils.