UPDATED: September 16, 2010
Since we first published this article over five months ago, World Net Daily has continued to mislead its readers and “Tea Party at Sea” attendees as to the true destination of the cruise. The word “Haiti” is still not mentioned in the WND.com adverts about the cruise – despite this article and our email to Joseph Farah of World Net Daily back in April. In our email (below) we asked Mr. Farah to tell his Tea Party folks the truth so they might be moved to help the Haitian people.
Nope, Mr. Farah kept silent.
Poor show, Mr. Farah. Frankly, we expected much better from you and WND.com.
And… the Wall Street Journal read our article and then published their take on the story on September 15, 2010 without mentioning BFP or our plea for WND to assist the Haitian people.
Poor show, Wall Street Journal. We know you visited Barbados Free Press during your research several days before you published your article.
Mr. Farah and World Net Daily responded to the Wall Street Journal article but not to ours or our email.
Ho hum. At least CNN, USA Today and many other news organisations have mentioned Barbados Free Press when they use our material or ideas.
World Net Daily: Wall Street Journal: Boycott Haiti
Wall Street Journal: Tea Party Goes to Haiti
Original article first published April 6, 2010…
Will World Net Daily WND.com tell the truth about cruise destination and Royal Caribbean’s exploitation of Haitians?
Tea Partiers (is that a real word?) are invited to “Enlist Now!” to sail on the Royal Caribbean ship Liberty of the Seas and to “…be on board with the most freedom-embracing and liberty-loving navy at sea: the WND Navy and the Tea Party at Sea!”
World Net Daily supporters, editor Joseph Farah and other “birthers” are engaged in an ongoing campaign to discredit President Barack Obama and his political and social agenda. One of their tactics is their claim that the man Americans elected to the White House in November 2008 does not meet the US Constitutional qualifications to be President.
Well, okay – if people want to waste so much time, energy and money pursuing that doomed-to-fail agenda, that is their right. God knows one of the things we really admire about the USA is the protection of freedom of speech – which is quite contrary to the situation in Barbados where the truth is no defense against the defamation lawsuits, threats and job loss that Bajans often suffer if they are effective in criticizing the political and business elites.
But while WND.com World Net Daily claims to be in search of the truth, they are not telling the truth about where their Tea Party at Sea cruise is heading. The Tea Partiers will be frolicking on a beach in Haiti – protected from the starving Haitian children by layers of barbed wire and shotgun-toting guards.
Where do the Tea-Partiers think they are headed? “Labalee, Hispaniola” doan ya know!
We sent an email to Mr. Farah and WND last Thursday, but so far we’ve had no response. If WND replies we’ll certainly publish their position in a prominent manner.
Meanwhile, the WND.com Tea Party at Sea website is still concealing the real destination from folks who might be interested in these simple truths…
1/ The Tea Party at Sea cruise is heading to a shotgun-protected, barbed-wire surrounded private beach in earthquake-devastated Haiti.
2/ For almost 25 years Royal Caribbean and corrupt Haitian leadership have exploited this natural area while providing few appreciable benefits to ordinary Haitians. Not so much as a single medical clinic or school has been built by Royal Caribbean for the ordinary people on the outside of the barbed wire.
3/ The original agreement and pricing was set in place under the corrupt Duvalier regime and remains largely unchanged to this day. That says something.
Here is the email we sent to Mr. Farah at World Net Daily. We’ll let you know if he replies…
Barbados Free Press
Mr. Joseph Farah
World Net Daily
April 1, 2010
RE: Concealment of Haiti destination by WND’s Tea Party at Sea cruise
Dear Mr. Farah,
While researching our continuing series of articles about Haiti after the devastating earthquake, Barbados Free Press came across a web advertisement for your Tea Party at Sea cruise that advertises “Hispaniola” as one of the cruise stops.
“Hispaniola” and “Labadee” are terms used by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to conceal from their passengers that the actual destination is a private beach compound on the north coast of Haiti. This intentional deception by Royal Caribbean has been documented as far back as 1991. (Source: “Aids and accusation: Haiti and the geography of blame” Paul Farmer pg 238 ISBN: 978-0520248397)
Although we disagree with many of WND’s articles and agendas we respect your tenacity and usual unwillingness to surrender to political correctness – traits that Barbados Free Press shares as we pursue our own editorial policies and subjects. That’s why we were surprised to see WND’s less than forthright presentation about your Tea Party at Sea’s Haiti beach destination.
We believe that World Net Daily’s readers and prospective cruise passengers deserve to know the truth about their private beach in Haiti, its origin under an agreement between Royal Caribbean and the despotic Duvalier regime, its history – and what level of benefits are actually brought to ordinary Haitians under the current operational agreement with Royal Caribbean.
Barbados Free Press also believes that if your readers and cruise passengers become aware that they are heading for Haiti, they might take an increased interest in the desperate situation that lies just beyond the foliage, barbed wire fence and shotgun-toting guards that conceal the real Haiti from “Royal Caribbean’s private paradise” as your advert puts it.
We also hope that your readers and cruise passengers might be moved to help some of the real people in smaller operations on the ground in Haiti who are doing such good work – as opposed to many of the larger organisations that happily collected donations but failed to deliver. (ie: The Red Cross has collected over a third of a billion dollars for “Haitian relief” but apparently only used one quarter of that amount for the stated purpose. http://www.blackvoicenews.com/news/news-wire/44194-red-cross-aid-for-haiti-not-in-haiti.html)
Bye the way, Mr. Farah: we are disgusted with the refusal of our Barbados Government to accept ANY Haitians for lifesaving medical treatments or rehabilitation as requested of Barbados by the United States. We know and appreciate that the USA continues to be the leader in delivering aid to Haiti. Nor have we forgotten that American rescue teams selflessly dropped everything and came to Barbados when we needed help with a family trapped in a cave-in.
As Barbados Free Press wrote on January 17, 2010 a few days after the Haitian earthquake in our article “Royal Caribbean passengers frolic in Haiti as the screams from the rubble continue“…
“There are only two entities that had the ability to deliver major quantities of food, water, medical supplies and shelter to the Haitian people during the first week of the disaster: The United States military and the Caribbean Cruise Ship industry.
President Obama waved his hand and the might of the United States headed for Haiti. American Special forces teams secured the airport within hours of the earthquake and the airplanes started to arrive shortly thereafter. The US Navy and their helicopters started to arrive before sun-up the next day and a carrier group arrived on day 2.
Say what you will about history, the past US abuses in Haiti, and the concerns of the pundits (but not those trapped in the wreckage) that the US has just invaded again: the bloody Yanks are coming through in Haiti like nobody else can.”
(See our articles listed at the end of this email)
Attached are some of our previous articles about Haiti and Royal Caribbean’s operations at Labadee. Over the years World Net Daily has published many articles about the failure of Haiti to progress. Perhaps some of our pieces (and especially the blog of missionaries Licia & Enoch Betor who run a medical clinic and orphanage in Haiti) will provide additional perspective for you and your readers.
We look forward to seeing World Net Daily’s revised “Tea Party at Sea” advertisements and a WND article clarifying the actual Tea Party Cruise destination as a private beach in Haiti.
Barbados Free Press
(Marcus, Shona, George, Cliverton, Robert & Auntie Moses)
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