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#5125: Hurray for Son Excellence Monsieur Rene Preval! (fwd)
From: P D Bellegarde-Smith <email@example.com>
In his speech last week before the General Assembly at the United
Nations, the President of Haiti Rene Preval said the following warned of a
"social explosion" if the gap between rich and poor continues to widen."
He continued, "What's the point of stepping foot on Mars if there is still
hunger in several regions of our planet?" Preval also seemed to lay some
blame for the world's ills on corporations, pointing to the "immense
power" of media conglomerates and the placing of profits over the needs of
humans, especially those suffering from diseases such as AIDS that can be
treated if not cured. "The human cost of these tragedies is scandalous
particularly because the means to mitigate them considerably do exist." As
concerns globalization, the President said: "Without rules of the road,
this globalization would be a jungle. GLOBALIZATION IS NOT NEW. SLAVERY
AND COLONIALISM AND THE TWO GREAT WARS OF THIS PAST CENTURY ARE EVIDENCE
OF THIS." [emphasis mine].
Excerpted from "The Haitian Times," September 13-19, 2000, page 2.