, 29 tweets, 13 min read Read on Twitter
Petro Caribe, Panama Papers, and Pandemonium in Haiti

1. The implications of a multibillion dollar Petrocaribe scandal in Haiti uncovered by the Panama Papers are vast, extending far beyond the country's borders and inciting pandemonium in the Haitian homeland to this day.
2. Petrocaribe is an aid program Venezuela offers to several Caribbean states but whose funding is suspected of being misappropriated. In 2008 at the third summit, Haiti joined the union under then President Preval.
3. On Jan 12 2010 a 7.0 earthquake struck the impoverished country, drawing the attention of the world, including those who sought to exploit the disaster for personal gain.
4. Major world-wide players swooped in quickly to place pawns in position under the guise of humanitarian aid.
5. Less than 1 year after the earthquake HRC traveled to Haiti intent on pressuring Préval who reportedly “tried to resist and did, until the visit of Hillary Clinton. That was when Préval understood he had no way out and accepted” it.
6. A series of emails between Laura Graham, then COO of the CF, Bill Clinton, HRC & Cheryl Mills prove that it was the the Clintons who installed their preferred candidate Martelly to the Haitian presidency.
7. With Martelly in place, government & UN backed companies eyed Haiti as an opportunity to fleece the country of it's resources. This dig will focus on the Canadian firm SNC Lavalin, though several Canadian & US firms exploited Haiti after the quake.
8. SNC Lavalin had an increasing presence in Haiti since 2004, after they received some $100M in contracts annually for ops in Haiti following the US, Canada & France overthrow of Aristide.

The 2010 earthquake presented new opportunities for SNC.

9. The post-earthquake government of Haiti, meanwhile, became increasingly reliant on the Venezuela-led Petrocaribe initiative. From 2011 to 2015, the oil-for-loans program provided the government with more than $250 million per year.
10. In August 2015 Martelly inaugurated the Delmas viaduct, a 4-lane overpass designed to ease grid-locked streets, using Petrocaribe funds. The viaduct project, proposed by SNC Lavalin, was rejected by previous President Preval who called it a "rip off"
11. The choice to use SNC Lavalin's services raises questions considering months prior the RCMP laid corruption and fraud charges against SNC-Lavalin, over allegations it used bribery to get government business in Libya.
12. At the end of the 18 month deadline and millions overbudget, the Delmas viaduct project and others like it were nowhere near finished. It became a 'concrete symbol of government waste and a rallying point for Haiti’s growing anticorruption movement.'
13. In April 2016 the Panama Papers were published, exposing tax evasion, bribery schemes, embezzlement and money laundering by the world’s elite through off-shore accounts and shell companies.
14. Among the many people, corporations, and governments that were implicated in the Panama Papers, the Haitian president Martelly as well as other Haitian officials were implicated in bribery and embezzlement schemes.
15. Also buried among the Panama Papers, the contracts show how shady consultants were paid to secure deals beyond Libya, where SNC Lavalin paid millions in a bribery scheme to obtain business in Algeria.
16. 'The payments Petrocaribe made for inexistent infrastructure filled up the pockets of at least three Presidents, several senators, and wealthy corporate groups in the region.'
17. Billions in Petrocaribe funds provided to relieve the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake ended in overpriced contracts, offshore bank accounts, and in unfinished infrastructure.
18. Following the damning evidence released in the Panama Papers, in April 2016, the Haitian Senate began a probe into spending and contracts from the Petrocaribe fund under former President Martelly
19. During the following November election, money that was for infrastructure under the Petrocaribe fund, was instead used to secure Moise’s rise to power. This happened in plain sight of the U.S. government under Obama/HRC, with its blessing.
20. October 2017, a Haitian Senate report detailed how, between 2008-2016, funds through Haiti’s participation in Petrocaribe, were misused, misappropriated, or embezzled by government officials and their cronies in the private sector.
21. On October 17, 2018 and again on November 18, 2018 massive anticorruption protests took place in Port-au-Prince and in provincial towns across the country. “Where is the Petrocaribe money?” They demanded
22. May 31, 2019, Haiti’s Superior Court of Auditors (CSCCA) released a 600-page investigation into some $2 billion in Petrocaribe-related expenditures between 2008 and 2016 missing, misspent or embezzled.
23. On June 10 2019 opposition leaders in Haiti launched a 2 day strike that paralyzed the country's capital amid another day of protests demanding President Moise resign over corruption charges from the Petrocaribe scandal.
24. On June 12, 2019 Haiti President Moise finally broke his silence amidst violent protests calling for his resignation, appealing for calm, and stating, despite all the evidence, that he’s not corrupt.
25. Having heard it all before, the Haitian people took to the streets yet again, on June 14 2019 in protest for Moise's resignation
26. A decade after the Haiti quake & countless protests later involving thousands of justifiably angry Haitians resulting in multiple deaths...& we have few answers as to where the missing Petrocaribe billions have gone.

However, thanks to the Panama Papers, we do have a clue.
27. For more information on Canadian and US gold mining corporations who exploited Haiti after the earthquake, read this thread.

For more information on SNC Lavalin, their history of corruption, and their connections, please read this thread.

30. They are all connected.
Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to TheSharpEdge
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Follow Us on Twitter!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!