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Report from Haiti: Where’s the money?  12/28/2011 SF Bay View: "Where has the money raised for Haiti gone? What about the Red Cross? What about the U.S. government? What about the money raised in France, Canada and across the world? What about the pledges to the U.N.? Where is the money? The people of Haiti continue to be plagued by the earthquake of more than 20 months ago. They are our sisters and brothers. They deserve answers. They deserve help."

HAITI: Minister Farrakhan Donates $150K Water Purification System — Allah-u-Akbar!!  12/13/2011 HCV Analysis 

Why it took 11 months instead of three weeks to show that Haiti’s cholera is Nepalese - A tale of noble and ignoble scientists, Harvard and the U.N.  11/25/2011 SF Bay View: "Back when a precise knowledge of the source of the epidemic would have saved lives and probably aborted the renewal of the U.N. (MINUSTAH) mandate in Haiti, John Mekalanos’ group at Harvard promised to carry out the study that was finally done by Aarestrup, Keim and Shakya. Mekalanos argued that the conclusive proof of the origin of any cholera could only come from studies using the most modern methods. Other scientists deferred to Harvard, first because, well, it was Harvard, and second, because they could not afford the new technology. Instead of doing a proper study, however, Mekalanos’ group compared the DNA of the cholera from Haiti to the DNA of three types of cholera from different epidemics. Not a single one was from Nepal. In the end the Harvard group published an article in which the word “Nepal” did not appear even once. The cholera they used were from an epidemic in Peru and two different epidemics in Bangladesh. They merely concluded that the cholera in Haiti is Asian: a fact that was already known from the CDC studies."

The Truth Comes Out: OAS Overturned Haitian Prez Election in a “Political Intervention,” – New CEPR Paper Suggests  10/17/2011 HCV Analysis: "An Organization of American States (OAS) Mission overturned the results of the first round of Haiti’s presidential elections last year, despite that it had no statistical evidence to do so, a new Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) paper finds. “The OAS’ actions in taking the unprecedented step of overturning an election, without a recount or evidence for its action, casts serious doubt on the institution’s credibility as an independent, neutral arbitrator or election observer,” CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot said. “It’s difficult to see this as anything other than a political intervention.”

The Organization of American States in Haiti: Election Monitoring or Political Intervention?  10/1/2011 CEPR: "Although this paper is by its nature rather technical, the basic issues are not complicated. It calls into question, in a very serious manner, the conduct of the OAS in its unprecedented action that reversed the electoral result of the first round in Haiti’s most recent election. As has been noted previously, this decision was not based on statistical inference from the electoral data. This paper goes further, and shows that the OAS decision was inconsistent with the electoral data. If the OAS decision was made for political reasons – as appears to be the case – it raises serious questions about the OAS as an independent arbiter of electoral or other disputes that arise in the hemisphere. It also indicates that the hemisphere may need a new multilateral organization to safeguard the rights of people in Latin America and the Caribbean to freely choose their own governments, and to democracy and self-determination more generally."

Haiti: “Violent Altercation” Between Prime Minister Nominee Garry Conille and Presidential Adviser  9/11/2011 HCV Analysis: "Radio Caraibes RTVC reported the altercation occurred as advisers to the President asked Dr. Conille to sign an undated letter of resignation from his post as Prime Minister, before becoming Prime Minister. Refusing to sign the letter, Dr. Conille called for officers of the Police Nationale d’Haiti (PNH) to ensure his safety from the field."

UN Troops in Haiti Accused of Sexual Assault  9/7/2011 HCV Analysis: "The video is profoundly disturbing. It shows four men, identified as Uruguayan troops from the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), apparently raping an 18-year old Haitian youth. Two of them have the victim pinned down on a mattress, with his hands twisted high up his back so that he cannot move. Perhaps the most unnerving part of the video is the constant chorus of laughter from the perpetrators; it’s just a big drunken party to them.ABC News reports that Uruguayan Navy Lieutenant Nicolas Casariego confirmed the authenticity of the video. A medical certificate filed with the court in Port Salut, a southern coastal town where the incident took place, says that the victim was beaten and had injuries consistent with a sexual assault."

Against all odds Aristide returns to Haiti  3/19/2011 SF Bay View: "Aristide returned to Haiti today. I’ve not seen such genuine happiness on the faces of Haiti’s poor in over seven years."

Haiti's recovery on hold: The US unleashes the 'Big Stick'  1/30/2011 Jamaica Observer: "HARDLY anything about Haiti should surprise anybody these days, but the return of Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier blindsided just about everybody on both sides of the Atlantic... well maybe with the exception of the French."

Wikileaks: US Embassy Makes Its Case for MINUSTAH  1/29/2011 Media Hacker: "A premature departure of MINUSTAH would leave the Preval government or his successor vulnerable to resurgent kidnapping and international drug trafficking, revived gangs, greater political violence, an exodus of seaborne migrants, a sharp drop in foreign and domestic investment, and resurgent populist and anti-market economy political forces – reversing gains of the last two years."

WikiLeaks points to US meddling in Haiti  1/21/2011 Guardian: "It seems unlikely that a decorated army veteran, parachutist and instructor would be careless enough with a pistol to accidentally shoot himself in the head. Furthermore, Bacellar was a very religious man, with a wife and two children in Brazil. He had just returned to Haiti four days earlier from a Christmas visit home. Even if suicide cannot be ruled out, one would have expected such a man to leave behind a message of some sort. Yet, according to the sources of Brazilian journalist Ana Maria Brambilla, Bacellar "did not display any signs of depression during his last days". He was accustomed, after "39 years of service, to pressure far worse than he had seen in his four months in Haiti," his military colleagues told the Independent. According to the South African newspaper Beeld, "the latest reports in the Dominican media questioned the feasibility of suicide, as no bullet casing was found near the body … He would have been an easy target for a sniper." Most incongruously, Bacellar's T-shirt and boxer-clad body was reportedly found with a book on his lap, according to the Dominican daily El Nacional, as he had apparently been reading and relaxing in his underwear on his balcony when the urge to shoot himself came on."

Some See a Cash Motive in Duvalier’s Return  1/21/2011 NYT: "But the new law does not go into effect until Feb. 1, which may explain the timing of Mr. Duvalier’s bold move. Under the current rules, states making claims to money in Switzerland must show that they have begun a criminal investigation against the suspected offender before any funds can be returned. So if Mr. Duvalier had been able to slip into the country and then quietly leave without incident, as he was originally scheduled to do on Thursday, he may have been able to argue that Haiti was no longer interested in prosecuting him — and that the money should be his."

Ask them how the US assassination of a Brazilian general......would impact US-Latin American relations  1/20/2011 Quotha: "KIM IVES: Exactly. They’ve been pressuring Brazil. And there’s another interesting WikiLeak that came out today, that the Brazilian general in 2006 who supposedly committed suicide in his hotel room— AMY GOODMAN: Under MINUSTAH, the U.N. forces. KIM IVES: Of the U.N. forces, MINUSTAH—was that he may in fact have been assassinated."

Jean-Claude Duvalier charged with theft over 15-year rule  1/19/2011 BBC: "But human rights groups say Mr Duvalier should also face trial for the torture and murder of thousands of people."

Former Haiti Dictator Charged With Corruption  1/19/2011 Sky News: "After several hours of questioning, he left the prosecutor's office but was ordered to remain in the country."

Haiti's democracy in the balance  1/19/2011 Znet: "The first problem with the OAS Mission’s report is that there were more than 1,300 tally sheets representing about 156,000 votes that went missing or were quarantined. This is about six times as many ballot sheets as the ones that the Mission eliminated. Since these areas were more pro-Celestin than the rest of the country, he would very likely have come in second if the missing tally sheets had been included. The Mission did not address this problem in its report. The second problem is that the Mission examined only 919 of the 11,181 tally sheets to find the 234 that they threw out. This would not be so strange if they had used statistical inference, as is commonly done in polling, to say something about the other 92 percent of ballot sheets that they did not examine. However this is not included in the leaked report."

Congresswoman Waters opposes plot to control Haiti  1/18/2011 Maxine Waters: "The plot to control Haiti has gone from the absurd to the ridiculous. The return of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier to Haiti in the midst of a flawed election is truly shocking. The Duvalier dictatorship was absolutely brutal, and there is extensive documentation of the human rights violations suffered by the Haitian people during his reign. I was pleased to hear that the authorities had taken him into custody, and I urge that he be tried for his crimes. Nevertheless, Duvalier’s return raises serious questions about who in Haiti facilitated his return and what his supporters expect to gain by bringing him back."

17.01.2006: DOMINICAN PRESIDENT RECEIVES STATE DAS FOR CARIBBEAN  1/17/2011 Aftenposten: "Fernandez inquired about the circumstances surrounding the death of Brazilian Army General Urano Teixeira da Matta Bacellar. DAS Duddy confirmed that all indications pointed to suicide. Fernandez expressed skepticism. He had met General Bacellar; to him, suicide seemed unlikely for a professional of Bacellar´s caliber. Fernandez said he believes that there is a small group in Haiti dedicated to disrupting the elections and creating chaos; that this group had killed MINUSTAH members in the past (a Canadian and a Jordanian, and now the Brazilian General); and that there would be more violence against MINUSTAH forces as the election date approaches. The President said he knew of a case in which a Brazilian MINUSTAH member had killed a sniper. Although he allowed that Bacellar´s death might be due to an accidentally self-inflicted wound, he believes that the Brazilian government is calling the death a suicide in order to protect the mission from domestic criticism. A confirmed assassination would result in calls from the Brazilian populace for withdrawal from Haiti. Success in this mission is vital for President Lula of Brazil, because it is part of his master plan to obtain a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council."

Duvalier's return adds to Haiti's political turmoil  1/17/2011 WaPo: "The U.S. ambassador to Haiti, Kenneth Merten, said in an interview that the U.S. government supports the OAS report and its conclusions. "The international community is entirely unified on this point. There is nothing to negotiate in the report," Merten said. He said he hoped that the Preval government and electoral council would accept this "and move forward with second-round elections."

Haiti's political earthquake  1/16/2011 LA Times: "In the first vote count, in early December, it was Martelly who came in third, but after those results were released, his supporters went on a four-day rampage, burning public buildings and committing other acts of violence and vandalism. If the OAS report is accepted by the Haitian government — and there will be intense pressure for that — it could mean that Martelly will be the next president of Haiti. According to many sources, including the president himself, the international community has threatened Preval with immediate exile if he does not bow to their interpretation of election results. Sweet Micky, which is Martelly's stage name, is a complicated character. He's a wild performer who has appeared in diapers and in women's clothes on stage (though not simultaneously). A new, sweeter Micky seems to have left those days behind, and his presidential campaign focuses on competence, transparency and delivery of services, all areas in which the current administration has fallen short… Among all this misery, the young, blond, carefree cadres of nongovernmental organizations skitter around in their SUVs, trying to fix a few small things. They start new orphanages; they feed a neighborhood; they erect a school; they make sure Bill Clinton, the U.N.'s special envoy to Haiti, gets from one event to the next. They go out to bars and restaurants in the better parts of town."

Haiti Election Recount Report Reveals Massive Irregularities Beyond Those Noticed by the OAS and CEP  1/9/2011 CEPR: "The participation rate was extremely low, with just 22.9 percent of registered voters having their vote counted. As a comparison, presidential elections in 2006 saw a participation rate of 59.3 percent."

Clinton in Haiti - Haiti's Colonial Overlord  8/5/2010 Counterpunch: "Ordinary Haitians have a different view. They remember Clinton as the man who, while president, demanded Haiti follow the "Plan of Death"--the neoliberal prescriptions of the IMF and World Bank that "structurally adjusted" the Haitian economy in the interests of U.S. business, at the expense of the country's peasants and poor. Today, Haitians know Clinton as a man who wields immense power over the country's future. Esquire's description of him as the "CEO of a leaderless nation." can only be called a political Freudian slip--a CEO, after all, is concerned with profitable investments for shareholders, not meeting people's needs."

Clinton in Haiti - Haiti's Colonial Overlord  8/5/2010 Counterpunch: "Ordinary Haitians have a different view. They remember Clinton as the man who, while president, demanded Haiti follow the "Plan of Death"--the neoliberal prescriptions of the IMF and World Bank that "structurally adjusted" the Haitian economy in the interests of U.S. business, at the expense of the country's peasants and poor. Today, Haitians know Clinton as a man who wields immense power over the country's future. Esquire's description of him as the "CEO of a leaderless nation." can only be called a political Freudian slip--a CEO, after all, is concerned with profitable investments for shareholders, not meeting people's needs."

UN tells Aristide party to fight in Haiti election  3/14/2009 AP: "A U.N. Security Council delegation praised the party of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Saturday for fighting to overturn the disqualification of its Senate candidates, saying it could help avert a potentially dangerous crisis. Haiti's provisional electoral council has barred Aristide's Fanmi Lavalas party from participating in next month's Senate elections for largely technical reasons, angering supporters who have threatened to sabotage the vote. Observers fear the council's decision could lead to violence."

Desire to reconnect rekindles Vodou among younger Haitian-Americans  2/6/2009 Sun Sentinel 

What Is Washington's Role in Haiti's Food Crisis?  7/7/2008 Alternet 

International coalition rallies for Haiti  4/25/2008 McClatchy: "Alarmed that Haiti's hard-won stability could be swept away by the food crisis, a broad coalition of international donors and countries is rallying to assist President René Préval with emergency grants and soft loans. On Thursday, an international delegation led by the head of the Organization of American States and top officials from the United States, Canada, the European Union, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina traveled to Haiti to meet with Préval, who is attempting to form a new government after his prime minister was forced out following riots over rising food prices."

The US Role in Haiti’s Hunger Riots  4/22/2008 Dissident Voice: "The New York Times lectured Haiti on April 18 that “Haiti, its agriculture industry in shambles, needs to better feed itself.” Unfortunately, the article did not talk at all about one of the main causes of the shortages: the fact that the US and other international financial bodies destroyed Haitian rice farmers to create a major market for heavily subsidized rice from US farmers. This is not the only cause of hunger in Haiti and other poor countries, but it is a major force."

A Policy of Heartlessness - Losing Haiti  4/17/2008 Counterpunch: "MINUSTAH, the UN mission in Haiti, was put in place to defend the U.S.-backed coup regime which ousted the democratically-elected government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004. After the coup, thousands of pro-Aristide dissidents were killed, raped or forced into exile, thousands more jailed without charge. Last August, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon visited the sprawling seaside slum of Cite Soleil and boasted, "In an operation lasting six weeks, amid fierce firefights, UN forces took control of the slum." He told reporters, "I am convinced that Haiti is at a turning point. Long the poorest country in the western hemisphere, seemingly forever mired in political turmoil, it at long last has a golden chance to begin to rebuild itself. With the help of the international community - and the UN in particular - it can." Ban Ki Moon went on to warn against the UN leaving "too soon" and pushed for a renewed mandate for MINUSTAH. But Brazilian soldier Tailon Ruppenthal is less starry eyed about MINUSTAH. In a recent memoir of his tour of duty, Rupenthal writes, "After a few months even getting out of bed is hard. You remember that you will cross paths with all those people who are starving but there's nothing you can do." The Brazilian, who now suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome, concludes, "we are losing the real war: against poverty Only the fight against poverty will bring peace. When will they see that?"

Letter from Port-Au-Prince - The Food Riots in Haiti  4/16/2008 Counterpunch: "The American Embassy has been silent. The mass media has been talking about food riots around the world and saying thats what's going on in Haiti, but the reality is, though a Coup d'Etat has been avoided, the Alexis government has fallen. The Embassy doesn't always wish to understand Haiti. Its not their fault. You can't blame people for being incompetent, you can only blame their bosses for failing to identify their incompetence for whatever personal political agenda."

Is starvation contagious?  4/13/2008 Jamaica Observer: "Few people, much less their governments, appear to be concerned about what is happening in Haiti, next to Cuba our nearest neighbour and, in historical terms, the people who paved the way for our freedom from slavery and implemented for the first time anywhere in the world, the idea of universal human rights."

UN council deplores Haiti violence, calls for aid  4/8/2008 Reuters 

Marguerite Laurent  3/20/2008 MargeriteLaurent.com: "...Members of the elite are now contemplating a sort of 'final solution' that amounts to little less than a strategy of open warfare - the use of foreign and domestic troops to kill off the poorest of the poor, pure and simple"

Alternatives International and the “Massacre” that Wasn’t North American and European Nonprofits Promote Elitist, Revisionist Vision of 2004 Haiti Coup Aftermath  2/29/2008 NarcoNews: "NGOs contributed greatly to the destabilization campaign prior to the coup, [1] leading to a human rights catastrophe in which thousands who supported Aristide’s deposed government and lived in Haiti’s poorest slums were murdered. It isn’t surprising that a report produced by Alternatives and FRIDE would depict the work of UN troops in Haiti as benevolent, but it is surprising that the report descended into flagrant bigotry and slander."

The Failure of Human Rights Watch in Venezuela and Haiti  2/23/2008 Haiti Analysis: "the 2008 World Report belatedly gave some attention to the disappearance of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, a prominent Haitian human rights worker and opponent of the 2004 coup. HRW stated: "In August 2007 a well known human rights advocate, Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, was abducted. At this writing his whereabouts remain unknown." Again, the absence of the word "Lavalas" is telling. Pierre-Antoine disappeared days after he had announced that he would run for the Haitian senate as a Fanmi Lavalas Party candidate. The goal of the 2004 coup and the bloodbath that followed was to eliminate the Lavalas movement - the same goal with basically the same perpetrators as during the 1991-1994 period about which HRW reported extensively."

Damning the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment - Peter Hallward Untangles the Truth About Haiti From a Web of Lies  2/19/2008 Global Research 

Commentary: Before Another Haitian Child Has to Eat Mud Pies Instead of Play with Them, Let’s Do Something  2/6/2008 Black America Web 

Rally and rolling fast call for liberation of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine  12/26/2007 Amnesty International 

Amnesty International breaks its silence: Issues statement on Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine  12/25/2007 NarcoNews: "Amnesty International finally broke its silence and released an official statement regarding leading human rights activist Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine who has been missing for four months in Haiti, and was the subject of Joe Emersberger's recent story here. "Human rights activists have been trying to convince them for months," Emersberger's fellow HaitiAnalysis researcher and publisher Jeb Sprague tells Narco News. "But now just a few days after the Narco News piece they actually finally do something.""

Haiti: Leading Human Rights Activist Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine Missing for Four Months  12/13/2007 NarcoNews: "A former member of Amnesty’s U.S. national board, Mike Levy, recently observed “I am disappointed that AI has failed to respond to Mr. Pierre-Antoine’s abduction. AI is clearly aware of his high profile as one of Haiti’s leading human rights activists and that he has received threats in the past in connection with his work.” An AI official in the USA told the website HaitiAnalysis that only Amnesty’s UK office can issue a statement of concern about Lovinsky Pierre Antoine’s case. In early November Amnesty’s UK office said it was considering making a public statement about Pierre Antoine’s disappearance but the group has yet to issue any public statement. Meanwhile, HRW, while having found time and energy over the past two years to defend Venezuelans from legal reprisals for participating in the coup d’état that briefly ousted their country’s elected president Hugo Chávez in April of 2002, has had nothing to say about the disappearance of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine."

Did He Jump or Was He Pushed? Aristide and the 2004 Coup in Haiti  12/7/2007 Haiti Analysis 

With Help From Cuba, Haiti Tries A Switch To Compact Fluorescent Lights  11/28/2007 Haiti Analysis 

An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President  11/11/2007 Randall Robinson: Robinson site has information about book tours, interviews, reviews. To obtain a copy of Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President see Amazon.com.

Report Back From Haiti: Building Democracy from the Grassroots  11/10/2007 Malcolm X Grassroots Movement: "This summer, members of the Haiti Action Committee, along with Dr. Akinyele Umoja of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, traveled to Haiti. We met with grassroots activists, political prisoners and human rights workers. We heard the continuing calls for the return of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. We saw close-up the resistance to the U.S./U.N. occupation."

New UN envoy sees long Haiti mission  11/9/2007 AP: "Hedi Annabi, in his first interview since assuming control of a 7,800-member U.N. force and hundreds of international staff in Haiti, told The Associated Press that the U.N. mission has made great strides, but will not seek to leave the volatile country anytime soon. "The security situation is extremely fragile. And if we were to downsize dramatically there would be a vacuum that would be immediately backfilled by the same people that were there when we got started," said Annabi, sitting in his office in the hills above Port-au-Prince. When asked how long that might take, Annabi said: "You don't create a security force, a police force, in two or three years. ... It takes 10, 15, 20 years.""

Sri Lankan peacekeepers in Haiti sex scandal  11/3/2007 afp: "More than 110 Sri Lankan peacekeepers serving with the UN mission in Haiti are to be sent back home over charges that they sexually exploited people, including minors, in the impoverished nation, the United Nations said on Friday. It was the latest in a series of such scandals to besmirch the world body. The accused from Sri Lanka’s 950-strong contingent in the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) “will be repatriated on disciplinary grounds on Saturday,” UN spokeswoman Michele Montas said in a statement. Nick Birnback, a spokesman for the UN department of peacekeeping operations (DPKO), said 111 soldiers and three officers would be sent home, updating an earlier figure of 108 given by Montas… This was part of a “zero tolerance” policy regarding sexual misconduct, including a “non-fraternization” rule that bars UN peacekeepers from having sex with locals. The policy was adopted after revelations in December 2004 that peacekeepers in DRC were involved in the sexual abuse of 13-year-old girls in exchange for eggs, milk or cash sums as low as one dollar."

Disappearing Democracy in Haiti  11/1/2007 GNN: "Three years after their elected president Jean Bertrand Aristide, was overthrown by a band of U.S.-trained adventurers, Haitians continue to deal with the consequences. Violence persists, both within desperately impoverished communities and directed at those who resist the UN-supported government, with frequent raids being undertaken by UN forces on opposition strongholds like Port au Prince’s Cite Soleil. Thousands have died since Aristide was deposed, mostly under the two-year dictatorship of Gerard Latortue. A study published by The Lancet reported in 2006 that in the 22 months after Aristide’s removal, over 8,000 people died violently with over 35,000 women and girls being raped. The whole country was essentially raped, with the connivance of the UN mandated MINUSTAH security forces, leaving a trail of fear, resentment, psychological scars and, with the police now staffed by many ex-participants in the 1991 coup (which also targeted Aristide), a budding police state. It’s been quite an intervention, and it’s completely off the rails."

One Lavalas official freed in Haiti, second remains missing  10/31/2007 HIP: "An official with ousted president Jean Bertrand Aristide's Lavalas political movement was released this morning after being held for three days by unknown captors. Dr. Maryse Narcisse was taken at gunpoint on Saturday from in front of her home and was the second high-profile figure of the Lavalas movement abducted in the past three months. Mr. Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine was last seen on the evening of August 12 after meeting with a US human rights delegation visiting Haiti. He was abducted following his announcement of his intention to file as a Lavalas candidate in the next round of parliamentary elections in Haiti. He has not been heard from since."

Haiti: Abduction of Leaders of Largest Political Party Raise Fears  10/29/2007 Global Research: "An official with ousted president Jean Bertrand Aristide's Lavalas political movement was abducted at gunpoint Saturday, October 27, 2007. Dr. Maryse Narcisse acted as spokesperson for exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and belongs to the five-member Executive Committee for Fanmi Lavalas. She was taken at gunpoint in front of her home in the area of Petion-Ville in Haiti's capital early Saturday evening. Narcisse is the second high-profile figure of the Lavalas movement abducted in the past three months. Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine was last seen on the evening of Sunday, August 12, 2007 after meeting with a US human rights delegation visiting Haiti. He has not been heard from since. Mr. Pierre-Antoine was abducted shortly after he had announced his intention to file as a Lavalas candidate for the next round of parliamentary elections in Haiti."

Haiti: The Kidnapping of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide  10/23/2007 The Dominion: [scroll down the Dominion's page for text] "A key piece of evidence presented in the book is the statement Robinson took from Aristide's helicopter pilot, Frantz Gabriel, in 2005. Other than President Aristide, his wife, and Haitian security personnel at the President's home, Gabriel was the only eyewitness to Aristide's abduction on the morning of February 29th, 2004. Canada's ambassador to Haiti, Claude Boucher, has stated publicly that there was no coup d'état in Haiti and that the Haitian President left of his own accord. Colin Powell, who was US Secretary of State at the time of Aristide's removal, has made similar denials. According to the CBC, Powell called "allegations of a coup d'etat and kidnapping 'baseless and absurd,' saying Aristide asked for American assistance to leave Haiti." "He came back to us and said it was his decision, based on what the security people were also telling him about the deteriorating situation, that he should leave," Powell told the press." [Article contains extensive testimony from the pilot. To obtain a copy of Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President see Amazon.com.]

Randall Robinson on Haiti's Tortured Past, Troubling Present  10/18/2007 WaPo: "In his latest work, Robinson offers a passionate retelling of the history of Haiti and the circumstances surrounding the rise and fall of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Using history, eyewitness accounts and his own role as a monitor for parliamentary elections, Robinson has created a worthy account, in his trademark incensed style, of how American and European policies have harmed, rather than helped, Haiti… Haiti's successful slave revolt will always be an affront to Western countries, he believes, but should be an inspiration to Africans and African Americans. "Haitians have a culture that slaves once bled to defend. . . . For this, Haitians are reviled by a white world that the rest of us broken souls have long since succumbed to imitate," he writes. But Robinson is most appalled at the way Aristide and his wife (he resigned from the priesthood in 1994) were removed from the country in 2004. By far the most gripping and enlightening sections of the book are ones in which Robinson, relying on interviews with Aristide's helicopter pilot, Frantz Gabriel, describes how U.S. troops whisked Aristide out of the country. Gabriel arrived at the president's house at 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 29, after getting a call from security guard who sensed that something strange was happening and told him to come. When he got there, he found the president alone, but soon U.S. officials pulled into the driveway. One walked into the living room and told Aristide, "I'm the one that has to announce to you that you've got to go." The Aristides were driven to the airport in a convoy of 10 white Suburbans; they boarded a plane and, after some uncertainty as to where they would be taken, were flown to the Central African Republic. Robinson spoke to Aristide nearly daily after the forced exit and traveled to Africa along with Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) to find out what had happened." To obtain a copy of Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President see Amazon.com

NED Publishes 2007 Grants and Experts Go Wild for US-Democracy  9/16/2007 Free Haiti 

The power of history: Haiti by Mumia Abu-Jamal  8/29/2007 SF Bay View 

MINUSTAH Hospitality  8/15/2007 Free Haiti: "Evel Fanfan (a committed and well known human rights organizer of AUMOHD who has been threatened on numerous occasions) was nearby. He observed that this was a common practice for the UN troops. MINUSTAH regularly harasses Haitian journalists and poor people, forcing them to allow a MINUSTAH soldier with a camera to take a close-up photo of their face, a form of data collection for UNOPS intelligence, he explained. Two young Haitian journalists from Cite Soleil told me that MINUSTAH tightly censors those journalists they allow into UN gatherings in Port-au-Prince."

Real reason for Haiti raid  7/29/2007 HIP: "There were new suggestions this week that a raid 10 days ago by Haiti's police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration may have been an attempt to silence one of the leaders of a 2004 coup that toppled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide - a coup many believe was orchestrated by the United States. Guy Philippe, the target of the raid, avoided capture and is now in hiding. He has since been heard on Haitian radio claiming his attempted arrest was for political reasons. Between his alleged drug affiliations and human rights abuses, Philippe has few friends in the government of current Haitian President Rene Preval or in the United States. But according to a report this week by Kevin Pina, writing for the Haiti Information Project, there may be another explanation for the DEA grab. According to Pina, on May 27, after the arrest of Wilfort Ferdinand, another coup participant, Philippe went on Haitian radio and "began to name names of business and political leaders who backed the paramilitary insurgency against Aristide's government by providing arms, ammunition and logistical support." "High on (Philippe's) list," Pina continued, "was Andy Apaid, the leader of the civil society organization called the Group 184." Seven weeks after Philippe's radio broadcast, the DEA went after him."

MINUSTAH Intimidates Journalist on World Press Freedom Day  5/8/2007 Haitian Analysis 

U.S. denies threat on Haitian aid, visas  12/8/2006 AP: "The U.S. Embassy on Friday denied that Haiti's government was threatened with the suspension of aid and travel visas if it tried to block the United States from deporting convicted Haitian criminals back to their homeland. U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Shaila B. Manyam told The Associated Press that Haitian officials were only informed that U.S. law allows the blocking of visas for officials from any country that refuses to accept its citizens after they have been convicted of crimes… In an appearance Thursday before the Haitian legislature, Alexis criticized the long-standing U.S. policy of deporting newly released Haitian convicts, blaming them for killings and kidnappings in the impoverished Caribbean nation. He also said the U.S. planned to increase the number of criminals deported back to Haiti each month from 25 to 100. Alexis told legislators he was warned that Haitians officials who don't cooperate risked a suspension in U.S. aid and loss of travel privileges to the United States."

Shots Fired at Anti - U.N. Rally in Haiti  11/18/2006 AP: "Gunfire rang out Saturday during a street protest by university students demanding the withdrawal of United Nations peacekeepers from Haiti, and witnesses said two demonstrators were wounded. About 100 protesters were marching through Port-au-Prince's downtown when gunfire erupted, scattering demonstrators. Witnesses said a security guard at a nearby bank fired the shots and was later arrested by police after protesters threatened to lynch him. It was not clear what prompted the shooting."

"You Are a Dog. You Should Die!" - Death Threats Against Lancet's Haiti Human Rights Investigator  9/16/2006 Counterpunch: "A Haitian resident of London, who wishes to remain anonymous due to the death threats, explains that on Sept. 2 Charles Arthur told her and several other people that "We need to find this woman?s phone number so people can contact her and complain to her directly." The following day a flyer emblazed with Kolbe's photo was released titled "Who is Athena Kolbe?" Respond to Fanmi Lavalas Propaganda!!!!" Another witness, wishing to go unnamed due to the fear of being targeted, explains that Arthur was responsible for distributing the fliers. The flyer's text is identical to portions of Arthur's letter to the Lancet, which he posted online. It ends by encouraging people to "ask her why she is hiding her affiliation with Fanmi Lavalas" and gives Kolbe's phone numbers, email address, home address, and the address and phone number of her family members. The calls began the next day, Kolbe explains, as she received over a dozen. One caller with a "clearly Haitian accent" called her a "Lavalas chimere" saying, "Do you know what we do to Lavalas chimere? You deserve to die painfully. We know where you are. We know who you are." In a later call she was threatened with rape, evisceration and death, said a police official. The harassment is being investigated by the FBI who have given the Wayne State University researchers "several options" to find the callers, says Hutson."

Former Haitian army colonel fatally shot  9/15/2006 AP: "PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A former army commander twice accused of plotting to overthrow Haiti's government was shot to death in an upscale suburb of the capital, police said Friday. Ex-Col. Guy Francois was killed Thursday night, said judiciary police chief Michael Lucius. Police have no motive or suspects in the killing. Francois's body was found slumped behind the wheel of his car in Petionville, a wealthy neighborhood in the hills overlooking Port-au-Prince, radio Kiskeya reported. Francois, who is the brother of Dr. M. Rony Francois, Florida's health secretary, was accused of helping plot a December 2001 attack that then President Jean-Bertrand Aristide said was an attempted coup. Francois spent two years in prison for his alleged role despite maintaining his innocence."

Shocking Lancet Study: 8,000 Murders, 35,000 Rapes and Sexual Assaults in Haiti During U.S.-Backed Coup Regime After Aristide Ouster  8/31/2006 Democracy Now 

Haitian Political Prisoner So Anne Released After Over 2 Years in Haitian Jail  8/15/2006 Democracy Now 

Seeking an "Even Playing Field": Washington and UN Work to Undermine Lavalas  4/13/2006 NarcoNews 

Seeking an "Even Playing Field": Washington and UN Work to Undermine Lavalas  4/13/2006 NarcoNews 

Elusive Victories in Haiti  3/8/2006 Counterpunch 

Amaral Duclona, the most-wanted man in Haiti  3/8/2006 SF Bay View: "Amaral Duclona is Haiti's most wanted man - that is, the most wanted by the U.S.-installed de facto government. His name flashes across television screens throughout the capital each night along with those of 12 other men accused as "bandits" in the sprawling seaside slum of Cité Soleil. Amaral is in fact the leader of the anti-coup and anti-occupation resistance in Cité Soleil. He has taken up the mantle of his fallen friend and comrade, Emmanuel "Dread" Wilmer, who was gunned down by U.N. troops last July."

The Puzzling Alliance of Chavannes Jean-Baptiste and Charles Henri Baker - Haitian Election Aftermath  3/2/2006 Counterpunch: "Imagine in U.S. politics if Cesar Chavez had suddenly endorsed and collaborated with George Wallace in his Presidential campaign, and the United Farm Workers had joined racist white plantation owners in their last-ditch effort to maintain total apartheid in the U.S. South. This is not an inappropriate comparison to the recent bizarre alliance in Haiti between Chavannes Jean-Baptiste's powerful and genuinely grassroots peasant organization, MPP (Papaye Peasant's Movement) and Charles Henri Baker, the elite owner of a Haitian garment industry sweatshop. Despite years of fighting U.S. economic polices toward Haiti, from the Creole Pig fiasco under the Duvaliers to the disastrous neoliberalism of the past decade, Chavannes and the MPP now uncritically support openly neo-liberalist and Duvalierist members of the tiny, mostly "blanc" (light-skinned, Francophone), Haitian elite, who are in turn supported by U.S. right-wing groups like the IRI (International Republican Institute), funded by USAID. Perhaps just as bizarre has been the continuing uncritical support (at least until now) by MPP's U.S. funder, Grassroots International. GI consistently takes a strong stand against what it calls the U.S. "death plan," structural adjustment and the whole World Bank neo-liberal program, yet remained silent for years after Chavannes and MPP became closely linked to precisely the U.S. "death plan" agenda, in their growing support for the successful overthrow of the Aristide government, and their close alliance with opposition groups with a neoliberal agenda and worse."

Averting Election Theft in Haiti By Rep. Maxine Waters,  2/17/2006 Alternet 

Averting Election Theft in Haiti By Rep. Maxine Waters,  2/17/2006 Alternet 

Haitian Election Sends World a Message  2/16/2006 Black Commentator: "They say revenge is a dish that men of taste prefer cold. In his position as Foreign Minister of Canada Mr. Pierre Pettigrew was one of the leading conspirators and mobilizers against President Aristide and Haitian democracy. So, it is with some satisfaction that I record that Mr. Pettigrew, a rising star in the Liberal party, lost his seat in the Canadian Parliament in the recent elections. Pettigrew was defending a seat which had been safe for the Liberals for nearly 80 years – since 1917. He was defeated handsomely by – WAIT FOR IT… (DRUMROLL and FANFARE!!!) … A Haitian woman. I am sure that you, too, will feel that somehow, somewhere, there is, occasionally, some Justice."

En Haití desenmascaran a una reportera NED  2/16/2006 Jiribilla 

Election Material Found in Haitian Dump  2/15/2006 AP: "Associated Press reporters saw hundreds of empty ballot boxes, at least one vote tally sheet and several empty bags — numbered and signed by the heads of polling stations — strewn across the fly-infested dump five miles north of Port-au-Prince. "That's extraordinary," U.N. spokesman David Wimhurst said. Catherine Sung, a U.N. electoral adviser who works at the main vote tabulation center, said the discovery of empty bags was troubling because they were not supposed to be thrown out. When shown photographs of the bags, Sung said three of them were the kind used to carry invalid and blank ballots."

Haiti: Chaos, Suppression and Fraud  2/15/2006 Counterpunch: "In a better world, Mr. Preval would be happy to go into a runoff with a 48.7% share, assured that he could attract 1.3% of the voters more easily than his opponent, Leslie Manigat, could attract 38%. Mr. Manigat might even save his country time and money by conceding an obviously futile contest. But this is Haiti, where electoral support does not always translate into political power. Mr. Preval and his supporters know that the vote only came close to 50% because the votes of Haiti’s poor- who overwhelmingly voted for Mr. Preval- had been systematically suppressed through a series of irregularities, from the voter registration last summer through election day. They draw a line from this vote suppression through questionable tabulation practices, and see it pointing towards a second round somehow stolen from them." [Some of the vote suppression tactics described in this article resemble those used in the USA.]

Declassified Documents: National Endowment for Democracy FY2005  2/15/2006 NarcoNews: Mostly on Haiti, but also Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, & Cuba.

Haiti's frontrunner rejects electoral results, calls for more protests  2/14/2006 AFP: "Massive protests two years ago turned into a popular uprising that forced Jean Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's last elected president, to flee. Haiti has been rocked by turmoil since, but the violence eased shortly before last week's elections." [The "massive protests" were hardly a popular uprising, organised as they were by the narco military and paramilitary working for the elite.]

Election Protests Mount In Haiti; Luxury Hotel Stormed  2/14/2006 All Headline News: "At least one supporter of Preval was killed. News service journalists saw the body of a man, wearing a blood-soaked T-shirt bearing an image of Preval, in the street in the Tabarre neighborhood. Witnesses say that U.N. peacekeepers opened fire on the crowd, but a U.N. spokesman denies the allegations. Witnesses say Jordanian U.N. peacekeepers opened fire, killing two and wounding four… Thousands of protesters stormed the Hotel Montana, where the country's election council had its press center, breaking through a gate and spilling into the luxury resort's garden, lobby and hallways. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in Haiti for a previously scheduled visit, attempted to disperse the crowd from a balcony at the hotel, but many among the protesters had no idea who he was. "If you shoot at us, we're going to burn all this down,'' the crowd chanted as U.N. gunships hovered overhead. Many believed that members of the country's election council were staying at the hotel and demanded to speak to the council's director general, Jacques Bernard."

Allegations Cloud Haitian Vote Count  2/13/2006 Washington Post: "But allegations by a member of Haiti's electoral commission about vote-tampering roiled the capital of Port-au-Prince, where thousands protested outside the hotel where commission members have been releasing partial results since Thursday. Electoral commissioner Pierre Richard Duchemin, whose comments were broadcast widely on radio, accused the commission of manipulating the count and refusing to tell the public that Preval had 52 percent of the vote, enough to avert a runoff and take the presidency. "According to me, there's a certain level of manipulation," Duchemin told the Associated Press, adding that "there is an effort to stop people from asking questions" about the tabulation process. The slow pace of counting ballots has tipped what was seen as Haiti's most successful election ever -- a huge, peaceful turnout of voters despite a chaotic start to balloting -- into another volatile crisis. On Sunday, the crowd in the capital blocked streets leading to the Hotel Montana, making it nearly impossible for commission members to attend a news briefing. Preval, who lives in a small white stucco house on the town square here, a six-hour drive from the turmoil of the capital, remained confident that he was about to complete a remarkable political comeback after five years of retirement. But he was suspicious of the electoral commission. At one point, he stepped onto his porch, dancing across the tile floor and singing, " Yo vole vot nuo " -- in lyric Creole, "They're stealing our votes.""

AP Blog on Haiti Elections  2/12/2006 AP 

America's Historic Debt to Haiti  2/10/2006 Consortium News: "Though the Haitian resistance had blunted Napoleon’s planned penetration of the American mainland, Jefferson reacted to the bloodshed by imposing a stiff economic embargo on the island nation. In 1806, Dessalines was brutally assassinated, touching off a cycle of political violence that would haunt Haiti for the next two centuries. By 1803, a frustrated Napoleon – denied his foothold in the New World – agreed to sell New Orleans and the Louisiana territories to Jefferson. Ironically, the Louisiana Purchase, which opened the heart of the present United States to American settlement, had been made possible despite Jefferson’s misguided collaboration with Napoleon. “By their long and bitter struggle for independence, St. Domingue’s blacks were instrumental in allowing the United States to more than double the size of its territory,” wrote Stanford University professor John Chester Miller in his book, The Wolf by the Ears: Thomas Jefferson and Slavery. But, Miller observed, “the decisive contribution made by the black freedom fighters … went almost unnoticed by the Jeffersonian administration.”"

Haiti's leading presidential candidates  2/7/2006 CNN 

Haitian People Turn Out in Force for Democracy  2/7/2006 NarcoNews 

Haiti Pre-Election Update  2/6/2006 NarcoNews: "In addition to its own violence and failing to control the violence of others, in addition to jailing a popular choice for president and hundreds of other political leaders (including the elected prime minister), the coup government further damaged the delayed elections by drastically reduceing the number of polling stations compared to previous years. Through it all, the leading candidate by far is a former President – the only one ever to serve a full term, from 1996 to 2001 – and Aristide ally, René Préval. The coup regime promises just over 800 polling stations in the nation of more than seven million. Haiti will have nearly 5,000 eligible voters per polling station, while India and at least some United States counties aim for under 1,000."

FOIAs Reveal IRI working with OPL to facilitate the creation of an anti-Lavalas socialist coalition. FOIAs also reveal USAID $3m program with UNOPS to "even the playing field".  2/5/2006 Free Haiti: "Recent FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests to USAID show that the International Republican Insitute (IRI) facilitated the creation of a socialist coalition between OPL, PANPRA, KONAKOM, and Ayiti Kapab. Research also shows that Marc Bazin's "moderate lavalas" candidacy has also been facilitated and supported by the IRI."

Haiti: Hopes for a Peaceful Alternative as the UN Plans to Invade Cité Soleil - An Interview with Frank Eaton, Filmmaker and Kidnapping Victim  1/26/2006 NarcoNews 

Letter from a Haitian Prison By Fr. GERARD JEAN-JUSTE  1/24/2006 Counterpunch 

MLK in Port au Prince prison with Fr. Jean-Juste  1/18/2006 SF Bay View 

SA sniper in Haiti hit?  1/10/2006 News 24, South Africa: "The latest reports in the Dominican media questioned the feasibility of suicide as no bullet casing was found near the body. Reports in El Nacional newspaper said that Bacellar was sitting reading on his hotel-room balcony when he died. His book was in his lap. He would have been an easy target for a sniper."

Mystery Surrounds Death of U.N. Official in Haiti  1/9/2006 Ohmy News: "His body was found in his apartment in Port Au Prince, the Haitian capital, Jan. 7, with a gunshot wound to the head. According to Lieutenant-colonel Fernando da Cunha Matos of the Brazilian Forces in Haiti, Bacellar was the victim of an accident. International news agencies were reporting the next morning that Bacellar committed suicide, though he did not display any signs of depression during his last days."

Haiti: UN Commander dead in Haiti amid pressure from elite  1/8/2006 Haiti Action: "According to several sources in the Haitian press, Bacellar had participated in a tense meeting with the president of Haiti's Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Reginald Boulos, and Group 184 leader Andy Apaid the night before. Bacellar's death comes on the heels of Boulos's announcement of a nationwide general strike on Monday aimed at forcing the UN mission to get tough with bandits in Cite Soleil. The term "Bandits" is often seen as a code word for Lavalas supporters, and Cite Soleil has served as a launching site for massive demonstrations demanding the return of ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Mario Andresol, the current Chief of Police, representing the US-installed government of Gerard Latortue, recently alleged that the community was also being used by Columbian drug traffickers and "certain political forces" to hide victims of a recent spate of kidnappings in the capital… Following the death of Lt. Gen. Bacellar, the U.N. named controversial Chilean Gen. Eduardo Aldunate Herman as the interim commander… On October 17th, the Chilean Government admitted that Gen. Eduardo Aldunate, second in command of its military forces in Haiti, was linked to the disbanded National Intelligence Central (CNI), oppressive military forces that operated under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). The charge was initially denied by the Minister of Defense and the Army Chief… he associations are made more grave in light comments by rebel leader turned Haitian Police force top, Guy Philippe, stating his admiration of the former dictator, adding, "Pinochet made Chile what it is.""

Heleno knew something his successor found out too late  1/8/2006 soc.culture.haiti: "January 5, in the midst of widespread rumours that Haiti's right wing elite will get its wish granted for a massive attack on Cité Soleil, a reliable source informs me that Cité Soleil have been declared off limits to journalists - something will come down this week-end. January 6 U.N. Security Council meets to discuss Haiti.... January 7 Urano Teixeira Da Matta Bacellar is found dead at Hotel Montana. (According to several press reports, this death comes in the heal of a heated debate with Mr. Valdes, the Civilian head of the MINUSTAH, the night before)."

Gen Bacellars Reason For Suicide - Did The Greedy Vampires Kill The UN Commander?  1/7/2006 Haiti Elections Archives '05: The author of the first piece is Charles Henry Baker, a wealthy sweatshop owner and prominent member of the Group 184: "There is no suspicion of foul play in General Urano Texeira da Matta Bacellar's death, it is being investigated but people recognize it to be a suicide. As for why General Bacellar would committ suicide, the current theory is that he had ordered the kidnapping of an American citizen who was eventually freed after a ransom was paid, American authorithies while investigating caught and questioned the kidnappers who revealed that they were acting on orders of General Bacellar himself; realizing that the USA closing in on him, Bacellar committed suicide."

Napoleon carried out 'ethnic cleansing' in Haiti, says French historian  11/30/2005 AFP 

Haitian and US lawyers seek funds, lawyers and solidarity to end US, Canada and UN terror against Haiti  11/23/2005 SF Bay View 

The Maroons salute the Battle of Vertières ... on this day, 202 years ago!  11/23/2005 SF Bay View 

Attacks on the poor in Martissant and Gran Ravine  11/2/2005 SF Bay View: "On Oct. 26, a group of armed men assaulted civilians in the Martissant and Gran Ravine areas of Port-au-Prince, the latest in a series of targeted attacks on the two neighborhoods, which are heavily populated and impoverished and known to be sympathetic to the pro-democracy movement."

A visit with Fr. Jean-Juste in prison  10/26/2005 SF Bay View: "Father was brought before the judge three days ago. The judge will be making his report soon. We asked him if he thought he was in prison so that he could not be registered as the presidential candidate for the Lavalas party, and he said yes. We also asked him if he thought the United States was ultimately behind his imprisonment. He said he did not like to think such things because he has good friends in the U.S. However, he also said that he thought extreme elements in the U.S. government could be involved."

Haiti's child prisoners: Their hope is fading  10/26/2005 SF Bay View: "At Radio Timoun, when Aristide was president, orphaned children in Haiti ran their own radio station. Now many are jailed - indefinitely."

'We won't be peaceful and let them kill us any longer' Bel Air interview with Roaean Baptiste  10/19/2005 SF Bay View 

Lavalas base reconfirms support for jailed priest, condemns sham elections  9/21/2005 SF Bay View: "Cell phones and fixed telephone lines were lit up for most of the day Sunday with communications between hundreds of meetings held throughout Haiti by members of Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Lavalas party, Haiti’s largest political party. The primary topic was the development of a response to the decision of Haiti’s electoral council (CEP) to bar Catholic priest Gérard Jean-Juste as their Lavalas presidential candidate."

Lavalas base reconfirms support for jailed priest, condemns sham elections  9/21/2005 SF Bay View: "Cell phones and fixed telephone lines were lit up for most of the day Sunday with communications between hundreds of meetings held throughout Haiti by members of Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Lavalas party, Haiti’s largest political party. The primary topic was the development of a response to the decision of Haiti’s electoral council (CEP) to bar Catholic priest Gérard Jean-Juste as their Lavalas presidential candidate."

Masked Haitian police took Kevin Pina and Jean Ristil away today Demand their immediate release - contact info below  9/15/2005 SF Bay View 

Masked Haitian police took Kevin Pina and Jean Ristil away today Demand their immediate release - contact info below  9/15/2005 SF Bay View 

5,000 soccer fans witness Haitian police machete massacre  8/31/2005 SF Bay View 

20 Massacred in Port-au-Prince Soccer Stadium, Jailed Jean-Juste Mulls Presidential Run  8/26/2005 Democracy Now 

35 killed in latest Haiti unrest  8/12/2005 Agence France Press: "The staggering figure came as nine suspected criminals were killed in a police operation in the Port-au-Prince slum of Bel Air today, police said. Police this week have conducted raids in Port-au-Prince neighbourhoods considered bastions of supporters of former president Jean Bertrand Aristide, who fled the country amid a popular uprising last year." The French do not want to forgive Aristide his demand that they return the reparations Haiti was forced to pay for daring to be free of colonialism.

Haiti frees rebel leader blamed in deaths  8/12/2005 AP: "A Haitian rebel leader who once led a paramilitary group accused of killing and torturing thousands of people has been released from prison, his lawyer said Friday. Louis-Jodel Chamblain, a leader of the armed uprising that ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February 2004, was released Thursday from the National Penitentiary, attorney Stanley Gaston said. Chamblain, 51, was jailed in April 2004 on two counts of murder. He was acquitted but kept in prison while authorities investigated allegations that he masterminded a 1993 fire that devastated part of Cite Soleil, a vast waterfront shantytown outside of Port-au-Prince, Gaston said."

Murdering Haiti  8/10/2005 SF Bay View 

U.S. sends guns to Haiti before elections  8/6/2005 AP: "The United States will provide Haitian police with firearms and tear gas to aid the fight against militants ahead of elections this fall, the American ambassador said Friday. The shipment is an exception to the arms embargo that the United States imposed on the Caribbean nation in 1991, U.S. Ambassador James Foley said. "Given the state of insecurity in this country, the attempts to create chaos, we had to do our best to protect the people from the forces of insecurity and criminality,'' Foley said. U.S. officials previously acknowledged giving 2,600 used firearms to the Haitian National Police last year to help re-equip and professionalize the force. Haitian officials have claimed that police are outgunned by gangs and militants, some of whom are loyal to ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Human rights groups, however, have alleged that the force is corrupt and brutal and responsible for unjustified killings. Foley did not specify the arrival date for the $1.9 million shipment, which officials said will include some 3,000 handguns, several hundred rifles and tear gas."

UN admits Haiti force is not up to the job it faces  7/30/2005 Independent, UK: "International forces in Haiti are to be bolstered by hundreds of extra troops following an admission by the UN's top peacekeeping official that the soldiers it has are not sufficiently trained and equipped. The move comes amid mounting evidence that UN forces may have recently killed up to two dozen civilians."

Wave of protest condemns UN massacre of poor in Haiti - Protest campaign spreads to 5 countries and 15 cities  7/27/2005 SF Bay View 

Why the U.S. and France hate Haiti  7/27/2005 SF Bay View 

July 6, 2005: Haiti, the Gaza Strip of the Caribbean  7/20/2005 SF Bay View: “Two helicopters flew overhead. At 4:30 a.m., UN forces launched the offensive, shooting into houses, shacks, a church and a school with machine guns, tank fire and tear gas. Eyewitnesses reported that when people fled to escape the tear gas, UN troops gunned them down from the back.” – from a report by a San Francisco-based labor/human rights delegation that was in Haiti on Wednesday, July 6, when UN forces committed a massacre against the residents of the neighborhood of Cité Soleil"

Protest UN ‘peacekeeper’ massacres in Haiti  7/20/2005 SF Bay View: "According to the eyewitness account from a Haitian (who shall remain anonymous for this report) who was present in Cité Soleil during the operation and who did get some film footage of the operation as it unfolded, a very different picture emerges. Like the official UN account, he reported that UN forces surrounded Cité Soleil, sealing off the alleys with APCs and troops. He reported that not one, but two helicopters flew overhead. From this point on, his account diverges considerably from the official UN account. He reported that at 4:30 a.m., UN forces launched the offensive, shooting into houses, shacks, a church and a school with machine guns, APC cannons and tear gas. The eyewitness reported that when people fled to escape the tear gas, UN troops gunned them down from the back. UN forces shot out electric transformers in the neighborhood. People were killed in their homes and also just outside of their homes, on the way to work. According to this account, one man named Leon Cherry, 46, was shot and killed on his way to work for a flower company. Another man, Mones Belizaire, was shot as he got ready to go to work in a local sweatshop and subsequently died from a stomach infection. A woman who was a street vendor was shot in the head and killed instantly. One man was shot in his ribs while he was trying to brush his teeth. Another man was shot in the jaw as he left his house to try and get some money for his wife’s medical costs; he endured a slow death. Yet another man named Mira was shot and killed while urinating in his home. A mother, Sonia Romelus, and her two young children were killed in their home, reportedly by UN fire after UN forces lobbed a 83-CC gas grenade into their home. The video footage taken by this eyewitness during the operation shows many of these killings while they were occurring. While it does not show images of the UN troops as they were firing into the community, one can view at least 10 unarmed people either in the process of being killed or who were already killed."

Haitian Elections: No Voters, No Problem  7/7/2005 Black Commentator 

UN covers for Haiti’s killer cops, threatens American journalist  5/25/2005 SF Bay View 

S.Africa's ANC seeks Aristide return to Haiti  5/13/2005 Reuters: "South Africa's ruling ANC party intensified its campaign on Friday for the return to Haiti of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide as part of a drive to restore order and end bloodshed in the Caribbean country. Aristide was forced to leave Haiti 14 months ago in the face of an armed rebellion and pressure from Washington and Paris, and now lives in exile in South Africa. He says his expulsion amounted to a coup and failed to bring peace to his country of 8 million people, the poorest country in the Americas. "The constitutional order must be restored, which should include the creation of conditions for the return of all exiles, including President Aristide, and the organisation of free, peaceful and fair democratic elections," the African National Congress (ANC) said in its weekly newsletter. In a scathing commentary on events in Haiti, the ANC urged the United Nations to work with regional groups like the Caribbean Community (Caricom) to end what it said was the persecution of members of Aristide's Lavalas party, illegal arrests and summary executions. "Urgent steps need to be taken to end the brutalisation of Haiti's population and open the way for a meaningful national dialogue towards the restoration of the country's constitutional order," the ANC said."

Cité Soleil under siege: Haiti’s elite, UN and fat cat NGOs paralyzed  4/27/2005 SF Bay View: "Evidence shows these poor neighborhoods have been victims to fragmentation and incendiary type bombs lobbed into the community by UN forces over the past few days. One victim of the shrapnel explained: “We were sleeping when the bomb exploded. It sent metal fragments to kill people everywhere. It landed in a large pool of water that became filled with fire before exploding. It nearly burned down my house. At first I didn’t feel anything, but my son said I was bleeding from my side.” A Lavalas militant stated, “The Jordanians are the most brutal among the UN forces. We are not stupid. We realize the Jordanian people could never live up to the one-man one-vote formula dictated to us by the international community. We have contact with Jordanians who say they are living under an undemocratic dictatorship in their own country. “What has the U.S. promised them in military aid to oppress our people in the name of democracy? Look it up in the record. Every single nation that is participating in the UN coalition in Haiti receives large funding from the Pentagon. All we ask is that you do your homework."

US admits 2,600 weapons sent to Haiti  4/24/2005 Scotsman: "THE US government gave more than 2,600 weapons to bolster Haiti’s controversial police force last year despite allegations of human rights abuses and a more than 13-year-old arms embargo, officials at the State Department and US Embassy said. The officials rejected allegations of a massive $7m shipment of arms and ammunition to Haiti in 2004, but conceded that the US had given a smaller amount of arms to the Haitian government in the form of bilateral assistance. An official at the State Department added that the US government was considering a request by the Haitian government to approve the sale of an additional $1.9m in weapons this year."

Time for Apologies - The Brazilian Military and Human Rights in Haiti  4/13/2005 NarcoNews: "At the end of March the international GNO Global Justice Center and the Human Rights Program of Harvard University released a report that shook the trust of the international community in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), commanded by Brazilian troops. The report not only claims that the peace forces are not fulfilling the mandate, but also actually accuses them of violating human rights. “The time for excuses if over,” says the report (PDF). Global Justice president James Cavallaro teaches law at Harvard and has been denouncing the human rights situation in Brazil for many years. He was in the country twice, in December 2004 and February of this year, together with other researchers, to talk to and gather information about the work of the troops. He gave Narco News the following interview:"

Police kill Haitian rebel leader  4/9/2005 BBC: "Haitian police have killed a prominent rebel leader in a suburb of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Ravix Remissainthe was one of the key figures in a three-week uprising that ousted former President Jean-Bernard Aristide, who fled Haiti last year. Ravix was wanted by police in connection with the murder of four officers in February and several other attacks on police stations."

Haiti: The price of freedom  3/25/2005 Progreso Weekly: "The most unfortunate of American nations was the only one on earth obligated to pay in gold for its liberty. In 1814, France demanded 150 million francs because, due to its revolution, it lost its most prosperous colony where 450,000 slaves, exploited by 40,000 whites, produced almost all of the sugar and coffee that Europe consumed. There was bartering and the figure was rounded off to 90 million. When in 1883 all payments were terminated, Paris recognized Haiti’s independence. In 2003, 189 years later, Jean Bertrand-Aristide, the only Haitian president elected on two occasions, demanded that the contribution be returned which he calculated to currently represent 21.685 million dollars. Jacques Chirac sent Regis Debray who, with the ambiguity that characterizes him, acknowledged the legitimacy of the charge as much as the repayment demanded. But instead of paying, France joined the U.S. in removing Aristide from the presidential palace at gunpoint, and sending him to the confines of Africa."

Police brutality in Port au Prince puts UN mandate to the test  3/23/2005 SF Bay View: "On Monday, Feb. 28, Haitian National Police opened fire on several thousand unarmed demonstrators in Bel Air, killing five and wounding dozens. Brazilian troops, part of the United Nations MINUSTAH mission in Haiti, witnessed the incident and did not intervene at the time. This is not the first time that the UN has witnessed extrajudicial executions by the Haitian National Police without intervening. In fact they have been directly involved in training the police, so they are not merely casual observers but also shoulder a heavy burden of responsibility for the widespread police violence since the overthrow of the democratically elected government."

Yvon Neptune and Haiti's Political Prisoners - Jailed Without Charges  3/16/2005 Counterpunch: "On March 9, Senators Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Tom Harkin (D-IO), James Jeffords (I-VT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) sent a letter to interim Prime Minister Latortue, in which they wrote, "If no charges have been brought against Mr. Neptune, we demand that he be immediately released." That same day, a UN Security Council press statement on Haiti was issued, emphasizing Neptune's imprisonment and calling on the government to "expedite all pending cases and to ensure due process for all citizens." The senators' letter and the Security Council statement follow on the heels of Representative Maxine Waters' (D-CA) March 7 trip to Haiti, during which she met with Neptune and fellow inmates Jocelerme Privert, Aristide's former minister of the interior, and Jacques Mathelier, a former executive delegate. Unhesitatingly calling the men political prisoners, she issued a press release demanding that, "The interim government's repression of dissenters like Prime Minister Neptune must end immediately. The whole world is watching." Arrested June 27, 2004, Neptune, along with Privert, is accused, but not yet charged, with killings that occurred in Saint Marc during the 2004 revolt against Aristide. Most independent observers have concluded that the accusations are without foundation."

Aristide, one year later  3/16/2005 SF Bay View: "Exclusive interview with Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Pretoria, South Africa"

Aristide's Lavalas puts UN duplicity to the test in Haiti  3/16/2005 SF Bay View: "Evidence continues to mount of the United Nation's complicity in an on-going campaign by the U.S.-installed government of Gerard Latortue to terrorize and exterminate sympathizers of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's political party, known as Lavalas. Despite detailed documentation of innumerable massacres committed by the Police Nationale de Haiti (PNH) over the last five months, the UN insisted in a new report released on Feb. 25 that "the general security environment across Haiti has improved." "

Walking a tightrope between hope and fear: Northern Haiti one year after the coup  3/16/2005 SF Bay View: "During the first months of the coup, repression against Aristide supporters was especially severe in this area. People reported that pro-democracy activists and their families were rounded up and stuffed into shipping containers then left to die at sea, thousands of elected officials fled to the mountains, radio stations were burned, and schools and literacy programs closed down."

Aristide, one year later - Exclusive interview with Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Pretoria, South Africa  2/23/2005 SF Bay View 

Haiti’s coup regime slammed at World Social Forum in Brazil  2/16/2005 SF Bay View 

Haiti: Human rights situation critical  2/15/2005 Washington Times 

Father Gérard Jean-Juste brings a message of unity to the Bay Area  2/2/2005 SF Bay View: "Last weekend hundreds of Californians had the honor of hearing the words of Father Gerard Jean-Juste, beloved Haitian liberation theologian and recently released political prisoner. California was his last stop on a long journey across continents through Miami and Washington, D.C., to South Africa and back again."

Haitian death squad leader Toto Constant to be brought to justice for his campaign of rape  1/19/2005 SF Bay View 

UN peacekeepers exchange fire with gunmen in Haiti  1/6/2005 AP 

Haiti de factos try bribing disgruntled former soldiers  12/29/2004 Haiti Progres 

UN peacekeepers storm Haiti slum  12/15/2004 BBC: the UN doing the US's dirty work - "Hundreds of troops moved into the Cite Soleil district by land, sea and air. The UN says they will stay for at least two months before handing control to local police. Cite Soleil is a stronghold of the former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's supporters, and often witnesses factional violence. Dozens of people are said to have been killed since fighting increased in early September in the area, home to 500,000 people."

Hundreds of UN troops invade Port au Prince ‘hood  12/15/2004 SF Bay View: "Sustained and heavy gunfire erupted in the pro-Aristide neighborhood of Cité Soleil at about 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, followed by an incursion into the area by hundreds of Brazilian and Jordanian troops of the United Nations."

From Thugs to Freedom Fighters to Thugs Haiti is Unraveling and No One is Saying Anything  12/14/2004 Counterpunch: "Surprisingly, not even Annan's personal representative in the country, the highly regarded Chilean diplomat Juan Gabriel Valdés, has vigorously condemned Latortue and his cronies. To the contrary, Annan and his aides have bestowed a modicum of undeserved political legitimacy on the new government by acquiescing, at every step, to Secretary Powell's see-no-evil policy regarding the egregious excesses of the Latortue regime and its multiple sins of omission. Annan has shown little intent to protect the legitimacy of the constitutional process nor has he insisted that Aristide be accorded the respect due to a democratically-elected president. Annan also joined Powell in demanding that Aristide negotiate with the opposition (to which Aristide willingly agreed), thereby eventually hoodwinking the former President into exile. Nor did Annan raise questions regarding Aristide's imposed successor, the expatriate Latortue, who later was to pathetically describe those who Powell earlier had labeled "thugs," as "freedom fighters." Of course, these were the same "freedom fighters" who terrorized the countryside during General Raoul Cedras' 1991-1994 military regime, and were responsible for upwards of 5,000 civilian deaths."

"We Must Kill the Bandits!" Lula's Troops in Haiti  11/17/2004 Counterpunch: "In an interview broadcast October 8 on Haiti's Radio Metropole, UN Commander General Augusto Heleno Ribero Pereira of Brazil showed his true colors. Discussing police raids in poor neighborhoods, he declared, "we must kill the bandits [i.e. Aristide supporters] but it will have to be the bandits only, not everybody." The general ignored the killers and thugs freed by anti-Aristide paramilitaries who broke open jails as they took over a number of towns in the winter of 2004. UN forces cooperate with these paramilitaries, many of whom helped overthrow Aristide in 1991. The Haiti Accompaniment Project cited "numerous reports that the UN military command in the North coordinates its activities with Guy Philippe, the rebel leader who is responsible for major human rights violations ­ including assassinations ­ in the period preceding the coup."...Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva recently commented, "Our solidarity is being tested by the Caribbean crisis in Haiti." In truth, it is the solidarity of international activists with Lula's government that is being tested. As Brazil angles for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, many progressives around the world cannot help but wonder how much complicity with brutal repression Lula will countenance in order to look "credible" to Washington."

Haiti: Police kill child in neighborhood shooting spree  11/17/2004 SF Bay View 

Haitian Asylum-Seeker Dies in Immigration Custody; Haitian Rights Coalition Calls for Full Investigation  11/17/2004 US NewsWire 

U.S. lifts arms embargo to Haiti as violence grows  11/2/2004 Final Call 

Media Disinformation on Haiti  10/25/2004 Global Research 

Haiti cop killed in street-clearing raid  10/25/2004 IOL, South Africa 

I Held the Bullet in My Palm - Masked Haitian Police Shoot Children While Arresting Priest  10/22/2004 Counterpunch 

Defaming Mr Mbeki  10/21/2004 Jamaica Observer: "We, however, are having to re-assess our analysis of Mr Latortue and are edging towards the conclusion that the interim prime minister's frequent outbursts are not the result of ineptitude, but part of some grand strategy, whose end-game we have not determined. For how else can we explain Mr Latortue's latest statement about a respected world leader, whose hue and view of the world Mr Latortue may not have found to be endearing? We, of course, refer to Mr Latortue's comment on Sunday that Mr Thabo Mbeki, the prime minister of South Africa, was failing to respect international law, ostensibly for providing asylum to the deposed Mr Aristide."

Haiti: Rebellion in Bel Air  10/20/2004 SF Bay View 

Haiti on alert as tensions rise  10/16/2004 BBC 

A clandestine interview from Haiti: Resistance in the Slums of Port au Prince  10/14/2004 Black Commentator 

Cuban doctors continue saving lives in Haiti  10/14/2004 Granma 

Cuban doctors continue saving lives in Haiti - A 64-strong brigade is currently working in Gonaïves, badly damaged by Hurricane Jeanne  10/13/2004 SF Bay View 

Senate chairman arrested in Haiti  10/3/2004 BBC: "Police have arrested Haiti's Senate president and two other politicians, all of them supporters of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The arrests are linked to the killing and beheading of three police officers… The headless bodies of three police officers were found on Friday, sparking fears that Mr Aristide's most violent supporters might be imitating Iraqi kidnappers. They policemen are believed to have been killed during violent rallies in support of Mr Aristide's return from his exile in South Africa. "Aristide's partisans have begun an urban guerrilla operation they call Operation Baghdad," said human rights activist Jean-Claude Bajeux. "The decapitations are imitative of those in Iraq, and they are meant to show the failure of US policy in Haiti." " Bajeux is a former Arisitide minister who turned against him.

The Tragedy of Haiti: Victims of the Storms  9/30/2004 Black Commentator 

Cuba has 600 doctors and health experts in Haiti  9/22/2004 AFP 

China will send troops to Haiti  9/6/2004 Washington Times 

Haiti as Imperial Prison - The Attica of the Americas  8/29/2004 Counterpunch 

‘We still have dignity’  8/18/2004 SF Bay View: "The dismantling of popular education under the new U.S-backed regime in Haiti by Haiti Information Project"

Haiti has not been forgotten  8/16/2004 Final Call: "In essence, then, we cannot get over, or get beyond, what has taken place in Haiti. In large part, this is because the effects of the events of February 2004 in Haiti continue to unfold. It is also because the motivations behind the Bush administration’s duplicity and destabilization in Haiti remain central to their approach to handling other international flash points. Unless the underlying approach is challenged and ultimately rejected, we will never be able to get over February 29th, because that will be only one day in a terrible line of infamies."

Activists across US launch week of support for protests in Haiti  8/12/2004 SF Bay View: "Beginning a week of non-violent demonstrations in the United States, representatives of the Bay Area-based Haiti Action Committee today called for all people of conscience to support the Haitian people’s ongoing struggle for basic freedoms. The U.S. actions are in support of peaceful protests being staged under dire conditions in Haiti. The Haiti demonstrations will be held in the area of Cap-Haitien and Milot in the North of Haiti Aug. 12-14. That region has seen brutal crackdowns on the popular mass movement Lavalas by paramilitary forces. Meanwhile, candlelight vigils, pickets and teach-ins are planned in various U.S. cities in solidarity with Haiti."

Revolutionary greetings from Ayiti (Haiti)  8/12/2004 SF Bay View 

Gonsalves Challenges Caricom on Haiti  8/5/2004 Haiti Action Net: "Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, says he has no intention of sitting down in the councils of Caricom with any representative of the so-called Government of Haiti. He says he will not consider the presence of Haitian represntatation in Caricom until certain minimum conditios are met –principally, the restoration of democracy and the stabilisation of law and order."

Human rights horrors in Haiti  8/4/2004 SF Bay View: "The May 2000 elections were not flawed and neither were the presidential elections. Out of over 7,000 positions, a mere eight were disputed, seven of which involved Lavalas candidates. The dispute, importantly, had nothing to do with the election process to the extent that they were deemed “free and fair” without any significant violence or disruption. The dispute was over the process of tabulation, which should have seen these eight seats go to a runoff vote. Desperate for anything that might cast aspersions on the overwhelmingly popular Lavalas party, and to bolster their destabilization efforts, the “opposition” with help from their “friends of Haiti,” proceeded to blow this minor instance out of proportion. The head of the CEP (Provisional Electoral Council), Leon Manus, was evidently in on the destabilization plan, as he was reportedly involved in the Oct. 17 attempt - by seven School of the Americas-trained paramilitaries, including Guy Philippe - to overthrow President Preval before the November elections."

In re-ignited Haitian Revolution, which side is Cruising Into History on?  8/4/2004 SF Bay View: "Haitians at the forum who strongly support democracy and oppose rule-by-force expressed concerns about the mission of the Ron Daniels’ cruise, to celebrate Haiti’s independence when the Haitian people are today not free and an unelected government is in control with foreign troop support and former FRAPH convicted felons, drug dealers, rapists and ex-Haitian military have appointed themselves judge, jury and executioner of Haitian law and justice in contravention to the will of the peaceful masses in Haiti. They say Daniels’ cruise should not be allowed to be used by the Latortue regime as “evidence” of the legitimacy of their unconstitutional rule nor as pretext to further oppress and brutalize the Haitian people struggling to regain their independence and sovereignty."

CARICOM leaders won’t recognize Haiti  7/26/2004 Final Call 

Haitian rebels still armed  7/24/2004 AP: "Under international pressure, the new government has ordered factions to give up their guns in less than two months, but it has shown little willingness to confront ex-soldiers controlling parts of the countryside despite the presence of United Nations peacekeepers. The rebels, for their part, say no one can force them to disarm."

Haiti's loan-aid deal a debt trap - Oxfam  7/22/2004 Jamaica Observer: "Too much of the US$1 billion in aid pledged to rebuild Haiti is in loans that could force the country deeper into debt and poverty, a British-based charity said yesterday."

Human Rights Violations in Haiti - February - May 2004  7/19/2004 Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti: "This document contains a partial list of human rights violations reported to the staff of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) from the end of February until mid-May 2004. The report focusses on attacks against grassroots activists and residents of poor urban and rural areas in Haiti, the type of victims whose stories are often overlooked in reporting on Haiti. The report contains several graphic photographs of victims of human rights violations. Although the photographs are disturbing, they are accurate reflections of Haiti's extremely disturbing reality. By presenting the situation in its entirety, we hope to decrease the chances that others will suffer the same fate."

Wyclef Jean gives Montreal hip hop crew some exposure on his new CD  7/17/2004 CP: Jean was anti-aristide prior to the coup - "Jean, who sings in Creole on the disc, hopes his project will bring attention to Haiti's political woes. Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's former president, was forced from office early this year by rebels. "I hope to see a restoration of peace," said Jean, noting Canada is doing its part by sending police officers later this month to help restore stability in the state."

Haiti's PM blames media for problems with Caricom  7/17/2004 Trinidad Express 

Senate votes to end Haiti clothes duties  7/16/2004 AP 

Caribbean Leaders See Hope for Haiti Ties  7/16/2004 Black America Web: "Five Caribbean foreign ministers say they were satisfied with Haiti’s pledge to hold elections and uphold justice, indicating the path has been cleared for resuming diplomatic ties. The delegation soon will make a report to the 15-member Caribbean Community, Barbados Foreign Affairs Minister Billie Miller said. It remained unclear how soon the regional bloc could decide on restoring ties that have been suspended since the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide four months ago. "We hope that this impasse will come to an end soon," Miller told reporters Wednesday, standing beside interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue at Port-au-Prince's airport."

Haiti Donor Conference Will Be Crucial Test of International Community's Commitment  7/16/2004 Oxfam 

UN mission condemns clashes in Haiti, urges efforts to promote stability  7/16/2004 UN: "The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today condemned clashes which left a number of police dead in the capital, Port-au-Prince. The Haitian police responded to yesterday's attacks with MINUSTAH's backing."

3,000 Lavalasien Demonstrate on President Aristide's Birthday  7/15/2004 Haiti Action Net 

Aristide’s Party Urged To Participate In Haiti’s 2005 Election  7/15/2004 HardBeat News: "Barbados Foreign Affairs Minister Billie Miller has reportedly urged members of Jean Bertrand Aristide’s party, the Family Lavalas, to participate in the planned 2005 election."

‘The whole country is Lavalas’  7/14/2004 SF Bay View: "Still, the demonstrators stood openly and defiantly before the embassy. As one Brazilian soldier took photos of the crowd, a man shouted, "Take my photo. I'm not afraid. This is our country." " [What is Lula doing in Haiti?]

Politics of deceit on Haiti  7/14/2004 Trinidad & Tobago Express: "Indeed, political trickery or deceit has been present from the start of implementation of a USA/French plan to get rid of President Jean Bertrand Aristide to the present maneouvrings and pressures to extend legitimacy to an interim regime in Port-au-Prince of which the irrational Gerard Latortue is Prime Minister. Some of the political chicanery is being played out today in Port-au-Prince where a five-member Caricom Foreign Ministers delegation will be concluding discussions with the Haitian authorities."

Haiti ex-rebels threaten to take up arms again  7/13/2004 Reuters: "The government cannot disarm the military that we are. We are combatants; we know how to fight; we have fought Aristide, and we'll fight again if necessary," former Col. Remissainthe Ravix told Reuters on Tuesday. He claimed to lead a group of nearly 2,000 former soldiers. "If they think they can confiscate our weapons, They can try it, but they'd better watch out," Ravix said."

Haiti: Events and Actions  7/12/2004 Global Exchange 

Haiti's 'natural' disaster a consequence of unnatural trade policies  7/7/2004 SF Bay View 

Witch hunt in Haiti intensifies  7/7/2004 SF Bay View: "After a violent military coup drove Aristide from power, Neptune became a prime target for anti-government militants. His home was looted and burned. Rebel leader Guy Philippe led a mob in a march on his office. After the installation of Gerard Latortue's puppet regime, Neptune, along with other former officials, was barred from leaving the country. Fearing for his life, he went into hiding. News that his arrest warrant had been issued came shortly after he publicly denounced the new government's policies. The authorities allege that Neptune was the mastermind of a "massacre" in the town of St. Marc during February. The sole basis for this allegation seems to be a report issued by the National Coalition for Haitian Rights, a "human rights" organization with close ties to Lavalas opponents and Washington."

Aristide's premier surrenders  7/1/2004 Miami Herald: "Yvon Neptune, the prime minister under ousted Haitian President Aristide, is being held in connection with the killings of several Aristide opponents in St. Marc."

Aristide backers fearful in exile  7/1/2004 South Florida Sun Sentinel 

Report of the Haiti Accompaniment Project  6/29/2004 Haiti Action Net 

French soldiers and U.N. Troops invade the home Mayor of Milo, Jean Charles Moise  6/23/2004 Haiti Action Net 

Affidavits portray Haiti as a chaotic drug haven  6/20/2004 Sun Sentinel, FL: "Days before President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was forced out of Haiti, a notorious cocaine trafficker stood before a federal judge in Miami and said Aristide, once his friend, had turned Haiti into "a narco-country." "

Marines blamed for Haiti abuse  6/19/2004 Miami Herald: "An Amnesty International report blamed the Haitian and U.S. governments for human rights abuses in Haiti."

Gov. Bush’s visit to Haiti raises economic hopes to distressed nation  6/17/2004 Sun Sentinel, FL 

French and UN troops invade home of mayor of Milo, Haiti  6/16/2004 SF Bay View: "Since this year’s Feb. 29 coup d’état, foreign troops in Haiti have absolutely refused to respect or be bound to Haitian law, its Constitution or sovereignty. The U.S. Marines and now French and U.N. soldiers seem instead to be establishing a record of terrorizing people targeted for arrest in the dead of night and treating Haitians, even a 5-year-old Haitian child, as in the So Anne’s home invasion, like criminals, especially if they are affiliated with the Lavalas party, which remains Haiti’s strongest and most popular democratic party and movement. What is most disturbing about this pattern is the single-minded focus on arresting primarily Lavalas voices with a well-known popular support base and credible reputations. Even under the new U.N.-led troops, the pattern is continuing with this current hunt for Mayor Moise of Milo."

The Flooding and the Coup - An interview with Paul Farmer  6/14/2004 Znet: "In central Haiti there have been no Marines, and there are no Haitian policemen. Many of the latter were shot by the "rebels," who are really the former military who came in across the border near us. And although I hear there are Chilean troops in Hinche (in the Central Plateau) the other cities and towns you visited are all pretty much in the hands of former Haitian military. They are the people who in the past stole our ambulances, took members of our staff hostage, etc. They've been pretty tame recently, but then again, who is there to stand up to them?"

Haiti: Background to a Coup  6/9/2004 Dollars & Sense: Articles on Haiti from the D&S Archive

Haiti's sin: Fighting to live and be free from European and American chains  6/9/2004 SF Bay View 

HAITI & VENEZUELA--COUP & EMPIRE  6/5/2004 From the Wilderness: by Stan Goff - "Many people continue to believe that the US supported Aristide's return to the Haitian presidency in 1994 because the Clinton administration supported democracy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The intelligence summaries we received during his reinstallation were violently anti-Aristide, and the policies pursued from Day One were designed to ensure Aristide's neutralization as the leader of Haiti. He spent three years in talks with the United States trying to gain support for his return, and during that time the United States placed increasing pressure on him – especially by allowing the body count of the Cedras-Francois coup government to increase at the expense of Aristide activists from the Lavalas movement he founded."

Toll from deadly floods tops 3,300 on Hispaniola  6/5/2004 Globe & Mail, Toronto 

The Haiti Crisis: Aristide Is Not the Issue  6/4/2004 Bella Ciao: by Bill Fletcher, Jr. "Following the coup, many progressives reacted, understandably, by defending President Aristide-the- person. But this misses the point about the coup’s upending of constitutional rule. It also fails to address the complications that President Aristide found himself facing as a result of the conditions that he accepted when he was returned to power in 1994. At that time, the U.S. government imposed on President Aristide a set of conditions that were the equivalent of handcuffing him. He was expected to adopt, almost wholesale, the economic approach that has come to be known as the Washington Consensus. This included the elimination of thousands of civil service positions and the advancement of a privatization agenda. The United States and multilateral lending institutions demanded this approach of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, one emerging from a history of political despotism and neo-colonialism. For better or for worse, President Aristide accepted these parameters."

Ex-Haitian police commander pleads innocent to Miami drug charge  6/4/2004 Miami Herald 

Brazil´s ambitions in Haiti  6/4/2004 Radio Netherlands 

Aftermath of Haiti's floods  6/2/2004 Baltimore Sun 

U.S. peacekeeping troops leaving Haiti  6/2/2004 Newsday: "As Marines exit the troubled island nation, troops say the mission was a success; locals give mixed reviews."

Former Haitian senator to face cocaine-smuggling charge  6/2/2004 Sun Sentinel: "The U.S. investigation into drugs, money and corruption under Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide stretched Tuesday from the ranks of the Haitian National Police into the upper echelon of the Senate and ruling political party. Fourel Celestin, a former president of the Senate and member of Aristide's Famni Lavalas Party, was taken into custody Tuesday at the Miami offices of the Drug Enforcement Administration. He is being held without bail." [Meanwhile, industrial strength traffickers continue to roam Haiti, supported by the new government.]

U.N. peacekeepers take command from U.S.-led Haiti force, face uncertainty with few troops on ground  6/1/2004 AP 

No normality, little food, heavy repression  5/27/2004 WW: "Gérard Latortue, the Boca Raton, Fla., business consultant appointed defacto prime minister after the Feb. 29 coup against Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, visited France and Belgium May 12-14. The main purpose of his trip--besides pleading for money from the European Union--was to renounce Aristide's demand for $21 billion in reparations from France."

Barbara Lee on telling the TRUTH  5/26/2004 SF Bay View: "Barbara Lee: "We need an independent investigation, and this Truth Commission would do just that. I support CARICOM in their efforts to seek the truth, and the United States of America should seek the truth. We shouldn't allow a violent overthrow of the government. We wouldn't allow a foreign government to come in and violently take out our president regardless to whether or not we agree, so why would we support efforts to violently overthrow a democratically elected president in a Black Caribbean country? It's outrageous." "

Haiti and the insanity of ‘official’ denial  5/26/2004 SF Bay View: "As many as nine peaceful demonstrators were killed in Haiti on May 18, as tens of thousands of people took to the streets despite the risk - and reality - of violent repression by international forces and a militarized Haitian police force. These demonstrators were calling for an end to the illegal occupation by U.S., Canadian and French forces and for the return of overthrown President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The mainstream media has already done its best to cover this up, which isn’t difficult considering that most corporations no longer have journalists covering Haiti, save for Associated Press (AP), Reuters and the Miami Herald. The readership of these sources has scarcely been privy to any of the realities in Haiti for quite some time."

Haiti Solidarity Week summit demands return of exiled government, end to bloody reprisals  5/26/2004 SF Bay View 

Haitian lawyers respond to Marine spokesman - You are there to win - but the Haitian masses will not let you  5/26/2004 SF Bay View 

Statement from prison of Sò Anne, Annette Auguste, Haitian folksinger and champion of the poor  5/26/2004 SF Bay View: "Throughout my imprisonment, the ceaseless campaign of repression and assassination against the base of the Lavalas political party has continued. Militants of our movement who are credible and well recognized leaders in their neighborhoods are being assassinated by the new militarized police force under the control and direction of the so-called MIF, which is in reality being directed by the U.S. Marines. Leaders of our movement are still being arrested and others forced into hiding in a concerted effort to break the back of the Lavalas movement, which still sees Jean-Bertrand Aristide as the only legitimate and constitutionally elected president of Haiti."

US Marines dispute Bay View’s account of Haiti Flag Day protest  5/26/2004 SF Bay View: detailed statement refuting the Marines' account - "On Thursday and again on Saturday, the Bay View received email messages from U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. David Lapan, spokesman for the Multinational Interim Force in Haiti, wanting to “correct the record regarding MIF forces and U.S. Marines.” Lapan is disputing our coverage of the May 18 protest by 30,000 to 50,000 Haitians, headlined “At least 9 demonstrators killed during huge march on Haiti’s Flag Day,” in last week’s Bay View. This response to Lapan by journalist and documentary filmmaker Kevin Pina, an eyewitness, is followed by Lapan’s first message, then by responses from Pierre Labossiere and Wanda Sabir and finally by Lapan’s second message."

America's Contempt for the World - Bushwhacked in the Caribbean  5/23/2004 Counterpunch: by Randall Robinson

At least 9 demonstrators killed during huge march on Haiti’s Flag Day - Marchers face down US Marines, shout ‘Liberty or death,’ ‘Bring back Aristide’  5/19/2004 SF Bay View: "The demonstrators came out in massive numbers. They attempted to march peacefully and had no weapons, only the Haitian flag. But as the crowd got bigger, it is reported the Marines got madder and more surprised, more frustrated, and started shooting directly into the crowds. People in the hundreds of thousands were singing “Libete ou lamo” (Liberty or death) and refusing to be intimidated, even as their fellows kept being cut down by police and U.S. Marine bullets."

Pro-Aristide demonstration leaves one dead  5/18/2004 AP: "Thousands of demonstrators called for the return of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Tuesday during a Flag Day rally that turned violent when riot police fired warning shots and tear gas. At least one man was killed."

Haiti, a man-made tragedy  5/17/2004 AfroCubaWeb 

Former Haiti police chief arrested  5/17/2004 CNN: "U.S. federal agents have arrested Haiti's former national police chief in Miami, as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in the Caribbean nation, according to a DEA spokesman and court documents."

Haitians Seized, Abused by US Marines - Women, Children Subjected to Hood Treatment  5/13/2004 Black Commentator: "At 12:30 in the morning of May 10, approximately 20 U.S. Marines executed a military assault on the Port-au-Prince home of 69-year-old Annette Auguste, a.k.a. Souer Anne. Auguste’s residence is part of a compound that includes four other apartments that were also invaded by the U.S. military forces. The troops covered the heads of 11 Haitians with black hoods and then forced them to lay face down on the ground while binding their wrists with plastic manacles behind their backs. The victims of this terrifying U.S. military invasion included five-year-old Chamyr Samedi, 10-year-old Kerlande Philippe, 12-year-old Loubahida Augustine, 14-year-old Luckman Augustine, and seven adults. The Marines blew up a vehicle and a substantial part of Auguste’s three-story house, leaving behind c4 and c5 explosives paraphernalia including blasting caps and igniters. Not a single member of the Haitian National Police force (PNH) or the de facto Haitian government was present when the U.S. forces attacked the residence, said the arrestees. All the detainees except Auguste were released after questioning… Annette Auguste has been a frequent target of the Haitian elite, due to her close ties with President Aristide. She is the leader of PROP (Pouvwa Rasembleman Organizacion Popile), a popular Lavalas organization. She is also a singer of Haitian folk songs and is open about her practice of voodoo, officially recognized as a national religion for the first time in Haitian history under the Aristide administration. Ms. Auguste’s religious beliefs and practices have led to many unfounded, disparaging rumors and a campaign of demonization against her."

Emergency Action Alert - Demand the immediate release of Anne Auguste (Sò Anne)  5/13/2004 Haiti Action: "Protest this illegal and immoral action by the United States Marines! Demand Sò Anne's immediate release! Your calls, faxes and e-mails will make a difference to keep Sò Anne alive, to deter brutal treatment and to expedite her release. Please contact Ambassador James Foley directly at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. Call on Secretary of State Colin Powell at the U.S. State Department in Washington, and contact your Senators and Representatives. Call early and call often."

U.S. Marines arrest Haitian singer and activist So Anne on Mother’s Day  5/13/2004 SF Bay View: "So Ann is an elderly woman on medication and has yet to be charged or to see a judge in accordance with the 48-hour rule under the Haitian Constitution. This is an urgent call to action. Please contact Secretary of State Colin Powell, your local congressperson, the Congressional Black Caucus and the media to denounce the arrest of So Anne, the systematic terror campaign against Lavalas demonstrators, and the treatment of Haitians like So Anne and her 5-year-old great grandson Shashou by the U.S. command with the Multinational Interim Force in Haiti."

Summary Report of Haiti Human Rights Delegation—March 29 to April 5, 2004  5/9/2004 National Lawyers Guild 

Black Caucus Meets Haitian Prime Minister; Critics Bristle  5/6/2004 Black America Web: "Members of the Congressional Black Caucus held a morning meeting with interim Haitian Prime Minister Gerard Latortue Wednesday. Afterward they met with Secretary of State Colin Powell to discuss rebuilding Haiti, the crisis in Iraq and upcoming G-8 and NATO summits. CBC Chairman Elijah Cummings told Powell that caucus members "are concerned about the humanitarian problems and efforts currently ongoing in Haiti," Paul Brathwaite, CBC executive director told BlackAmericaWeb.com… Bill Fletcher Jr., president of TransAfrica Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on the economic, political and moral ramifications of the United States as it affects Africa and the Caribbean, said that the caucus should not have recognized Latortue. Latortue's administration is "an illegal puppet regime,” said Fletcher. “It has no international credibility. It’s completely illegitimate. According to the Haitian constitution, you have to have been living Haiti to have an office of that level."

CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS DENOUNCES THE ILLEGALLY APPOINTED PRIME MINISTER GERARD LATORTUE AND HIS VISIT TO CAPITOL HILL  5/5/2004 Maxine Waters 

‘To be Lavalas is to be a criminal’  5/5/2004 SF Bay View: "We talked for more than an hour about a wide range of issues, including the U.S. presidential race, in which Haitians show a great interest, because most hate Bush so much for overthrowing Aristide."

Haiti Since the Coup  5/4/2004 NarcoNews: "Thousands killed or in hiding as coup government consolidates power with the help of paramilitaries and U.S. and French troops."

Rights abuses seen in Haiti  4/30/2004 Brattleboro Reformer, VT: "The Cabot resident said constant armed patrols by U.S. Marines instilled a feeling of unease among street dwellers, who live in constant fear of increasingly deplorable social and political conditions brought on by the recent unseating of President Jean Bertrand Aristide… Despite being the largest political party in the island republic, the Lavalas Family Party -- of which Aristide was a member -- has been excluded from having any representation in the government, Legare said. To make matters worse, people thought to be in support of Lavalas are being systematically rounded up by police forces, while the multinational coalition -- comprised of nearly 2,600 U.S., Canadian, French and Chilean troops -- stand by and watch. "Our government is saying they were opposed to these rebels, these former paramilitary personnel," he said. "But when you go there and look around, we're really not doing anything about it." Many of Aristide's supporters and Lavalas members are in hiding, since the president fled the nation, Legare said, which has caused the widespread poverty throughout Haiti to become progressively worse. Supporters living in fear of the police have been leaving homes and jobs. "It's very clear that members and supporters of Aristide's party are being targeted," he said. "They're being arrested, they're being beaten, they're being killed." "

Haiti Update IX: The Justice of the Strong  4/29/2004 Africana: "The founder of the notorious death squad known as the Revolutionary Front for Haitian Advancement and Progress (FRAPH) has been convicted in abstentia and sentenced to life in jail… Chamblain's surrender occurred at the same moment a conference of international donors met in the capital. The coincidence of these two events cannot be ignored. The current Haitian government, which has praised the rebels as freedom fighters, stands to gain legitimacy in the eyes of the world (and especially in the eyes of international donors) if it cracks down on its war criminals during this crucial period. Ironically this carefully-crafted and timed event reflects the significant power wielded, not by the new government, but by Chamblain himself."

U.S. Returns 651 Haitian Intercepted at Sea  4/28/2004 AP 

Police stations burned in Haiti  4/27/2004 CNN: "Attackers set ablaze two police stations hours before Chilean troops began patrolling the city of Hinche during the first deployment of the U.S.-led multinational force in Haiti's rebel-held Central Plateau."

US bullying Caricom over Haiti? Two planned meetings in jeopardy if interim regime not recognised  4/26/2004 Jamaica Observer: "The stand-off has put in jeopardy two meetings planned between the US and Caricom - an April 29 meeting of officials set for St Vincent and the Grenadines, and a high-level meeting on crime and security in the Bahamas scheduled for May 3. The latter meeting was to include a senior administration official, the US secretary for Homeland Security, Tom Ridge. The foreign ministers and officials of Caricom, meeting last Thursday and Friday in Barbados as the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), variously described Washington's activities as "arrogance" and "bullying tactics". If the US insisted on its demand for Caricom's "recognition" or "engagement" with the interim regime in Port-au-Prince, before the community heads of government are ready to make such a decision, said one foreign minister, "I can tell you that the meeting with Mr Ridge will not take place"."

A Tribute for Thugs in Haiti  4/24/2004 Black World Today: "Mumia Abu-Jamal has been in a Pennsylvania prison since 1982. Abu -Jamal will celebrate his 50th birthday in prison on Saturday, April 24. Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown) languishes in a prison in Georgia. Assata Shakur and Nehanda Abiodun are exiled in Cuba. Yet, Emmanuel "Toto" Constant, the leader of the Revolutionary Front for Haitian Advancement and Progress (FRAPH), has been allowed to live freely in New York, despite a 1995 deportation order and a 2000 murder conviction in Haiti. He remains at liberty in Queens, New York, and was recently granted a permit to work."

Caribbean leaders ponder Haiti probe  4/24/2004 Miami Herald 

Plan Haiti Emerges  4/22/2004 Dissident Voice: "If anyone had doubts about whether or not Aristide was cow-towing enough to the United States and its imposition of neoliberal stratagem, one need only look at how quickly the interim government, in lockstep with the US and the Haitian Diaspora, are looking to fast-track this neoliberal stranglehold on the country now that he's gone. Clearly, Aristide was seen as some sort of barrier to US-style neoliberalism, which cannot tolerate any barriers to its advances. This appears to be taking shape around the proposed Hero Act legislation, introduced into the Senate in February of 2003 by Mike Dewine, and co-sponsored in the House by prominent Congressional Black Caucus members. [3] While the CBC are demanding an investigation into Aristide's departure, they have yet to issue a statement concerning the new status of the Hero Act. [4] During his recent trip to Haiti, Colin Powell plugged the Hero Act in an interview with elite-owned Radio Metropole: "We have the Hero Act before Congress now...We would like to see the Act passed and I will be examining and discussing it this week with our Congress." [5] "

Vodou priest wants Haiti religion recognized  4/22/2004 Sun Sentinel, FL: "Max Beauvoir, 68, of the Temple of Yehwe in Mariani, Haiti, said politicians, humanitarian organizations, and Christian leaders from abroad have refused to acknowledge the role of the religion in the country's culture for 200 years. As a result, Haiti is on the brink of total collapse, and he believes Vodou gods are upset."

Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network's Seven Campaigns to Re-Establish Democracy in Haiti  4/21/2004 SF Bay View 

US and France block UN probe of Aristide ouster  4/21/2004 SF Bay View 

Why have a group of Caribbean women have spoken out against the coup in Haiti?  4/16/2004 AWID 

How Haiti's Sacrifice is Uniting the African Union, CARICOM  4/16/2004 Black Commentator 

Return to Haiti The American Learning Zone  4/14/2004 Counterpunch: "We heard from people who witnessed night--time raids against Lavalas. In one case in the poor neighborhood of Bel Air, we were told U.S. helicopters came with blinding lights, heavily armed U.S. fired into crowds, killing between five and twenty persons (March 17). Members of our group interviewed relatives of victims and eyewitnesses to this attack. In case after case, we were told that known criminals and former army men were incorporated into the police. They harassed or beat Lavalas supporters and hounded for "arrest" former government officials. A stream of people came to see us from their hiding places at great risk to tell us this. Jeremy was one. Now 21, he met Aristide at age 11. He worked for Children's Radio (Radio Ti Moun) funded by Aristide's foundation. Jeremy tearfully recalled the past month: He fled the radio station as it was trashed. He was chased and saw his young companions beaten. He ran from his aunt's house as three former military came looking for him. They shot his aunt and she died on the way to the hospital. This happened a week before we arrived. Jeremy had been afraid to go to her funeral. Haiti should be a learning zone for all Americans who would understand and counter the imperial U.S. policy of intervention world--wide. If the U.S. can get away with covert and overt support for a "rebellion" in Haiti led by former military and para--military, many of whom have been convicted of murders and other human rights violations dating to the last coup, it will be psyched for similar operations in Venezuela and perhaps even in Cuba. The evidence is clear: U.S. weapons (intended for the Dominican army) were smuggled into Haiti by former Haitian military and para--military, many of whom were trained and long funded by the CIA and other U.S. agents. U.S. money, both government and private, flowed into the coffers of NGOs attached to the "opposition" -- the right--wing Convergence and the neo--liberal "Group of 184," led by the Haitian business elite (including the sweat--shop owners) and widely publicized by the ultra--conservative "Haiti Democracy Project"(HDP) in Washington, D.C. Among the funders and organizers of the opposition were the IRI and NDI, the international NGOs closely tied to the U.S. Republican and Democrat Parties respectively. IRI and HDP operatives were present at meetings organized by FRAPH (a CIA--funded para--military group) and former Haitian military in the Dominican Republic -- at which Dominican authorities claimed plans were laid a year ago for a Haitian coup."

‘Tell the T.R.U.T.H. about Haiti!’  4/14/2004 SF Bay View: "Congresswoman Barbara Lee, co-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Haiti Task Force, last month introduced the T.R.U.T.H. (The Responsibility to Uncover the Truth about Haiti) Act, H.R. 3919, which calls for an independent bipartisan commission to uncover the facts about the Bush administration’s involvement in the recent coup d’état in Haiti. The bill was co-sponsored by Congressman John Conyers and 23 other members of the Congressional Black Caucus. She and other experts and eyewitnesses will discuss the bill and the situation on the ground in Haiti at a forum tonight, Wednesday, April 14, 7 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 27th St. and Harrison, in Oakland."

Who Removed Aristide?  4/13/2004 Znet: "Haiti's leaders were desperate for recognition, since the island's only source of revenue was the sugar, coffee, cotton and other tropical produce it had to sell. In 1825, under threat of another French invasion and the restoration of slavery, Haitian officials signed the document which was to prove the beginning of the end for any hope of autonomy. The French king agreed to recognise Haiti's independence only if the new republic paid France an indemnity of 150 million francs and reduced its import and export taxes by half. The 'debt' that Haiti recognised was incurred by the slaves when they deprived the French owners not only of land and equipment but of their human 'property'. The impact of the debt repayments - which continued until after World War Two - was devastating. In the words of the Haitian anthropologist Jean Price-Mars, 'the incompetence and frivolity of its leaders' had 'turned a country whose revenues and outflows had been balanced up to then into a nation burdened with debt and trapped in financial obligations that could never be satisfied.' 'Imposing an indemnity on the victorious slaves was equivalent to making them pay with money that which they had already paid with their blood,' the abolitionist Victor Schoelcher argued."

In Haiti, Food Serves as Instrument of Control  4/11/2004 LA Times 

Marines deal with Haitian gangs  4/11/2004 Stars & Stripes 

Haiti, main issue in NY meeting between UN and Caricom heads  4/11/2004 Trinidad & Tobago Express 

French, U.S. Troops Detain Haitian Rebels  4/9/2004 AP: "Wilford Ferdinand, a former rebel commander who had been accused of kidnapping a Haitian police officer, was detained briefly on Wednesday by French troops and Haitian police, French military spokesman Maj. Xavier Pons said. Also, U.S. and French forces on April 3 helped Haitian police arrest Jean Robert, a rebel sympathizer and gang leader accused of terrorizing supporters of then-president Aristide in northeast Haiti." Detained briefly…

Brazil ready to take over Haiti mission in July  4/9/2004 CNN 

U.S. Finds $1.1 Million in Coke on Ship from Haiti  4/9/2004 Reuters 

Haiti Does Not Need an Army, Powell Says  4/9/2004 VOA 

Haiti: Armed groups still active  4/8/2004 Amnesty International: "At the end of a 15-day mission to Haiti, Amnesty International is deeply concerned for the security of the civilian population. Despite the presence of the Multinational Interim Force (MIF), a large number of armed groups continue to be active throughout the country. These include both rebel forces and militias loyal to former President Aristide. Amnesty International is particularly concerned for the safety of judges, prosecutors, criminal investigators, victims, witnesses and human rights defenders involved in prosecutions relating to past human rights abuses. Judge Napela Saintil, the chief judge in the trial of those responsible for the 1994 Raboteau massacre, was severely beaten on 30 March by an armed man. The judge told Amnesty International delegates that his attacker had threatened him for the part he played in the conviction, in absentia, of Louis Jodel Chamblain, one of the participants in the massacre."

Haiti's former interior minister arrested on allegations he planned killings  4/7/2004 AP 

‘Haiti Coup: International Implications in the U.S. and Haiti’  4/7/2004 SF Bay View: "Yet, despite all the money and economic embargoes and campaigns of misinformation, on Feb. 29, 1 million Aristide supporters showed up at the capital (in Port-au-Prince).” This, Lovinsky said, shook up the opposition which had strongholds in cities throughout the island. In one city, the mercenaries killed a police chief in an exchange of gunfire, while the huge barricade blocking the north and east entrance to the capital city, Port-au-Prince, also offered safety to President Aristide, because nothing could get through to the U.S. embassy, to anyone. President Aristide’s order to remove the barricade, Lovinsky felt was a bad idea; however, the people stayed mobilized as they followed the executive order and removed it “instead of building it higher.” The blockage returned after 6 p.m. daily. Then, on Feb. 28-29, a serious battle between the mercenaries and civilians took place. “The U.S. embassy saw that the mercenaries were going to fail even though they had heavy weapons. The shear numbers of people would have finished them off. So the U.S. dispatched 50 Marines to Port-au-Prince. It was a trick. No local embassy was threatened. There was no one in Port-au-Prince who thought in terms of the government failing or losing the battle for democracy,” Lovinsky said. If the U.S. hadn’t acted when it did, later that same day the legitimate Haitian police force would have had tear gas and other supplies to control the massive insurgence that threatened to consume their manpower. South Africa had responded to Aristide’s plea, and a plane with supplies sat in a Jamaica hanger the same day Artistide was flown to the Central African Republic, Feb. 29. Talk about ships passing in the night."

US seeks graft charges against Aristide  4/7/2004 Sydney Morning Herald: "American judicial authorities are looking into prosecuting the former Haitian president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, on corruption charges, the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, said. "There are inquiries being made . . . to see if there is any evidence of wrongdoing on his part," Mr Powell said at a news conference with the new interim prime minister, Gerard Latortue, in Port-au-Prince on Monday. Mr Aristide went into exile in February after widespread violence and looting. A US indictment against him on drug trafficking or other international charges would further inflame political tensions between those who claim he was forced into exile by US troops and others, like Mr Powell, who say the Americans saved his life."

Witch Hunt in Haiti  4/7/2004 The Dominion, Canada: “Right now there is a political climate in Haiti where anyone can get on the radio stations and accuse anyone else of a crime or with being associated with violent Lavalas gangs. It means that without proof they can say this about you and immediately you have to go into hiding, and immediately you have to be concerned with your own welfare; and immediately the death threats begin. That’s the political climate that you have in Haiti today.”

Aristide Aide Accused of Killings Plot  4/6/2004 AP: "Pierre Esperance, a human rights activist, said there were reports that more than 50 people were killed during mid-February in St. Marc. Reporters who were in the town at the time of the attacks reported seeing less than five bodies. Last year, a former city employee in the Aristide stronghold and seaside slum of Cite Soleil fled Haiti after claiming Privert had ordered gangs to kill Aristide opponents in Port-au-Prince. Privert denied the allegations at the time."

U.S. considers prosecuting Aristide, Powell says in Haiti  4/6/2004 NYT 

Powell Urges Haiti on Government Posts  4/5/2004 AP: "Secretary of State Colin Powell on Monday was urging Haiti's leaders to make sure government posts are not given to leaders of the February insurrection who are criminals or human rights violators."

Katherine Dunham Returns to Haiti  4/2/2004 Black World Today: ""I will be going back to Haiti in August as part of the ‘Cruising into History’ project led by Ron Daniels," Dunham said during an earlier interview at her residence on the upper westside, where she has lived for the last four years since moving from East St. Louis. "I’ve always been fascinated about Haiti because it’s the first black republic in the Western hemisphere. I still own property there and I want to develop it and turn it over to the people." "

Haiti's Army Turns Back The Clock  4/2/2004 Znet: "It didn't take long for the new order in Haiti to reveal itself. The day after President Aristide 'left' for exile, 34 union members at the Ouanaminthe garment assembly factory run by the Dominican Grupo M company, were fired. The next morning, when the 600-strong workforce decided to strike, a group of armed men launched a violent attack. Some unionists were handcuffed, many others were beaten up, and the workers were forced back inside the factory. The aggressors were members of the so-called rebel force, fresh from their victory over the government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. They said they had been called to the factory by management, to deal with workers "causing trouble"."

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