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Half-Hour for Haiti: Tell The Times to Tell the Whole Story

February 14, 2007 Update: Thanks to everyone who helped make last week�s International Day of Solidarity With the Haitian People such a great success. The final tally was 53 events on five continents. For highlights and photos, click here. Some bad news on the political prisoner front: in December, the Port-au-Prince court of appeals heard the appeal on the case of Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste, currently on pre-trial release for medical treatment in Florida. Although the charges against Fr. Jean-Juste are baseless, and the prosecutor at the appeals court recommended that they be dismissed, last week the court decided it needed another hearing, with Fr. Jean-Juste present, in March. Some good news from New York: on February 8, Emmanuel Constant, the former head of Haiti’s FRAPH death squad (1993-1994) plead guilty to bank fraud in New York. Mr. Constant was convicted […]

Fr. Jean-Juste Honored in North Miami

Posted on Sun, Feb. 11, 2007 NORTH MIAMI Haiti’s local roots recognized A South Florida priest turned Haitian political figure was touched to see the gratitude of people he had helped in North Miami, as the city honored him and other Haitian-American pioneers. BY TIM HENDERSON thenderson@MiamiHerald.comWhen they arrived, few in South Florida knew anything about their homeland. Post office clerks sometimes asked if they had misspelled ”Tahiti” on their letters home.Today they’re considered pioneers of what’s now Little Haiti, and many now have roots in North Miami as well. The city honored many of them in recent weeks, including a suspended priest named Gerard Jean-Juste, once considered a leading candidate for president of the island nation. Like many of Little Haiti’s pioneers from the mid-1960s, Jean-Juste helped the thousands who fled later, helping them adjust and demanding social justice […]

Civilians killed by UN sponsored “peace keeping” forces in Haiti

by Wadner Pierre, Global Research February 10, 2007 Sisters killed by MINUSTAH in Haiti On Thursday February 1, 2006 MINUSTAH soldiers launched a two day assault on the Boston district of Cite Soleil. A Boston resident, father of two children killed by MINUSTAH during the assault, was asked why he thought MINUSTAH had come into his neighborhood. “I do not know why. I am Mercius Lubin. My wife is called Marie Danielle Remy and my young girls killed by the Soldiers of the MINUTAH are called Alexandra Lubin and St�phanie Lubin. It is the noise of MINUSTAH’s fire that awoke us. I saw that I was wounded in one of my arms. My wife in one of her feet and my two young girls were bathed in their own blood. We do not know anything. We have no business with […]

Former Haitian Strongman Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Department of Law 120 Broadway New York, NY 10271 Department of Law The State Capitol Albany, NY 12224 � For More Information: 212-416-8060 For Immediate Release February 08, 2007 � FORMER HAITIAN STRONGMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN MASSIVE MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME Emmanuel Constant, a participant in mortgage fraud scheme, had previously run a Haitian paramilitary organization in 1990s linked to torture, extrajudicial killings, and crimes against humanity NEW YORK, NY (February 8, 2007) � Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Emmanuel Constant, 49, pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree in Kings County Supreme Court for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme. Sentencing has been scheduled for April 16, 2007. This is the latest result of a continuing investigation by the Attorney General�s Organized Crime Task Force (�OCTF�) into mortgage fraud conspiracies that have distorted residential […]

Civilians Caught in Crossfire During Port-au-Prince Raids

By Andrew Buncombe in Washington February  2, 2007 The head of the UN mission to Haiti has publicly acknowledged international peacekeepers carrying out anti-kidnapping raids into the poorest parts of the city have to do more to avoid civilian casualties. His comments come after a series of raids in the capital, Port-au-Prince, in which witnesses said a number of innocent bystanders were either killed or wounded by peacekeepers. “We have to improve, we have to be all the time learning from this,” said Ambassador Edmond Mulet, head of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (Minustah). “We have learned lessons every time we have [had] these actions.” Mr Mulet made his comments to The Independent following a presentation in Washington in which the envoy outlined some of the multitude of problems facing Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere […]

UN Occupation of Haiti Intensifies

  By G. Dunkel Feb 2, 2007 Ever since the coup-kidnapping of the popular president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, on Feb. 29, 2004, this Caribbean country has been occupied. First it was troops from the United States, France and Canada. Then a U.N.-sanctioned and commanded force, mainly from Latin America and called Minustah, took over and provided a cover for this imperialist intervention. Minustah stands for the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, but its intervention has meant “death, terror and lawlessness for the people of Haiti,” as a statement from Fanmi Lavalas, Aristide’s political party, puts it. Even the U.S. State Department, in documents recently obtained by the Haiti Information Project (HIP) about a U.N. raid in Cit� Soleil in July 2005, admits that the U.N. troops used “excessive force,” which is like a butcher calling a slaughterhouse worker bloody. […]

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