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Haiti’s Big Lie

Operation Baghdad and Imperial Propaganda May 01, 2008 By Nik Barry-Shaw “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” – Joseph Goebbels, Propaganda Minister of the Third Reich (1933-1945) With six people killed in the food protests that erupted throughout Haiti in early April, observers immediately began trying to explain why violence had once again shattered the country’s two years of apparent stability. Yet rather than blame the massive structural violence of hunger and social exclusion, or even the UN troops who were responsible for the deaths of several protestors[1], the source of the violence was said to lie elsewhere. “Behind the riots, the spectre of Aristide,” as a headline in the newspaper Le Devoir put it. “If the demonstrators had only socioeconomic demands,” explained sociologist Laennec Hurbon, “they would […]

Haiti’s Stealth Elections: What’s at Stake

by Brian Concannon Jr. Dec 2, 2006  Tomorrow Haitians will vote in historic elections that are as ignored as they are important. Although they are receiving little attention in the foreign, and even Haitian press, the elections will establish, for the first time in nineteen years, the radically democratic and decentralized foundation of Haiti�s 1987 Constitution. <!– –> The International attention available for elections in poor countries is focused on Venezuela�s Presidential race the same day. Haiti�s President, Ren� Pr�val, is in Havana today, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. Even the members of the Haitian politics listserve have other things on their mind: today�s postings include analyses of politics in Venezuela, Cuba, Lebanon and France, but no mention of tomorrow�s voting in Haiti. Haiti�s elections are for municipal and local posts, which attract less attention in any […]

Donor nations pledge $750 million for Haiti

Tue Jul 25, 2006 8:13 PM ET By Joseph Guyler Delva PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) – International donors pledged $750 million on Tuesday to help fund impoverished Haiti’s economic recovery efforts for the next fiscal year. The pledges exceeded the $540 million requested by the newly elected government of President Rene Preval and Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis in immediate donations to help build roads, schools and hospitals and to strengthen Haiti’s police force and judicial system. Delegates from about 40 nations and financial institutions gathered in Port-au-Prince for a conference aimed at helping the turbulent and destitute Caribbean country build social and economic stability. The World Bank’s director for the Caribbean, Caroline Anstey, said she was encouraged by the new government’s assurances that the money would be spent responsibly. “I think Mr. Preval and Mr. Alexis have made strong commitments […]

Haiti’s rural voters, silent or silenced?

April 23, 2006: Slow Day at the Polls FOND DES BLANCS, HAITI, April 25,2006-��� On February 7, the people of Fond des Blancs, Haiti, a rural, mountainous commune in the country�s southern province, became the victims of an ill-conceived and poorly-executed electoral process that at no point during its two years of preparation had the capacity to document the voices of the commune�s population of largely illiterate peasants. After officials from the Commune Electoral Bureau (BEK) registered Fond des Blancs� citizens to vote on five unannounced and isolated days behind all other communes in Haiti�s southern department, those who had managed to register walked varied distances of up to three miles to the small courthouse doubling as the voting office in Sainton at the commune�s center, stood in one of the four virtually-static lines surrounding the office, and entered to […]

Bureau Meeting of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Bureau Meeting of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers RESOLUTION� ON HAITI Whereas the United Nations following its Resolution 1542 sent a so-called �peace mission� to Haiti after the sudden departure of President Jean Bertrand Aristide under suspicious and unclear circumstances; Whereas the United Nations Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti (MINUSTAH), manipulated by the United States, did not fulfill its role in its �mission for peace� according to its obligations under the UN Charter and UN Resolution 1542; Whereas MINUSTAH�s presence has not done anything to ameliorate the human rights situation in Haiti, despite the fact that the Human Right�s section of MINUSTAH itself described Haiti�s human rights situation as �catastrophic�; Whereas, since the establishment of the Interim Government in Haiti on February 29, 2004, the judicial system in Haiti has transformed into a veritable machine of political repression […]

Haitian voters repudiate U.S. schemes

Haitian voters repudiate U.S. schemes by Monica Hill Freedom Socialist Newspaper, Vol. 27, No. 2, April-May 2006 In 1804, the slaves of Haiti, led by revolutionary Toussaint L�Ouverture, won a brilliant 13-year liberation struggle against French slaveholders and established an independent republic. Their forced labor had produced the richest colony of Europe. “Their revolution,” writes Caribbean author Randall Robinson, “wrested from Napoleon the engine of France�s economic expansion, banished slavery from the land, and ended European domination of 10,000 square miles of fertile land and hundreds of thousands of slaves to work it.” In 1915, the United States of America, led by Democrat Woodrow Wilson, invaded Haiti and imposed its first, 19-year-long occupation. It was an exceedingly profitable venture for expanding U.S. capitalists. And the U.S. has been dominating Haiti ever since, through armed occupations, economic exploitation, and strangling loans […]

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