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  • Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations (Dec 2011)

    06/20/2012 9:30:30 PM PDT · by txnuke · 91 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 7, 2011 | Sharryl Attkisson
    Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales. PICTURES: ATF "Gunwalking" scandal timeline In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking," and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder...
  • Glover brings exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide home from South Africa

    03/17/2011 1:22:04 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 3-17-11 | Lukas I. Alpert
    Actor Danny Glover has taken on a new role - as international statesman. The "Lethal Weapon" star traveled to South Africa late Wednesday to escort exiled former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide back home. Aristide has been issued a diplomatic passport after seven years in exile but has encountered resistance to his return to Haiti before a presidential run-off election on Sunday. Glover questioned why former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier would be allowed to return, but the twice-elected Aristide would not. "People of good conscience cannot be idle while a former dictator is able to return unhindered while a democratic leader...
  • This time, the people of Haiti may win

    02/20/2011 4:04:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 11, 2011 (updated) | Mark Weisbrot
    In 1915, the US Marines invaded Haiti, occupying the country until 1934. US officials rewrote the Haitian constitution, and when the Haitian national assembly refused to ratify it, they dissolved the assembly. They then held a "referendum" in which about 5% of the electorate voted and approved the new constitution – which conveniently changed Haitian law to allow foreigners to own land – with 99.9% voting for approval. The situation today is remarkably similar. The country is occupied, and although the occupying troops wear blue helmets, everyone knows that Washington calls the shots. On 28 November an election was held...
  • Haiti’s real crisis is poverty (Ya THINK?)

    01/22/2010 6:25:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies · 772+ views
    The DC ^ | January 21, 2010 | Ian Vasquez
    Haiti’s humanitarian disaster has rightfully elicited an outpouring of support from around the world. But the tragedy should also elicit outrage because the massive destruction, suffering and loss of life were largely avoidable. Natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods that have regularly afflicted Haiti, have plagued mankind throughout history. As the world has become wealthier, the ability to cope with such calamities has grown; annual deaths due to such disasters have declined by 96 percent since the 1920s. Economic growth has made it possible for countries around the world, increasingly including developing nations, to mitigate damage done by “acts...
  • Haiti: Victim of Clinton's Old Black Magic

    02/20/2004 8:50:39 PM PST · by freebacon · 20 replies · 824+ views ^ | February 20, 2004 | Lowell Ponte
    Haiti: Victim of Clinton's Old Black MagicBy Lowell | February 20, 2004 ONCE AGAIN HAITIAN PRESIDENT JOHN-BERTRAND ARISTIDE may be ousted by his citizens, who began a new rebellion against his tyrannical rule on February 5. After Aristide was removed by a military coup in 1991, President Bill Clinton in 1994 sent 20,000 U.S. troops to Haiti to restore to power this former Roman Catholic Priest and advocate for Leftist Liberation Theology who once called Cuban Marxist dictator Fidel Castro his “greatest personal hero.”  “There is frankly no enthusiasm” for sending armed U.S. troops to secure Aristide’s presidency again,...
  • Reminding how Bill CLINTON helped Jean Bertrand ARISTIDE to keep in power in HAITI

    01/18/2010 12:39:53 PM PST · by Ulysse · 16 replies · 645+ views
    While OBAMA is trying to stay under the MSM spotlights with the CLINTOONS as the crisis is going on in HAITI the other issues are kept under the radars. But yet the last earthquake is revealing the severe weaknesses of the Haitian society which is obviously a consequence of former repeated big political mistakes allowed by developped countries which could have helped getting over several crisis and undermining violence and corruption. Those who paid attention to HAITI's problems in the last decades generally know that ARISTIDE ,a former catholic priest,was a violent marxist activist pretending to defend poor people...When he...
  • Exiled Former Haitian President Aristide Wants to Return to Haiti - Video 1/15/10

    01/15/2010 5:25:20 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 57 replies · 2,001+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 15, 2010 | Brian
    <p>Here is video of exiled former Haitian President Jean Bertrand-Aristide today saying he is prepared to return to Haiti and assist the people of the country in dealing with the devastation left by the 7.0 Earthquake that took place there earlier this week. Aristide is currently living in exile in South Africa.</p>
  • Aristide Wants to Return to Assist in Haiti Recovery

    01/15/2010 5:10:55 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 23 replies · 689+ views
    Controversial former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide says he would like to return home to assist in rebuilding Haiti in the wake of this week's earthquake. The former Haitian leader lives in forced exile in South Africa. Mr. Aristide says he and his family are ready to leave for Haiti at a moment's notice. "As far as we are concerned, we are ready to leave today, tomorrow, at any time, to join the people of Haiti, to share in their suffering, help rebuild the country," he said. "Moving from misery to poverty with dignity." Aristide has been in exile in South...
  • Exiled Haiti president 'ready to return' (Marxist Aristide)

    01/15/2010 10:56:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies · 795+ views
    CNN ^ | December 15, 2009 | Hilary Whiteman
    Exiled Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide has announced that he is ready to return home to help rebuild his earthquake-shattered country. The former president has been living in South African since fleeing Haiti during a violent uprising in 2004. Aristide told reporters gathered at a hotel near Johannesburg's international airport that he is ready to return from exile as soon as today.
  • How Bush-Cheney Policy Screwed Haiti (Mega-Barf Alert)

    01/14/2010 6:23:42 PM PST · by texanyankee · 24 replies · 943+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | January 13, 2010 | James Ridgeway
    In the wake of the devastating earthquake, American eyes are again turned toward Haiti—something that only seems to happen when yet another disaster strikes, and never during the daily chaos and misery that plague the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. I’ve spent a good deal of time in Haiti, reporting first on the repression under the Duvaliers, then on the rise of Jean-Bertrand Aristide's popular movement, and then on the 1991 military coup that brought him down. I was there during the period of the 1994 military intervention that restored Aristede to power. US interest in the country seemed...
  • What Haiti Can Teach Us About Honduras--key Democrats went into business with Aristide

    08/03/2009 10:24:44 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies · 586+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY | AUGUST 3, 2009,
    In October 1994, President Bill Clinton used the U.S. military to force Haiti to take back former President Jean Bertrand Aristide, an intolerant populist who had been deposed in a coup three years earlier. The Haitian people didn’t fare well under the decade of Aristide tyranny and corruption following that U.S. intervention. But key Democrats, who secured contracts with the Haitian government, did. This sad chapter in U.S. foreign policy is a reminder of the immortal words of the French statesman Charles Talleyrand: “Countries don’t have friends, they have interests.” The Clinton administration had interests in Haiti. And that fact...
  • Armed Protesters Seize Control of Haiti's Fourth-Largest City, Demand Uprising Against Aristide

    08/06/2002 1:06:27 AM PDT · by kattracks · 20 replies · 230+ views
    AP | 8/06/02 | Michael Norton
    GONAIVES, Haiti (AP) - Calling for an uprising against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, thousands of protesters, some armed, hurled stones at outnumbered Haitian police and blocked streets with flaming tires. "We're going to feed Aristide to the fire!" people once loyal to the former slum priest yelled Monday night, standing near a smoldering barricade in the western port of Gonaives, Haiti's fourth-largest city. Demonstrators spoke bitterly against the president, accusing him of orchestrating an attack in December that ultimately left 10 people dead, saying he staged the apparent coup himself as an excuse to silence the opposition. "He betrayed us," said...
  • U.S. Marines Deploy to More Haiti Cities (Why are we Haitied so much? The Haiti invasion & Kerry)

    03/05/2004 12:26:08 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 14 replies · 497+ views
    ABC News ^ | Friday, March 5, 2004
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti March 5 — U.S. forces have expanded their presence in Haiti beyond the capital, deploying to at least two cities that are rebel strongholds, a U.S. military spokesman said Friday. Excerpted--click for full article. ================================================================ Why are we Haitied so much? The Haiti invasion and the French-looking Candidate On Sunday morning, the scene was pure anarchy. To have called it a very chaotic situation would be putting it mildly. The whole thing looked very troubling. Confusion reigned as the free-for-all pandemonium -- the disarray and tumult -- grew wilder and wilder. As the cameras panned, zooming in on...
  • National Endowment for Democracy

    09/13/2007 4:54:02 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 9 replies · 291+ views
    The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), is a private, nonprofit organization, was founded in the early 1980's under the influence of Ronald Reagan for "supporting democracy abroad". So we've had that going on for years. The NED basically does overtly what the CIA used to do covertly. It funds civil society groups and organizations that fit within U.S. strategic interests in various countries.
  • The Tennessee stud: U.S. presidential candidate Fred Thompson's womanising ways

    09/09/2007 6:32:48 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 521 replies · 7,720+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept 9,2007 | SHARON CHURCHER
    Young love: Fred with first wife Sarah On a winter's day in 1958, Fred Thompson's classmates crammed into a stadium to watch the hulking 16-year-old football star in a match. But their cheers turned to groans and girls had tears in their eyes as the handsome 6ft 5in youth slumped to the ground. When a group of coaches rushed to assess his injury, he flashed them a conspiratorial grin. 'How's the crowd taking it?' he whispered. Nearly a half century later, it is no surprise to anyone in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, that the schoolboy who always wanted to be centre...
  • 'Law & Order' And Lobbying (Thompson Defends "Burning Necklace" Aristide)

    06/25/2007 7:27:14 AM PDT · by Austin Willard Wright · 78 replies · 1,382+ views
    Politico ^ | April 2, 2007 | Fred P. Vogel
    These sections are particularly interesting: Over about two decades of lobbying (during which he also acted and practiced law), Thompson made nearly $1.3 million and represented clients including a British reinsurance company facing billions of dollars in asbestos claims, Canadian-owned cable companies, and deposed Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, according to government documents and media accounts from his first run for the Senate in 1994 Thompson did file papers with the Justice Department to represent Haitian President Aristide in October 1991, two weeks after Aristide was overthrown. The filing lists Thompson as a member of the Washington-based law firm Arent Fox...
  • Haiti: Thousands demand Aristide return

    07/16/2006 12:34:05 AM PDT · by Stoat · 22 replies · 995+ views
    The BBC ^ | July 16, 2006
    Thousands demand Aristide return   Mr Aristide fled an armed revolt in 2004 Thousands of people have demonstrated in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, demanding the return of exiled former President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.Supporters chanted "Aristide or death!" and "Aristide's blood is our blood!" as they marched to the National Palace on the ex-leader's 53rd birthday. Mr Aristide fled an armed revolt two years ago and is in South Africa. President Rene Preval had said during this year's election campaign he would consider allowing him to return home. However, the US has warned this could destabilise the country. Political prisonersSaturday's march was...
  • Drug probe targets Aristide

    07/02/2006 8:39:35 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 419+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | July 2, 2006
    Drug probe targets Aristide Haiti's ex-president is main focus of investigation of bribes from dug traffickers, but paper trail is lacking. BY JAY WEAVER AND JACQUELINE CHARLES • This is the first of two parts. Jean-Bertrand Aristide was a modern-day Moses to Haiti's poor masses, a former Catholic priest who rose to the presidency by promising to wash away the country's bloody and corrupt past. But since his ouster as president in 2004, U.S. authorities have been investigating detailed accounts alleging that Aristide and several top aides sought and took millions of dollars in bribes from drug traffickers in Haiti,...
  • Haiti - Four Killed As U.N. Troops, Haitians Fight

    11/15/2005 11:08:46 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 352+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | November 16, 2005 | ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU
    Excerpt - PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - U.N. peacekeepers and gang members traded gunfire Tuesday in the volatile Cite Soleil slum of the Haitian capital, leaving at least four people dead, witnesses and a U.N. official said. The deaths were the latest casualties from sporadic clashes between gangs and U.N. troops, who were called to the country following the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The bodies of two young men were displayed by gang members in the slum. U.N. military spokesman Col. El Ouafi Boulbars said the bodies of two other suspected gang members were turned over to police. Gang members...
  • Fmr. Atty. General Clark calls for Bush to be replaced by Aristide as President of US

    09/24/2005 10:05:54 AM PDT · by nwrep · 84 replies · 2,848+ views
    C-SPAN (Anti-war Rally) ^ | September 24, 2005 | nwrep
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ramsey Clark, Attorney General in the LBJ administration from 1967 to 1969, addressing an anti-war rally in the Capitol today, called for the replacement of President George W. Bush by Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the deposed President of Haiti. Saying Aristide would be a better President of the United States than Bush, Clark called for the impeachment of President Bush.
  • Bill Clinton's affair with Voodoo

    06/28/2005 7:45:53 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 37 replies · 1,356+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 28, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    When it comes to dabbling in the black arts, former U.S. President Bill Clinton has much in common with deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Saddam reportedly wore a stone around his neck to ward off evil. When he was ensconced in his Iraqi palaces, he summoned up the jinn (genies) to do his bidding. According to historian Joel A. Ruth, a Voodoo sorcerer, supplied to Clinton by the exiled-by-coup John-Bertrand Aristide, once put a curse on incumbent President George W. Bush, "by manipulating a doll made in the president’s image."
  • Aristide Blames U.S. for Haiti Violence

    04/19/2005 5:17:02 PM PDT · by kingattax · 15 replies · 433+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4-19-2005 | TERRY LEONARD
    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide charged Tuesday that political violence in Haiti was a "black holocaust" orchestrated by France and the United States. Speaking to reporters in Pretoria where he lives in exile, Aristide renewed his charge that he was kidnapped by the United States and France as part of a coup d'etat in February 2004 and that he remains Haiti's democratically elected leader. Aristide refused to say if he would be a candidate in general elections promised later this year in Haiti, but he said there could be no free democratic elections in the...
  • Police officer beheaded in Haiti's capital

    04/08/2005 9:05:03 AM PDT · by kingattax · 11 replies · 437+ views
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - A policeman was beheaded and burned in Haiti's capital in the latest attack against a beleaguered police force accused of targeting supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, officials said Wednesday. Police found the decapitated and burned body of a private security guard Tuesday on a street in St. Martin, a neighborhood near downtown Port-au-Prince, said Dan Moskaluk, a spokesman for the U.N. civilian police. The guard was an off-duty Haitian police officer, said U.S. Army Capt. Tracey Golden, a U.N. military spokeswoman. There were no suspects in his slaying - the fourth decapitation of a police...
  • Haiti: The Next Cuba? (Essential Reading on Communist Revolution in Haiti)

    12/01/2004 4:30:32 PM PST · by TapTheSource · 59 replies · 4,052+ views
    VERY IMPORTANT BACKGROUNDER ON HAITI According to the New York Daily News (February 29, 2004), John Kerry accused President Bush of "deliberately helping insurgents in the bloody Haitian uprising." Moreover, Kerry said that if he were in office he would have "sent troops to Haiti even without International support to quell the revolt against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide"...a very strong statement from the man who once said that he'd like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations. So who is this man that John Kerry would use the US military to put...
  • Haiti seeks exiled Aristide's arrest

    11/13/2004 8:49:28 AM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 282+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | November 13 2004
    The Haitian authorities plan to issue an international arrest warrant against former President Jean Bertrand Aristide on charges of corruption and fraud. Mr Aristide was ousted from power at the end of February following a violent uprising against his regime. He is currently living in South Africa. A special commission is being set up to investigate the alleged corruption that took place under his administration. In recent weeks, supporters of Mr Aristide have held violent protests in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.
  • Haiti: The Next Cuba? (John Kerry Wants This Communist Thug Back in Power!)

    10/28/2004 9:50:23 AM PDT · by TapTheSource · 26 replies · 1,120+ views
    According to the New York Daily News (February 29, 2004), John Kerry accused President Bush of "deliberately helping insurgents in the bloody Haitian uprising." Moreover, Kerry said that if he were in office he would have "sent troops to Haiti even without International support to quell the revolt against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide"...a very strong statement from the man who once said that he'd like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations. So who is this man that John Kerry would use the US military to put back in power? His name...
  • More Democrat Wars

    10/26/2004 3:05:02 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 252+ views
    TAS ^ | 10/26/2004 | Jeremy Lott
    LYNDEN, Wash. -- One of the arguments advanced for electing John F. Kerry this November is that the senator from Massachusetts would be able to steady our ship of state. By refusing to take decisive action until he has built world consensus, the senator and his surrogates argue, the former Swift boat captain would steer us clear of the foreign policy recklessness of the Bush administration. The only problem with this argument is that there is precious little evidence to support it. To state the bleeding obvious: Kerry voted against the first Gulf War, which was a model of a...
  • Brazilian general blames Kerry

    10/16/2004 3:22:31 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 20 replies · 1,089+ views
    Seven Network ^ | 17/10/04 | AAP
    Comments made by Senator John Kerry more than seven months ago may have helped trigger the recent wave of violence afflicting Haiti, according to the Brazilian commander for the UN peacekeeping troops in that Caribbean nation. In an interview posted on the website of Agencia Brasil, the Brazilian government's official news agency, Lieutenant-General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro said comments made in March by Kerry had raised the hopes of supporters of Jean-Bertrand Aristide that the former Haitian president would be able to return to power. "Statements made by a candidate to the presidency of the United States created false hopes among...
  • Aristide: Kerry’s Favorite Haitian

    10/08/2004 6:55:03 AM PDT · by docbnj · 3 replies · 291+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8 Oct 2004 | Mary Anastasia O'Grady
    John Kerry has now decided, retrospectively, that he would not have gone to war to remove Saddam Hussein. But he would have put U.S. troops in harm’s way to shield Haitian strongman Jean Bertrand Aristide from a revolt of his own people in February. “I would have been prepared to send troops immediately, period,” Mr. Kerry told the New York Times on March 4. *** Sources inside Teleco have long accused Mr. Aristide of giving special deals to international carriers in exchange for a personal cut of the action. One deal that raised suspicions but remained shrouded in secrecy was...
  • Violent Protests Erupt Again in Haiti

    10/02/2004 12:45:29 AM PDT · by endthematrix · 3 replies · 202+ views
    Yahoo News -AP ^ | 10-2-04 | STEVENSON JACOBS
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide took to the streets of Haiti's capital for a second day, shooting wildly, smashing cars and blocking roads with burning tires. Authorities recovered the decapitated bodies of three policemen, among at least seven people killed in the violence. Tensions have erupted in Port-au-Prince as Haiti struggles to recover from catastrophic flooding caused by Tropical Storm Jeanne two weeks ago. Supporters of Aristide, who is now in exile in South Africa seven months after his ouster, demanded more demonstrations to commemorate the 1991 army coup that toppled his first government. Aristide loyalists...
  • Violence by Aristide supporters breaks out for second day in Haitian capital...

    10/01/2004 8:30:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 236+ views
    AP ^ | 10/1/4 | STEVENSON JACOBS
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Violence erupted again Friday in the Haitian capital as the decapitated bodies of three police were found, bringing the death toll to at least seven people in two days of protests for the return of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. At least four police officers were killed amid the violence, including two who were shot and killed Thursday and whose headless bodies were found Friday in the slum of La Saline, national police chief Leon Charles said. He said a third officer was shot Thursday and his body was immediately recovered, while the headless body of a fourth...
  • The Kerry-Kennedy-Haiti Scandal.

    09/12/2004 4:19:55 AM PDT · by igoramus987 · 6 replies · 968+ views
    Accuracy In Media ^ | March 26, 2004 | Cliff Kincaid
    The Kerry-Kennedy-Haiti Connection By Cliff Kincaid | March 26, 2004 It wasn't a big story when John Kerry said that he would have risked U.S. lives to maintain Marxist Jean-Bertrand Aristide in power in Haiti. And except for columnist Robert Novak, there hasn't been any discussion of why Kerry chose such a controversial course of action. Novak noted evidence of "Aristide's gold-plated U.S. connections." He explained, "He is close to Kerry's influential friends, the Kennedy family of Massachusetts, and is the unconditional favorite of the Congressional Black Caucus." Novak noted that Aristide spent millions on U.S. lobbyists and lawyers, and...
  • A New Wrinkle

    08/26/2004 10:42:05 AM PDT · by aardvark1 · 5 replies · 681+ views
    Email | 8/26/04
    From:Morgan Thomson Sir, I am Morgan Thompson legal representative to Dr. Jean Bertrand Aristide former President of Haiti.My client Dr. Jean Bertrand Aristide deposited some valuables with a security company.My client advised me to arrange for a foreign Partner who will help him to redeem the valuables so that we can move for investment any where in the world.This is why I am seeking your assistance to redeem the deposited precious valuables after we can use it for further investment. I am looking forward for any one who can help us to make this business a success.kindly help us because...
  • Haitian jury acquits ex-paramilitary leader Chamblain of murder (in the dark of night 'justice')

    08/17/2004 4:28:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 253+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/17/04 | AP - Port Au Prince
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - A jury acquitted former paramilitary leader Louis-Jodel Chamblain of murder charges Tuesday after a secretive trial that began in the middle of the night, angering human rights groups who blamed the country's U.S.-backed government. Chamblain and co-defendent Jackson Joanis were acquitted just after dawn in the murder of Antoine Izmery, a former justice minister and financier of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, according to Stanley Gaston, an attorney for Chamblain. Three witnesses were called during the one-day trial, and only one of them was for the prosecution, said Viles Alizar with the National Coalition for Haitian Rights....
  • Haitian Protesters Want Kerry as U.S. President

    07/28/2004 8:05:45 PM PDT · by the_gospel_of_thomas · 2 replies · 248+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jul 28, 7:12 PM ET | Joseph Guyler Delva
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide poured from Haiti's slums on Wednesday to call for Aristide's return and to support John Kerry (news - web sites)'s bid for the U.S. presidency. The demonstrators, marching under the gaze of dozens of riot police, said they believed Kerry, the Massachusetts senator who will accept the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, will return Aristide to the troubled Caribbean nation if he is elected in November. They said Aristide, who was forced into exile in February by a bloody rebellion and U.S. pressure, would not return if...
  • Aristide: South Africa to be ‘temporary home’

    05/31/2004 3:00:42 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies · 147+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 5/30/04 | AP
    KINGSTON, Jamaica - Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide said Sunday that South Africa will be his “temporary home” until he can return to Haiti. Speaking shortly before his planned departure for South Africa, he didn’t say how soon he hoped to return to Haiti. He referred to himself as the “elected president” and urged his supporters not to resort to violence. South Africa, he said, “will now be our temporary home until we are back in Haiti.” “The Haitian situation must be normal. Peace must be restored through democratic order,” he said, without elaborating. When asked, he declined to say...
  • Aristide, bound for S. Africa, declares he's still president

    05/31/2004 3:44:57 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 5 replies · 105+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | May 31, 2004 | MICHAEL A. W. OTTEY
    KINGSTON, Jamaica - Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide left Jamaica on Sunday, bound for South Africa, insisting that he is still the rightful president of Haiti. He vowed to return, even while dismissing allegations that he profited from drug trafficking and stole millions of dollars from the impoverished nation's treasury.''There is one elected president of Haiti. There's not two. And it is me,'' Aristide told reporters at a news conference in Kingston, just before departing for Norman Manley International Airport. ``As we prepare this return to the mother continent, we thank [South African] President [Thabo] Mbeki. It will now be our...
  • Government agrees to give Aristide asylum

    05/13/2004 11:16:30 AM PDT · by Ironfocus · 8 replies · 166+ views
    SA IOL
    By Jean-Jacques Cornish South Africa said on Thursday that it was ready to give former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide a temporary home, nearly three months after an armed revolt forced him to flee his poor Caribbean country. Aristide is currently in Jamaica, where he arrived on March 15 from the Central African Republic, his first destination following his resignation in late February under pressure from the United States and France. "This is a temporary arrangement until the Haitian situation stabilises and Aristide and his family can return," government spokesperson Joel Netshithenzhe said. No date has been set for Aristide's arrival...
  • Black Groups Call for Investigation of Congressional Black Caucus;

    04/07/2004 6:19:13 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 27 replies · 225+ views
    Black Groups Call for Investigation of Congressional Black Caucus; Details of Black Lawmakers' Relationship with Deposed Haitian Leader Sought 4/7/2004 6:00:00 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: David Almasi of the National Center for Public Policy Research, 202-371-1400 ext. 106 or WASHINGTON, April 7 /U.S. Newswire/ -- In response to actions and comments by members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) regarding American policy toward Haiti, the African-American leadership network Project 21 endorsed a letter to Chairman Joel Hefley (R-Colo.) asking the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to conduct a formal investigation of...
  • The Haiti Imbroglio

    04/06/2004 7:43:09 AM PDT · by OESY · 6 replies · 153+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 6, 2004 | RAYMOND A. JOSEPH
    <p>After the flood, it's time to salvage what's left of the wreckage in Haiti. It's also time for a reassessment of the tragic Haitian democratic experiment.</p> <p>The flood was real in Haiti. The forces that propelled Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power had called themselves the "Lavalas Movement." Lavalas, or avalanche in Creole, is a flash flood that destroys everything in its path.</p>
  • Powell rejects Aristide probe

    04/06/2004 3:32:59 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 5 replies · 135+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 6, 2K4 | Nicholas Kralev
    <p>PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Secretary of State Colin L. Powell yesterday rejected a proposed U.N. probe into former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's departure, saying the United States had helped to prevent a blood bath.</p> <p>Haitian Prime Minister Gerard Latortue, standing beside Mr. Powell at a press conference, announced that all major political parties and civilian groups had agreed to hold presidential and parliamentary elections next year.</p>
  • Haiti Rebel Leader Wants to Kill Enemy Aristide

    03/29/2004 8:11:20 AM PST · by Pikamax · 2 replies · 95+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03/28/04 | Simon Gardner
    Haiti Rebel Leader Wants to Kill Enemy Aristide Sun Mar 28, 2004 01:41 PM ET By Simon Gardner PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) - A notorious Haitian paramilitary leader who helped lead a bloody revolt that ousted Jean-Bertrand Aristide says he will kill the former president if he ever returns from exile. "If Aristide comes tomorrow I will have 15,000, 20,000 Haitians armed to fight him and kill him as he killed my wife," Louis Jodel Chamblain, accused of heading death squads during years of dictatorship and military rule in the late 1980s and early 1990s, told Reuters. The former army officer...
  • The Kerry-Kennedy-Haiti Connection

    03/28/2004 8:00:33 PM PST · by GrandMoM · 32 replies · 591+ views
    AIM Report ^ | 3/26/04 | Cliff Kincaid
    The Kerry-Kennedy-Haiti Connection By Cliff Kincaid March 26, 2004 It wasn't a big story when John Kerry said that he would have risked U.S. lives to maintain Marxist Jean-Bertrand Aristide in power in Haiti. And except for columnist Robert Novak, there hasn't been any discussion of why Kerry chose such a controversial course of action. Novak noted evidence of "Aristide's gold-plated U.S. connections." He explained, "He is close to Kerry's influential friends, the Kennedy family of Massachusetts, and is the unconditional favorite of the Congressional Black Caucus." Novak noted that Aristide spent millions on U.S. lobbyists and lawyers, and that,...
  • Haiti Rebel Leader Wants to Kill Enemy Aristide

    03/28/2004 7:15:18 PM PST · by Simmy2.5 · 7 replies · 152+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Sun Mar 28, 1:41 PM ET | By Simon Gardner
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) - A notorious Haitian paramilitary leader who helped lead a bloody revolt that ousted Jean-Bertrand Aristide says he will kill the former president if he ever returns from exile. "If Aristide comes tomorrow I will have 15,000, 20,000 Haitians armed to fight him and kill him as he killed my wife," Louis Jodel Chamblain, accused of heading death squads during years of dictatorship and military rule in the late 1980s and early 1990s, told Reuters. The former army officer convicted of murder said in an interview late Saturday at a plush, well-guarded hilltop retreat just outside Port-au-Prince...
  • Condoleezza Rice Threatens Jamaica Over Aristide

    03/27/2004 3:01:41 PM PST · by MegaSilver · 20 replies · 310+ views
    Axis of Logic ^ | 26 March 2004 | Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales
    March 25th, 2004-Randall Robinson, who accompanied Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on his historic return trip back to the Caribbean, reveals that National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice is telling the Jamaican government if Aristide is not immediately expelled from the country and anything happens to American forces in Haiti, consequences would be exacted against Jamaica in full force by the U.S. [includes rush transcript. See below.] National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice has refused to appear before the 9-11 Commission to give sworn testimony. But she has been very busy on a different front: The situation in Haiti. Rice and other officials...
  • HAITI SITREP, 3/11/04 (One Marine's Perspective)

    03/26/2004 7:56:50 AM PST · by Perseverando · 15 replies · 193+ views
    Letter to a Marine's family and friends | March 11, 2004 | A fine young Warrior!
    040311/1800 To My Family and Friends, I hope this letter finds you all in good health and enjoying the many blessings our Lord has provided for you each. Though I cannot remember the last time I felt homesick, I do miss each of you uniquely. I greatly look forward to such a time that we may all be reunited in fellowship, though as I await that joyous day I receive comfort in knowing that I am guarded with prayer and my strength is bolstered through my pursuit of and surrender to the infallible will of God. Work here is routine,...
  • South Africa Will Become Permanent Home for Haiti's Ousted Aristide, Jamaican Officials Say

    03/25/2004 10:12:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 149+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 26, 2004 | Bert Wilkinson
    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (AP) - Caribbean leaders demanded a U.N. probe Thursday into allegations that the United States forced Jean-Bertrand Aristide from Haiti's presidency, even as debate swirled over where the ousted leader would take permanent asylum. Aristide is now in Jamaica, and Jamaican officials said Thursday he will settle in South Africa but not until it holds general elections next month, Jamaican officials said Thursday. But a spokesman for Aristide said it was too soon to say for sure where he would go. "A final decision has not been made," Huntley Medley said by telephone from Jamaica. "The discussions...
  • Nigeria Grants Aristide Temporary Asylum

    03/22/2004 2:57:37 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 165+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 22, 2004 at 12:10:51 PST | JOHN MURRAY
    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria has agreed to a request by Caribbean leaders to grant former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide temporary asylum, the nation's presidency said Monday. The request came from the 15-nation Caribbean Community, known as Caricom, Nigerian presidential spokeswoman Remi Oyo said in a statement late Monday. The statement did not say whether Aristide had requested - or even agreed to - asylum in Nigeria. Aristide fled Haiti on Feb. 29 as rebels were closing in on the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. He arrived in Central African Republic on March 1 and stayed there with his wife and two...
  • Aristide spent millions to lobby (as in, Five Million)

    03/21/2004 3:16:48 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies · 140+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | March 20, 2004 | FRANK DAVIES
    WASHINGTON - The Haitian government spent almost $5 million on lobbyists and lawyers, including a Miami firm, since former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned to power in 2000, according to reports filed with the Justice Department. Aristide's critics have called such expenditures exorbitant for the hemisphere's poorest nation. But the use of $1.2 million in U.S. taxpayer funds to help Aristide's opposition is also receiving scrutiny. The twin controversies illustrate the gulf that exists between the allies and foes of Aristide, who resigned and left Haiti Feb. 29. How the money was spent on both sides of the divide has caused...
  • Chávez Offers Asylum to Aristide at OAS

    03/18/2004 12:06:40 PM PST · by marron · 4 replies · 152+ views
    El Universal, Caracas, Venezuela ^ | March 18, 2004 | MARIA ELENA MATHEUS
    Chávez Offers Asylum to Aristide at OAS MARIA ELENA MATHEUS Special for EL UNIVERSAL Washington. The government of Venezuela formally offered asylum to deposed Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The proposal was presented to the Organization of American States (OAS). The Venezuelan representative to the OAS, Jorge Valero, expressed unhappiness on the part of the Hugo Chavez government "for the timidity and incompetence that the OAS has shown during these historic circumstances”, referring to the events that led to the departure of Aristide from Haití. Valero pointed out, during his remarks before the Permanent Council, "the intervention by international factors that...