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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.