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25/02/04

HAITI: WHO ARE THE "REBELS"?

"Two of the opposition leaders reported to have engaged in killings of police officers in Haiti's Central Plateau, include Guy Philippe, a US-trained former Haitian soldier who has attempted at least three coups in the last four years, and Louis Jodel Chamblain, the #2 ranked leader of the notorious CIA-backed FRAPH death squad. Chamblain was convicted in both the assassination of Antoine Izmery, a pro-democracy businessman in 1993, and the 1994 Raboteau massacre.

"Jean Pierre, alias Tatoune, was a local FRAPH leader and was serving a life sentence for the Raboteau massacre, until his escape in a 2002 jailbreak. The opposition also includes civilians like sweat shop owner and US citizen Andy Apaid, who opposed an increase of the minimum wage last year, when Aristide attempted to raise it from the $1.60 per day where it now stands."
www.newsdissector.org/weblog

CRIES, pleas for Haiti at Hub forum
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA By David Abel, Globe Staff, 2/26/2004.…
forum at the Church of the Nazarene in Codman Square echoed Bastien's feelings about the three-week-old uprising in Haiti…
www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/02/26/cries_pleas_for_haiti_at_hub_forum

FOREIGNERS flee Haiti as rebel leader speaks out
Tacoma News Tribune – Tacoma,WA,USA PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (February 25, 8:58 pm PST)–
Foreigners fled Haiti amid looting in parts of the capital Wednesday as pressure mounted for an…
www.tribnet.com/24hour/front/story/1158649p-8067098c.html

MORE of the same for Haiti
Correspondences.org – Lakewood,WA,USA…
They also note "Several of the paramilitary leaders now rampaging Haiti are … Among the paramilitary figures now leading the current insurrection is Louis Jodel…
www.correspondences.org/archives/000558.html

BLACK nation under siege needs us now
San Francisco Bay View – San Francisco,CA,USA … 7, 2004,
to call on the world for help against the nucleic powers of the US and France and internationals who want that Haiti never has a reason to celebrate…
www.sfbayview.com/022504/nationundersiege022504.shtml

HAITIAN Journalist Michele Montas Discusses Haiti
… Pacifica Radio – USA…
a rising death toll and a new exodus of "boat people" from Haiti … for a Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage at the White House February 25, 2004…
www.pacifica.org/programs/dn/040225.html

US gives green light to Haiti ‚ s killers
Socialist Worker – Chicago,IL,USA
By Lee Sustar | February 27, 2004 | Page 12. WASHINGTON
pushing for regime change in Haiti—by another name. While calling publicly…
www.socialistworker.org/2004-1/488/488_12_Haiti.shtml

LENT: reflections on Haitian and Jamaican problems
Jamaica Observer – Jamaica…
The carry-over of mental slavery has persisted in Haiti just as in countries like Jamaica. … Linnette Vassell "took me on" in the Sunday Gleaner of February 22.…
www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/html/20040225T200000-0500_56254_OBS_
LENT__REFLECTIONS_ON_HAITIAN_AND_JAMAICAN_PROBLEMS.asp

HAITI’S Lawyer: US Is Arming Anti-Aristide Paramilitaries,
… Common Dreams – USA…
Several of the paramilitary leaders now rampaging Haiti are men who were at … Among the paramilitary figures now leading the current insurrection is Louis Jodel…
www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0225-10.htm

Security Council deplores opposition's rejection of ...
UN News Centre 25 February 2004ˆ
Calling attention to the "serious humanitarian situation in Haiti," Council members called on all sides to facilitate the…
www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=9888&Cr=haiti&Cr1=

FOREIGNERS try to flee Haiti; looting erupts in capital
Anchorage Daily News – Anchorage,AK,USA PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (February 25, 11:17 am AST)–
Foreigners tried to flee Haiti on Wednesday, some guarded by US Marines, as looting erupted in the capital…
www.adn.com/24hour/world/story/1157768p-8067098c.html

NOTES and quotes from Campaign 2004
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA…
Bush said the United States is encouraging the international community to provide a "security presence" in Haiti if needed to back up any political solution to…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/02/25/politics1805EST0806.DTL

EYES on Haiti: Clayton residents postpone missions as violence
Clayton News Star – Clayton,NC,USA … I would not have chosen Haiti. That was God who chose Haiti. … Haitian president Aristide took office in February 1991 on the promise of helping the poor.…
www.claytonnews-star.com/news/2004022500896.html

UN approved departure of some Haiti staff
Independent Online - South Africa
... The events of February have shown us that Haiti requires long-term, sustained and broad engagement by the international community," he said.
...
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=3&art_id=qw1077733262396B235&set_id=1

HAITI opposition rejects peace plan
Melbourne Herald Sun - Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
... rebel advance. The insurgents have torched more than 20 police stations across northern Haiti since the uprising erupted February 5. ...
http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,8794998%255E1702,00.html

Haiti's Lawyer: Is U.S. Arming Anti-Aristide Paramilitaries? *
As opponents of Haitian President Aristide reject a U.S.-brokered peace plan, we speak with Ira Kurzban who has served as General Counsel for the government of Haiti since 1991.
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http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/02/25/1613200

Renowned Haitian Journalist Michele Montas Discusses Haiti and the Unsolved Murder Of Her Husband
Award-winning Haitian journalist Michele Montas fled Haiti last year after her bodyguard was killed and continued threats against her forced her to close her radio station and leave the country four years after her husband, Jean Dominique, was assassinated.
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http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/02/25/1613205

Aristide Warns of Possible Refugee Crisis in Haiti
In the past week, more than 400 Haitian refugees have reportedly landed on beaches in Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands. We speak with the Center for Constitutional Rights' Michael Ratner who has dealt extensively with the issue of Haitian refugees for many years.
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http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/02/25/1613209

HAITI, crisis and imperialism: background
Infoshop News – USA
A political crisis that has been brewing in Haiti since 2000 exploded during the second week of February 2004. Members of an armed…
www.infoshop.org/inews/stories.php?story=04/02/25/5122488

FOREIGNERS flee Haiti as rebels advance
Reuters – London,England,UK … In Washington,
US President George W. Bush said the deteriorating situation in Haiti … have died in the poor Caribbean country in clashes that began on February…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=464373&section=news

RENOWNED Haitian Journalist Michele Montas Speaks Out On Haiti
Democracy Now – USA…
to work at Radio Haiti Inter. On Christmas Day 2002, her bodyguard was fatally shot by assassins minutes after he dropped her off at her home. Last February,…
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/02/25/1613205

HAITI'S opposition rejects peace plan
Anchorage Daily News – Anchorage,AK,USA PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (February 25, 2:03 am AST)–
Haiti's opposition rejected a US-backed peace plan to avert all-out civil war, demanding that President Jean…
www.adn.com/24hour/front/story/1157786p-8065595c.html

INCREASING NEED OF FOOD AID IN HAITI AS THE SECURITY SITUATION
noticias.info (Comunicados de Prensa) – Spain…
WFP had allocated to assist 268,000 people in the north in February. … security commission, the Coordination Nationale de la Securite Alimentaire (CNSA), Haiti…
www.noticias.info/Asp/aspComunicados.asp?nid=19310&src=0

UN worried over effect of civil strife on Haiti's kids
The Hindu – Chennai,India…
Haiti's children are depending on adults to protect and preserve their future," Bellamy … the humanitarian situation in Port-de-Paix and Cap Haitien on February…
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/00325130560.htm

DOMINICAN GOVERNMENT DEPLOYS ADDITIONAL TROOPS
New York Post – New York,NY,USA February 25, 2004 — SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic–
The Dominican government deployed 1,200 additional troops to the Haitian border as the neighboring…
www.nypost.com/news/worldnews/18977.htm

 
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