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Gun battle rages in Port-au-Prince:

There was no sign of U.S. or French troops to intervene in the shootout that erupted in the fetid Port-au-Prince slum of open sewers blocked by rubbish and streets strewn with garbage heaps.

Molly Ivins: 'Four wars and a cloud of dust':
Anyone see any reason to think Haiti will be better off without Jean-Bertrand Aristide? Just another little gift from the Bush foreign policy team, straight out of the whacko-right playbook.

Haitian Consul General Says Aristide Still President:
In a Democracy Now! exclusive, Consul General of the Haitian government in New York Harry Fouche recognizes the Aristide government as legitimate saying Jean Bertrand Aristide is still president of Haiti and Yvon Neptune is still his prime minister.

The Central African Republic (CAR) has shut off President Aristide's phone service.
Armed members of the French and CAR military are guarding President Aristide and he is not free to leave.

Official: No permanent asylum yet found for Aristide:
No permanent home has yet been found for Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a top Central African Republic official said Wednesday, as the ousted Haitian leader settled into temporary exile in this impoverished, isolated capital.

Convicted Assassin Gets Role in Haiti:
Rebel leader Louis-Jodel Chamblain, a convicted killer and accused death squad leader, says he has no plans of fading into the shadows.

Deported war criminal freed in Haiti:
The convicted war criminal and former Haitian general was among the thousands of convicts released Sunday from the country's largest prison when rebels drove into Port-au-Prince.,0,3748303.story

Haiti : Interview with Prime Minister Yvon Neptune:
"Even though I am the legal Prime Minister I am a prisoner in my office. That's a fact."

Rebel leader Guy Philippe says he plans to arrest Haiti's prime minister:
"The country is in my hands!" Philippe announced on Radio Signal FM. He summoned 20 police commanders to meet with him Tuesday and warned that if they failed to appear he would arrest them.

Aristide insists US soldiers forced him to leave Haiti:
"Agents were telling me that if I don't leave they would start shooting and killing in a matter of time," Aristide said during the brief interview. When asked who the agents were, he responded: "White American, white military.

Did U.S. Push or Pull Aristide from Power? :
‰I called this a coup d'etat the modern way, to have a modern kidnapping,‰ said Aristide. ‰We had to leave and spent 20 hours in an American plane not knowing where they were going with us until they told us 20 minutes before we landed in the Central African Republic‰.

REBELS and Aristide Backers Exchange Gunfire in Haiti
New York Times - USA
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, March 3 Gun battles broke out today between rebels and supporters of the deposed president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, as Haiti continued ...

US force in Haiti to reach 1,000 by Sunday
CNN International - World
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The size of the US force in Haiti is expected to double to 1,000 by Sunday, US officials said. US officials ...

ADDRESS poverty in Haiti first, mission leader says
Worldwide Faith News (press release) - USA
... By Elliott Wright* NEW YORK (UMNS) - The United States and other countries must address the causes that keep Haiti in a "vicious cycle of poverty," according ...

PAHO Seeks To Restore Health Services in Haiti
Pan American Health Organization - Washington,DC,USA
Washington, DC, March 3, 2004 (PAHO)&Mac247;The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says it is essential for Haiti to restore its health services based on its ...

HAITI, Is That One of the Tahitian Islands?
Infoshop News - USA
... As one who commonly identifies with the monolithic-activist-culture, furthermore a proud son of Haiti (albeit Diaspora) striving to fulfill the prodigal ...

EXCLUSIVE: Haitian Consul General Says Aristide Still President
In a Democracy Now! exclusive, Consul General of the Haitian government in New York Harry Fouche recognizes the Aristide government as legitimate saying Jean Bertrand Aristide is still president of Haiti and Yvon Neptune is still his prime minister.

Will the UN and OAS Recognize Aristide or Coup Leaders?
We speak with the Center for Constitutional Rights' Michael Ratner about who the United Nations and Organization should recognize as the legitimate government of Haiti under international law and we take a look at the English translation of Aristide's resignation letter which he says is altered to omit a key phrase.

The Haitian Army Returns: Who Is Guy Philippe?
The feared Haitian army, disbanded by Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is making a comeback. We take an in-depth look at the paramilitary leader who now claims to be in control of the Haitian police and military: Guy Philippe, a former Haitian police chief who was trained by US Special Forces in Ecuador in the early 1990s.

Fmr. U.S. Special Forces Officer Describes Arresting Current Coup Leader in 1994 Head of U.S. Security Firm That Guarded Aristide Speaks Out
Stan Goff, who spent 26 years in the U.S. Armed Forces in elite Ranger, Airborne and Special Forces counterterrorist units describes arresting coup leader Jean Tatoune in the first coup in 1994. FRAPH veteran Tatoune was convicted of gross violations of human rights and murder in the massacre in the pro-democracy region of Raboteau.

CANADA 'won't have capacity we'd like' in Haiti, PM says
The Globe and Mail - Canada
Prime Minister Paul Martin admitted Wednesday that Canada's contribution to an international force in Haiti may not be as significant as had been hoped. ...

AID flown in to Haiti
Reuters - London,England,UK
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) - The first planeload of emergency food and medicine has arrived in Haiti, three days after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide ...

HAITI: Convicted human rights violators must not be allowed power
Amnesty International - USA
At least eight convicted or indicted human rights violators are currently at large in Haiti and must be brought before the justice system immediately, a new ...

HAITI Rebel Chief Takes Command
CBS News - USA
(CBS/AP) Rebel leader Guy Philippe on Tuesday declared himself the new chief of Haiti's military, which had been disbanded by ousted President Jean-Bertrand ...

HAITI rebels, foreign troops in tense standoff
Forbes - USA
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) - Armed rebels patrolled the streets and foreign forces held the airport and National Palace Wednesday in an uneasy standoff ...

DID Canada support a coup in Haiti? - Canada
... his first major foreign policy move, Paul Martin's government faithfully followed the US and the French lead in removing the legally-elected president of Haiti ...

CONVICTED assassin becomes commander in Haiti
CNN International - World
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A convicted assassin who led army death squads and is accused of ordering hundreds of executions has stepped into Haiti's

HAITI sinks into anarchy
The Age - Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Haiti veered towards anarchy yesterday when a rebel leader proclaimed himself chief of a revived army, threatened to jail the Prime Minister and sent his men ...

US should help stabilize Haiti in post-Aristide era
Atlanta Journal Constitution - Atlanta,GA,USA
... administration, acting with our French and Canadian allies and with the backing of a unanimous UN Security Council, has responded wisely to the crisis in Haiti ...

HAITI after Aristide
San Francisco Chronicle - San Francisco,CA,USA
... future of the impoverished nation. Luckily, the plight of Haiti now draws broad international concern. The UN Security Council has ...

DOMINICAN Republic Declines Sending Troops to Haiti
Voice of America - USA
Officials in the Dominican Republic say the Caribbean country will not provide troops to a United Nations peacekeeping force in neighboring Haiti.

AP – Exiled Haitian dictator Jean-Claude ``Baby Doc'' Duvalier told a television reporter he wants to return to his homeland now that President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has fled. ``This is my country,'' Duvalier told WFOR-CBS4 on Monday in an interview in Paris. ``I'm ready to put myself at the disposal of the Haitian people.'' But Duvalier said he doesn't plan to run for president.

JACQUELINE CHARLES, DECEMBER 2003 – Almost 200 years after rebellious slaves drove a humiliated French army from Haiti, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has fired the first shot in a new battle with France. In the months leading up to Jan. 1 bicentennial celebrations, Aristide has launched a controversial campaign to get France to repay its former colony billions of dollars in restitution. And he has already sent Paris a bill, down to the very last cent: $21,685,135,571.48. The Haitian government says the money is the modern-day equivalent of the ransom, 90 million gold francs (originally set at 150 million gold francs) that Haitian President Jean-Pierre Boyer agreed to pay France. The European power refused to recognize Haiti's independence and threatened to re-enslave the Haitian people if the indemnity wasn't paid.

JESSE HELMS CRONY BEHIND ARISTIDE OUSTER,0,4730210.story?coll=ny-worldnews-headlines
RON HOWELL NEWS DAY – The departure of Haiti's Jean-Bertrand Aristide is a victory for a Bush administration hard-liner who has been long dedicated to Aristide's ouster, U.S. foreign policy analysts say. That official is Roger Noriega, assistant U.S. secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, whose influence over U.S. policy toward Haiti has increased during the past decade as he climbed the diplomatic ladder in Washington. "Roger Noriega has been dedicated to ousting Aristide for many, many years, and now he's in a singularly powerful position to accomplish it," Robert White, a former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador and Paraguay, said last week.

White, now president of the Center for International Policy, a think tank in Washington, said Noriega's ascent largely has been attributed to his ties to North Carolina Republican Jesse Helms, an arch-conservative foe of Aristide who had behind-the-scenes influence over policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean before retiring from the Senate two years ago. "Helms didn't just dislike Aristide, Helms loathed Aristide because he saw in Aristide another Castro," said Larry Birns, director of the Washington-based Council on Hemispheric Affairs, which has been strongly critical of the Bush administration's policy on Haiti. Working hand in hand with Noriega on Haiti has been National Security Council envoy Otto Reich, who, like Noriega, is ardently opposed to Cuban leader Fidel Castro, say analysts such as Birns. Washington diplomats have seen Aristide as a leftist who is often fierce in his denunciations of the business class and slow to make recommended changes such as privatizing state-run industri. "On a day-to-day basis, Roger Noriega [has been] making policy, but with a very strong role played by Otto Reich," Birns said.

US State Dept faxed Aristide's 'Resignation' Letter
[The London] Times quotes a Haitian diplomat who points out Mr Aristide's resignation statement was faxed to the Haitian Embassy in Washington and its New York consulate by, er, the US State Department. "It's a funny thing," says the diplomat. Writing in the Guardian, the academic Peter Hallward offers a complex version of Haiti's recent past: "With the enthusiastic backing of Haiti's former colonial master, a leader elected with overwhelming popular support has been driven from office by a loose association of convicted human rights abusers, seditious former army officers and pro-American business leaders." The Independent runs a piece on the looting of Mr Aristide's villa. "It's our own system," it quotes a young looter saying. "As soon as a leader falls, we loot his palace."

"White American, white military. They came at night. … There were too many. I couldn't count them." – Aristide

WAYNE WASHINGTON, BOSTON GLOBE – "The problem for Haiti is that it's not oil-rich," said Representative Kendrick B. Meek, the Florida Democrat whose Miami district is home to the largest Haitian immigrant community in the United States. "It's a people of African descent. And they're not campaign contributors. I hate to say that, but I believe if the people's circumstances were different, I think they'd see a very different reaction from this administration." Bill Fletcher Jr., head of the Trans Africa Forum, a policy group focusing on African and Caribbean issues, was particularly critical of Secretary of State Colin L. Powell's role in pursuing the Bush administration's policy on Haiti. Fletcher said black officials should not have expected Powell to urge the administration to move more forcefully in Haiti simply because he is black. "We have to stop believing," Fletcher said. "We have to stop thinking that Colin Powell wants to do the right thing. If the brother wanted to do the right thing, he would havresigned."

Coup 'Carefully staged military-intelligence operation'
The armed insurrection which contributed to unseating President Aristide on February 29th 2004 was the result of a carefully staged military-intelligence operation. The Rebel paramilitary army crossed the border from the Dominican Republic in early February. It constitutes a well armed, trained and equipped paramilitary unit integrated by former members of Le Front pour l'avancement et le progrès d'Haiti (FRAPH), the "plain clothes" death squadrons, involved in mass killings of civilians and political assassinations during the CIA sponsored 1991 military coup, which led to the overthrow of the democratically elected government of President Jean Bertrand Aristide The self-proclaimed Front pour la Libération et la reconstruction nationale (FLRN) (National Liberation and Reconstruction Front) is led by Guy Philippe, a former member of the Haitian Armed Forces and Police Chief. Philippe had been trained during the 1991 coup years by US Special Forces in Ecuador, together with a dozen otheraitian Army officers. (See Juan Gonzalez, New York Daily News, 24 February 2004). In Haiti, [the] "civil society opposition" is bankrolled by the National Endowment for Democracy which works hand in glove with the CIA. The Democratic Platform is supported by the International Republican Institute (IRI) , which is an arm of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Senator John McCain is Chairman of IRI's Board of Directors. It is worth recalling that the NED, (which overseas the IRI) although ntformally part of the CIA, performs an important intelligence function within the arena of civilian political parties and NGOs. It was created in 1983, when the CIA was being accused of covertly bribing politicians and setting up phony civil society front organizations. According to Allen Weinstein, who was responsible for setting up the NED during the Reagan Administration: "A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA."

CIA's role in overthrow of Aristide?
JEFFREY SACHS, FINANCIAL TIMES – The ease with which the US thereby brought down another Latin American democracy is stunning. What has been the CIA's role among the anti-Aristide rebels? How much US money went from US institutions and government agencies to help foment this uprising? Why did the White House abandon the Caribbean compromise proposal it endorsed just days before? These questions have not been asked. Then again, we live in an age when entire wars can be launched on phony pretenses with few questions asked.

US rejects rebel claim to control Haiti military
Financial Times - London, England, UK
The US administration has ruled out a government role for rebel leaders in Haiti, insisting that they lay down their arms while the process of forming a new ...

MARTIN keen to put Haiti on 'right track'
Toronto Star - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OTTAWA&Mac247;Prime Minister Paul Martin said yesterday Canada would be playing a leading role in Haiti as long as is required to get the struggling country back on ...

AN enlightened intervention in Haiti
Baltimore Sun - Baltimore, MD, USA
By Stephen Johnson. WASHINGTON - In the last century, the United States mounted two major interventions in Haiti, both expensive failures. ...,0,4577385.story?coll=bal-oped-headlines

Ramsey Clark On Haiti: "A Clear Demonstration of U.S. Regime Change By Armed Aggression" *
We speak with former Attorney General Ramsey Clark Clark about the overthrow of the democratically-elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide. During the 1991 coup, Clark traveled to Haiti several times in an effort to restore him to power.

* EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Psy-Ops Exposed, South Africa Rejects Washington's Claim Aristide Was Denied Asylum *
In a Democracy Now! exclusive, South African ambassador to the United Nations, Dumisani Kumalo, says President Aristide did not request asylum or exile in South Africa, nor did the South African government deny him asylum or exile as alleged by the US State Department and The New York Times.

* Black Caucus Vows to Find Out if U.S. Engineered Coup Against Aristide *
We speak with actor, activist and TransAfrica chair Danny Glover about President Aristide's claims that the U.S. forced him out of office as well as Rep. Barbara Lee who says she plans to raise the issue at a meeting of the House International Relations Committee tomorrow.

* Head of U.S. Security Firm That Guarded Aristide Speaks Out *
Reports emerged yesterday that the private U.S. security firm guarding President Aristide was prevented by the White House from sending reinforcements to Haiti last week to bolster his security. We speak with the CEO of the firm Kenneth Kurtz.

IN Haiti: 'The country is in my hands!'
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,United States
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — In a potentially ominous turn of events, rebel leader Guy Philippe declared himself Haiti's "military chief" Tuesday, asserting that…

BUSH, Chirac Find Common Ground in Haiti
Kansas City Star – Kansas City,MO,USA
PARIS – The crisis in Haiti is bringing French President Jacques Chirac and President Bush closer together after their heated dispute last year over the US-led…

US says no place for rebels in Haiti government
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Ruling out a government role for rebel leaders in Haiti, the Bush administration is insisting they lay down their arms and get off the streets of the ravaged…

REGIME Change By Social Collapse: Canada, the US, and Haiti – Canada
… in early 2004, the new Martin government is eager to demonstrate its enthusiasm for a renewal of the Canada-US partnership, and the recent crisis in Haiti…

RAG-TAG rebels flex their muscles in Haiti
Independent Online – South Africa
Port-au-Prince – One of Haiti's rebel leaders defied the United States and declared himself chief of the military and police on Tuesday, and his rag-tag band…

CARICOM draws South Africa into the loop over Haiti
Jamaica Observer – Jamaica
Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders will resume their talks on the Haiti situation today, but it appeared last night that they were attempting to fashion a…

HAITI diplomats keeping close eye on ties in wake of unrest,
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Embassy staff in Haiti are doing their utmost to build communication channels with the new Haitian government and keep bilateral diplomatic relations intact…

HAITI should avoid 'savior politics'
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
Greg Chamberlain has reported on Haiti and the Caribbean since 1970 and is the former Caribbean specialist for the British daily the Guardian.…,0,2152260.story?coll=ny-viewpoints-headlines

US, France Increase Troop Strength in Haiti Capital
Voice of America – USA
US and French troops in Haiti say they are increasing troop strength at friction points in the capital, Port-au-Prince. US Marines…

CONVICTED Assassin Gets Role in Haiti
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Rebel leader Louis-Jodel Chamblain, a convicted killer and accused death squad leader, says he has no plans of fading into the shadows.…

CARICOM analyzes situation in post-Aristide Haiti
Xinhua – China
HAVANA, March 2 (Xinhuanet) — The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) held an emergency meeting Tuesday to analyze Haiti's situation in face of…

HAITI rebels threaten more strife
CNN International – World
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CNN) — Supporters of Haitian rebel leader Guy Philippe burned paintings from the country's former army headquarters Tuesday as Philippe…

PENTAGON Gives Marines Limited Job in Haiti
Wired News – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Marines, dispatched by President Bush to Haiti, do not plan to disarm the rebels who drove President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from…

HUTCHINSON: Marines Won't Solve Haiti's Crisis
AlterNet – USA
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, AlterNet. Haiti was in big trouble long before
rebels launched their big push to overthrow President Jean Bertrand Aristide.

CARIBBEAN leaders gather in Jamaica to discuss Haiti crisis
Bradenton Herald – Bradenton,FL,USA
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Caribbean leaders, meeting in an emergency summit Tuesday in Jamaica to discuss Haiti's crisis, also hoped to clear up conflicting reports…

HAITI Rebel Proclaims Himself 'Military Chief'
New York Times – USA
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, March 2 Haiti plunged deeper into political anarchy today as one of the rebellion's leaders proclaimed himself the new commander of the…

HAITI'S chaos reverberates for expatriates in American cities
Christian Science Monitor – USA
… live in Mattapan. My name is Sylvane Simon. Tell me your opinions about what has happened in Haiti.". Within seconds Monday afternoon…

HAITI'S Youth Fear The Return Of The Killers Of Street Children
Pacific News Service – San Francisco,CA,USA
EDITOR'S NOTE: Johnny (last name withheld for his safety), 18, is a former youth reporter with Radyo Timoun (Children's Radio) 90.9 FM in Port-au-Prince, Haiti…

FRENCH, Brazilian, American Leaders Confer on Restoring Peace to…
Voice of America – USA
President Bush telephoned the leaders of France and Brazil to discuss efforts to restore peace in Haiti. The Bush Administration…

HAITI rebels 'to fill power gap'
BBC News – London,England,UK
Rebel leader Guy Philippe has said he will take charge of Haiti's military though he also promised to follow the new president's wishes.…

HAITI rebel says he is military chief
Reuters – London,England,UK
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) – Haiti's rebel leader has declared himself chief of the military and police, seizing the initiative as passions began to cool…

EXILED 'Baby Doc' Seeks Return to Haiti
ABC News – USA
… The deposed dictator said he requested a diplomatic passport several weeks ago and is in constant contact with people in Haiti.…

Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
The UN Security Council should issue a mandate for a multinational peace-keeping force for Haiti immediately, said the international agency Oxfam today.

HAITI in America
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… During a speaking trip that happened to bring me to Miami at the height of the Haiti crisis, I couldn't find a Haitian who was really happy about Aristide's…

BUSH Calls Chirac to Thank France on Haiti
Reuters – United States
PARIS (Reuters) – President Bush telephoned French President Jacques Chirac Tuesday to hail their countries' cooperation over the Haiti crisis, the latest sign…

RESTORING order in Haiti
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
In January this year Haiti's President Jean-Bertrand Aristide stood before thousands of cheering citizens at the National Palace to celebrate the 200th…

MARTIN: Haiti should consider power-sharing
Calgary Sun – Calgary,Alberta,Canada
… Martin said the priority now is for the international community to play its role in Haiti and restore order. "We've got to get aid in there.".…

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