Haiti: Aristide’s Party Fanmi Lavalas Taken Over by “Macouto-Bourgeois Group” By Kim Ives

13 December 2013 — Haïti Liberté

The Split in Fanmi Lavalas: How and Why It Came About, and What It Portends


Last week, for the first time in its history, the Fanmi Lavalas (Lavalas Family) party publicly cast out two of its leading members. It hadn’t done this for other prominent members, such as Dany Toussaint in 2003, Leslie Voltaire in 2004, or Mario Dupuy in 2011, all of whom, in one way or another, betrayed the party by allying with right-wing political enemies.

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HAITI: Massive March Signals Resurrection of Aristide’s Lavalas Movement By Kim Ives

15 May 2013 — Haïti Liberté

Aristide March

Image: Wendell Polynice/Haïti Liberté

Well over 15,000 people poured out from all corners of Haiti’s capital to march alongside the cortege of cars that carried former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide back to his home in Tabarre from the Port-au-Prince courthouse he visited on May 8.

Thousands more massed along sidewalks and on rooftops to cheer the procession on, waving flags and wearing small photos of Aristide in their hair, pinned to their clothing, or stuck in their hats.

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Excerpts from HLLN complaint against the US/Obama occupational forces for bringing cholera to Haiti | End the killing and illegal US occupation of Haiti behind UN guns

23 February 2013 — HLLN


Recommended HLLN Links: “The accused UN cannot investigate itself” – Ezili Dantò, Oct 30, 2010 interview with Yves Point Du Jour http://bit.ly/bKoR1g


Haiti elections and Cholera interview with Ezili Dantò of HLLN, Oct. 22, 2010, Gorilla Radio http://bit.ly/hpcT3g


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Haiti's New Dictatorship By Justin Podur

19 December 2012The Bullet • Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 747

What constitutes a dictatorship? Haiti had an election in 2006, which the popular candidate won. It had an election in 2011, which had one of the lowest turnouts in recent history and which was subject to all kinds of external manipulation. Given these elections, is it unfair to call Haiti, a country that suffered 30 years of classic dictatorship under the Duvaliers from the 1950s to the 1980s, a dictatorship today? Continue reading

HLLN: The lies of RNDDH | Miami Herald finally covers the Brandt kidnapping: Jacqueline Charles Charles fails to confess that her paper was the main racist culprit

20 November 2012 — HLLN


“…the FBI has become involved in the kidnapping ring.” —Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, http://bit.ly/106b0fd


“…Father Jean Juste died because of his wrongful imprisonment, mostly based on RNDDH lies and here it is Jacqueline Charles and the Miami Herald is quoting RNDDH as if they were some legitimate human rights organization.


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The “Enforcers”: MINUSTAH and the Culture of Violence in Port-au-Prince

28 November 2011 — COHA

This analysis was prepared by COHA Research Associate Courtney Frantz

  • Although at first glance it may seem that Haitian protests against the presence of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) are due to scattered incidents of violence committed by its members against locals, a close examination reveals a pattern of systematic acts of heavy repression against the population. Continue reading

Mothballed Playboy Dictator Recalled to Service By Kim Ives

13 July 2011 — haiti-liberte.com

The big question Haitians are asking is: who is behind Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier’s surprise arrival in Haiti with an expired Haitian passport on Jan. 16 aboard an Air France flight from Paris? “I have come here to see how I can help my country,” he announced, stepping off the plane.

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29 June 2011 — Haiti Solidarity Network

On March 18th, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his family returned home from a 7-year forced exile in South Africa – an exile brought about by the violent U.S.-orchestrated coup in 2004. Up until the last minute, the U.S. government tried to stop the return, with President Obama going so far as to place a last-minute call to President Zuma of South Africa.

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Would A $5-A-Day Minimum Wage Make Life Better In Haiti? By Adam Davidson

8 June 2011 — National Public Radio

Today, The Nation and Haiti Liberte posted a story about some Wikileaks memos that reveal that “Contractors for Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and Levi’s worked in close concert with the U.S. Embassy when they aggressively moved to block a minimum wage increase for Haitian assembly zone workers.” In 2009, before the earthquake, Haiti’s parliament passed a new minimum wage law mandating that people working in Haiti’s apparel factories — mostly cutting and sewing t-shirts — must make a minimum of $5 a day.

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4 June 2011 — www.haitisolidarity.net

With President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s return to Haiti this past March, President Obama once again landed his administration on the wrong side of history. After seven years of forced exile in South Africa—an exile orchestrated and imposed by the United States—Aristide and his family returned home to the rejoicing of millions of their fellow citizens. Tens of thousands of supporters greeted the Aristides at the Port-Au-Prince International Airport on the morning of Friday, March, 18 and ushered them to their home in Tabarre. The grounds surrounding the house, from which the Aristides were kidnapped seven years ago by US special forces, were packed that morning with a jubilant crowd that included international supporters.

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Haiti's humanitarian crisis

1 September 2010 — International Socialist Review

From Duvalier Dynasty to military coups and intervention

To anticipate what lies ahead in Haiti, it is important to understand the origins of the popular movement for democracy and social justice that has shaped the last 25 years. The movement’s resilience is a legacy of the astonishing and successful war for slave liberation and independence of 1791–1804, an event that continues to reverberate in Haitians’ consciousness and world history.

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Haitian President Martelly is a US Pawn with a Platform of Repression By G. Dunkel

19 May 2011 — hcvanalysis.wordpress.com

US-Backed President Installed in Haiti

Michel Martelly, a former singer whose stage name was “Sweet Mickey,” was sworn in as Haiti’s president May 14. His inaugural speech promised major changes to rebuild a Haiti still devastated by the earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010.

Preparations for his inauguration cost “only” $4.5 million, and each of the three private banquets celebrating his inauguration charged “only” $500 a seat. (Miami Herald, May 13) The International Monetary Fund estimates that 80 percent of the Haitian people live on less than $2 a day.

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The Haitian Lazarus By Amy Wilentz

15 March, 2011 — New York Times

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

SAY the name Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti this week, and it’s as if the revolutionary slave leaders Toussaint Louverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines were still riding over the plains and mountains here, astride Delacroix-worthy steeds, making their descent with sabers drawn upon the vast plantations of the French masters.

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“Haiti: We Must Kill the Bandits” – Recently Released Documentary Offers Searing Indictment of UN Intervention in Haiti

17 January, 2011 — Global Policy Form

Recently Released Documentary Offers Searing Indictment of UN Intervention in Haiti

While the world focuses on the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, a recently released documentary is a welcome reminder that Haiti’s history didn’t start in 2010. Haiti: We Must Kill the Bandits offers an uncompromising perspective on the years 2004-2005, when Haiti went through a coup that ousted democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and a subsequent occupation by foreign troops under a UN Security Council mandate. The director, Kevin Pina, a Creole-speaking American journalist who has lived in Haiti on and off for 15 years, tells a story that has so far largely been outshone by the official narrative.

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The stories about the historic return of Aristide the media won't tell | Wyclef Jean's Trouble with the Truth: A Recent History

23 March 2011 — Ezili Danto

Haiti: The media blackout on Aristide’s historic and triumphant return to a celebrity welcome

In this essay, I post six videos from the alternative news media – four from Democracy Now!, one from Aljazeera dealing with the huge and celebrity welcome for Aristide. The last video is by a young Haitian on the March 20th fantasy the US is calling an “election” in Haiti. (See, Haiti Abstains).

The purpose of this post, complete with Ezili HLLN’s on-the-ground-report of Aristide’s historic return to a celebrity welcome, is to tell our stories and honest vignettes of the historic return. Stories the mainstream media will not deign to record… (Go to, http://bit.ly/gP20mI)

Other recommended HLLN Links:

– Wyclef Jean’s Trouble With The Truth: A Recent History
By Zara Golden, Mar. 22 2011

– Haiti’s Cholera Outbreak Worse than Expected, New Report Finds
By Julia Edwards and Althea Fung
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The threat from cholera in post-quake Haiti is much higher than UN agencies projected, and the epidemic is likely to sicken close to 800,000 people and kill 11,000 of them, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.

– Former First Lady Mildred Aristide on Her Historic Return to #Haiti: Democracy Now! Exclusive Report

– Democracy Now! Exclusive Interview with Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Plane Returning to #Haiti. 1 of 3

– Haiti Abstains – low voter turnout in elections

-The Aftenposten 13: New Wikileaks Cables Show Extent of US Opposition to Aristide

Forwarded by Ezili’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network

Waiting for Aristide – New Documentary Short

28 February, 2011 — Paul Burke Films

In a new documentary short, released today to coincide with the seven-year anniversary of the 2004 coup d’etat in Haiti, Independent filmmaker Paul Burke asks Haitians what they would say to President Obama about the return of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to Haiti.  Their responses, complied in this six-minute film, can be viewed here:

The film appears as momentum for Aristide’s return is gaining force both in Haiti and internationally.  Demonstrations on February 18, in Port-au-Prince, and again in Cap Haitian, Haiti’s second largest city on February 25, brought thousands of supporters to the streets in festive, nonviolent protests calling for the immediate return of Aristide.   Expectation of Aristide’s return is so high in Haiti that the organizers dubbed these as celebrations in anticipation.  Rumors that Aristide’s plane is in the air have brought large crowds to the airport several times over the last few weeks.  The renewal of Aristide’s passport last month seemed to clear the way for his return.  So what is the holdup?

An article in last Friday’s South African daily the Mail and Guardian “Whose Grounding Aristide?”, suggests South Africa may be succumbing to US pressure to keep Aristide out of Haiti.  The article reprints an open letter addressed to South African President Jacob Zuma,  by American actor Danny Glover, Reverend Jesse Jackson, African-American lawyer and author Randall Robinson, and other prominent figures from the American anti-apartheid movement, appealing to South Africa to assist in Aristide’s immediate return to Haiti.

Burke’s film let’s Haitians have their say, and tell in their own words why they are “Waiting for Aristide.”

Forwarded by Haiti Action

Black Agenda Report 2 March, 2011: End of Obama-ism, US Lunge for Libyan Oil, Anti-Black Psy-Ops

2 March 2011 — Black Agenda Report – News, analysis and commentary from the Black left

Wisconsin: The End of Obama-ism

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
The struggle in Wisconsin, and those to come, must shape a politics that is independent of the uniparty, the Democratic section of which is headed by Barack Obama. Significantly, “students and other protesters don’t want Obama to intervene in the fight with Gov. Walker because of the president’s cuts in Pell Grants and a whole range of social supports.” It becomes clearer by the day that “Obama-ism, rather than providing the new Democratic dispensation that delusional progressives and masses of Blacks imagined, is a straight-line path to defeat.”

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