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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US warns Aristide not to return from exile By Tom Mellen

10 February 2011 — Morning Star

Washington warned former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Wednesday not to return from exile ahead of next month’s presidential election.

A day after Mr Aristide’s lawyer picked up a diplomatic passport for him from the Haitian government, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley claimed that his return would disrupt the controversial March 20 vote.

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Haiti Issues New Passport to Ex-Leader Aristide

8 February, 2011 — Common Dreams

PORT-AU-PRINCE – The Haitian government said it has issued a new passport to former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, enabling him to end his exile in South Africa and return to Haiti, a government official said.

Jean-Bertrand Aristide has been living in South Africa since 2004, and in recent months has repeatedly requested to be allowed to return home to the Caribbean nation, but said he had no travel documents as his passport had expired. The Haitian government now says it has issued a new passport to former president Aristide, enabling him to end his exile in South Africa and return to Haiti

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My Return to Haiti By Jean-Bertrand Aristide

8 February, 2011 — Black Agenda Report

Ever since being driven into exile by the United States in 2004, the democratically elected former president of Haiti has sought to return to his devastated country, now occupied and dominated by foreigners. ‘An exogenous plan of reconstruction – one that is profit-driven, exclusionary, conceived of and implemented by non-Haitians,’ says Jean-Bertrand Aristide, ‘cannot reconstruct Haiti.’

My Return to Haiti by Jean-Bertrand Aristide

‘I will return to Haiti to the field I know best and love: education.’

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Green Light for the Return of Aristide | Feu vert au retour d'Aristide

31 January, 2011 — Radio Canada In English – http://bit.ly/ibjVGk In French – http://bit.ly/dOs3jA

The Haitian government said Monday it would not oppose the return of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

In a statement from the Interior Ministry, the Haitian authorities say they are ready to issue a passport to Aristide who has lived in exile in South Africa since 2004.

“The Government of the Republic gives assurances that as soon as a demand is produced, such a request will be honored promptly,” said Interior Minister Paul Antoine Bien-Aime, in this release.

The Minister further stated that an expired passport is not an obstacle to the return of a citizen in his native Haiti. However, if stops are necessary for the traveler of Haiti, it must take appropriate action.

In mid-January, shortly after former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier returned to Port-au-Prince, Aristide had expressed his desire to also return home. He said however that authorities had not acted on his passport application.

Counsel for Jean-Bertrand Aristide told the Associated Press that his client was still in South Africa, and had not yet received a passport. The former president of Haiti was ousted by a coup in 2004.

Press the Haitian Ministry of Interior

Ezili Dantò’s Note: No passport required unless he makes a stopover

Folks in Haiti say South Africa probably would fly President Aristide out to Cuba and Venezuela who are friendly to this, but apparently, and we don’t know if this is true, the Euro/US and their client states won’t allow a plane carrying the greatest symbol of the voice of the majority of Haiti’s peoples to re-fuel in their territory or client states’ territory. The rumor is that they’ve asked Brazil, supposedly the closest to Haiti a plane from SA could fly without refueling and Brazil, as head of the UN lucrative poverty-pimping operation in Haiti, is not too welcoming about the idea. That’s the Haiti rumor going around for two weeks now.