Black Agenda Report 6 March 2013: Chavez / Bradley Manning / Sequestration / Congo / Haiti

6 March 2013 00 — Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The great Bolivarian is gone – which means the U.S. will soon escalate its destabilization campaign against his country. “Washington hopes that Venezuelan socialism cannot survive without Chavez.” But the U.S. cannot roll back the movement that Chavez did so much to ignite, “the dark awakening in the barrios, favelas, rural villages and native highlands of the continent.”

Mothballed Playboy Dictator Recalled to Service By Kim Ives

13 July 2011 —

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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Congresswoman Waters opposes plot to control Haiti by Congresswoman Maxine Waters

21 January, 2011 — Bayview

Urges prosecution of Duvalier for human rights violations and new elections that respect the will of the Haitian people

baby-doc.jpgJean Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier was taken from his luxury hotel for questioning on Jan. 18, the day after his arrival in Haiti for the first time since 1986. Though released the same day, he has been charged with corruption and embezzlement. The Wall Street Journal reports Jan. 20 that a Haitian judge has now barred him from leaving the country, adding, “In a separate legal challenge, four Haitians, including a prominent journalist, filed criminal suits against him on Wednesday alleging crimes against humanity.” – Photo: Ramon Espinosa, AP

The plot to control Haiti has gone from the absurd to the ridiculous. The return of Jean Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier to Haiti in the midst of a flawed election is truly shocking. The Duvalier dictatorship was absolutely brutal, and there is extensive documentation of the human rights violations suffered by the Haitian people during his reign. I was pleased to hear that the authorities had taken him into custody, and I urge that he be tried for his crimes. Nevertheless, Duvalier’s return raises serious questions about who in Haiti facilitated his return and what his supporters expect to gain by bringing him back.

Duvalier’s return comes in the midst of a desperate attempt by President Rene Préval to maintain control of Haiti by ensuring the election of Jude Celestin, his chosen successor. President Préval did this by appointing a Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) that was biased in his favor, which refused to allow candidates from over a dozen political parties to participate in the elections. Among those excluded was Lavalas, Haiti’s largest political party and the party most popular among Haiti’s poor. The result was a deeply flawed election that generated widespread and sometimes violent protests among the Haitian people.

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Black Agenda Report 26 January, 2011: Obama-GOP Consensus / Race & Class War / Baby Doc's Threat

26 January, 2011 — Black Agenda Report

News, Analysis and Commentary from the Black Left

The Obama/GOP Consensus

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
As far as President Obama is concerned, the state of the Union is now in harmony, with the merging of Republican politics and his own. The new consensus is an austere one for most Americans, as Obama joins the GOP “to prevent the domestic arms of government from coming to the people’s aid, by freezing finances” for five years. But have no fear: corporate tax rates will plummet, allowing the long-awaited trickle down to begin.
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Aristide Should Be Allowed to Return to Haiti By Mark Weisbrot

20 January, 2011 — The Center for Economic and Policy Research

Haiti’s infamous dictator “Baby Doc” Duvalier, returned to his country this week, while the country’s first elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is kept out. These two facts really say everything about Washington’s policy toward Haiti and our government’s respect for democracy in that country and in the region.

Asked about the return of Duvalier, who had thousands tortured and murdered under his dictatorship, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said, “this is a matter for the Government of Haiti and the people of Haiti.”

But when asked about Aristide returning, he said, “Haiti does not need, at this point, any more burdens.”

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