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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Iraq and the Betrayal of a People – Impunity Forever? By Hans Christof Von Sponeck

20 February, 2013 — BRussells Tribunal


Ethnic tension and sectarianism have become a major element in Iraqi politics since the US/UK invasion of 2003, a polarization of inter-group relations Iraqis had not known before. This explains much of the existing hideous crime including murder, kidnapping, property destruction and, most noteworthy, the deteriorating relationships between Baghdad and the three northern Kurdish governorates.

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Haiti Newslinks 8 February, 2010

8 February, 2010

US military plots difficult path in Haiti
Port-Au-Prince (AFP) Feb 7, 2010 – From an air-conditioned tent in what used to be a Port-au-Prince bus station, the mighty US military controls its 17,000 troops deployed to help Haiti’s earthquake relief, amid questions over how long they will stay. Colonel Gregory Kane paces across the tent, past rows of personnel – wearing various iterations of camouflage – who tap away at double-thick high-security laptops.

We gave them away say parents of ‘kidnapped’ Haitian kids
Callebasse, Haiti (AFP) Feb 7, 2010 – “I would like to give up my son again,” says Anchello Cantave, a farmer here, who willingly handed over his five-year-old to US missionaries now facing charges of child abduction in Haiti’s post-quake chaos. An hour outside of the devastated Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, Callebasse is a poor town set in the mountains, where a massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake on January 12 destroyed 50 home…

What will it take to rebuild Haiti?
Washington (AFP) Feb 7, 2010 – Even before cataclysm struck, Haiti was so impoverished and vulnerable that the term “rebuilding” could be considered optimistic. The small Caribbean nation relied on foreign aid to feed its population of nearly 10 million, half of them illiterate and half are under age 18. The near-complete deforestation of its hilly terrain made it especially vulnerable to the hurricanes that regularly swee…

Americans Held in Haiti Are Divided Over Leader
New York Times
By MARC LACEY and IAN URBINA PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Divisions emerged within the group of 10 Americans jailed in Haiti on child abduction charges, …

Haiti protesters denounce aid corruption, hoarding
Survivors of Haiti’s earthquake protest to demand food in an area known as Petion Ville in Port-au-Prince February 7, 2010. PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters)…

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Haiti Newslinks 7 February, 2010

7 February, 2010

US military vows indefinite stay in Haiti
Press TV
However, the presence of the US military has infuriated some Latin American countries including, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba and Ecuador. …

Protect Haitian orphans
Salt Lake Tribune
The attempt by Baptist missionaries from Idaho to spirit 33 Haitian kids across the border into the Dominican Republic on Friday may have been …

G-7 Forgives Haiti Bilateral Debt,Calls For Multilateral Debt Relief
Wall Street Journal
Flaherty also called for Haiti’s multilateral debt to be forgiven as soon as possible. “Debt should not be an additional burden,” as the country aims to …

Bill Clinton plans no coup in Haiti
Los Angeles Times (blog)
Clinton, a Democrat who was term-limited out of US office in 2001 after eight years, runs two foundations in Haiti, is the special United Nations envoy to …

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10 American missionaries charged in Haiti with kidnapping/Some Matters to be investigated by Haiti Judge in child kidnapping case

5 February, 2010 — HLLN Newsletter

Recommended HLLN Link: Travesty in Haiti – False aid, false charity, false orphanages, false benevolence bit.ly/5REp5Z

Review of Travesty in Haiti by Ezili Dantò/HLLN bit.ly/78IKEk

Missionary Case Illuminates Plight of Haiti’s Orphans bit.ly/bVkjBr

“the group was warned away from its plan. Carlos Castillo, the Dominican Republic’s consul general in Port-au-Prince, said in an interview that he met with the group’s leader, Laura Silsby, on Friday at the consulate in the Haitian capital and told her she lacked the documents to transport children.

She told Mr. Castillo she had applied to Dominican authorities for a permit to cross the border, he said. But Mr. Castillo checked and found no such application. “I told her I could authenticate Haitian documents but she had no Haitian documents of any sort,” said Mr. Castillo. “She told me she would try to reach the border in order to cross. I told her not to do that without the necessary documents because she could be accused of trafficking children.”

Mr. Castillo said that at the border Ms. Silsby showed Haitian authorities his business card and said he had authorized her to cross. Border authorities called him and he denied it…Like many NGOs here, the Global Orphan Project discourages adoption, in part because of the large cost involved—up to $25,000 per adoption, he calculated—money that he said would be better used housing and educating children in Haiti… “We have to realize that adoption is always a money business…Neighbors of the Silsby family said they abruptly moved out of their house in nearby Meridian, Idaho, shortly before last Christmas, as it was being foreclosed on. The family had appeared prosperous, they said. “ (Missionary Case Illuminates Plight of Haiti’s Orphans – bit.ly/bVkjBr)

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– 10 American missionaries charged in Haiti with kidnapping bit.ly/9f0EWN

– Missionary Case Illuminates Plight of Haiti’s Orphans bit.ly/bVkjBr

– Matters to be investigated by Haiti investigative judge

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Haiti Newslinks 3-5 February, 2010

5 February, 2010

Haiti Earthquake: A Reminder That Disasters Are Preventable
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 04, 2010 – Amid all the commentary focused on the historic tragedy in Haiti, a tough but important fact has gone virtually unmentioned, according to a nationally recognized expert on disasters at the University of Colorado at Boulder. “What is missing from the tragedy of disaster, and our response to it, is the recognition that disasters are preventable, that it is within the power of societies and c …

US missionaries to hear fate in Haiti ‘kidnap’ case
Port-Au-Prince (AFP) Feb 4, 2010 – Ten US Christians sat in a Haiti jail on Thursday waiting to hear if they would be charged with child trafficking for trying to smuggle children out of the quake-hit nation, where the death toll rose above 200,000. They were to be summoned to a hearing where prosecutors will announce how they will proceed against the missionaries, whose case has cast a shadow over the massive international r …

WFP says 230 million dollars received for Haiti

Haiti death toll tops 200,000 as aid anger mounts

American Baptist group charged with child kidnapping in Haiti
Washington Post
By Juan Forero PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — Ten American Baptists who said they wanted to save orphans after Haiti’s earthquake were charged with child …

Haiti PM: Child abduction issue ‘distracts’ from relief
BBC News
The Haitian prime minister has warned that the case of 10 US missionaries charged with child abduction is a “distraction” from earthquake recovery…

Mia Farrow criticizes illegal Haiti adoptions
Washington Post
AP GENEVA — UNICEF goodwill ambassador Mia Farrow has criticized as “deplorable” attempts to take children out of Haiti illegally after last month’s …

Procter & Gamble says company’s help for Haiti tops $2 million
Los Angeles Times
By AP CINCINNATI (AP) — Consumer products maker Procter & Gamble Co. says its donations to Haitian earthquake relief have topped $2 million total in cash, …

Swiss freeze assets of Haiti’s ‘Baby Doc’
CNN International
A photo dated March 1982 shows Haiti ‘s former president Jean-Claude Duvalier sitting in his office at the presidential palace. …

American Charged in Haiti Had Some Troubles in Idaho
New York Times
By WILLIAM YARDLEY MERIDIAN, Idaho — The leader of the group of Americans charged on Thursday with abducting children in Haiti is an Idaho businesswoman …

Marginal Revolution: Rebuilding Haiti
By Tyler Cowen
Once order is established, the UN mission will essentially become a national police force in the absence of a Haitian alternative. To transfer power back to the local government, the UN mission should be tasked with building an …

Global Voices Online “ Haiti: Tent Cities
By Janine Mendes-Franco
~/zaboka reports on conditions in the Haitian tent cities, which sprung up as a result of the homelessness caused by the devastating January 12 earthquake: “I was amazed by how clean it was and how they had separated the camp in …

Johann Hari: There’s Real Hope From Haiti — And It’s Not What You …
By Johann Hari
When people are living so close to the edge, even small increases in prices can break them. Whenever I report from the developing world, the IMF tracts of anti-development lie like wounds across the land.

GM Foundation Gives 30 GMC Sierras To Haiti Relief Efforts – The …
Between the Toyota recall fiasco and another that may be brewing for the Chevy Cobalt, drivers have a lot on their mind these days. And while we’re
dedicated to keeping you up-to-date on the safety front, occasionally we like to take a …

Woman Detained in Haiti Also Due in Idaho Court – The Lede Blog …
A decision is expected Thursday on the fate of ten Americans who were stopped by Haitian authorities last week as they attempted to drive 33
children out of the country to an orphanage they hoped to establish in the Dominican Republic.

Yéle Haiti – Blog
The two hour telecast concert entitled, “SOS Saving OurSelves – Help for Haiti,” will be held at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, …

BBC News – Stars raise money for Haiti earthquake victims
George Clooney has hosted a benefit concert for Haiti earthquake victims featuring A-List names such as Madonna, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Jay Z. …

Telethon tries to raise ‘Hope for Haiti’ – CNN.com
Solemn music from the world’s biggest stars served as the soundtrack to Friday night’s telethon for Haiti relief, but the fundraiser ended with Wyclef Jean …

‘Hope For Haiti Now’ Performances: A Track-By-Track List – News …
While earthquake relief in Haiti was the reason for and inspiration behind “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief,” there’s no question …

4 February, 2010

Haiti: Three weeks after earthquake, angry protests over aid delays
By Bill Van Auken
February 4, 2010 – Three weeks after the January 12 earthquake leveled most of Port-au-Prince and claimed the lives of over 200,000 people, anger in Haiti over the slow pace of relief and the impotence of President Rene Preval’s government has erupted into protests. The protests came as the government provided fresh figures that once again exposed an even higher death toll. Speaking before the first session of the Haitian parliament since the disaster, Prime Minister Max Bellerive reported that 200,000 people had been “clearly identified” as having died in the earthquake. The figure, he warned, does not include those buried by family members or neighbors or the bodies that have yet to be recovered from demolished buildings. In addition, Bellerive said that nearly 300,000 Haitians had been injured in the quake, 4,000 of them having undergone amputations. He also reported that 250,000 houses had been destroyed, with more than 1 million people now homeless…

Child Slavery in Haiti
Stephen Lendman
February 3, 2010 – In November 1989, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, recognizing “that in all countries in the world, there are children living in exceptionally difficult conditions, and that such children need special consideration.” Then in May 2000, the General Assembly adopted an Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. In 1990, the UN Commission on Human Rights appointed a Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography with a mandate to investigate the problem and submit reports to the General Assembly…

Haiti judge questions Americans accused of smuggling children
3 (Xinhua) — Haiti’s judicial authorities on Wednesday began questioning 10 Americans accused of illegally taking 33 children out of Haiti after the
Jan. …

Simon says help Haiti
Boston Herald
By Jed Gottlieb / Single Review Why wait to hear Miley Cyrus on Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie’s “We Are the World: 25 for Haiti” (due to debut before the …

Bill Clinton to coordinate Haiti aid efforts
Washington Post
By Patrick Worsnip UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations on Wednesday assigned former US President Bill Clinton, now UN special envoy to Haiti, …

Pace of giving slows a bit for Haiti relief effort
Washington Post
Graphic shows selection of private non-profit organizations and their donated monetary totals for Haiti earthquake relief efforts (J. Bell – AP)

2 US centers open to treat badly injured Haitian evacuees
Washington Post
By Darryl Fears TAMPA — After a five-day suspension of medical evacuation flights from Haiti that threw the fates of hundreds of gravely injured earthquake …

US Carriers Not Planning Haiti Flights Yet
ABC News
By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer AP American and Delta airlines say they have not set a date for resuming regular service to Haiti, and they continue to …

A Glimpse of Haiti Before the Catastrophe – The Lede Blog …
Since life in Haiti was not a common subject in international news reports until the country was devastated by an earthquake three weeks ago, a short video and photographs of New Year’s Eve in the capital, Port-au-Prince, gives a sense …

Global Voices Online “ Japan: Snow Candle Sparking Hope for Haiti
By Sopheap Chak
All students representing their own country in IUJ were invited to build a small igloo-type structure using snow balls and provide the candles necessary to light them up in the letter shape of “HAITI.” Regardless of the cold weather at …

GOOD Mag Launches Design Competition to Rebuild Haiti | Inhabitat
By Yuka Yoneda
One of our favorite publications, GOOD magazine, has just joined forces
with PRE and Studio X to launch a design competition to rebuild Haiti. The
contest comes at a time when Haiti needs it the most, and offers a great
opportunity for …

Haiti’s hungry, homeless complicate aid distribution
While Canadians welcomed the arrival of more adopted Haitian children to Ottawa on Wednesday, Haitian.

(January 22, 2010, 1:13 pm) HAITI TELETHON: It has chilean sometimes modal haiti telethon luxor offstage as haemorrhage, olympic ant congregant, …

Haiti telethon haul put at $57 million so far – Celebrities- msnbc.com
Celebrities unite in support of Haitian people with two hours of pleas … Wyclef Jean, who is a native of Haiti, closed out the show with calls to revive …

Haiti Rewired
I have been writing a modest blog on construction techniques that may be used in Haiti. It’s at: reconstructinghaiti.wordpress.com/ You will find …

3 February, 2010

Idaho church defends members jailed in Haiti
Los Angeles Times
Pastor Clint Henry says the 10 Americans intended to build an orphanage for Haitian children. Now they might be charged with what Haitian officials contend …

Local groups plan Haiti aid
Peoria Journal Star
“I’m completely amazed by the outpouring of support from this area,” said Walter Jean, 40, a Haitian who moved to central Illinois in 1999. …

Plea for Colo. man accused of Haiti school abuse
Washington Post
A Colorado man charged with sexually abusing boys at a school he founded for street children in Haiti pleaded not guilty Tuesday to new charges that raise …

In Helping Haiti, Pierre Garcon Wins Fans in Miami
New York Times
He sat down to face a scrum of reporters holding a small cloth flag of Haiti, his parents’ homeland, from which he fashioned a bandanna. …

In Haiti, medical evacuation flights resume, schools reopen
Dallas Morning News
AP PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The US military has resumed urgent medical evacuation flights for Haitian quake victims, an official announced Monday…

UN concerned about security in Haiti
The United Nations warned Tuesday that the security situation in Haiti has the potential to deteriorate after a weekend attempt by armed men to hijack a …

Global Voices Online “ Haiti: Marathon Man
By Janine Mendes-Franco
As Haiti drops from being the lead story in the mainstream media, how can they hear stresses that “what Haiti needs most are those that are ready to run the marathon, not just run the 100 yard sprint.” …

NASA Radar Captures its First Haiti Image | Universe Today
By Nancy Atkinson
A modified NASA Gulfstream III aircraft began a three-week campaign to provide a close-up study of the fault lines in Haiti with radar. This first image,

Wade Davis on voodoo, the Haiti quake, and Pat Robertson Boing Boing
By David Pescovitz
His latest book is The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World, based on his CBC Massey Lectures last year, but he is perhaps best known for The Serpent and the Rainbow (1985), an illuminating study of Haitian voodoo …

YouTube – Highlights of ‘Hope for Haiti Now’ Concert
Madonna Like a Prayer Live at Hope for Haiti Now Telethon Added to … Christina Aguilera performing “Lift Me Up” on Hope for Haiti Now Added to


Haiti children 'taken from unaffected areas'

4 February, 2010

As the US missionaries in Haiti are charged with kidnapping, Channel 4 News meets parents from an unaffected village there who say missionaries offered to take their children.


Channel 4 News has visited Calebasse, a village around 90 minutes away from Port-au-Prince by car.

Haiti Newslinks 29-30 January, 2010

30 January, 2010

Haiti Moves, Haltingly, to Reopen Schools
Wall Street Journal
PORT-AU-PRINCE—Haiti will reopen some of the country’s schools Monday for the first time since the Jan. 12 earthquake, but few are in the capital or other …

Performers Plan More Efforts for Haiti
New York Times
Entertainment personalities are continuing their efforts to raise awareness and money for the earthquake relief effort in Haiti. On Thursday, BET Networks …

Cost Dispute Halts Airlift of Injured Haiti Quake Victims
New York Times
By SHAILA DEWAN MIAMI — The United States has suspended its medical evacuations of critically injured Haitian earthquake victims until a dispute over who …

UN Group Urges $700 Million Investment in Haitian Agriculture
29 (Bloomberg) — An investment plan to restore Haiti’s agriculture industry and secure food production will require $700 million in international aid, …

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Statement on Haiti adoptions from Adoptees of Color

25 January, 2010 — Adoptees of Color

This statement reflects the position of an international community of adoptees of color who wish to pose a critical intervention in the discourse and actions affecting the child victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. We are domestic and international adoptees with many years of research and both personal and professional experience in adoption studies and activism. We are a community of scholars, activists, professors, artists, lawyers, social workers and health care workers who speak with the knowledge that North Americans and Europeans are lining up to adopt the “orphaned children” of the Haitian earthquake, and who feel compelled to voice our opinion about what it means to be “saved” or “rescued” through adoption.

We understand that in a time of crisis there is a tendency to want to act quickly to support those considered the most vulnerable and directly affected, including children. However, we urge caution in determining how best to help. We have arrived at a time when the licenses of adoption agencies in various countries are being reviewed for the widespread practice of misrepresenting the social histories of children. There is evidence of the production of documents stating that a child is “available for adoption” based on a legal “paper” and not literal orphaning as seen in recent cases of intercountry adoption of children from Malawi, Guatemala, South Korea and China. We bear testimony to the ways in which the intercountry adoption industry has profited from and reinforced neo-liberal structural adjustment policies, aid dependency, population control policies, unsustainable development, corruption, and child trafficking.

For more than fifty years “orphaned children” have been shipped from areas of war, natural disasters, and poverty to supposedly better lives in Europe and North America. Our adoptions from Vietnam, South Korea, Guatemala and many other countries are no different from what is happening to the children of Haiti today. Like us, these “disaster orphans” will grow into adulthood and begin to grasp the magnitude of the abuse, fraud, negligence, suffering, and deprivation of human rights involved in their displacements.

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Disasters are Big Business By William Bowles

21 January, 2010

I am staggered. There are 10,000 ‘NGOs’ (Non-Governmental Organizations) in Haiti, one for every 900 inhabitants and each one of them has no doubt at least one Westerner working within, yet aside from the Cuban health workers, it seems they could do nothing until the gringos arrived with their Blackhawks and nuclear-tipped aircraft carrier and of course, the 82nd Airborne, paying yet another ‘visit’ to this benighted and super-exploited land to ‘secure’ the place for the locust storm of aid to come (too late for too many).

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