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Haiti's Coup - March 8, 2004

"A War Waged on the Aristide Regime"
An Interview with Robert Fatton counterpunch.org
Fatton talked to Eric Ruder after the U.S. government engineered the toppling of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Full Article

The Rape of Haiti
by Justin Felux, dissidentvoice.org
The recent events in Haiti are yet another sad chapter in the history of Western imperialism. The roots of the current crisis trace all the way back to January 1, 1804, when Toussaint L'Ouverture and his army of African slaves humiliated France and the rest of the "civilized" world by liberating the island of St. Domingue, the place now called Haiti. The Haitian revolution created the first major crack in the foundation of white supremacy. Full Article

Interview With President Aristide
Democracy Now! managed to reach exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide by cell phone in the Central African Republic. His comments represent the most extensive English-language interview Aristide has given since he was removed from office and his country.
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Witnesses: "Aristide Under Lock & Key"
"We were stopped at the gates by a guard who contacted a Central African Republic official inside the building. A representative of the Central African Republic came out to speak with us," Ives reported. "We asked to go in to visit President Aristide and were told we could not. We asked if he could come out to see us, and we were told no. We asked if we could send in a note or our phone number, and we were told no. The official then told us that he had spoken with the Minister of Defense and that Aristide was not allowed to receive visitors." Full Article

Reinstate Aristide
Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clarke:
"a major principle that the people of the United States must insist upon is no more U.S. interventions."
On February 29th the world woke to the news that President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti had 'resigned' his Presidency and fled the country overnight. Well we saw that coming. The resurrected 'opposition,' composed of ultra-right wing death squad torturers, thugs and drug dealers, was seizing power, apparently with the help of the United States. More of the same CIA covert ops, guaranteed to be on the wrong side of every fight since World War II. Full Article

After Haiti, Venezuela is wary of US interference
By Mike Ceaser, The Christian Science Monitor
CARACAS, VENEZUELA Whether Washington is a hero or hangman of democracy in Latin America may be a matter of political perspective. Haitians watched last week as US agents whisked leftist President Jean-Bertrand Aristide off to the heart of Africa in what Mr. Aristide describes as a kidnapping. In Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez, another leftist who has antagonized Washington, has harshly accused the White House of backing coup-plotters against him. Critical of US action in Haiti, he warned the US on Friday to "get its hands off Venezuela." Full Article

The Ouster Of Democracy
by Gary Younge, March 09, 2004, The Guardian UK
The tottering, and now toppled authority of the former Haitian president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, has been well chronicled over the past month. The story of the psychological effect his departure had on the Haitian people has been less comprehensively observed. There is good reason for this. Despite the overthrow of the president and the outpouring of rebel supporters in the streets, the Haitian people are pretty much where they have been for the past 200 years - in a desperately impoverished country where political violence is sustained, if not encouraged, by foreign intervention and crushes any hope of reconciliation, Full Article

Reflections on Haiti
by Winford James
I suppose I know a lot about Haiti, but I can't say that I really know the place. Which has pained me as a Caribbean man so much that I have chained the pain in a corner of my soul where it cannot ravage me. But with events like the recent violent ouster of its first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the pain breaks my careful restraints. Despite my best cogitations, Haiti disappoints and depresses me.
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The black Spartacus
January 31, 2004, The Guardian UK
Toussaint L'Ouverture defeated Britain, France and Spain to create a country free from slavery. Now, as Haiti marks the bicentenary of its birth, Ian Thomson hails its founder, who inspired many artists and writers, including Wordsworth Full Article

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