"The heroic and courageous people of Cite Soleil once again take the lead by holding a press conference on Sunday, February 7, 2010 in front of the monument of the Haitian constitution. While denouncing the corruption surrounding the distribution of aid following the massive earthquake that rocked Haiti on January 12, their central message was to ask that former president Jean-Berrtand Aristide be allowed to return to participate in reconstruction. They asked a very simple but poignant question, if Obama could reach across party lines to invite Clinton and Bush to work for Haiti during this crisis, then why can't Preval do the same by inviting Aristide to return?"This call by Fanmi Lavalas for Aristide's return to Haiti is a good opportunity to address the question of regime change in Haiti and the US and UN involvement in human rights abuses in Haiti since the 2004 coup d'etat that removed the democratically elected government of Jean Bertrand-Aristide.
The most commonly asked questions are posed in an email I received from Kathy about my post: "Aristide Haiti Return- Clinton, Bush & Obama of One Mindset."
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question after watching doc of UN occupation of Haiti
Thanks for the blog and the video. Eye opening and troubling. My question is what did the UN (as an arm of the International community) have to gain in killing Aristide supporters? And, what would the UN have against Aristide\'s policies. And, what did the US in particular have to gain in getting rid of Aristide? If you could suggested sources to obtain this information, I would be grateful.
Great. Thank you for your interest.
- what did the UN (as an arm of the International community) have to gain in killing Aristide supporters?
- what would the UN have against Aristide\'s policies.
- what did the US in particular have to gain in getting rid of Aristide?
- The UN is controlled by the five "permanent" members of the UN Security Council– China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Brazil, which is the lead "military component" of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in particular, is seeking a permanent seat on the [UN] Security Council. See Four nations launch UN seat bid (2004)
- The US, France and Canada held a meeting in Canada, the Ottawa Initiative(January 31 and February 1, 2003 - The Kidnapping Coup occurred on February 29, 2004) during which they reportedly discussed Haiti's future. No Haitian official was represented. From leaked info, the agenda was regime change in Haiti.
- Haiti controls the Windward Passage to the Panama Canal and is seen as strategically critical.
- Haiti is rich in natural resources, oil, gas, minerals, gold...
Haitian Riches: Expose The Lies
- See this page at margueritelaurent.comwhere these issues and more are addressed: Answers to media questions about Haiti
- Haiti's Riches: Interview with Ezili Dantò on Mining in Haiti
- Particularly troubling was the withholding of funds for water treatment by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as a political tactic to control Aristide by the US.
I have more about that here: US Accused of Human Rights Violations in Haiti
Read more about US-Haiti POLICY at historycommons:
A history of US involvement in Haiti, and the results of those actions at historycommons.
Please do not hesitate to contact me again if you need any more assistance or if you have any more questions. I hope you are able to reach your own independent conclusions from the evidence.
Background info - Democracynow.org interview 02.10.2010:
Actor, Activist Danny Glover: Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide “Mystified” at US Resistance to His Return