New York Times should apologize to Haitians for untruths

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Ezili Danto
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New York Times should apologize to Haitians for untruths

Post by Ezili Danto » Tue Jan 31, 2006 3:50 am

Ezili Danto/HLLN Note:

Below we copy our Jan 30th initial response to the New York Times article, "Democracy Undone: Mixed U.S. Signals Helped Tilt Haiti Toward Chaos" By WALT BOGDANICH and JENNY NORDBERG ... 00002.html .

While over 1,000 political prisoners waste in indefinite extra-judicial detention in Haiti, which system of corruption and lawlessness is being maintained by the UN over the objections of the Haitian people and masses, the US Embassy, now headed by Haiti Democracy Project's, Timothy M Carney is busy issuing statements about how said interim ambassador and US officials in general have "no say in the internal affairs of Haiti or any other sovereign country." Of course, the hypocrisy, forked tongue and unbelievable untruths of this statement escapes no one. For without US support, Latortue would not be in o
ffice in Haiti and neither would over 10,000 Haitians be dead, thousands in exile, countless drowned fleeing the persecution and over 1,000 Lavalas sympathizers and supporters be currently in prison and dying there.

The New York Times article is a start, it at least gives a launching point for more interest in the US corrupting role in Haiti amongst the general world population who customarily take Times coverage as gospel. However, it is also very misleading, even racists, in that it merely scapegoats a Haitian, (Stanley Lucas) working for the State Department, and not the Bush State Department itself or even IRI chairperson, as the primary culprit to undermining Haiti's democracy with Bush regime change. This Haitian-on-Haitian violence line is still used to keep the truth at bay and make non-blacks, like Dean Curran, heroes.

Not to take anything from former Ambassador Brian Dean Curran and his struggle against IRI and other US-funded agency maneuverings to undermine the Aristide administra
tion and the Haitian peoples dream of participatory democracy. I mean, he did LOSE HIS JOB right? But on the scale of justice, on the scale of the right to life, liberty, who lost more? Who fought harder to stop and continues every nanosecond of each breath to fight to stop Bush regime change in Haiti, and its violent consequences on the fabric of the Haitian soul, psyche, body - present and future? Brian Curan works for NATO now, where are the people of Site Soley, Solino, Bel Air, et al, working? How are they living, as they pass through UN checkpoints and duck UN bullets, zinglindo bullets and the newly constructed Haitian (out of the old FRAPH and FAD'H) police bullets ..? When will the Times tell us, emphasize for the world, what OUR PEOPLE, what the Haitian masses, have lost because of IRI sort of aid programs to Haiti?

Given the cast of US Ambassadors and reps in Haiti, before and after Brian Curran, is there really a white US hero in this lawlessness, this US-manufactured Haitian travesty? Tru
st the mythmakers to find one, make one. But, in truth, that's their prerogative. Fact is, we at HLLN know some heroes for Haitian rights, dignity, recognition and respect in Haiti. And they are either dead, unable to be heard or in prison!!!!

Again, it's not that I am not appreciative of the current article, but it still manages to spin the story to Haitian vs. Haitian, and mutes the State Department obstructionist, criminal maneuverings.

We Haitians are worthy of the TRUTH.

The best that can be said for the article "Democracy Undone" and its companion documentary piece, is that it begins to engage the larger public and lays the groundwork for further analysis into US destabilizing role in Haiti. But where has the New York Times been???

Isn't their failures, lies and half-truths leading up to the coup d'etat and their total silence about the officially sponsored massacres of the poor as glaring with their Haiti coverage as the big Weapons-of-Mass-Destruction lie that was prin
ted about Iraq? Or, is it that because we are Haitians and black, we should be GRATEFUL for any sort of coverage by gwo moun yo and just shut up????

People may just go ahead and call me strident, or undiplomatic. So be it. I, for one, believe, we, as a people, deserve and are OWED better treatment by the mainstream media with so MUCH influence.

Over 10,000 Haitians are DEAD! Countless in prison, (remember the over 100 prisoner who where shot dead on Feb. 19, 2005, while behind bars, by the Latortue guards, and now are buried in mass graves?). Where was the NY Times then?

Who escorted Guy Phillip into Port au Prince?

Our lives matter.

We Haitians are flesh and blood with just as much right to LIFE as any human being on this planet. Our lives are valuable, not expendable.

It's fine and dandy for the Times to point to Currant as a hero because he identified and fought the Washington Chimeres. But that was in 2003. After then, when he was REPLACED with Foley, how come t
he Times' (Back channels vs. Policy) analysis STOPS....and most glaring of all, fails to even mention, Foley's replacement, Timothy M Carney. Said Carney, the very (interim?!!!) US Ambassador to Haiti now, is none other than the coup d'etat's most "back channel" Washington heavyweight heading Boulos' Haiti Democracy Project! Thus, if we use the Times' own theme, own analysis, it's impossible not to come to the conclusion that IRI (or USAID) found Foley more in line with "back channels" than "US policy."

My Haitian peoples are DYING, have lost their sovereignty, because of what the NY TIMES inadequately terms as "back channels." Why center on IRI and NEVER mention it's funded by USAID, which is THE STATE DEPARTMENT!!!!

Is the State Dept a "back channel??"

Anyway, Haitians are not interested in crumbs or charity from the mainstream media or anyone else. We want JUSTICE. We want the New York Times and the corporate media to TELL THE TRUTH. We Haitians are not INCOMPETENT people inca
pable of governing ourselves. The Times article is more than we've had, yes. Extraordinarily so. And, it got near, perhaps 75%-close to telling the truth, but then it stop and spun its tale to fortify white privilege, white myths, as usual. To underscore the great American narrative. Leaving the same bad taste in our Haitian mouths as always: that Haitians are mainly to blame for Haiti's current chaos, insecurity, kidnappings, economic failures. That Guy Phillipe and Stanley Lucas just happen to have the power, that is - the political, media, monetary, diplomatic, intelligence, military, logistical and governmental powers, to take down 9 million Haitians all by theirselves!!! The Time spun wide, but who will know its spining its tale in a way to give Lucas a power he could not have amass without high State Department, Pentagon and Republican and even bi-partisan go-ahead. I mean, the US export democracy, no? Everyone knows that is a GIVEN! The subcontracted Haitians (Category Z
ero, the Black opportunists) are to blame, while Category One, or, the imperialist, (Bush, the State Department, the failed US Ambassador, IRI, IFES, NED, USAID) have nothing or very little to do with Haiti being a "failed state!"

Yet, if one simply uses the TIMES' own framework here, it's own assertions, it lead to this one TINY but most important-to-Haitians and Haitian-Americans FACT and ADMISSION - when Foley got to Haiti, IRI maneuverings to bring coup d'etat to Haiti had transmuted, become United States official POLICY!!!!

If HLLN doesn't make that unwritten TIMES implication OBVIOUS, who will?

Haitians continue to be massacred, incarcerated, afforded no civil or human rights, right now. We want the Times to treat us like human beings, and know there are consequences to what they choose to write about us - Haitian life, liberty and death consequences!

The corporate media must be made accountable. I claim better treatment for us as a people,
a nation, and, simply as sentient beings. That's why HLLN exists.

Below is the e-mail HLLN sent to its Network and listserve on Jan. 30, 2006, responding to the "Democray Untold" article:

Demand New York Times apology to Haitians for disseminating untruth coining coup d'etat as a "popular uprising" | With NY Times' "Democracy Undone" renew demands for Congressional investigation into US role in Haiti's current lawlessness

Father Jean Juste Released, transfered to a Miami Hospital | Demand New York Times apology to Haitians for disseminating untruth coining coup d'etat as a "popular uprising" | With NY Times' "Democracy Undone" renew demands for Congressional investigation into US role in Haiti's current lawlessness

Father Jean Juste Has been Released

Yesterday, father Jean Juste was brought to the Canapervert hospital in Hait
i to be seen by oncologist experts the illegal Haitian authorities had engaged who never showed up.

Father Jean Juste was visibly suffering from leukemia and the ravages of pneumonia, complaining of shortness of breath. After keeping him at the hospital for three hours, our source indicates the de facto Haitian authorities told Jean Juste there was no bed and no doctors to see him and returned him back to prison.

This morning father Jean Juste was "conditionally" released from prison and, is currently, as I write this piece, landed in Miami and going through immigration. He will then head to a Miami hospital, accompanied by Bill Quigley, Dr. Jennifer Furin, from the Harvard Medical School, representatives from Veye Yo, including Lavarice Gaudin and Miami's Haitian community.

Men Anpil Chay Pa lou!

But, there are over 1,000 Haitian political prisoners in Haiti. Like Jean Juste, many of them were handed over to this US-orchestrated lawlessness by the MINUSTHA (UN) forces. Fact is,
Mario Andresol and Latortue's so-called "preventive detention" is nothing more than official kidnapping.

Today's New York Times article barely scratches the surface of US meddling in Haitian affairs (See, Democracy Undone: Mixed US Signals Helped Tilt Haiti Towards Chaos. " ... 00002.html ) The crucial implication made in this article is that Ambassador James Foley was MORE amenable to applying IRI/Stanley Lucas' "no-negotiation" policy for unseating the elected government of President Aristide than Ambassador Dean Curran was. Yet, the article doesn't mention, what Haitians see as the callous and criminal roles of former Ambassador James Foley and now Haiti Democracy Project's Timothy Carney in the removal of over 7,000 elected and appointed Haitian officials and the return of the bloody Haitian army, with the international community supporting TEN years back pay to this murderous group. It does hang Stanley Lucas out to dry, but fails to mentio
n the culpability of the respondiat superior, President Bush, IRI's ultimate boss. Or, the culpability of those on IRI's board, such as, Republican foreign-policy heavyweights and lobbyists, and its chairman Senator John McCain, who some say is the 2008 Republican presidential hopeful to contend with.

So, perhaps this New York Times article is more damage control, than a willingness to tell the truth. Even so, for those who have refused to give credence to HLLN's advocacy and reporting of US orchestration of the bi-centennial coup d'etat, its training of the former Haitian military and coup d'etat paramilitaries to launch the violence against Haiti's fledging democracy, this article is a must read as it is a speck of truth in the darkness of Washington's bottomless deceptions and lies about Haiti. It begins to identify, for the world, the Washington Chimeres.

It begins to outlines why Haitian death and failures serves Washington's interests and Halliburton and Chevron's interests. Haiti a
t war makes them profits, allows for waste of AID monies that never helps to develop Haiti, but to enrich Washington NGO's, former USAID mission directors, and State Department and UN officials and cronies with jobs.

Still even though this "Democracy Undone" article still speaks in (Einaudi, Reich, Noreiga's) forked tongue, it is a marked departure for the New York Times from the normal obfuscations and half-truths. It begins an analysis we hope shall continue and be delved further into. ( ... 00002.html ) It renews our campaign to request an investigation of US officials in Haiti and their corrupting roles. The article should interests some US Congresspeople to press again for an investigation.

The timing though is interesting. Why now? Poukisa New York Times kase kord avek Bush kounye-a? A few days before the State of the Union Address? The day Jean Juste is release?

Those of us in the know merely see another con job in the making. For
, I know for a fact, was there at the Montana Hotel on Dec. 31, 2003 when Luigi R. Einaudi, who led the so-called "international effort" to find a political settlement on behalf of the Organization of American States to Haiti's manufactured crisis, said very pointedly and CLEARLY not that the problem in Haiti was, as the New York Times article writes he said "What you had was the constant undermining of the credibility of the negotiators, by (IRI)" but Luigi R. Einaudi, said very clearly and audibly that "the problem in Haiti is that the international community is so screwed up, it is letting Haitians run Haiti..." This is not second hand info. He said it in front of me. I wrote it down I was so aghast at the blatant and racist acknowledgement of why coup d'etat was necessary and, this said, by the chief OAS negotiator for democratic principles!!!.

France, Canada and the US used their considerable political, diplomatic and economic powers to help orchestrate Haiti's bi-centennial coup d'etat and o
ccupation, while the New York Times and other major corporate media ran this international community's spins, - ran their spiel that the violence in Haiti was a "popular movement" that rose up from Haitian soil, (not out of IRI and USAID democracy enhancement programs, the denial of IDB loans and/or from Dominican hotels meetings and conference with Guy Phillipe in possible attendance.) No, the New York Times trumpeted, to all and sundry, the Otto Reich/Roger Noriega line, that President Aristide had lost popular support and backing, was as corrupt as former dictators and said corruption led to the coup d'etat. It hardly ever tempered that mainline with the truth of US involvement, with USAID/Ire's involvement - its subverting Haiti's judges, journalists, and so-called civil society with visas, jobs and other rewards in order to oppose the democratically elected government, or talk of the training of the armed Haitian soldiers and paramilitaries in the Dominican Republic, or Ambassador Foley's and Noreig
a's role or culpability in helping to undermine and then remove Haiti's fragile democratic institutions and elected government.

So, why now is IRI being exposed and Einaudi spouting this "moderate" position on Haiti? Wasn't Einaudi part of the cabal helping block an OAS investigation into the coup d'etat, and before that the Caricom and UN suggestions for investigation? Would Einaudi now care to push for an OAS investigation into the coup d'etat?

In our opinion, today, because of Einnaudi's (OAS) "negotiations" or lack thereof in good faith, because of the Ottawa Initiative, because of the IRI conferences in the Dominican Republic and their consequences, over 10,000 Haitians are dead; the US Marines put 70-year old grandmother, So Ann, in indefinite detentions while US prison cells floating off Haiti on US ships are reportedly holding and torturing Haitian-Americans and Haitians who resist Haiti's lost of sovereignty.........

Who will tell this Haitian story? Definitely, not the New
York Times. In fact, based on this Jan. 29, 2006 article, the Times owe Haitians an apology. For all the untruths, half-truths and misinformation they published back in 2002-2004, that pushed the momentum for the bi-centennial coup d'etat and current unparallel chaos and lawlessness Haitians now must face and transform.

Without question, So Ann, who is also suffering with medical problems, along with Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, Jacques Mathelier and even children as young as 10, who also were rounded up, like cattle and warehoused by the US-supported and maintained Baco Raton regime must be let go also, and immediately.

Again HLLN appeals for their release, appeals for an investigation into the coup d'etat, an apology from the mainstream media for their misinformation and, herein, reissues our action alert below asking for the release of all the political prisoners in Haiti.

Call, agitate, and let's not relent until the gates of these new Duvalierist prisons are forced open. (See: Ma
tters for International Tribunal and OAS/CARICOM/African Union/U.S. Congress, et al - Investigating Haiti's Bi-centennial Coup D'etat

See also: Bush Bloodbath Brought to Haiti: Coup D'etat Massacres, Victims and Human Rights Abuses: )

Marguerite Laurent, Esq.
Founder and Chair, Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
(Dedicated to protecting the human, civil and cultural rights of Haitians, living at home and abroad)
January 29, 2006




Given the length of time Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, Interior Minister Privert, So Ann, Jacques Mathelier have spent in jail for no good cause that justice deferred is justice denied.

It is equally obvious that concerned Haitians MUST do something beyond appe
al to the US Congress and State Department so that Latortue will OPEN the prison doors to free the Fanmi Lavalas leadership as well as the more than 1000 Lavalas sympathizers he has jailed without charge or trial for close to 2 years now. We stress that the keys to Latortue's jails as well as Haiti's liberation rest squarely in the able hands of the Haitian people.

HLLN therefore appeals again, directly to the HAITIANS in Haiti, actually given those prison keys to hold, to stop following orders or “doing their jobs” and, instead, do the moral and ethical thing: Take positive action and open the prison gates. Let's not forget the over 100 Haitian detainees shot DEAD by Latortue's prison guards on Feb. 19, 2005.

Haitians don't want charity. We don't want USAID's sort of "AID" - like its prisons newly built for Haitian children. If foreigners would stop meddling in Haiti's affairs, Haitians could develop Haiti in less than five years!

Haitians want and deserve justice. With justic
e we won't need your charity or be dependent.

Stop the injustices, sufferings and deaths the political prisoners in Haiti. Please. All the political prisoners NEED to be released immediately. It's time for the law to be brought into application.

Life is too precious to be caged in what de facto authority, Mario Andresol is calling "preventive detention!!!"


We are asking for our Network, especially Haitians and those who speak Kreyol, to immediately call the newspapers, television stations and radio stations IN HAITI. (See list below)

We must let the PEOPLE OF HAITI know that Mario Andresol and Latortue's "preventive detention" is nothing more than official kidnapping.

Ayisyen, nou pa kapab ap ret chita tann "GWO MOUN" lan etazini pou ede nou. Fok Ayisyen leve kampe pou sove lavi pè Jean Juste jodi a menm!!!

Kriminèl ki lage kidnapè Stanley Handal ak asasin Louis Jodel Chamblain yo pa
p pè touye pè Jean Juste.

We must defend our own, ourselves. We are our own liberators. We urge Haitians to call the Haitian radio stations in Haiti. Let them know too many Haitians have already died because of this coup d'etat and return of the Duvalierists and their morally repugnant elites.

At this critical juncture, with Father Jean-Juste's being released, with the current January 29, 2006 New York Times article showing some of the truth that Haitians have known all along and been trying to tell the world, let's built the momentum, take this time to flood the media in Haiti and in the Diaspora, request the resignation of Latortue and in an investigation of the role of the US and the IRI in the resurrection of the Haitian army and this current rule by force, coup d'etat and dictatorship. Agitate, agitate, agitate and the
gates will open and our liberation will come.

Ayisyen, want justice and their sovereignty, not charity, dependency or UN protectorate.

Call, call
, call and email the Haitian Radio and TV Stations IN HAITI:

Radio Solidarite (011 509) 245 5055, 245 5055, 245 5836)

Radio Ginen, 246 2867
Email: and

Melodie FM 221 8568 or 221- 8596

Radio Tropic FM (011 509) 244 0571

Radio National D' Haiti - 223 - 5712, 0r 223-6264
email: (

Radio Galaxie, 223-9942 or 223-9943

Radio Vision 2000 - 245-4914
Email: , and

Radio Kiskeya 244-6605 or 244- 6607

Radio Metropole, 246–2626 or 246-5335

Radio Caraibe FM – 223-0644 or 223-6827

Radio Megastar -

Radio Antilles - 408 - 9415, 550 - 7313

Radio Balade
FM 011-509-268-6607


Ask the ones you reach for the numbers for the other stations in Haiti.

Call Haitian TV stations:
Channel 11,
Tele Ginen
Television National D'Haiti.....

Association des Journalistes Haitiens (AJH) / Reuters
Guyler C. Delva | 558 - 9048 |

Contact information for US local and national media is:

Forwarded by the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network


Contact your local and international media outlets:

Matters for International Tribunal and OAS/CARICOM/African Union/U.S. Congress, et al - Investigating Haiti's Bi-centennial Coup D'etat

1. Demand a Stop to the killings in Site Soley, Bel Air, Martissant, Solino -
stop killing of Haitian people by UN Troops

2.Demand Release of Father Jean Juste,
For background info, go to:

HLLN latest info and action alert (also below):


Urgent Action Alert: Citizens of this planet, the people of Haiti remembering
their roots, are calling out to you



Ezili Danto
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NYT editorial

Post by Ezili Danto » Fri Feb 03, 2006 5:45 pm

Feb. 3, 2006 New York Times Editorial: No Help to Democracy in Haiti

The NYT editorial copied below identifies Stanley Lucas' employers, powerful Republican and 2008 Republican presidential hopeful, Senator John McCain IRI chairman and the Bush Adminstration as undermining Haiti's fledging democracy. But the editorial falls short in not pointing out how USAID's current "pacification" programs are consolidating the IRI obstructions and will work to deny Haitians free and fair elections next week.

[quote]Feb. 3, 2006 New York Times Editorial: No Help to Democracy in Haiti

February 3, 2006
No Help to Democracy in Haiti

Haiti was a deeply troubled democracy when the Bush administration took office. Now it is an even more deeply troubled nondemocracy. One thing contributed to Haiti's present plight, our colleagues Walt Bogdanich and Jenny Nordberg reported Sunday, was a "democracy building" program financed by the United States government and run by the International Republican Institute.

The I.R.I., whose chairman is Senator John McCain and whose president is a former Bush administration official, is one of four institutes (the others are affiliated with the Democrats, the United States Chamber of Commerce and the A.F.L.-C.I.O.) set up during the 1980's to channel taxpayer dollars toward strengthening democracy in other countries. Congress intended this financing system to move American support for democracy in other countries out of the shrouded world of covert intelligence and into the daylight of political training institutes.

But according to the Times report, which the I.R.I. disputes, much of the Republican Institute's activities in Haiti from 2001 to 2003 were carried out in a shadowy world of secret meetings and efforts to isolate and destabilize the democratically elected government. Diplomats, including the American ambassador to Haiti in those years, said that the I.R.I. program worked at cross purposes with the State Department's policy of promoting compromise between President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his many powerful opponents. It also undercut mediation efforts that appeared within reach of success.

With all hopes of compromise thwarted, a rebel army led by notorious criminals and cashiered police officers crossed into Haiti from the Dominican Republic and drove President Aristide from office. He fled on a United States-supplied plane after Washington made it clear to him that it would not protect his life if he remained or defend the democratically elected government.

That was almost two years ago, and Haiti is worse off today. Murder rules the slums of Port-au-Prince, and a United Nations peacekeeping force struggles even to protect itself. Dates for new elections have been repeatedly postponed. The latest date is now set for next week. We hope this begins to undo some of the damage done by the kind of I.R.I. democracy building described in The Times.

* Copyright 2006
The New York Times Company[/quote]

Is the New York Times Feb. 3, 2006 Editorial, "No Help to Democracy" clearer and more unequivocal than the New York Times' "Democracy Untold" article in pointing out that the Bush Administration's policies and practices were NOT committed to building democracy in Haiti but in fact to undermining it? At least it refrains from reducing US intentional undermining of Haitian democracy simply to “mixed signals.”

But, the damage done by NY Times and similar corporate media slants, spins, half-truths and lies reported about Haiti's elected government, indiscriminately criminalizing Haiti's youths and the entire Lavalas Movement - say from the fall of 2003, their coverage or lack of truthful coverage of the people's demonstrations against the coming coup d'etat, of the state of the foreign-strummed instability, killings, chaos in Haiti during the bicentennial month of January 2004 and throughout the month of Feb. 2004 - is grossly negligent, definitely irreversible if not outright criminal. Not to mention that the damage caused by the eerie corporate media silence and pretexts after the coup d'etat, as the Haitian poor were spun into the chaotic and bloody consequences of Bush/Noreiga/McCain regime change in Haiti, simply cannot be undone or overstated. And, the corporate media has yet to write how USAID "aid programs," after the coup d'etat, from Feb. 20 2004 to the present, have funded and supported a systematic campaign of repression against Lavalas and other popular organizations being executed by the "rebels" (death squads), the new militarized Haitian police force, and the international troops.

The current NYT editorial and Democracy Undone article pointing to what was going on in 2003 with IRI "aid programs" is a little too late for the 100 or so Haitian prisoners slaughtered in Feb. 2005; the poor massacred by US Marines with Haitian "police" and then UN troops with Haitian "police" in Bel Air, Fort National, Site Soley, Martissant, Solino, et al.

For, in simply centering on Brian Curran, who resign in 2003, the New York Times still has three years of truthful reporting on USAID/IRI "aid programs" to cover for their readers.

But this, when they get to it, won't help, in general, Haitians whose lives and liberty, perhaps could have been spared, if the truth about US corrupting influence in Haiti and the reign of abuse and impunity it helped bring forth, had been contextualized and written about sooner (not almost 2 years later) by the influential corporate mainstream papers. See, Lucson Pierre-Charles' “Haiti After the Press Went Home: Chaos Upon Chaos” dated July 21, 2004 , and President Thabo M'beki's "After the Press went home"

and and, what we at HLLN have pointed at in countless essays before and since the bicentennial coup d'etat.

For over a DECADE now, HLLN, has been writing about how US “aid” monies funds dependency, contains Haiti in poverty and undermines Haiti's efforts at democracy and domestic development.

But it's not only HLLN that has talked about how US aid underdeveloped Haiti. Tons of books have been written about how foreign debt and “aid” funds underdevelopes the developing nations and serves as the blueprint for colonialism. I've written right here on this forum, many years ago, how that blueprint started in Haiti with the 1833 French “indemnity" (embezzlement) and then how the endless debt tool first field-tested in Haiti, was, forevermore used elsewhere, by the Western nations, to covertly render dependent and for the former colonial masters, to stealthily compromise and undermine their former colony's sovereignty after independence.

Systematic use of US funds in Haiti

If the New York Times wrote the entire truth about Haiti, they would not only center on IRI, but point out that the clear history of USAID's programs in Haiti, since USAID got to Haiti decades ago, shows a systematic US policy of supporting anti-democratic groups, like Haiti's wealthy few and their neoliberal economic interests. They would mention the current US “pacification programs” suppressing the poor majority designed and funded by USAID. They would mention how USAID programs literally starves Haitians into more misery than not.

For example, in 1997, the group Grassroots International said that aid programs in Haiti where systematically undermining both democracy and food security in Haiti.

When will the New York Times point out that there are US “aid programs” beyond “democracy enhancement” programs that also violate Haiti's human rights, destroys Haitian self-reliance, stability, rule of law and domestic economy?

USAID Pacification Programs:

How can the New York Times, this Feb. 3, 2006 editorial, begin to redress the damage done to Haiti's peoples and dreams of democracy by its previous shoddy reporting, when even now, no NY Times article has yet to specifically point out how, currently, I mean, right this minute in Haiti, USAID designed and funded, “transition initiatives,” otherwise known as USAID's “pacification programs,” are undermining the hope for a return to the rule of law and a Constitutional democracy in Haiti by attempting to legitimize the coup - helping to consolidate its bloody reign with exclusionary elections, sham elections?

(See, Haiti's Biometric Elections: A High-Tech Experiment in Exclusion by Andréa Schmidt,
onID=55&ItemID=8865 ; The Elections Game is On by Justin Podur and US and UN are not Qualified to Teach Haitians about Democracy by Marguerite Laurent at
; Two Faced in Haiti by Justin Podur ... temID=8850
and COHA: Haiti – And You Call This an Election? )

When will the New York Times, and the corporate media, in general, write about how such USAID “aid programs” have worked hand-in-hand with the corrupt “police force” and politicized Ministry of Justice to suppress the poor majority in Haiti, their right to demonstrate against the de facto regime, their freedom of speech and association. These USAID pacification programs, like the one with the International Organization for Migration, funded by US taxpayers, are, as I write these lines, abusing Haitian human rights, civil rights, cultural rights. These USAID “pacification programs” are intended, like the IRI, NED, IFES, et al “democracy enhancement” programs, to oppress the Haitians masses. These programs, such as the camp-for-peace, the soccer games et al, have been used to intimidate protestors, demobilize the grassroots protesting the killings in the poor neighborhoods, the warehousing of community activists into indefinite detention, and to empower the wealthy elites and uphold the Boca Raton regime. ( See, “USAID boasts “success” with pacification program in Haiti” by Kevin Skerrett; October 10, 2005

Where is the New York Times reporting of these sorts of USAID abusive “aid” projects? Is it a legitimate US bi-partisan objective to fund aid programs in Haiti that are specifically intended to reduce the size of anti-government demonstrations and/or cast aspersions on the legitimacy of the peaceful protestors to the Boca Raton regime? When will the New York Times and other mainstream corporate media write an expose on these "pacification” sort of USAID aid programs in Haiti?

In fact, let's go further and point out, EMPHASIZE, how the United States government and U.S. NGOs "aid programs" in Haiti, not only undermine Haiti's democracy, our peoples human and civil rights, Haiti's sovereignty, security, stability but our peoples very physical existence. For, there are also US “aid programs,” right now in Haiti, undermining food security in Haiti. (See, for instance, Feeding Dependency, Starving Democracy: USAID Policies in Haiti, by Grassroots International )

What the US “aid programs” does to Haiti is not new: IT KEEPS HAITI THE POOREST IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. When will the New York Times cover that obvious story, keep it as the contextual backdrop for reporting on Haiti's plight.

When will the mainstream media tell the entire truth about how US policy and practices in Haiti brings death, dependency, endless debt, foreign domination and destruction; that it is not that Haitians are incapable of governing themselves, but that they have some very powerful, brutal and implacable Euro/US enemies, who have proven over and over again, for two long centuries and three hundred years of slavery before then, that they will stop at nothing to deny Haitians the right to live free and prosperous lives.

Marguerite Laurent, Esq.
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
Feb. 3, 2006

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