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March 7, 2007 Weblog:

Support for Lavalas Runs Deep in Haiti

Almost every night in Haiti I would unwind at the end of the day by walking down from my hotel to a local family's shop, buy a beer, then sit with the owner and his family, chatting about various things with them and friends that came by. Five children, two parents, two chickens, 8 chicks and a cat lived in a 200 square foot home. His farm habits came from a previous life led in the countryside, fitting the pattern of growing chaotic urbanization in Haiti. Eventually, the father asked me for financial help for his girl's education (Haiti has one of the most privatized education systems in the world, or so I was told, and so it certainly seemed).

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March 6, 2007 Weblog:

Advice for Haiti Activists in Canada and US

Mario Joseph, the leading human rights lawyer in Haiti, granted me a long interview yesterday in Port-au-Prince. We discussed many things (published soon), but when I asked him about what activists should be doing in Canada and the US, he said: "Keep your eyes wide open, watch your governments closely, be sophisticated in your research." He expressed deep gratitude as well to all those who have been working for democracy in Haiti.

March 5, 2007 Weblog:

The Ongoing Coup d'etat in Haiti

In part 2 of my interview with Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, now online at HaitiAction.net, Lovinsky talks about what he calls the "ongoing coup d'etat of 2004." He talks about the lack of services to help heal the scars of the thousands of victims of 2004. He speaks of the bureacracy and judiciary staffed by Latortue's people who ensure that the victims will not see justice. He points to how this problem ensures impunity for the perpetrators. He discusses the danger of a potential preparation of yet another coup d'etat by such initiatives as the creation of a parallel police force using the 800 former members of the dreaded Haitian Army who are now in the Haitian National Police.

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March 4, 2007 Weblog:

Brutalized and Abandoned: Residents of Cité Soleil Speak Out

The two part photo essay about recent arrests and spin by MINUSTAH is now online at Haitianalysis.com As the title of this blog entry suggests, the title of the photo essay is "Brutalized and Abandoned." The photo essay addresses mass arrests, lies about social services in Cité Soleil and the demands of the victims of MINUSTAH.

March 4, 2007 Weblog:

A Need for Independent Journalists in Haiti

I couldn't help but notice the lack of journalists in Cité Soleil yesterday as we interviewed yet another person who spoke of a neighbor being illegally arrested by MINUSTAH forces. MINUSTAH now claims they have "a nice catch," meaning over 60 "armed marauders" in the last month. Seeing as we connected with five cases who said the victims of the arrests had nothing to do with crime at all (and this was definitely not an exhaustive investigation) the question can at least be raised as to the legality of MINUSTAH operations in Haiti (yet once again). I haven't seen that question asked of MINUSTAH, but maybe I didn't catch it.

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March 3, 2007 Weblog:

More dubious arrests in Cite Soleil, Haiti

As we entered Cite Soleil this morning with Brian Concannon, founder of the IJDH (Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti) we got a call saying a crowd had gathered outside one of the MINUSTAH headquarters in the Boston quarter of the Cite. We pulled up and sure enough there was a group of about 15 people facing the two armored MINUSTAH vehicules. Someone had been arrested that the crowd felt shouldn't have been arrested and they were demanding he be released. As has been the way every time we pull up with cameras, the MINUSTAH troops run away. All the soldiers piled into the vehicules and took off.

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March 2, 2007 Weblog:

More MINUSTAH lies

To find out the scale of lies coming out of MINUSTAH on the ground, read any of the UN News Service press releases in the last two weeks. According to interviews we have conducted in Cite Soleil, and according to a source in the Cite today, the arrests continue to be arbitrary. People are being arrested who have nothing to do with what the UN is calling "gangs" or "criminals" or "bandits" No warrents are issued. This is only part of the lie. Every UN communique in the last two weeks talks of setting up health clinics and transforming former gang leaders homes into community centres. Again, complete lies easily verifiable by a stroll through these areas.

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February 27, 2007 Weblog:

Photo Essay from Cite Soleil

Been in haiti for two weeks. Some content is now online. Check HaitiAction.net for a two part interview with Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, coordinator of the 30th of September Foundation that works with the victims of the coup d'états of 1991 and 2004. Also check my new photo essay, done with local photojournalist Wadner Pierre, on Haitianalysis.com. Pretty gripping. Finally, if you to keep up to speed on my wanderings, read my blog with the NFB website Citizenshift. Eventually I'll be putting together a full dossier for them with interviews I'm conducting with human rights people, former pol

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February 14, 2007 Photo Essay

Haiti Aux Haitiens!

Montreal mobilizes in solidarity with Haiti

February 8, 2007

Destination Haiti

by Darren Ell
February 1, 2007 Media Analysis

The Freedom of the Press Barons

The media and the 2004 Haiti coup

February 1, 2007

Anne-Marie Issa

January 31, 2007 Weblog:

So Ann in Montreal

So Ann in Montreal

Legendary Haitian organizer, grandmother, folksinger and former political prisoner Annette "So Ann" Auguste was in Montreal this week. Cafe Toc Toc was packed last night for her appearance there, where Dominion contributor Isabel Macdonald's short documentary film, "Our Arms do Not Kill," an investigation into the role of the UN military occupation of Haiti, was also shown, and members of Kalmunity performed.

The Montreal Mirror covered So Ann's visit in their last issue. In a press conference on Monday, So Ann said that Canada was to blame for her imprisonment without trial. During her 800+ days in jail, Paul Martin visited Haiti and claimed that "there are no political prisoners in Haiti", and CIDA provided funding for NCHR and other organizations that took the lead in building bogus cases against So Ann and hundreds of other political prisoners. Many remain imprisoned.

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January 16, 2007 Weblog:

HaitiAnalysis.com

Haiti Analysis is a new website featuring writing and, well, analysis about the political situation in Haiti. They're off to a good start, with a decent article on So Ann's visit to New York by Kim Ives.

“We are wasters of power,” she said of the Lavalas movement generally. “Several times we have taken it and each time we waste it.”

She reproached Préval for consorting with imperialism and playing into Washington’s game of repressing the masses and implementing neoliberal reforms such as privatization of key state-owned companies.

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December 5, 2006 Accounts

Visualizing Canada in Haiti

visualizing_canada_fp.png A visual representation of the relationships between Canada's NGOs, government agencies and US agencies operating in Haiti, in a printable poster format.

A poster version of coverage from the Foreign Policy issue

December 5, 2006 Foreign Policy

No Time for Democracy

police_training_fp.png Stuart Neatby chronicles the last six years of Canadian intervention in Haiti, from the coup to the training of the HNP to the elections.

Six years of Canada in Haiti

November 1, 2006 Foreign Policy

The Logic of 'Humanitarian Intervention'

Elie-fp.jpgBrendan Stone investigates the ideology behind 'the responsibility to protect,' and asks who is protecting whom.

Neo-colonial tool serving geopolitical interests

May 2, 2006 Français

Visite du président élu d'Haïti M. René Préval

preval_brazil_fp.jpg Au cours de l'entrevue, M. Préval a clairement exprimé sa volonté de faire respecter la souveraineté nationale et de ne servir de marionnette à personne.

April 24, 2006 Letters

Correction: Canadian Politicians Travel to Haiti

"Canadian Politicians Travel to Haiti on Eve of Elections" (April 22, 2006) cited an email that was sent to the Dominion in response to a request, saying that specific details of a scheduled visit of a Parliamentary delegation to Haiti...

April 9, 2006 Foreign Policy

Declassifying Canada in Haiti: Part II

censored2_fp.jpg Was Canada an early backer of a coup against the democratically elected government of Haiti, led by the dreaded former military? New documents raise new questions.

Did Canada have plans to support another military coup in Haiti?

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