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Haiti Topics

Democracy Now! reports on the latest developments in Haiti, and former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s historic journey home after seven years in exile in South Africa.

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  • South Africa has also expressed concerns. The country’s foreign affairs minister said if the U.S. did kidnap Aristide it will "have serious consequences and ramifications for the respect of the rule of law and democracy the world over." [includes transcript]
    March 05, 2004 | Story
  • Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega was grilled by Congressional Democrats yesterday for the Bush administration’s handling of the crisis in Haiti at a hearing of the House International Relations subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. We play excerpts of the hearing.
    March 04, 2004 | Story
  • Rep. Maxine Waters discusses President Aristide’s treatment in the Central African Republic and her grilling of Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega about the return to Haiti of the paramilitary leaders who led the 1994 coup. [includes transcript]
    March 04, 2004 | Story
  • Rep. Barbara Lee compares the administration’s policies in Haiti to the invasion of Iraq and talks about the systematic embargo and the disallowance of funding for humanitarian projects in Haiti such as health education and clean water efforts. [includes transcript]
    March 04, 2004 | Story
  • In a Democracy Now! exclusive, Consul General of the Haitian government in New York Harry Fouche recognizes the Aristide government as legitimate saying Jean Bertrand Aristide is still president of Haiti and Yvon Neptune is still his prime minister.
    March 03, 2004 | Story
  • We speak with the Center for Constitutional Rights’ Michael Ratner about who the United Nations and Organization should recognize as the legitimate government of Haiti under international law and we take a look at the English translation of Aristide’s resignation letter which he says is altered to omit a key phrase.
    March 03, 2004 | Story
  • The feared Haitian army, disbanded by Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is making a comeback. We take an in-depth look at the paramilitary leader who now claims to be in control of the Haitian police and military: Guy Philippe, a former Haitian police chief who was trained by US Special Forces in Ecuador in the early 1990s.
    March 03, 2004 | Story
  • We speak with former Attorney General Ramsey Clark Clark about the overthrow of the democratically-elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide. During the 1991 coup, Clark traveled to Haiti several times in an effort to restore him to power. [Includes transcript]
    March 02, 2004 | Story
  • Reports emerged yesterday that the private U.S. security firm guarding President Aristide was prevented by the White House from sending reinforcements to Haiti last week to bolster his security. We speak with the CEO of the firm Kenneth Kurtz. [includes transcript]
    March 02, 2004 | Story
  • Multiple sources that just spoke with Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide told Democracy Now! that Aristide says he was "kidnapped" and taken by force to the Central African Republic. Congressmember Maxine Waters said she received a call from Aristide at 9am EST. "He’s surrounded by military. It’s like he is in jail, he said. He says he was kidnapped," said Waters. She said he had been threatened by what he...
    March 01, 2004 | Story