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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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  • Senator Dole and Senate Jesse Helms together have been holding up millions of dollars in aid that the U.S. promised to the government of Haiti to boost their economy and assist in a peaceful transition to democracy. Without this money, Haiti could see an exodus of economic refugees. The two Senators are insisting that the government of Haitian President Rene Preval investigate the killings of opponents of Jean Bertrand Aristide after he was...
    May 01, 1996 | Story
  • This weekend President Clinton released one of Haiti’s most feared leaders of Haiti’s death squad, Emanuel Constant. This happened two years after President Clinton used the
    brutality of Haitian government forces as a reason to attack Haiti. Possible reasons behind this decision are discussed, including the connection of Constant and CIA.
    Jun 18, 1996 | Story
  • The U.S. Government has released Emmanuel Constant, the head of FRAPH — the Haitian paramilitary group responsible for a brutal reign of terror during the Cedras dictatorship. Constant was in a U.S. detention facility in Baltimore, Maryland and was released in exchange for dropping a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of his detention. Constant, who admits he did work for the CIA, fled Haiti to escape murder charges; an ins...
    Jul 18, 1996 | Story
  • Segment Summary:
    Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales of the New York Daily News interview Stan Goff, a retired Master Sergeant and activist. In part one of the interview, Goff discusses his observations about the racism the permeates special forces groups, their missions and their training. Goff, Goodman and Gonzales discuss the implications of such thought and practice in a time where US presence in places like Zaire is increasing. While he admits...
    Nov 19, 1996 | Story
  • Disney workers in Haiti are underpaid, overworked, and not allowed to organize under the Presidency of Rene Preval. Yonique, a Haitian woman who is an organizer of Disney laborers is interviewed on the Disney workplace in Haiti. Via previous investigation of Disney by Amy Goodman, it is submitted that the point of view of Disney is that the company does not directly employ the workers in Haiti, and that the workers are subcontracted by another...
    Dec 13, 1996 | Story
  • Nearly two years ago, The Baltimore Sun broke a major story detailing how a CIA-trained Honduran army unit — known as Battalion 316 — kidnapped, tortured and murdered Honduran political opponents with the full knowledge and complicity of US officials. At the time, the Honduran revelations came on the heels of a string of a number of other sensational expose about CIA relations with death squads in the Caribbean and Latin America,...
    Jan 28, 1997 | Story
  • Humanitarian military interventions have grown rapidly since the end of the Cold War. Whether in Haiti, Somalia, Liberia, or more recently in Bosnia and Rwanda, the images of starving children or entire communities held hostages to corrupt military gangs are increasingly being used to justify US or UN military adventures.
    Jan 28, 1997 | Story
  • Haiti is often considered a foreign policy success for President Clinton however in the wake of senate questioning of Anthony Lake (nominated as director of central intelligence) some serious issues have arisen over the US and CIA’s role in Haiti. Patrick Elie (Head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Secretary of Defense in former President Aristeed’s Government) speaks with Amy Goodman about Michelle Francis Role in...
    Mar 11, 1997 | Story
  • Today, we’re broadcasting from the Hart Senate Office building —-
    Hearing Room 216 to be precise -— where nominee Anthony Lake is
    expected to face more sharp questioning from some Republican
    opponents on the committee, notably Chairman Richard Shelby, a
    Republican from Alabama.

    These hearings come at a crucial time for the country’s
    intelligence agencies and for the Clinton administration. The
    estimated $30 billion...

    Mar 12, 1997 | Story
  • Activists from El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti and Honduras joined US-based trade unionists, church groups, and grassroots activists at a major sweatshop conference in New York City this weekend.
    Apr 07, 1997 | Story