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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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  • The situation in the small island nation of Haiti is growing more severe by the hour. There are now fears that the democratically-elected government of Jean Bertrand Aristide could be overthrown in a violent coup d’etat. For weeks, gangs of armed groups have attacked police stations and other government outposts. More than 50 people have been killed and the violent insurgency is daily increasing its weapons supplies. Aristide’s...
    February 19, 2004 | Story
  • Haitian Prime Minister Yvon Neptune said international assistance was needed after nearly two weeks of violence in Haiti orchestrated by opponents of the government has left dozens of people dead. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is considering taking some role in the country and France said it would consider sending peacekeepers. [includes transcript]
    February 18, 2004 | Story
  • Several thousand demonstrators clashed with supporters of Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide this weekend as they marched through the streets of the capital Port-au-Prince. We speak with Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) about what role the U.S. is playing in the current events in the country. [includes transcript]
    February 16, 2004 | Story
  • Up to 40 people have been killed in Haiti as anti-government gangs and militias work to overthrow the government of Jean Bertrand Aristide. We discuss the causes of the recent violence and examine what role the U.S. is playing in the current events in the country. [includes transcript]
    February 12, 2004 | Story
  • Born out of a slave revolt, Haiti became an independent nation on Jan. 1, 1804. Yesterday thousands celebrated the anniversary but the nation remains deeply divided over the future of the country and of President Jean Bertrand-Aristide. [includes transcript]
    January 02, 2004 | Story
  • On Democracy Now we’ve talked a lot about secret detentions and deportations as part of the wave of repression against Arabs and South Asians since September 11th.
    August 01, 2002 | Story
  • In the early hours of Monday morning, as most of the nation slept, a pack of armed commandos stormed Haiti’s NationalPalace in a coup attempt that left seven dead and scores wounded. The violence lasted until mid-morning yesterday,as police faced off attackers inside the palace and thousands of government supporters gathered outside. Shouting,"We will never support another coup d’etat," they then set fire to the...
    December 18, 2001 | Story
  • The United States has long held itself up as the pinnacle of democracy. Turning a blind eye to its own problems, the US monitors foreign elections, sets standards, and condemns any irregularities. Only last week, President Clinton told Haiti to resolve its electoral impasse, saying it stemmed from tainted elections.
    December 15, 2000 | Story
  • White House officials and Republican congressional leaders are nearing an agreement on a proposed amnesty for around 1 million undocumented immigrants who have been in the country at least 15 years. But they remain divided over President Clinton’s proposal to include more refugees from Haiti and Central America. Members of the Hispanic Caucus met yesterday with the president’s team to push for the amnesty. [includes rush...
    December 06, 2000 | Story
  • Now we go from elections in the U.S. to elections in Haiti. Former president Jean Bertrand Aristide won an overwhelming mandate to return to lead Haiti in a virtually uncontested presidential election, according to official results issued on Wednesday.
    December 01, 2000 | Story