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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  • 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]
    Feb 18, 2004 | Story
  • 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...
    Feb 19, 2004 | Story
  • Armed gangs captured Haiti’s second-largest city Cap-Haitien and are threatening to march on the Haitian capital Port au-Prince within 15 days. We go to Haiti to hear a report from the ground. [includes transcript]
    Feb 23, 2004 | Story
  • As opponents of Haitian President Aristide reject a U.S.-brokered peace plan, we speak with Ira Kurzban who has served as General Counsel for the government of Haiti since 1991. [includes transcript]
    Feb 25, 2004 | Story
  • Award-winning Haitian journalist Michele Montas fled Haiti last year after her bodyguard was killed and continued threats against her forced her close her radio station and leave the country four years after her husband, Jean Dominique, was assassinated. [includes transcript]
    Feb 25, 2004 | Story
  • In the past week, more than 400 Haitian refugees have reportedly landed on beaches in Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands. We speak with the Center for Constitutional Rights’ Michael Ratner who has dealt extensively with the issue of Haitian refugees for many years. [includes transcript]
    Feb 25, 2004 | Story
  • After President Bush rejected Haitian President Aristide’s appeal for immediate security assistance from the international community, members of the Congressional Black Caucus expressed their concern at what they say is Bush’s refusal to preserve the democratically elected government in Haiti. We speak with Black Caucus member Rep. Maxine Waters. [includes transcript]
    Feb 26, 2004 | Story
  • For a closer look at what is happening right now on the ground in Haiti, we look back at the involvement of the U.S. in the 1991-1994 coup period with veteran investigative journalist Allan Nairn who broke a number of stories that proved the direct links between US intelligence agencies and Haitian paramilitary death squads in the early 1990s. [includes transcript]
    Feb 26, 2004 | Story
  • On Sunday night Democracy Now! and Pacifica Radio will broadcast a two-hour special national broadcast beginning at 7 p.m. on the departure of President Aristide, the involvement of the US government, and the latest reports on the ground in Haiti. Join Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman and Flashpoints’ Dennis Bernstein.
    Feb 27, 2004 | Story
  • Democracy Now! aired a special show Friday afternoon on the latest from Haiti where opposition groups with ties to the U.S. are preparing to invade the capital city of Port Au Prince. We spoke with Haitian First Lady Mildred Aristide, independent reporter Kevin Pina in Haiti, U.S. Reps. John Conyers (D-MI) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) and attorney Michael Ratner.
    Feb 27, 2004 | Story