Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was with Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his wife Mildred as they made their historic return to the Caribbean. Aristide was accompanied by a delegation led by US and Jamaican lawmakers. The delegation included Rep. Maxine Waters, TransAfrica founder and close friend of the Aristides, Randall Robinson, Sharon Hay-Webster, an emissary of the Jamaican prime minister, as well as Aristide’s Miami-based lawyer, Ira Kurzban. Washington Post reporter Peter Eisner is also with the group. Over the past 48 hours, Amy has filed regular reports from each stop of the journey—from Miami to Bangui to Dakar to Barbados to Kingston. Her reports represent the most extensive documentation of this historic moment.
Listen to Individual Reports (All Times Eastern Standard Time):
- Monday, 3:00 p.m.: Amy Goodman reports from Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica. [ Listen to MP3]
- Monday, 9:30 a.m.: Amy Goodman reports from Barbados on her discussions with President Aristide on the trans-Atlantic flight. [ Listen to MP3]
- Monday, 5 a.m.: Amy Goodman reports from a stopover in Cape Verde off the coast of West Africa. [ Listen to MP3]
- Sunday, 8:00 p.m.: Amy Goodman reports from inside the plane that will take President Aristide and his wife Mildred to the Caribbean. [ Listen to MP3]
- Sunday, 7:35 p.m.: Democracy Now! talks to Haitian President Jean-Betrand Aristide as he prepares to leave the Central African Republic for Jamaica. [ Listen to MP3]
- Sunday, 7:25 p.m.: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Jamaican envoy Sharon Hay-Webster, Randall Robinson talk to Democracy Now! outside the presidential palace in CAR before the delegation heads back to Jamaica. [ Listen to MP3]
- Sunday, 7:10 p.m.: Amy Goodman reports that Aristide’s trip back to Jamaica has been approved. Mildred Aristide says she looks forward to be reunited with her two daughters. [ Listen to MP3]
- Sunday, 7:00 p.m.: Amy Goodman reports the Central African Republic President and Jean-Betrand Aristide have just met and that it looks like the delegation will be allowed to bring the Aristides back to Jamaica. [ Listen to MP3]
- Sunday, 6:20 p.m.: President Aristide has just told Democracy Now!, that he thinks the president from CAR is consulting with the U.S., France and Gabon before he allows Aristide to leave for Jamaica. [ Listen to MP3]
- Sunday, 6 p.m.: Amy Goodman reports there is a standoff at the presidential palace in CAR over whether President Aristide can leave for Jamaica. [ Listen to MP3]
- Sunday, 4 p.m.: Amy Goodman files 5-minute audio report outside the presidential palace in the Central African Republic. [ Read transcript__ || Listen to MP3]
- Sunday afternoon: Amy Goodman reports the delegation has landed in the Central African Republic to meet with the Aristides.
Reuters reports that a government official in Bangui said it was unlikely the delegation would leave before Monday as Central African Republic President Francois Bozize would want to see them. Monday marks the first anniverary of Bozize’s presidency.
- Saturday, approx. 8 p.m.: Amy Goodman’s first report filed moments before the plane took off. [ Read transcript__ || Listen to MP3]
Special Thanks to Norm Stockwell of WORT in Madison, WI for technical support