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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 03:27 PM
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6. Didn't know. I'll keep an eye out for anything on that. Here's something you might find interesting.
I started to look around for more on Robinson, Lee, and Aristide, and ran across this news from 2003:
February 7, 2003: Minimum Wage again Doubled in Haiti
During a rally celebrating the anniversary of his first inauguration in 1990, Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide announces that his government is doubling the minimum wage from 36 to 70 gourdes (or about $1.60) a day, despite the strong disapproval of Haitis business elites. {Office of Representative Maxine Waters, 2/18/2004; CIS Resource Information Center, 9/20/2005} This marks the second time since his return to office in 1994 that he has doubled the minimum wage (see May 4, 1995).

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April 23, 2003: Attorney General Claims Haiti Is Staging Point for Travel to US; No Evidence Offered to Back Up Claim Attorney General John Ashcroft states that US authorities have noticed an increase in third country nations (Pakistanis, Palestinians, etc.) using Haiti as a staging point for attempted migration to the United States. This increases the national security interest in curing use of this migration route.

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April 28, 2003: Organization of American States Reportedly Demanding Removal of Aristide The Haitian Press Agency (AHP) reports that diplomats at the Organization of American States are openly circulating demands for the removal of Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. One documents author suggested that it would be best if the situation kept deteriorating, saying that any aid should be blocked until 2005 in order to eliminate the party in power, Fanmi Lavalas , which will be of no help to the population, according to him. Though the news report does not provide any names, one possible source for the remarks is Roger Noriega, the US permanent representative to the Organization of American States. Noriega is a known critic of Aristide.

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Early May 2003: US Trained Rebels Attack Power Plant in Haiti A group of at least 20 paramilitary soldierstrained and funded by the US (see (2001-2004)) cross into Haiti from the neighboring Dominican Republic and attack a hydroelectric power plant on Haitis central plateau. Shortly after the attack, Dominican authorities, at the behest of the Haitian government, arrest five men, including Guy Philippe, in connection with the paramilitary operation. But they are quickly released by the Dominicans who say there is no evidence of their involvement in the attack. Philippe is interviewed by the Associated Press afterwards and asked what he is doing in the Dominican. Philippe, who mentions to the reporter that he would support a coup against Aristide, refuses to say how he makes a living or what he does to spend his time in the Dominican Republic. Less than one year later, Philippe will participate in the overthrow of the Aristide government. On the same day the five men are detained, Haitian authorities raid the Port-au-Prince residence of mayoral candidate Judith Roy of the Democratic Convergence opposition. The Haitians claim to find assault weapons, ammunitions, and plans to attack the National Palace and Aristides suburban residence. The Haitian government contends that Roy is close to Philippe.

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May 6, 2003: Five Haitian Coup Plotters Arrested, Indicating Presence of Contra-Like Rebels in Dominican Republic Dominican police arrest five Haitians, including Arcelin Paul, the official Democratic Convergence representative in the Dominican Republic, who they believe are plotting the overthrow of Jean-Bertrand Aristides government. Also at this time, there is a US build-up along the Dominican border, where 900 US soldiers patrol jointly with the Dominican army, whom they have armed with 20,000 M16s. Ben Dupuy, general secretary of the left-wing party PPN, tells the left-wing Haiti Progres, There is no doubt these guys are true terrorists working with the CIA under Dominican protection. Documentary filmmaker Kevin Pina, who has been covering Haiti for over a decade, calls this the US funding of the Haitian Contras. A September 2003 article in the magazine, Dollars and Sense, will comment: Whatever we call them, there is an organized and well-funded armed group with ties to the Convergence, based in the Dominican Republic, which aims to overthrow the Aristide government. The Bush administrations support for the Convergence and its refusal to denounce this violence, as well as the US military presence along the border, through which the Manman army easily travels, clearly implicates the United States in this aim.

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July 2003: Haiti Uses Almost All Foreign Reserves to Pay Off Foreign Debt Haiti uses more than 90 percent of its foreign reserves to pay $32 million in debt service to its international creditors, requiring Aristides government to end fuel subsidies and slash spending on health and education programs. Haitis debt is of dubious legality, however, as the London-based Haiti Support Group explains: Haitis debt to international financial institutions and foreign governments has grown from $302 million in 1980 to $1.134 billion today. About 40 per cent of this debt stems from loans to the brutal Duvalier dictators, who invested precious little of it in the country. This is known as odious debt because it was used to oppress the people, and, according to international law, this debt need not be repaid. The debt payment increases public dissatisfaction with Aristides administration.

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January 2004: Haitian Legislature Lapses The terms of all Haitian legislators elected in 2000 expire. The Democratic Convergence refuses to allow new congressional elections, so Haiti at this time no longer has a legislature.

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January 1, 2004: First Investment Bank Launched in Haiti; Some Shareholders Have Dubious Pasts Seventy wealthy Haitians and Haitian-Americans officially launch Haitis first investment bank, PromoCapital. The bank, a 50/50 joint-venture between Haitian and US shareholders, consists of two institutions: PromoCapital Haiti, SAincorporated in Haiti as a Societe Financiere de Developpement and PromoCapital USA, Inc,a corporation registered in the state of Delaware. The banks headquarters are in Petionville, Haiti with representative offices in Washington, DC, and Aventura, Florida. Its founder, Dumarsais Simeus, who owns a large food-processing business in Texas, says the banks investors hope to see annual returns on their investment in the mid- or high teens. He is also the chair of PromoCapital USA. Henri Deschamps, a prominent Port-au-Prince printing and media executive, is the chairman of PromoCapital Haiti. Of the 70 names included on the list of PromoCapital shareholders, nineFrederic Madsen, Gilbert Bigio, Gregory Brandt, Marc-Antoine Acra, Monique Bigio, Olivier Acra, Ronald Georges, Reuven Bigi, and Sebastien Acraappear on a US Treasury Department list of people and organizations whose assets had been blocked by the US Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control under the Clinton Administration, until 1994. And one of them, Hans Tippenhauer, had told The Washington Post on February 23 that the Haitians had enthusiastically greeted the paramilitary rebel forces as freedom fighters.

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February 4, 2004: Rebels Occupy Cities in Northern Haiti Rebels take over cities in northern Haiti and move towards Haitis capital, Port-au-Prince, overrunning President Jean-Bertrand Aristides local police forces and vowing to overthrow him. The rebels include various factions. The leading groups are led by Louis-Jodel Chamblain, a convicted murderer and former death squad leader under Baby Doc Duvalier, and Guy Philippe, also a known human rights violator.

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February 18, 2004: Powell Says US WIll Not Protection Haitian Government against Rebels US Secretary of State Colin Powell states the US has no enthusiasm for sending troops to protect Haitis government from the approaching rebel forces.

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Late February 2004: Haitian Rebel Expresses Admiration for Pinochet and Reagan Guy Philippe tells the Miami Herald during an interview conducted in Cap Haitein, Haiti, that the man he admires most is former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Pinochet made Chile what it is, the 35-year-old rebel says. Philippe adds that US President Ronald Reagan is his next favorite.

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February 28, 2004: White House Blocks Additional Private Security for Aristide Shortly before his ouster, Aristide contacts the US firm that provides his security, the San Francisco-based Steele Foundation, and asks for additional guards. The companymade up of former US Special Forces soldiers, intelligence officers, and other security expertshas been providing Haiti with its security services since 1998. Haitis contract with the firm is approved by the US State Department. But Aristides last minute attempt to increase his security is blocked by the White House. According to news reports, the Steele Foundation asks the US embassy in Port-au-Prince if it can rely on American protection in the event that the rebels arrive at the presidential palace. The Steele Foundation is told that no such protection would be provided. The company had earlier helped repel attacks against the presidential palace from paramilitary groups in December 2001.

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February 28, 2004: US Delays Extra Protection for Aristide US officials delay a small group of additional bodyguards from the Steele Foundation on their way to Haiti.

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February 28, 2004: Powell Says US Will not Protect Aristide US Secretary of State Colin Powell calls former US Congressman Ron Dellums, who is working for Aristide as a Washington lobbyist, and warns him that the United States will not protect Aristide from the rebels.

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February 28, 2004-March 1, 2004: Aristide Leaves Haiti for Africa, Circumstances in Dispute Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is escorted on a US-charted jet to the Central African Republic. The details of this event are disputed.
US' version of events - Aristide contacts US ambassador James Foley on the night of January 28 and asks him three questions: What did he think would be best for Haiti? Would the United States guarantee his protection? And could he choose his destination for exile? At 11pm, Ambassador Foley informs Aristide that the United States can ensure his safe departure if he decides to resign and adds that this is what the Bush administration feels he should do. Aristide and his American wife decide that they will accept the American offer. Later in the night, Foley attempts to email the president but Aristides computer has already been packed. Some time after midnight, Ambassador Foley telephones the US Embassys second-ranking officer in Port-au-Prince, Luis Moreno, and asks that he escort Aristide and his wife to the airport. Shortly after 4 am, US Diplomat Luis Moreno arrives at the gates of Aristides residence in the suburb of Tabarre with a fellow US diplomat and six State Department security officers. Inside Aristides house the lights are on. Aristide meets Moreno at the door with his suitcases packed. You know why Im here, Moreno says in Spanish. Yes, of course, Aristide is quoted as saying in response. Moreno asks Aristide for a resignation letter and Aristide promises to give one to him before he leaves the island. You have my word and you know my word is good, Aristide is quoted as saying. They then travel to the airport in separate vehicles, without any further conversation. They arrive at the airport and about 20 minutes before the plane arrives, Moreno again asks for the letter. Aristide provides the letter and then the two converse for the next few minutes. I expressed sadness that I was here to watch him leave, Moreno later tells The Washington Post. Sometimes life is like that, Aristide responds. Then I shook his hand and he went away. A US-charted commercial plane arrives in Port-au-Prince at approximately 4:30am. US authorities do not force Aristide onto the leased plane. He goes willingly. At 6:15am, the plane departs. He was not kidnapped. We did not force him on to the airplane. He went onto the airplane willingly, and thats the truth, Secretary of State Colin Powell claims. The allegations that somehow we kidnapped former President Aristide are absolutely baseless, absurd.

Aristide's version of events - US soldiers arrive at Aristides residence and order the president not to use any phones and to come with them immediately. Aristide, his wife Mildred and his brother-in-law are taken at gunpoint to the airport. Aristide is warned by US diplomat Luis Moreno that if he does not leave Haiti, thousands of Haitians would likely die and rebel leader Guy Philippe would probably attack the palace and kill him. Moreover, the US warns Aristide that they are withdrawing his US-provided security. Aristide composes and signs a letter explaining his departure. The president, his wife, and his brother-in-law board a commercial jet charted by the US government. His own security forces are also taken and directed to a separate section of the plane. During the flight, Aristide and his wife remain in the company of soldiers. The shades on the windows of the plane are kept down. Soldiers tell him they are under orders not to tell him where he is going. The plane stops first in Antigua, where it stays on the ground for two hours, and then flies for six hours across the Atlantic to the Central African Republic. Aristide is unable to communicate with anyone on the ground during the entire 20-hour period he is on the plane because it is presumably not equipped with a telephone. Shortly before touchdown, Aristide is informed that the destination is the Central African Republic. Upon arrival, Aristide is escorted to the Palace of the Renaissance, where he makes one phone call to his mother in Florida and her brother. He is provided a room with a balcony, but is not permitted to move around, and he remains in the company of soldiers. His phone is taken away by African authorities and he is not provided a replacement or a landline. On the morning of March 1, he contacts US Congresswomen Maxine Waters and family friend Randall Robinson with a cell phone that is smuggled to him.(see March 1, 2004) In an interview with CNN, he says he considers the events a coup detat and a modern version of kidnapping.

Joseph Pierre's version of events - According to Joseph Pierre, a concierge at Aristides residence, whose account is reported in the French newspaper Lib�ration, Aristide is taken away early Sunday morning by US soldiers. White Americans came by helicopter to get him. They also took his bodyguards. It was around two oclock in the morning. He didnt want to leave. The American soldiers forced him to. Because they were pointing guns at him, he had to follow them. The Americans are second only to God in terms of strength.
http://www.historycommons.org/timeline.jsp?timeline=the...

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Unbelievable, isn't it?

I'd like to know more about this plan to kill him. It would surely resemble so many other events we've heard of already. I'll bet John Perkins, Economic Hitman knows a lot about it!






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