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Haiti: Uncovering U.S. Involvement in Aristide Coup
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9 April 2009
By Judith Scherr

A congressional bill that would create a truth commission to explore the U.S. role in the 2004 regime change in Haiti is languishing in the House Foreign Affairs Committee with only 12 co-sponsors. But Rep. Barbara Lees (D-Calif.) H.R. 331 has sparked hope among some Haitians who think the bill might pass under a friendly Obama administration and bring needed change to the indebted island nation ...

Aristide left the country with our assistance, which he requested, Mari Tolliver, spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, told In These Times in August. (Karl Duckworth, spokesperson for the State Department, said that he could not comment on the U.S. role in Aristides departure, as the Obama State Department is doing a complete evaluation of all the areas to see where we will be on issues.)

Aristide tells a different story. He says that a rag-tag band of some 200 rebels strong-armed poorly equipped police stations in several Haitian towns, but posed no threat to the capital, the president or the central government. Aristide says American officials forced him to board a plane whose destination was unknown ...

TransAfrica Forums Lee puts it this way: When Aristide was removed, water projects stopped, education projects stopped, healthcare clinics shut down. It wasnt just about removing a leader, it was about destroying a real democracy. And that really needs to be accounted for.
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  -Haiti: Uncovering U.S. Involvement in Aristide Coup struggle4progress  Apr-13-09 04:35 PM   #0 
  - I am sorry but I imagine that some of those same sponsors were the ones pleading with Bush  Bacchus39   Apr-13-09 07:35 PM   #1 
  - And ...?  subsuelo   Apr-13-09 09:06 PM   #4 
  - well, they asked for US involvement did they not?  Bacchus39   Apr-13-09 09:15 PM   #6 
  - It seems clear enough to me: Bush II first set out to make Haiti's economy scream,  struggle4progress   Apr-13-09 09:34 PM   #8 
     - Beautiful links. Hope to read them later today. Thanks for taking the time to post them. n/t  Judi Lynn   Apr-14-09 04:34 AM   #12 
  - funny how the story has changed now, the current claim is that the rebels were not near P-a-P  Bacchus39   Apr-13-09 07:46 PM   #2 
  - who made that claim?  subsuelo   Apr-13-09 09:12 PM   #5 
     - magbana was saying it here just a few days back  Bacchus39   Apr-13-09 09:19 PM   #7 
        - Bacchus, haven't you figured out by now that the info I have  magbana   Apr-14-09 12:28 AM   #9 
           - Anyone with half a brain cell knew you know what you're talking about from the first. n/t  Judi Lynn   Apr-14-09 04:33 AM   #11 
           - OK, I won't believe what Aristide says then, no problem n/t  Bacchus39   Apr-14-09 05:43 AM   #13 
              - That's fine, but it still leaves the problem of trying to understand what actually occurred:  struggle4progress   Apr-14-09 07:47 PM   #14 
                 - your timeline is after the interviews I posted  Bacchus39   Apr-14-09 07:51 PM   #15 
                 - If you have any coherent theory of the February 2004 events, you're not explaining it clearly  struggle4progress   Apr-14-09 09:25 PM   #16 
                    - my theory  Bacchus39   Apr-14-09 09:33 PM   #17 
                       - Aristide ALREADY thought the US was intervening: he assumed the armed thugs were supported by the US  struggle4progress   Apr-14-09 09:39 PM   #18 
                          - well, then I guess demanding the US intervene further was a mistake  Bacchus39   Apr-14-09 09:43 PM   #19 
                 - Based on what I know, you are right on target. I'd like to add a few things  magbana   Apr-15-09 10:40 AM   #20 
                    - he should've asked Venezuela and Cuba for support then  Bacchus39   Apr-15-09 11:06 AM   #21 
                    - The Steele Foundation appears to have been firmly in the US Administration's pocket at the time:  struggle4progress   Apr-15-09 04:30 PM   #22 
  - Haiti Capital Braces For Attack  Bacchus39   Apr-13-09 07:49 PM   #3 
  - Good luck to Barbara Lee, THE courageous Congresswoman who dared to stand  Judi Lynn   Apr-14-09 04:32 AM   #10 
  - Anyone read the book "Damming the Flood... " ?  subsuelo   Apr-21-09 11:52 AM   #23 
     - YES, Subselo. It is an excellent, thorough, and documented account  magbana   Apr-21-09 02:32 PM   #24 

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