Sunday, January 23, 2005

Waddya think?

U.S. Action may be in Venezuela with a start of Venezuela-Colombia War

A message to the interventionists and Venezuelan traitors to their homeland

Vheadline news from Venezuela

This will be my last post of the month. I should be back in February.

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Friday, January 21, 2005

Second Term Same as the First...

Senator Bill Nelson Questions Condoleeza Rice about Haiti

Haitians Accuse Police of Killing Radio Journalist

Less of the Same: Lackluster U.S. - Latin American Relations...

Cuba Denounces Human Rights violations by U.S.

Final Edition for the Press

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Thursday, January 20, 2005


Haiti Human Rights Investigation by Tom Griffin of the University of Miami School of Law

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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

There are alternatives

A Left-Wing Productivity Agenda by Jim Stanford

Capitalism Fails, Again by Duncan Cameron

Parecon Participatory Economics

Child Labour Laws in British Columbia

Iran, Brazil explore avenues for agricultural cooperation

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005


African Union Intervenes in Haiti Crisis

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Alice in Dystopia

Land Law vs. Landed Oligarchy

Why the Emperor has no Clothes by Andre Gunder Frank

Geopolitical Catch-22: Uncle Sam's Paper Tiger Dollar by Andre Gunder Frank

Bolivians Win Water War II

Whose future is this anyway?

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Monday, January 17, 2005

Slow day?

Killings of Haitian Street Kids Soars

Argentine Debt Restructuring

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Saturday, January 15, 2005

More Horror

Haitian Death Squad Leader, Toto Constant, to be Brought to Justice....

Will Washington Tolerate a Chinese-Venezuelan Petro Pact?

Women And Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution

The Washington Post in an Anti-Communist Time Warp Over Venezuela

The Normalization of Horror: American Gulags Become Permanent

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Friday, January 14, 2005

corruption meets resistance

Frank McKenna Carries Lots of Corporate Baggage

Financial Times Attacks Venezuelan Land Reform

"Non-Violent Resistance" by Arundhati Roy

Getting to the Roots of Liberation

1, 2, 3... El Alto Scores a Knockout Against Suez Company in Water Dispute from the Narco News Bulletin

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Thursday, January 13, 2005

More reading than time may allow

The Media Internet War on Venezuelan Democracy Continues

For your consideration: Is Al Qaeda Just a Bush Boogeyman?

The World Bank's Haiti Page

The World Trade Organization's Haiti Page

International Monetary Fund Page of Search Results for Haiti

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Haiti, Cuba

Oil Find Hints at a Less Dependent Cuba

Haiti Debt by Yves Engler

Sent by Anthony Fenton, this report is from Yves Engler:

Many Canadians know that on February 29, 2004, Haiti's democratically
elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was sent into exile.
Few of us realize, however , that most Haitians believe Aristide was, in
fact, overthrown by a U.S., French and Canadian orchestrated coup d'etat.
Or, that, along with Aristide, most of the country's elected officials
were forced from office. Or that in subsequent political repression of
Aristide's party, Lavalas, thousands have lost their jobs, been jailed or
killed. Few Canadian understand that our country's good name has been
besmirched throughout the Caribbean by our government's involvement with
the U.S. and France in this project to once again tell poor Haitians what
is good for them.
I believe most Canadians would be appalled to learn that our country has
sided with Haiti's small elite against the majority of its population. In
order to really understand what is happening in Haiti I recently traveled
there, and to the neighboring Dominican Republic where hundred of
thousands of refuges have fled.
The situation is chaotic. Haiti is a country that assaults the senses and
the intellect.

Semereste Boliere is the elected mayor of Petit Goave, a town of fifteen
thousand in the south west of the country. Arrested in March by the new
authorities he escaped his captors and is hiding out in Port-au-Prince.
While we sip cola from '50s-style pop bottles sitting in a run-down labour
hall near the city centre he tells me that since his departure from
office, Petit Goave has mostly been in the hands of former military
officers who led the rebellion against the constitutional government. (The
army, notorious for murderous repression, was disbanded by Aristide in
Boliere and Ronald St Jean, a human rights activist also with us, say that
throughout the country hundreds of elected mayors, council members and
senators were forced into hiding or exile. Those officials who have kept
their positions have made accommodations with the U.S.-armed paramilitary
thugs, many of whom are convicted murders and drug runners.
St Jean and Boliere are very disappointed with Canadian involvement in
undermining Haitian democracy.
Rea Dol is a 38-year-old mother of three who, before February's upheaval,
worked for the District of Petionville, which is an upscale (in Haitian
terms) suburb of Port au Prince. When the "interim" government installed,
Marie Renee, a new un-elected mayor she found herself out of work. Fired
without cause, with no compensation and owed back wages, she says she is
just one of thousands - more than 2000 at the state telecom company alone
- fired for their perceived political affiliation.
As we lunch on chicken and rice she tells me about unemployment lines in a
country with no social assistance and where most of the urban population
is looking for work. It appears that some of the recently unemployed,
especially the hundreds of police officers purged over the past ten
months, have taken to crime. Some have probably become "Chimeres" - a
"gang" no one seems able to define - which the mainstream media claims is
pro-Aristide and behind Haiti's violence.
She says that the rising cost of food staples, rice and beans, is also
driving people to lawlessness. Imported by a handful of wealthy families,
who supported Aristide's removal, costs have increased by 40 percent since
the coup. Undoubtedly there has been a marked rise in malnutrition, but in
the chaos who is keeping track?
Incredibly, for some people food for survival isn't their top priority.
Not getting shot outranks eating.
I meet Jeremy, a twenty-year- old who formerly worked for the government
TV station. A couple weeks after the overthrow of the elected government
armed men came to his house. He wasn't home, Jeremy tells me with fear
still in his eyes, so they killed his aunt.
He fled to the Dominican Republic for six months and still does not dare
return home.
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Institute for Justice
Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), with respected Harvard professor Paul Farmer as
a board member, have documented hundreds of killings of poor Lavalas
supporters by paramilitary death squads and the police.
On October 26, Haitian police rounded up 12 young men in the Fort National
slum. They were forced to lie down and then were shot in the back of the
Two days later under similar circumstances four more slum dwellers were
murdered in the Lavalas stronghold of Bel Air. Both of these incidents
were reported in the mainstream media, but most killings are not.
It is almost impossible to ascertain how many have died from political
violence and repression since February. An IJDH report covering the period
until the end of July documents - with pictures of over 50 bodies -
hundreds of murders, mostly of Lavalas supporters. Based on anecdotal
evidence it is reasonable to assume that hundreds more have been killed
since August.
During a pro-Lavalas demonstration on September 30th, the anniversary of
Aristide's first U.S.-backed removal from office, the national police
fired into the crowd. At least four unarmed demonstrators were killed
under the watchful eye of United Nations "peacekeepers". The next day
installed Prime Minister Gerard Latortue was quoted saying: "We shot them,
some of the them fell, others were injured, others ran away."
On December 1st, two weeks after the government fired more than a dozen
experienced prison guards, a deadly riot broke out at the heavily
fortified national penitentiary. At first the government claimed seven
prisoners were killed. This was later increased to 10 but subsequent
investigations by Reuters, the Toronto Star and IJDH suggest that this
number is likely a gross underestimate. The actual figure could be as high
as 110, according to the IJDH.
I tried to interview prisoners to find out what happened, but since
December 1st the downtown Port-au-Prince national prison has been off
limits to family members and most outsiders. The government admits,
however, that of the 1100 held in the prison when the riot occurred, only
17 were convicted of any crimes. Hundreds of the detainees still
languishing in the
overcrowded cells are Lavalas activists, including the elected Prime
Minister Yvon Neptune and numerous senators.
Inside the women's Petionville prison I meet two prominent political
prisoners: internationally acclaimed folk music singer, So anne and the
former head of the Haitian Senate, Yvon Feulle. So anne is a feisty
70-year-old who brings the music of Haiti to the world and is also a
political organizer committed to improving the lives of ordinary people in
the poorest country of the Americas.
She says, incredibly cheerfully, that she has been behind bars without
charge since May 10th when U.S. marines barged into her house at 1 in the
morning. The marines killed two dogs and arrested everyone, including a
couple of children. Seven months after her arrest So ane is defiant. She
flexes her arm muscles and shouts out "they won't intimidate me."
Port-au-Prince stretches up a mountain from a Caribbean bay. The higher up
one climbs the wealthier the neighborhood. At the top is Petionville where
the latest SUVs are on display and Western banks are never far away.
Luxurious mansions line the peak looking out over the city of two million.
But even in Petionville poverty is rampant. At a sprawling market hundreds
of women "entrepreneurs" spend their days selling inventories of a few
dozen small candies and other products that would take up a few inches of
shelf space in a Canadian dollar store.
I visit SOPUDEP school, which educates hundreds of children whose parents
are unable to pay even a tiny fee. Demand for the school rises by the day.
But, I am told, in September Petionville's new (unelected) mayor attempted
to shut the school down. The new mayor associates the school with Lavalas
so she sent in machine-gun wielding police during school hours.
Ultimately the school remained open with the help of outside pressure, but
how long it can continue to operate under these trying circumstances is
open to question.
Fifty feet below the house where I am staying a shantytown begins. One
evening on my way back I lose my direction and find myself in a
neighborhood where it is unclear what is dwelling and what is burned out
car or pile of garbage.
It's scary but I am even more fearful of what growing up here must be
like, because children are jumping from rock to rock in the desolate
landscape. How to help?
Canada is not helping by siding with the rich against the poor, said So
anne, the folksinger.
If outside forces would just respect our democracy and give us aid we can
improve our country, said Boliere the former mayor.
The Aristide government cut the illiteracy rate from 80 per cent to 50 per
cent said my host. Poor people understood the government was on their side
- that's why Aristide is so popular to this day.
I just want to believe a better life is possible, said Jeremy. Can you
offer us that?

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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Haiti, Venezuela.

The Haitian Intifada: A Story of politics from black and white, high and low by Stan Goff

The Haitian Intifada: A Story of politics from black and white, high and low by Stan Goff part two

Against all Odds: Haitians Protest Illegal Regime, Foreign Occupation

Venezuelan Authorities 'Intervene' In British Cattle Ranch

Chavez: Colombian Police Lied to its President

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Monday, January 10, 2005

Oh Canada, tsk, tsk, tsk.

Canada Plays Big Role In Propping Up Haiti Regime

Wealthy Nations Give Haiti under Dictatorship Aid Denied Democracy

Venezuela's Possible Black Golden Future

A military-governmental-industrial conspiracy concerning Canada's new ambassador to the USA

Latin America in Transformation

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Sunday, January 09, 2005

What else is new?

UN works to squash followers of Aristide in Haiti

Torture and International Human Rights a discussion

The Other, Man-Made Tsunami

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Saturday, January 08, 2005

It's been a few days...

Silencing the Present in Haiti

UN occupies Bel-Air in Haiti

Guatemala: The Crown Prince of Central America's Drug Trafficking

Affirmative Action, Cuban Style How Cuba is training new doctors.

Is the FTAA Dead, or Just Resting? from Murray Dobbin.

"It's a Strategic Plan" - The Cuban-Venezuelan Accord

CNN never uses 'insurgents' to describe Venezuela's violent, US-financed rebels.

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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Haiti, Cuba and Venezuela

Why are the Impoverished and Disenfranchised Haitian People Being forced to Pay?

Haiti: Deja Vu

Iraq and Haiti: If Elections can Happen in Iraq, Why Not Haiti?

Cuba Confronts the New Bush Administration

Land Reform in Venezuela

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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Another day and there are stories not related to the tsunami.

Choice: The Henry Morgentaler Story Jan. 5 on CTV at 9PM.

Canada Goes to Hell by Mark Morford

Haiti de factos try bribing disgruntled former soldiers

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Monday, January 03, 2005

January 3, 2005

Colombia in 2004 by Justin Podur

Venezuela's 'Bolivarian Revolution' Continues Despite U.S. Resistance

Venezuela's Public Administration to Use Open Source Software

Haiti: Blood, Faith and Tears. Democracy is not just a word.

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