March 31, 2004

Status of Haiti Delays Economic Negotiations

Trinidad and Tobago Express(03-28)
Jamaica Observer (03-28)

"So intense was behind-the-scenes lobbying from Washington, the Sunday Express was reliably informed that while one Prime Minister felt obliged to refuse to take a telephone call from a Bush administration official, another was aggravated enough to respond with expletives when presented with what was viewed as a virtual ultimatum. "

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March 19, 2004

Inter-American Development Bank Draws Fire on Camisea Development

"Camisea is an environmental disaster and the IDB should stop supporting this nonsense with US taxpayer dollars given the issues of non-compliance"
Jon Sohn of Friends of the Earth.
The project involves:
  • Drilling platforms and pipelines inside a reserve established to protect nomadic indigenous peoples, who lack immunity to common illnesses and are seriously threatened by the project;
  • Pipelines cutting through pristine tropical rainforests, protected areas, indigenous communities and across the Andes to the coast; and
  • A fractionation plant and export loading facility next to an internationally renowned marine reserve.

    A few historical links:

  • March 16, 2004

    Technology and Terror, Two Responses to Globalization

    "We can have our whole global supply chain on the screen at the same time," holding a virtual meeting, explained Nilekani. The room's eight clocks tell the story: U.S. West, U.S. East, GMT, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia.
    As I looked at this, a thought popped into my head: Who else has such a global supply chain today? Of course: Al Qaeda...

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    March 11, 2004

    Sustainable Economic Development in Haiti?

    not much has happened since 1995, when this document was published...

    "...As Haiti confronts extraordinary pressures from USAID, the World Bank, IDB and IMF to reform its economy through structural adjustments, RCH provides a timely example of the kind of project which U.S. corporations are encouraged -- and often funded -- to conduct under the banners of privatization, democracy enhancement and humanitarian assistance.
    Such projects -- wrapped in development rhetoric about creating jobs, ensuring an affordable food supply and improving agricultural production -- raise key questions, not only for the Haitian poor but also for the U.S. citizen whose tax dollar often funds free market enterprises which richly benefit powerful U.S. corporations while further disempowering the peasant majority....


    March 08, 2004

    US Delegation Confirms Aristide Kidnapping

    "'We were refused access to Haiti's president Jean Bertrand Aristides, says a US delegation which has arrived in the Central African Republic to meet with him." I spoke with Sara Flounders today Sunday at 1:47pmEST...

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    March 07, 2004

    Black helicopters in Baghdad

    For those fools who doubted their existance...
    here's an example: and a recent story

    "The police couldn't handle security because there are too few of them," said Abu Amr, a Badr Brigade security guard. "And the US couldn't do it because they don't understand Muslims. Too much of a chance for misunderstandings." American Apache and Black helicopters circled overhead.

    Moslims Analyse Attacks in Iraq

    from AL-AHRAM,
    one of Egypt's oldest newspapers: BAGHDAD
    While American and Iraqi officials fear the Tuesday Ashura attacks on Shias in Baghdad and Karbala will inflame sectarian violence, Shia hostility targets neither Sunnis nor Kurds, but rather Americans, writes Ramsey Al-Rikabi in Baghdad.
    Iraqi police were a rarity in the Kadhemiya district Tuesday morning, stationing themselves away from the main mosque. Kalashnikov- toting local Shia along with members of the Badr Brigade and Mahdi Army, both Shia militias, undertook security near the shrine.

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    March 06, 2004

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    March 05, 2004

    Haitian Rebels Have a History

    Another figure to recently reemerge is Guy Philippe ...who fled Haiti in October 2000 after authorities discovered him plotting a coup ...
    with others trained in Ecuador by US Special Forces during the 1991-1994 coup. Since that time, the Haitian government has accused Philippe of master-minding deadly attacks on the Police Academy and the National Palace in July and December 2001, as well as hit-and-run raids against police stations on Haiti's Central Plateau over the following two years.
    "I believe that this is a group that is armed by, trained by, and employed by the intelligence services of the United States," Said Haiti's legal representative Ira Kurzban of Wednesday's coup.

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    March 04, 2004

    Interview with Aristide Confirms US Coup

    “This is what I call a real coup d’├ętat,” Aristide said. “This is an issue for all African Americans and Africans.”
    “It’s like he is in jail, he said. He said he was kidnapped,” Waters said. She said Aristide had been threatened by U.S. diplomats who reportedly told the Haitian leader that if he failed to leave, Guy Phillippe, the rebel leader, would storm the palace and he would be killed.

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    March 03, 2004

    Roger Noriega and the Haiti Contras

    Dan Carpenter
    Indianapolis Star (03-03)

    An example of the "...Republican Party's diversity and Hispanic outreach, Roger Noriega was the State Department's chief negotiator in efforts to bring a satisfactory resolution to the unrest that threatened the presidency of Jean-Bertrand Aristide...
    ...Noriega has a history, and it fits with the entire sordid history of our relations with Haiti. He was chief of staff for then-Sen. Jesse Helms back when Helms was Aristide's most powerful enemy in the world.

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    March 02, 2004

    Bush Administration Backed the Ouster of Aristide

    Ron Howell
    Newsday (03-01)

    "The departure of Haiti's Jean-Bertrand Aristide is a victory for a Bush administration hard-liner who has been long dedicated to Aristide's ouster, U.S. foreign policy analysts say..."