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Reparations or Justice
John Maxwell, March 4, 2007
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Africa: In Solidarity with Site Soley by Jacques Depelchin

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"...From the viewpoint of the discoverers, terror is only terror when it terrorises them, their descendants or their friends...
(Africa: In Solidarity with Site Soley by Jacques Depelchin).




Jean Jacques Dessalines, said, "I Want the Assets of the Country to be Equitably Divided" and for that he was assassinated. That was the first coup d'etat, the Haitian holocaust - organized exclusion of the masses, misery, poverty and the impunity of the economic elite - continues (with Feb. 29, 2004 marking the 33rd coup d'etat). Haiti's peoples continue to resist the return of despots, tyrants and enslavers who wage war on the poor majority and Black, contain-them-in poverty through neocolonialism' debts, "free trade" and foreign "investments;" These neocolonial tyrants refuse to allow an equitable division of wealth, excluding the majority in Haiti from sharing in the country's wealth and assets.
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Does the Western economic model and calculation of economic wealth fit Haiti, fit Dessalines' idea of wealth? No!
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Destabilization of Haiti is no surprise
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Dessalines Is Rising!!
Ayisyen: You Are Not Alone!


 

 

 

 


Open Letter to the Little Girl in the Yellow Sunday Dress
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Ezili Dantò's Response to Stu
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At least 10 people died and 20 were wounded Friday in a Un peace-keeping operation in Haiti's capita, Port-au-Prnce, a UN official said

"They came here to terrorise the population," said Rose Martel, a slum
dweller, referring to the police and UN troops. "I don't think they really killed the bandits, unless they consider all of us as bandits."
(regarding UN assault on Dec. 22, 2006 on Site Soley residents)- Reuters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"...The collective and severe punishment which followed 1804 is in line with the syndrome of discovery, which can be stated as follows: discoverers shall always be discoverers, and should discovered ones discover anything, especially something universally acceptable such as emancipation, they shall be put back in their place. In the case of the slaves overthrowing slavery in Haiti, the virulent vengeance of the response has not abated, two centuries after the event. Indeed, the arsenal has grown bigger, multi-headed, more sophisticated...

From the viewpoint of the discoverers, terror is only terror when it terrorises them, their descendants or their friends. Never, or so it seems, are they willing to imagine the terror which was experienced by the anonymous couple which, on any day in the 18th century, somewhere on one of those slave routes to the atlantic, armed mercenaries coming out of nowhere kidnapped them in the middle of the night and dragged them, screaming and crying at the same time..."
Africa: In Solidarity with Site Soley by Jacques Depelchin
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"...These poor people are being punished because they have the audacity to hold a huge MIRROR to the face of hypocrites who come to lecture them about democracy with machine guns in their hands....It is a KNOWN FACT that the POLICE IS A CORNESTONE OF THE KIDNAPPING INDUSTRY." Jean (Jafrikayiti) St. Vil speaking out on the December 22nd Massacre in Site Soley, Dec. 30, 2006

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Reparations or Justice? by John Maxwell
Jamaican Observer,
Sunday, March 04, 2007 (Goto:Full article)

...The crime continues

The argument about reparations for slavery seems to me to have been conducted
on a one-dimension and unreal plane. The main argument appears to be that the
slave-owning countries ought to pay damages for the crime of slavery. This
ignores an enormous area of injustice and would seem to forgive, a priori,
crimes against humanity, and specifically black humanity, which continue even
more ferociously, to this day.

Look next door to Haiti, for instance, which is routinely libelled by the
unthinking as 'one of the dark corners of the world', to use Mr Bush's
elegant nomenclature.

If Haiti is a 'dark corner of the world' there is no question that it has
been made so by genocidal policies originally conceived centuries ago and
relentlessly reinforced and modernised and enforced to this day.

Haiti is demonised for violence, vodou and what the more genteel racists term
'haplessness'. Haplessness is a disease of rape victims: they bring rape on
themselves and therefore deserve neither consideration nor justice.

Even those who consider themselves sympathetic to Haiti appear to find it
impossible to dispel the miasma of lies and disinformation originated by
Thomas Jefferson and the slave-owning leaders of the infant United States and
perpetuated in song and story to this day.

Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold's Ghost, depicts in that book one
area of the lethal racism of the Europeans in the late 19th and early 20th
centuries, in the Congo. He might be expected to be less prejudiced about
Haiti than most. In a review of a new (2004) biography of Toussaint
L'Ouverture Hochschild says:

"When the slaves there rose up in 1791, they sent shock waves throughout the
Atlantic world. But the rebels did more than win. In five years of fighting,
they also inflicted a humiliating defeat on a large invasion force from
Britain, which, at war with France, wanted to seize this profitable territory
for itself. And later they did the same to a vast military expedition sent by
Napoleon, who vainly tried to recapture the colony and restore slavery.
The long years of race-based mass murder (which included a civil war between
blacks and gens de couleur, as those of mixed race were known) left more than
half the population dead or exiled and Haiti lives with that legacy of
violence still. Seldom have people anywhere fought so hard for their freedom."

But, as some angry Haitians have pointed out, Hochschild makes the mistake
dozens of Eurocentric critics of the Haitian revolution have made: he
ascribed the success of the revolution entirely to Toussaint. Toussaint's
demeanour contrasts so starkly with that of Haiti's real liberator,
Dessalines. To the Europeans Toussaint was the 'Noble Savage'. Dessalines was
simply, a savage.

Marguerite Laurent, chair of the Haitian Lawyers' Leadership Council
describes the now official Haiti narrative: " Adam Hochschild regales us with
tales of luxury in colonial Haiti and conveys, in various cumulative ways,
how particularly horrific and savage the Haitian Revolutionary war was (more
than, I would suppose the French and American ones were perhaps) and how
Haiti used to be "the most lucrative European colony in the world" but that
today "most Americans think of Haiti as a wasteland of repeated coups and
dire poverty, which hundreds of thousands of desperate refugees are willing
to risk their lives in small boats to escape."

"As soon as I read the title, much less the opening lines, I knew what was
coming: that old self-serving and warped story about how violent Haitians
are, how they won, in combat, against the then most powerful nations on earth
(French, British, Spain) because disease and pestilence killed-off the
Europeans and how their 200-year history so far ONLY shows that Blacks simply
can't govern themselves without white guidance and "civilisation."

"Adam Hochschild doesn't say this typical drivel outright, but that, in
essence, is the gist of his article entitled: "Birth of a Nation - Has the
bloody 200-year history of Haiti doomed it to more violence?"

Laurent continues: "...the partisan view that "Haiti is violent and was
doomed at birth" is the typical point of view sold as TRUTH for generations -
for no less than 200 years and five months to be exact, to an already
well-conditioned-to-believe-Black-is-innately-violent US public. First off,
according to white supremacy doctrines, Haiti wasn't even supposed to exist
much less still be barely surviving and today meriting the attention of not
one, but three of the most powerful Western troops on earth to be on its soil
to demobilise and disenfranchise its people once again."

Laurent also wonders why the French extorted at gunpoint 125 million gold
francs for its losses in Haiti while it sold to the United States for one
tenth that price The Louisiana Purchase - an area equal in size to the then
United States.

A chronic allergy

Ben Dupuy, Secretary General of the Haitian Parti Populaire National - PPN -
told President Aristide after the first coup against him in 1994:
"With friends like the US, we don't need enemies."

Or, as the renowned American medical anthropologist and physician Dr Paul
Farmer says:

"The US government has a chronic allergy to Haitian Democracy."
Dr Farmer has lived and worked in Haiti for nearly three decades and in the
words of his biographer, Tracy Kidder (Mountains Beyond Mountains, Random
House) he is 'A man who would cure the world". At this moment, I believe, Dr
Farmer is in Rwanda, trying to do there what he has done and is doing in
Haiti, treating the sick and training people to take care of themselves. In
his other lives he is busy devising treatments for HIV/AIDS and
drug-resistant tuberculosis, among other things.

Farmer says "The idea that some lives matter less [than some others] is the
root of all that's wrong with the world." Farmer has written extensively and
eloquently on Haiti and its suffering, the result of what Farmer calls
'structural violence" - the constant and unacknowledged persecution of the
poor by the economic systems which govern them. In one of his books,
Pathologies of Power he tells, in simple, unemotional language, the stories
of the suffering of his Haitian patients.

"When in 1991 international health and population experts devised a "human
suffering index" by examining several measures of human welfare ranging from
life expectancy to political freedom, 27 of 141 countries were characterised
by "extreme human suffering." Only one of them, Haiti, was located in the
Western hemisphere. In only three countries on earth was suffering judged to
be more extreme than that endured in Haiti; each of these three countries was
in the midst of an internationally recognised civil war."

At the beginning of his book, Pathologies of Power, Farmer tells the story of
two Haitians, a young woman named Acéphie who died of AIDS and a young man
named Chouchou Louis tortured to death by the army.

According to Farmer "Little about Acéphie's story is unique; I have told it
in some detail because it brings into relief many of the forces restricting
not only her options but those of most Haitian women. Such, in any case, is
my opinion after caring for hundreds of poor women with AIDS. Their stories
move with a deadly monotony: young women-or teenage girls-fled to
Port-au-Prince in an attempt to escape from the harshest poverty; once in the
city, each worked as a domestic; none managed to find the financial security
that had proven so elusive in the countryside.

The women I interviewed were straightforward about the nonvoluntary aspect of
their sexual activity: in their opinions, poverty had forced them into
unfavourable unions. Under such conditions, one wonders what to make of the
notion of "consensual sex." After reading Farmer I ask: Under such
conditions, one wonders what to make of the notion of consensual
globalisation?

Africans and the slave trade
In the early 16th century, the Portuguese landed on the coast of what is now
Angola, and humbly petitioned the ruling monarch, the Manikongo, Nzinga
Mbemba, for permission to trade. The Portuguese made elaborate promises of
foreign aid and technical assistance - they would supply artisans and
teachers as their part of the bargain which allowed them access to his
Kingdom's markets .

The Manikongo converted to Christianity and changed his name to Affonso.
Soon, he began to realise he had been tricked and wrote to his fellow
sovereign, John of Portugal, urging him to control the behaviour of his
agents. According to Affonso the Portuguese had " set up shops with goods and
many things which have been prohibited by us, and which they spread
throughout our Kingdoms and Domains in such an abundance" that they had
effectively bought the loyalty of Affonso's vassals and subjects.

Worse than that, "the merchants are taking every day our natives, sons of the
lands and the some of noblemen and vassals and our relatives, because the
thieves and men of bad conscience grab them wishing to have the things and
wares of this Kingdom which they are so ambitious of; they grab them and get
them to be sold; and so great is the corruption and licentiousness that our
country is being completely depopulated, and you Highness should not agree
with this nor accept it as in your service."

King John's agents, better armed and organised than Affonso, tried to murder
him and succeeded in killing one of his successors, Antonio I. They broke up
the kingdom into a number of small vassal states which formed part of what
later became Angola and the Congo. Then they began the wholesale capture and
exportation of Africans as slaves.

Those who blame the Africans for selling their brothers into slavery have
accepted the official European narrative of Africa as they accept the
official European/American narrative of Haiti. That is as accurate as saying
that Joseph Mobutu and Jonas Savimbi, both friends of Ronald Reagan and the
United States, represented modern Africa.

As I have said before, globalisation is simply another name for slave society
in the 21st century. The poor, as in New Orleans and Port au Prince and Port
Antonio are forced to accept the dictates of the rich. The alternative is
rebellion and slaughter.

In Haiti, the Americans between 1915 and 1934 completed the ethno-political
division of the society with the invention of an army loyal to the élite
white and 'high-yaller' clients of United States, as in The Dominican
Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the rest of Latin
America.

The repression continues today in Cite Soleil and everywhere else. The death
squads of Central America are not expressions of popular sentiment. They are
the enforcers of globalisation.

Jean Bertrand Aristide, like Toussaint a peace-loving patriot, was like
Toussaint, kidnapped and flown abroad to exile and would, if Bush had had his
'druthers' perished like Toussaint in a dungeon far away from home.

Meanwhile the world accepts the Authorised Version of Civilisation. King
Leopold and George Bush had the same civilising mission, bringing the
blessings of Christianity and Freedom (Reg US PatOff.) to the dark corners of
the world. Leopold's crusade in the Belgian Congo reduced the population of the Congo by 10 million between 1880 and 1920.

Jan Vansina, professor Emeritus of History and Anthropology at the University
of Wisconsin who made the estimate, said the Congo lost one-half of its
population in those 40 years. If we compare that estimate to the European
estimates of the effects of the slave trade, we must begin to realise that
either Leopold was even more brutal than the slave traders, or that someone
has made a huge mistake somewhere.

That sort of controversy is par for the course of civilisation. The
civilisation/globalisation of Iraq has either cost two thirds of a million
lives according to the medical doctors or about 35,000, according to the
spin-doctors.

And how many angels can dance on the head of a peon?
Copyright ©2007 John Maxwell
jankunnu@gmail.com
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See also:
On Dessalines and Toussaint, Jafrikayiti, writes:
"...Men like Dessalines and Toussaint do not have equals in U.S. or French
history where so-called revolutions took place only to further entrench
racial slavery and denial of its consequences to this day. For, unlike
Napoleon, Dessalines and Toussaint weren't fighting to steal other people's
resources. Unlike Thomas Jefferson, these illiterate men actually believed it
to be self-evident that all men were created equal...." (See, "Napoleon was
no Toussaint: Spare us the Insult (Adam Hochschild)! by Jean St. Vil
(Jafrikayiti) Haitian Perspectives, Feb. 27, 2007

http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/dupuy.html#spareus (Original
source: http://blog.myspace.com/jafrikayiti )Hochschild's Neo-Colonial Journalism: Response to Adam Hochschild article in
SF Chronicle by Marguerite Laurent |May 30, 2004
http://www.ishmaelreedpub.com/june_2004/art_6_04_laurent.htm

Answers to media questions about Haiti by Marguerite Laurent, Esq.
Chair, The Haitian Lawyers Leadership |March 2, 2004
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/sfbayview.html

Napoleon was no Toussaint: Spare Us The Insult (Mr. Adam Hochschild)! by
Jafrikayiti http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/dupuy.html#spareusEzili Dantò's comments on the Peter Hallward's interviews of Ben Dupuy and
President Aristide
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/dupuy.html#tootolerant

The Legacy of Impunity: The Neoconlonialist inciting political instability is
the problem. Haiti is underdeveloped in crime, corruption, violence, compared
to other nations by Marguerite Laurent, Haitian Perspectives, October 30, 2006
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/impunity.html

Expose The Lies Of The International Community About Haiti, its People and
Resources. Demand The International Coup Detat Countries (France/US/Canada)
and enforcers (UN/OAS) not President Rene Preval, Set All The Political
Prisoners Free, End The UN Military Occupation, began a Humanitarian and true
civil exchange with Haiti; And Return Stolen Haitian Assets
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/expose.html

Tyrants and despots in Haiti dressed up the Internationals (Neocolonialists)
as peacemakers and police "cleansing" Haiti by Ezili Dantò, Haitian
Perspectives, January, 2007 |
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/despots.html

Haitian Nights, Again: Haiti's Children Suffer more under the Bushes'
policies and Colonial Regime Changes by Ezili Dantò
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/despots.html#children

Turning Haiti into a (Penal) Colony: Criminalization of Haiti's Children
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/damocles.html

"I want the assets of the country to be equitably divided" - Jean
Jacques Dessalines
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/kangamundele.html#equity
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Thank You Father Dessalines
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/papadesalin.html#mesiE
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Mesi Papa Desalin (the Kreyol original of the poem "Thank You Father
Dessalines")
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/papadesalin.html#mesi
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Three ideals of Dessalines
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/dessalines.html#3

*What's in a name?
Some names horrify enslavers, tyrants and despots, everywhere...
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/dessalines.html

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Dessalines Is Rising!!
Ayisyen: You Are Not Alone!
Join HLLN's Free Haiti Movement. Plan on sponsoring a May 18, Aug. 14,
July 6 and/or Oct 17th Haiti event in 2007
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/solidarityday/infoforsponsors.html

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- See Expose the lies

- The Legacy of Impunity
(The Neocolonialist inciting political instability is the problem. Haiti is
underdeveloped in crime, corruption, violence, compared to other nations)

"Political security is Haiti biggest problem. It is this political instability that is primarily responsible for the legacy of impunity, endemic poverty and violence in Haiti. This political instability is due to what HLLN calls neocolonialism - the diplomatic, military and economic efforts of the former colonists and enslavers, who with their black opportunists in Haiti, work feverishly to limit Haitian independence and sovereignty, binding Haiti to endless foreign debt, dependency and domination....

- Write your Congressional representatives ask they Support Congresswoman Barbara Lee's H.R. 351: To establish the Independent Commission on the 2004 Coup d'Etat in the Republic of Haiti


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The Western vs Real Narrative on Haiti
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Does the Western economic model and calculation of economic wealth fit Haiti, fit Dessalines' idea of wealth? No!
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No other national group anywhere in the world sends more money home than Haitians living abroad

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Africa: In Solidarity with Site Soley by Jacques Depelchin
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Haitian Nights, Again: Haiti's
Children Suffer More under the Bushes' policies and Colonial Regime changes by Ezili Dantò

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Blowing Away the stereotypes: Site School and student wins top 2006 academic honors in Haiti: Jean Claude Bien Aime, Laureate of Laureates in the 2006 national exams

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Massacre in Haiti by Jafrikayiti
(Jean St. Vil)


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Martin Luther King and the Man on the Road to Cite Soleil : The cry is always the same "we want to be free" by Jafrikayiti (Jean St. Vil)


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Haitian Nights
, the performance poetry piece

- Mixed U.S. Signals Helped Tilt Haiti Toward Chaos By WALT BOGDANICH and JENNY NORDBERG, New York Times, January 29, 2006).


- The Washington Chimères Reloaded by Ezili Dantò

- New York Times should apologize to Haitians for untruths By Ezili Dantò

- New York Times editorial "No help for Democracy" falls short by Ezili Dantò

- Duvalier's bloody Fort Dimanche dungeon-of-death are back in business with a children's prison in Haiti for the first time in Haitian history.


- Open Letter to the Little Girl in the Yellow Sunday Dress

- Children's prison reflects Haiti's woes

-Haiti's Lost Boys

-Slavery on the New Plantation, American Torture Chamber: A Report on Today's Prisons and Jails, Part 1 and Part 2 by Kiilu Nyasha, Guest commentator, The Black Commentator, Feb. 15, 2007

- Turning Haiti into a (Penal) Colony: Criminalization of Haiti's Children, Record 7 million Americans in Justice System

- Cops: America's #1 employment agency goes headhunting

- Africa: In Solidarity with Site Soley by Jacques Depelchin.)

Slavery on the New Plantation, American Torture Chamber: A Report on Today's Prisons and Jails, Part 2 of 2 by Kiilu Nyasha, Guest commentator, The Black Commentator, Feb. 15, 2007

- Record 7 million Americans in Justice System

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Larry Rosin, Head of UN Kosovo Protectorate Moves to Haiti - Veye Yo by Ezili Dantò

- Remembering Kokòt: We shall fight from one generation to the other

The "Response to Stu" from WindowsonHaiti Readers reactions to the Poem is also copied below.)

 

Reference Notes:
Haitian Nights, the performance poetry piece
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/writings/Haitiannights.html


Turning Haiti into a (Penal) Colony:
Criminalization of Haiti's Children


The systemic criminalization of black males in Haiti by the Haiti's
US-imposed Miami government parallels U.S. habits
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/damocles.html

Slavery on the New Plantation, American Torture Chamber: A Report on Today's Prisons and Jails, Part 2 of 2 by Kiilu Nyasha, Guest commentator, The Black Commentator, Feb. 15, 2007

"...From 1995 to 2003, inmates in (U.S.) federal prison for drug offenses have accounted for 49 percent of total prison population growth..." Record 7 million Americans in Justice System

Cops: America's #1 employment agency goes headhunting By Jane Stillwater http://blogspot.com


Tyrants and Despots in Haiti dressed-up by the Internationals (Neocolonialists) as peacemakers and police cleansing Haiti of "terrorists" and "bandits": The UN Security Council sent UN troops to Haiti to support a coup d'etat against Haiti's duly elected government| http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/despots.html#despots

Children's prison reflects Haiti's woes
By Manuel Roig-Franzia | The Washington Post, March 8, 2007
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/despots.html#children

The Crucifixion of Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme by U.N. Troops: A historical
perspective
by Marguerite Laurent| Haitian perspective | April 21, 2005

The Legacy of Impunity: The Neoconlonialist inciting political instability is
the problem. Haiti is underdeveloped in crime, corruption, violence, compared
to other nations
by Marguerite Laurent, Haitian Perspectives, October 30, 2006
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/impunity.html

Expose The Lies
Of The International Community About Haiti, its People and
Resources. Demand The International Coup Detat Countries (France/US/Canada) and enforcers (UN/OAS) not President Rene Preval, Set all the political prisoners free, end the UN military occupation, began a Humanitarian and true civil exchange with Haiti; And Return Stolen Haitian Assets

http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/expose.html


Dessalines Is Rising!!
Ayisyen: You Are Not Alone!

Join HLLN's Free Haiti Movement. Plan on sponsoring a May 18, Aug. 14,
July 6 and/or Oct 17th Haiti event in 2007
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/solidarityday/infoforsponsors.html


Ezili Dantò's comments on the Peter Hallward's interviews of Ben Dupuy and
President Aristide

http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/dupuy.html#tootolerant

Answers to media questions about Haiti by Marguerite Laurent, Esq.
Chair, The Haitian Lawyers Leadership, March 2, 2004
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/sfbayview.html


Shocking Lancet Study: 8,000 Murders, 35,000 Rapes and Sexual Assaults in Haiti During U.S.-Backed Coup Regime After Aristide Ouster

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/31/144231

We Will Fight From One Generation to the Next: Remembering Genevieve 'Kòkòt' Laguerre, her living legacy, Remembering a proud Haitian Continuum | Sept. 9, 2006


Haitians must look outwards together!
Define the current pressing issues of Haiti for ourselves

by Ezili Danto
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/kokot.html#outwards

Open Letter to the Little Girl in the Yellow Sunday Dress
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/writings/littlegirl.html


Ezili Dantò's Response to Stu
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/despots.html#stu


Larry Rosin, Head of UN Kosovo Protectorate Moves to Haiti - Veye Yo" by Ezili Dantò |http://haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=14292&sid=
601ad46a20b62d8a5385b6f1453594bd#14292


Mixed U.S. Signals Helped Tilt Haiti Toward Chaos By WALT BOGDANICH and JENNY NORDBERG, New York Times, January 29, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/29/international/americas/
29haiti.html?ex=1296190800&en=803d683287507b6f&ei=5089New



New York Times should apologize to Haitians for untruths By Ezili Dantò
http://haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=13593&sid=
601ad46a20b62d8a5385b6f1453594bd#13593



New York Times editorial "No help for Democracy" falls short by Ezili Dantò, February 3, 2006 http://haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=
13664&sid=601ad46a20b62d8a5385b6f1453594bd#13664


What White People Feed on is not so eye opening, just typically parasitic, fearful, self-serving, narcissistic and delusional: Ezili Dantò Responding to two racest articles on Haiti


Hochschild's Neo-Colonial Journalism. Response to Adam Hochschild article in SF Chronicle by Marguerite Laurent, May 30, 2004

http://www.ishmaelreedpub.com/june_2004/art_6_04_laurent.htm

Napoleon was no Toussaint: Spare us the insult! by Jean Saint-Vil (Jafrikayiti)
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/dupuy.html#spareus

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Africa: In Solidarity with Site Soley by Jacques Depelchin
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Destabilization of Haiti is no surprise

The Freeport News, Feb. 19,2008

Dear Editor:

Although Toussaint L'ouverture was given all the credit, it was Bookman, a slave sent from Jamaica, who organized the slave revolt in Haiti in 1791, like Nat Turner would attempt in James Town, Virginia, United States, 40 years later.

Explored by Columbus on December 6, 1492, Haiti's native Arawaks fell victims to Spanish rule.

In 1697 Haiti became a French Colony of Saint Dominique, which became a leading sugar cane producer dependent on slaves.

In 1791 an insurrection erupted among the 480,000 slave population in Haiti, resulting in the declaration of independence by Pierre Dominique-Toussaint L'ouverture in 1801.

Napoleon Bonaparte suppressed the independent movement, but it eventually triumphed in 1804 under Jean Jacques Dessaline, who gave the New Nation the Arawak name Haiti. It was the first independent Black Nation in the post-slavery era.

The revolution wrecked Haiti's economy. Years of strife between the light skin mulattos who dominated the economy and the black population, plus dispute with neighbouring Santo Domingo, continued to hurt the nation's development.

After a succession of dictators — such as Dessaline, the ferocious; Christoph Henry; and Souloque, the butcher — bankrupt Haiti accepted a United States Customs receivership from 1905 to 1941. Occupation by United States Marines from 1915 to 1934 brought stability.

Haiti's high population growth made it the most densely populated nation in the hemisphere. In 1949, after four years of democratic rule by President Dumarsis Estime, dictatorship returned under General Paul Magloire, who was succeeded by Francois (Papa doc) Duva-lier's in 1957. Duvalier Secret police ensured political stability by brutal efficiency; his son, Jean Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier, succeeded him as ruler when he died in 1971. Unrest generated by economic crisis forced Baby Doc to flee the country in 1986.

You don't have to be a genius to see the subtle way in which the Republic of Haiti is being undermined; some may say that it is because of a succession of dictators, but the reason is more profound.

Because of Haiti's aggressive history, going all the way back to slavery, powerful nations will continue to keep the Republic of Haiti in check.

That is why among critical thinkers, the destabilization of Haiti is no surprise.

Yours sincerely,

Prince G. Smith
Freeport, Grand Bahama

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Dessalines Is Rising!!
Ayisyen: You Are Not Alone!


"When you make a choice, you mobilize vast human energies and resources which otherwise go untapped...........If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want and all that is left is a compromise." Robert Fritz

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HLLN's controvesy
with Marine
Spokesman
,
US occupiers
Lt. Col. Dave Lapan faces off with the Network
International
Solidarity Day Pictures & Articles
May 18, 2005
Pictures and Articles Witness Project
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Drèd Wilme, A Hero for the 21st Century

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Pèralte Speaks!

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Yvon Neptune's
Letter From Jail
Pacot
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April 20, 2005

(Kreyol & English)
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Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme - on "Wanted poster" of suspects wanted by the Haitian police.
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Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme speaks:
Radio Lakou New York, April 4, 2005 interview with Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme
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The
Crucifiction of
Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme,
a historical
perspective

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Urgent Action:
Demand a Stop
to the Killings
in Cite Soleil

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Sample letters &
Contact info
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Denounce Canada's role in Haiti: Canadian officials Contact Infomation
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Urge the Caribbean Community to stand firm in not recognizing the illegal Latortue regime:

Selected CARICOM Contacts
Key
CARICOM
Email
Addresses
zilibutton Slide Show at the July 27, 2004 Haiti Forum Press Conference during the DNC in Boston honoring those who stand firm for Haiti and democracy; those who tell the truth about Haiti; Presenting the Haiti Resolution, and; remembering Haiti's revolutionary legacy in 2004 and all those who have lost life or liberty fighting against the Feb. 29, 2004 Coup d'etat and its consequences
     
 
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