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New York Times should apologize to Haitians for untruths

Ezili Danto/HLLN Note:

(First posted on WindowsonHaiti)

Below we copy our Jan 30th initial response to the New York Times article, "Democracy Undone: Mixed U.S. Signals Helped Tilt Haiti Toward chaos" By WALT BOGDANICH and JENNY NORDBERG https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/ezilidanto/2006-01/msg00002.html .

While over 1,000 political prisoners waste in indefinite extra-judicial detention in Haiti, which system of corruption and lawlessness is being maintained by the UN over the objections of the Haitian people and masses, the US Embassy, now headed by Haiti Democracy Project's, Timothy M Carney is busy issuing statements about how said interim ambassador and US officials in general have "no say in the internal affairs of Haiti or any other sovereign country." Of course, the hypocrisy, forked tongue and unbelievable untruths of this statement escapes no one. For without US support, Latortue would not be in office in Haiti and neither would over 10,000 Haitians be dead, thousands in exile, countless drowned fleeing the persecution and over 1,000 Lavalas sympathizers and supporters be currently in prison and dying there.

The New York Times article is a start, it at least gives a launching point for more interest in the US corrupting role in Haiti amongst the general world population who customarily take Times coverage as gospel. However, it is also very misleading, even racists, in that it merely scapegoats a Haitian, (Stanley Lucas) working for the State Department, and not the Bush State Department itself or even IRI chairperson, as the primary culprit to undermining Haiti's democracy with Bush regime change. This Haitian-on-Haitian violence line is still used to keep the truth at bay and make non-blacks, like Dean Curran, heroes.

Not to take anything from former Ambassador Brian Dean Curran and his struggle against IRI and other US-funded agency maneuverings to undermine the Aristide administration and the Haitian peoples dream of participatory democracy. I mean, he did LOSE HIS JOB right? But on the scale of justice, on the scale of the right to life, liberty, who lost more? Who fought harder to stop and continues every nanosecond of each breath to fight to stop Bush regime change in Haiti, and its violent consequences on the fabric of the Haitian soul, psyche, body - present and future? Brian Curan works for NATO now, where are the people of Site Soley, Solino, Bel Air, et al, working? How are they living, as they pass through UN checkpoints and duck UN bullets, zinglindo bullets and the newly constructed Haitian (out of the old FRAPH and FAD'H) police, bullets?

When will the Times tell us, emphasize for the world, what OUR PEOPLE, what the Haitian masses, have lost because of IRI sort of aid programs to Haiti?

Given the cast of US Ambassadors and reps in Haiti, before and after Brian Curran, is there really a white US hero in this lawlessness, this US-manufactured Haitian travesty? Trust the mythmakers to find one, make one. But, in truth, that's their prerogative. Fact is, we at HLLN know some heroes for Haitian rights, dignity, recognition and respect in Haiti. And they are either dead, unable to be heard or in prison!!!!

Again, it's not that I am not appreciative of the current article, but it still manages to spin the story to Haitian vs. Haitian, and mutes the State Department obstructionist, criminal maneuverings.

We Haitians are worthy of the TRUTH.

The best that can be said for the article "Democracy Undone" and its companion documentary piece, is that it begins to engage the larger public and lays the groundwork for further analysis into US destabilizing role in Haiti. But where has the New York Times been???

Isn't their failures, lies and half-truths leading up to the coup d'etat and their total silence about the officially sponsored massacres of the poor as glaring with their Haiti coverage as the big Weapons-of-Mass-Destruction lie that was printed about Iraq? Or, is it that because we are Haitians and black, we should be GRATEFUL for any sort of coverage by gwo moun yo and just shut up????

People may just go ahead and call me strident, or undiplomatic. So be it. I, for one, believe, we, as a people, deserve and are OWED better treatment by the mainstream media with so MUCH influence.

Over 10,000 Haitians are DEAD! Countless in prison, (remember the over 100 prisoner who where shot dead on Feb. 19, 2005, while behind bars, by the Latortue guards, and now are buried in mass graves?). Where was the NY Times then?

Who escorted Guy Phillip into Port au Prince?

Our lives matter.

We Haitians are flesh and blood with just as much right to LIFE as any human being on this planet. Our lives are valuable, not expendable.

It's fine and dandy for the Times to point to Currant as a hero because he identified and fought the Washington Chimeres. But that was in 2003. After then, when he was REPLACED with Foley, how come the Times' (Back channels vs. Policy) analysis STOPS....and most glaring of all, fails to even mention, Foley's replacement, Timothy M Carney. Said Carney, the very (interim?!!!) US Ambassador to Haiti now, is none other than the coup d'etat's most "back channel" Washington heavyweight heading Boulos' Haiti Democracy Project!

Thus, if we use the Times' own theme, own analysis, it's impossible not to come to the conclusion that IRI (or USAID) found Foley more in line with "back channels" than "US policy."

My Haitian peoples are DYING, have lost their sovereignty, because of what the NY TIMES inadequately terms as "back channels." Why center on IRI and NEVER mention it’s funded by USAID, which is THE STATE DEPARTMENT!!!!

Is the State Dept a "back channel??"

Anyway, Haitians are not interested in crumbs or charity from the mainstream media or anyone else. We want JUSTICE. We want the New York Times and the corporate media to TELL THE TRUTH. We Haitians are not INCOMPETENT people incapable of governing ourselves. The Times article is more than we've had, yes.
Extraordinarily so. And, it got near, perhaps 75%-close to telling the truth, but then it stop and spun its tale to fortify white privilege, white myths, as usual. To underscore the great American narrative. Leaving the same bad taste in our Haitian mouths as always: that Haitians are mainly to blame for Haiti's current chaos, insecurity, kidnappings, economic failures. That Guy Phillipe and Stanley Lucas just happen to have the power, that is - the political, media, monetary, diplomatic, intelligence, military, logistical and governmental powers, to take down 9 million Haitians all by theirselves!!! The Time spun wide, but who will know its spining its tale in a way to give Lucas a power he could not have amass without high State Department, Pentagon and Republican and even bi-partisan go-ahead. I mean, the US export democracy, no? Everyone knows that is a GIVEN! The subcontracted Haitians (Category Zero, the Black opportunists) are to blame, while Category One, or, the imperialist, (Bush, the State Department, the failed US Ambassador, IRI, IFES, NED, USAID) have nothing or very little to do with Haiti being a "failed state!"

Yet, if one simply uses the TIMES' own framework here, it's own assertions, it lead to this one TINY but most important-to-Haitians and Haitian-Americans FACT and ADMISSION - when Foley got to Haiti, IRI maneuverings to bring coup d'etat to Haiti had transmuted, become United States official POLICY!!!!

If HLLN doesn't make that unwritten TIMES implication OBVIOUS, who will?

Haitians continue to be massacred, incarcerated, afforded no civil or human rights, right now. We want the Times to treat us like human beings, and know there are consequences to what they choose to write about us - Haitian life, liberty and death consequences!

The corporate media must be made accountable. I claim better treatment for us as a people, a nation, and, simply as sentient beings. That's why HLLN exists.

Below is the e-mail HLLN sent to its Network and listserve on Jan. 30, 2006, responding to the "Democracy Undone" article:

Demand New York Times apology to Haitians for disseminating untruth coining coup d'etat as a "popular uprising" | With NY Times' "Democracy Undone" renew demands for Congressional investigation into US role in Haiti's current lawlessness


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Jafrikayiti (Jan 31, 2006): As usual Ezili, you've read through the crap. Now that the stink they made in Haiti is hard to cover-up, the White supremacist klan and its Uncle Tom crew are busy looking for scapegoats and fake heroes.

This story by the Miami Herald which did not reference Blumenthal's work is only the tip of the iceberg. Here in Canada, we started to witness a sudden willingness of the english language media to interview people like myself and others who were before the coup pointing to the works of IRI to destabilize and overthrow the democratic system in Haiti.

At the World Social Forum the other day, I took the opportunity to confer the to the participants that Haiti's problem is not a lack of "aid" - or like the NGO "experts" like to argue, that the 0.7% promised by the "first world" is not being disbursed or other non-sense of the sort. It is time that we stop this hypocrisy.

The solution to Haiti's problem is REPARATIONS. The damage caused to this nation MUST BE REPARED. Whether it is the 500 old damage or the damage caused by the latest multinational coup and kidnapping organized by the U.S., France and Canada on behalf of and with the white supremacist klan of Haiti represented by Charles Baker, Andre Apaid and Reginald Boulos who are demented enough to dream of recreating Rhodesia in the middle of 2004.

I am glad to inform you that among the media that were there, one sister from the U.S. asked me about the role that black opportunists played in this nightmare going on in Haiti and we had an opportunity to discuss your vailliant efforts within the HLLN to expose the likes of Ron Daniels and his connections with the coup plotters while he was at the same time pretending to be working for Haitian sovereignty and democracy. As I indicated in the interviewI gave her, it is with sadness that I had come to the conclusion that those among us who sell out, like Daniels, must be exposed with the rigour you and the HLLN have always shown. Because, truly, every time we fail to expose these "brothers", the klan knows it can and will use them to further its agenda.

So, yes, while the mainstream media is trying to present old information about the obvious and well documented involvement of foreign criminals in the 2004 coup, let us help them crack the door wide open so most of the truth might fly out.


"Haiti, like Africa, has plenty of self-appointed "friends", but what she demands and deserves is JUSTICE !"

Makendal (Feb 02, 2006): Thank you both for shedding the light of truths to the world. It is imperative that all views be known and that the masses formulate their own decisions with the proper tools at their mental disposal.

I read both postings with earnest and although Haiti may be at it's darkest hour, she has been there before and emerged. Nou tout ap travay...and all roads will lead to Haiti and democracy.


Feb. 3, 2006 New York Times Editorial: No Help to Democracy in Haiti (First posted on WindowsonHaiti)

The NYT editorial copied below identifies Stanley Lucas' employers, powerful Republican and 2008 Republican presidential hopeful, Senator John McCain, IRI chairman and the Bush Adminstration, as undermining Haiti's fledging democracy. But the editorial falls short in not pointing out how USAID's current "pacification" programs are consolidating the IRI obstructions and will work to deny Haitians free and fair elections next week.

New York Times Editorial: No Help to Democracy in Haiti | February 3, 2006


No Help to Democracy in Haiti

Haiti was a deeply troubled democracy when the Bush administration took office. Now it is an even more deeply troubled nondemocracy. One thing contributed to Haiti's present plight, our colleagues Walt Bogdanich and Jenny Nordberg reported Sunday, was a "democracy building" program financed by the United States government and run by the International Republican Institute.

The I.R.I., whose chairman is Senator John McCain and whose president is a former Bush administration official, is one of four institutes (the others are affiliated with the Democrats, the United States Chamber of Commerce and the A.F.L.-C.I.O.) set up during the 1980's to channel taxpayer dollars toward strengthening democracy in other countries. Congress intended this financing system to move American support for democracy in other countries out of the shrouded world of covert intelligence and into the daylight of political training institutes.

But according to the Times report, which the I.R.I. disputes, much of the Republican Institute's activities in Haiti from 2001 to 2003 were carried out in a shadowy world of secret meetings and efforts to isolate and destabilize the democratically elected government.

Diplomats, including the American ambassador to Haiti in those years, said that the I.R.I. program worked at cross purposes with the State Department's policy of promoting compromise between President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his many powerful opponents. It also undercut mediation efforts that appeared within reach of success.

With all hopes of compromise thwarted, a rebel army led by notorious criminals and cashiered police officers crossed into Haiti from the Dominican Republic and drove President Aristide from office.

He fled on a United States-supplied plane after Washington made it clear to him that it would not protect his life if he remained or defend the democratically elected government.

That was almost two years ago, and Haiti is worse off today. Murder rules the slums of Port-au-Prince, and a United Nations peacekeeping force struggles even to protect itself. Dates for new elections have been repeatedly postponed. The latest date is now set for next week. We hope this begins to undo some of the damage done by the kind of I.R.I. democracy building described in The Times.

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Is the New York Times Feb. 3, 2006 Editorial, "No Help to Democracy" clearer and more unequivocal than the New York Times’ "Democracy Untold" article in pointing out that the Bush Administration's policies and practices were NOT committed to building democracy in Haiti but in fact to undermining it? At least it refrains from reducing US intentional undermining of Haitian democracy simply to “mixed signals.”

But, the damage done by NY Times and similar corporate media slants, spins, half-truths and lies reported about Haiti's elected government, indiscriminately criminalizing Haiti's youths and the entire Lavalas Movement - say from the fall of 2003, their coverage or lack of truthful coverage of the people's demonstrations against the coming coup d'etat, of the state of the foreign-strummed instability, killings, chaos in Haiti during the bicentennial month of January 2004 and throughout the month of Feb. 2004 - is grossly negligent, definitely irreversible if not outright criminal. Not to mention that the damage caused by the eerie corporate media silence and pretexts after the coup d'etat, as the Haitian poor were spun into the chaotic and bloody consequences of Bush/Noreiga/McCain regime change in Haiti, simply cannot be undone or overstated. And, the corporate media has yet to write how USAID "aid programs," after the coup d'etat, from Feb. 20 2004 to the present, have funded and supported a systematic campaign of repression against Lavalas and other popular organizations being executed by the "rebels" (death squads), the new militarized Haitian police force, and the international troops.

The current NYT editorial and Democracy Undone article pointing to what was going on in 2003 with IRI "aid programs" is a little too late for the 100 or so Haitian prisoners slaughtered in Feb. 2005; the poor massacred by US Marines with Haitian "police" and then UN troops with Haitian "police" in Bel Air, Fort National, Site Soley, Martissant, Solino, et al.

For, in simply centering on Brian Curran, who resigned in 2003, the New York Times still has three years of truthful reporting on USAID/IRI "aid programs" to cover for their readers.

But this, when they get to it, won't help, in general, Haitians whose lives and liberty, perhaps could have been spared, if the truth about U.S. corrupting influence in Haiti and the reign of abuse and impunity it helped bring forth, had been contextualized and written about sooner (not almost 2 years later) by the influential corporate mainstream papers. See, Lucson Pierre-Charles' “Haiti After the Press Went Home: Chaos Upon Chaos” dated July 21, 2004 http://www.counterpunch.com/pierre06212004.html , and President Thabo M'beki's "After the Press went home" http://www.anc.org.za/ancdocs/anctoday/2004/at29.htm#preslet and http://www.sourcewatch.org/wiki.phtml?title=Talk:Stanley_Lucas, and what we at HLLN have pointed at in countless essays before and since the bicentennial coup d'etat.

For over a DECADE now, HLLN, has been writing about how U.S. “aid” monies funds dependency, contains Haiti in poverty and undermines Haiti's efforts at democracy and domestic development.

But it’s not only HLLN that has talked about how U.S. "aid" underdevelops Haiti.

Tons of books have been written about how foreign debt and “aid monies" underdevelops the developing nations and serves as the blueprint for colonialism. I've written right here on this forum, many years ago, how that blueprint started in Haiti with the 1825 French “indemnity" (embezzlement/ Independence Debt) and then how the endless debt tool first field-tested in Haiti, was, forevermore used elsewhere, by the Western nations, to covertly render dependent and for the former colonial masters, to stealthily compromise and undermine their former colony's sovereignty after independence.

Systematic use of U.S. funds in Haiti

If the New York Times wrote the entire truth about Haiti, they would not only center on IRI (The International Republican Institute), but point out that the clear history of USAID’s programs in Haiti, since USAID got to Haiti decades ago, shows a systematic U.S. policy of supporting anti-democratic groups, like Haiti’s wealthy few and their neoliberal economic interests. They would mention the current U.S. “pacification programs” suppressing the poor majority designed and funded by USAID. They would mention how USAID programs literally starves Haitians into more misery than not.

For example, in 1997, the group "Grassroots International" said that aid programs in Haiti where systematically undermining both democracy and food security in Haiti.

When will the New York Times point out that there are U.S. “aid programs” beyond “democracy enhancement” programs that also violate Haiti’s human rights, destroys Haitian self-reliance, stability, rule of law and domestic economy?

USAID Pacification Programs:

How can the New York Times - this Feb. 3, 2006 editorial - begin to redress the damage done to Haiti's peoples and dreams of democracy by its previous shoddy reporting? When even now, no NY Times article has yet to specifically point out how, currently, I mean, right this minute in Haiti, USAID designed and funded “transition initiatives,” otherwise known as USAID’s “pacification programs,” are undermining the hope for a return to the rule of law and a Constitutional democracy in Haiti. By attempting to legitimize the coup - helping to consolidate its bloody reign with exclusionary elections, sham elections? (See, Haiti's Biometric Elections: A High-Tech Experiment in Exclusion by Andréa Schmidt, http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?ItemID=8865;
The Elections Game is On by Justin Podur
and US and UN are not Qualified to Teach Haitians about Democracy by Marguerite Laurent at http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/Norforsale.html#notqualified ; Two Faced in Haiti by Justin Podur
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=55&ItemID=8850 ;
and COHA: Haiti – And You Call This an Election? http://tinyurl.com/cetkj )

When will the New York Times, and the corporate media, in general, write about how such USAID “aid programs” have worked hand-in-hand with the corrupt “police force” and politicized Ministry of Justice to suppress the poor majority in Haiti, their right to demonstrate against the de facto regime, their freedom of speech and association? These USAID pacification programs, like the one with the International Organization for Migration, funded by U.S. taxpayers, are, as I write these lines, abusing Haitian human rights, civil rights, cultural rights. These USAID “pacification programs” are intended, like the IRI, NED, IFES, et al “democracy enhancement” programs, to oppress the Haitians masses. These programs, such as the camp-for-peace, the soccer games et al, have been used to intimidate protestors, demobilize the grassroots protesting the killings in the poor neighborhoods, transform the warehousing of community activists into indefinite detention, and to empower the wealthy elites and uphold the Boca Raton regime. ( See, “USAID boasts “success” with pacification program in Haiti” by Kevin Skerrett; October 10, 2005 http://www.zmag.org/content/print_article.cfm?itemID=8906&sectionID=1).

Where is the New York Times reporting of these sorts of USAID abusive “aid” projects? Is it a legitimate U.S. bi-partisan objective to fund aid programs in Haiti that are specifically intended to reduce the size of anti-government demonstrations and/or cast aspersions on the legitimacy of the peaceful protestors to the Boca Raton regime? When will the New York Times and other mainstream corporate media write an expose on these "pacification” sort of USAID aid programs in Haiti?

In fact, let’s go further and point out, EMPHASIZE, how the United States government and U.S. NGOs "aid programs" in Haiti, not only undermine Haiti’s democracy, our peoples human and civil rights, Haiti’s sovereignty, security, stability but our peoples' very physical existence. For, there are also U.S. “aid programs,” right now in Haiti, undermining food security in Haiti. (See, for instance, Feeding Dependency, Starving Democracy: USAID Policies in Haiti, by Grassroots International http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/43a/597.html )

What the U.S. “aid programs” does to Haiti is not new: IT KEEPS HAITI THE POOREST IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. When will the New York Times cover that obvious story, keep it as the contextual backdrop for reporting on Haiti's plight?

When will the mainstream media tell the entire truth about how U.S. policy and practices in Haiti brings death, dependency, endless debt, foreign domination and destruction; that it is not that Haitians are incapable of governing themselves, but that they have some very powerful, brutal and implacable Euro/U.S. enemies, who have proven over and over again, for over two long centuries and three hundred years of slavery before then, that they will stop at nothing to deny Haitians the right to live free and prosperous lives.

Marguerite Laurent, Esq.
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
Feb. 3, 2006






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