As I peruse the the media and blogs on the Internet for news about Haiti, one thing is constant. No one mentions the US-backed coup of 2004 in which the democratically-elected president was kidnapped. In its aftermath, at least 8,000 Haitians were massacred by a US-installed illegal government and a UN peacekeeping operation that occupies Haiti only because of US deceit and strong-arming in the UN Security Council.
Haiti is an ongoing atrocity of the US’ making and we should know more about than we do.
So, I would like to share some information sources and a clip from a documentary film. First, the sources:
–Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti This site provides extensive background on human rights abuses and serious historical/political context.
–Haiti Action provides news and analysis and extensive investigative reports.
-For on the ground reporting on Haiti, check out the BLOG of a young Haitian freelance reporter, Wadner Pierre.
-Two recent books provide an in-depth look into the coup and its aftermath. The first is Randall Robinson’s “Unbroken Agony: From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President.”The second is a book which will come out in April 2008, Peter Hallward’s, “Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment.”
Now, the documentary clip below is from Kevin Pina’s film, “Haiti: The UNtold Story” which chronicles the coup and its bloody aftermath. It is an expose of a plan to “reduce” the number of Aristide supporters through executions and massacres by the Haitian National Police and the UN Peacekeeping force. Pina’s newest film about this issue is “Haiti: We Must Kill the Bandits,” and includes the footage you are about to see. The clip is a little under 7 minutes.
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