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Rockin' the Boat: US Roots of the Haitian Coup

Laura Flynn was a personal assistant to Haitian President Aristide from '96-2000. Flynn is now with the Haiti Action Committee, a network of activists who have supported the Haitian struggle for democracy since 1991. She's editor of Eyes of the Heart: Seeking a Path for the Poor in the Age of Globalization, by Aristide..... We spoke 3/3/04 afew days after the coup. While much has happened since then, this interview discusses much of the history up to the present moment....

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In 1804, Haiti became the first black republic to declare its independence when
the nearly half million slaves there revolted
against their French colonial masters, and after a prolonged struggle, won their
freedom. Haiti has been plagued by political violence ever since and it is now
one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Over three decades of
dictatorship followed by military rule ended in 1990 when Jean-Bertrand ARISTIDE
was elected president by a massive majority on promises of social reform. But
just months later, a military coup--funded by the nation’s richest families and
sponsored by the CIA-- forced the democratically elected leader into exile and
signaled a new reign of terror. But in 1994, the U.S. returned Aristide to
power, after he agreed to abandon his planned reforms, give coup leaders a role
in the new regime and accept World Bank and IMF conditions. Aristede won a
second term as president in 2000, after gaining 92% of the vote. The armed
opposition group, FRAPH, the Revolutionary Front for Haitian Advancement and
Progress has in recent weeks crossed into Haiti, taking cities and towns, and
threatening to assassinate Aristede unless he stepped down. Some news outlets
have reported that Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned his office on Sunday. But
TransAfrica Forum founder Randall Robinson told CNN during an interview Monday
afternoon that he'd received a phone call from Aristide -- and the Haitian
leader said that he was "abducted by 20 American soldiers." The armed
insurrection which contributed to unseating President Aristide on February 29th
2004 was the result of a carefully staged military-intelligence operation. How
much was the US involved in destabilizing the Aristide administration which led
to his ouster? Joining us to talk about the situation is Laura Flynn who worked
as a personal assistant to to President Aristide from 1996 to 2000. In 1994,
she coordinated a group of 67 peace activists who served as nonviolent witnesses
during the violence surrounding the coup in Haiti. Flynn is now with the Haiti
Action Committee, a network of activists who have supported the Haitian struggle
for democracy since 1991. She is the editor of Eyes of the Heart: Seeking a Path
for the Poor in the Age of Globalization, by Jean-Bertrand Aristide.....
 
 


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