Haiti in the spotlight
ISLA receives news on Haiti from a variety of sources that we would
like to share with you. Some of these sources are too biased to be
credible and we have not included them here. Nevertheless, we have
culled web addresses that reflect a broad range of viewpoints and, to
their credit, often include information on issues largely eschewed by
the mainstream press. One fascinating article we received recently
documented Cuban medical aid to Haiti. The article is available for
viewing at www.un.org/News/briefings/docs/2004/CanadaPressCfc.doc.htm
. Human Rights Watch posted “Haiti Security Vacuum in North” accessible
The article focuses on journalists trying to cover the coup.
For a full-fledged Haiti web-site visit the Haiti Support Group site.
According to the information on the site, the group was established in
1992. Their web-site has information ranging from cultural news and
events, to current political coverage. You can also subscribe to their
publication (archives on-line), “Haiti Briefing,” which tends to be
thematic, delving into topics such as labor rights. The Haiti
Support Group’s web-site is located at www.haitisupport.gn.apc.org.
Haiti Reborn of the Quixote Center issues the Haiti Report, via email.
The most current report, from March 20, 2004, included articles on
Aristide’s arrival in Jamaica, the new Haitian government, disarmament
and U.S. involvement in the coup. You can receive the Haiti Report by
Lastly, an interview with Camille Chalmers, Executive Secretary of
PAPDA, arrived from Jubileo Sur. You can contact Jubileo Sur at firstname.lastname@example.org. ISLA
will translate the Chalmer’s interview and post it in the Special Reports segment of our
Another country suffering from various forms of U.S. intervention is
Venezuela. While ISLA’s monthly publication carried extensive coverage
of U.S. involvement in the April 2002 aborted coup; coverage of the
subtler forms of intervention currently underway is a rarity in the
U.S. press. Exceptions are important and we advise people to take a
look at a Wall Street Journal article appearing in our May 2003 issue.
Most recently, an article by Frances Robles of the Miami Herald
appeared in our February 2004 issue. He quotes one of the opposition
pollsters as saying “Chavez is pouring money on the streets.
Meanwhile, the opposition has three million people in it’s pocket-…”
Later, in an article from February 21, Robles elaborates on what else
the opposition has in its pocket. Contrary to the stand alone image
projected in his previous article, Robles now establishes that the
Venezuelan opposition receives generous funding from the United States.
Nevertheless, the Robles article pales in comparison to an article by
Bill Berkowitz appearing on AlterNet.org. Berkowitz’s three-page expose
provides some of the best documentation available on U.S. support for
the Venezuelan opposition and can be accessed at www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?.itemid=16547.