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29196: Ferdinand (reply) Morse Pacifica Interview Kolbe/Sprague (fwd)

From Anna Ferdinand

The problem I found with this whole story, aside from not disclosing either
the name that she has gone by in Haiti, or her ties, is the dogmatic
right/left attitude that Richard refers to in his post.  I listened to the
Pacifica interview with both Sprague and Kolbe/Duff and was appalled that
the interviewer never alluded to either the former byline Lynn Duff, or the
fact that she once worked for Pacifica.  If you try to stuff the problematic
issues surrounding an issue you want you to push, it will only come back to
haunt you.  This form of media practice only disserves their mission by not
following basic ethical guidelines.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-haiti@lists.webster.edu [mailto:owner-haiti@lists.webster.edu]
On Behalf Of Bob Corbett
Sent: Saturday, September 16, 2006 4:17 AM
To: Bob Corbett's Haiti list
Subject: 29184: Morse (comment) Charles Arthur/Left v. Right (fwd)


I've known Charles Arthur for quite a few years. We're not really drinking
buddies but we've had our extended conversations during different regimes
in Haiti. If I were to describe Charles, I would say that he transends
politics which are stuck in the quagmire of "left vs right". I get the
that a lot of people are only defending the notion of "left" or "right". For

instance some one defending the Left may turn a blind eye when it's the Left

thats burning down radio stations or attacking journalists. Just the same as

some one from the Right finds a justification in "repression works"
Charles on the other hand doesn't seem to like dictatorial policies from the

Left or Right. He always seems to be defending Haitian Workers against the
and the right. If some one were to tell me that Charles Arthur was involved
threatening peoples lives, I wouldn't believe them. Plain and simple. It
take a lot more than a letter on the internet or some
  one saying there's a police investigation for me to believe that Charles
Arthur isn't a noble person.

As far as the notion that 8000 people were killed during Latortue's 2 years
(thats 11 people a day, 330 people a month, for 24 months), I have a hard
swallowing that. No one else has those kind of figures. No one. The fact
there's a new "guestimate" proceedure thats given us these numbers (not to
mention some one who uses a second identity to quote herself) makes it even
harder to digest. I'm not pro Latortue by any means. I think he's a bum and
I've said it before. I had band members arrested at my hotel with no
with no nothing, for no reason, during Latorture. Heavily armed, masked
policemen parading inside the hotel intimidating my guests. I'm not saying
any means that I was at the front lines, but i do know for a fact that a lot
people left Belair, not when Latortue came to power, but when Aristide
using his gangs as his policing force.

You lawyers and spin doctors can sit in California or Miami or wherever it
you're from and write all the crap you want and if you convince some people
that what you're saying is the truth, well then you're worth every bit of
your getting paid to say what you say and may God Bless you and may you
continue to forever enjoy your rights of Freedom of Speech which both the
and the Right, here in Haiti, have tried to greatly curtail.

Richard Morse
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