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#4651: COHA press release: Chamberlain comments (fwd)
From: Greg Chamberlain <GregChamberlain@compuserve.com>
> (By Reed Lindsay and Zsombor Peter, Research Associates)
> The Council on Hemispheric Affairs, founded in 1975,
> is an independent, non-partisan and tax exempt research
> and information organization. It has been described on
> the floor of the Senate as being "one of the nationís most
> respected bodies of scholars and policy makers."
Well, you could've fooled me, and I'm sure many others.
This kind of partisan rant, replete with all the politically-
correct language and failure to mention
the startling account the CEP president gave of the
government pressures on him is a sad commentary
on what has been a respected body in the past.
I can't think this "analysis" will persuade anyone.
The authors badly need to take a short course in
The passage below is all the evidence one needs
that the authors understand nothing about small
countries struggling with poverty and institution-
building, and certainly nothing about the present
situation in Haiti.
> Under the Haitian constitution, the CEP is an
> entirely independent agency and the executive
> branch, even if it was anxious to do so, could not
> interfere with its operations.
> ...the opposition, splintered into more than sixty
> political parties, has a miniscule number of
> followers many of them who supported the
> military junta and have taken bribes from various
> sources and...
I have seen a figure of 1.2 million people who
voted for the non-Lavalas parties.
John, I hope you didn't brief these guys. If so,
you should be ashamed of yourself!
Poor Haiti. With guys like these posing as its "friends"...