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6508: Re: 6496: RE: 6281: Haiti Now (fwd)

From: C&C Henrius <carolineislands@hotmail.com>
>From: "Hoover, Julie H." <Hoover@pbworld.com>

>....The negatives
>about Aristide I received came from  the bourgeoisie and the international

I think this is very important to note, especially considering that this 
small segment of Haitian society are the ones who unfortunately hold the 
power to spread whatever negative propaganda that furthers their cause, and 
the US media are far too ready to help, since it also furthers the US goal 
of maintaining the status quo.  One of the posts quoted someone as saying 
how they believe Aristide is aware that the "success" of his presidency 
depends on the support of the Haitian people and his cooperation with the 
international community.  I'm sure he knows this well -- especially after 
the last go around. Besides, how could you *not* understand such a thinly 
veiled threat? The whole situation supports my growing belief that Haiti's 
number one problem is not poverty, lack of democracy, over-population, 
de-forestation or any of the other maladies often named as her downfall.  
Haiti's biggest problem is her proximity to the United States, as most 
anybody in Haiti might agree, except of course that little handful of filthy 
rich who adore their position and are more than thankful for the fact that 
the Lavalas party and the common Haitian whom it represents will never be 
able to truly stand up and take power as long as the US has even one foot 
left in Haiti (which it always will), and as long as US media remain a pawn 
in the hands of politicians and not-so-cleverly disguised Duvalierists who 
have been itching for this for years.  I don't usually 'fouye bouch mwen nan 
zafe politik,' and I will probably get chewed up and spit out for this 
(perhaps by members of groups mentioned above...).  But I am angry, I feel 
helpless and I don't know what to do about it.  We can't even get a letter 
to the editor published!  How in the world are we going to be heard and get 
this speeding train stopped before it finally turns into the full scale 
travesty that's being orchestrated by those in power.  And if we think this 
is bad, just imagine what the Bush administration is going to do with it.

Pulling my hair out.

C. Henrius
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