America de Pie: 3/21/11: Defying U.S., Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide Returns Home


With Increased US Aid, Honduras Militarises Anti-Drug Fight
Written by Thelma Mejía

Headlines for March 21, 2011

from Democracy Now! | Healthcare Reform by (Democracy Now!)

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Monday, Day 114

from The Nation Blogs: Media Fix by Greg Mitchell

Democracy Now! Exclusive Interview with Jean-Bertrand Aristide: If Haiti’s Military is Restored, “We are Headed Back to Misery”

from Democracy Now! | Healthcare Reform by (Democracy Now!)

AristedeplanebuttonFormer Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his family were flown on Friday by the South African government back to their home in Haiti after seven years in exile. Just before their journey, President Obama called South African President Jacob Zuma to try to prevent the trip. But the South African government said it would not bow to pressure, so the Aristides boarded the flight in Johannesburg on Thursday night. Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman was the only reporter to join them on the journey. This is part one of our global broadcast exclusive conversation with Aristide as he flew over the Atlantic Ocean approaching Haiti. “If we decide to go back, when we had an army of 7,000 soldiers controlling 40 percent of the national budget, that would mean we are headed back to misery instead of doing something to move from that misery to poverty with dignity,” Aristide says. [includes rush transcript]

Former President Aristide on His Party’s Exclusion from Haiti’s Election: “Exclusion is the Problem, Inclusion is the Solution”

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ArtistedereturnsbuttonIn this broadcast exclusive, Democracy Now! follows former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide flight’s out from South Africa and his historic return to Haiti after seven years of exile. Aristide returned two days before a delayed presidential runoff election was held on Sunday between pop star Michel Martelly and former First Lady Mirlande Manigat. Special thanks to Hany Massoud, Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Nicole Salazar, K.K. Kean and Kim Ives. [includes rush transcript]

Defying U.S., Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide Returns Home

AmyjoburgIn defiance of the Obama administration, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is headed back to Haiti today for the first time since being ousted in a 2004 U.S.-backed coup. Hours ago, Aristide, his family, and a delegation of supporters boarded a plane in South Africa bound for Port-au-Prince. Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman is with the Aristides to document their journey home. She filed this report. [includes rush transcript]

EXCLUSIVE: Aboard Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Airplane as Ex-Haitian President Returns From 7 Years In Exile

Temp-image_2_9In his first public statements on his way home, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide speaks to Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman, who is aboard the plane covering the historic return. “I think that the Haitian people are very happy,” Aristide says. “Happy to know that we are on our way, happy to know that finally their dream will be fulfilled … because they fought hard for democracy. They always wanted the return to happen and now it is happening.”

7 Years After Ouster in U.S.-Backed Coup, Former Haitian President Aristide Prepares to Return Home

AristedebuttonFormer Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is preparing to return to Haiti after seven years in exile. Aristide has lived in South Africa since his ouster in a 2004 U.S.-backed coup. Reporting from Johannesburg, Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman speaks with Aristide’s attorney Ira Kurzban and actor Danny Glover as they prepare to accompany Aristide back to his country. [includes rush transcript]

Amy Goodman Reports from South Africa on Aristide’s Planned Return Trip to Haiti After Seven Years in Exile

AmyjoburgFormer Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has decided to return to Haiti this week ahead of Sunday’s presidential runoff election. Aristide has lived in exile in South Africa since 2004, when he was ousted in a U.S.-backed coup. Despite U.S. pressure on the governments of Haiti and South Africa not to allow him to return, Aristide and his family are planning to leave on Thursday. Amy Goodman is in South Africa to cover Aristide’s return trip to Haiti. She joins us from Johannesburg along with K.K. Kean, an award-winning filmmaker. [includes rush transcript]

Mexico’s Federal Police Open Fire on Protesters, Throwing Merida Initiative Accountability Into Question
Written by Kristin Bricker
Thursday, 17 February 2011 17:51
Mexican Federal Police allegedly shot radio journalist Gilardo Mota Figueroa as he covered a protest last Tuesday against President Felipe Calderón’s visit to Oaxaca City. Mota Figueroa told Crónica de Oaxaca that during clashes with Oaxaca’s teachers union, a Federal Police officer opened fire on the crowd from a distance of about six meters (or about twenty feet). One of the bullets struck Mota Figueroa in the leg. Another 2-4 bullets were embedded in an armored SUV that authorities had left parked on the street.


Governing by Obeying the People: Bolivia’s Politics of the Street
Written by Benjamin Dangl
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 00:35

From across North Africa to Wisconsin, activists are navigating a new terrain of global protest and relationships with their governments. Whether in ousting old tyrants or dealing with new allies in office, the example of Bolivia holds many lessons for social movements.

Drummond paid Colombian paramilitaries: WikiLeaks

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U.S. coal giant Drummond paid paramilitaries for protection of its Colombian operations, according to diplomatic cables sent between 2006-2010 released by WikiLeaks to newspaper El Espectador.

An October 2006 cable said there were significant security improvements in the northeastern region of Colombia where Drummond operates due to private security operations in the area, including roving patrols along the company’s railroad from their mine to the port in Santa Marta. The cable went on to say that these private security guards were former paramilitaries.

Over the course of four years U.S. Embassy officials sent 15 diplomatic cables to Washington which expressed concern over the company’s labor disputes, lax environmental practices and apparent links with paramilitary death squads.

A year ago, a Federal Court in Alabama, U.S., where the mining company is based, began a civil case against Drummond for its alleged paramilitary links. The case is still underway.

Victims of paramilitary violence in Colombia accuse Drummond of having paid paramilitary organization the AUC between 1999 and 2005, during which time 116 civilians were murdered, allegedly by the right-wing militia, in the region where the coal company operates.

The civil case also seeks compensation for the relatives of several people who were murdered, which they claim was for refusing to sell their land to to make way for the company’s railroad.

With Increased US Aid, Honduras Militarises Anti-Drug Fight
Written by Thelma Mejía
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 21:59
The United States appears to be strengthening its anti-drug strategy in Central America, whose focus in the case of Honduras will include military operations with troops from both countries, to begin in the jungle region of Mosquitia on the Atlantic coast.


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