Bush's Coup in Haiti, Judges and Props Voting
- Hi. Listen to Democracy Now! this morning - KPFK at 9 AM.
I'm listening to the latest, deepest and most honest news and interviews
about Haiti, as you'd expect. I do hope Southland folks consider the
recommendations for judges and props, right beyond the Haiti material.
I'd only add that, if I were a Democrat, I'd vote for Dennis Kucinich in
a heartbeat. Voting for Kerry in the primary is giving up affecting his
stance in any way. 'Nuff said
From: "Karen Lee Wald" <kwald@...>
Date: Sun, 29 Feb 2004 17:18:35 -0800
The live reports on KPFA and Democracy Now radio have brought out the
--Aristide was taken out of the Presidential Palace at 5 am this morning in
handcuffs after meeting there with the US ambassador James Foley. He was
led out by 10 marines. One of his personal guard and an ABC tv cameraman
have both confirmed that.
-- Ira Kurzban, attorney for Republic of Haiti, has accused the US of
kidnapping the Haitian president
--the home of the Port-au-prince mayor was burned to the ground and
that of another town's mayor was shot up, killing two inside (at least)
--Tom Foley said last night that the death squads were on the way to kill
Aristide and that the US wouldn't lift a finger to stop them...
LISTEN TO KPFA.org or Democracy Now. The media is filled with the lies
the Bush administration is putting out.
NO ONE KNOWS WHERE ARISTIDE IS. HE DID NOT RESIGN.
He and his wife repeatedly said they would never leave before the end of
his term, on the radio, to Congressmen and friends - but that doesn't stop
the media from continuing to repeat the most outrageous lies.
PLEASE make sure everyone on your list knows the truth!
OPPOSE BUSH'S COUP IN HAITI
The A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
Coalition condemns the U.S.-led coup carried out today
against the elected president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand
Aristide, as well as the U.S. occupation of that
country. U.S. marines have entered Haiti tonight
Whether President Aristide was actually kidnapped by
U.S. forces, as some sources have reported, or was
just presented with 'an offer he couldn't refuse,'
there is no question that Washington played the
decisive role in this regime change. The coup in Haiti
is reminiscent of similar deadly CIA operations in
Iran, Guatemala, the Congo, Chile and numerous other
countries in the last half-century.
The removal of President Aristide follows more than a
century of U.S. intervention in Haiti, and years of
destabilization designed to bring about the
destruction of the Aristide government. This negation
of Haiti's democracy and sovereignty by the U.S. comes
as the country is marking its 200th anniversary of
independence which followed the heroic revolt against
slavery and the creation of the first free Black
republic in the Western Hemisphere.
Since the election of Aristide to a second term in
late 2000 with 92% of the vote, Washington has
maintained economic sanctions against the poorest
country in the Western Hemisphere. Sanctions have had
the intended effect of wearing down the people and
popular support for the Aristide government by denying
food, medicine and other necessities of life to the
population. Haiti's poverty today is a direct result
of centuries of slavery and exploitation for the
benefit of corporate interests in France and the U.S.
In addition, the U.S. has extended financial and
political support to the so-called "Democratic
Convergence," the right-wing opposition. According to
a story in today's Miami Herald, State Department
spokesman Richard Boucher said today that the U.S.
"facilitated" Aristide's departure. Ira Kurzban, an
Aristide spokesman in Miami, said he believed "U.S.
intelligence agencies were involved in the ouster. ...
This was a major operation by the intelligence
agencies of the U.S."
Congressperson Charles Rangel, a member of the
Congressional Black Caucus, said that the U.S.
government is "just as much as part of this coup
d'etat as the rebels, looters or anyone else." (ABC's
"This Week," Feb. 29, 2004)
According to Reuters, U.S. civil rights leader Jesse
Jackson called Aristide's resignation an
"American-assisted coup," and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters,
a California Democrat, demanded to know where the
Haitian leader was being taken one day after he told
her "he would rather die than leave." "When I last
talked to him (Aristide) yesterday, he was not going
to leave. He said he would rather die than leave. And
then I wake up this morning and I find out that my
government has landed at his home with Marines. How
did they get him to leave? What did they do? And where
is he?" Waters said in an interview with CNN.
The Bush Administration has arrogantly and illegally
embarked on a policy of "regime change" in
Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti and elsewhere. On March 20,
the first anniversary of the start of the unprovoked
war of aggression against Iraq, people around the
world will take to the streets in massive numbers. We
will demand: Bring the Troops Home Now and End
Occupation from Iraq to Palestine and Everywhere. We
will also be marching to oppose the criminal role of
the Bush administration in ousting the first
democratically elected government in Haiti's history.
To read the background statement on Haiti issued by
the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition on February 11, go to
On Friday, February 27, a press conference on the U.S.
role in the Haitian crisis was held in Washington DC.
For a report, photographs and the UPI article, go to
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Act Now to Stop War & End Racism
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(Venezuela and Haitian democracies are the subject)
Hi Folks----Following if you're interested are my recommendations for ballot
propositions, then from a very reputable source (local activist Michael
Tarbet) recommendations for judges and D.A., then an articles about Prop.
Mha Atma's recommendations:
Prop 55: YES
Prop 56: YES
Prop 57: NO
Prop 58: NO
Prop R (Los Angeles): YES
From Michael Tarbet:
After as much research time as I could devote, here are my votes for
County offices. I know it's hard to know about these offices, so I'd
give you the benefit of my search and thought, for what its worth.
Judges (after culling from 5 reputable sources: 8 are Sheila Kuehl's too):
29: Mack (OR Gomez rec by Sierra Club)
53: Zeidler very enthusiatically
67: Van Dusen
69: Groman most enthusiastically
111:Owens-Murrell (the incumbant is too ill to serve)
DA: Carrick, endorsed by ADA, Sierra Club, League of Conservation
Voters, etc.: says he'll try to prosecute environmental, corruption and
white collar crime. (Cooley seems to administer the DA office well,
according to a friend who is a 20-year staff attorney there)
from Ed Pearl
Bond Debt, Budget Rule Changes Wouldn't Help
A vote in favor of Prop. 57 amounts to an exercise in fiscal
irresponsibility. If you are up to your eyeballs in debt, you don't dispose
of it by taking out a consolidation loan. That is precisely what Prop. 57
(is) - a $15 billion consilidation loan. By approving this measure,
Californians will remove all pressure for the governor and Legislature to
engage in meaningful revenue reform: removal of corporate property from
Prop. 13 protection, making the wealthiest among us pay their fair share of
taxes and aggressively pursuing the billions that Bush's Texas energy
friends extorted during the manufactured energy crisis. I don't know how
many Calfornians would have voted for our governor if he'd disclosed this
folly during the campaign. Now that we know, just say no.
I'd only add my sorrow and disgust with the Dems who are supporting this.
The invokers of the increased Auto-Registration.supported Schwarzenegger
revoking that obvious, desperately-needed source of funds, but assured us
they'd tackle the certain shortage. Now, only obedience. We have to force
the Democrats to use their large majorities to restore the fees, then tackle
Prop.13, the huge prison budget and the many statutes benefitting the
Prop 57 only allows our term-limited electees to escape the conscequences of
their own dereliction of duty. .
Prop. 56, however, is essential for any progress on taxes and the budget,
lowering the % needed for passage from 67 to 55% - difficult, but doable.
Vote YES on 56 Vote NO on 57 -Ed Pearl