6/1 Americas Watch: U.S. "Concerned" About Chavez, Pro-Aristide "Gangs"
- U.S. "Concerned" About Chavez, Pro-Aristide "Gangs"
While They Are Not Concerned Cuban Terrorist in U.S.
June 1, 2005
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I found two very absurd comments from tow leading U.S. politicians about
Venezuela and Haiti, blaming all the problems on these regions are caused by
President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela (see article 1) and Pro-Aristide "gangs" in
Haiti (see article 2).
It's not surprised to see right-wing neo-con's like U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, a
close ally with the CIA-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) will
hate Chavez's popular government (see:
), and U.S. ambassador to Haiti, James Foley who had close tie with CIA
covert op's in Kosovo and the overthrown of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide
(http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO402D.html) ). Both would like to see those popularly and
democratically elected leaders but refuse to become U.S. puppets, should be violently
While they have no problem to allow United States--the World's biggest
terrorist sponsored country, to harbor the nitrous Cuban terrorist Posada Carriles
in this country (see article 3).
Peace No War Commentary
1) U.S. Congressman Concerned About Venezuela (Associated Press)
2) U.S. Ambassador: Haiti Gangs Are a Problem (Associated Press)
3) Posada Carriles case - Gov’t hypocrisy on terrorism exposed (Workers
1) U.S. Congressman Concerned About Venezuela
By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER
.c The Associated Press
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - A U.S. congressman expressed concern over the
health of Venezuela's democracy and condemned charges of conspiracy brought
against a leading government opponent.
During a meeting on Wednesday with Venezuelan lawmakers, U.S. Rep. Frank
Wolf, R-Va., said: ``Many in the Congress are concerned with some of the
undemocratic actions that have been taken by the Venezuelan government.''
Wolf's statements came a day after President Bush met with Maria Corina
Machado, director of the Sumate nonprofit group that helped organize last year's
recall vote against left-leaning President Hugo Chavez.
Machado is facing conspiracy charges for Sumate's use of foreign funds - a
contribution of $31,000 from the Washington-based National Endowment for
Democracy, which helps support democratic development in scores of countries.
Wolf said that many U.S. officials ``don't understand how this young lady
from Sumate is being prosecuted for defending democratic principles.''
Venezuela's ruling party lawmakers said the endowment's contribution
violates a constitutional provision that forbids citizens from receiving support
from foreign countries intent on destroying Venezuela's government.
The National Endowment for Democracy, which receives funds from Congress,
says its programs in Venezuela support groups and individuals ``struggling to
strengthen democratic processes, rights, and values, irrespective of their
political or partisan affiliations.''
The U.S. ambassador to Venezuela, William Brownfield, said the National
Endowment for Democracy would continue funding pro-democracy organizations in
Venezuela, including Sumate.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Ali Rodriguez called the meeting between Bush
and Machado ``a provocation,'' adding that it was a clear demonstration of
strong ties between the U.S. government and Venezuelan opposition groups.
Rodriguez warned against actions that could cause already tense relations
between Caracas and Washington ``to reach the point of no return.''
``All we want is respect for our domestic affairs,'' Rodriguez said. ``We
don't interfere in the internal affairs of the United States.''
06/02/05 01:16 EDT
2) U.S. Ambassador: Haiti Gangs Are a Problem
By PETER PRENGAMAN
.c The Associated Press
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - U.N. peacekeepers must do more to combat the
armed gangs now destabilizing Haiti before elections to fill the power vacuum
left after former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's ouster, the U.S.
ambassador to Haiti said.
Ambassador James Foley said Haitian police, armed mostly with pistols and
shotguns, are outgunned by pro-Aristide gangs armed with heavy machine guns.
The gangs have been blamed for increasing violence and kidnappings.
``But U.N. forces are not outgunned. They have the force to counter the
gangs and have to figure out a way to do it,'' Foley said in an interview
Wednesday with The Associated Press.
Foley acknowledged it would be difficult for peacekeepers to more
aggressively confront and disarm gangs, action that could result in U.N. casualties.
Seven peacekeepers have been killed since the mission began in June 2004. Three
have been killed during shootouts with armed gangs.
Still, the peacekeepers ``accepted a mission that is vital to protect a
people in dire straits,'' said Foley. ``They've got to do more.''
Earlier Wednesday, U.N. spokesman in Haiti Toussaint Kongo-Doudou told
reporters that peacekeepers were increasing vigilance in slum neighborhoods, where
much of the violence happens and which are filled with Aristide supporters.
He said that disarmament ``was a process, and we are progressing.''
Foley said the main thrust of recent violence came from armed Aristide
supporters, who have been effective in paralyzing the interim government's
attempts to stabilize the country.
Meanwhile, gunmen killed a French diplomat who was driving in Haiti's
capital and stole his car, the French Embassy said Wednesday. The killing of
Paul-Henri Mourral, France's honorary consul to the northern city of Cap-Haitien,
came less than a week after both the U.S. and French governments issued travel
warnings for Haiti, citing a deteriorating security situation.
In Washington, the State Department and Congress were discussing a program
to train Haitian police. An agreement would overturn a 14-year U.S. arms
embargo to Haiti, though U.S. officials acknowledged in April they had given 2,600
used firearms to Haitian police last year.
That brought criticism from some Haitians who pointed to accusations that
police have committed myriad human rights violations, including shooting and
killing peaceful pro-Aristide protesters and summary executions of political
enemies. Police have denied the accusations.
``I don't think it's tenable to say the police can't be armed, given the
gangs' firepower,'' said Foley. ``But it's also not tenable to give the police
arms without strict controls.''
This week the endemic violence manifested itself at Port-au-Prince's major
Tete Boeuf market, where armed men opened fire Tuesday and started a fire that
spread throughout the marketplace. At least seven people died.
Human rights groups estimate more than 700 people - including 40 police
officers - have been killed since Aristide supporters stepped up protests in
September to demand his return from exile in South Africa.
Aristide's Lavalas Family Party - probably still the largest in Haiti - says
elections cannot go forward while the interim government illegally detains
hundreds of Aristide supporters and officials without charge.
The U.S.-backed interim government and a 7,400-member peacekeeping mission
took over after Aristide fled an armed rebellion in February 2004.
Elections are scheduled for October and November, but interim government
officials and human rights groups have said the increasing violence must be
curbed for Haitians to feel safe voting.
06/02/05 00:57 EDT
3) Posada Carriles case
Gov’t hypocrisy on terrorism exposed
By Deirdre Griswold
Published Jun 1, 2005 6:17 PM
After having used terrorism as an excuse to unleash a war of colonial
conquest in the Middle East, the U.S. government is finding that its own
terrorist activities are now getting closer scrutiny.
Nothing could be more of an embarrassment on this score than the harboring
of Luis Posada Carriles. No one fits the profile of a terrorist more than
this man. The failure of Washington to extradite him has touched off huge
demonstrations in Cuba and Venezuela, where he is wanted for multiple
Cuban Americans in Miami who want normal relations with their homeland have
also held street demonstrations calling for his extradition to
Venezuela--even though taking such a stand in this Florida bastion of
reaction makes them possible targets of harassment and even violence. For
two hours on May 28, over 100 people from groups belonging to the Martí
Alliance--Alianza Martiana--marched in front of the Immigration Department
chanting "Posada terrorist," "Posada to jail" and "Freedom for the Five."
The Cuban Five, currently in prisons in the U.S., came to Miami to monitor
right-wing exile groups there precisely because of their history of
terrorism against Cuba.
Posada Carriles is wanted in both Cuba and Venezuela for masterminding the
mid-air destruction of a Cuban airliner with 73 people on board. He spent
nine years in prison in Venezuela, the country where the plot had been
hatched, for this crime, but escaped in 1985.
This April 27, retired prison guard Nelson Diaz told the Venezuelan
television program En Confianza that he and other guards had been offered
bribes of $20,000 each by the CIA to let Posada Carriles escape.
In 2000 Posada Carriles was arrested and convicted in Panama on charges of
plotting to kill Cuban President Fidel Castro, who was attending an
Ibero-American summit there. The convicted bomber had been caught entering
the country with C-4 plastic explosives and other military paraphernalia.
But Panama's president, Mireya Moscoso, herself a former Miami resident
close to the right-wing Cuban community there, pardoned Posada Carriles just
before her presidency expired.
The notorious terrorist then entered the U.S. illegally this March, a fact
that was widely publicized in the Cuban exile community, yet U.S.
authorities claimed they couldn't "confirm his whereabouts." Only after
Posada Carriles openly bragged of his activities on a televised media
conference in Miami, and then more than a million people in Cuba marched
demanding his arrest and extradition, did the U.S. government finally detain
him on immigration charges on May 17.
Recently declassified CIA documents confirm that Posada Carriles was no
loner. He worked for the CIA, which is responsible for decades of violence
against Cuba--from the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion to over a hundred
assassination attempts against Cuban leader Fidel Castro. In fact, Posada
Carriles's attorney even announced that he was seeking asylum in the U.S. on
the basis that he feared "persecution" in Cuba because of his long years
working for the CIA.
George H.W. Bush, father of the current president, became head of the CIA in
1976, the same year that the Cuban airliner was exploded by terrorists
acting on the orders of Posada Carriles.
Posada Carriles is now in a detention center in El Paso, Texas, awaiting a
hearing on June 13. The U.S. government has already turned down a request by
Venezuela to extradite him, prompting an angered President Hugo Chávez to
threaten the breaking of diplomatic relations with the U.S.
Venezuela has recently ended a military agreement with the U.S. that allowed
U.S. "advisers" to work with members of the Venezuelan military. Similar
agreements in the past have been used by Washington to promote military
coups in countries like Indonesia and Chile.
There will be demonstrations across the U.S. on June 13 demanding that
Posada Carriles be extradited to Venezuela.
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