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      U.S. "Concerned" About Chavez, Pro-Aristide "Gangs"
      While They Are Not Concerned Cuban Terrorist in U.S.
      June 1, 2005

      Americas Watch: Projects of Peace No War Network
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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:
      _http://www.ned.org/events/anniversary/oct1603-weber.html_ (http://www.ned.org/events/anniversary/oct1603-weber.html)
      ), 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
      .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
      .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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