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Tim Robbins, fighting child abuse, US-led Haiti coup, Aristide kidnapped by US

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    The American army came to take him away at two in the morning, the man told RTL radio. The Americans forced him out with weapons. A film that pretends to
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      "The American army came to take him away at two in the morning," the man told
      RTL radio. "The Americans forced him out with weapons."

      "A film that pretends to be neutral in order to reinforce a biased viewpoint
      can be more powerful than one that openly takes an advocacy position. The
      practical impact of the film has been to discredit the victims, to create
      confusion about the conviction of the perpetrators and to generally support the
      mistaken view that people often are falsely convicted of child abuse."






      Tim Robbins Mystic River Oscar Acceptance Speech "In this movie, I play a
      victim of abuse and violence and if you are out there and are a person that
      has -- had that tragedy befall you, there is no shame and no weakness in
      seeking help and counseling it is sometimes the strongest thing that you can do to
      stop the cycle of violence." http://oscar.com/oscarnight/winners/win_33171.html


      Film undermines efforts to fight child abuse By Jennifer Freyd 2/29/04 "We
      are in serious denial, as a culture, about child abuse and its brutal costs -
      both to our youth and to our nation. The latest sign of our collective denial
      is the nomination of a seriously flawed film for an Oscar." "A film that
      pretends to be neutral in order to reinforce a biased viewpoint can be more powerful
      than one that openly takes an advocacy position. The practical impact of the
      film has been to discredit the victims, to create confusion about the
      conviction of the perpetrators and to generally support the mistaken view that people
      often are falsely convicted of child abuse."
      http://www.registerguard.com/news/2004/02/29/ed.col.freyd.0229.html

      http://www.internationalanswer.org/news/update/022904haiti.html
      Statement from the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
      February 29, 2004

      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 (February 29).

      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....

      http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/01/1077989469596.html
      US took Aristide away: report
      March 1, 2004 - 8:30AM
      A man who said he was a caretaker at the home of Jean Bertrand Aristide told
      French radio that the ousted Haitian leader had been taken away by US
      soldiers. "The American army came to take him away at two in the morning," the man
      told RTL radio. "The Americans forced him out with weapons." "It was American
      soldiers. They came with a helicopter and they took the security guards."
      "(Aristide) was not happy. He did not want to be taken away. He did not want to
      leave. He was not able to fight against the Americans," the man said. The RTL
      journalist who carried out the interview described the man as a "frightened old
      man, crouched in a corner" who said he was the "caretaker of the residence".
      Aristide fled Haiti in the face of an armed revolt and world pressure and the
      United States ordered Marines to the Caribbean state to help restore order.





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