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