Haiti

#1
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article337553.ece

Many of the gangs are supporters of former president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Mr Aristide, democratically elected and with overwhelming support among the poor, was ousted two years ago following an uprising organised mainly by members of the business elite who had received support from the US.
We all know that USA support only democrats (or republicans?). And supporters of 'democratically elected president' are branded as gangsters. Interesting idea. Why not terrorists or insurgents?

witnesses said up to 23 people were killed – among them the wife and two young sons of Fredi Romelus, a Cite Soleil resident who told reporters that UN troops opened fire on his home. " They surrounded our house... and I ran thinking my wife and the children were behind me. They couldn't get out and the [UN] fired into the house," he said.
The best solution is a democratic elections (as in Iraq). But...

presidential election has been repeatedly delayed.
The delays are in interests of democracy of course.

Father Gerard Jean-Juste, a Catholic priest and friend of Mr Aristide, who has been held without charge since last summer.
As Haiti is now under control of 'UN peacekeepers' then probabaly the priest is a dangerous insur... sorry gangster.
 
#2
US overseas policy never seems to amaze me.
Dictorial regimes seem to be collected by Uncle Sam.
I said once before that they had taken their eyes off the ball with the Iraq adventure.
Now I find this on the BBC.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4600946.stm
"China has also recently moved into petroleum in Gabon, Algeria, Angola and Egypt. African oil is largely responsible for a 40% increase in trade with China in a single year.
And while Western companies hesitate about investing in Africa, China's been mopping up Zambia's copper industry, buying into South African coal and gold, Kenya's mobile phone business, Zimbabwe tobacco, Botswana hotels, and the list goes on.
The United States and Europe are only belatedly waking up to the strategic implications of all this, especially as they too are looking to diversify from Middle East oil."

Yeah Georgei Boy your presant Arabian night, is going to cost the USA and all the democratic nations when you are long gone.
john
 
#3
KGB_resident said:
Father Gerard Jean-Juste, a Catholic priest and friend of Mr Aristide, who has been held without charge since last summer.
As Haiti is now under control of 'UN peacekeepers' then probabaly the priest is a dangerous insur... sorry gangster.
It is unlikely that the good Father Jean-Juste will be a priest for much longer if he is knocking around with Aristide - the Vatican defrocked Aristide some time ago.
 
#4
gallowglass said:
KGB_resident said:
Father Gerard Jean-Juste, a Catholic priest and friend of Mr Aristide, who has been held without charge since last summer.
As Haiti is now under control of 'UN peacekeepers' then probabaly the priest is a dangerous insur... sorry gangster.
It is unlikely that the good Father Jean-Juste will be a priest for much longer if he is knocking around with Aristide - the Vatican defrocked Aristide some time ago.
Gallowglass!

You are right but it was not a decision of Vatican.

http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/DailyNews/todays.asp?date=9/27/2005

Church authorities in Haiti have officially suspended an imprisoned priest, Father Gerard Jean-Juste, for defying the hierarchy's orders and presenting his credentials to be a presidential candidate in the November elections.
So as to the imprisonment itself then there is no problem for the Church. Anyway, the man is in jail for political reasons while Haiti is controlled by UN peacekeepers.
 

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