August 12, 1994 |
It is an illusion to believe that a U.S. invasion of Haiti could restore genuine democracy there. What happens after the Marines depose Haiti's brutal military rulers? Washington would probably sanction the return of exiled President Jean- Bertrand Aristide, but - judging by past U.S. policy in Haiti - would not help realize the hopes of the overwhelming number of Haitians who voted for him in 1990. If the United States invades, either on its own or with an assortment of countries recruited to lend an appearance of multilateralism, it is unlikely the Haitian people will regain control of their government.
October 17, 1994 |
Just back from the trip to return Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power, Philadelphia Congressman Tom Foglietta went to the Liberty Bell last night to proclaim a victory for the Haitian people. "It was a wonderful day for America. It was a wonderful day for Haiti and the Haitian people, and it was a great day for democracy," Foglietta said at a news conference in front of the Liberty Bell Pavilion on Arch Street near 6th. Foglietta said his trip to Haiti as part of the delegation of American officials and Haitian leaders and supporters who accompanied Aristide was his third trip to the island nation in the past year.
January 8, 1993
In an effort to make a smooth transition on a volatile issue, President Bush and President-elect Clinton took the unusual step Wednesday of making a joint statement on Haiti. They said they "share the goal of restoring democracy to Haiti, safeguarding human rights of all Haitians on the island and helping the parties find a lasting solution that will end Haiti's suffering and attain new support for Haiti's economy and people. " The joint statement urges ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to compromise with the thugs who overturned his government, both to restore peace and bring an end to the anarchy and repression that have again made Haiti hell on earth.
July 6, 1994 |
I lived in Haiti for 3 1/2 years. I went there in 1959, fresh from graduate studies at the College of Europe, working under contract to the U.S. Navy to teach French to its mission in Port-au-Prince and as a volunteer teaching English in schools at various levels. I came to love Haiti and its people, and traveled all through the country. I believe that economic sanctions will not result in the timely departure of Haiti's illegitimate government. Quick military intervention is the only way to restore law, order and constitutional government to the beleaguered nation.
July 5, 1993 |
President Clinton said yesterday that the United States would back "to the fullest" an agreement to return deposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power in Haiti, and that he believed the move could be accomplished peacefully. The President telephoned congratulations to Aristide and hailed the U.N.-brokered accord to return him to power as "an historic moment for the Haitian people, for the hemisphere and for the principle of democratic rule. " Aristide and Gen. Raoul Cedras, who led the coup that ousted Aristide in September 1991, signed the agreement late Saturday.
February 12, 1988
Haiti's new president was sworn in this week, and the United States must now decide how to deal with him. He is a paradox, an urbane, multilingual former professor of political science who claims he has been "democratically elected" despite the massive election fraud, violence and voter boycotts that ushered him into office. Secretary of State George P. Shultz said last week that, although the election was not truly democratic, he was "impressed" with Leslie Manegat's credentials.
January 22, 1988 |
Gerard Alphonse Ferere has been calling Haiti for days with no luck. His brother-in-law is there. The phone lines don't seem to work. Ferere is worried. "People are being shot indiscriminately. On the street, in the wrong place at the wrong time," says Ferere, a Willow Grove resident who is president of the local Coalition for Haitian Concerns. Ferere, who teaches linguistics and language at St. Joseph's University, will speak out on "how Haiti has been abandoned by the world" at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue.
December 1, 1987
Haiti's downtrodden people deserved so much better. The country's first free presidential elections in 30 years, on Sunday, were suspended after armed gangs shot and hacked to death dozens of voters and destroyed polling places, churches and radio stations. The killers were supporters of ousted dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, and members of Haiti's army. The army-dominated government stood by, let the violence happen, and then disbanded the civilian election council that had bravely tried to organize the balloting.
January 22, 2011
Former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier should have never returned to Haiti. But since he did, he should be tried for his murderous regime's killings and robbery of the state treasury. Duvalier showed up unexpectedly Sunday in Haiti after secretly departing France, where he has been in exile since 1986. Neither the French nor U.S. governments knew of Duvalier's travel plans. Haitian officials initially did not know how to react, but police Tuesday took Duvalier from his hotel for questioning.
June 28, 1995 |
Late Friday, as Haitian candidates were winding down their ragtag campaigns for a host of parliamentary and local offices, an American organization was busy working the hotel lobbies here in a different kind of campaign. A representative of the International Republican Institute (IRI), a private organization with ties to the U.S. Republican Party, was lining up American reporters for a news conference the next day, where a slick 300-page report would be released harshly criticizing the electoral process here.